Thirteen years ago my sister, Evelyn, and Roberto’s Uncle, Ron, decided Roberto and I should meet. That was our first miracle, but definitely not our last. Ron, Evelyn and Roberto knew each other from childhood and then reconnected in business as adults. I knew of Roberto as a kid but he hardly knew I existed. Roberto is three years older and hung out with the “older kids” like my sister. Fast forward a few amazing years later and we are blessed to be celebrating our 10-year wedding anniversary this March!
One very important thing that Roberto and I share is our love for family and friends. This was our second miracle. My family, which includes, cousins, aunts, uncles, nephews and grandparents, reunite for almost every holiday. When I was a kid, my parents would usually have a family BBQ to celebrate my birthday. I still have the same friends I had from elementary school and high school which have become my chosen family.
Roberto’s family life mirrored mine and it is wonderful to think we have the same mentality when it comes to family and friends. It has been so amazing to have our families adopt each other. Our parents have even become great friends and even some of our friends have become friends with each other, too. We have blended our worlds together and its truly a beautiful picture.
In 2011, after suffering from my first ectopic pregnancy, God granted us our 3rd miracle: we became pregnant with our son Nathaniel. Nate was born 6 weeks premature, but he was so strong and SO cute! At 7 years old, he’s smart, caring, full of energy and loves to play with his toys. At the moment, Black Panther is his favorite character- Wakanda Forever! He is beyond excited to be a big brother and share all of his toys! A year after Nate was born, I suffered another ectopic pregnancy which left me unable to conceive children again.
So much has happened in the last 13 years. Everything began with us falling in Love and Love has been the constant in our lives- it has been the ingredient we use in every decision we make.
Love is what makes us grow and move onto different chapters.
Love gets us through the bad times.
Love is what made us happily cry when our son was born.
Love is what brought us to making the decision to grow our family through the miracle of adoption.
We are praying to be blessed with a 4th miracle. Another chance to share our love. We have so much more Love to give. If you are pregnant or know someone who is trying to make an adoption plan please consider Love, please consider our family.
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 and yes, he will bring it to us on a tray in bed! Roberto makes the BEST soups! My parents always 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 and thankfully, my parents know they have that in Roberto.
Roberto is 43 years old and works as an Export Manager. He used to be a comercial truck driver, so 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, twice to Florida, and driving 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, he's fluent in Spanish and 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, Game of thrones. In fact, we recently re-watched every season to get us ready for the new season that came out this year! 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 and 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.
About Michele, By Roberto
I will start from the beginning... From the game of phone tag that changed my life; the game that lasted about two days. I was so nervous to speak to her so missing each others phone calls 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, not only that, but she speaks fluent Portuguese, as well as, 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 and 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 and is constantly thinking of ways to get us ahead and make our lives better. Nothing gets past her.
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.