Joe and I have made our home in a stone farmhouse in Pennsylvania that sits on 6 acres. Almost every day we are greeted by deer, whole families of them, munching on our backyard…and a groundhog we nicknamed Gary, who keeps getting fatter by the day.
For Joe and I, our family comes first.
We dream of raising a little 'bundle' to know God...
We love spending time with them, especially at holidays in front of a Christmas tree or fire, watching movies and laughing together. Proof of how close we are with our families: my brother was my ‘Man of Honor’ at our wedding and Joe's two sons were his ‘Best Men’. As for friends, our inner circle is small and very tightknit. We have known most of our best friends since childhood. Mine are a group of girls I went to high school with in Michigan. They are like my sisters. Joe has known his three closest friends since childhood and college. As for our couples friends, Karen and Gene, our dear neighbors and Christian mentors, are our closest. Karen is a therapist, Gene is a family doctor. They lead our bible study & are our spiritual rock.
Joe and I normally host Thanksgiving and Christmas at our house. I start Christmas decorating even before Halloween. I play the Charlie Brown Christmas CD like it’s going out of style, and it drives Joe a little crazy because it’s on a constant loop in our kitchen. We normally have 3 trees: one on the back patio, one in the foyer, and one in the family room right next to our stone fireplace. We burn apple cinnamon and pumpkin spice candles all season long, and our tree topper is from my childhood; she’s an angel from the 1970’s (minus part of her skirt from when our tree lights as a kid, burned a hole in it). Joe likes colored lights, I like white lights. These are very important matters in our house. In the spirit of compromise, last year we got an artificial tree that has color changing lights so we each get our way. And of course since we host Christmas and that means my young niece and nephew are here, so is “Elf on Shelf”…and he has a habit of popping up in the most random places.
In closing...Joe and I have wanted to start a family together since the word “I do”. We have had some heartbreaking setbacks along the way, but we trust in God and believe everything happens for a reason. We cannot wait to bring a baby into our cozy-loving-wonderful home. We dream of raising a little 'bambino' to know God, and to discover the beauty of following your life’s dreams. Nothing is out of reach, no dream too big, if you have love, encouragement, passion, and you never give up. Joe and I believe that honesty, respect, gratitude, and hard work, are some of the best and most important things you can teach a little person. Together we can’t wait for the chance to help shape a little life. We would just love to hear from you...