My Story

Hi, y'all, I'm Taylor.  I'm guessing you've landed on this page because you want to know more about me, so here we go...

Let's start with the most important things:  I'm married to my best friend, Drew.  We met and became friends when I was 15, started dating when I was 18, got engaged at 19, and married at 20.  We've been married eight years this March.  I realize I was young, but when you know, you know. :) You can read more about Our Story here.

I grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Drew and I met when he was there for law school.  (Yeah, you're doing the math right.  He's almost eight years older than me!)  He's a Texan boy like my dad, and when we got married I moved to Dallas to be with him -- 1300 miles away from home!  Dallas became my new home; Drew's family, my family.

But then he was offered a job in Houston in 2011.  It was a job he needed, having been without one for eight months.  We talked about it, prayed about it, concluded that we needed to trust God's plan, and moved.  Let me be honest:  it was probably the hardest thing I've had to choose to do since being married.  No family.  No friends.  It was rough, y'all.

For so long, I resented Houston, and if I'm honest, I harbored a little bitterness towards God, too.  He really dealt with me about trusting Him and believing in His love for me during that season.  And you know what?  Now, almost four years later, I can really say that I love this city.  It's become my home and I dread ever leaving it.  (Except for the humidity.  I'd leave that in a heartbeat.)

Anyway, back to Drew! ;) Every marriage is difficult, and ours is no exception.  But it has also brought me unending happiness and I wouldn't trade the hard times for anything.  Drew and I have grown together so much the last seven years; our hearts have been knit together and I couldn't imagine life without him.

He is a hard worker, compassionate, fun-loving, a great daddy, a lover of the Lord, and a man who chases God's heart.  He thinks outside the box, drives aggressively, communicates well, and solves problems effortlessly.  And he loves me.  So, so well.

In seven years, we have been blessed with three special little people to nurture and cherish, and three sweet babies await us in heaven.  Each one is an incredible gift to us that we are so grateful for.  We suffered our first miscarriage early in our marriage and then it took us over a year to get pregnant again.  It was a difficult time for me personally.  I don't want to gloss over it but I also don't want to take up a bunch of space here.  I plan to blog about my experiences with miscarriage at some point in the future. :)

Anyway, we finally -- finally -- got pregnant with our son, Gabriel and he joined our family in May 2010.  He is serious and silly, sensitive and sweet.  He is a daddy's boy who loves ocean animals,
Star Wars (so much Star Wars), super heroes, swimming, school, video games, and being outside.  His is also kind of a genius, just like his daddy (but I may be biased).  His name means mighty man of God and that is my prayer for him.  In January 2016, Drew and I had the privilege to lead him in inviting Jesus into his heart.  Seriously one of the best moments of my life.

Hallie is next, and boy, is she something special!  She entered our lives in November 2011 and turned our world upside-down.  She is the sweetest, spiciest girl you may ever meet.  She is a fearless daredevil who loves her stuffed puppies, princesses, soccer, helping mama, putting things in purses, dancing (specifically karate-ballet), and friends.  She is my snuggle bug to the max.  Her name means praise, and when she dances with abandon for Jesus, it's probably one of my favorite things to watch.

Next comes Asher, who was born in May 2013.  He was kind of unplanned; I wasn't ready to have another baby, but I knew that God was giving him to us for a reason.  Now I couldn't imagine life without him. He has a smile that lights up my life and has been smiling at me since he was about 12 hours old.  No joke.  His name means happy, blessed, fortunate, and it amazes me just how well it fits him.  This kid is always happy and has a contagious smile for just about everyone.  He is a mama's boy who loves his blankie, stuffed animals, cars (particularly the Pixar ones), Octonauts, friends, and teasing his siblings.

Baby #4 will be joining us in July and we are very, very excited!

I'm so fortunate to be able to stay at home with my babies.  I know the life of a stay-at-home mom isn't for everyone.  And I also know that many who would like to stay home can't do it.  I recognize my job for the blessing that it is, while also acknowledging the fact that it is hard some days.  There are days when I feel like I can't handle the bickering and whining and constant neediness.  There are days I question my sanity for not choosing to work outside the home.  But most days?  Most days I love it.  I cherish these moments with my kids.

I'm not a very intentional person, especially when it comes to doing things with my kids.  (I am frequently that mom who lets her kids watch hours of TV.  I used to dislike that mom, and if I'm honest, I sometimes dislike myself.)  I am sometimes ungracious, especially when it comes to compromising with and listening to my husband.  I can be controlling, stubborn, and a know-it-all.  And I have a horrible temper.  These are things I want to be open about, things that God and I are working to change.

But you know what?  HE GIVES MORE GRACE (James 4:6).  And IT IS SUFFICIENT FOR ME (II Cor. 12:9).  These have become my life verses for this season.  I probably blog about grace a lot, but it's something the Lord has been teaching me about really since I started this blog.  I am not perfect.  Far from it.  But that's the beauty of God's grace.  It is made perfect in my weakness.  The more weakness I acknowledge, the more His grace is able to cover.  It kind of blows my mind.

Anyway, more on that through my blog… this page is for facts about me!

Where was I?  Oh yeah, my job.  My number one job right now is being a mama, but I also recently started a web and graphic design business.  I was being asked by family and friends to design invitations to various events and so figured I may as well try to make some money doing what I love.  Check me out!

And finally, here are some random things about me that wouldn't fit anywhere else:
  • I'm the oldest of ten kids -- all biological, no multiples, and no, we're not Amish, Mennonite, or Catholic. 
  • I love babies and hope to have a large family myself. 
  • I'm a writer and a reader who is a little OCD about grammar. 
  • Actually, I'm a little OCD about everything. :| 
  • I'm a dual citizen of the US and Canada, where I spent the first seven years of my life.
  • I cheer for Canada in the Winter Olympics and USA in the Summer Olympics.
  • I'm a pretty serious Dallas Cowboys fan, even though I don't get to watch all the games now that I have kids and am in Houston. :(
  • Actually, I love all Dallas sports. :)
  • I'm a cold weather gal living in the armpit of Texas. I'm dealing with it somehow. 
  • I don't like coffee, but am trying to change.  Drinks like the "Cafe Nutella" from the local coffee shop around the corner certainly help!  Oh, and butter.  A little butter in my coffee is heaven.
  • I'm obsessed with Jane Austen and have read Pride and Prejudice at least 15 times. 
  • My other favorite books besides anything Austen include anything by Francine Rivers, anything in Ted Dekker's fantasy line, Lord of the Rings, and Narnia.  I also really like Liz Curtis Higgs.
  • My favorite shows are Smallville, Downton Abbey, Once Upon a Time, Veronica Mars, and Psych.  (I'm also a pretty big fan of The Office and Parks & Rec.)
  • I like to play in Photoshop to relax and coding CSS is therapeutic for me.  I'm a nerd.