We met in 2007 when we both worked part-time in the mail room at our college and fell in love instantly. Seeking a new adventure we moved to Oakland, California after graduating and got married four years later. In 2018, we returned to Massachusetts to buy our first home! Even though we came back to the East Coast, we still consider Oakland our second home and love to visit whenever we can. Now we are ready for our next big adventure – starting a family!
Our relationship is best described as a partnership full of love, mutual respect and a desire to enjoy life together. On any given day we might be out at a basketball game (Go Warriors!), enjoying a bike ride on a nearby trail, or making music together in our living room (Abby plays guitar and Kate loves to sing). We are total board game nerds, and never turn down the chance to play our favorite games. During the Christmas season we always stage a silly photo in front of the tree and cannot wait to include our baby in this tradition. No matter the activity, you are guaranteed to find us smiling, laughing and enjoying life and each other’s company.
We live in a beautiful and very friendly small town in Western Massachusetts. Our house is on a quiet, residential street a few minutes from downtown. We are surrounded by neighbors who embody the neighborly spirit–pitching in to help snowblow the driveway, lending each other gardening tools, or just sharing advice about the best place to grab a bagel. We have a big backyard, where we imagine playing hide-and-go-seek with our little one and setting up a swingset for endless hours of entertainment. It has been a joy for us to decorate our home each season, putting out pumpkins in October, hanging up lights for Christmas, and always dressing it up with a seasonal wreath on the door. We can't wait to have a little one to help us decorate.
Our town is full of parks and family-friendly eateries at which we are regulars! We look forward to bringing our baby down to the water to watch (and probably chase) all of the ducks and frogs as they jump in and out of the pond downtown. We can’t wait to share our weekend traditions of exploring the many bike paths nearby during the spring and summer, and bundling up to get hot chocolate and croissants from our favorite local bakery in the fall and winter. We imagine adding an extra stop at the local playground for an epic snowball fight with our son or daughter between sips of hot cocoa!
Kate is the sweetest person I know. She is someone who instantly puts others at ease. At the same time she has an adventurous spirit, inspiring me to try new things and break out of my comfort zone. Kate will encourage our child never to fear the unknown and to enjoy new experiences such as tasting interesting foods (likely desserts), traveling to new places, or trying an activity such as horseback riding or skiing (both of which she has exposed me to)!
I cannot describe Kate without mentioning her love of food, both cooking and eating it! During her free time you are likely to find her in the kitchen testing out a new recipe and if there’s a holiday sometime soon you are sure to find her baking a pie. I’m so excited to spot her in the kitchen putting a little apron on our son or daughter and showing them the proper way to use a rolling pin or letting them steal a lick from the spoon. Kate has an infectiously sweet and optimistic spirit, whether in the kitchen or out in the world. I look forward to seeing what she inspires our child to do and to become.
I love Abby for her kindness, patience and huge heart. Abby cares deeply about her friends, family and community and shows her love with thoughtful words and actions every day. She enjoys surprising those she loves with little things to make them smile – a chocolate bar, big hug, or a secret note in their lunchbox when someone close to her needs a pick-me-up.
While Abby is very methodical and logical in her decision making (she has already put in hours of research to find the safest and most comfortable car seat for our baby), she is also always playful and is never afraid to be silly! I expect to “catch” Abby and our son or daughter choreographing their own dance routines to pop songs in the living room! I look forward to Abby sharing her love of music with our baby, playing lullabies on her guitar and sharing music from around the world as he or she grows up. Whatever the activity, I know that Abby will guide our child through life with unconditional love, patience, and a good dose of humor.