Wyatt Copas walks to his position to shoot at a homemade target while at the family farm's shooting range.
MAKING THE RECENT DECISION TO SPEND THEIR LIFE AS ONE, WYATT COPAS AND CAITLIN JONES NAVIGATE THEIR WAY THROUGH THE EVER-PRESENT FEAR OF THE FUTURE.
Caitlin takes a second away from her homework to talk to her fiancé on the phone.
Caitlin Jones is uncertain of her future. She will be getting married to her fiancé, Wyatt Copas, in a little less than a year. He proposed to her at the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky, with his family there for support.
Even though there is a future filled with uncertainty there are some stable aspects to her life. She lives with Wyatt's mother, Shelby Schweiss, to save money while she finishes college. Jones will get her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, but she doesn't know if she will land a spot with the physical therapy graduate program at Western Kentucky University. She has been aiming to be accepted to this elite program since her freshman year.
Jones is constantly on the move, doing either schoolwork or at on of her two jobs, one as a lifeguard at the Bill Powell Natatorium on WKU's campus and the other as a registration clerk at the Medical Center of Bowling Green.
A visual reminder sits on Caitlin's vanity that counts down the days until her planned wedding date, Oct. 23, 2021. Behind that is a frame from the Newport Aquarium, where Wyatt proposed.
Caitlin crams in some extra homework before she heads to her job at the Medical Center.
While analyzing her far too busy day-planner, Caitlin rests her hand next to pens that were on her bed.
Caitlin flirts with her fiancé as Wyatt's mother, Shelby Schweiss, washes the dishes after their weekly routine of spending quality family time on a quiet Sunday evening. Caitlin is currently living with Shelby and Wyatt's 74 year-old grandfather, Eddie, who also moved into the house about a year ago when his wife passed away.
"Wyatt is an only child; I only had to take care of one kid. Now I get to take care of two kids; it's very exciting."
-Shelby Schweiss, Wyatt's mom
Wyatt Copas is uncertain of his future. He knows he will be getting married to his fiancé, Caitlin Jones, on October 23, 2021. He has his job with the Kentucky Department of Transportation as a Highway technician. He knows he has a place to live; his father's farm, which he is helping his father run just outside of Bowling Green. He will begin to live there with Caitlin after she makes it through the physical training graduate program. But he doesn't know if his application to attend the Bowling Green Police Academy will be accepted, and if he'll be able to continue on his dream in becoming a police officer.
Wyatt starts up a tractor on the Copas family farm. He does much of the maintaining of the farm equipment along with his father, Chad Copas.
Wyatt Copas is uncertain of his future. He knows he will be getting married to his fiancé, Caitlin Jones, in a little over a year. He has his job with the Kentucky Department of Transportation as a Highway Technician. He knows he has a place to live; his father, Chad Copas, own the family farm that has been passed down for five generations. Wyatt helps his father work the land at the farm in Plano, Ky., just outside of Bowling Green. He will live there with Caitlin after she completes the physical training graduate program at WKU.
But he doesn't know if his application to attend the Bowling Green Police Academy will be accepted, and if he'll be able to continue his dream in becoming a police officer. However, he knows where he belongs, "I am not a town person, being in the country is better," Wyatt said while thinking of the future he and Caitlin have before them.
Wyatt checks out one of the pieces of old farming equipment in one of the barns on the family farm. Much of the equipment around the farm hasn't been used much recently; Wyatt and his father are the only ones working their section of land.
Wyatt heaves a fallen tree out of the way so him and Caitlin can safely go down to the small creek on their property.
Wyatt points out that the fields on both sides of the road are a part of the Copas family farm. The entirety of the farm consists of 100 acres but his father, the current owner, is leasing 75 acres out to family friends.
WYATT AND CAITLIN KNOW THEY HAVE EACH OTHER AND A FAMILY WHO SUPPORTS AND LOVES THEM. WITH THAT STRUCTURE IN THEIR LIFE, THEY ARE THRILLED BY THE IDEA OF THEIR FUTURE TOGETHER. .
Caitlin and Wyatt go out to Wyatt's father's farm and head to the house with Buddy, one of the two dogs who lives there. Whenever Caitlin isn't swamped with homework, she likes to got there with him to enjoy the outdoors. "There's just something about wide expanses of land that really does it for me." Caitlin said.
Caitlin flicks water at Wyatt from the small creek that runs through the farm's property. It's right next to where Wyatt took Caitlin for their first date. "She must've thought I was gonna kill her." Wyatt said after explaining he drove her out to the grassy area by their fields, the best stargazing spot on the property.
Wyatt opens the door for Caitlin and helps her get out of the car at the family farm. Wyatt almost always beats her to the door to open it for her.
Wyatt takes Caitlin's hand to help her through some rough brush down by the creek at the edge of the family farm.