Our Family, Our World
We can’t wait to carry on our family’s traditions within our own family unit.
We are fortunate to live near Meghan’s large, close-knit family in New York’s Capital Region. Meghan’s mother is retired and cares for her youngest grandchild during the day. Meghan is the youngest of four, all of whom she has been close her entire life.
Meghan’s oldest sister is an elementary school principal, whose husband is a teacher. They have three daughters.
Meghan’s other sister works in customer service. She has a daughter and a son.
Meghan’s brother is a municipal employee and is married to a teacher. They have two young daughters, who can’t wait to play with a new little cousin.
Meghan has fond memories of large family gatherings, countless holiday traditions, and vacations to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She is excited to continue these traditions with our own family.
We spend our holidays with the side of our family who lives farthest away, which has been Sean’s for the past five years. It’s a tradition that started when we were living in Boston. Sean’s parents and siblings all live a few hours east in Massachusetts. His mother, father, brother, and two sisters (one married with two children) have been living in a suburb southeast of Boston since the early ’90s when the family moved there from the city.
As a homemaker, Sean’s mother was all things to all children growing up. While his father’s job was more of a family affair, with immediate and extended family all getting in on the act. When Sean’s father and two brothers arrived in America from Ireland, they joined one of Boston’s local laborers’ unions. Sean spent over a decade working as a laborer before changing careers; his brother continues in the trade. Sean has two cousins still in the industry; both are laborers and thriving. One is the owner of a successful electrical engineering company, and the other is now a job-site superintendent, the man in charge.
Up until recently, both of Sean’s sisters worked in education. His younger sister continues as a middle-school math teacher. In contrast, his other sister, who had been a teaching assistant, left for a job in childcare.