We have a tight circle of close friends whose lives are intertwined with ours. We’re lucky to have good friends in Philly, and we both stay in touch with networks from high school, college, and various workplaces. Our friends, many of whom also work in the social sector and public policy, are constant sources of support and laughs.
Some of our friends have children, whom we love to spend time and play with, and several others plan to grow their families soon. We see our local friends for dinner, museums, hikes, concerts, and summer festivals.
Our friends in New York and elsewhere like to visit us in Philly; we often have guests stay with us over the weekend. We are also surrounded by a thoughtful set of neighbors; we frequently help each other out, share extra baked goods, or trade something fresh from the vegetable garden.
Our extended circle of family and friends helps us feel connected and cared for. Many of them have already offered help with babysitting! We will be very excited to introduce them to our new family member.