"Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one'."

Read About Me - L

Here's what you should know about Lindsay:

I was born in Corvallis, Oregon in 1977. I was raised by an amazing single mom with my older brother, Jeff. My mom truly amazes me and I have a new-found respect for her since having children of my own. She is the most determined person I know. We lived in Oregon and Washington for all of my childhood and planted our roots in Kent for my teenage years. After graduating from Kentwood High School in 1996, I earned my AA Degree at Green River Community College and then made my way up to Western Washington University. I met my husband, Dan, through friends and we have been together since the day we met in 1998. I graduated with a degree in Communication in 2000.

We had a gorgeous wedding on July 27, 2002. I began working as the Communication Specialist for the Kent School District after our wedding. I was responsible for planning the district events and for writing the weekly staff newsletter (often thinking: no pressure, there's only 3,000 teachers reading this). We bought our first home in Auburn, Washington in 2003. After a couple years of renovations and making plans, we decided it was time for kids. Logan Daniel was born on December 6, 2006. I “retired” from the school district to become a stay-at-home mom. I have the best (and hardest) job there is. Dan supports our family as the Finance and Technology Manager at Tacoma Rail. Carter Bradley came along on July 28, 2009. My three men are literally the sunshine in my life! I spend way too much time (a lot less time lately) scrapbooking. I also have a sick knowledge of pop culture and can probably beat just about anyone at the game 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon'! My long-term goal is to start a professional scrapbooking business and work from home while raising the boys. Until then, we are currently living happily ever after as a family of four.

Lindsay's thoughts on Sarah:
What can I say about Sarah? She is the kind of friend you want in your corner. She is trustworthy, honest, selfless, and full of life. She is an amazing mother to her three girls. Sometimes, I just sit back and watch how they look at her and all you see is LOVE. She takes on her role as wife and mommy with amazing conviction and I often wonder where all her energy comes from. She puts a tremendous amount of care into everything she does.

This wonderful companionship we have formed as “stay-at-home-mommy-neighbors” is something I treasure. I often wonder how I would cope without her in my life (and just down the street). We probably spend more time together than most would consider normal, but that's just what happens when you discuss poop, tantrums, and binky's with someone on a daily basis--what a bond we have! Haley was 13 months old when Hannah and Logan (born on the same day) came along. Sarah was a huge help during my first year as a mommy. She invited me for coffee on a lonely March morning and that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Sarah is always there with a glass of wine, an amazing dessert, and a hug when I need a break. (And, a good quote from Friends or reference from Twilight never hurts either!) Some of my favorite memories of her are the ones of us in our sweats after the babies are in bed and we are able to let out a deep sigh and giggle! (Actually being able to finish a converation is always a bonus, too!) She teaches me every day. She supports me. She inspires me. She makes me smile!

"...See! He's her lobster!" (Meet My Husband)
Dan and I have an unusual how-we-met story…My best friends in high school (Tony and Jason) went to Western Washington University right after high school while I stayed behind to attend community college. When I finally made it to Bellingham for my junior year, I called my friends to get together. They lived in a house with seven guys and Dan was one of those guys. We have been together since the day we met in 1998 and haven’t looked back. We were a perfect fit right from the start. We were engaged for two years while finishing school (after dating for two years first) and got married in 2002. (And, those friends were both in our wedding!) We have reflected several times on how our lives could have turned out so differently (we were both supposed to go to different colleges and what if my friends weren't his roommates? etc. etc. etc.). It was just meant to be.

When asked, I once used the word “committed” to describe Dan. He is incredibly loyal and is constantly looking out for his family and friends. He is caring, intelligent, driven, and sometimes a little quirky! Dan makes me laugh in a way no one else can. He is just the right kind of silly! We have been finishing each other’s sentences for 12 years now. We have countless inside jokes and fun memories that make up who we are as a couple. We have grown together. I couldn’t be happier with the life we’ve built. We have a beautiful family, a beautiful marriage, a beautiful home...and it just keeps getting better.