We live in a cute three-bedroom house in a fantastic suburb in Minnesota. Our neighborhood is full of young families, walking their dogs and pushing strollers to one of the three nearby parks. We live across the street from a beautiful community garden and have a coffee shop a few blocks away that even has a kids section.
Our neighborhood is very family friendly and hosts tons of events a year, like movies in the park, summer ice-cream socials, a 5K fun run and, our favorite, hayrides and hot cocoa in the winter. We love it here; there are great schools and a lot of diversity and we know it is a great place to raise our children. There even are a number of families on our street who have adopted!
Our favorite place in our house is our kitchen, which is bright and clean. We also love our backyard where we have a great patio, lots of green grass and a garden. We love to have family and friends over when the weather is nice, and let our kids play together while our dogs run around.
Brent has a huge, close-knit extended family and two siblings. His sister and our niece and nephews live 15 minutes away and we get to see them all the time. His parents live three hours away and are in town very frequently visiting. As a family we love to play board games, play on their swing set and in their pool and go up north in the summer to play on the lake and ride on the pontoons and boats, which all the kids love! Every Christmas, the whole family meets to swap presents and play games on the frozen lake.
Valerie comes from a small, close-knit family all located near one another on the East Coast. Her mom and dad live close to her sister and nephew, and we love visiting them as often as possible for weeks at a time. Growing up they spent every Sunday at her grandparents and still keep this tradition. When we're with her family, we love cooking and shopping together and love to go to the park and pool all summer long. We are also BIG on birthdays and enjoy having fun celebrations.
Our families are so happy to have another member join and are supportive of our adoption plan. Both families are excited to have another child as a grandchild/cousin!
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