Let’s Look…Our Family

My family means the world to me. We are not a perfect family and we definitely have days that we drive each other crazy. However, I love doing life with each person in our family. So today I am taking the time to introduce you to them. KATE – Our precious little girl has grown up so much this past year, probably too much. She has become a girl that is ready to be a teenager and some days acts like one too. Some days she is shy and timid and other days she is outgoing. She loves to have one on one time with us. Abigail is always on the go! She loves to be a part of everything and to put on a performance. Abigail is always making things out of cardboard or doing a scientific experiment. She has a big heart and is always standing up for her friends. Danny and I have been married for 15.5 years.  We all have struggles in our marriages, but every day you must make the choice to put your marriage first.  We told our girls that our relationship will always come first over them and it’s for that reason.  Our girls were shocked when we told them this but we explained that we loved them but our relationship must be strong in order to give them all the love and support they need. Ever since the girls were born we’ve tried to get away for at least a weekend or week every year for “just us” time. When we meet 19 years ago I knew that we were meant to be. I am so happy that I get to do life with him. I love him so much.

Erika and Shay

Categories: Making Memories

10 replies

  1. As I read about your little family, I felt an instant connection, or similarity in the words that you wrote. Your family seems absolutely lovely. I know what you mean about crossing over that line from girl to teen and back and forth. It’s somewhat unpredictable 🙂 Also, I love that you have actually talked to your girls about why you put your marriage first. Simple but they are old enough to begin to think about it and also its demonstrating to them that relationships are something you have to choose to continually build upon and work on. Thanks for sharing.


  2. I love how long you and Danny have been together. In April, Brandon and I will have known each other for 15 years and that just seems super crazy to me. I loved getting to know your kiddos better. And yes to keeping marriage first!

    • This was a fun post! When I see the number of how long we have been together it is crazy to me too – almost two decades!

    • Yes! It is so important. The way I see we were a couple before them and will be a couple after they leave our house, so we need to make sure we have a strong marriage.

  3. I have told our boys that too; I’ve explained that dad and I were together before they came along and we’ll be together long after they’ve moved out. That’s how it works and the only way to keep our marriage strong is to put one another first at times.

    • There are days that they don’t like this but one day hopefully they will understand. Our oldest is going through a stage were she wants us to do family time every night of the week, so this usually causes an issue on date nights.

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