We were introduced through a mutual friend on a summer night and quickly connected. That very night we discovered we share several interests, including our love for the Beatles, foods and the desire to experience cultures around the world through travel. Head over heels, we fell fast and instantly became best friends, soulmates and have grown to become lifelong teammates. We aren’t always perfect; like a lot of couples and friends we do argue, and we don’t always see eye to eye, but we have always made a promise to listen and respect each other opinion so we can work together, always. We make it a point to practice patience so our love will grow stronger with each day.
Adoption is a gift and a blessing, one that was and is our destiny. During the initial stages of our journey Maya shared that she was unable to biologically have children, something she knew from a young age. There was no hesitation in Justin’s heart as his close bond with his adopted brother made it easy to embrace and we are both thrilled to become parents. We were extremely blessed when Wren joined our family through adoption three years ago and we are excited about the idea of being blessed with another child through adoption.
Creating storybook experiences together, we dog sledded in Michigan, hiked the Great Wall of China, watched a live filming of Saturday Night Live, exchanged a kiss on the Eiffel Tower and camped under the stars in the Sahara Desert. Though exploratory, we continue to date and spend quality time together by cuddling up and watching a movie, trying a new restaurant or laughing to one of our favorite shows, Friends.
We have created many experiences, but our focus has shifted to exploring the local adventures that will enrich our children's lives. Visiting the local museums, spending a day at the zoo, playing pretend and building forts at home or playing with friends at the playground has been and will continue to be part of our weekly routine.
We enjoy road trips and love getting away from our routine by camping at one of the beautiful lakes nearby. There’s something so special about the smell of a campfire, sleeping in a tent and waking up to a chilly, peaceful morning with your family. Even more exciting now that we can watch the beauty of nature through their eyes. Family reunions, fishing trips and teaching them how to make a s’more are some of the things that now excite us most.
We live in a suburban neighborhood in Grapevine, TX. Our neighborhood is extremely safe and full of young families and children. We have several parks within walking distance and are part of a top rated school system. Our home has plenty of room, a yard to play in and a pool to enjoy on warm days (protected by a safety fence).
From day one, I have adored Maya and look forward to every minute we get to spend together. Whether it be a challenging day at work, or a friend going through a tough time, Maya has always lent a shoulder. She always finds ways to make me feel special, starting my day with hand-written notes by the sink or taking care of me when I’m not feeling well. I most admire Maya’s “feeler” qualities; on several occasions I have caught her tearing up and empathizing with television characters whenever something unfortunate occurs. It has come so naturally for Maya to sooth Wren when she was teething, bandaging her skinned knee or making sure Wren receives the warmth and care she needs.
Maya was raised in a loving household and has an extremely strong relationship with her mother. Though very close with her mother, Maya was always a daddy’s girl and remained best friends with him until his passing. Maya was showered with ample care and affection. She was raised with strong morals, respect and care for others and these traits have formed her into the natural caregiver that she is today. Always looking to lead the next cancer walk team or donating her hair to Locks of Love, Maya’s selflessness is constantly on display.
Maya’s perseverance always amazes me. She has her bachelor’s degree in psychology and pursued her dreams to be an elementary school teacher, a job that fits her character nicely; always supporting the children and making sure everyone receives the respect they deserve. Aside from being the perfect fit for this admirable work, teaching has enabled Maya to put motherhood at the forefront with a predictive schedule and ample time off during the summer.
We are also fortunate to have an excited and happily retired grandmother. Maya’s mom is an important part of Wren’s upbringing and will be so for your child. While we are both at work her mother is at home with Wren on the days she isn’t at school.
Lucky for me, Maya is also an amazing cook. Never shy to portray her masterpieces on Instagram, Maya creates recipes inspired by a wide variety of dishes, including her favorite cuisine, sushi! Her dishes look…and are… so delicious that she was invited to compete on a Bobby Flay show on the Cooking Channel.
Maya is also a devoted baseball fan, something she shared growing up with her father. She has also become a passionate football fan over the years, always supporting our team and wearing their colors on game days. Maya is an ideal mother, serving as Wren’s #1 cheerleader and supporting her in all areas. Our friends and family too have realized Maya’s qualities as she is the godmother of two of our nephews, one of our nieces and her best friend’s son. She holds this privilege and honor very serious and makes sure to appropriately spoil them with an occasional visit to Disneyland, the move theaters or an ice cream outing.
Justin comes from a large and welcoming family of three older brothers, one little sister, and high school sweetheart parents who have now been married for nearly 50 years. Justin’s incredibly positive nature is inspiring and he is never one to take anything for granted. His determination allowed him to complete his MBA and excel at his job. For this reason, family, friends, and colleagues often go to Justin for advice. I am so proud of Justin for pursuing his dream career and seeing his determination pay off.
Justin is also a natural born leader who is always looking for ways to help out his neighbor. He has served as a student mentor during his MBA program, volunteered by teaching at the Covenant House, slept out on the streets of New York City to raise money for homeless and troubled teenagers and I’ve even seen him rescue a couple from drowning. His positive go-getter personality is a source of motivation.
I certainly admire the qualities Justin brings to our relationship, but it was the early discovery of his natural and joyous presence around children which made my heart pitter-patter; I knew someday he would make a great dad! He loves entertaining Wren by teaching her new games and always has her in fits of belly laughter.
Just as Justin’s dad showed him how to fish and how Justin showed Wren how to fish, Justin will teach your child to fish someday too. He is an incredible teacher and quite the handyman! He has begun teaching me fixer-upper things around the house as he is making our house a home. These are just a few things that he is great at, but there is so much more he is looking forward to sharing with our child someday. These traits helped me realize that this was the man of my dreams, the man I look forward to continuing to build my family with.