We take each other’s best qualities and let them shine.
Our story began in 2003 while spending a night on the town. Eric just moved and was being shown his neighborhood. I was talking to a friend, who happened to know Eric’s roommate. We were immediately smitten.
Our first date was to my best friend’s birthday party. Eric met my closest friends from college, which took some bravery!
Our second date was just the two of us. We learned more about each other over dinner. We discovered that we shared many interests and had similar life goals. Family is extremely important to both of us. This was the first time we shared our dreams of starting a family. This commonality drew us closer and we’ve been happily together ever since.
We married in Laguna Beach, surrounded by family and our closest friends. Our relationship is filled with love, trust, laughter and adventure.
We enjoy traveling. We spend summers seeking new adventures. We are lucky to have the ability to see the world and have new experiences. We also enjoy hiking, camping, and spending time with our nieces and nephews. Most of all, we enjoy spending quality time together at home. We are excited to share these experiences with our future children.
After spending 16 years together, we have a good understanding of why our relationship works. It takes more than sharing similar interests. We value each other. We love and support one another to make each other’s best qualities shine. We know we can trust and rely on one another, even when times are rough.
We know we will be amazing parents. We are excited to share the good values instilled in us by our own families. We have a lot of love in this home to share.
Our home is in a diverse and vibrant neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. It was my dream as a kid to live on Sesame Street. Now, Sesame Street often chooses to film in our neighborhood and at the school nearby!
We own a two bedroom co-op in a 16 unit building. Our building has a wonderful community. Several of the adults in our building were raised here. There are currently 8 children in our building who often play together.
Our home is the heart of the building. It's where holidays are spent by our neighbors, where dinners and movie nights happen, and where homework time takes place for a few of the children after school.
Our home is located between two parks, near our community center and pool, a farmer's market and a short trip away from Manhattan. We are nearby all sorts of wonderful restaurants and local shops.
“I’m a world voyager and I love people to come with me.” That’s what I tell my passengers when I have more personal conversations. I grew up a “military brat” and well established with being on the move. No wonder I took on a “summer job” as a flight attendant and now two decades on, I still love being in the clouds.
It keeps me fit being on the move. I’ve played ice hockey since elementary years until my late 30’s, even during high school in Belgium, where I picked up my second language of French. My family’s background contributes to this adventurism and self-discipline. My father’s side is straight up Scottish, and my mom’s is split right down the middle with French and German. Thus, I tell people I run things like a German, I’m passionate like the French and hard-spirited like the Scots.
I hope to provide for our children an environment of exploration with their uniqueness at the forefront of discovery. I will aspire to be a positive role model as children look up to parents for inspiration. Above all, I’ll be a champion of laughing at the absurdities life throws at us. That’s a gift of age, just knowing how it all plays out and making mountains into mole hills. That requires being present, not just around, but present and I’ll always be there to celebrate my kids’ successes and minimize the challenges.
I’m a cool(ish) guy, a nature and dog lover, a world traveler, a teacher and a lifelong nerd. If I were a character in a romantic comedy, I’d likely be the lovable, supportive and funny best friend.
I'm from Cleveland, Ohio. I was the geeky kid growing up. In high school, I was the guy who joined the marching band AND choir. I’m sure you will not be surprised to hear that I was very involved in theatre. I love all music and know all the lyrics to too many show tunes. I’ve never had a problem making new friends and have a tight-knit circle who I love. In college, I was a double major in Secondary Education and Theatre. I finished my master’s degree in Special Education at Hunter College in Manhattan.
I am the youngest five children. My mom was an artist and elementary school art teacher. She was active in our community. No matter what she did, she somehow got everyone involved. On one occasion, my mom decided to wallpaper the kitchen entirely with food labels. This became a crazy, madcap neighborhood project as everyone in the town came by to create a surprisingly beautiful decoupage kitchen. I won’t go into details about my mom’s tie-dye phase. I’m sure your get the picture! My dad was a tight-lipped government worker. My dad was always a good friend to others, as exemplified by the close friendships he maintained with all of his childhood friends throughout his life. When I look at myself, reflect on my beliefs and my personality, I see so much of both my mother and my father. I am grateful to have been raised by them.
I’ve inherited my father’s moral compass, and my mother’s creativity and passion. My father instilled in me a deep sense of right vs. wrong. He taught me to never judge others but to help them. Like dad, I think through life choices, and always lend friends and neighbors a hand. Mom instilled creativity. I enjoy theater and spent several years as an actor. Like my mother, I became an elementary school teacher. Teaching Special Education is fulfilling and I truly love it. Like my parents, community is important to me. I teach three blocks from our home. I love to invite neighbors to our home for holiday parties, dinners, just-for-fun activities, and movie nights. My mother once said, “God put us on this Earth to love to the best of our abilities.” These are the words that I live by. I believe they are the foundation of most of my life choices and is what I will teach my children.
I will be a good parent by utilizing what I've learned from my own family as well as from teaching. I'll make sure that we talk and listen as a family, I’m never mean-spirited and will tell our children I love them every day. I will guide our children and give them the opportunities to be the good, independent people they were born to be.