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Michele Talks About Roberto
  Roberto Talks About Michele

Roberto has one of the sweetest hearts ever created.  He takes such good care of us.  As soon as one of us even sneezes he’s at the supermarket buying all the ingredients for his chicken soup. Roberto makes the BEST soups!  And yes, he will bring it to us on a tray in bed!  My parents know that he will take care of me when I need him.  All parents wish that their child’s partner is someone that will take care them as well or better than they did. My parents know they have that in Roberto.

Roberto is 43 years old, a commercial truck driver. Since he drives for a living I like to call him a "human map".  With Roberto behind the wheel we never get lost.  Some of our road trips include driving across the country and twice to Florida. Last year we drove to upstate NY for a few days at Jellystone park for the first time.  It was so much fun! We stayed in a cabin and roasted marshmallows, played laser tag and enjoyed all the amenities!  We love to explore and hope to do more of it in the future.  Roberto's family is from Guatemala and we traveled there in 2007.  Roberto is fluent in Spanish. We hope to take Nate there one day too. It’s a beautiful country, rich in agriculture, beautiful mountains, volcanoes and the people are so warm and welcoming.  

Roberto loves anything sci-fi. Star Trek, Star Wars, Fringe etc.  He also LOVES Game of thrones, in fact we recently re-watched every season to get us ready for the new season coming out this year! We can’t wait!  Roberto is a big techy and loves the latest technology.  Lately, he has been teaching himself to code and has taken some online courses.  So proud of his determination.

Roberto fell completely in love with Nate the moment he was born. He and Nate love to play tag, box and wrestle. Roberto and Nate have lots of fun playing with action figures.  Lately they have been doing push up competitions. Which I’ve become a part of too.  They love each other so much. 









 

I will start from the beginning.  From the game of phone tag that changed my life.  The game lasted about two days.  I was nervous to speak to her, so missing each other was some what of a relief.  Until finally we connected.  A true connection. We talked about what seemed like everything.  I learned so much about her within those long conversations.  Like the fact that her family is from Portugal. I learned that not only did she speak fluent Portuguese but also fluent Spanish.  A few days later she insisted we immediately meet for coffee.  That was my first glimpse of what an adventurous person she is.  

Michele is an incredible woman, mother, wife, best friend.  She is the blessing I never thought I deserved.  She is the strength that holds our little family together. Even through our hardships she is my “rock”.  Her strength is matched by her intelligence.  She is constantly thinking, thinking of ways to get us ahead, and make our lives better.   Nothing gets past her.  Nate and I can and will never be able to get away with anything.   

Michele loves music and loves to dance.  You can always find her on the dance floor at a party or just dancing her heart out in the kitchen while making dinner.

When Michele loves she loves with everything that exists inside of her.  She’s the fire that lights my way forward.  But it’s not just for me.  She loves and cares greatly for our families and our friends.  Love is not simply a word for her.  It’s an action.  An action she has put into play consistently for all 40 years of her life.  I love her for the life she has given me and the son we were blessed with. 





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We moved to Long Island, NY from Queens, NY in 2011.  We bought a cape style home in a nice community with great schools. One of the things we love about our community is its proximity to everything and to our family. Our home three bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms and a big back yard. The front yard has a beautiful magnolia tree.  We have a large living room, which we have divided into a play area for our son.  Additionally we also have a family room and dining room.  As a family we spend a lot of time in our eat in kitchen which is important to us.  Our home has plenty of space for our get togethers with family and friends! Every year we host New Years Eve and it’s a such a blast!  We have worked hard to make our home cozy, inviting and loving. We are so blessed.



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Michele’s profession:

I have a BA in Business and a AS in Hotel Management. For years’ I have worked in apartment rentals and some Property Management.  My days are never the same.  I get to meet people from all walks of life and help them find their homes.  


Roberto’s profession:

I am a commercial truck driver.  I have been driving trucks for many years. For the last few years I’ve worked with a local company so I’m home every night.  I’ve gotten to see so much of our country from the road.  It’s the best part of being a driver! 


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Michele’s family:

My mother and her family arrived to Queens, New York from Portugal in the late 1960’s.  She is the eldest of four siblings, three sisters and a brother who passed in 2017.  My grandfather passed in 1997 and my grandmother recently passed away in September 2018 at the age of 96.  I have many cousins and whom I have a close relationship with. My cousin Jackie has been like a sister to me.  We are the same age and spent so much time together growing up.  Jackie’s sister Rosie, is very special to me too.  The three of us spent many summers together playing, making memories and causing fun trouble. Jackie is married with two children Emma and Joey.  Joey and Nate are the same age and they love paying together as we did as children. Lisa, Kelly, Melissa and Tina are my cousins as well that I love and am extremely proud of.  My aunts and uncles are all very important to me as well.  I have special memories with each of them such as weddings in pink, to trips to Great Adventure, the New York Aquarium, Holidays and trips to the beach.  

My father Aurelio came to Queens, New York from Argentina in the early 1970’s.  My father’s family are Portuguese as well and have lived in Argentina since the early 1950’s.  He has one brother that lives in Argentina with his wife, children,grandchildren and great grandchildren.  My grandfather passed away in 2000 and grandmother passed away in 2002.  We made many trips to Argentina to visit with my grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins. I'm so grateful to have experienced many sweet memories of the house my father grew up in. Although there were many miles between us we still have a strong family bond. 

In 1974, my parents married after a short courtship.  And soon after that they had my only sister Evelyn.  Evelyn is my best friend. Many times, people mistake us for each other and it’s not rare to hear us finish each other’s sentences.  I love her very much.  Evelyn has two sons. Ryan who is 16 and Danny who is 15.  When they were born the love I had for Evelyn poured over to my nephews.  I was over the moon with my nephews and still am.  Nate loves his big cousins and considers them his big brothers.  They are so good to him.  

Our family has always been close.  Evelyn and I love our parents so much and take great pride in them.  We love throwing parties for them to celebrate their birthdays, anniversaries and other mild stones.  Family has always been so important to us and it always will be.


Roberto’s family:


My mother came to Manhattan in 1971 from Guatemala.  She was brought here by her parents with her 3 siblings.  She was very young so she got the chance to experience American high school.  My grandparents were young when I was born so while my parents went to work I was taken care of by my grandmother.  My uncles happened to be born around the same time I was so we grew up together like brothers.  My uncles children call me “Tio” which is uncle in Spanish.  I am the oldest of all the cousins in my family.  Unfortunately most of them have moved outside New York state but when we do get together it’s a celebration. 


My father was also brought here in 1971, also from Guatemala.  He has 4 siblings.  My grandfather moved to California while my grandmother came to Manhattan with my father.  His brothers and sisters moved to California as well.  No matter the distance the family still keeps in touch with phone calls, and thanks to technology, video calling. 


My parents met here in New York and were married in 1975.  I have a younger brother, Marlon and a younger sister Melissa. Marlon is a very talented writer, who works hard every day to achieve his dream. Melissa has a very successful career in fashion and is an amazing aunt to Nate.  We get together every chance we can and love catching up.


No matter the distance, no matter the age, no matter the time that passes when we do get the opportunity to see each other it’s like nothing has changed.  The love of family I have comes from the love of my family has given me and the years of maintaining the relationships we have with each other.  


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 Michele's Mom

Hi, my name is Maria and I’m Michele’s mother. Nate and our other grandsons like to call me Vozinha which means grandma in Portuguese.  Michele has always loved children.  As a child, younger children gravitated toward her.  Michele was overjoyed when she became an aunt to my daughter Evelyn’s children.  Evelyn’s two sons, Ryan and Danny, are so special to Michele.  She loves them and dreamt of giving them cousins.  We love Roberto and his family.  We have so much in common with them.  They have shown Michele so much love and care which warms our heart.  Roberto takes wonderful care of Michele and Nate.  He loves them unconditionally and we always look forward to spending time with him.  In 2012, when Nate was born, we all fell in love all over again.  Ryan and Danny were so thrilled to have a little cousin.  

I love that Michele and Roberto have decided to adopt. I am so proud and excited for our family.   I can’t wait to have another grandchild to love and spoil!




 Michele's Dad

Hi, my name is Aurelio and I’m Michele’s Dad.  Nate calls me Vovo, which means grandpa in Portuguese. I am so proud of my daughter Michele and her husband Roberto. My wife and I have raised our daughter to be the woman she is today.  They are such great parents.  Roberto has become like a son to us.  My grandsons are all very important to me. They are all my little best friends.  It is my greatest pleasure to be able to spend so much time with them.

I’m so excited to be a grandfather again and can’t wait to meet our new grandchild!  I love him or her already!




 Roberto's Mom

Hello, my name is Lissett and I am Roberto’s mother. God has bless me with 3 beautiful children. Roberto and Michele are loving and caring parents to my little Nate and I am sure their hearts are full of more love for another little one in their lives. 

Michele is such a loving wife and mother that I can’t ask for more for my son and Nate. They are wonderful parents and we feel so blessed to see the beautiful family they have formed. We are all waiting with so much love for the arrival of a new grandchild. 




 Roberto's Dad

Hello my name is Carlos. I’m Roberto’s father. In these past 13 years Michele has become like our own daughter. Nate was our miracle baby, who came to give us

so much joy.  He came to unite us even more. He is a very smart and gentle little boy.

Roberto and Michele are wonderful loving parents, who love children very much.

We would be so happy to have another baby to take care to fill our lives with more love.