I was born in Salt Lake City to wonderful, hard working, creative parents. My five siblings and I grew up happy and were encouraged to try new things, and learn to do them well. I was always a creative creature and loved to come up with new ideas to make life more interesting. I have never felt unable to do something I put my mind to, and I have learned through countless failures that trying is the only first step to success!
After graduating from Skyline High School, I began studying at Brigham Young University. I got through three semesters and a study abroad in Costa Rica before heading to Buenos Aires, Argentina to spend eighteen months as a full-time missionary for my church. Upon my return, I solidified my plan to pursue a degree in Nursing, and I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Utah. Ever since I have wondered what I was thinking! Don’t get me wrong, I love being an RN, and had great work opportunities as a Diabetes Educator. In the last year I began a new side nursing gig as an in-home injection training nurse for Teva Pharmaceuticals. It’s been a fantastic way to keep up my license, and teach on the side.
My sweet husband Dave and I met at church a few months after my return from Argentina, and I fell in love at first sight. Literally. Would have said “Yes” on the spot! We dated, he fell in love with me, we got engaged, then married on October 5th, 2006. I could not have found a better partner, and we do our best to make each other happy every day. Mister Milo, Baby Eliot, and Baby Plum have since joined our growing family, and we have never felt more complete and happy. These kids fill our days (and sometimes nights!) with excitement. Oh, the energy of youth. I love being a mom, and feel so blessed to be able to stay home with my kids every day.
I began writing on One Little Minute (then daveandmiranda.blogspot) way back in 2007 as a way to share my life as a newlywed with friends and family across the country. I posted my very first post from my laptop on Starbucks WiFi in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, where Dave and I were working for the summer. It was the beginning of a conversation with myself, that would grow, change, last far longer and mean far more to me than I could have imagined. Over the past seven years, I have used One Little Minute as a creative journal of my adventures in family, travel, sewing, and projects.
In early 2013, after much internal struggle, I decided to put One Little Minute on the back burner to spend more time with my growing, young family. It happened to be ideal timing, as 2013 also became the year we had our third child and moved across the country, building our dream home in the hills just north of Austin, Texas. I’m excited to step in and share something from time to time, but on a daily basis you can see our happenings in one-photo format on my instagram account @livefreemiranda.
I learned to sew as a child in an after school class, but despite my mother being an avid and talented seamstress, sewing didn’t interest me much until I was in college. Then, when I found myself with little money for new clothes but lots of social events that required them, I picked it back up. My almost-nonexistent formal training allows me to think and work outside the box (aka make a million mistakes that have helped me learn!)
I hope you enjoy your time here at One Little Minute. I love sharing my thoughts, ideas, and projects with you.