Sage and I met through our mutual friends, Greg & Jade in Austin, TX on a sunny spring afternoon in 2013. We were both visiting from Brooklyn, but had never met before then. We spent that whole first day together exploring the city with a group of mutual friends. But our eyes or conversation never left each other. That was the start of our life together. The importance of family, friends and community says a lot about who Sage and I are as a couple. Our love is big and brings lots of people together. From early in our relationship we decided we wanted to devote our lives to raising a child together. We struggled for 6 years with infertility and ultimately realized that our dream for a family didn’t require a biological connection, but more importantly a child to love. Our journey has been long, but we believe we are right where we are supposed to be and we trust that everything happens for a reason. Our gratitude for you considering us is more tremendous than we even know how to put into words.
Throughout our lives we have both been passionate about all things creative and expressive. Art and music fills our home and we are constantly learning new things about the world and its wonders. We both love to cook and care deeply about nutrition and physical well being. Our life at home is always accompanied by music and conversations on current events. Sage has a vast record collection and we both read and follow the news and discoveries of the day.
We love to see live music and explore new restaurants in our city as well as when we travel. Living in NYC offers us the opportunity to take advantage of so much great theatre, museums and dance performances. During the summers we often rent a house outside of the city with friends and enjoy hiking and swimming with our dog in the beautiful Catskill mountains. The winter is our time for travel. Getting away from the city to warmer climates and exploring new cultures is something we look forward to sharing with a little one.
Both of us have lived in NYC for the better part of two decades. Over the past 8 years, we’ve lived together in a beautiful neighborhood in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. A culturally diverse neighborhood, surrounding a beautiful park with historic streets lined with classic brownstone homes. On halloween our neighborhood is a destination for families to come from all over NYC and see the festive decorations, trick or treat and mingle. We love to dress up, sit on our brownstone stoop with friends and hand out candy to all the trick or treaters. We look forward to sharing this experience with your child someday soon!
We are lucky to live in a spacious 3 bedroom, beautiful brownstone. We are just three doors down from the park! Fort Greene park has become our second home, as we spend many hours a day walking our sweet dog Lucille, running and hanging out in the grass with friends. Our home is always full of light, music and a nice breeze in the spring through the fall.
Many of our closest friends and their families live within a few blocks of us. We are always gathering on our stoop for coffee after a trip to the farmers market or meeting for picnics in the park. We love being so close to our friends, as we’re always helping each other out with babysitting, errands or home projects. Ashley also runs her business in our neighborhood, which is convenient and brings us closer to our neighbors. The community in Fort Greene has always been a tight knit one that we feel fortunate to be a part of.
I grew up in Chapel Hill, NC, in a community that I am still very connected too. At least once a week I have dinner with my childhood friends. Lucky for us, we all ended up in NYC together. When I was growing up, one of my moms rules was that my brother, Jason and I had to be home for dinner every night but everyone was always welcome at her table. My mom, Fran believed in creating lasting friendship and building community. I carried those young life lessons with me over the years and into my adult life.
From early on in my childhood, dancing was a huge part of my life. After I graduated from college my dancing led me to NYC where I began a professional career as a dancer / choreographer and movement educator. The arts have always been an important part of my life. They have allowed me creative expression, travel and community where ever I go. I now share my love of movement through education. I own and operate a successful Pilates studio in the diverse neighborhood of Fort Greene, Brooklyn which allows me to have a flexible schedule so that I can be with a baby and I am thrilled.
I learned a lot from my mother, Fran and believe that my life has been filled with opportunity and love because of what she taught me. I have always dreamt of someday passing down these lessons to my children. I welcome the day when my dinner table is full of children and their good company.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved bringing people together. Creating and being a part of a community was so important to me. From my early years skateboarding and connecting with friends over art and music in California, to my career in the hospitality industry building “families” in restaurants and music venues. I’ve always found my strength in the love community can bring.
My father, Richard, passed away when I was very young thus leaving my sister, Misty and I to be raised by our very strong and loving mom. Growing up surrounded by women has taught me the best lessons for successful parenting. My Mom, Tamara has since remarried and has found love again with a good man named Sherwood who cares for her deeply. They look forward to another grandchild to add to my sister, Misty’s three amazing kids, our two nephews and one niece. Zappa 13, Zola 9, Isis 12.
Now that I own my own successful, established restaurant, I use everything I’ve learned from my life to respectfully and lovingly manage my staff.
I love the sense of community I’ve helped to create through my neighborhood corner restaurant. The appreciation I’m shown through my staff and neighbors speaks volumes to me. As they say, the more love you show, the more your love grows!