We met online through Match.com in 2008, while we were both living in New York City. On our first date, initially meant to be casual, we sat and chatted for five hours! It snowed softly on us as we headed out to take different subway trains home, both with full hearts. From the beginning, it was clear that we were very similar in our rural upbringings but quite different though complimentary in personality (introvert meets extrovert!). That dynamic has kept our relationship very strong and interesting over the years. We truly do complete one another!
We moved to Atlanta in 2012, and Chad proposed while we decorated our Christmas tree. Clifton cried while holding a string of lights (typical)! We were married in 2013 on the fifth anniversary of first date, and we celebrated on the same two stools where we met exactly five years before.
We've been incredibly blessed in our lives so far, but something has felt missing for a while now. We realized it was a baby and our longing to become dads. We admire our fathers and appreciate all they have done for us. We now feel incredibly excited and ready to be fathers.
We currently live in a temporary apartment in Cabbagetown, an area very close to downtown Atlanta and connected to other great neighborhoods. We are moving into a new 2-bedroom 2-bath condo across the street this fall. Our condo building will have a ton of amenities that allow for pleasurable living such as a gym, pool, library, and rooftop lounge. Just around the corner - and walkable - is The Beltline, a Cabbagetown Park, Atlanta Dairies Market, Zoo Atlanta, and much more.
Cabbagetown is incredible family-friendly with couples, children, and residents of all types and ages. Tons of pets, too! There are two very large grocery stores in the neighborhood, a movie theater, a pediatrician group, veterinarian, several schools, many churches, festivals monthly, and a weekly farmers market. Cabbagetown is always buzzing with families on the playground or neighbors attending a food or arts festival. The fantastic Atlanta Zoo is walkable from our condo, and we also love the hip and trendy vibe of nearby East Atlanta Village.
I grew up in tiny Iron City, Georgia on a road named after my grandfather. My childhood was spent reading, waterskiing, camping, swimming, playing tennis, fishing, building forts, singing in church and school, taking piano and voice lessons, gymnastics, community theatre, caring for pets, and cooking with my maternal grandparents next door. Though always artistic, I also enjoyed science and biology, and I spent summers as a teen working in my family's doctor's office (even observing surgeries and births!).
My college career began at Emory University in Atlanta where I was "pre-med," but the arts had too great a pull on me, and I transferred to the University of Georgia as a Drama major (Go Dawgs!). I have been an actor, director, producer, and casting director since 2001, and have worked all over the U.S. I'm currently the Associate Artistic Director at Atlanta's second oldest professional theatre company and am very active in the local arts community.
My hobbies include reading, home decorating, exercising, traveling, hanging out with family and friends, volunteering, and snuggling with our dogs!
I can't wait to expose our baby to as many interests, people, and places as possible. I don't want a clone of myself, but rather a child who is free to discover their own self with their own path, and I'll support whatever they love and whomever they become.
I grew up in a small town in central Virginia also on a road named after my great-grandfather (yep, just like Clifton!). Growing up, I was very close with my family and remain so today. As a kid, I enjoyed riding bikes, hiking in the woods, building forts, and running. At school, I was involved in drama, chorus, and the forensics club. Currently, I'm a Senior Vice President in Finance at one of the top global advertising agencies where I've been for almost 18 years. My career is very important to me, but I am able to come home after a hard work day and shut that part of my brain down to focus on my home life.
My hobbies are cooking (I have a lifetime membership to an accredited online culinary school!), singing (I perform on and off with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus), and running. I also enjoy reading and watching sci-fi and all kinds of technology (yes, I'm a bit of a geek!).
I love spending time with family and can't wait to start my own with Clifton. Our careers have been our main focus over our years together, but we've recognized that something is missing in our lives. It's become obvious to us that the missing piece is a family of our own. I can't wait to share the bond of father and child as I watch them grow and mature!