About Me - David
I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to some really great parents! I grew up in a suburb about 20 miles south of Salt Lake. It was a larger city for Utah, but felt small to me and my friends and family. I had four brothers and no sisters, although my mother wanted a daughter more than anything, and they tried and tried to have one. Unfortunately, having a daughter just wasn't in the cards for them, but they loved each of us more than we could imagine. My parents also sacrificed a lot for us.
Being a father...
Next to being a husband, nothing is as important to me as becoming a father. I have looked forward to having and raising children my entire life. I feel it is one of the greatest joys we can have. My parents were great examples of parents, and I hope to emulate them in many areas.
Both my parents encouraged us to be driven for success, and I am proud of each of my siblings for being successful in their own rights
I was different from my siblings in a few key areas. While most of them preferred to be more home bodies and stay in Utah, I loved to travel. The desire to experience new places and cultures really took hold during high school. I had a trip to Russia that changed my life and allowed me to really see the world was much larger than where I grew up. After graduating high school I spent two years in Texas on a church mission. This was another significant event that changed my life and helped me make the choices I did. I loved serving the people of Texas.
After my mission I went to college. I was the first in my family to go to college, and ended up graduating with a bachelors in Economics and later getting a Masters of Business Administration at Thunderbird School of Global Management. During my Masters program I taught high school math and economics, and helped graduate two classes. I currently work as Director of Product for a medical software company and have been fortunate to have been successful in this role and others I have held.
Faith in God
I have a strong love of our Savior Jesus Christ and strive to follow his teachings. I have always been spiritual and feel it is an important part of who I am. I decided at the young age of 9 years old I wanted to go to church even though it meant going by myself. I did so until leaving on a mission for my church at age 19. God has provided me peace and strength at different times throughout my life, and he has also inspired me in many ways. I am grateful to him for my life and who I have become.
Although I searched and searched, I did not find my true love, April, for some time. As mentioned in the intro, we met at a dance on the deck of a battleship in California. She was a very successful singer/songwriter and had many guys pursuing her. She made such an impression that night that she stood out among all the many girls at the dance and I pursued her, even though I was afraid she wouldn't be interested in me. It was an honor to fight for her heart and I'm glad I didn't let fear stop me from trying to court her. It was totally worth it. In early 2018 I proposed and we were married in August of that same year. April is truly my best friend and partner, and I love her dearly! She helps me want to be a better man, and I would do anything for her. I am so grateful to God for her in my life.
Both April and I are very anxious to be parents and raise our family. It is our deepest desire...our sweetest hope in life. I have tried to be a support to my nieces and nephews and help to teach them and also take them on adventures. I have also taken youth groups on trips through slot canyons and rock climbing, and worked closely with them in the Boys Scouts of America where I was a Commissioner.
As I mentioned above, adoption is no stranger to my family. I have great examples of both the challenges that come from adoption, as well as the joy and love. We have been unable to have kids thus far, but I feel I will be a caring dad because I will strive to be the greatest father possible to my kids, which includes a lot of quality time with them as a parent.
I love the outdoors and particularly hiking, slot canyons, scuba diving, kayaking, and rock climbing. I also enjoy fixing things, learning from Audible and other books, and cooking. I also love art. One of my favorite hobbies is to create recipes that are both flavorful and healthy. Sometimes this latter hobby results in some interesting concoctions that people put up with, but often it results in something yummy!
What does April say about her David?
I looked for a long time to find a man like my husband. David is the REAL deal; he not only talks the talk, but he walks the walk.
I like to call him my kind, lion-hearted man. I know no one is perfect...but he’s pretty dang close. He surpassed all my expectations with his warm, open heart. David is as family-focused, honest, and devoted as they come. He is a FULL partner in our marriage. He is my best friend...
One of the things I most admire is how steady and growth-minded he is. He is able to deeply connect and care for others - and he loves God.
I find myself regularly singing his praises because I honestly can’t help it. There is a lot to brag about on David. One of the things that stuck out to me as we dated was how David has the rare ability to be unusually relationally and emotionally mature. He is often attuned to my needs in ways I hadn’t thought. When we were seriously dating my mom pointed out how unusual and impressed she was how naturally he could anticipate my needs; he would see a possible want or need I may have and try to fill it even before I asked - sometimes even before I thought to ask (who does that?!). This is how he will operate with our children as well - that’s just WHO he is.
For his birthday last year I bought him a very accurate t-shirt that says, “I never thought I’d be the world’s greatest husband, but here I am KILLING it!” It was just true; so I bought him the shirt! After work, he often joins me when I’m cleaning or cooking and rolls up his sleeves to help with housework and anything else that needs to be done. He is always dependable, concerned for my welfare with a laser-like focus on my happiness and desire to be there for those he loves.
David has ALWAYS wanted children. He is all about quality family time and even when he could be spending time with friends, he loves spending time with family. Sometimes I have to encourage him to go out with his guy buddies because he is so family-oriented and I want to make sure he gets fun guy time. What wife has to encourage their husband to go hang out with his buddies?
The surprises I discovered with him once we were married were good ones - like learning he has all these crazy talents I hadn’t known much about - like his ability to wood-work, fix things, and cook like a chef. He’s a legit renaissance man.
And ohhh the way he interacts with children like our nieces and nephews just melts me. He knows how to create such fun and have a great time with them and he is also sensitive to their thoughts and feelings. He could spend hours creating magic worlds and playing with them - he regularly talks about how much he hopes to create memories with his own kids and teach them all kinds of things. He will be a fierce protector of his little girls.
He is THAT kind of man. And I know he will be THAT kind of a father.