Our street in lined with old oak trees that have created a shady cover over the road itself. This makes it an ideal place to go for a walk and every Saturday we see many friends and neighbors out walking with their dogs, riding bikes with their children or walking to religious services. Our neighborhood is composed of newlyweds, young families, working professionals and empty-nesters. Early each summer, we have a neighborhood BBQ, which is the perfect time for all of us to spend time together as a community.
We have free admission to zoos, gardens and museums. There are child-friendly events all year from Easter egg hunts in the Botanical Garden to Christmas cookies and story time with Santa at a local woman’s exchange. We have a local farmer’s market, playgrounds, parks and a town pool within walking distance of our house. Every Friday, it’s a favorite activity to walk for pizza and soft-serve ice cream. Rainbow sprinkles, included!
We live in a 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom single-family home. Our favorite room is our living room that is centrally located. It is our chosen location to wind down at the end of each day, enjoy a conversation with friends and family or spend a Saturday afternoon with a cup of tea and a great book. Our house has amazing natural light which is both soothing and energizing for each day.
We moved from New York back to the Midwest to be near family. John’s oldest sister has four children, a 7-year-old boy, 6-year-old twins (boy and girl) and an 8-month old baby. We join them at the town pool each Saturday to splash around with our nephews and niece, which is always followed by lunch at the snack bar with the entire family. During the Christmas holiday, we all trek to the mountains for a week full of skiing, snowshoeing, board games and reading by the fireplace to unplug in one of the most serene environments. John grew up making their famous dobos torte, a sponge cake with multiple layers of chocolate ganche. Each Christmas, everyone counts the layers (usually there is somewhere around 20 or more!)
Julie grew up in a Polish-Italian household and each holiday had specific foods ranging from kielbasa, pierogis and Baccalà, a traditional Christmas Eve favorite in Italy.
Both of our families have always supported our decision to adopt and they cannot wait to meet the newest family member!
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