We met 7 years ago in California on the set of a TV show. We both work behind the camera to help make TV & movies. At first our relationship was only a friendship. After all, Lisa was Rob's boss! It wasn't long thereafter we realized we had similar interests. We share the same taste in music, our desire to travel, how we were raised, and how we wanted to raise our family with our Christian beliefs. Rob's entire family is Puerto Rican. He is the first of his generation to be born in the states. Early in his childhood, he lived in Zurich, Switzerland where he was exposed to many cultures. Lisa lived in Delaware, Alabama and Hawaii, where she moved on her own. Hawaii is where she considers home, but has since moved to Los Angeles and New York. Based on our individual experiences, something that is profoundly important to us is the value and respect for all cultures, ethnicities, and individuality. In our eyes, everyone is created equal. No exceptions. This is one of the fundamental values that attracted us to each other.
From our first date to our wedding date, is exactly 10 months to the day. Obviously it didn't take us long to know we were meant to be together. During those 10 months, we moved from Los Angeles to New York for work. We drove across the country together and on the way we met each other's families. We stopped in Texas, Alabama, Florida & Delaware. We met all of Lisa's brothers & sisters (She's the youngest of 5!) and we met Rob's family (He's the oldest child of 2). Not long after we settled in New York, we got married.
Orion came into our life in 2018. We developed a strong connection with his birth mother when she was three months pregnant. We were there for his birth in the delivery room. Because the date of birth was planned, several family members came in to be there with us. Orion's birth mom got to meet a lot of our family at that time, and these are memories that are so special to us. We continue to keep in touch with his birth mom and her parents on a regular basis. They will always be a part of our family.
Orion is not our only baby. Our first born is a long-hair chihuahua named Meli. She's 6 years old now and travels with us everywhere.
We love the beach and Hawaii and it's culture is a very important part of our lives. We usually travel at least 2 or 3 times a year back to Hawaii to see family and friends. We also visit our family in Florida, Alabama, Texas, Missouri, and Delaware quite often. Family is everything to us. We want Orion and his future siblings to know and experience the importance of strong family values.
We recently moved from Brooklyn, NY to the suburbs of Long Island. Our home is a four bedroom house with a huge backyard. Plenty of room to run and play and grow into. Our neighborhood is a tight knit community with tons of kids on every block. The town sits right on the sound with lots of water activities, an awesome community pool and great schools. All the holidays are actively celebrated, with tons of treat-or-treaters on Halloween, present exchanges at Christmas, and Easter egg hunts at Easter. It's a great place to raise a family.
Rob's thoughts on Lisa~
Lisa has a huge heart. She is always looking at the world and wondering how she can make it a better place. She's always honest, incredibly loyal and has an infectious laugh. When she laughs it makes you want to smile and join in on the fun. She also has a creative side. She enjoys painting and making pottery. Almost all the paintings in our house are an original piece that Lisa has made.
Now that Orion has been in our lives the past 2 years, Lisa has truly become the most loving mother I knew she was meant to be. She is very attentive to our son. It's like she can read Orion's mind. They spend their time coloring, reading, listening to music and snuggling every day. If Orion wants to feel safe he calls for his mommy. She is a beacon of comfort to our son and I know she will be that to our next child as well.
Lisa's motherly nature definitely came from the fact that she has 12 nieces and nephews. She was a big part of their growing up. Along the way, she picked up a thing or two about raising children and recognizing how unique each one of them are. I know that each one of her family members, her closest friends and especially her nieces and nephews mean the world to her.
Lisa's thoughts on Rob~
Rob is remarkably kind, trustworthy, and sees and treats everyone as equal. He is honest, fun-loving, attentive and compassionate. He loves to play and have fun. He enjoys life and always has a positive outlook. He has an amazing gift of being incredibly patient and treats everyone with kindness and respect. He never holds a grudge and is even-tempered.
Watching Rob become a father to Orion has been incredible. He's amazing. It shows in just how much Orion adores him. One of my favorite sounds is hearing Orion's belly laugh that comes from Rob having done something silly to make him laugh or by them simply playing together. He's patient with Orion, gets on his level and spends time playing with him, teaches him things, reads and sings to him. He's firm when he needs to be, and Orion is learning the difference between right and wrong. They are the best of buds. As much as I'd love it if Orion were a momma's boy, he is definitely a daddy's boy! Their relationship is so sweet to see.
Before Orion came along, I knew he was going to make a great dad because of how he interacts with our nieces and nephews and how much they love him. No matter what age, he got on their level and engaged with them. He listens, cares, and tells them stories. Every birthday, he sends each one a unique song/or rap, something that’s completely goofy on their voicemail to wish them a happy birthday. They love it. I’m starting to think that all of my family and friends secretly love him a little more than me! ;)