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TNF: Tell me about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids?
ERIN: Kimberley and I are not married (yet!). We are the epitome of a wonderful, blended family! We have three children between us. Kimberley shares custody of her two children, Mia, 9, and Benjamin, 7. My biological son, Landon, is 8 years old and lives with us full-time. Landon identifies as gay. Stella, our 4 year old rescue cat, is the most recent addition to our family. Kim and I call her our fur baby.
TNF: How did you meet your partner?
ERIN: Kimberley and I met online. Our first date was actually on my birthday and the connection was instantaneous. Kim looked beautiful and the conversation was smart and witty. I remember feeling a sense of finality, like “Ah! Okay, so this is where my life has been leading me.” As parents, we knew that the future of our relationship would depend on our children and their reaction to each other and to us. We got everyone together about a month later and the bond was immediate. I remember standing in the kitchen with Kim laughing hysterically while Mia and Landon set up an American Girl Doll fashion photo shoot. We looked at each other and just knew that everything was going to work out just fine. Now, the three of them love and fight like siblings and we couldn’t ask for anything more!
TNF: Do you feel different from other families? If so, how so?
ERIN: We are aware that our family may appear different to others; especially to children who have never met a boy like Landon or a family with same-sex parents. But do we feel different? No. Kim and both work full time and share in the household responsibilities. We wake up every day just like everyone else. We experience the same joys and challenges as any other family.
TNF: Where do you live? Is it tough being a gay couple where you live? Do you feel accepted?
ERIN: We live in Somerville, MA. For those not familiar with the area, we’re a few block away from Harvard Square. Kim and I were raised in smaller, suburban towns where a nuclear family was the norm. It was extremely important to us that our children see families of every size, shape, and color. You’d be hard pressed to find a more diverse city than Somerville. When we go out together as a family, most people don’t bat an eye. We are very lucky in that respect.
TNF: What has having a family meant to you?
ERIN: There are so many couples in the world that want to have a family, so we are extremely blessed to be able to share three wonderful children between us. Although Kim and I took a few detours in life before finding each other, our pasts have taught us what we need, want, and deserve. A blended family is a family by choice and we choose to love each other every day. “Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.” – Unknown
Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with us!