One of the first things we connected on while dating was the importance of family. Even moreso, the importance of one day having a family of our own. Our feelings for that were rooted in the fact that we were both fortunate to have grown up in loving, safe, and happy homes – even with the typical family banter.
Steve has an older brother and sister, and John has an older sister, brother and younger brother. We live about 10 minutes from Steve’s parents and about 15 minutes from John’s mom, and together we have four nieces and two nephews ranging in ages from 4 to 14. Most of our family is less than a 45-minute drive from where we live. John’s sister lives the furthest away and resides in Washington D.C., but comes home often to visit or we take a weekend trip to see her and our nephew.
Making memories and hanging out is something we prioritize. We are often together for family dinners, game nights, holidays, or afternoons by the pool. We are also close to our extended families – aunt, uncles, and cousins. To this day we still take family vacations together, spend holidays at each other’s homes, and enjoy a summer BBQ with one another. Many of our cousins have now started families of their own, and it’s always a fun time having all the families and kids together. Family has and will always be a very important part of our lives.