Meet Our Families Waiting To Adopt!
Welcome to the very short version of our lives. We met eight years ago in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was love at first site. Udi was just back from a five year long stay in the U.S. learning a career in advertising, and Dan was graduating medical school before his internship. We remember our first date already discussing plans of kids and careers in the U.S. But love was there, from the start. In two years we moved to the U.S., and immediately started planning a family. Adoptions with Love was there for us, and in less than a year our beautiful son Or joined us. Or is almost three years old now, a wonderful and inspiring child. He has two daddies, and they love him dearly. We would like Or to have a sister or brother and join our growing family.
Udi is working as a diplomat and Dan is a physician, a cardiologist (heart doctor) at the end of his training. Though our jobs are demanding, we spend a lot of time with our son, taking him on every sunny day to a playground and every weekend to some attraction (we have memberships to the zoo and the children's museum).
Udi loves books and art, and Dan paints pictures. We are both crazy about good food, and Udi is quite the chef in the house. Dan teaches Or how draw and Udi sits with Or every evening reading him stories. We like walking through the streets of New York, discovering yet another playground or another child friendly attraction. We love trips and every few weeks we take a car and drive to the country.
We have large families in Israel whom we visit once or twice a year, and here we have Dan's sister and child. Our parents visit us twice a year for extended periods and we talk to them on the net twice a week so we feel that we fill ours child's life with lots of family love. We also have significant amount of friends with children and our home sounds at times like a train station.
We live in a big town, with lots of kids and excitement. We live very close to Columbus Circle and Central Park so we can offer a very big backyard to a child. We see our first child growing as a curious and active boy, with fabulous experiences that we feel are different than that of the suburban child.
After having the wonderful experience with our first child, we would like to welcome to our family a second amazing child. We have an open home where love and respect are the cornerstones. We respect our child's story and will do the same with the next. As our family is unique in many ways-providing open channels of communication from an early stage are fundamental to us.
We met in 2006 and it didn't take long for us to click and realize that we were meant to be together. Our relationship kept growing and moving forward until we got married in the spring of 2010.
At the cost of sounding trite, we really are best friends, and the saying “opposites attract” seemingly holds true for us. Lori is outgoing and spontaneous and Bob is more laid back and a practical planner. We respect each other enough to hear each other out before working together towards common goals. Neither of us is shy to share opinions with each other. No matter where we go, who were with, or what we do, we enjoy being together. We have similar senses of humor and we laugh a LOT! We “get” each other and have described our relationship this way- I am the Yin to her Yang- we are a good balance for each other.
Bob is a Physical Therapist and currently works as the Director of Rehab at a local nursing home. Lori works as an Account Manager at a Financial Services Company. We plan on adjusting our work hours for the first few years to allow for us to spend as much time together as a family.
Qualities we see in each other:
Lori says about Bob: Bob’s laid back and easy going personality makes it very easy to get along with him. He is very patient and compassionate. This enables him to excel at his job as a physical therapist. His specialty is working with people who have recently suffered a stroke. He works one on one with them to help them get strong and regain any physical abilities that they might have lost. When he talks about helping these people, he has such an excitement and enthusiasm for helping others.
Bob says about Lori: Lori is a very caring thoughtful person. She is the person that you can count on to be your cheerleader in good times and your shoulder to cry on in your time of need. She has a huge heart and a nurturing spirit and will be a fantastic mother.
Bob is an amazing musician. He has sung and played bass guitar in several local bands since he was in his late teens, music is a true passion. Lori enjoys knitting and gardening.
Activities we look forward to:
We both have diverse backgrounds and interests, which will open many opportunities to peak a child’s curiosity. We feel that reading at an early age is important. We are excited for the opportunity to have story time with our child. We also believe that music and other artistic outlets can unlock a child’s imagination. Lori’s love of animals will certainly introduce a child to the love, caring and respect of creatures great and small.
When we were kids, holidays were celebrated with both sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins would gather at holiday time to celebrate with Italian, Polish, and French Canadian traditions. The food was plentiful and the conversation was loud and filled with laughter and stories. These traditions have morphed as family members have moved or passed away. This generation of our family is more mobile and live from Florida to Massachusetts. We still gather regularly with those that are able to and share good food and good stories and keep some of the traditions alive.
Our home and neighborhood:
Our home is a two story colonial which is located on a very quiet dead end street. We have a screen 3 season porch which overlooks a yard that is fenced in on 3 sides. The neighborhood is multigenerational, and has its share of young families and lots of children. Our home is within walking distance to schools, churches, parks, and a grocery store.
We met in Cape Cod on a beautiful summer day. A friend invited us to kayak to the beach and we spent the day swimming and laying in the sun. It turned out we lived in the same neighborhood so a week later we met for our first date. It was the perfect night and right then we knew we were going to be a couple. Months later we moved in together and soon we were part of each other’s family. Now, three years later, we want to bring a baby into our home and make a family of our own.
What We Love about Each Other:
We are similar in many ways but happily, even the differences are complementary. Marty is an interior designer and Karim has a real estate business. Marty views life with an artistic eye and always has a book and sketchbook nearby, while Karim sees things pragmatically. Even so, Marty has been running his own company for years and Karim’s passion is singing opera, last year he performed in a large venue for the first time. Best of all, having our own businesses gives us flexibility to spend lots of time with a baby.
What we do for fun:
We love to cook together and we both love to eat! We enjoy having friends over for dinner at our house as much as possible – we try to eat healthy. In the summer our favorite thing to do is sit on our front steps, talking to friends and neighbors walking by. There is a pretty fountain in the park across the street and we can hear it splashing until late. We appreciate exploring new places, going on long walks in other cities and hikes in the country. We like bike riding and travelling to places where we can stay out of our car the whole trip. Karim is a great windsurfer and Marty likes to kayak but is just as happy laying on the beach. We both appreciate design and really enjoy looking at pictures of houses in magazines and getting ideas for our own home.
Family and holidays:
We visit either one of our families at every holiday, but we have found it is even more fun to meet up with parents and siblings away from everybody’s home. So, we plan little trips and vacations with them. We have gone to the Caribbean and met Marty’s parents once in Indiana to visit. Everyone in our families has been extremely supportive about the adoption. Our mothers are excited to welcome a grandchild; this will be the first one for Marty's mother!
Our Home and Neighborhood:
We live in a townhouse facing a park full of trees. We have a backyard where we grill on summer evenings. We love traveling but really we are homebodies at heart. Everything is a short walk from our house: the grocery store, post office and hardware store are blocks away. There are playgrounds nearby too; the largest has basketball and tennis courts, a baseball field and a jungle gym. Our friends can't wait for a new playmate for their kids. Our neighborhood is a wonderful place to raise a family.
Us and Kids:
We have both had experience with children. Karim is the uncle of three and the godfather to three more. Marty was a baby sitter growing up and has been surrounded by children all his life. We also have spent many vacations with friends and their kids. Of course, our experiences can't compare with real parenthood but we are ready for the responsibilities that come with having a child.
We have known each other since elementary school. We were very young when we first met, but our relationship didn’t begin until we were both in college. Michael was in his first year of graduate school and Michelle was in her first year of undergraduate studies. Michael returned home that year to attend Michelle’s brother’s wedding, and that’s when he first took notice of Michelle. Before we knew it, we were in a long distance relationship. That next summer we travelled through Europe together and six months later, we were engaged. We’ve been married 16 wonderful years!
Michael is the President of a software company he helped found 15 years ago based on research he conducted while attending MIT. Michelle is a stay-at-home mom for our daughter Alyssa. Prior to Alyssa’s adoption, Michelle was a private tutor for children in grades K through 12 as well as a regular volunteer at a Children’s Hospital.
Michelle plans to continue being a full time stay-at-home mom.
What we do for fun:
We both enjoy outdoor activities which include golfing in the warm weather and skiing in the winter. Michael enjoys scuba diving and sailing as well as relaxing at home spending quality time with family. Michelle loves to experience new things and takes lots of photos, she enjoys traveling and living life to its fullest.
Qualities we see in each other:
Michelle says: “Michael is very smart and works hard to provide for his family. He is a thinker and deliberates through situations carefully. He leads by example and is well respected by his peers. He is generous and genuinely concerned with the wellbeing of others. You can count on him to help you through a difficult situation. Michael is a loving husband, a dedicated father, and a man of integrity guided by strong values and principles.”
Michael says: “Michelle is thoughtful, caring and nurturing. She always remembers people’s special occasions, and is committed to ensuring the comfort of those around her. She is outgoing and spirited, a real people person. She has a special place in her heart for children and they seem to gravitate to her. She loves to teach and gets a real kick out of seeing kids grasp new concepts for the first time. She plays the piano, loves photography and is especially great with numbers. Michelle is an amazing mom and a wonderful wife.”
Activities we look forward to doing with our child:
We look forward to creating fun and lasting memories with our child and seeing the world through his/her eyes. There will be memorable family trips, celebrations and adventures to be sure. We’ll visit different countries and experience new things together. Beyond that, however, we look forward to bedtime stories, science fair projects, school concerts, cookie baking, silly songs, and the laughs and cuddles that will be part of it all.
Our adoption story:
We plan to be open and honest with our child about his/her adoption. We plan on sharing about the birthparents’ selfless gift to us that brought our child into our lives. We will talk of the birthmother’s sacrificial love and how difficult it was for her to give up her child for adoption. We will share how the birthparents wanted the best life possible for their baby and how unbelievably trusting they were to place their baby in our care. They will be spoken of with the utmost respect in our home. The birthmother will forever have a special place in our hearts.
Sales has been a career that has provided me with financial security. I work in sales for technology startups. I have worked hard in my career and am at the point where it can afford me great flexibility. I plan to take time off when the baby arrives and to maintain a schedule that works around the baby’s schedule and needs.
Depending upon the season, I enjoy: bike riding, kayaking, jogging, gardening or even snow shoeing. I live a healthy lifestyle and enjoy spending time outdoors. I spend lots of time with my family playing with my niece and nephews. I relax by cooking, reading, making fun crafts, going to the theatre. I tend to have fun whatever I’m doing.
In the summer time I spend a lot of time at my family's beach house. We go to the beach, enjoy my sister's boat, listen to outdoor concerts and play outdoors.
I also love traveling and I look forward sharing these experiences with the baby as he/she grows up. It will be so wonderful to see it all through the child’s perspective. Every March, we take a family vacation so that we can get out of the cold and enjoy the sunshine. Aside from these trips to the Caribbean, I have been lucky to have traveled throughout much of the world. It’s a great opportunity to experience different cultures first hand.
Activities I look forward to doing with my child:
Being a part of a close knit family has given me the ability to more readily envision what life would be like for my future child. I spend a lot of time with my niece and nephews. I believe that the best things that you can give a child is attention, time and love. One thing that I have learned through spending time with my niece and nephews is that they don’t necessarily care what they are doing, they just love that they are doing it with you. Whether we are going to the local playground, doing fun craft projects, playing tag in the backyard or just quietly reading books together. I think that it’s fun to go through weekly calendar section of the newspaper and find cool activities to do within the community. There is always something fun and interesting going on. I plan on creating an environment where my future child will be able to develop and explore their own individual strengths and talents.
My mom is retired and lives very close to me. She is committed to helping me raise my future child. She has taken part in each step of the adoption journey and is very excited to see what the future holds. My family and friends are looking forward to welcoming my future son or daughter. My sister and her family also live very close and I see them all the time. Her children are very excited about the prospect of having a cousin to play with and to join in our adventures. My brother and his family live in California. We see them at least 2-3 times a year. I have lots of aunts, uncles and cousins located throughout New England and California. And I also have a close circle of friends who are very supportive and nurturing. They can’t wait to shower love upon my future child.
Holidays and family gatherings:
Holidays are a special time in my family. Thanksgiving and Easter are traditionally spent at my Mom's. For Christmas Eve, we go to a candle light service at church and then head out to a local Chinese food restaurant. We do this to honor my grandmother. Before she passed away, she used to have the whole family over to her house for Chinese food and a visit from Santa. Christmas is spent at my sister’s house. We play with all the toys that my niece and nephew got from Santa, while eating all the delicious foods that my brother-in-law has prepared. He is a great cook! In the summer, we spend July 4th at our family beach house. The local parade and fireworks are always fun.
Home and neighborhood:
I live in a 2 bedroom townhouse with a fenced in yard. My town has a great school system, lots of parks/playgrounds, a farmers market and oceans/beaches – all within walking distance. My church is known for its children’s and youth programs. My neighborhood is mutigenerational, with lots of small children to play with and have fun.
Beginning on day 1, my child will know that their birth mom chose life, made a selfless and courageous act, and chose me to raise them. From that foundation, I plan to create an honest, respectful story of how we became an adoptive family. The adoption story will be based on age appropriateness and curiosity. It is my hope that the child will see that being adopted is special and that their story will help to instill confidence in their identity.
Who we are:
We are very fortunate to have found each other because we share the same values when it comes to faith, family, friends, pets, and the environment. We feel most alive, spiritual, and connected to the world around us while we are outside. Spending time together doing things outside are the times we feel most relaxed, grounded and find perspective on life.
Tanya is the Head of Psychology at a hospital and works closely with patients who have serious brain injuries or degenerative diseases. She helps patients and their families understand exactly what the impact of the injury or disease will have on their abilities and to create plans to help them cope.
Jeff is a Customer Experience Designer who helps companies improve their existing products and services or create something completely new. His focus is always on customers and how to make products easy and fun to use.
Qualities we see in each other:
What Jeff says about Tanya: “Tanya is the most compassionate person I have ever known in my life. She is extremely perceptive when it comes to understanding other people and deeply cares about her friends, family, as well as people she just met. She is fun loving, easy to get to know, and has a good heart. I’m honored to be with her as she makes me a better person every day”.
What Tanya says about Jeff: “I feel very lucky to have found and to be married to Jeff. He’s tall and handsome, very kind, sensitive, and wise, but also a child at heart. In this sense I mean he’s very playful, makes me laugh and helps me not to take life’s minor annoyances too seriously. He’s always joking around and finds humor in the little things… the things that matter most. He is very social and polite to everyone, which I always appreciate. He loves animals and has a profound respect for the earth and its natural resources. I respect him tremendously as a person and I believe that I’m a better person because of him”.
We enjoy many of the same activities, particularly fun outdoors activities including hiking, canoeing, snowboarding, and rooting for our favorite football teams (the Denver Broncos and FSU). When not outside, we also enjoy the treating ourselves and indulging in dining at a nice restaurants and enjoying great food, as any respectable foodie would do. However, we also have different interests of our own. Jeff is a musician and plays in a funk band with some really great Boston musicians. He also loves to cook and enjoy good food at home. Tanya is a runner and likes to stay active. She has also completed two Ironman triathlons. At home, her specialty is baking desserts and sweets, and eating them for breakfast.
Where we live:
We have two homes. One is a condo in a city and the other is a vacation home in Vermont. Our neighborhood in the city is made-up of tree-lined streets with pretty old homes, cool cafes and some great restaurants. Once or twice each month we load Annabelle (our dog) and our two (yes, two) one-eyed cats in the car and escape up to Vermont where we feel most at peace spending our time exploring the outdoors.
What we look forward to as parents:
Not being able to have children has been a long and difficult road but we are so excited to raise and love a child. Jeff can’t wait for Halloween celebrations, making incredible costumes, and grilling scary burgers (by cutting jack-o-lantern faces in the cheese). Tanya dreams of holding her child tight as they slide down waterpark slides and baking cookies on the weekends. Together we want to instill good values in a child and help them to become a well-rounded and loving adult.
We first met when we were in high school while working at a local supermarket. We were very friendly and enjoyed each other’s company. Fast forward 15 years and Joe is moving back home from Virginia and who should he meet online but Tricia. After that we emailed each other constantly for two weeks. We finally met face to face at a local Irish pub for dinner. At the risk of sounding corny, by the end of the night we were “in love,” and six months later we were engaged.
Tricia is a middle school special education teacher and Joe works as a training consultant for a medical software firm.
Hobbies and special activities you look forward to sharing with your child:
Joe is a big reader and loves to settle down with a good book. He loves history, music and art and anytime he can see a concert or museum he jumps at it. As a young man he played hockey he is now hoping to start up again soon.
Tricia loves baking. She bakes everything with her specialty being Irish scones and bread. She also enjoys watching movies, playing board games, dancing, and seeing theater shows. Tricia is also an avid collector of children’s books and looks forward to sharing this passion!
As a couple, we really enjoy rooting our local teams on especially the hockey, baseball and football. Any time we can get tickets we jump at the chance. We also love to prepare delicious food and spend time with friends and family and all of their children. We look forward to sharing all our favorite hobbies and passions with our child, and cannot wait for the day to come!
Holidays are hosted in our home and we have family and friends young and old join us. We always feel the more the merrier. Thanksgiving is always a sit down turkey dinner. Christmas Eve is an open house and then Christmas Day we host dinner. Halloween means decorating the house and the annual Halloween Parade. Being Irish, means St. Patrick’s Day has all of the traditional music, food and drink at the house. We look forward to celebrating Easter, along with all the holidays, with our little one and setting up a traditional Easter egg hunt.
Our home and neighborhood:
Our home is very traditional, and as we like to say, full of character. We have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Our house is filled with photos of family and friends and we decorate it for each and every holiday. We live right next to a conservation area that is great for when we walk our dog Mollie. The neighborhood has a lot of children in it and we have become their unofficial auntie and uncle.
We are Mike and Michelle we have been happily married for over 10 years.
We grew up in the same city and went to the same high school but never knew each other. After college we met through mutual friends at a house party. We knew right away we were meant to be together and we were married one year and four months later.
We have been through a lot together over those years, but our love continues to grow. We are in so many ways different and could be a perfect example of “opposites attract”. For instance, Mike is a sports fanatic and Michelle could not tell you the difference between a football and a basketball. Michelle is a city girl and Mike is more into the country atmosphere. However, we are without doubt; “best friends”. What makes us different makes us stronger.
Mike is a Research and Development Engineer for a Medical Company. He has worked for the same company for close to 25 years.
Michelle is a surgical coordinator for orthopedic surgeons. She works closely with patients to set up surgeries and helps them navigate through their insurance.
Qualities we see in each other:
Michelle says about Mike: Mike is a loving man who has so much to give to a child. He loves playing with our nieces and nephews. Mike is considered a hard worker and will do anything he can for his family. He puts the people he loves ahead of himself. I love that Mike has a positive outlook on life; he loves to laugh and to make others laugh and smile.
Mike says about Michelle: Michelle is the love of my life. She is a very caring and strong woman. I have seen strength in Michelle over the years that simply amazes me. She is so kind and friendly; she is positive and upbeat, but has a shy side to her. She is so great with her nieces and nephews and they just love her. There are always chants of, “aunties here”, “aunties here” whenever she walks in their house. She will make a fantastic mom!
Mike enjoys sports, whether playing them or attending them. He also enjoys relaxing times reading books by his favorite author.
Michelle enjoys travelling to warm spots to relax on the beach. She loves the ocean. She also loves entertaining guests at our home and dining at nice restaurants. Michelle loves the Holidays and enjoys cooking and baking some of her favorite dishes and yummy desserts.
Activities we look forward to doing with our child:
We look forward to having a child enter our lives and completing our family. I want our child to grow up close to their cousins and to build memories of fun filled holidays and get-togethers. We want to share all the things that parenting brings. We want to create fun and lasting memories, like teaching them to ride a bike, family vacations to our favorite spots, and helping them learn about their own talents. Options are endless. We dream of watching the excitement on their little face as they come down the stairs for Christmas morning. We just want to pass happiness and love on to a child. They deserve it!
Our home and neighborhood:
We live in the town that we both grew up in. Our home is a two story colonial with three bedrooms, located on a quiet street. (Cannot wait to turn one of the bedrooms into a nursery)!! We have a fenced in yard and a playground directly across the street. The neighborhood is very active and family oriented. Throughout the year, our neighborhood has different activities such as a summer cookout, yard sale, July 4th bike parade, meet your new neighbors get together, Halloween parade and Christmas caroling. We are so excited to share all these activities with a child.
Our Adoption Plan:
With Mike being an adopted person himself, we feel that an open and honest adoption is the best plan for our child. We will let them know the gift of adoption is the ultimate act of profound love, sacrifice, and selflessness. We promise that your baby will be loved, protected, celebrated, and will be surrounded by family and friends, who will always love them unconditionally. We will always let them know that you are an incredible woman who placed their needs above those of your own.
We met the old fashioned way – online! We had our first date right before Jodi was going out of town to visit family and talked every night she was away. The more we talked we realized that we had a lot in common. Our relationship developed quickly and we both knew pretty fast we had found someone wonderful and we had a special bond. Jodi has been a Speech Language Pathologist in an urban elementary school for the last 14 years and loves working with kids. Ethan is an Accounting Manager for a large commercial bank and luckily is good with money!
Qualities we see in each other:
From Ethan: Jodi is a loving, caring, thoughtful individual. She is very patient when dealing with problems. She is good with children, so I know she’ll be a great mother. Jodi seems to know what to say when talking with kids and children; they always seem to gravitate to her when we are out with friends and family. Watching the way Jodi interacts and loves our dog, makes me know that she has all the qualities of a wonderful mother!
From Jodi: I know Ethan is going to be a great Dad! He’s very sensitive and always takes others feelings to heart when making decisions. He’s playful and likes to joke around but also knows when to be serious. Ethan’s fair and is a good compromiser. He’s warm, loyal, and always puts family first. Ethan is so excited to share his life with a child ….. He’s really just a kid at heart! (and he’s excited to have someone to play video games with!!)
What we like to do:
We live in a great city and enjoy visiting new stores and restaurants, exploring the historical sights, and visiting the museums. We share a love of traveling, taking our dog on day trips, and seeing different cultural sights. We also have a great love of nature and have been to several national parks around the country over the past few years. We can’t wait to share these adventures with our child. Jodi enjoys reading, traveling, and being outside. She loves exploring new restaurants and museums. Ethan likes watching sports and movies, playing golf, and hiking.
We’re lucky that we both have loving supportive families. While both sets of grandparents are out of town, we get to see them often and they plan on visiting more frequently when another grandchild joins the family. Our child will have two uncles and three aunts, as well as 4 boy cousins welcoming them. We also have extended family in the area and everyone is looking forward to welcoming a new addition!
Talking about adoption:
We plan to tell our child how lucky he/she is to have so many adults that love him or her. We plan on being honest and open from the beginning. Our child will know how fortunate he/she is that a birth plan was made. We look forward to sharing pictures and stories throughout our child’s life with birth parents.
While we currently live in a condo in an urban setting, we’re in the process of buying a family friendly home in a diverse suburb. Our new neighborhood is full of families and we have a spacious yard with lots of room to play! We cannot wait to welcome a new baby into our hearts and into our home!
Most of all, I want to become a mother. I have a very fulfilling job leading a project management group at a Financial Services company. My job gives me the financial stability to live a very comfortable life, to travel, to give to those less fortunate, and to build and support a family through adoption. I plan to take several months off when the baby arrives and then adjust my work schedule to spend as much time as possible with my child.
I enjoy staying active - biking, running and participating in triathlons and charity bike rides in the summer and skiing in the winter. I love to travel and I also enjoy spending time at home, cooking, gardening, playing the piano, reading and watching movies, and spending time at the beach and at my family’s lake house.
Special activities I look forward to doing with my child:
I am excited to share many activities with my child to help him/her become a well-rounded and self-confident person who will be successful in life and appreciative of all that life has to offer. I look forward to sharing my love of reading and music, to teaching my child to ski, swim, play soccer, and play the piano, and to opening my child’s eyes and mind to new cultures and perspectives by traveling and creating wonderful memories of our adventures together.
Extended family and holiday gatherings:
I am blessed with a great, tight-knit extended family - my parents, my sister and her husband, my brother and my three nephews and niece are all very close and we spend time together frequently. In addition I have a strong and supportive network of close friends, and their kids form an extended network of “cousins” for my child to grow up with. All are very excited to welcome a new child into the group! I love to get together with my family for the holidays, and we spend every Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas together. We love to cook, play games and sports, and play the organ and sing in the church choir. In addition, we celebrate several family birthdays during the Christmas holiday, making that gathering extra special!
I plan to be very open about my child’s adoption journey, to help my child understand how special and loved s/he is, and how courageous and selfless his/her birth parents were in making this huge sacrifice for his/her future. I will tell my child the story of his/her birth parents right from the start, keeping photos and mementos along the way to help my child build a strong identity, and I am open to ongoing contact/meetings with my child’s birth parents. I will love this child as if s/he were my own biologically and provide every opportunity to him/her that I can.
Home and neighborhood:
I am blessed with two beautiful homes – my primary residence is a city condo in a family-friendly building with a pool, outdoor space and easy access to parks and museums. My second home is a beach home in a family neighborhood with five bedrooms, a huge deck and yard, steps from the beach, parks and schools.
We met almost 11 years ago while we were out with different groups of friends. We accidently bumped into each other and started talking. Joe still claims to this day that Ali tripped him. A few nights later we made plans to meet again and have been together ever since.
Our relationship grew quickly; we had so much fun spending time together. Whether we were hanging out at Joe’s apartment or out with friends, we were always laughing. In just over 4 years of dating, we were married. We both feel at ease in each other’s presence and cannot imagine life without the other. Many people would describe us as having easygoing demeanors, but we are also driven to build a successful and enjoyable life for our family. We feel it is important not to take life too seriously.
Ali is a Real Estate Agent and Joe is Director of Sales for a global technology company. Ali is planning on spending her time at home when the baby arrives. Once the baby is settled Ali will consider working part-time. Luckily, both Ali and Joe have flexible work schedules which allow them to work from home or schedule around family priorities.
What we do for fun:
Ali enjoys reading, spending time with her girlfriends, hiking, and cooking. Joe enjoys exercising, watching football, golfing, fishing and grilling. As a couple, we enjoy cooking, traveling and watching movies together.
Qualities we see in each other:
What Ali says about Joe: Joe is hard working, smart (sometimes even nerdy) and very motivated to succeed. In addition, he is extremely friendly and easy to be around. Joe is someone you can count on in both good times and bad, with advice, support or humor.
What Joe says about Ali: There is no better way to describe Ali than to say she is beautiful, inside and out. She is extremely kind and fair, always willing to support her friends and family. Joe also admires Ali around patience and comfort around children; she was born to be a mother.
Special activities we look forward to doing with our child:
We are looking forward to spending summers at the cape with our child where they will learn how to swim, row a boat, and fish. Our family has a property on the water with a small beach, perfect for summer fun. We are also looking forward to traveling with them, going to sporting events, and taking our dog Rocky for walks to the park. We have many friends with young children and hope to surround our child with many friends and family.
Extended family and holidays:
Both Joe and Ali are very close with their families. Joe’s sister has two little girls (6 and 4) and Ali’s cousins (11 and 9) are all very excited to have a baby in the family. We are always making plans to meet up and spend time with our sisters and cousins. Ali’s parents live nearby and spend a lot of time over the house. Unfortunately, Joe’s mom passed away several years ago but his Dad is retired and very active in his grandchildren’s lives.
Our holidays are always filled with lots of family and friends. We love hosting holidays this past Thanksgiving we had 20 guests for a sit down dinner. For Christmas we will travel to NY to see Joe’s family and our adorable nieces.
Our home and neighborhood:
We live in a suburban neighborhood with ample outdoor space to walk the dog and explore. Our home has lots of room for children including a large kitchen opening into an extended family room. The home was designed with a nursery located right next door to the master bedroom. The backyard is a great place to run around and play. In addition, we have a large in ground pool (which is safely fenced in), which will be great for summer swimming.
Remarkably, Gretchen and Paul grew up only a couple hours from each other, visited the same historical sites and ball parks with our families as kids, went to colleges on opposite shores of Lake Erie, and when we each moved to Boston, we worked only a couple blocks away from one another. Yet we didn’t meet until close friends introduced us. We both share a love of history, and during our first date we went canoeing under the Old North Bridge, near where the Revolutionary War started. Paul later proposed to Gretchen on that same bridge, and we've been happily married for six years.
Two years ago, we were blessed when a courageous birth mother chose us to parent her child, and she and our son, Tommy, have brought even more laughs, light, and love into our lives than we could have ever imagined. We have learned something new every day about ourselves as people and as parents, and especially our own expanding capacity to love. We cannot wait to welcome a new child to our family.
What We Love About Each Other:
Paul says that Gretchen is a loving, warm, and caring person with a big heart, and an infectious laugh. Gretchen says that Paul is amazingly kind, patient, creative, and incredibly funny. We love to stay active, hiking, biking, cooking dinner together, playing on the beach, and playing in our yard as a family. We enjoy celebrating holidays both big (like Christmas and Easter) and small (like Valentine’s Day – which is also our anniversary!), and spending time together on all the normal days in between, whether on walks to the park or picnics on our back deck.
What We Look Forward to Sharing:
Gretchen plays the piano beautifully, and looks forward to sharing her love of music, baking, and baseball (she’s a huge Yankees fan). Paul grew up playing many sports and still plays hockey weekly. He looks forward not only to taking our children to cheer on the home teams at live sports events (especially the Red Sox), but also coaching our children’s teams as they grow. We both also grew up with strong emphases on education. Paul, who earned his doctorate in Chemistry, is a scientist at a large biotech company. Gretchen, who is a lawyer currently, holds an administrative leadership position at an Ivy League university. Together we both look forward to sharing with our children our love of learning, and curiosity about people and places across the country and around the world. Most of all, we love to spend our time with our families and friends, like Tommy’s Babcia and Dziadzia (that’s Polish for Grandma and Grandpa) who live nearby, and his uncles, aunts, and cousins.
Our Home and Neighborhood:
We live in a lovely 3 bedroom, two and one-half bath home in a wonderful suburb with an amazing school system. During the nice weather, our yard and long driveway are bustling with pick-up games of basketball, hockey, and kids riding bikes and selling lemonade. We love our home, and cannot wait to welcome a new child into our family, our lives, and our hearts.