When Mike and I met, we knew we found the one and instantly our lives changed. What we thought would be a quick lunch at a local pub turned into over three hours and we both couldn’t wait for the next date. There was such an easiness being together and it felt like we knew each other forever.
We quickly met each other’s families and they all knew that we would be together forever. Jen’s two sisters began predicting when we would get engaged (which they correctly guessed!) and we each became part of the other’s family right from the beginning. We both will never forget our first dating Christmas when we went to New York City for the day and got to spend the day exploring the shops at Bryant Park and seeing the tree at Rockefeller Center. I always say that I knew during this date that I hoped we would be together forever. My grandmother had passed years ago on Christmas, so this time of year was always difficult for me, but Mike made me feel the excitement of the season once again and I knew my Nana had sent Mike to me.
We got engaged on my birthday at the beach, which is our favorite spot. We had a beautiful wedding and were so blessed by God to be joined together in love with all of our family and friends. I was able to use my Nana’s prayer book that my Papa had given to her on their wedding day and had a beautiful “something blue” pin that had been passed down from my other Grandmother to my aunt and that will continue to be passed along.
Mike and I truly cherish all of our time together. We knew we wanted to start a family right away, but unfortunately the journey was long and difficult, but we never gave up hope. While going to countless doctor’s appointments, we enjoyed every second together. We enjoyed vacations to beach locations, Niagara Falls, and Disney. We spent holidays with our families and started traditions of cookie baking, apple picking, pumpkin picking, and much more, that we continue to do with our son today.
After a few years of fertility treatments, we were finally blessed with our miracle son, Tyler. He is truly the light of our world. We could not imagine our life without him. His smile and warmth light up our hearts and he brings so much joy to us, our family, and friends. I took a leave from my career as an elementary school teacher to be a stay at home Mom and it has been my biggest honor and privilege watching him grow.
Mike, Tyler, and I love every second together. We take long walks at the beach, local preserves and parks, or just around the neighborhood. We like to play baseball in the backyard, ride bikes, and roast marshmallows at the fire pit. We like to cuddle up and watch movies, go out to eat, and play board games. We love to swim in my mom and dad’s pool, visit aquariums, museums, and have brunch or dinners with our family. We love keeping up the traditions Mike and I started. We love to go strawberry picking, pumpkin picking, see animals at the farm, go apple picking with our family, visit Santa, and bake HUNDREDS of Christmas cookies to give to our family and friends. Each holiday is so special and magical spending it with our family and watching the excitement in our son’s eyes, which we can’t wait to watch in our next child’s eyes, as well.
Nighttime is such a special time for our family. We eat together every night, say grace before meals, and love to talk about our day. We read Tyler many books before going to sleep, say our prayers, and sing songs, one which Jen’s Nana sang to her when she was a little girl.
We have so much support from our loving parents, brothers and sisters and family members. They are so excited to welcome this new family member into their lives and watch him or her grow into our loving hearts and home. To see the love they show Tyler is beyond heartwarming, and they can’t wait to continue to show love to their new grandchild or niece and nephew.
Our closest friends are like family and have been a part of our lives for so many years, some since we were just a few years old. They treat our son as their own and they are so excited to be on this journey with us as we look to expand our family. Their children have become Tyler’s closest friends and it is so special watching the next generation of buddies grow up together and create memories as we all look on.
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