We met the "old fashioned way" when a mutual, dear friend set us up on a date. Two years later we were engaged, and a year after that we got married in Maine at the farm where Alex (full name Alexandra) grew up, with our families and closest friends there to witness.
In our time together, we've built a relationship based on discovering new interests, openly expressing love, and continuing to learn about each other. We absolutely love exploring together, whether it's going on bike rides to new coffee shops and ice cream stores in our Brooklyn neighborhood or hiking in far away places like Madagascar, where we went on our honeymoon. We also equally enjoy nesting at home - cooking, gardening on our terrace, reading together on the couch, and spending time with our community of friends. We eat dinner together at our dining room table every night and catch up on our days. We look forward to welcoming a child to that table.
One of the traits that's connected us since our first date is that we share a deep desire to be parents. As first time parents, we're looking forward to nurturing and supporting a new child as a team, communicating with each other as we learn along the way.
We own a home on a quiet tree-lined street nestled in a neighborhood with many young families as well as long-time residents. It has wide sidewalks good for taking strolls, and a network of bike paths for further adventures. The houses on our street and the surrounding streets have yards and porches, all decorated with plants and flowers to admire as you walk by them on the way to one of the two amazing ice cream shop nearby - one just at the end of the block.
A few blocks away there's a quiet commercial street with little shops selling fish, vegetables, cheeses, plants, and more. There's Alexandra's favorite yoga studios and several family-owned restaurants. One of them is so good we often go there for our anniversary or other special occasions.
We feel lucky that within short walking distance are : the incredible prospect park, with it's ball fields, meadows, hiking paths, and open air music venue. There's also a big neighborhood playground where local families gather; and libraries, museums, and theaters, too! We love it here.
We enjoy wandering our neighborhood on foot, or riding our bikes to nearby neighborhoods, and then returning home to relax on our roof deck or cook or do some chores. We think it'd be a great place to start a family and raise a child.
Alexandra is a rare combination of wonderful traits that make her a wonderful friend and partner and will make her an incredible mom. She's compassionate. and takes a deep interest in other people both personally and professionally. She connects easily with our friend's children and enjoys spending time with them.
Everyone who has ever known her can recount stories of her enthusiasm and creativity. She started her own radio show at age 13, After college, she produced a feature on the homeless population in her home town.
She carries this seemingly bottomless reserve of ideas and inspiration wherever she goes. On our vacations she always finds new and unusual things for us to do, like a student led tour of Chinatown's alleys in San Francisco that turned out to be an unexpected highlight.
She brings that same compassion and enthusiasm to maintain deep and lasting relationships with friends and family. She has a strong group of friends that plan visits and trips with each other regularly year after year.
She is a source of great strength to those around her, including me. On top of all that, she is really fun!
Geoff is a loving partner and my best friend. He expresses his love for me openly and often, regularly putting flowers in my sock drawer and sending sweet texts during my day. He has one of the most contagious laughs and is also not afraid to cry.
He masters everything he takes on -- he’s learned how to make the best bread I’ve ever had and he can tell you anything you want to know about dinosaurs. He’s also an amazing golfer and really gets excited when he plays a good round.
He has an incredible community of dear friends from around the world - from college, law school, and the years since - and he actively stays connected with all of them. He can make anyone feel comfortable in a conversation and kids absolutely love him! He’s always so easily making his nephew Dylan or a friend’s child smile just by being himself.
I have no doubt that Geoff will be an incredible, loving dad and role model.