Our love story began without either of us knowing it.
Mr. Layland and I met through a mutual friend. I knew her growing up in North Carolina and he met her while attending college at BYU-Idaho. I was serving as a missionary on Temple Square for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2010 when Mr. Layland had returned from his time as a missionary in Mexico. After returning to school our mutual friend, Laurel suggested he write to me to keep his mind off being home from his own mission thinking it would lift his spirits.
Over the next year we wrote to each other and when I got home in February 2012 it was two months of us calling for hours and texting late into the night before we met in person. Our first date was to Coldstone where apparently I told him “I’m an ice cream purist…” when I ordered plain cake batter ice cream with no mix-ins. He thought it must be a real thing. It’s not.
The things you say on a first date.
Life throws you curve balls and after that first month of being together we wouldn’t be in the same city again for the next year. Long-distance is tough. They say distance makes the heart grow fonder but for us it just made things more complicated. Eventually, we ended up breaking up…and getting back together…twice.
Eventually, we decided that if this was going to work we needed to be in the same place. Before I knew it I had arranged to take my last semester of college online and moved to Arizona! After a month of enjoying our time finally living in the same city, we got engaged and were married on November 15, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona.
In 2016 we moved to New Jersey and had our son Calvin. We love him to pieces and I take way too many photos of him! He’s a spirited, happy toddler and I love being a mother.
In the summer of 2017 we moved to Hoboken, NJ and have loved every minute of it!
So that’s Mr.Layland & Me.