Meet the Nelsons

Jun 11, 2013 at 11:20 a.m. ET

These high school sweethearts are all grown up and ready to start a family of their own in the city that they love!

The Nelson's

High school sweethearts,
still in love

These high school sweethearts are all grown up and ready to start a family of their own in the city that they love!

Steve and Tiffany Nelson didn’t start out in the same place, but they’re both firmly planted in Phoenix, Arizona now. Steve was born in Arkansas, but lived in several states before ending up in Arizona as a teenager. Tiffany, on the other hand, has lived her whole life in Arizona. “I love Arizona so much I will never leave. In fact, my mom still lives in the house in which she brought me home from the hospital. And I now live less than two miles from her,” she said.

They are high school sweethearts, who met during Tiffany’s senior year — he's one year older. They went to neighboring schools in the same district, and met through mutual friends. “I was drawn to his sense of humor at first. Most of my favorite memories with him include giggling like school children, whether alone at home or surrounded by people in public,” said Tiffany. “And as I got to know him better, I fell in love with his charismatic, good-natured and welcoming personality. He makes everyone feel at home and includes outcasts naturally into any group of people."

Steve says he was initially attracted to Tiffany because he thought she was "pretty and down to laugh." He says he sticks around because they laugh together, and that "anyone that still laughs at all my jokes is a keeper." Labor Day, 2013 — which is also close to their due date — will mark 13 years together.

Tiffany is a language therapist who works one-on-one with students, ranging in age from 4 years old to adults, who have language and attention disabilities, mainly dyslexia and ADHD. “I find the work very challenging, yet rewarding,” she said.

Steve has a varied career background, having worked in both the home-building industry and as a professional drummer. When the couple started talking about starting a family, he started a consulting group with his brother. “Steve runs the general contracting side and marketing for the company. He seamlessly combined his two previous professional experiences — construction and promotion — into a successful full-service real estate and general contracting company,” said Tiffany.

When she’s not hard at work teaching, Tiffany can often be found with her face buried in a book. "I am an avid reader, and have to end all of my days with a good book,” she said. She also loves music and dancing, and says she wakes up most mornings with a song in her head. “I love the outdoors, especially here in Arizona. I love to boat, camp, quad-ride, target shoot and hike. I am very active and value a healthy lifestyle, including home-cooked meals and committing to one activity that requires movement every day.” Steve loves TV, music and trolling the internet.

“You can find us laughing, dancing and singing in the living room late at night regularly. He teaches me all the best hip-hop dance moves,” said Tiffany. “He loves outdoor activities, too, although slightly different choices than mine. He loves to dirt bike ride, snowboard and camp.”

The couple is expecting a baby girl in the first week of September. Her name is Parker Lee Davis — named in honor of Steve's brother. “It took us a while to get pregnant, so we are feeling very blessed!” said Tiffany. “Steve has had a remarkably good role model in his father, so I have always trusted that Steve will be a great father — even when I was 17 and not interested in a family yet!”

Both Tiffany and Steve are excited to start their life with a baby. “He is beside himself with enthusiasm and talks to my growing belly regularly. I am very excited to see what she will look like and what her personality will be like,” said Tiffany. “I have been feeling fluttering since I was about 16 weeks pregnant, so I think she is already a very active baby, which makes me excited! I want to go on adventures with my children!”

They’re also ready for the struggles a new baby will bring. “My biggest fear for parenting is probably sleep patterns and schedules,” said Tiffany. “I was a terrible sleeper since birth, fighting sleep no matter how exhausted I was. And Steve is a night owl. I figure I'll have what's coming to me if Parker struggles with sleep too. And I am cranky when I don't get enough sleep. So wish us luck!"

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