Our Family

The Paquet Family |

My family means the world to me. My mom and dad grew up in Pasadena, California down the street from one another, and have been best friends from the time they were twelve years old. As life often does, they left each other’s sides for a few years time, only to return and find true love in each other. They have been married twenty-five years, and have set an amazing example for me as to what a marriage should be.

My father works as the Regional Vice President of Trader Joe’s Company for the Texas region, and has spent the last year traveling the mid-west, opening stores and scouting for new locations – both for new stores and for our new family home. They recently closed on a house in Dallas, and will be moving there this summer. My work ethic, my drive, every ounce of pride that keeps me moving forward is fueled by my father.

My parents decided early in their marriage that they wanted a traditional family set-up, and from the time I was born, my mother has made her children and husband her full-time job, her dream, and her life. She has done so much for me, and for the family as the whole. It is no stretch to claim that my mom is the glue that holds the whole family together. She has been there through every scrape, every heartbreak, every failure, and every success, and she never fails to comfort, to encourage, and to cheer me on through it all. My warmth, my caring, my love, everything I believe in regards to raising family and to being an amazing mother and wife are gifts from my mom. She’s one of the most amazing women on this planet.

My parents have pushed me to succeed in everything, and have been there every step of the way – but so have my siblings. I am one of four children. My older brother Bryan works for Trader Joe’s and is currently married to a wonderful woman and they have three beautiful children. My younger sister Brittany is my Maid of Honor, and is one of my best friends in the world. She has been a constant companion in this life, and I am so lucky for it. My baby brother, Trevor is graduating high school this spring, and setting off on his college adventure. I love him to pieces, and I am so sure he is going to do great! My family, these people (plus my Grams and Gramps and Uncle Mark) have been there for every experience, every growing pain, every graduation, and every new adventure. They make me who I am, and I love them more than anything in the world. I feel so blessed that God has matched me with an incredible man that was a product of an incredible family of which I get to call my own so shortly. I cannot believe how lucky I am that I was given such an amazing family, and that I get to marry into one as well. I am doubly blessed!

 The Smith Family |

My parents, Dave and Nancy Smith, have been married for what will soon be 30 years, this after dating for almost 6 years prior to marriage. My mother was born Nancy Lee Harp in Bartlesville, OK where she was raised along with her two brothers and a sister. She wound up going to Oklahoma State University, graduated and found a job in Tulsa, OK working with American Airlines. My father was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. He moved around from time to time with his parents, but always in the Tulsa area. He graduated from Nathan Hale High School and went to Oklahoma State University as well, although my parents wouldn’t meet there. No, my parents met through a mutual friend and instantly hit it off, though they wouldn’t be engaged until a Valentine’s Day years later.

My parents set a beautiful example for Jacob and myself on what a loving relationship looks like. They are a true team, handling everything life has thrown our way with a grace I could only attribute to my father and mother. We travelled together as a family all over the United States, my parents making sure to include cultural trips as well as purely “fun” ones, ensuring my brother and I had an appreciation for the arts – though I think that rubbed off more on me than my brother. 😉 All of who I am today is because of my parents, even my occupation; I get my artistic ability from my father, and my love of music from my mother.