DANIEL AND EMANUEL
Hi! We’re Daniel and Emanuel and we’re excited to get to know you!
We know this is an important time in your life with lots of thoughts and emotions running through your mind. We’re nervous and excited too! We look forward to meeting you and in the meantime here’s a little bit about us as a family.
We met in our French class in high school, but we weren’t always sweethearts. Our first interaction outside of class, in Daniel’s words, went something like this: “When Emanuel saw me at the library after school one day, he decided to impress me with how much French he knew. After he said a few words in French, he boasted I wouldn’t learn anything nearly as ‘complex’ until my next year in French. I immediately thought he was a jerk! Ha!”
Emanuel admits he could have been a bit smoother with the delivery but as we grew to know each other (and have some much-needed do-overs on Emanuel’s part!) we fell for each other and began dating in college and got married in September of 2015.
And despite our less-than-romantic first encounter, our time together since has been a true blessing! We love that our relationship is built on honesty, being silly, and family. A great day for us is when we can curl up on our couch with our “fur-daughter” Ellie and enjoy each other’s company. We enjoy taking Ellie on walks, going to the movies, and creating “mini-dates” out of ordinary activities–like a “getaway” to Starbucks or going to the library to enjoy a good book on a Saturday afternoon.
EMANUEL ON DANIEL
What I appreciate most about Daniel is how he balances me. Daniel is the details-oriented person in our marriage and I’m kind of a big-picture thinker. He plans our budget, plans our meals and has a place for everything! He’s great at making sure I don’t forget the everyday important stuff–like closing our garage which I sometimes forget to do!
What I also love about Daniel is how he pushes me outside of my comfort zone. He loves planning interesting things to do, places to visit and new foods to try. He’s very active and loves to camp, work in our vegetable garden, and bike anytime he can. While I’ve lived most of my life in Indianapolis, he’s traveled to Europe and Africa and has taken these experiences to encourage me to think outside the box professionally and to try new foods and cultural practices. He’s really transformed how I think and act for the better and I am so thankful he will be by my side as we become parents.
DANIEL ON EMANUEL
Emanuel is a kind, deeply caring person. I admire that he’s always the first to volunteer to help out in any situation, even when it’s inconvenient. I would also describe him as a free spirit. He is playful and isn’t afraid to look silly in front of others – just ask him to tell you one of his dad jokes! (They’re really bad, but in a good way). He also is a dog-lover, just ask our lab-mix rescue Eleanor. She’ll tell you she’s got him wrapped around her little paw! Do you have any pets? Are you a dog or cat person?
Emanuel is as a high school teacher/administrator and he’s very passionate about this work. He loves the relationships he gets to build with students and sets very high standards for them. For Emanuel, being an educator isn’t a job—it’s almost like his ministry. He’s deeply connected to the lives of his students and because of this I know he will be a very dedicated and supportive father.
OUR FAMILY AND OUR COMMUNITY
We live near downtown in a traditional two-story house with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a deck, fenced-in backyard, and two-car garage. We live a block away from a really great elementary school and are blessed to have neighbors around us who have young children as well. In fact, I think we have the best bunch of neighbors! We have block parties, informal get-togethers in our front lawns, and ride our bikes around the neighborhood. We tell each other when we’ll be gone so we can look after each other’s mail and homes. We love being in a community that is safe, loving, and welcoming.
We also have a big and diverse network of people who love us and will rely on them as we build our family. Daniel has five aunts and uncles and many cousins of different ethnicities as a result. We all get together almost every major holiday to celebrate in his grandma’s garage (right next to his grandpa’s big semi-tractor!). Emanuel’s family enjoys traditions as well–all meeting at his grandma’s for a big holiday meal that his grandma prepares a week in advance. There are often unannounced visits from cousins and parents at each other’s homes to simply chat or go to dinner impromptu. Our best friends we’ve known since middle school recently had children themselves and are very excited about making playdates with “Uncle Manny” and “Uncle Dan”. And since Daniel will be a stay-at-home dad for the first years of our child’s life, we look forward to many playdates!
We are excited about the journey you are on and look forward to sharing that journey with you if you decide to become a part of our family.
Top 10 Fun-Facts about Emanuel
- I don’t like giraffes because of the Toy-R-Us Commercial with “Geoffrey the Giraffe”.
- I can blow small bubbles from my mouth.
- I can type with my eyes closed.
- I am colorblind.
- I can name the first 36 digits of pi (though I want to memorize more!).
- I have seen 90 US Senators in-person.
- I fell off of a roof with no broken bones.
- Besides my dad and grandfather—and despite being a teacher—I have never met another person with my middle name of “Floyd” in my life.
- I was born 45 days premature.
- I think the 90’s are the best decade ever.
Top 10 Fun-Facts about Daniel
- My favorite flavor is mint chocolate.
- I can’t whistle.
- My favorite holiday is Halloween.
- I love rainy spring mornings.
- I once helped tune Gloria Estefan’s piano.
- I collect prayer beads from all over the world.
- I read most things electronically nowadays, but I still love the smell of old books.
- I love learning about languages – so much so that I’ve even invented a few of my own.
- I can’t stand the feel of fleece.
- I think tiny houses are really cool – I’d love to build one someday (but I don’t know if I’d actually want to live in it!)