Our Story

Brian and I met as Sophomores at the University of Oregon. I needed a date to Kappa Kappa Gamma's Sapphire Ball, and Brian happened to be single and knew my sorority sister, Kara.

Brian got a haircut, and we were set up on a blind date to meet at a poker party on January 28th, 2005.

From there, the first date was a University of Oregon basketball game the next week where Brian introduced me to the Pit Crew:

Then came Sapphire Ball and we have been together ever since.

We had amazing years of being young and care free together at U of O.

The years after graduation from U of O helped solidify our relationship, and helped us grow as individuals and as a couple. Brian moved to Vancouver, WA to work at an investment firm and bought a house, while I went to OHSU School of Nursing and lived downtown Portland, OR. It was a long 3 years.

The summer of 2009 we took the next step in our relationship, and it all started when Brian took me fishing.

We had spent many Saturday afternoons exploring the forests and rivers in the area. This day started the same as any other day when we went exploring, as Brian grabbed his fishing gear, and I grabbed my running gear.
The first stop was at Lucia Falls on the Lewis River in Washington. After spending almost an hour watching the fish jump at the falls, we set off to find a good fishing place for Brian, and mapped out a route for my first 14 mile run.
At that point in the afternoon, it was too hot and sunny to do a run that long, so when I got back from the run hours later, the last thing I wanted to do was wait while Brian fished more. In fact, the first words out of my mouth were, "I'm hot, and I'm tired, and I'm hungry, and I kind of feel like crying, and I want to go home." Brian all along had a plan, and a ring, so he was not about to let me leave the river quite yet, so he said, "Come down to the river." I said "No, I just want to go." Brian persisted on getting me down to the river, and I kept saying no. Finally, Brian said, "I'm not coming up until you come down," and that was that. After a minor McKenzie hissy-fit, I made my way down to the river and asked how the fishing was.
Brian said the fishing was good, and that I should give it a try, and, to no surprise, I said no. When he suggested that I might catch a fish because the fishing was so good I decided to try it. Brian, being the amazing man that he is, helped me cast out the line, and I caught a fish!!! After that, Brian let me pet the fish, he let it go, and set me up to cast again.
After that first cast, I had no more luck with the fish and Brian asked if I wanted to try a different fly. Being totally exhausted, I again said, "No, I just want to go home." Being again very persistent, Brian started listing off different flies that he had in his fly box. He said, "We could try this grasshopper fly," and I said "No, I just want to go home." So he said, "Or we could try this caddis fly," and again I said, "No, I kinda just want to go home." Then finally Brian said, "or we could use this one..."
So I turned around holding the fishing pole, and Brian was on one knee in his waders holding the most perfect, amazing, gorgeous, diamond ring. He asked me to marry him, and I replied, "Are you serious?" Then out of pure exhaustion, excitement, and overwhelming love, I sat on Brian's knee for almost half an hour and cried, and cried, and cried before even saying yes. (He took this one of me crying ;)

It was a complete surprise to me, and very premeditated and planned for months by Brian. All of which made the situation more special.


The next year I graduated from OHSU, and was finally finished with school.


Most importantly, this is the year Brian and I became a family! We got married at St Patrick's Catholic Church in downtown Portland:  

The reception was at Embassy Suites Downtown Portland. We celebrated the night away with our friends and family. Among a few hiccups here and there, it was an incredible event that we will never forget:

After a year of saving, looking, short-sales, dreaming and planning, we moved into the house of our dreams on 13 acres on Glory Ct . We are so blessed to have the opportunity to make our dreams come true, continue our life together, and grow as a family. It's been an amazing seven years together, and our adventures are just beginning here in our Life on Glory Acres...