Once upon a time, a boy met a girl. They fell in love and were soon married. On February 10, 2001, the couple were sealed for time and all eternity in the Mount Timpanogas Temple. Love turned pages in their book of life and that sacred day began a new chapter.

This new chapter stirred up an unquenchable desire in the girl to preserve new memories in writing. She had always played around with writing. Their story had to be written. It wouldn’t be bland or boring simply answering who, what, where, when, why, and how. The story would reflect reality on a deeper level in a piquant way.

Piquant (pronounced pea kunt) means agreeably pungent or stimulating to the taste; pleasantly sharp or biting. Piquant storytelling is more than sprinkling salt, it’s punctuating with chili peppers. Much like the difference between mozzarella or cheddar cheese. Both are good but cheddar is better, or at least has more flavor. Piquant writing is bold writing with a blunt focus on the details of life typically glossed over.

The couple has an exciting life. He’s a bananalyst according to the oldest child at the age of 6. She’s a homemaker. Together they have three children, two boys and a girl all spoiled rotten. Life without kids was thrilling enough to conceive her mental memoirs – My Life: Stranger Than Fiction. Crazy kids just add to the mix.

The family are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly referred to as Mormons. She has Type 1 diabetes and wants to show the world how she lives her life the same as everyone else only differently. She believes people are not their illness and with faith in Jesus Christ, burdens can be made light. Another belief she holds is that life is an adventure. If one doesn’t appreciate the roller coaster of life for what it is or stop to write it down, one won’t remember to laugh later.

Some names and identifying details have been left out to protect the innocent. In other words, based on a true story. The main character’s names have not been changed. Meet Heath, the boy who married Tristan, the girl and author, and their children, Gavin, Parker, and Gwen. This is their story . . .