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I feel so incredibly grateful to be married to Ed! Above all, he has a heart of gold and wants his life to be one of service and caring for people and causes he holds dear. He is fiercely protective of his family and those he loves. I love Ed’s heart and mind and it is his perspective that I hold closest when I need advice or feedback about anything and everything. He has outstanding judgment and intuition in all realms, I trust him so deeply. He is a writer, a dancer, a CEO, a yogi, an excellent swimmer and all-around athlete, a voracious reader, a reiki practitioner, a beautiful friend, partner, and father. He is a naturally curious person and always wants to be learning new skills, having new experiences, and deepening his self-knowledge. He has a youthful spirit and is always ‘game’ for a fun time or new experience. I love that Ed says YES to opportunities, and life with him feels like an ever-evolving joyful adventure in the best possible way. I feel blessed to be sharing this journey with him.
Rob is the greatest husband and partner a man can find. He is by far one of the most thoughtful, caring, and grounded people that I know. He is someone who is highly capable and organized, able to run his company easily and successfully, be an incredibly present father and partner, as well as a cherished and available friend. He is level-headed and kind. Always seeing the best in a situation and always reminding me to follow up on a conversation we had with a friend, or remembering specifics about people that I might forget. I love the way he looks at the world and the goodness that he creates and wants to see. He is healthy, athletic, and always up for an adventure. He is also really good at creating the feeling of “home” and keeping our family grounded and centered.
We absolutely love being parents and can’t wait to welcome a new member into our family and join in the fun. We have no expectations of our children, and no idea of who and what they will be. However, we have had so many beautiful opportunities in our lives to find ourselves and our passions, and that is what we want to provide for our children; the space to feel safe, to feel loved, and the opportunities and open doors to grow to become who they want to be. We have been blessed to have found one another and to be parents to our son and we have so much more love we want to share with another child.
Adopting our son has been the best decision we have ever made. We could not love him more, and we could not be more grateful and more respectful of his mother. We love that we are still in touch with her, that we were able to introduce her to our son this past summer, and that she remains in our lives and in our son’s life in whatever way feels most comfortable for her. This is what we wish to have with you if you so desire.
We are two capable and loving dads and with a tight-knit family that includes two aunts and uncles, six first cousins, five grandparents and a beautiful clan of close friends near and far who we consider to be part of our family. We love to cook, entertain and host our friends and family and our house is often the site of gatherings, dinners and slumber parties. We work for ourselves in creative fields with flexible hours so we are always available for and with our children. We believe that all of us on this earth are one, and we will raise our children to believe the same. To be global citizens. Our boy is a kind, loving, fun and creative human, a true bright light, and will be an incredibly loving older brother.
We recognize that this is such a strange situation that at this moment, what might feel like the most confusing event of your own life, could possibly turn into one of the most beautiful and joyous events of ours. And that choosing a family to raise your child is an incredibly difficult thing to do, it is also such a remarkably beautiful and loving thing to do. Whatever you choose, please know that we have so much respect for you and for the love that you have for your baby. We honor you and that love, and we thank you for considering us to be their family.
From our Hearts to yours,
Ed and Rob
Our parenting style is treating our children as people. Guiding them. Helping them understand the best behavior to have the results in life that they want to have. Giving them loving boundaries, routine, safety, and understanding.
Our promise to you is that your child will be so loved and nurtured for our entire lives.
We promise that your child will be honored and supported to be exactly who they are born to be.
We promise that your choice and your love for your child will always be respected and celebrated in our family.
We will do all we can to create all the opportunities and open doors for your child to be all they dream and are destined to be.
Our home is a joyfully painted firehouse red four-bedroom house in a large California city. The main living space of the house includes an open living room, dining room and kitchen, which is where we spend the most time as a family. We have a wrap-around front porch so there is always a shady spot to read or do projects, and a back deck off the kitchen where we have our picnic table and BBQ. Our oversized driveway has plenty of space for riding scooters, playing ball, drawing with chalk and paints, and our large backyard has grassy areas to roll around, tables and chairs to host friends and eat outdoors, as well as a big garden where we grow lots of vegetables and many fruit trees that we take pleasure in eating right off the trees and pick our own ingredients for dinner. We also recently added an outdoor shower and bathtubs so we are able to splash over the sides without worry!!
Our neighborhood is safe and diverse and has a lot of young families. We have large sidewalks, and can easily walk to multiple parks, restaurants, ice cream shops, cute coffee spots, grocery stores, and friends!!
Family is very important to us and we have a tight-knit family that is very involved in our lives, including five parents who are active and doting grandparents, and who all get along with each other. Both of our brothers are married with 2-4 children each and they are excited to welcome their new cousin. We have family reunions each year, we go on ski trips together, have BBQ’s, and enjoy each other. In addition to our immediate family, we have a beloved chosen family of friends who we see all of the time. Despite the fact that both of us have lived all over the world, many of our closest friends are still from our childhood and college days. We value our friendships and prioritize spending time with them weekly. Many are just having children now and we look forward to raising our children together in a loving community.
Our home is filled with joyfulness, where we love cooking together and eating well, we play hard, and are very grateful for the life we have created. Our love for the outdoors includes going to the beach, hiking, and swimming, playing tennis and traveling. We also grow a lots of fruits and vegetables in our own yard and take a lot of pleasure in eating right off the trees and in picking our ingredients for dinner. We are thoughtful about our place in this world. And of course, our house is filled with toys, arts and crafts, and most certainly love and laughter.
Before children, we both spent many years working hard and chasing our careers, but since becoming dads our priorities have changes and family life is the most important priority and one we enjoy most. Ed works in a sweet little office at the end of our backyard right next to our fig tree. Rob’s office is on the main floor of our home so we both work for ourselves and are fortunate to be home and available to spend time with Buddy, and hopefully soon to be new baby, throughout the day.
Our family loves to travel! We love to take road trips in California and explore places with natural beauty and regularly go to national parks and beautiful parts of the state. We also travel as a family to Europe frequently as Ed’s business is based in Paris and he has many close friends there. We spend every August as a family at a cottage by the sea in Connecticut, a 10 minute walk from Rob’s parents and a short drive from Ed’s parents. We love to explore new places and recently returned from a magical trip to watch the grey whales in Baja, Mexico.
We eat dinner as a family at 6 pm every night and take turns driving our son to school. We meet with friends either in our backyard or at the beach or playground on weekends. We love hosting social gatherings and our house is often the site of informal get-togethers and slumber parties.