We live in a suburb in Missouri that has been nationally listed as one of the best places to raise a family, and we couldn't agree more!
There are families all over our neighborhood. In fact, we live less than 1/8th of a mile from our local elementary school, and in the mornings can see all the parents walking their children to school. Our child will have plenty of children around the neighborhood to play with at the local playground or even in our backyard pool.
Our community is always holding family friendly events such as fall festivals full of ice cream and rides, breakfast with Santa, movies in the park, dog swims, etc. There is always something going on, and everyone in the neighborhood is encouraged to attend. We can't wait to share in all of the fun with a child of our own!
Our neighborhood is so special because we live in a safe, friendly suburban community with all the city life has to offer. However, we also live less than two miles from one of the most beautiful state parks in Missouri. We love going hiking with our dogs and cannot wait to experience this with our child. The state park is often full of families picnicking, hiking and even swimming in the river. There are family friendly trails and even a small train for children that travels along the river trail.
We have the best of both worlds: city life and county life all rolled into one!
We are both very close to our families and are lucky enough that both our parents and siblings live less than twenty minutes from us. We are blessed with two nieces and three nephews and love having slumber parties at our house with them. We enjoy swimming in our pool and cozying up in our movie theater in the basement. We always let the kids pick the movie (lately it has been a lot of Moana and Trolls). We typically end the evening with a dance party. In the morning, Mike makes them his famous pancakes.
We value the time we spend with our family. We both grew up taking a family vacation each year. Some years it was a trip to Florida while other years it was just a camping trip a few hours away. Regardless, both families took the time to spend quality time creating lasting memories together.
Both sides of our families are supportive of our choice to adopt a child. They know how much we want to be parents and are looking forward to that coming to fruition. Everyone is so excited to meet our newest family member. We recently spent the day at a local park celebrating this upcoming arrival. All 19 of us explored the playground, played soccer, tag, red light/green light, and ate pizza. It was an incredible moment knowing how much everyone already loves this child. Our child will be so blessed to have such an amazing, supportive family!
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