• About Us:

      Hello! We’re Marissa and Elicia. Elicia is a physical therapist and Marissa is a biomedical engineer. We’re glad you found us and hope this page helps you get to know us a little better.

    • Our Story:

      We met through an online dating app in 2015 while we were both living in Portland, Oregon. Fun Fact: It was Elicia’s first online date ever. A few years later we got married in a snowstorm on Mt. Hood in Oregon. We recently moved to Boston to be closer to family as we grow our own.

    • Our Hobbies:

      Generally we love being outdoors, including camping and hiking. Marissa plays and coaches ice hockey and Elicia’s favorite sport is skiing. We also really enjoy just hanging out with family, whether it’s for someone’s birthday or graduation or just a random hangout in someone’s backyard.

    • Our Extended Family:

      Elicia’s parents live in Alaska and we love to visit. Her brother and his wife live in Kansas City, and we usually take at least one big family vacation somewhere with the whole crew each year. Marissa’s family is big (and growing!). Her parents and three older siblings along with our niece and nephews all live within a 15min drive of our home.

    • Our Adoption Story:

      Adoption was always part of the discussion for us. We did try a single cycle of IVF and soon after decided adoption was the best path. We know adoption comes with its own blessings and challenges and are excited for the journey.

    • Qualities We See in Each Other:

      Elicia is Marissa’s favorite human. She is caring and kind; she is strong and passionate about the people she loves.  She is a silly and goofy auntie to our niece and nephews, and also incredibly responsible and reliable. She’s going to be a great mom.

      Marissa is honestly good at everything. She’s silly and fun while also being the most loyal and dependable person I know. She is warm and kind but also analytical and brilliant. She makes me belly laugh at least once a day. She is my favorite person and the best teammate. I can’t wait to take on this next adventure with her.

    • Holiday Gatherings:

      Most holidays are big family gatherings with Marissa’s immediate and extended family. Her aunts, uncles, and cousins for the most part all live within an hour of Boston and we get together with everyone every Christmas. Every year we also do at least one big vacation with Elicia’s family. Last year we met everyone in Disney World and it was awesome.

    • Our Home & Neighborhood:

      We live in a diverse neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. Our house has a big backyard with trees and is walking distance to parks, playgrounds, and the local YMCA and library.

    There’s lots more to learn about this family!

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