One thing we certainly have in common is the unconditional love and support from our families.
Amy grew up with her mom, dad and brother, but from there, her family extends to 16 aunts and uncles (plus their spouses) and 35 cousins. So, needless to say, Christmas with Amy’s family is quite an experience! Amy’s parents are both retired and are ready to visit Texas regularly to be involved in their new grandchild’s life.
Todd grew up with his mom, dad and sister. His extended family isn’t nearly as large as Amy’s, but he still has quite a few aunts, uncles and cousins. Todd’s parents both still work, but are very close to retirement. They’ve been talking about moving to Texas once they do to be closer to us and to be an active part of their new grandchild’s life.
Amy and Todd share a very unique bond in growing up with their siblings:
Amy’s brother, Bryan was profoundly mentally disabled and functioned at a two-year old level his entire life. Even though Bryan was never able to speak, it was such a cool thing to see how he just lit up whenever he heard Amy’s voice. After such an amazing life, Bryan passed away at the age of 29.
Todd’s sister Amy, was born with cerebral palsy and has been confined to a wheelchair her entire life. Despite her disability, she has been such an inspiration! She earned her masters degree in social work and has worked in education as a social worker. Recently she has even become a published author!
Growing up with our siblings certainly gave us a different perspective throughout our childhood and caused us to really appreciate our families and experiences.
We’re so lucky to have two amazing dogs, Beau and Radar, both of whom we adopted from a local shelter. They are both very well behaved, and we know they will be great playmates for our child. Our favorite thing to do with Beau and Radar is go to the local dog park and on neighborhood walks. We can’t wait to take our new baby on walks with our dogs too!