We've been married for 20 years and there are still fireworks (at least, on the 4th of July).
We met the old-fashioned way, offline, at work, when we were 21. Once we worked out we'd found our life partners, we got on with with life's other adventures, which for us meant living and working around the world.
We eloped in Singapore, threw a wedding party in Melbourne, Australia, and, between us or together, have lived everywhere from Hong Kong, to New Zealand to California to a small tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
We definitely took the scenic route to New York City, but it was always our destination and we sometimes still can't believe that we get to live here. As we're a mix of cultures and races, and immigrants several times over, this is the city where we feel right at home.
(Susi has Indian, Sri Lankan and Chinese parentage and Corey is of Scottish and French stock. We're both culturally Australian and have lived in NYC for over a decade.)
We're lucky enough to be able to do the kind of work we want to, and experienced enough to be able to be flexible with our work. Susi works almost entirely from home and Corey is reshaping his work life so that he can work remotely a lot of the time too.
We plan to do some extended traveling in the next few years, before the baby starts school. We're daydreaming about it now, a month in Spain or Italy, a couple of months in Hawaii or Australia, or in the English or French countryside, working and living and playing wherever we are. We'd love to give a child the great gift of experiencing other places, people, cultures and food while they're very young, so they'll grow up with the whole world. And, of course, they'll experience all of that in New York City, too, as the world is here.
Obviously, travel is big for us (life is a journey, after all). Food, too, is a way we travel and discover other cultures without going anywhere. We cook like crazy, and entertain a lot.
We enjoy most everything else too, reading, movies, shows, art, museums, music, yoga and physical activities, our hobbies and crafts, long walks, going upstate to the country, and spending as much time as we can with the people we love. We also try to enjoy all the little things that make up everyday life (e.g. even going to the supermarket is a fun adventure with our twin toddler goddaughters in tow).
We are lucky. We love our lives, we love our work, we love our people, we love being Australian, we love being American, we love all the other cultures that are now also a part of us.
None of that would mean anything if there wasn't someone to share it with, and while we've been lucky enough to have each other throughout, we'd also love to share it all with a child, everything we've seen, everything we've tasted, every discovery we've made, and a whole world of fun and opportunity.
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Our apartment in Brooklyn has two bedrooms, and, even better, two living rooms and a large garden, so there's room to play and grow. (A garden is standard anywhere else, but in New York City, it's a rare and grand thing.)
Our home also extends beyond the walls. We live on a kid-friendly, tree-lined street in the most sought after part of Brownstone Brooklyn, where we're friends with our neighbors and know our shopkeepers and local business owners.
We can walk to good schools, libraries, the waterfront, and more playgrounds and parks than anyone could possibly use. There are many great restaurants, amazing stores, gourmet supermarkets, green markets, farmer's markets, fishmongers, the best butchers in NYC and a couple of the best bakeries in the country are just down the street.
It feels like a charming, leafy, village (with world-class amenities) yet is just 10 minutes away from the world's most exciting metropolis and all the culture it offers.
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Susi is a creator. That means she's an entrepreneur, a published author, and an awarded designer, amongst other things. But those aren't the things that will make her a great mom.
She also creates moments that touch people, and make them feel happy, noticed, appreciated, and loved. Whether it's a fabulous dinner party, a gift for a friend, or a day spent making our toddler goddaughters think they could do magic, she puts her heart into everything and shares whatever she has.
That's what will make her an incredible mom, and give a child a wonderfully creative and memorable childhood.
Susi is the most talented and giving person I've ever known. She's also cheeky, charming, and the most child-like adult I know. She can make the most boring chore fun, and finds the humor and fun in everything and everyone.
Corey is successful, has worked around the world, has run companies, has held global positions, has managed several hundred people and run his own business, but none of those things mean he'll be a good father.
No, the reasons Corey will be a great dad are that he can change a poopy diaper, make fires for toasting marshmallows, BBQ like an Australian, swim like a dolphin, ski, sail, ride trail bikes, and even make mayonnaise. He's a great short-order breakfast cook, has superior chopping-up and washing-up skills, takes out the garbage like a champion, and can drive anywhere in the world (well, except maybe Russia).
He doesn’t mind a bit when tiny girls call him “Aunty Corey” by mistake, he takes good care of everyone around him, and he has the best and biggest heart of anyone in the whole wide world.