Meet Our Families Waiting To Adopt!
We met at a party for a friend of David’s who was getting married in Paris and was having a going away party for those people who could not travel to the wedding. David offered to buy Amy a drink and later in the night asked Amy to dance. This was the beginning of not only a wonderful relationship, but a friendship as well.
Our first dates included going out to dinner, going to local sporting games and going for bike rides. We quickly learned that we had many similar interests.
Amy about David: David works hard and enjoys unwinding at the end of the day by cooking a nice meal we can enjoy all together as a family. She loves that he is so helpful around the house.
David about Amy: Amy is a loving, caring and nurturing person. She is so family oriented and always puts her family first. Amy is a fantastic mother!
David enjoys: fishing, soccer and cooking.
Amy enjoys: first and foremost, being a mother, running, skiing, swimming and baking.
We both come from large extended families. David has a brother and a sister who have seven year old little girls. David also has many of cousins in Ireland with young children. Family gathering with all the young children are always filled with lots of laughter. Amy has a large extended family as well. Amy has many younger cousins in the area who love playing with James, as he is now the newest addition to the family. Amy also has a younger sister who lives very close by who is the best Auntie in the world. Both of our families love James and are looking forward to welcoming a new little one. We are a family that enjoys being around family and friends around the holidays. They are always filled with lots of laughter.
Special activities we look forward to
David is an avid sports enthusiast who is looking forward to coaching and participating in all of ours child’s sporting activities. Amy loves to read books, doing crafts, and building sand castles at the beach with James and can’t wait to share this with another little one.
Telling our child about their adoption story
We both believe that it is very important to speak to our child openly about adoption. Although James is still a bit young we have already started talking to James about adoption. We have many children’s books that are very helpful in explaining adoption to young children. We believe that the more we explain and the more open we are in answering questions, the easier it will be for them to understand the choice of adoption. They will grow up to understand that it was a difficult decision for their birth parents to make, however it was a decision made out of love.
Our home and neighborhood
We have a bungalow style home situated in a quiet family oriented neighborhood. There are a lot of young families in the neighborhood with lots of young children. During the summer time all the children enjoy running around and playing on the swing set in our backyard. There are also three playgrounds within walking distance to our home. There is a great School system in our town.
How we met and fell in love
We belonged to the same gym, and after a few months of noticing each other from afar, Bob introduced himself to Sarah. From our first conversation, we felt an immediate connection. Bob asked Sarah out, and within our first several dates it was obvious to both of us that we had met the person we were meant to be with forever. Our love is deep, honest, and true and continues to strengthen. Seven years to the day of our first date we were blessed with the adoption of our son, Jack, through Adoptions With Love in 2009. Having Jack in our lives has been the most incredible gift. Yet we know our family is not yet complete, and we have more than enough love and room in our hearts and lives for another child.
What we love about each other
Sarah sees Bob as kind, considerate, loving, genuine, and hard-working. He always has accepted me for who I am, and does the same for anyone he meets, never judging and always treating them with a warm, open, respectful heart. He is an incredible father – gentle and patient. Bob sees Sarah as very warm and compassionate. As a mother, she is deeply nurturing, affectionate, and caring – she also loves to be silly with Jack. We both have a strong sense of adventure that we hope to instill in our children. The thing we love most about each other, is that we make each other laugh, every day! We strive to raise our children in a home that is filled with laughter and love.
Talking about adoption with our child
We often tell Jack about his birth mother – about how much she loves him. We show him pictures of his birth family, and tell him the story of how we all met and the memories of the time we spent together. We will also tell our next child how much they are loved by their birth family. We want to share our children’s adoption story from the very beginning in a continuously comforting, loving, and supportive way. We plan to embrace all of their questions as a child or as an adult the same way – fearlessly, gently, kindly, and honestly. As we already do with Jack, we want to teach our children about his or her birth parents by remembering them, recognizing their love, and sharing whatever details are known to us at age-appropriate times in our children’s lives.
What we like to do
We love to take long walks, vacation on the beach or in the mountains, visit the playground, and spend time with our families, which include six nieces and nephews very close in age. We also enjoy cozying in at home, watching a movie or playing games. As a couple, we enjoy going out on dates to a nice dinner or a night visiting with friends. We are both big sports fans – particularly hockey and football. Sarah loves to bake, and Bob enjoys working in the yard.
Our Families and Traditions
Our families are very excited to welcome another baby. We are very close with our families, and are very loyal to each other. We frequently get together for dinner, barbecues, and birthday celebrations. Holidays are full of delicious family meals. There is always abundant energy, fun and laughter among the seven cousins!
We live on a quiet street with many young families and friendly neighbors who all look out for each other. We have a large fenced-in backyard, and Jack loves to play with his trucks and blow bubbles outside. He also likes to ride his bike up and down the sidewalk in the front. We can walk to the town center for ice cream or to visit the library or playground. Our town hosts many family activities, such as summer concerts and festivals. We also live right outside a big city, and frequently take Jack on adventures to the city.
We met through close friends, and hit it off right away, but Brian was in the process of moving to Texas. We kept talking and emailing and it wasn't long before fate intervened in the form of a music festival. Stephanie had planned a trip to the Austin City Limits music festival, where Brian was living. After a week of fun, we realized there was something special here. Countless round-trip flights later, Brian moved back to Boston and we moved in together. A few years later, while on vacation in London, Stephanie noticed Brian down on one knee and joined him, asking if he'd dropped something. To her surprise (and delight), he popped the question, paving the way for a flurry of happy tears and lots of long distance calls to friends and family to spread the news from across the pond.
Brian is a nurse at a hospital; he'll be staying at home to care for our little one. Stephanie works in marketing.
Stephanie says: Brian is genuine, caring , smart, and an amazing husband. Brian had the vision to turn our fixer-upper house into our dream home. On my last birthday, he surprised me with a backyard BBQ with all my closest friends. He's my dream guy.
Brian says: Stephanie is my best friend. She brings out the best in everyone, and her energy is contagious. She is supportive, kind and fun to be around. I feel fortunate to be entering into parenthood with her.
What we do for fun
Brian is an avid cyclist, and loves to cook good food for family and friends. When he isn't in the kitchen, he enjoys working around the house and in the garden. Stephanie loves spending time at the beach, going for hikes and reading. We both enjoy quiet nights at home and long walks with our dog Barkley.
We've got six nieces and nephews, ranging in age from seven years to seven days old. The latest addition comes from Brian's sister, whose family lives around the corner. Our families cannot wait to welcome in the newest member.
Every Fourth of July, there's a huge family clambake at Brian's parents' house. We host both sides of the family at our home for Thanksgiving, and it's easily our favorite day of the year. In fact, so many folks want to come that last year we had to get a bigger dining room table just to seat everybody. Christmas is another special time, from picking out our tree at a local farm to celebrating with all our nieces and nephews (and watching them open lots of presents!).
Our home and neighborhood
We live in a 3-bedroom Colonial that's been renovated from top to bottom. We've got a large, fenced-in backyard and patio, two gardens overflowing with veggies and heaps of fresh blueberries and raspberries. Our dog Barkley is very friendly and gentle, and has grown up around small kids his whole life (in fact, our neighbor jokes that her son learned to say Barkley before he could say Mom).
We will show our child a world of fun from our backyard to our neighborhood and beyond. Our neighborhood is filled with young families and we've got 3 playgrounds and parks within walking distance. There's also a great community center down the street, complete with a pool and lots of daily activities. Plus, we've got a zoo and aquarium just minutes away.
Our Adoption Story
Early on in our relationship, we both knew that we wanted to start a family together. Our journey to parenthood has had its ups and downs, which has only made us stronger. We've now reached our destination with adoption and we know in our gut we're meant for this. We have a very full and happy life together, and we know it will be that much richer as we become parents to someone special.
We feel our son or daughter's story is something to celebrate. Our child will know that they came into our world as a gift of love from their birth parents. We keep a journal to help us record each step we take on the way to adoption and we'll continue this as our child grows, where they will join us in the creation and telling of this beautiful story.
The fireworks flew on our 4th of July blind date. We had an instant connection and were engaged on our one-year anniversary. We are both registered nurses at the same hospital. We have a lot in common but it’s our differences that make it fun because we expose each other to new things. We enjoy hiking, camping, going to the movies, seeing plays on Broadway, reading books on the beach and skiing/snowboarding.
What Jen says about Chris:
Chris is one of the kindest, patient and gentlemen I know. He has a great sense of humor and is my rock. He is a wonderful dad to our son Cooper. I am so lucky to have him as my partner in life. Mostly, Chris loves playing with Cooper and cannot wait to be a amazing dad to another child.
What Chris says about Jen:
Jen is amazingly compassionate and sentimental. She is also very honest and trusting. Tradition means a lot to her. The strength of her character is not seen in many people. She always wants to have fun and sees the best in everything. Cooper adores her, as do I.
Holidays are a blast. Jen’s parents host family breakfast on Christmas morning for her entire extended family. After they open their gifts at home, everyone arrives in their pajamas. This has been in place for over 25 years and usually 50 people arrive for breakfast.
We were blessed with our son Cooper January 2011 through Adoptions With Love. He is very active so we love being outside. We usually go to the beach or to the playground and Cooper loves story time. We read a lot. We look forward to family camping trips, helping them learn to ride bikes for the first time and playing many sports. We cannot wait to complete our family and share our adventures with a new child.
Talking about adoption
Adoption will always be a common word in their vocabulary. We read Cooper a bedtime story "God Found Us You" and cannot wait to get "God Found Us Two." We plan on being open and honest regarding how we built our family and let them know how lucky they are to have so many people that love them.
We live in a lovely 4-bedroom colonial in a great neighborhood full of families. We recently fenced in our backyard to have a safe area for the kids to run and play. There is also a beautiful state park near our house that we love to go hiking in.
We are lucky to have our families so close. Both our parents spend a lot of time with their grandchildren. This baby will have seven excited first cousins waiting for him or her. Jen and her sister both work part-time and do day care for each other. Jen’s sister has twins that are 4 months older than Cooper. The three of them are together four days a week and absolutely love each other.
We met at an advertising company where we both worked. We started off as friends and after spending more and more time together, developing a strong connection, we fell in love. Kerry was smitten with Matt's smile and sense of humor and Matt was captivated by Kerry's kindness and fun personality. We dated for 3 years and got married. In 2008, we welcomed our daughter Kelsey into our world . We enjoy every minute that we spend with her and can't wait to bring another special child into our family !
About each other
Kerry is a very kind person with a big heart. She always has a smile on her face. She has volunteered for Special Olympics and participated in charitable events. She likes to gather family and friends any chance we can get for a meal, mostly barbecues. Matt is a gentle “bear”. In fact, his mom still calls him Bear as a nickname. Matt is very trustworthy and caring. Matt volunteers his time and construction skills to our community. He has built homes for a number of charitable groups and helps a town committee with building projects.
What we do for fun
We both like to keep active. Kerry enjoys taking our dog Duke for walks, playing tennis and loves to swim. Matt also likes to play tennis and enjoys golf and sporting games. We also like to cook and Kerry's special dishes are lasagna and chili and her chocolate chip cookies are everyone's favorite ! Matt is known to make anything taste exceptionally good on the grill. Matt is very good at fixing things and likes to work on projects around the house.
Holidays and family gatherings
We love to gather with our family and friends to celebrate holidays. For Halloween, we trick or treat with cousins, even the adults get in costume to add extra fun. Our favorite holiday is Christmas. We host a family dinner with our extended family and enjoy watching the children open the gifts from Santa.
We try to enjoy life every day. We look forward to playing in our yard and taking many trips to the beach, lake, and pool for a lot of swimming. We both hope to share moments doing the things we love to do: baking cakes, working in the garden, doing projects around the house, and reading books together.
Our home and neighborhood
We recently renovated our home and added a lot of space. We are very fortunate and feel that we've made a special place to live. We have a big front and back yard so there is lots of space to run and play. We have beautiful trees, plants, and flowers all over our yard. Our neighborhood is full of friendly families with lots of children. The elementary school is a 5 minute walk from our front door. The playground is there too!
Talking about their adoption story
We will tell our child about how we became a family from the beginning. We want to make sure that they know how much we love them and how much their birth parents love them. We will tell our child about their birth parents kindness and generosity to make a plan for a better life for them. We will continue to talk openly to our child about their story and how blessed we are to have them.
We met in November of 2002 after being set up on a blind date by a co-worker. We had always heard the expression "opposites attract" but didn't realize how true it was until we met. We definitely balance each other out in our relationship as Chris is on the reserved and quiet side, while Kim is definitely the outgoing and talkative one. On Christmas day of 2004, Chris surprised Kim with a beautiful ring and a teddy bear that said "Will you marry me?" Of course Kim said "yes!" and we were married in April of 2005.
About each other:
Chris is a bakery manager so there will always be sweet treats and fun baking time, and Kim is a receptionist/accounting clerk. Kim's plan is to be working part time at night so she can spend most of her time being a stay at home mother. When Kim is at work our child will be in Chris's care, so our child will always be with one of us. We both feel this is especially important and value being able to do this especially in the early childhood years. Kim says that Chris is very supportive in all of her endeavors; he is also very caring, affectionate, patient, laid back and quiet. On the other hand he can be very funny.
Chris says about Kim, she is extremely nurturing, honest, loyal, loving, thoughtful, considerate, and organized and will make a fantastic Mom!
What we do for fun:
We both enjoy traveling and have experienced vacationing in many different places all over the world. Planting flowers and working in the yard is also a favorite hobby of ours. We really enjoy caring for our home and love to make it a beautiful environment. We both enjoy cooking, reading, scrapbooking and crossword puzzles.
Holiday and family gatherings:
Holidays are typically spent sharing them with our extended family and we can't wait to include our child, and carry on family traditions. We have lots of family gatherings filled with aunts, uncles, cousins and second cousins. We are extremely close with our relatives, especially our cousins who are more like siblings to us. Holidays are always bustling with family members, laughter, good food and stories. Family traditions were, and still are, very important to all of us and now there is another generation being created.
We are looking forward to spending simple quality time with our child, for instance: fun bath time, baking yummy cookies, bedtime stories all snuggled up, birthday parties, going to the playground, enjoying an ice cream cone, trips to the beach, first day of school, trips to the zoo, and going to soccer games or dance recitals.
About our adoption story:
When the time comes to explaining adoption to our child, we will be open and honest telling the adoption story and birth parents information. Explaining how special it is that we were chosen by the birth parents to care for and raise them is very important to us. WE want our child to understand what an incredible gift we were blessed with and how truly grateful and appreciative we are. We will not take a single day for granted, and we will cherish every moment spent with our child.
Our home and neighborhood:
Our home is a cozy cape in a neighborhood filled with children of all ages. We live right down the street from a lake which is lovely for hot summer days. The lake association is always putting on seasonal events - from fireworks to a neighborhood yard sale. Even Santa Claus gets driven around the neighborhood at Christmas time to see the kids!
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.
Believe it or not, we met on a blind date! We knew within 5 minutes of that first dinner that the first date was going to lead to a second… it was immediately clear to us that we share an appreciation of good humor, good friends and close family, meeting new people and seeing new places. That first date ultimately led to an engagement and beautiful wedding 3 years later! Cheryl works as a marketing director in a pharmaceutical industry and Doug is self-employed as a trader of stocks and options. Doug is going to be at home to take care of the baby full time when that day comes.
Why we love each other
Cheryl about Doug – I feel so incredibly lucky to have met Doug, he is an amazing man and partner and I know he's also going to be an amazing dad. He is a caring, thoughtful and protective husband. He is a great storyteller with a quick wit and can always make me laugh.
Doug about Cheryl – I feel blessed to have met such a dynamic and talented woman. She is smart, beautiful and I know she will be a terrific mother. She has an adventurous spirit and loves to live life to the fullest.
What we do for fun
We both love the outdoors – in the winter months we love to cross-country ski and in the summer months it's camping, hiking, and canoeing. Cheryl also loves yoga and cooking dinner at home in their big kitchen. Doug loves cycling, running in local road races, as well working in the garden. We both love to attend sporting events – including an annual trip to spring training in Florida each year.
Excited to build a family
Cheryl is looking forward to teaching our child to read, and to bake Christmas cookies, and to love the outdoors! No matter what we are doing, she looks forward to seeing our child laugh as much as I do. Boy or girl, Doug is looking forward to playing sports, teaching him or her to ride a bike, to read, to tell a good joke but most importantly to teach them right from wrong. He wants to provide a nurturing and loving environment while also being a good role model and someone they can look up to – just like his parents did for him.
Our Extended Family
Our families are so excited to welcome a new child to the family! Doug's parents are retired and are very eager to welcome their fifth grandchild. On Cheryl's side, both of her parents are thrilled to welcome their first grandchild. Already, the grandparents are trying to figure out how they can spend more time with us when the baby comes. We are very close with our nieces and nephews – they love the fun that ensues when Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Doug come to visit.
The choice to place a child for adoption must be an incredibly difficult one, and this sacrifice is an amazingly generous gift, one that we want to celebrate with our child. We want our child to know as much as possible about their birth parents, who they are and how they came to this important decision and that it was made with their best interests at heart.
We live in a lively neighborhood where there are lots of families with children on our street, including a newborn next door. Our house is a century-old white Victorian that has been completely renovated inside. There are several parks nearby with lovely playgrounds full of kids. Our town has great schools, from elementary all the way through high school.
Scott founded a study abroad company 10 years ago helping send college students abroad to study, volunteer or intern abroad. Josh is a store manager for Starbucks, a company he has work for the last 12 years. Josh is planning to stay home and can't wait to teach our child how to cook, one of his favorite hobbies.
We met 11 years ago when Scott was attempting to study in a Starbucks but was a bit distracted by the cute guy working that night. After getting up the nerve Scott wrote his number on a napkin and slid it across the counter. He left that night with his coffee, but unfortunately not a date. Starbucks Boy did not call him, and hence he also had to drive a lot farther to another Starbucks his senior year in college.
Two years later a good friend of Scott's called to set him up on a blind date. She had met a guy through her new job and thought he would be perfect for him, what she didn't know was that Scott had already met him – two years prior. A few minute later Starbucks Boy walked in and the rest is history. Oh, why didn't he call? A question Scott gets every time after telling the story. He was in fact seeing someone at the time so could not call him. He simply left it up to fate, and fate would have it bought us back together.
For the last 9 years we have experienced life together and it's been one incredible ride. Some would say we are total opposites, but everyone would say we are perfect for each other. Josh is the cook and can't wait to teach our child the ways around the kitchen. Scott also enjoys the kitchen but he finds more joy in throwing the pasta up against the wall to see if it's done. Josh enjoys a quiet evening; Scott enjoys dancing around the house. Josh can't tell the difference between a football and a baseball game, Scott can't wait to have season tickets to the Red Sox with their child. Traveling is a big part of our lives. Over the past 9 years we've had pasta in Venice, read a book under the Eiffel tower, volunteered in Asia, and gone swimming in the Greek Isles. Seeing the world is something we are both passionate about and can't wait to experience with our own child.
What we do for fun
Scott received his pilot's license at the age of 17 and still finds joy in jumping in a plane. Josh's passion is photography. He runs a small photography company as a fun side project. Together, we share a love for traveling and can't wait to take our child abroad to experience some of our favorite locations as a family. Together we've visited over 15 countries over the last 9 years.
Holiday and family gatherings
We already have family reserving their room at our house to spend Christmas with us this year, in anticipation for our baby's first Christmas. We have a tradition of a family football game before sitting down for Thanksgiving and Christmas isn't complete without opening up presents of new pajamas on Christmas Eve and then all sitting around watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. No holiday is complete without family and friends around.
Our adoption story
Our child without a doubt will never question their heritage and the word adoption will be a large part of their upbringing. For Christmas this year Scott's sister gave us a baby onesie that says, “Being Adopted Rocks!” Adoption is in fact a big part of our family. Scott's sister and her husband adopted two little boys and Josh grew up with family members whom were adopted. We want our child to know their story and look forward to sending updates and photos to the birth parents. Bringing our families together for meetings as they grow up will be a fun occasion.
Our story began on a warm, sunny Florida day at a shuttle stop at the Orlando airport. We were en route to the same conference. Normally shy and reserved, something about the cute boy prompted Mary to say "hi." That "hi" turned into an exchange of email addresses and a long-distance relationship that led to monthly plane trips between the mid-West and New England, a summer in Boston for Jim and his eventual relocation to the East Coast. Almost two years after moving to Massachusetts, we were married on the most perfect rainy day. Jim is an accountant; Mary is a college administrator.
About each other
Mary about Jim: I knew there was something special about Jim when I first met him and he let me be myself. To this day, he allows me to laugh and joke around without judgment. He is fun-loving and encourages those around him to laugh and enjoy life. He is good with children and is going to be a great father. I cannot wait to hear him called, "Dad."
Jim about Mary: I know Mary will be a great mother and I cannot wait to share her excitement and joy as we raise a child together. Mary is a very caring, loving and selfless individual that is always putting others before herself. We have a trusting relationship and balance each other out well.
What we do for fun
We enjoy trying new restaurants, traveling and exploring new cities, relaxing at the beach, cheering on our favorite sports teams, and cuddling on the couch to catch up on "our shows."
Jim golfs and plays softball, and enjoys watching football and college basketball. He takes care of our lawn and vegetable garden, and he loves grilling during the summer.
Mary enjoys crafts, especially quilting. She also loves finding new recipes and trying them out on Jim. When she has time, she enjoys curling up with her cat and a good book by the fireplace.
Holiday and family gatherings
We enjoy the time we spend with our families; whether it is during the holidays, at a random summer bar-b-que or celebrating a birthday or special occasion. Time with our families is filled with food, laughter and fun. Our family cannot wait to welcome and embrace our newest member.
Our family and friends
We could not ask for more supportive friends and family, as each time that we have shared our exciting news that we are adopting a baby; we are met with hugs, congratulations and tears of joy. Many have said, "It is about time." Mary's parents are excited for their first grandchild, and Jim's parents are excited to welcome their third grandchild. Our niece and nephew are counting down the days for a "new cousin," and our friends cannot wait to be called "Aunt" and "Uncle." We know our child will be showered with love from all of those close to us.
Our home and neighborhood
We live in a newer home in an older New England neighborhood. There are children in our neighborhood that play outside on warm days and can be heard playing in the snow after a storm. We live close to a few schools and ball fields that are filled with children playing. Our home is safe and cozy.
Our adoption story
Once we realized we could not have biological children, we considered a life without children, and that did not sit well with us. We thought about our options and jumped at the possibility of building our family through adoption. We embrace this wonderful opportunity. We plan to let our child know about their birthparents, and we will always speak positively about the selfless gesture you made to make your child's life full of love and opportunity. We will always celebrate our child joining our home.
Hi, we are Don and Jeanine and we can't wait to be parents. Here's a little bit about ourselves.
How we met comes across as a fairytale; a story of love at first sight. We met while skiing in Vermont with friends, Jeanine with hers, and Don with his. While it was a brief chance encounter we knew we were destined for something more. While it took us some time to get together, as we were both college students in different cities, Don had picked his moment to come and find her. As fate would have it Don's friend was playing in a band at Jeanine's work. Fate had played her part and our amazing adventure began.
Don describes Jeanine as the most giving, caring, loving and compassionate person he knows. She is always optimistic and enthusiastic. She is extremely generous with her time and is always willing to help anyone who needs help with a project big or small. She is naturally maternal and a fun leader to her 10 nieces and nephews. She is creative and thoughtful and this helps her in running her own small catering business. She has a flexible schedule and will be a full-time mom.
Jeanine says Don is her best friend. He's very down to earth and loves the outdoors and being one with nature. He works hard and is not afraid to get his hands dirty. He is rugged but gentle. He is supportive and loving in all my endeavors. He inspires me to live life to the fullest. We have achieved a lot together and secured a great future. Life is always interesting, there's never a dull moment. Don will be the best father.
Our home and neighborhood
We live in a wonderful brick townhouse in a vibrant city. We renovated our home ourselves to enhance its original charm. There are three bedrooms and two full baths and plenty of light and space for everyone. Our street is family friendly with lots of young children to play with. There are many excellent playgrounds and parks nearby as well as community gardens where we can grow vegetables and flowers. Jeanine is an excellent gardener. There is a great swimming pool in the park just up the street. Top rated schools are all within walking distance. Our city is packed with fun attractions, cool museums and even a nearby zoo. We take off for our newly purchased summer house on the weekends. Our extended family joins us for sunny days full of fun and games at the beach. The baby is eagerly awaited by ten nieces and nephews.
Our adoption story
We cannot wait to be parents to a new baby. Our journey through life will be made complete with a child with whom we can share our life. You will always be a part of our story and we will honor your selfless act by telling our adoption story in an open and loving way. Our child will fully understand the sacrifice, love and courage of their birth parent(s). We will share the child's story with you, as well, with pictures and letters as we grow through life together.
Our relationship began by chance due to a wrong telephone number being dialed! We talked many times on the telephone during the next three weeks; exchanged photos and decided to meet for dinner at a local restaurant. We learned so much about each other during our phone conversations that when we finally met we felt like we already knew each other. Eight months after that eventful phone call we were engaged and planning our wedding. We dated for another year and half before we were married. Our wedding was a family affair with all our siblings, nieces and some of our cousin's part of the wedding party. We were married over Labor Day weekend and most of our guests spent three days by the ocean celebrating with us. This year we celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary by returning to the hotel where our reception took place!
We welcomed our adorable son Michael into our lives two years ago through Adoptions With Love which has been the highlight of our lives.
We view each other as soul mates and teammates; we both believe that fate brought us together. Kristin says Kenan is easy going, funny and supports me in everything that I do; he rarely judges my actions or me. Kenan views Kristin as my rock and best friend; Kristin always goes out of her way to help anyone. Our relationship has grown and gotten stronger over the 12 years of our marriage. We laugh together and enjoy each other in our good times as well as support and lean on each other during hard times.
What we do for fun
We both love watching and going to sporting events and playing golf. We love walking on the beach and going to the zoo and park with Michael. Kenan plays hockey Piano, Guitar and loves to cook. Kristin loves to read and I'm actively involved in a local book club. I am also involved in a bunch of playgroups. Michael loves playing with other children. I also love playing sports; I enjoy golf, softball and volleyball.
Holidays and family gatherings
In the summer we invite our family and friends over for cookouts on our back deck, play yard games and share our favorite recipes. We now host the family Thanksgiving dinner at our home with the traditional menu. We treasure the holidays and the memories of being with family. We began an annual the annual cookie bake 20 years ago at Kristin's Mum's home that now includes our extended families and is held at a local hall to accommodate everyone. Christmas Eve at Kristin's Parents and Christmas Day at Kristin's brothers are some of our holiday celebrations. We treasure and maintain traditions and are looking forward to passing them on to our children.
We are looking forward to baking cookies, making holiday crafts, playing board games, taking walks and playing splash on the beach with our children... We will offer our children a huge extended family with lots of cousins to play with.
Our favorite vacation spot is Walt Disney World; we were able to take Michael for the first time this winter. It was a dream come true to see Michael enjoy Disney for the first time. He loved all the characters and of course, the rides.
Our home and neighborhood
We live in a coastal community. We have a split-level ranch style home with a traditional open floor plan with seven rooms. Kenan has what he calls a great sports room in the basement that he is more than willing to give up for a playroom. We have a wonderful dog, a yellow lab named Sadie. We have a huge yard with almost three acres of land filled with yard toys and laughter. We have flowers that Kenan's Dad loves to point out the names of each and every flower. We also have wildlife in our yard during various times of the day. We have a horse farm across the Street. Michael loves to look at the horses.
Our large deck is often full for family cookouts and we spend summer nights enjoying yard games with our family & friends. There are a lot of children in our neighborhood. We live close to the elementary, middle & high school as well as a huge park. Kristin's parents have a beach house about a mile away; where we love to take long walks on the beach. We have a town green with summer family concerts that we love to take Michael. Living near the ocean is a dream come true for both of us and we look forward to Michael having a sibling to build sand castles and splash in the water with.
About their adoption story
We feel blessed to have met our son's birth parents as well as the birth grandparents and this memory will always be dear to us. Kenan and I think of them often and have them in our hearts. We think about them a lot especially on Mother's Day and on Michael's birthday.
We plan to be very open with our children about their adoption. We will explain that their parents really loved them and wanted them to have a better life and we prayed that some day we would have children to share our life with. As an adoptive parent we can only thank the birth parents that entrusted us by giving their child to us to nurture and love. We plan to say thank you every day for this child and remind ourselves just how fortunate we are to have a children to love.
Who we are and how we met
We met in 1996 while working for the same company. CJ was the quiet one, Stephanie wasn't and eventually lunch meetings turned into dating. We fell in love about six months into our courtship and spent many weekends enjoying being immersed in our family's and circles of friends. We then realized we were a part of each other's lives we didn't want to be without one another.
We are both attorneys and have flexible work schedules. We plan on spending more time with our next child than at our offices. As working parents we provide all of the emotional and financial stability our daughter, and future child, will need to thrive as healthy and happy individuals.
Qualities we see in each other
Stephanie says, "CJ is extremely kind, patient, intelligent, and the most devoted father I've ever seen. He writes himself little notes of what to fix that is broken of Sophie's and carries it in his pocket every day. And while he likes to tease me about being an overprotective parent, he is just as focused on Sophie's well-being and happiness."
CJ says, "Stephanie is kind, humorous, resilient and passionate. She passionately loves and cares for me, Sophie, her mother and brother. She derives happiness and a sense of peace through the constant support she gives to her immediate family. Beyond this, she thoroughly enjoys time with her extended family and friends as well."
We love spending our time with Sophie…gardening, running, cooking, teaching her how to read, playing tag in the backyard and being with friends and family.
Activities we look forward to with our next child
We look forward to absolutely everything with a newborn again, the sleepless nights (really, those quiet moments during the night when no one else is awake except us and our child), the bonding and laughter that will occur through teaching our child how to eat, walk, and learn about the world. We have the utmost confidence in our ability to make our next child feel the confidence and happiness our daughter Sophie displays as a kindergarten student. And as soon as our child is ready, she/he will be covered in sand at the beach, parked outside watching dad garden, on skates with mom and dad and learning ABC's and the joy of reading books.
Our gatherings are loud, crowded and fun. There are always a lot of kids playing together, games involving the parents, kids and grandparents and laughter. To make sure we see everyone every holiday, on certain years we will host two dinners, one for each side of our families!
We plan to be honest with our child. Introduce the concept that she/he is adopted through children's stories early on and then make sure we explain and discuss the adoption openly Our goal is to have the adoption become a conscious part of child's story as early as possible. And when our child reaches an age where she/he can understand the adoption, we will be there to answer questions and discuss feelings. We will never let a day go by when we don't remind our child of how much we need and love them. Love alone may not cure all of our child's possible doubts, but we believe it will provide them with the strength and confidence to explore how they came to be our child.
We live in a lovely Colonial style house with four spacious bedrooms and an enormous backyard, on a quiet tree lined street. There are always kids playing in the neighborhood, in our yard, and the parents all watch over each other's kids as if they were their own. There is a small corner store walking distance from our house. When Sophie does something very well or behaves exceptionally well as we have asked her to, we all walk to the corner store so she can buy her own miniature bag to fill with penny candy of her choice. And when there's snow on the ground Stephanie pulls her to the store on a sled. This is exactly what we will do with our new baby when she/he is of age. We can't wait for another child to join our loving family.
Who we are and how we met
We met the night the Red Sox won the 2007 World Series and we have been happily together for six years. Wendi's best friend happened to be Darrin's neighbor and we got together to watch the baseball game. We had instant chemistry and went on our first date two weeks later. Since then, we have enjoyed many vacations, sporting events (we love attending Red Sox games), skiing, biking, and hiking. We have become best friends and share common goals. We knew we had found our soul mate. Our relationship grew out of friendship into a strong bond. We are passionate about family and friends and can count on one another. We have been able to make each other laugh. We are comfortable with each other's independence and support each other in difficult times. Darrin is a Pricing and Marketing Director, Wendi is a Special Education Teacher. Wendi is planning on being home full time with the baby.
What we do for fun
Outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, skiing and going to the beach are our favorite things to do. We like cooking and traveling as well. Darrin enjoys golfing, home improvement and fixing things and Wendi likes yoga, and dancing.
Qualities we see in each other
Darrin says: Wendi's personal strength is her strong sense of confidence, hard work, passion and determination. Likewise, she has an incredibly loving and caring nature, as well as an amazing ability to be able to communicate with anyone. Wendi has a very outgoing personality, great sense of humor and an amazing sense of adventure. Most importantly, she has a strong sense of family values and thrives when her students succeed.
Wendi says: Darrin is a caring, thoughtful, intelligent and happy person. He is incredibly optimistic, funny, reliable, and he can fix anything! He is very passionate about starting projects around the house, as well as teaching his nephews life skills. Darrin is also an amazing cook.
Activities we look forward to doing with our child
Both of us live an active lifestyle and love to travel. We will vacation in the south and look forward to taking our child all over New England to explore the beautiful beaches, wonderful zoo's, children's museums, and of course some fun water parks. We look forward to spending time teaching our child how to ride a bike, swim, and experiencing the yummy joy of homemade cupcakes. We look forward to buying our child his or her first Red Sox and Patriots shirt and going to sporting events. In the winter, we will teach our child to ski, we'll go sledding and have tons of fun building snowmen.
We host a large holiday party with all the cousins, aunts, uncles and nephews. The holidays throughout the year are also filled with delicious food and lots of laughter. Our family loves to play games and we always end up outside playing basketball or touch football. It's always lots of fun and festive!
Our home and neighborhood
We live in a four bedroom colonial style home with a huge yard for kids to play in. We have an excellent school system and proximity to conveniences such as restaurants, shopping, parks and the town beach. Our house is on a dead end street and is in a great location with access to our town's crystal clear lake, playgrounds, baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts; all within a five minute walk from our house. Our neighborhood is filled with young families with ages ranging from infants to High School.
We have been together since high school. Ryan sat in front of Kara in Chemistry class. After teaming up to be lab partners as much as possible, Ryan asked Kara to go to the Junior Prom. The rest is history; we have been together ever since. We got engaged as soon as we finished college and were married in 2007. Our love for each other is longstanding and our marriage has continued to grow over time. We are each other's best friend. We have always worked as a team and we always have fun together!
Kara is currently a licensed Special Education Teacher and Reading Specialist with high school students and Ryan works as a Sergeant Correction Officer training staff and new officers. Once our baby arrives, Kara plans to take a leave from her job and stay at home with our child for his or her first several months. When Kara returns to work, her mother and Ryan's mother are looking forward to sharing babysitting responsibilities of their first grandchild.
What we like to do for fun
Kara says, "I am a very active individual and cannot wait to have a child to join me in the fun. I feel very fortunate that my schedule as a teacher allows me regular holiday days off, vacations and summers as well. In my free time, I enjoy going to Jazzercise. Another favorite activity is walking our dogs with Ryan on the local bike path or taking them hiking at a local state forest, which has an awesome homemade ice cream stand that we stop at as our reward."
Ryan says, "I have always been involved in many sports including baseball and hockey. As a child, both my father and grandfather never missed a game! I look forward to supporting our child in whatever activity he or she chooses to do like my father and grandfather did for me. I also enjoy hiking, running outside with my dogs, and landscaping our yard."
Our extended family & wonderful holiday gatherings
Family is very important to us. We both come from large, loving extended families with whom we are very close with. Our child will be surrounded by all the extra love that comes from a large extended family of doting grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins of all ages. Our parents are so excited for their first grandchild! Our whole family regularly gets together for dinner at Ryan's parent's house. They have a great pool, which we all spend a lot of time at during the summer months. We look forward to teaching our child to swim there!
Holidays are warm and welcoming by sharing festive, quality time with both sides of our families. There are young cousins on Kara's side that cannot wait to welcome a new baby cousin to share in the holiday traditions, especially hunting for eggs at Easter and decorating delicious gingerbread houses during Christmas. There's always lots of fun to be had!
Our home and neighborhood
We both grew up in the town we live in now and our parents are only ten minutes away. Our town has a very strong school system, including excellent sports, theatre, and music programs. Our home is modern and updated with a bedroom we are making into a nursery for the baby. We live in very close proximity to the town center which enables us to walk to the library, shops, restaurants, ice cream parlors and a terrific bike path. In the summer we walk to the town common where there is a weekly farmer's market allowing us to indulge in fresh local produce. We feel very fortunate to live in such a magnificent town.
Our adoption story
We plan to share our child's adoption story with them as soon as they arrive with us. We want our child to know and understand how much their biological parents cared for and loved them and that is why they made an adoption plan for them. We feel grateful to already have a support system of friends who have in the past and very recently adopted children. We believe that it will be important for our child to have a peer group of other adopted children who will share that common characteristic with them.
We almost didn’t meet! Paul was late to our meeting with friends and everyone thought Lisa should leave but Lisa decided to wait a few minutes and she’s glad she did. After saying hello, Paul immediately started doing karaoke, something that surprised Lisa. After his performance, Lisa and Paul spent the rest of the night talking and made a date the next day to watch football. The rest is history! Lisa fell in love with Paul’s blue eyes and sense of humor. Paul loves Lisa’s smile and her willingness to always put others before herself. We were married in 2009 and our marriage grows stronger every day.
Lisa is an elementary school teacher and Paul is a delivery driver. Lisa plans to take time off once the baby arrives. What’s great about our schedules is that once Lisa returns to work, there will always be someone home with the baby. Being a teacher, Lisa will always have time off for holidays and summers!
What We Do For Fun
We love going for daily walks with our dog. Since we are both HUGE sports fans, if we aren’t watching one on tv we are at a game. There are always trips to the beach and barbecues with friends and family that we enjoy and always have a good time.
Paul is a terrific athlete and has been wrestling since he was a kid. He faithfully works out, including yoga, and is involved in some intense fantasy baseball leagues each year. He enjoys making homemade calzones and pizzas and barbecues on the grill even in the middle of winter!
Lisa started dancing at age five and finds ways to incorporate it into her exercise. Her passions are reading and all types of music. She is a volunteer volleyball coach for a team of adults with special needs. Another thing she likes is making crafts and is currently making a Snoopy rug to put in their baby’s room.
Our Extended Families and Holidays
We both come from large families and are all incredibly close. We are fortunate to live within just a few minutes from each other. This makes every holiday an event. There is always so much food (especially pasta) and some sort of musical performance or outdoor game, it’s very lively and lots of laughs are always had. Lisa loves to decorate the house, both inside and out, for all holidays and seasons. The many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews are all eagerly awaiting the newest member to our family.
Our Home and Neighborhood
We live in a very family friendly area within walking distance to the best elementary school in town. We are close to beautiful parks, dance studios, hockey rinks and any possible activity our child could dream about doing. Living in New England, we get to experience the best of all four seasons, which are incredibly beautiful!
Activities we look forward to with our child
We cannot wait to go to the beach, sporting events, the 4th of July parade, museums and musicals. We look forward to reading books, playing at the park, trick-or-treating and baking delicious holiday cookies. And of course, we will encourage and support our child as she or he pursues whatever interests and dreams they may have.
Our Adoption Journey
We truly believe adoption is the path meant for us. Our child will always know about his or her journey and the love their birthparents had for them in making an adoption plan. Choosing adoption is a wonderful gift which will be celebrated and acknowledged in the appropriate ways throughout each stage and we cannot wait for the journey to begin….
We met on match.com and had our first date at a local restaurant. We immediately clicked and started telling stories about our families. Matt even shared pictures of his brothers’ beloved dog. At the end of the date Matt walked Maryellen to her car and asked for another date.
Maryellen is a Director of a Child Development Center and I love being around little children. Matt is an Associate Editor at a Textbook Publishing Company.
We are definitely a typical case of opposites attract. Matt is quiet and best in small groups. Maryellen is very outgoing and is always in the middle of a group. We balance each other out very well ! We have a very large and involved extended family that include lots of cousins and very excited aunts and uncles that all patiently wait along with us for a new member of our family.
About Each Other
Maryellen says: Matt is generous and caring and always puts everyone’s needs before his own. He believes in always doing the right thing. Matt says: Maryellen has a loving heart and treats family, friends and children with love respect, and compassion. She always seeks the best within people.
What We Do For Fun
Matt loves playing and listening to music. He plays piano, trumpet and bass drum. I can’t wait to share my love of music with our child. Maryellen enjoys baking, reading and shopping. I look forward to baking cookies and cakes and sharing my hobbies with our baby.
We absolutely cannot wait to take our child to see the animals at the zoo, experience the thrill of attending ballgames, building sandcastles at the beach, boating with Grandpa, apple picking in the fall and building scarecrows. We look forward to carving pumpkins for Halloween, trick or treating in fun costumes and family vacations. In the winter, building snowmen and sledding will be top on the list. During Christmas we will be excited to show our child all the local light displays and decorating will be an absolute joy.
Holidays and Family Gatherings
Family and friends ! That is what our holidays and gatherings are all about. We are lucky to live close to both our families and celebrate holidays with everyone. We host both Christmas and Easter with both our families. Holidays are always full of laughter and delicious homemade dinners!
Our Adoption Story
Adoption will be part of our lives. We’ll speak to our child openly about his/her adoption, giving them age appropriate information. We want our child to feel how much they were loved and blessed to have a birthmother strong enough to make an adoption plan.
Our Home and Neighborhood
We live in a 3 bedroom home with a backyard tucked away from the street. Maryellen grew up in the same family oriented neighborhood. We live within walking distance of a playground, school beautiful parks with wonderful bike and walking paths. We have a skating rink and the best hill any child could ask for sledding.
We met through mutual friends in 2003 and remained friends for a while until a romance developed. Tabatha had a personal loss in her life and John was a very supportive friend throughout this period. From this beautiful friendship we fell in love and became a couple in 2007. From what we considered a sad life changing experience became an amazing deep love and commitment for us. It was fate that brought us together and our love only grows deeper and stronger and even more so building a family with children.
John works in biotechnology finding new drugs to help cure illnesses and Tabatha is a full time at home mom who spends time volunteering raising money for pediatric cancer research as well as curating art exhibition on a project basis.
Tabatha left her full time career in the arts to be a full time mom to Gabriel. I will continue to be a full time mom to our next child.
Qualities We See In Each Other
Tabatha says: John is a considerate and loving husband and an amazing father! Anytime he is not at work, John is spending most all of his time with Gabriel and I doing activities like going to the park, museums , reading to Gabriel and always making sure both of us are happy. John is optimistic, funny and the best husband and father anyone could ask for.
John says: Tabatha is kind, affectionate and lights up a room whenever she is present. Tabatha has a great gift of connecting with people and feeling their pain and/or joy very deeply. She is a care giver in that she is always thinking of how best to take care of Gabriel and I. Besides being an amazing wife, I could never ask for a more amazing mother to our children. She lives for our son as he is the center of the world to her. Same as me, I know that she very much wants another child to give all of her attention and love to as she does now with our son Gabriel.
What We Do For Fun
We both share the love of traveling. John likes to go to baseball games and scuba dive. Tabatha likes to cook, travel, photograph, read, practice yoga, write and really enjoys teaching Gabriel her native Spanish language (he is bilingual now!).
We look forward to hiking, going to the beach, cooking, spending time with family, traveling and seeing the world and most importantly spending time together as a family.
Family and Holiday Gatherings
All our nieces and nephews are super excited to have a new member of the family! Our parents have plenty of experience spoiling grandchildren and the next child will be no different. Out family gatherings are full of BBQ’s, swimming, hiking, traveling and spending time at the beach. Our holidays are always full of much love and many gifts!
Our Adoption Story
We are very comfortable with adoption and we will tell our children that they are with us now because they are so loved. Their birthparents acted on the greatest sacrifice for them by finding a good, loving and happy life for them that they were not able to provide at that time. We have the utmost respect for Gabriel’s birthmother and for you as you consider adoption for your precious child.