S: Come on in - Ben, Ruth, Miriam
BC: 855-ruthben (855-788-4236) or firstname.lastname@example.org
FC: Ruth | Ben | Miriam
1: We are Ben, Ruth, and our daughter Miriam, a small family that would like to be bigger. | Our goal is to find a good match between who we are and what kind of family you envision for your child.
2: Our Story | These are the hats that first made us notice each other at a party. | On our third date, New Year's Eve 1998. | Ben's elbow at the Yellowstone River. | Ruth in the Badlands of South Dakota. | Guided hike on a glacier in the Canadian Rockies. | Nine months after we met, we went on a long road trip through the Rocky Mountains and across the Great Plains. We finished the | trip at Ben's family reunion near the Great Lakes. The trip went so well that we decided to get engaged.
3: That fall Ruth went to study Hebrew and art in Israel, and Ben went to graduate school in New England. We missed each other very much, but Ben was able to visit Ruth during breaks. | At Jewish weddings you lift the new couple up on chairs and dance them around. Here Ben's brother Peter and his best friend Jon are doing the honors. | We were married in June 2001. Instead of having bridesmaids and groomsmen, we gave a role in the ceremony to every parent, brother and sister. | Art display at the end of the course | We wrote our ceremony ourselves, with our own take on tradition. Ruth made her wedding dress herself, and she still wears it once in a while. | Raspberry & lemon cake
4: I grew up in New York, the younger of two brothers. As a kid I spent every holiday and summer vacation with my cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. | Here I am as a teenager, with my grandparents and some of my 17 cousins. I'm the one trying to keep the baby from falling before my mom could snap the photo. | THEN | NOW | Now most of my cousins have kids. Forty of us came together for the last family reunion. I want my children to have the same experience of being part of a large family that I had growing up. | About Ben | I think my dad was sick with the flu
5: “Ben is deeply gentle, caring and generous. I feel incredibly lucky to be the recipient of his devotion. Ben is a highly intelligent, analytical, practical problem-solver, which allows us to make | “The most important thing to me is my family. Nothing makes me happier than reading together at bedtime or playing board games in front of the fireplace. No matter what else is happening in my life, my family always comes first." | Ruth Says | Miriam Says | decisions quickly and agreeably together. His integrity is rock-solid, he’s a great dancer, and has a dark sense of humor. He is a dedicated and playful father and a dependable friend. " | Ben Says | "My dad can make great big number math problems, and I love to answer them. We like playing games together. He is so huggable"
6: About Ruth | "I was born in London, England, and spent most of my childhood there. My extended family was very small: three grandparents and one aunt. Maybe that's why I'm so interested in family history now." | At age 10, leaving for school, proudly showing my monthly pass for the London Underground. | With my brothers on our first day in the USA. | "When I was 11 my brothers and I moved to Washington, DC. Getting used to a new country was difficult, but now I feel that I belong in both countries, and have absorbed the best of both: a British sense of humor and American friendliness." | ience life in different times and places. I’m very interested in history, psychology, sociology, and languages. I also enjoy fixing things around the house, gardening, sewing, and planning fun activities for our family." | Ruth Says | "I have always loved reading, especially how it lets me exper-
7: "I use my social work degree a lot in my personal life, but eventually I hope to use it professionally to make a contribution to the wider world. Right now my highest priority is motherhood, so everything else has to fit in around that." | “Ruth is tremendously intellectual and caring. She’s usually either reading a book or on the phone helping a friend sort out their problems. Ruth has this amazing ability to connect with people from | Miriam Says | "I love my mommy best of all. She is a nice mommy who has rules about being good and bad. I like it when we ride to school by trail-a-gator (a bar that attaches Ruth's bike to Miriam's). She's kind of like a kid, but Daddy is more like a kid." | Ben Says | Ben's grandfather sharing his extensive knowledge of local history. | Bat costume made by Ruth from umbrella, tape, etc. | any background or of any age. She shows equal respect, caring, and love to everyone around her."
8: About Miriam | Miriam loves to draw, sing, read, do math problems, jump on our bed, learn about nature, do gymnastics, dance to all kinds of music, and pretend to be a fairy or an animal. | Hunting for four-leaf clovers | Miriam's teachers, from Pre-K to first grade, agree that she is kind and thoughtful toward her classmates. She has a stubborn streak; the flip side of it is that she will try over and over again to learn something. | Demonstrating acrobatic skills | Creating another "masterpiece" | Miriam is good at playing by her- self, and a good sport at games.
9: “I want to have another child in our family because I’m lonely sometimes. I would be really gentle and nice, and when it starts to cry, I will try and make it feel better.” | Miriam has wanted a sibling for a long time, and is very excited about helping care for “the new baby”. She plays gently and patiently with younger children, and likes teaching them things she can already do. | Hiding in a sculpture with the same friend, two years later. | Sharing her mommy with a friend. | Miriam Says | We enjoy Miriam's unique sense of style
10: At Home | We have a library, stores, restaurants, and three play-grounds within walking distance. The one at Miriam's school has swings, slides, a climbing wall, playhouses, and more. Miriam’s school is a public charter school which serves three-year-olds through 12th grade. It has high academic achievement with a focus on science, and plenty of arts instruction. | Miriam swinging at school | Hatched from a caterpillar we found in our garden | We recently moved to a larger house with space for more children. We're on a quiet street, with many friendly families and dogs on our block.
11: Our cats were born in an alley, but Ruth caught and tamed them | We often have friends or family over and cook dinner together. This night, dinner was followed by a long game of hide-and-seek with one of our favorite friends (not pictured, as she was taking the photo). | We spend a lot of quiet evenings playing games, watching movies, or doing puzzles in front of the fireplace. On weekends we also like to go to museums, ride bikes, hike, and wade in Rock Creek, which runs right across the city in a wild, wooded ravine. | Picnic lunch for kindergartners
12: Washington, DC | The spring cherry blossoms are a big deal in Washington, with their own week-long festival. This tree is at the National Arboretum, away from the crowds at the Tidal Basin. | We survived "Snowmageddon" in 2010! Usually we get a few good sledding snows each year. | The Ginkgo trees look amazing in the fall. DC's fall leaves are almost as brilliant as New England's.
13: Friends often come over for dinner -- and some even help cook! This night, dinner was followed by a long game of hide-and-seek. | Riding this old-style carousel, right on the National Mall, makes a great break when walking between the many free Smithsonian museums. | The National Zoo is part of the Smithsonian, so seeing the panda bears (live and metal) is free. | This ice rink is in the middle of the National Sculpture Garden. In the summer the rink is transformed into a fountain.
14: Our Family | and they are all looking forward | Our parents really enjoy being grandparents, | swimming with bigger kids, having them for sleepovers, and taking them out to parks, circuses, movies, and even Disneyworld. | to having another baby to cuddle. | Ruth's parents live nearby, so we see them a lot. | They also love playing, reading, cooking, | Ben’s parents live in New York. We see them every couple of | months.
15: Miriam's uncle Ben and aunt Lauren are very understanding. A week before their wedding, Miriam asked to be a flower girl, and they graciously agreed. | Cousin Sarah has always been a favorite | Making ice-cream sandwiches | Teaching Grandpa to play cards
16: Family Traditions | We almost always go to Ben's parents for Thanksgiving, Passover, or other holidays. With brothers, half-brothers, step-sisters, their spouses and children, the dinner table gets very crowded! | Last year we hosted a family reunion for some of Ben's relatives. Many of them had never been to Washington, DC before. The adults enjoyed going to the monuments and seeing all the sights. | We're pretty sure the kids liked the Popsicles more than the monuments
17: We also love to learn and experience new things. We think travel is a great way to make learning fun and memorable for kids, and it makes for a great experience to share with family. | In 2009, we took a long trip to Europe. Even nicer, we convinced Ben's family to join us for a week in London. Many of them had never been to Europe before. Sharing the trip with family made it extra special. | Ben and his mom in front of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in London | A break from hiking in Shenandoah National Park | One of our traditions is to bike down to the National Mall to watch the fireworks on July 4th each year.
18: Us As Parents | We're excited for the opportunity to grow our family. All our children will have a stable home filled with warmth, laughter and love. | We believe parenting is the most important job we will ever have.
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