When Mike and I met, we knew we found the one and instantly our lives changed. What we thought would be a quick lunch at a local pub turned into over three hours and we both couldn’t wait for the next date. There was such an easiness being together and it felt like we knew each other forever.
We quickly met each other’s families and they all knew that we would be together forever. Jen’s two sisters began predicting when we would get engaged (which they correctly guessed!) and we each became part of the other’s family right from the beginning.
We got engaged at the beach, which is our favorite spot. We had a beautiful wedding and were so blessed by God to be joined together in love with all of our family and friends.
Mike and I truly cherish all of our time together. We knew we wanted to start a family right away, but unfortunately the journey was long and difficult, but we never gave up hope. We enjoyed vacations to beach locations, Niagara Falls, and Disney. We spent holidays with our families and started many traditions that we continue to do with our son today.
After a few years of fertility treatments, we were finally blessed with our miracle son, Tyler. He is truly the light of our world. His smile and warmth light up our hearts and he brings so much joy to us, our family, and friends. I took a leave from my career as an elementary school teacher to be a stay at home Mom and it has been my biggest honor and privilege watching him grow.
Mike, Tyler, and I love every second together. We take long walks at the beach, local preserves and parks, or just around the neighborhood. We like to play baseball in the backyard, ride bikes, and roast marshmallows at the fire pit. We like to cuddle up and watch movies, go out to eat, and play board games. We love to swim in my mom and dad’s pool, visit aquariums, museums, and have brunch or dinners with our family. We love keeping up the traditions Mike and I started. We love to go strawberry picking, pumpkin picking, see animals at the farm, go apple picking with our family, visit Santa, and bake HUNDREDS of Christmas cookies to give to our family and friends.
Nighttime is such a special time for our family. We eat together every night, say grace before meals, and love to talk about our day. We read Tyler many books before going to sleep, say our prayers, and sing songs.
We have so much support from our loving parents, brothers and sisters and family members. They are so excited to welcome this new family member into their lives and watch him or her grow into our loving hearts and home.
Our closest friends are like family and have been a part of our lives for so many years, some since we were just a few years old. Their children have become Tyler’s closest friends and it is so special watching the next generation of buddies grow up together and create memories as we all look on.
As soon as Tyler was born, we knew we wanted him to have siblings. It has always been a dream of ours to have a large family. Unfortunately, our fertility struggles continued but we knew we could not give up on our dreams. And so we began our adoption process in hopes of bringing another baby into our hearts and lives. We would be so blessed to share love, life, laughs, joy, happiness, and everyday moments with our new daughter or son, brother or sister. We cannot wait to share his/her story with him. I can’t wait to tell him or her that “I may never have carried you inside me, but I have carried you in my heart forever. You have been wished for and loved more than you will ever know.”
When we got married, Mike and I always vowed to welcome children lovingly from God, whether it was through me being pregnant or through adoption. We know we have so much love to give and so look forward to watching Tyler be a big brother.
While our hearts are exploding with love in the times we spend together and we cherish every single moment, we know there is a missing piece of our family puzzle. Our family is filled with so much love but we have one more piece to make our family complete. Then our story will not end, but will only continue its next chapter with new stories to tell, more love to share, and more incredible memories to make that will last a lifetime.