Meet Dan and Alysha...
Alysha works in strategy and transformation and drives digital initiatives for an insurance provider and Dan works in human resources and counsels senior leadership on people programs. We have a four-year-old son named Teddy who makes us laugh every day. He is currently obsessed with Marvel superheroes and he frequently requests to sing Billy Joel and Olivia Rodrigo in the car. Our final family member is a big, loveable, seven-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog named Cooper.
We met in the fall of 2005 in the stairway of our college dorm. We quickly discovered we not only lived on the same floor, but we were literally the boy and girl “next door” to each other. We began dating that year and continued our relationship long after graduation. In 2012, we were married in a beautiful outdoor beachside wedding ceremony in Maine, and we are so excited to celebrate our 10th anniversary this year.
We are huge foodies and love discovering new restaurants, we enjoy taking nature walks and relaxing on the beach, we love going to theater and concerts, and enjoy obsessing about true crime documentaries and binge-watching reality shows.
Qualities We See in Each Other:
Alysha is the kindest and most compassionate person I have ever met, she is fiercely competitive (even during friendly board games), she has an amazing career and balances it with being a mom like a rock star, and she always makes me smile when she starts dance parties with Teddy.
Dan keeps me laughing even when times are hard, he does little things to make me feel special and loved every day, he fills our house with music and singing, and he is an amazing father and role model for our son.
Our Extended Family:
Dan has a younger sister and Alysha is the middle of three sisters. All four of our parents are still with us and live nearby, so we see our extended family all the time for birthdays, holidays, and random gatherings to play, laugh, and enjoy spending time together.
Our Adoption Story:
We have been trying unsuccessfully for three years to expand our family. We have experienced multiple miscarriages, including a stillbirth, and been through two failed rounds of IVF. While it’s been a challenging few years, we are so excited to grow our family through adoption and believe that this is the path that’s meant for us.
Special Activities We Look Forward to Doing with Our Children:
We love visiting zoos, playing on the playground, going on hikes, swimming at the beach, and enjoying delicious ice cream sundaes. We recently took Teddy to Disney World for the first time and he was thrilled to meet Mickey and Anna and Elsa from Frozen.
We have a tight-knit family, and spending time together is a huge priority for us, so we all get together to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even random Sunday gatherings. We also love to have cookouts on other holidays like Memorial Day or the 4th of July, host themed birthday parties (yes, even for the adults!), and enjoy getting together for casual hang-outs on our patio by our fire pit.
Our Home & Neighborhood:
We live in a house outside of Boston and have a big, beautiful yard that includes a swing set, a pool, and a sports court, so we have ample space to play games, run around, build snowmen, and make tons of family memories together.
There’s lots more to learn about this family!
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