We want to thank you for taking a moment to get to know us! First, we want to say that no matter the specific path you choose, we respect that these are difficult decisions and admire your strength. This journey is such an incredible rollercoaster of emotions, and we hope you feel as supported as possible throughout it. We want you to know that we are a loving couple who truly work as a team to make every day more joyful and the tough times not as tough. We embrace each day as an opportunity to learn and grow.
We are high school sweethearts who have been married and living in New York City for 16 years. We share core values and interests but also have our own independent passions. We both enjoy life in a big city where people are proud of their differences and are always looking out for each other. Stephanie is an elementary school teacher, and Jonathan is an architectural designer.
Many years ago, we tried to have a baby but were unable. It was a very challenging period for us and took some time to regain our footing. However, our relationship and our ability to be flexible and empathetic has only grown stronger. We have so much love to share and know that family isn't just biological.
I work incredibly hard for my students who inspire me and bring a smile to my face whenever I think of them. Currently, I teach fifth graders in a tight knit school in an immigrant community. I have also previously taught ages ranging from 2nd-8th grade in a variety of schools. I get outdoors as much as possible and jog often, it helps keep my body and mind healthy. Curling up with a good book is my favorite way to relax, and I can't wait to share the joy of stories with my own child.
I am an architectural designer who is passionate about how buildings can make people's lives better. This passion started as a young kid when I would play with Legos and watch animated movies--I've never stopped drawing and designing since then. Photography is another important hobby that expresses my creativity and lets me meet many interesting people. Though spending time with Stephanie and Graham is what makes me the happiest. They team up to encourage walks to the ice cream store and games of hide and seek in the apartment so that there is never a dull moment.
Our Dog, Graham
Graham is a small dog with big personality and heart. We got him as a puppy seven years ago, and his playful antics have kept us laughing ever since. Every weekend we take long family walks together in the park and enjoy the changing seasons. Thankfully Graham is also a great traveler and has been to many different places around the country with us. Some of our favorite memories are from west coast trips...enjoying the beach and delicious tacos during the day, and then watching the sun set over the Pacific with Graham resting on our lap.
Our Home & Neighborhood
We live in an extremely diverse neighborhood and in a beautiful apartment with great natural light and river views. There is a garden space and children's play area where we can meet up with other families in the building. We are a short walk from two huge parks, both of which have playgrounds and large grassy fields. We also spend lots of time exploring the museums, zoos and cultural events that New York City has to offer!
Before You Go
Thanks again for letting us share our lives with you. We want your voice to be heard, and we promise security, education, and love for your child. We want nothing more than to raise a child who is kind and is confident in their unique self.
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