We met in college 15 years ago. We've navigated through so many great adventures, and also difficult journeys in those 15 years. Neither of us can imagine going through life with any one else. We are each others' rocks. We laugh often and love deeply.
We both grew up in Colorado and are surrounded by a supportive network of family, friends, and neighbors. We have two dogs, chickens, and a fish who are all a part of our family as well!
We’ve both been drawn to people from all walks of life. When we chose where to live, it was important to us to be located in a diverse community. Andy grew up with diversity in his family, and Amy always immersed herself with friends from all over the world – with different ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, views, and cultures. It was a keystone to both of our childhoods and something that helped shape who we are today. It is important to us that our children also grow up with a respect and love for all people. It is so much easier to see the connections we all have, instead of the differences, if we are only open to it. We strongly believe in approaching every individual with an open heart and open mind and love to see Tristan already starting to do the same with his group of friends from different ethnicities and backgrounds at school.
Since we started down the path for a second child, we have talked openly to Tristan about a sibling this entire time. He talks about his future sister or brother to everyone he meets (yes – everyone) and is very excited for her/him to join our family. He talks about tickling the baby, showing her/him to his friends, celebrating his birthday with his new baby sister/brother, helping with diapers, and how much he will love her/him. Tristan had a school project where he had to draw his family. In his mind, his future baby sister/brother is already so much a part of our family, that he included her/him in the picture. When we ask him how he feels about a sibling, he immediately responds “HAPPY!”
We moved to our 4 bedroom house with the intention of raising our family here. We live in Centennial, Colorado across the street from an elementary school that has 3 playgrounds (red, blue, and green, as Tristan has named them).
We have a nursery all set up and are all ready to welcome a new baby home!
We chose a house that had a large dining room area and great backyard. We love to host holiday get-togethers, summer BBQs, and game nights, and will spend hours sitting around the table with family and friends.
When we moved in, several of the rooms had murals in them - which was one of the reasons we chose the house. Since then, Amy has painted a mural in the basement and in Tristan's room and can't wait to paint one in our son or daughter's room!
We have wonderful neighbors and Tristan loves playing with the neighborhood kids.
I grew up in Broomfield with my parents, brother, and our dog. I grew up in a fairly small family, but grew up close with my two cousins and grandparents. My brother and his wife have a 1 year old girl who can light up a room!
Family bike rides, hikes, and camping trips nurtured my love of nature. I love doing photography, and being outside – hiking, camping, kayaking, climbing, gardening – you name it! I have always wanted to help kids, which led me to my career path in counseling.
I enjoy each moment I have with Tristan and can't wait to share new experiences with our future child.
Whenever I'm fixing something, gardening, taking care of the animals, or cooking, he is always right there. I love the fact that I can teach him new things and that we can play together, often at the same time. He's my little buddy. He's such a great helper, and I know he will make a great big brother.
I grew up in Colorado Springs with my parents, sister, and our dog. My sister and I have always been close, and I can’t wait for our future child and Tristan to share the bond of having a sibling. My sister and her husband have 2 kids. They are Tristan’s best friends, and he plays with them often. I have a large, and loving extended family.
I love animals, all things outdoorsy, playing my viola, playing the piano, doing art, and traveling. I love to figure things out, which led to my career path of being a water resources engineer.
I have always been a big reader and loved listening to my dad read stories every night when I was growing up. Andy and I carried on this tradition when we got together and I love that we've now passed this tradition on to Tristan. Seeing the stories we read together light up his eyes is amazing! I can't wait to continue this tradition with our future child.