We met online almost 10 years ago and have been together pretty much ever since. We have a lot of common values (we're both lawyers) and similar hobbies: we like to travel and have fun outdoors but really really love our down time.
Our values are important to us. We believe in education, for sure, but we also really want to raise a well-rounded and happy kid who's engaged with the world.
We live in Olympia, Washington. A city with a small town feel and sense of community that's close to nature, including the Olympic and Cascade mountains. But, we also have family in Seattle and Portland, which are very close by and offer big city amenities, medical services, and universities.
Olympia is a safe community with good public schools, parks for dogs and people, and beautiful water views.
Hi! I'm Drew. I grew up in the midwest in a pretty normal family with three younger siblings. My father is a (now retired) dentist and my mother is a school psychologist. They both, in general, were very positive and very supportive.
We never lacked anything growing up, had all the opportunities we could have needed, and were close with my grandparents and extended family.
I think the two most important things that I've learned from my parents is to first, not sweat the small things. Life is messy and children are fun and wonderful but also a lot of work. It's important to maintain a good perspective about how fortunate we are in general, and about how to prioritize and regulate your feelings.
Second, growing up with my parents, I learned that what's most important to me is that I can be there for my child. Being supportive and active and just present for my child is what will make him or her feel loved and, regardless of the other things life throws at us, that's what's most important.
I try to apply these same principles to my marriage. I strive to be low-maintenance and easygoing, while prioritizing spending time together. It's also important that we're able to talk about things we disagree about and make sure that we're on the same page.
At the end of the day, I just want to be able to have a child who will feel loved and supported, will experience the world, and will have strong values and priorities.