I've seen a lot of bloggers do something called "Friday Introductions." I thought it seemed fun, and so here we are!
This is our little familia! We saw another family taking photos up on this grassy hill behind our church on Easter Sunday, so we asked them if we could do a quick photo-swap with them! The lighting was no bueno, but the boys' cute Easter outfits make up for it, IMO.
There are a million things I want to share, but here is just a little about us and how our family began:
My husband, Juan, and I met back in 2012. He had just moved back to the Virginia Beach area from a season of modeling in Miami, and I had just moved back from a few months of modeling in NYC! I was working at an Abercrombie & Fitch store as a Manager in Training when I saw him walking by. I thought he was good-looking, so I recruited him to work for our store!
We worked together and then remained friends for five years before I finally went out with him on a date. By that point, I was already a single mom of a three year old (Isaiah!), working as a teacher, and renting a beloved little condo by the bay.
Juan had texted me that week (August 2017!) asking if I'd like to get together that weekend, and I had yet to reply because I had an out-of-town wedding to attend that Saturday. In the midst of my delay to respond, my sister texted me out of the blue, saying, "That Juan Garcia guy who comments on your Instagram photos is cute! You should give him a shot!" She had no idea he had just asked me out, so I took it as a sign and said yes!
We met that Saturday morning for brunch, and as he held my hands and asked me to pray with him before our meal, I knew that was it. He was the one! It probably helped that he had been flashing me his flashiest smiles all morning too, and had made sure to open the door for me to his shiny, CLEAN bmw. Haha!
He had JUST moved to Nashville when we started dating, so we dated long distance for two months before he proposed. I said yes, and we planned our wedding for just two months later! In December 2017, just four months after our first date, we tied the knot. When you know, you know!
Isaiah and I moved to Nashville to join him that January, and less than a year later, our baby boy Nehemiah was born!
Since then, we have moved to the Washington, DC area, and I have taken time off from teaching to be a stay-at-home-mom to Isaiah and Nehemiah. While at home, I've been finishing up my Masters degree, working on my blog, and trying to figure out my new homemaker/wife/mother-of-two role. Meanwhile, Juan went from producing a show on TBN in Nashville to producing here in DC for Fox News.
I love our little family! We've been SO blessed, despite all of our shortcomings, and know that we owe it all to God. Isaiah starts kindergarten this fall, I'm currently interning with the Family Ministries team at my church, graduating very soon, and am excited to see what's next to come for us all!
Click HERE to shop the Lilly dress I wore! It is SO vibrant and comfortable.