Stuart and I met in college. He was the handsome guy with the baseball scholarship, and I was enjoying college and focusing on my education. When we first spoke, there was an instant connection, and the rest is history. We have been married for almost 9 years and have 2 amazing little boys who we adore! After we got married, I graduated with my master’s degree in counseling psychology to become a marriage and family therapist. I now have my own private practice where I provide therapy to children and families. Stuart graduated with his bachelor’s degree in communications and works remotely from home as an executive account sales representative. We both have our dream jobs and feel rewarded with our work. Additionally, we live in a beach community in southern California where there are lots of fun things to do as a family.
We have some VERY busy boys! They both attend private Christian schools. We do our best to give them opportunities to find what they are into and passionate about through leisure activities.
Lennon is all boy! He loves anything sports, is always on the go, and he is the BEST big brother. He does multiple sports, art class, and drum lessons. Lennon has such a loving and affectionate side. He tells his mom she is beautiful, protects his little brother, and loves nightly cuddles with his dad. He is already so excited about his baby sister and has assigned the family jobs for when she arrives (mom does poop diapers and he will do the feeding and playing, shocker…). Lennon also loves Jesus so much! His teacher says that she has never seen someone so little worship like Lennon does. We love our little guy so much and just know that your daughter will be loved and cared for by him in such a way that will make all of us smile.
Boston is a gentle soul. He only knows kindness and love. He loves cuddles, kisses, and his big brother. He watches YouTube videos of babies to prepare him for his big brother role. He cannot wait to give his baby sister a pacifier! Boston loves to sing, swim, play with friends, and has the most loving therapist who helps him learn and grow 5 days a week.
When Boston was 18 months old, he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since then, Boston has been blessed enough to get intervention through some of the best service providers who help him communicate, play with friends and toys, and be more independent. He is doing so well, and we are so proud of him. Although autism was not something our family planned for, it has made all of us better people, inclusive to others, and more open minded. As a couple and a family, our autism journey has only brought us closer together. We love each other more than ever and we support one another through the easy and hard times, as any family should. We love Boston the exact way God made him!
One of the reasons we feel Boston has made so much progress is due to our support system. My parents, “Gangy and Pop-Pop”, live in our home and help us with the boys. Even though Stuart and I have flexible work schedules, we feel safe knowing that my parents are caring for the boys when we are working. Gangy is truly like a second mom to our boys. We joke about “cheating” at this whole parenting thing because we basically have a live-in nanny…but even better. Pop-pop, my dad, is there if we need him for anything. He plays with the boys, wakes up when they have nightmares, and reminds them every day just how special they are.
Stuart’s parents live in Northern California. We see them often, especially for holidays and vacations. During the summer we love spending our days on grandpa and grandma’s boat, eating grandma’s homemade ice cream, and playing on grandpa and grandma’s property with our cousins.
Everyone in our family and all our friends look forward to us welcoming another child into our family. Your child will be loved and well cared for not only by us, but the many people in our lives who love us and fully embrace our plan to adopt.