We met during a hurricane in South Florida...that is right, a force of nature literally brought us together! My family had lost power and was staying at the Hard Rock Hotel in South Florida. A mutual friend decided to come visit me at the hotel, more like enjoy the A/C for a few hours, and brought Tom along.....the rest is history.
After graduating college, we decided to move to New York City and have been here ever since. New York is a special place, truly unique and once you are here it is very difficult to leave. Everything is at your fingertips and available to you at a moments notice. In New York we are surrounded by amazing schools, medical professionals, extracurricular activities and there is such a wonderful blend of cultures. We are very blessed to be able to live here and raise our family in such a diverse community.
The best part of our marriage is that Tom and I have very different personalities. This is why we work so well together. We compliment each other and truly make a great team. We have been together for over 12 years and married since 2009.
We love nothing more then to share a good laugh with one another. Making memories through smiles and laughter is the best way that we know how and maybe a few selfies.
Both of us, because of our childhood experiences have talked about adopting a child, even before we were married. We wanted biological children too, but adoption was something that has always been important to us. Little did we know that because of the complications that I developed during my pregnancy with Ella, doctors would tell us that it would be both dangerous to my health and the health of the baby should I become pregnant again.
This brings us to today and our true hope to match and adopt a baby to complete our family.
We moved to Long Island City, right outside of Manhattan, to be closer to our family. Long Island City is a very child friendly neighborhood. It is heavily populated by young families.
We are thrilled we made this decision and Ella LOVES the city life. We are a 15 minute subway ride from Aunt Ashley, 10 minute subway ride from Papa's office (Grandpa), a 10 minute subway ride to Daddy's office and only a 4 block walk to school! Plus we are surrounded by amazing outdoor playgrounds, children's museums and so much more; all in walking distance!
Our Apartment is in a Luxury high rise condo with a doorman. The building was built in 2007 and is modern with new amenities, plus it is very safe. We have garage parking that permits us to walk right into the lobby and directly into the elevator; perfect for traveling with a child as well as a baby.
Spending time as a family is of utmost importance to us. We are both working parents, but we are able to have a family dinner, spend time together and enjoy bedtime rituals as well as take care of drop off and pick up time for school. We own two children franchises that cater to Mommy and Me classes, which is perfect for having a young baby join mom at work; therefore, Mom will be able to be the primary caregiver for the new additional to the family!
During the summer we spend a lot of time in the Hamptons as well at our family's summer house. (owned by Alexis Parents)We all gather almost every weekend to enjoy the pool, beach, boating, jet skiing, family BBQ and most importantly time with our extended family. During these weekends memories are made that last a lifetime and the cousins all play together for hours outside, in the tree house, on the swing set, learning to swim or playing sports.
Tom did not have a picture-perfect childhood and was bounced around during his younger years with various relatives, until finally he landed a stable home with his great uncle and aunt. This stable home landed him on a working farm in Iowa; Yes, on a farm with real livestock!
Tom credits this time in his life, the love he had for his Uncle and working on the farm with instilling the work ethic that he has today. Tom was a high school and college athlete, and was/is very into football. Because of the childhood he experienced, being a good and most importantly stable parent is not an option for him but a necessity and is his top priority.
Tom loves coaching any of the sports teams our daughter plays and has so much patience when teaching or working with her on a new skill or her nightly homework. He is truly dedicated to spending time with our children and being there for every important milestone.
He got up for infant night time feedings, to change dirty diapers, or when potty training middle of the night accidents happened, bad dreams.....even if he has work in the morning his child always has come first!
I grew up in a household with a lot of stability. I did have my difficulties, in that my biological mother passed away when I was three years old, but I was lucky enough to be adopted by the wonderful woman that my father married when I was three years old. Today, I am so lucky that she is my mother and best friend.
I was raised in a home where love, morals and values were strongly stressed and we were encouraged to be our own person and reach for the stars. My siblings and I were very close growing up and remain the same today. We speak, text and email multiple times a day.
I am lucky enough to say that I had a dream childhood and I want nothing less for my own children. My parents are very involved in our life today. They have a house that is in Eastern Long Island where we spend almost every weekend during the summer. Our daughter calls them Nana and Papa, they can't wait for another grandchild.