While we grew up in different countries, with different cultures, our parents brought us up with similar core values. Felipe’s parents, Armando and Anita, who live in Bogotá, Colombia, brought him and his siblings, Julián and Mónica, up in a home that focused on working hard and caring for family. Mitchell’s parents, Irene and Scott, who live in Maryland, brought him and his siblings, Jeff and Eric, up in a home that focused on freedom of expression and acceptance of others and their backgrounds. Both sets of parents taught their children about kindness and respect and provided unconditional love to all their children.
Our siblings are a constant in our lives, whether we are texting or facetiming or visiting them — they are never too far. Felipe’s brother, Julián lives in Australia, where he is studying business and innovation. Mónica lives in Bogotá, where she studies baking and serves as a champion for people with disabilities, being herself a member of that community. Mitchell’s older brother, Jeff, lives in Baltimore with his wife, Corey and daughter, Harper — and we visit them as often as we can to spend time and see Harper as she grows up. Mitchell’s younger brother, Eric, also lives in Maryland, with his wife, Liz, and their dog, Bentley, where they just bought a beautiful home with a pool.
From DC to Colombia to New York to Mexico, we have family all over the world. Our family is big and gregarious and we love them so much. Felipe’s family comes together to cook meals honoring their Middle Eastern and Colombian heritage. We get together with them often for virtual celebrations, both big and small — always laughing and having a good time. Mitchell’s family is mostly from Long Island, and love to come together around the holidays to make traditional Thanksgiving dinners and big Italian/German feasts. Our cousins, on both sides, are not just family but friends who we talk to all the time.
We look forward to many family celebrations in DC, Colombia, and New York!