(written by Bethany)
It’s the first day of our sophomore year of college. I’m sitting at my desk and notice this cute guy (my future hubby) walk into the classroom. I instantly knew I wanted to get to know him. We became Facebook friends – this is back when parents had no clue what Facebook was and you had to have an “.edu” in your email to create an account.
Me, the forward New Yorker, messaged him and asked if he wanted to hang out sometime. He took me out for ice cream and we sat there and talked for the longest time. We had so much in common – I knew Jason was the right guy for me.
Jason, on the other hand, wasn’t so sure. He never called me back after that date. I still saw him around campus and was always nice to him. You never burn a bridge.
Flash forward to the summer before junior year, and suddenly Jason started writing me on Facebook. I could tell this time he was interested, but remembering what happened the previous year, I played it cool. But he kept pursuing me, and I fell hard for him.
That year, we went to lots of coffee houses and movies. His family lived local and mine were eight hours away, so I enjoyed becoming part of his family.
During the summer after junior year, I helped Jason land an internship in NYC, introducing Jason to the Northeast. That fall, Jason proposed to me on our one year anniversary with twelve dozen roses. It was quite the romantic gesture.
Jason graduated from college a semester early and moved to New Jersey to begin his career in finance. We got married the summer after senior year, and I introduced Jason to his first cruise on our honeymoon.
We spent five years living in a one bedroom apartment in central Jersey. We loved it! Keeping up with housework for a one bedroom apartment was simple. One of our favorite summers we bought passes to a whole summer of concerts and spent two weeks traveling through Europe – starting and ending in Rome.
Shortly after, we decided it was time to start a family. We bought a three bedroom condo and I soon became pregnant with Aria.
At the time, I was working as a digital marketing manager for an agency, and once I had Aria, I became a stay-at-home mom. Aria and I have lots of fun together! I love to get out of the house – whether it’s the park, a farm, a consignment sale, or driving up to New York to visit my family.
Jason and I really enjoy introducing Aria to new things. We had so much fun taking Aria to Dutch Wonderland on Father’s Day. She LOVED the water park! We also introduced Aria to soccer this summer. She went from picking up the soccer ball on the first practice to actually kicking the ball in the goal by the end.
We’ve explained to Aria that we plan to adopt a baby. To prepare her, we read a book about becoming a big sister. We’ve also watched the episodes of Doc McStuffins where Doc’s parents adopt a baby girl.
We’re looking forward to meeting you. And until then, please know that we pray for you and your baby every night with Aria. We may not know you yet, but you’re in our hearts and on our minds.
We live in a three bedroom condo in central Jersey. It’s a wonderful neighborhood for kids with three parks close by. Check out Our Home & Neighborhood photo album to see pictures of our nursery, Aria’s room, and our parks.
(written by Bethany)
Jason is truly the love of my life. He’s romantic, kind, humble, and very hard working. I know this is nerdy, but I find his intellectual curiosity attractive. He’s a great dad to Aria – from playing pretend with her, giving her baths, and getting her ready for bed each night, he’s always ready and willing to pitch in. People say you marry someone like your dad, and in my case, it’s true! Jason has a great sense of humor – just like my dad. Jason is my partner in life, and the longer we’ve been married, the closer we’ve become.
(written by Jason)
Bethany is very passionate about family and full of love. She is a very thoughtful person – she is known as the person in the family who gives the best gifts. One time she surprised me by inviting my parents from Virginia to visit me for my birthday! She loves spending time with family and recounting funny moments with Aria (like when she waved to a mannequin!). I love her passion to learn more (she has two masters degrees), but she’s very down to earth. She sticks by her family no matter what and has always been by my side supporting me. I am so lucky to be her husband and proud that she loves her family so much!