We are fortunate to have family and friends all around the country and even in Canada who are eager and enthusiastic to welcome a child into their lives.
Abby is originally from Missouri and her parents, brother and sister still live there. We love going to visit over the holidays to enjoy a dose of winter weather (with occasional sledding!) and all of the usual Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities. Abby’s mom is a serious Christmas decorator and it will be her greatest joy to help her future grandchild hang stockings and string lights around a tree. Abby’s dad loves the outdoors and will enjoy letting a child get dirty, learn to ride a bike, swing in a hammock, or play a rousing game of t-ball just as he did with Abby and her siblings when they were growing up.
Kate is from the Pacific Northwest and most of her family now lives in Portland, Oregon and just outside of Toronto, Canada. It is a tradition for us to spend a few weeks in Canada each summer with Kate’s sister, brother-in-law and their son. We make sure that a good chunk of that trip is spent camping by a gorgeous lake in northern Ontario. There we enjoy swimming, canoeing, and having our nephew educate us about all of the frogs, fish, and insects in the area. Not to mention, of course, stuffing ourselves with s’mores around the campfire every night! When we aren’t together in person we are in constant contact with our families, sending each other photos, videos and care packages, and chatting about our lives.
And let’s not forget the two furriest members of our family, our cats Beans and Dragon Pepper. We rescued them from the shelter when they were both kittens, and now they are best buds. Not only are they excellent snugglers day or night, but they are also great entertainment during their playful moods!