Our story began in 2008 in a bar in Lubbock, Texas, when we were both in our mid-twenties. We remember that night vividly. Paul noticed Kyle from across the room when he was dancing with a friend to the Cupid Shuffle (sooo 2008). At first, Kyle didn't talk to Paul despite Paul's attempts. Kyle recalls that he was intimidated by Paul's dashing appearance. As luck would have it, we saw each other out the following weekend. This time, it was Kyle who built up enough courage to make the move to invite Paul over for homemade chicken spaghetti. After our first meal together, the rest was history.
During our early days, Kyle was establishing his career in real estate and Paul was in graduate school. Neither of us knew exactly where life was going to take us, but we knew that we wanted to start this adventure together.
As a couple, our first big decision was whether to move away from Texas to Minnesota. Paul had a job offer from a company that was willing to relocate both of us to Minneapolis. Deciding to put faith in our relationship, we packed our house and moved to the Midwest - and even brought Paul’s mom, Marsha. It's a decision that Paul will eternally be grateful to Kyle for.
Living in Minnesota made a positive impact on our lives. It gave us an opportunity to strengthen our relationship, build lasting friendships, and grow both of our careers. Despite this, we knew that California was where we ultimately wanted to be. Our best friends recently had their first child and we wanted to develop a relationship with our new "niece." When Paul received a job offer in the San Francisco Bay Area, we jumped on it. Within a few months, we moved ourselves (and Marsha!) to California.
Since moving to California, we have really put down our roots here. Kyle has been re-establishing his real estate career, which has afforded him flexible hours and the opportunity to work from home as needed. Paul has been following his passion for education by working on a design team at a philanthropic tech company. In his free time, he also teaches a design course at a university in San Francisco. Amazingly enough, Paul's new office is only a 10 minute walk from our house in Redwood City.
Now that we're in our mid-thirties, with a life we feel is comfortable and happy, we're ready for it to get even better by beginning our next adventure as parents. At this point in our life, we have stable careers, a supportive family, and an abundance of love to share with your child.