“Some people are worth melting for.” —Olaf, Frozen
Most of Katelyn’s family lives in western New York State. Her mom, dad, younger brother, and grandma all live outside of Rochester in the home she grew up in. The Buffalo area is predominantly composed of Katelyn’s extended family (not really, but it feels like it — it’s a big family). Growing up, her family was regularly visiting relatives out in Buffalo for holidays, birthdays, and get togethers. We typically see Katelyn’s immediate family every couple of months (here or there!), take vacations with them every few years, and try to visit extended family once a year at one of the holiday gatherings (usually 4th of July — yay for hot dogs and yard games!).
Between visits, Katelyn’s mom regularly sends care packages and thoughtful gifts (Stephen’s Deathwish coffee or Katelyn’s chocolatey desserts) which we can only imagine will continue when she has grandchildren to lavish love on. When we want to find the best product (at the best price!) or complete a home project, a brainstorming session with Katelyn’s dad is almost always in order.
Stephen’s mom, dad, and older brother all live outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. While it may seem far away, his parents being retired means they can typically visit at least once a year and we try to visit them every couple years as well. Stephen’s mom makes the best Christmas sugar cookies (just as good 600 miles away!) and her passion for teaching special education for over 30 years laid the groundwork for Stephen to follow. We are always prepared for the unseen projects in life, as Stephen’s dad always knows the tool for the job and it’s on our doorstep before we know we need it.
Our families have helped shape us as individuals and influenced the values we have as our own family team. We are grateful for their support, which we can always count on.