We purchased our home when it was new and have lived here very happily for more than 12 years. Our house is a large ranch-style all on one level, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Our son loves his bedroom and playroom; we have the perfect room picked out for the new nursery.
We live in a terrific suburban neighborhood with parks and trails nearby. It is typical to see kids riding bikes, skateboarding and just generally playing outside in the area. Our community holds many family-oriented events and attractions throughout the week and during the weekend, including sporting events, parks, zoos, learning centers and other cultural opportunities.
We also have a country property about 20 minutes away with 45 acres and a small home, where we sometimes spend weekends. It is beautiful there, with running creeks; tons of deer, turkey and other wildlife; and lots of trees and space to hike, run and play. We have huge cookouts two or three times per year at the country property, and our annual Halloween party includes a really fun “haunted hike” that everyone looks forward to.
We both come from small, but close families. Jessica’s parents, cousins and grandmother live nearby, and Charles' brother, sister-in-law and nephews, also live close. Several family members live in other states, whom we typically see for holidays and special occasions. We love to bring everyone together to spend time and play games with all the kids.
We have an amazing group of close friends, and many of our friendships go back 15 to 20 years or more. Over time, we have created a large extended family through our incredibly close relationships with these amazing people. They are - without a doubt - our family, and we are blessed to have people in our lives who would do absolutely anything for us, our son and any child we bring into our home. We all vacation together, share holidays together, celebrate birthdays together and support each other in good times and bad.
Each year we determine as a group where we go on “family” vacation. This year it was a Caribbean cruise and the year before we took a trip to Hawaii. Everyone is so incredibly excited about adding another child to our wonderful group, and ask questions and offer support continuously. Not only will your child have an amazing big brother, grandparents, aunts and uncles, they will have a large extended “family” of aunts, uncles and cousins in our friends. Everyone is excited to welcome this little one with open arms and loving hearts!
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