Well, we have known each other since third grade! We both grew up in the small Northern Maine town of Presque Isle and went to the same schools 1st-12th grade. Bethany has a Dear Diary entry from 5th grade ranting about how Joshua tore up a pink eraser and proceeded to chuck it at her all throughout a Social Studies class! Our romance didn’t begin though until our senior year of high school when we “officially” started dating (or courting as some call it). This relationship really began though after many years of friendship as Joshua became a regular part of Bethany’s family throughout middle school and high school, attending numerous church activities, band and chorus rehearsals, and even a few family vacations.
Joshua proposed in October 2002 over the loud speaker of a flight from Boston to Chicago. The entire plane cheered him on as Bethany was completely shocked and speechless and could only reply with a two-thumbs-up. It was less then a year later on July 12, 2003 when we were married.
The past 6 1/2 years of marriage have been a wonderful adventure with lots of twists and turns and living in various places and getting to know some of the most incredible people. Most recently we discovered that God had a fabulous plan to build our family through adoption (something we had always desired). Each of us have been blessed to travel throughout the world on various mission trips and God has given us a great love for people of different cultures and races. In January 2009 we traveled to Ethiopia to bring home the 2 most amazing children you’ll ever meet! Fikadu Enoch Taylor age 7 and his sister Tigist Abeni Taylor age 6.
This blog has chronicled the story of our lives and now turns the page to the newest adventure. In January 2010 we will be starting the process again to return to Ethiopia to complete another adoption. Please join our family as we take up faith and run ahead into all that God has instore!