We met in 2012, Ewerton made the first move, and soon we fell madly in love! We became best friends on long West Coast road trips, freezing Pacific Ocean swims, live music, and visiting friends and family in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil.
Miriam was drawn to Ewerton’s great sense of humor, generous spirit, and outgoing personality. Ewerton was drawn to Miriam’s enthusiasm, sense of fairness, and care for others. We complement each other so well. Ewerton is spontaneous and adventurous and Miriam is creative and brings the fun to another level by putting a good plan together. We are both curious about all kinds of things and love exploring.
On our first date, we shared how much we both wanted children. When we started talking about our dreams of travelling - enjoying the sun of San Diego, the tacos from the Mission District in San Francisco, and getting street tamales along the coast of Mexico - we envisioned children with us and inspiring them to appreciate our diverse world. When we thought of everyday life, we envisioned children at the heart, playing soccer, baking Christmas cookies, running with a dog in the yard!
We were so excited to get married, that we did it twice, first in the US and a week later in Brazil! Both were big, beautiful parties full of love and joy. Pulling off two large weddings in two countries was no small thing!
Adoption Part of Our Family & Friends
We had some plot twists on our journey of trying to get pregnant. After trying old-fashioned methods and medical fertility methods for several years, we realized that we would not have biological children.
Adoption has always been a part of Ewerton’s family and community and among our friends - a really great fit for us to welcome a child into our multilingual, cross-cultural family.
When we first saw our house we knew it would be a real fixer-upper! But when we stood on the porch, looked at the cul-de-sac, and saw children bike-riding and playing, we decided this was our house.
Now, 5 years later, it has been transformed. We did a lot of work ourselves! It became a charming mid-century building with modern touches, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 living rooms and a large backyard surrounded by tall fir trees...a cozy little piece of the Northwest forest right there.
A Diverse Neighborhood That's Great for Kids
We live in one of the most racially and ethnically diverse regions of our state.
We can walk to our neighborhood’s highly-rated schools. We love that our local YMCA community center is just minutes away. It has a great pool where Miriam swims, rock climbing wall, sports courts, and a kids play center. Other community centers are nearby, another kids’ pool, summer programs and camps, and a library. We can also walk 5 minutes to our neighborhood park with kids' playground structure, tennis courses, large fields, and running tracks.
Near the Beach
Driving just a few more minutes takes us to an amazing state park along the water, with a long beach, fire pits, and play areas. We love that we live so close to the beach!
I am a former preschool and Kindergarten teacher turned college instructor to teachers of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. I love teaching at all levels and in all ways, but right now I am fortunate to be able to teach online and work from home most of the time. I love how flexible this allows me to be!
There are a couple of things I cannot live without: delicious coffee and getting into the water! At least once a week I drive to my favorite coffee shop to get a perfect dirty chai latte. And since I can’t swim in the ocean here very often (which would be my first choice!) and the YMCA is so close, I love going into their pool and hot tub as often as I can. I also love walking in our neighborhood or along the beach and stretching to exercise.
I’m naturally curious and love learning new things. For example, when we travel, I love reading books about the location and exploring hidden local gems during the trip. I spend my free time gardening, reading, catching up on Netflix shows, and playing the keyboard.
I am from Brazil and have been living in the US for almost 13 years, where I came to work as a software engineer.
Besides Portuguese and English, I also speak Spanish (he aprendido con um amigo Chileno) and a little bit of Italian.
I really enjoy trying new things! A few years ago I was a guitar player in a band with four other friends. I’ve spent a lot of time mountaineering and rock climbing, and became an instructor in a non-profit organization (we climbed mountains like Mount Baker, Mount Hood, and even Mount Rainier). At home I use my free time playing with electronics (robotics, computers, 3D printing), wood-working (I’ve made drawers and doors from scratch for our kitchen cabinets), and learning a new language.
I also love cooking. Having freshly made dishes is something I grew up with and I value it a lot. Almost every day I make something new for lunch and dinner, with the help of my wife.