I've lived in the same small town in the Northeast for a number of years, and I’m fortunate to have a large and diverse group of friends in the community. My mom and my brother both live nearby – we love to gather as a family for summer cookouts, birthday and holiday celebrations, and simple nights in watching Netflix or playing games.
I love nature and being active, and my days usually begin with a run, a yoga or dance class, or a walk with my dog. I’ve always enjoyed mornings, so I often get up early to catch up on the news with a cup of coffee.
My mom and dad taught me to live fully, love deeply, and dedicate myself to making this world a better place. I think it’s important to work hard, and equally important to have fun and live each day to the fullest. For me, no day is complete without friends and family in it, whether that means a phone call just to say hi, a funny “this made me think of you” text, a quick bite to eat out, or a casual get-together at a friend’s house.
My mom is my best friend! I’m so glad she lives nearby. We talk on the phone every day, get together all the time, and enjoy family vacations together every summer. She is an amazing woman and role model, and a wonderful grandmother to my brother’s kids. I know she’ll be similarly incredible with your child. She’s up for anything and super fun – my friends completely adore her!
My big brother lives close too, and we all enjoy spending time with one another. Fun fact – my brother and his wife rescued my gentle dog Henry’s sister (her name is Daisy), so when we all hang out it’s a family reunion for everyone, even the pups!
I am grateful to my brother and his wife for giving me three awesome nephews and an amazing niece. I’m so proud of the unique and amazing people they have become, and happy to have lived near them as they’ve grown up.
I have many friends who live right in my town, and it’s great being an “honorary aunt” to their kids. One of the things I love the most about my town is its incredible diversity and inclusivity -- everyone is welcomed, accepted, respected, valued, and included.
My home has a large, fenced-in back yard where I love to play with Henry, enjoy meals on the patio, read a great book, and hang out with friends and family. The family room has sliding doors that lead right to the deck and yard, so we’re constantly enjoying fresh air and sunshine.
There’s a wonderful bedroom waiting for my child to arrive, just across the hall from my own.
I live within walking distance of the public library, shops and restaurants, parks and playgrounds, the local pool, and the elementary school. Many of my close friends live just minutes away, and the school system is among the best in the nation.