The first time we met, it was less like meeting someone and more like remembering something wonderful.

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We met our first week of college, and knew we were meant to be together forever. Life has brought us through thick and thin, and every moment has been sweeter because we are together.

We’ve been through college together, starving happy newlywed years, young babies, late nights, thousands of diapers, big moves, job changes, thick and thin. Every memory is a blessing, and every trial has brought us closer.

It’s brought us to where we are now: living with our amazing kids in the mountains of Idaho in the greater Yellowstone area, where we hope to stay forever.

Matt is a Senior Web Developer, working from home. This lets us live our dreams of living in the mountains and being together as much as possible. Ann is a private yoga instructor and small business owner, but most of all, a stay at home mom! This lets the kids have her full attention.

We are best friends who still date and smack each other’s bums. We can’t imagine life without each other.

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Our greatest blessing is this: We have a BIG family!! A big, wonderful, happy family. Perfect? No. But we think that this is about as close as it gets.

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Matt and I could not have imagined when we started out just how much joy our children would bring us. Each addition to our family has increased the love and joy in our home.

The kids have been our best teachers. We are blessed to be experienced parents and we believe absolutely in being gentle and kind in raising our children.

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Siblings can be an amazing part of life, like built-in best friends and a life-long support system. Big families are perfect training for life! There is no better way to learn to work together, get along, and fix what’s broken. Kids really do thrive in an environment filled with love and with siblings! Feeling left out is not an option for any of us in this family. The idea that kids can’t thrive in a large family is flawed. A large family that is healthy only serves to provide a bigger support system.

Our home in the mountains is an amazing place to grow up. Our adventures and discoveries only bond us closer. Life is SO MUCH better together! Our greatest joy is found in helping each member of our family dream and grow.

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“Coming from a large family makes you feel protected – you have friends and allies.” – Paul McGann

We love you already, and hope you’ll become a part of our happy family!