After college we both had moved to Colorado. Michael was the co-founder of a tech start up and Ronie was a professional cyclist. We met rock climbing and fell in love. We enjoyed our time together snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking and growing close. Michael surprised Ronie with a trip to New York City for a concert and proposed during our favorite song! We got married a couple of years later in 2013.
We moved to New York City shortly after getting married. We knew that we wanted to start a family through adoption and raise our child in a place with people of all different backgrounds and a lot of cultural diversity, especially since we are open to a child of a different background. We love living in a city with so much history, that has so many languages being spoken! And being in a city with the best technological innovation provides inspiration and opportunities for a lifetime. It is our hope that our child is surrounded by inspiration and will choose to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
We love to travel and our child will have the opportunity to see and experience all different parts of the country. We have family and friends all across the country (California, Illinois, Georgia, Indiana, Idaho, Colorado) and we have close friends in Massachusetts that we visit regularly. We also look forward to visiting other parts of the world as a family together one day. Australia is at the top of our list!
We have a peaceful, bright and loving home. Our apartment is on the top floor so the sun shines in and it is so nice. We are in a very safe neighborhood next to a beautiful park. There are playgrounds full of children for our little one to play with and many of our friends in the city have kids.
The theater is just up the block so we meet friends and neighbors there often.
Education is very important to us and our neighborhood has great schools, from their earliest days our child will have some of the best opportunities to grow and learn.
We enjoy cooking healthy foods, watching sports and listening to music and dancing together. We imagine spending the days with our child reading and playing, enjoying the city’s many parks and gardens, going to museums, libraries, plays and baseball games. We look forward to fun filled weekends together too, spending time at the many beautiful beaches that line the coast. Swimming lessons will be a must!
(Written by Michael)
Ronie went to nutrition school so she loves to make healthy food. Her specialty is all different types of pizza (and kale)! She is very active, loves to run, bike and dance and has the kindest loving heart. She loves to have fun and takes the best care of me, and always puts the needs of our family first. Ronie is very engaged in our community spends time each week volunteering. Her goal is to make it a better and healthier place for everyone who lives and spends time here. Ronie is a wellness educator, teaching nutrition, exercise, meditation and mindfulness. Her work is very flexible and she will be transitioning to being a "stay at home mom" once a baby enters our lives. She is so excited to spend time bonding and taking care of the baby, providing wonderful healthy foods and staying home to raise our child.
(Written by Ronie)
Michael is amazing. He is so gentle and loving, and he is very patient. He really loves life. He has a deep curiosity of how to make the world a better place and offers a great perspective on living life to the fullest by doing his best work and helping others. He is also super smart and fun to be around. He likes history, world events, technology and sports -- especially baseball and loves watching hockey! He runs, bikes, and is quite the comedian performing live improvisation comedy. He is excited to play games with our child and teach him or her about the world. He is looking forward to fatherhood and I can't wait for him to be a dad! He has a great job as a website and app designer keeping him on the forefront of technology and his company puts family first. He will be able to spend time at home when the baby arrives and has the opportunity to work from home as our child grows.