We met 17 years ago while working on an artistic project, and two years later we held our commitment ceremony on the beach with family and friends. In 2008 we were excited to legally marry, with our daughter as flower girl & her birth grandmother as one of our witnesses. Our relationship is built on love, creativity, mutual growth & lots of laughter.
Fifteen years ago we began a wedding resource for the LGBT community, and it has grown into a dream come true! We love what we do every day, have the opportunity to travel as a family, and most of all, our schedules are very flexible. That’s very important to us so that we can take turns working half days & one of us will always be home full-time with our next child & big-sister Kestin.
As a family we spend lots of time outdoors on our homestead by the river, playing with our pets & having cookouts with friends. Cindy enjoys organic gardening; she can’t wait to teach our child about watching seeds sprout & crawling under green bean teepees in the summertime. Marianne loves animals, so our homestead is always busy with the fun, lively energy that a barn full of pets can bring. We have a family of wonderful chickens, ducks, cats & house rabbits too.
We also love spending time playing board games together, like Crazy 8's and Catan, playing basketball or tennis, going swimming, watching movies and cooking and baking. Kestin is always eager to help taste those first cookies when they're warm from the oven! Being creative is important to us too, since Cindy is a photographer and Marianne is a writer - we're often found sketching or photographing the river, or taking hikes to discover new views together.
Traveling is another of our favorite pasttimes, and we can’t wait to take our little one for his or her first vacation to the beach or to our favorite spots like Philadelphia, Boston or Washington DC, to soak in the history & visit the many children’s museums as a family. Kestin adores history and exploring new places, so she can't wait to show her brother or sister some of her favorite spots like the Lincoln Memorial, the Liberty Bell and playing putt putt golf at Panama City Beach!
It Takes a Village...
During our adoption of Kestin in 2006, our circle of family and friends joined wholeheartedly in the joy of bringing her into our lives. Now, they are all looking forward to welcoming our new child, and celebrating the growth of our family. Friends are ready to lend a hand when he or she first arrives. Grandparents are ready to do some spoiling & watch our child grow throughout the years. Kestin is eager to teach her sister or brother how to play peek-a-boo, collect fresh eggs from the barn, and swim at the family lakehouse. As parents, we truly can’t wait to share our home and our circle of love, support & wonder in nurturing another child!