We dated for two years before Isaac popped the question; because I wasn't too keen on the idea of getting married while surviving my final year of graduate school, we were engaged for over a year before we eventually tied the knot in July 2007.
We both felt called to some sort of international ministry and knew we would need to invest in a seminary education before leaving for the nations. However, after much deliberation and prayer, we decided to delay seminary for a bit and stay in Columbia, Missouri after we were married. We loved our church, had a plethora of wonderful friends in the area, and we both had jobs which we enjoyed; he was working with the Methodist State Conference, and the refugee resettlement agency where I completed one of my internships for my MSW degree created a position for me. We hunkered down in our jobs, began serving at our church, grew in our friendships, and learned so much about each other, ourselves, and our marriage.
Two years later, we packed up and headed east to Louisville, Kentucky so Isaac could enroll in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I was blessed enough to find another job in refugee resettlement, and Isaac began reading and studying like a mad man. We found an amazing body of believers with whom we are blessed to worship and serve. Even though we're a seminarian and a social worker, and therefore just about broke, we have experienced so much more than we could ever imagine and grown so much more than we ever realized we could.
A little more than halfway through his degree program, we found out we were pregnant (due September 18, 2012). Isaac will continue his seminary classes and will also be working full-time as I stay home with our precious baby girl. Once Isaac finishes his graduate program, we're planning on moving overseas- our little famiy of three- to continue our journey together.