We believe in parenting through example — treating all people, our planet, and animals with respect and care. We value education and empathy, listening to and learning from others. Travel is important to us, as well as language, which help us to better understand the world we live in and the people who surround us. We wish for our children to have the best opportunities in life, to appreciate their good fortune, to value hard work, and to understand the impact of their decisions. We hope they will treasure the abundant beauty of our world, help others, and stand up for what is right and good. It is important to us to raise them much as we were raised — with guidance, openness, and unconditional love.
We cherish old traditions and have fun establishing new ones — gathering with family and friends to celebrate life’s special occasions big and small: decorating the Christmas tree together with favorite ornaments from years past, milk and cookies for Santa and a carrot for the reindeer! Easter egg hunts, homemade birthday cupcakes, sweet pastries at a favorite cafe in Lisbon, visits with family, pizza parties, stories at bedtime, Saturday pancake breakfast, “looking fancy” (as Sebastian says) for Thanksgiving dinner, evening meals as a family. Our holidays and celebrations blend Nicola’s treasured childhood memories and life experiences with Jonathan’s, right alongside the many happy memories we’ve made together.
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Video: Easter egg hunt in our garden in Connecticut
Video: Chef Sebastian cooking with Daddy
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