We both come from large close knit extended families. Nate has one brother and Katie has one sister. Most of our vacations are centered around visiting family and spending time with our three-year-old nephew. A typical night with our nephew ends with “Uncle Nate, let’s play cars!” And no trip home is complete without a mini family reunion, where we get to celebrate all the special events that occurred while we were in Puerto Rico.
Our families regularly come to visit us to enjoy “island life” filled with warm weather and sun! Both of our parents cannot wait to come and help babysit! Our families are very supportive of our decision to adopt and are excited to help us raise a new addition to the family. Nate has a great-grandmother who is very much looking forward to another great-grandchild.
Since we live farther away from our families than we would like, our friends are very important to us and truly are our second family. We are very lucky to be able to say that our friends are as integrated into our lives as our families and are just as excited to be a part of this child’s life.
Though we both come from the Midwest, we have been living in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico for almost two years now. We live in a quiet community, with wide boulevards flanked with palm trees. Our community is diverse in both ages and ethnicities, from young families with children of all ages to retirees. Our neighborhood has a newly built community complex, which has tennis courts, a multi-purpose room, a basketball court, and two jungle gym sets that is a popular spot with the kids. It is common to see parents with their children biking, walking, or playing together in their yards. We have an elementary school within walking distance from our residence which a large number of the children in the neighborhood attend.
Our house sits on a hill overlooking a beautiful jungle area where we routinely see macaws and parakeets flying overhead. We have a large living room that opens to our backyard and patio, where we entertain our friends and family. Living just outside a major metropolitan city we are lucky to have a variety of cultural outlets that include science and art museums, an Olympic swimming pool, and the Historical City of Old San Juan. The best part of where were live is that only five minutes away we have a 600-acre ecological park containing gondolas, a bird sanctuary, and a butterfly house. We can’t wait to take our child there!
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