The day we met, there were fireworks – literally! It was the Fourth of July, 2001, and we were at a mutual friend’s barbecue held on the beach in Southern California. Over a game of croquet, be began chatting, and eventually our friendship blossomed into romance. Soon we were making plans to marry and settle our lives in beautiful New England. We have been married for over a decade now and have built a loving, stable relationship together.
Drew works as a librarian (specializing in music and hosts his own weekly radio show!) at a boarding school just minutes from home. Christiani works part-time in Boston as a Nurse-Midwife, helping to care for women and their babies. We are both fortunate to have found careers that involve serving others in positive ways.
In our spare time, we enjoy going out to the movies, hiking, practicing yoga, attending concerts, walking our dog and eating ice cream. Of course, our greatest joy is spending time with our son Eliot and our extended family and friends!
We LOVE our community in the seacoast area of New Hampshire! We are lucky to continue to deepen our friendships (old & new) through church, school, work, community events, and awesome neighbors!
Our home nests in a neighborhood filled with other families and children of all ages. It is common to see children out playing together, riding their bikes, putting up lemonade stands, or walking their dogs.
There are sidewalks, trails for hiking and biking, tree-lined streets, local parks, swimming pools and an extensive array of community activities throughout the year. Our town is known for its excellent schools, medical care, and close-knit community.
It didn't take long for me to fall in love with Christiani. She is a sweet, compassionate soul who works tirelessly to improve the lives of others. Christiani is not only my best friend, but also someone who inspires, understands and comforts me.
What I admire most about Christiani is her selflessness. She is always willing to place the needs of others before her own, both in her work as a Nurse-Midwife as well as in her personal life. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Honduras--her experience working with kids and families impacted her heart so much and led her into her current career.
And she loves kids! She has a natural ability to instill comfort and confidence in young people. Christiani relates well to kids of all ages and she lights up whenever they are around. She has created a loving and stimulating world of fun, learning and laughter for our son Eliot, who she loves to pieces. She can be silly and make any child smile.
Of all the attributes I admire about Andrew, I love most that he is a gentle and caring husband and father. For example, even the tiniest of spiders found in our home is carefully scooped up and gingerly placed outside in its natural habitat; I don't know many men who would do that!
Others often comment that he is kind, reliable, trustworthy, and a good listener. He is a loving father to Eliot, and I am blessed to call him my husband and best friend!
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys reading (after all, he is a librarian!), outdoor activities like camping and hiking, and, most of all, playing and listening to all types of music. He is a gifted pianist, saxophonist and clarinetist, and he has already given Eliot a few music lessons. He hosts a weekly radio show that features music available in the library where he highlights history and music from around the globe.