Thursday, February 27, 2020

About Our Family (updated 10/1/21)

From left to right: Rebekah (41), Daniel (7), Brian (42)
We are the Souths! We are a family of three, hoping to become a family of four through the miracle of adoption

We'd like you to get to know us a little, so here we go!

We love to travel, snuggle, watch movies, eat donuts, take our dog, Mel, on walks, cheer for the BYU football team, play with friends, build with LEGOS, sing songs, ride bikes, and just be together.

We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and have a firm faith that God's hand is guiding our family, especially as we build it. We all love Jesus and know that He loves us, too.

Our family is 19 years old. Brian and I met when we were freshmen in college at Brigham Young University.

We dated until he left to serve his mission for our church in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. 

When he came home two years later, we broke up for nine months, then went on a random date and were engaged one month later and married four months after that!

We lived in Williamsburg, VA, for the first few months of our marriage and worked together at Bush Gardens. Brian performed a magic show (he's a magician) and I worked in the bird show.

We bought our first home in 2005, planning to only be there for 3 years, 5 years at the most.

But we're still here!! And it's been 16 years. How crazy is that?? We love it here. The house looks different now, of course, and the basement is finished which is awesome. And our neighborhood is the best so we just haven't found any reason to leave!

Brian and I tried to start our family in 2005, and in 2009 we were told we were not going to be able to do that on our own. In 2011, we applied for adoption. In 2013 we met our son's birth mom, and Daniel was born in 2014. After many years of praying, hoping, crying, searching, and wanting, we were finally a family of 3.

Daniel has been such a joy and a blessing to our family! His birth parents gave us the most amazing gift when they chose adoption, and they chose us to be his parents. I will write more about Daniel's adoption story later, because it deserves its own chapter.

We have a ton a family traditions and things that make us, US!

On the first snowfall of the year, Daniel and I make "snowball cookies" and drink hot chocolate. We have a "tree decorating party" after Thanksgiving with lots of special treats

and Brian makes me a gold ornament every year for the Christmas tree. We have an "Emerson Christmas" whenever Christmas falls on a Sunday and we make all the gifts we give to each other (Santa still comes, though). We don't celebrate Valentine's Day as a couple, but we do celebrate a special love day on the 24th of every month, including February. I like to get Daniel a Valentine, though. :) This year's was a dragon fruit and donuts for breakfast.

Clearly Daniel's not too sure about the taste of that dragon fruit, lol!

We always make homemade ice cream on the 4th of July and watch the amazing firework show that our neighborhood puts on.

Brian (and now Daniel, too) decorates the house for Halloween every year and it can be quite the scene.

We also have a black cat that comes and brings us donuts on Halloween morning. And we have pumpkin pizza and brain jello for lunch and chili for dinner. Always. :)

Another thing that makes us unique is that Brian works from home. So we get to see him a lot and he and Daniel get to spend lots of time together, building things out of cardboard and creating LEGO masterpieces or just snuggling.

We also travel a lot. Brian and I have been on 19 cruises together in our 18 years of marriage and Daniel has been on 3 of those with us!

We are season passholders at SeaWorld San Diego and go as often as we can. We love to be on the beach so we try to get to a beach whenever we get the chance! We visit family in the Midwest and East Coast as often as we can. We had a trip to Brazil scheduled for 2020, but that trip was cancelled because of the pandemic. We'll still go when we can!!

We are a dog family. I'll do a chapter on that, too, but there have been two important dogs in our family, both with names that mean things in Portuguese.

Puga (means "flea" in Portuguese)

Mel (means "honey" in Portuguese)

I will highlight each member of our family in entries to come, as well as Daniel's adoption story. But I hope this gives you a good feel for our family! We love each other very much and have a happy, full life together; we just need one more addition to make us complete!

1 comment:

  1. I met the South family through my business partner several years ago and they are some of the friendliest people I have ever known. They genuinely care about other and bless the lives of the people they encounter. Any child would be lucky to have them. I can't wait for another child to bring them joy the way they spread love and happiness to others.