"It always terrified my mother that I went skiing alone. She was convinced that I was going to run into a tree and die because there was no one around to help me. However, if I hadn't been skiing alone, I would have never met the love of my life. We were both in the singles line waiting to get on a chairlift and ended up hopping on the same one. We shared some typical skiing small talk and learned we actually live pretty close to each other. When we got to the top of the mountain, he asked me if I'd like to ski down with him. I was instantly impressed with his skills on the slopes- jumping cliffs and doing backflips- while I think he was just thankful that I could keep up with him. That "one run" turned into a full day of skiing and our first official date the following week. That summer, we decided to go on a service trip to Kenya and he proposed on Mt. Kilimanjaro after an extremely challenging climb. In fact the last 2 hours of the hike, he literally had to pull me up because I was so oxygen deprived. It's been an adventure ever since! We've now been married 11 years and have traveled to over 30 countries- most of them with our four kids in tow. We are also expecting our 5th child in just a few short weeks. People often ask, "how do you do everything you do with all of your kids?" Honestly, I don't know how we could do it any other way. Sure, adventuring with kids takes a significant amount of patience, creativity, and physical energy- but the rewards far outweigh the efforts. We know our kids won't remember all the miles they've hiked, the trips they've taken, or all the things they've seen. But we know their lives will forever be grounded in the relationships they've created there and the things they've learned along the way."