Will the real Tyler please stand up

I’m dedicating this blog to my husband, the chameleon. I definitely married up! On the surface he is kind, compassionate, and incredibly easy-going. Behind the scenes he is funny, full of energy, and boisterous. The handsome man I married is typically quiet and shy around others but full of life when it is just the two of us. Our friends and family members tend to gasp when I tell a story which shows a drastically different side than his typical demeanor and I am often told how lucky I am to be married to such a kind, caring, wonderful man. Because of this drastic difference in shows to different audiences I’m planning to start sharing Tik Tok videos so you can get to know the real Tyler John!

The Tyler no one sees

The Tyler no one sees

The Early Years

Tyler and I married young, during the early stages of our adult life following college. We were both 25 years old before we graduated college and had started our first jobs. Looking back we had no idea what “adult life” consisted of and were ill-prepared for the decisions that lie ahead. At the time, we both wanted the same thing most newly married couples in the Midwest desire: buy a house, settle down, and raise a family.  Slowly but surely real world experience started changing our thought process on what we each felt was important and valuable in life.
Our Egyptian adventure

Our Egyptian adventure

Taking a different path in life

God gave me the opportunity to serve in Haiti and Tyler later joined me on several trips to volunteer as well. We visited many countries in short amount of time, including Egypt, which exposed us to a drastically different cultural we had never experienced before in our travels. We began to realize there were different paths outside of the norm. For example, I wanted to see the world, experience life through other people’s eyes, and give back. This resulted in a shift altering the focus of our life together.
2013 Haiti visit

2013 Haiti visit

Choosing our Path

We prayed often about our path in life and what we each felt was important. Our life would be met with obstacles and challenges our friends and family hadn’t experienced and therefore wouldn’t be able to provide expert guidance as they had in the past. We made the decision to follow what God had planned for us. That is to say, life seemed to be steering more towards giving back and traveling rather than living a typical Midwest lifestyle of settling down and raising a family.
My traveling partner on 4 continents

My traveling partner on 4 continents

We have no idea where God will take us during our lifetime but we’re excited to be on the journey together. I can think of no other person I would rather do life with than the man who changed his perception and his willingness to go outside “the norm” for me and and our life together. I married up when I married Tyler and feel blessed to call him my husband.

My "up for anything" husband on Camelback Mountain

My “Up for Anything” husband on the top of Camelback Mountain

Tyler, my favorite workout partner

Tyler, my chameleon

To my chameleon

Thank you for taking the “road less traveled” and for going along with all of my spur-of-the-moment wild ideas, like skydiving and volunteering in the Rio Olympics. Our friends and family are right, I absolutely married “up”!