Most days I don't think my life is all that interesting. Actually, most days I'm pretty sure that people don't have much interest in a 21 year old house wife and her snot nose kid. But here you are reading and so I shall begin.
I've spent most of my life living in the South, specifically Louisiana and Georgia. While this is a huge part of who I am, my life in Utah has also changed me into the woman I am today. I left home at 18 and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. I met my husband, Andrew, 3 months later and then was married 6 months after that.
(Photography by Tayli Stowers)
I never thought I would be married by 19 years old, but I like to think that God puts people in our lives when we need them most. We were married March 16, 2012 in an ordinary church with barely any crowd.
(Photography by Tayli Stowers)
Despite being so young when I was married, I have never once thought that I made the wrong decision. Both of our lives are better because of our friendship and love.
Love, marriage, and of course then comes the baby! After being married for 6 months we found out we were pregnant. At this point, most people would look at us like we've completely lost our minds with how quick we started our little family. But God knows when his children are ready to come to Earth, and our son was coming whether we were ready or not!
(Photography by Taryn Ruuth)
On June 5, 2013, Oliver McCoy was born tipping the scales at 9 lbs 1 oz! Never in a million years could you convince the teenager me that I would be a mother of a little bald boy at 20. Andrew and I were blessed to have a healthy baby with no complications or health problems.
But God gave us a healthy baby and pregnancy because he knew the real trial was coming next. Andrew decided to leave his stable paying job in pursuit of going back to school to become a nurse. Since my mother recently graduated nursing school, we thought the best way to get Andrew through school was with her help.
But she lived all the way back in good ole Georgia. So at 3 months old, Oliver made his first real adventure across the county as we moved back to Georgia. While this move has made a total 180 in our lives, the South was truly calling me back home.
The life decisions I have made make me different from the average 21 year old girl. I don't party, and I don't hang out with friends 24/7. I'm lucky to have contact with people other than a babbling baby most days. A lot of people would argue that being a Mormon is why I did everything so young, but that is completely false.
Mormonism is more than just a religion. It is a whole way of life that encompasses everything to what I eat and drink, how I raise my child, and how I interact with the confusing world around me. A lot of people don't understand Mormonism and claim to know things about our church when they have never even stepped inside one of our church buildings. I hope to change people's perspective of Mormons and show the world that that not all Mormons are from Utah and live in the Utah "bubble".
I am a Southerner. I am a Mormon. I am a Mommy.
And I wouldn't have my life to be any other way.