A little about us…
I’m Rachel. I’m a daughter, sister, wife & mommy. Some words I would use to describe me are: creative, organized, inquisitive, competitive, emotional, indecisive, forgiving & sometimes just weird! I grew up with 5 sisters, 2 brothers and a step brother between 2 homes… Along with a wonderful mom and 2 great dads. I wouldn’t have traded my childhood life for anything in the world. Being the oldest hasn’t always been easy, but knowing they look up to me and that I’m setting the example for them gives me the greatest feeling in the world. I would do anything for my family.
I accepted Jesus as my Lord & Savior when I was very young. He is not just a character to me. I live to honor Him. I love learning about God & I love that perfect opportunity to tell someone about God. I believe there are saved sinners and their are lost sinners, but we are all sinners! I do not think I’m perfect, I just know I’m forgiven. I believe everything the Bible says. I do not pick & choose.
I graduated from TCC with my associates degree in May 2008. I never thought I would go to college but I ended up loving it so much. And do you know how many things I’ve wanted ‘to be’ ? Lets see… a teacher, psychologist, counselor, fire woman, private investigator, ultrasound technician, SAHM, geologist, photographer, food critic, and now… I just like being ME. I’m a mommy, teacher, photographer & party planner/decorator. I’m an engineering records assistant @ XTO Energy. I’ve worked here since April 2004. While it’s a very laid back environment there are always new projects to keep us on our toes. I love the people I work with too!
Along with everything else, I am also a discovery toys consultant! If you are interested in buying some great educational hands-on toys for your baby/kid visit my discovery toys website! If you are interested in doing a party or joining our team, let me know as well! Jaidan loves the toys & I actually grew up playing with them too.
Some of the things I LOVE : Taking pictures,
I upload all of my pictures to my shutterfly share site for your viewing pleasure. =)
making shutterfly books, blogging, scrap booking, making things for family & friends, playing tennis, eating, learning, singing to Jaidan, attending MOPs, drinking ice cold water, the color green, babies breath (not the flower), the beach & the ocean, Sea World!!, New York, baking, tickling Jared, when Jaidan smiles at me, having picnics at the park, quoting things from FRIENDS with Jared, the way rain smells, Hobby Lobby, reading, shopping with Jared, when Amanda puts makeup on me, *Sister Nites*, mowing, ornaments, chapstick, BareMinerals makeup, shiny (not sticky) lip gloss, my big round brush….
Some of the things I’m passionate about: Jesus, Breast feeding, Natural childbirth, Pro Life!, Informed about Vaccinations.
I could live withOUT: Liars, bugs, deceit, all things from the devil, mexican food…
I met Jared in 2001, the summer before our junior year. He actually came to my church with a friend & we exchanged screen names. (haha) We chatted a few times & hung out a couple times, but I was never really interested. Until…. October 19th, 2002 (the beginning of our senior year) He called me up out of the blue (cant remember what he ate for breakfast but has a wicked memory of numbers!) & I invited him over to watch a movie. (Ghost) We’ve been inseparable ever since. He gave me a promise ring in February of 2003. We graduated in June & I left for army basic training in August. That story is a whole nother blog in itself but I came home in November & we both started college. We got married August 12, 2006. We found & bought our first (perfect) house in June 2008. The newest member of our family arrived August 2, 2009- our son, Jaidan Lee Latigo. He has his own page so you can read more about him there.
Jared is one of the greatest people I’ve ever met. He is strong, smart, loves God, & makes me laugh. Some things Ive learned since marrying him is never rinse out the cake mix bowl- he likes to eat the batter, always hang up my towel after the shower, & turn the truck on before adjusting mirrors and putting on my seat belt. 🙂 He is super sweet…we take turns watching his action movies & my chick flicks, he helps me pick out clothes when we go shopping, & he doesn’t make me do laundry. 😛
How Sweet…. Jared, it’s your turn…
Hey- Im Jared and I guess it’s my turn to write about us, or me, or both. I think I’m a pretty simple person but I do have a big outlook on life and try to be positive in most situations. I grew up pretty close to my family. I have 1 younger brother and 3 older sisters along with numerous cousins that I’m close with as well. I’m definitely a family guy, not the “family guy” because I really can’t stand that show at all. But I do love my family which extends to Rachel’s family. I couldn’t ask for better in-laws for real. Overall, I’d spend time with just about anyone in my family over anything else. But I do LOVE my job so I’ll go into that now.
I used to be a web designer for Rassai/Algo+Rhythm but after Jaidan came along I felt the calling to go off on my own. And I can honestly say it’s been in the top 5 best decisions I’ve ever made. I found that I truly do have a passion for design and my forte of that just happens to be on the web. I seriously could spend my life designing and sketching and thinking of new things to build. I would totally rate myself in the geek category and frequently make jokes that only I get. But oh well because there’s not many people that say they absolutely love their job.
As far as hobbies, I have a lot. Design comes first in this category and no matter what I do, I’m critiquing everything from colors to layouts. Then basketball, video games, my Bonsai tree, bowling, putt putt (can’t stand golf), and really just about anything I can do with Rachel and Jaidan. Fixing up the house and yard is a hobby of mine too. Rachel and I like to get creative with things and frequently decide to redo rooms in the house or clean out the garage and sell things that we don’t use anymore. We like things in order and cleaned out, poor Jaidan. ;D
Lastly, but really firstly, is God in my life. I have really tried to focus on Him more than anything else and often times I fall off the radar of Bible reading and prayer but get back in check eventually. I always love to see what He’s done in other people’s lives we know because I know how much He’s done in ours.
Well, that’s basically it for now. Take care, thanks for reading, and be sure to stop by often as Rachel is quite the comical writer. 😀