Josh and Estan
- WE ARE -
We split our time between living in New York and Texas with our dog, Winnie.
We have been together for over 11 years and married for 5. Our desire, more than anything, is to share our home with a child. We, yes, want to nurture their growth, but also want to see the world a little more through their eyes. We hope you learn more about us, and why we are excited to become parents.
- A LITTLE -
We were set up by a mutual friend in 2011, who was convinced we would make the perfect pair. She tried for months to set us up, but it just never seemed to happen. What we thought was a chance encounter in Josh’s neighborhood, secretly coordinated by said friend, quickly led to a full blown relationship. Our connection was immediate.
Josh proposed to Estan in December of 2015 with a last minute trip to Colombia for the holidays. Two years later we had an amazing wedding in upstate New York, surrounded by family, friends and nature.
The first thing you should know about me is that I am a twin. People usually ask me what it’s like, and my answer is that it’s like having a best friend for your entire life. How could that be bad? In addition to my twin, I grew up alongside my older brother.
I want a child to have the ability to explore and find experiences that interest them. My parents didn’t give us everything we wanted, but they always made sure we had their support to pursue our interests, and I plan to pass that on to a child.
As a child, I was constantly trying to find ways to stand out from my eight siblings (three brothers and five sisters). I come from a very large Tejano (TexMex) family, both immediate and extended, so I was never bored or alone. My extremely large family was also my community and my support system.
While I have ventured far from my hometown in Texas, my connection to family has never left me. I wanted to see what else was out there so I left home in my early twenties for the Northeast, first DC and then New York City. Luckily this past year, we purchased a second home in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas so we can spend more time throughout the year with family.
We live in a historical neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York where we have been for 10 plus years. Our small neighborhood is known for its brownstones and tree lined streets, which attracts a lot of families with kids. It offers many parks, shops, numerous restaurants, and great schools right down the street.
We also recently purchased a second home in San Antonio, Texas so we can spend more time with Estan’s family. Our home is close to downtown and in walking distance to parks and shops. We plan to spend part of the year in Texas— most likely in the winter to escape the cold New York weather.
Meet our dog,
- OUR -
We’re big fans of the different seasons and enjoy all types of activities throughout the year. Here is a glimpse of some of the ways we spend our time:
FALL: We are usually traveling upstate with our dog, Winnie. This is the best time to be up in the mountains and see the leaves change colors. It’s so peaceful and beautiful, and we spend this time hiking, making pies with Josh’s Mom, and taking in the cool crisp air.
WINTER: Estan’s family has some great holiday traditions and we celebrate in Texas every year. To get the whole family together, Estan’s parents will throw a big party a few nights before Christmas. It’s always fun to see the many nieces and nephews ripping open their gifts with so much excitement.
SPRING: This is the time we spend getting ready for summer. Every May, for the past many years, we run the Brooklyn Half Marathon together. It’s also the time you’ll see us make several trips to local nurseries for plants and flowers to place in the garden upstate, and on the deck in our apartment.
SUMMER: We like to hit the road as much as possible during the summer. We have an annual beach trip with friends to Cape Cod. Estan plans out delicious dinners, and we spend time playing games and riding bikes around town. We also enjoy going to water parks, and jumping in the bouncy castle with our niece and nephew in Josh’s parents’ backyard.
- OUR -
We both work in creative fields–Josh designs websites and Estan is a video editor. Josh has his own business while Estan works for a multi-brand culture and fashion company. Our jobs are super flexible which allows us to work from home, which is great for spending time and taking care of a child.
We can’t wait to welcome
a child into these families,
because we know how
incredibly lucky we are to
be a part of them. Our child
will feel unconditional love,
and will always have many
people to rely on.
BOTH OF OUR PARENTS have been married for over 40 years. Josh’s parents are first generation native New Yorkers, while Estan’s parents are fourth generation Texans. At our wedding Josh’s family spontaneously serenaded Estan’s family, singing “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” Estan’s family returned with jazz hands and high kicks while singing “New York, New York.” It was a sweet memory of how our two families fit together. They’re all fun-loving, welcoming and down to earth people.
JOSH’S FAMILY are very close and spend a lot of time together, both in the city and many weekends upstate. His parents are amazing grandparents to his niece and nephew—always prioritizing their grandkids and jumping in to help out every chance they get. They also take such great care of our dog Winnie, always stocking treats and taking her for long walks.
ESTAN’S LARGE FAMILY is in San Antonio, Texas where we have a second home. It’s always a good time—eating tons of great home-cooked Mexican food, singing karaoke, nieces and nephews running around, and hearing some of the funniest stories. It’s a great big family with a lot of traditions and so much laughter.
- ONE LAST -
We are so excited and cannot wait to become dads. We have a really great relationship with so much love and mutual respect, and we want to share that with a child. Our support system is big and caring, and we can assure you that the child will always be loved, looked after, and supported in all ways.
We would like, for all of us, to have a relationship with the birth family. It would be such a joy to bring up a child that has so many people that care and love them in the world.
We are so grateful to have the opportunity to grow our little family, but most of all—for you—and the bond we would share.
JOSH and ESTAN
WE WOULD LOVE TO
HEAR FROM YOU!