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 initially met as friends at work at a biotech company. We got to know each other and a very strong bond formed between us. Christine now manages technology for a large investment firm, and Steve works as a Scientist at a company that contributes to finding cures for diseases such as Alzheimer’s , cancer, and diabetes.
We really enjoy staying active – biking in the summer, skiing in the winter and although we both like running, Steve is the marathoner in our family. Christine enjoys cooking healthy meals, gardening and decorating our home for the holidays. When she needs some downtime, she loves curling up under a warm, fuzzy blanket to watch a movie. And of course, every girl loves a good day out shopping with girlfriends! Steve enjoys a mixture of active hobbies and relaxation as well. He likes watching football, fishing and attending sporting and music events with family and friends. Steve taught his children how to snowboard and can’t wait to teach our new child how to ski and/or snowboard!
Qualities we see in each other:
Christine about Steve: I admire Steve’s intelligence, focus, and kind heart. Steve is very level-headed and understanding, a good father, and a good husband. He is goal oriented while maintaining a healthy balance of work, family, friends, hobbies, and having fun and relaxing.
Steve about Christine: I love Christine’s goal-oriented nature, balanced with her kindheartedness. Christine has repeatedly demonstrated unique focus and drive – on her own at a relatively young age, financed her own way through college, obtained a Master’s degree in genetics, and successfully shifted into a computer/information-technology career. Christine gravitates towards kids, engages them in a fun and heartfelt way, and will be an amazing mother.
Our extended families and holidays:
We treasure the time spent with our families, with major get-togethers at Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter, plus various birthday parties and graduations. Several years we have also rented a ski house together with Steve’s brothers and their families for a fun week together hanging out and on the ski-slopes. The new family member would be a treasured addition for grandparents, 4 pairs of aunts and uncles, and 8 cousins!
Our home and neighborhood:
We live on a quiet, friendly street, in a nice neighborhood with about 25 other families including many children. Our house is walking distance to the elementary school next door, where there are playgrounds and athletic fields. Our house is a colonial-style, including a large family room with high ceilings, and a finished basement with a home gym and a workshop. The yard is large, about 1 acre, and great for playing catch and football. The home provides warmth and plenty of room both inside and out for a child to play.
We met through an online dating site. Russell says that when he saw Edye’s picture he had to contact her. On our first date Russell picked Edye up at her apartment and when the elevator door opened, our hearts skipped a beat. Our smiles got wider. Edye had always wanted to move to New York City to be closer to her sisters and experience life in the big city. Russell always said, “If it is meant to be I will come and get you.” A year later, Russell was making weekly trips from Boston to New York City and two years later we got engaged at Fenway Park where the Red Sox play baseball. We have been together for over 10 years!
Edye has been a Preschool Teacher for the past 15 years. She loves watching the children grow throughout the year. Her students learn about dinosaurs, outer space or workers in our community as well as all the skills necessary for development. Russell is a Manufacturing Representative for plumbing and heating supplies. Russell’s dynamic and outgoing personality makes him an amazing salesman. Edye will be staying home full time once our baby arrives.
What we do for fun:
We love having friends over to watch sports while barbequing on the grill. We have several TV’s in our living room so our home is a favorite for parties and celebrating Boston sports, such as the Red Sox recent World Series win. We live next to a park so we enjoy taking our loving and gentle dog Sienna on walks around the lake. We love music and seeing live concerts with some recent ones being Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, and Metallica.
Qualities we see in each other:
Edye says about Russell: I love his sense of humor, his laid back and relaxed personality, his value of friendship and family, and his way to make each person he meets feel special.
Russell says about Edye: Some of the things I love about her are that she has a silly and sweet personality. She wears her heart on her sleeve and has strong moral values. She is passionate about education and is a wonderful Auntie.
Our adoption story:
When we are placed with a child we plan on telling the child from the beginning that they are adopted. We will create our own “birth story” explaining to the child who their birth parents are, and how special they are to us. We think that it is important to be honest and open with our child. Just as there are Baby Books, our book will also include photos and memories of our child’s birth.
We live in a modern apartment building with concierge and 24 hour security. Our building has beautiful outdoor space such as a swimming pool, a dog park, and courtyard area with bbq-grills. We have a 2 bedroom apartment with an open floor plan. There are many families that live in our building and we are walking distance to many child friendly activities.
We have always talked about the many things we would do when we finally become parents. We can’t wait to hold our child, cuddle up and read stories, and watch our dog Sienna snuggling with him/her. We are looking forward to spending time with our families and having our 9 year old twin nieces teach and love our child. We are looking forward to watching our child sit, walk, and talk, have homework, learn how to drive a car, and live life to the fullest.
We met at work and started dating a year later. We both knew right away that we had found the one we had been waiting all our lives for. We very quickly became best friends and fell in love. We discovered that we enjoyed the same things in life like camping, snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, taking jeep rides, spending time outdoors, vacationing summer or winter out on the lakes or the mountains somewhere, and that is exactly where Mark proposed in 2001, in the White Mountains in New Hampshire.
Mark is a Manager of Information Security and Denise is a stay at home mom. Occasionally Denise works at our daughter Emma’s school as a substitute teacher, she also works part time at our local church.
What Denise says about Mark:
Mark is easy to love. When we met, I felt immediately comfortable as if I had known him forever and knew right away that he was the one for me. He is a kid at heart and can be found playing with Emma and our nieces and nephews with remote cars, boats, and planes while loving every minute of it. I feel truly blessed to have found someone who compliments and balances my personality but who also shares the same morals, values and goals for a happy life together. I love all these qualities about Mark but my favorite is what an amazing father he is to our daughter Emma.
What Mark says about Denise:
Denise is a loving, caring and wonderful wife and mother. I knew from our first date that she was the one I was meant to be with forever. I knew that I could count on her for anything, which still holds true today. We are family oriented and she is always organizing fun activities in an out of the home for us to do. Denise is always doing something thoughtful and creative to make us feel special and loved. I could not ask for a better mother for our child, I could not ask for a better person to raise a family with.
Special activities we look forward to doing as a family with our next child:
We are ecstatic at the thought of having another child to share all of our life events. Traditional celebrations, such as holidays, birthday, fall festivals, and family parties will be filled with more excitement watching this new baby interact with our daughter, nieces and nephews. Seeing this newborn grow up and teaching him or her to walk and talk, among many other firsts in life, will be so rewarding. Then watching this child develop into his or her own person with an individual personality will be gratifying. Trips to amusement parks and vacations to California to visit extended family are events we look forward to sharing with this child in the many years to come. We also love camping trips, boating and relaxing week ends at home by the pool with friends and family.
Our home and neighborhood:
Our home is a 3 bedroom, spacious colonial on a wooded acre of land. We have a very large fenced-in backyard with lots of room to run and play. We have a swimming pool that makes for very fun times relaxing and hanging out with family and friends. We have been blessed with wonderful neighbors who have become family to us. We live in a wonderful community and are surrounded by great towns.
When I’m not teaching, I enjoy going to the beach, hanging out at my sister’s pool, or going for boat rides. These are some of my favorite things to do. I also enjoy music and going to concerts. Baking and making batches of Christmas cookies for friends and family is also a favorite pastime. In college, I was an art history major, so I enjoy attending museum exhibits, or working on my own drawings or sketches.
My favorite outdoor activities are going for long walks with my friendly dog, Dudley, canoeing, hiking, and bike rides, and occasionally ice skating. I am also an avid reader and enjoy a good mystery or historical fiction. Early American history is one of my favorite subjects to teach so I love visiting historical homes or antique shopping too.
Activities I look forward to:
I look forward to becoming a mother and going to the park, flying kites and teaching my new child to climb a tree and ride bikes.
I also can’t wait to spend the day at the beach swimming and building sandcastles. I look forward to traveling to Maine visiting my favorite places where I spent my summers as a child. In the Fall we will go on hayrides, pick apples, carve pumpkins, and go trick or treating. In the winter, I can’t wait to build snowmen, make snow angels, go sledding or just stay inside with a warm fire, watching the snow fall while drinking a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Additionally, I am looking forward to trips to the science museum, aquarium or children’s museum. Taking trips to the zoo or going to the theater to see great plays and musicals like the Nutcracker or Peter Pan are just some of the other things I’m looking forward to.
Extended family & holidays:
My immediate family is made up of myself, my sister and brother-in-law and my Father and of course, my dog Dudley and cat Stormy. I have quite a few cousins and they all have many children and everyone is so excited about my adoption plans and cannot wait to welcome a new baby into our family!
The fourth of July is a big holiday for my family as we have a big reunion every year. The town has fun activities planned all week that we attend such as the Doll Carriage Parade and Decorating Contest, a local road race, pie eating contests and much more. Thanksgiving is usually at my cousins with everyone catching up, playing basketball, watching old movies and the Macy’s Parade. I host Christmas at my house and it is always very merry and festive!
My home and neighborhood:
My home is a warm and inviting Cape Cod style house. I have three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a fireplace and a basement that leads out to a great big backyard. I envision a swing set and a great slide! There is a new deck that I love to spend time on and decorate with flowers. My neighborhood is a quaint suburb, quiet and clean with lots of families, parks and playgrounds. We have farmer’s market every Sunday and the youth athletics organization is very popular. My neighbors are all warm and friendly people willing to help out when you need a hand.
We met in 2005 and after we went on our first date we never looked back! We were married on a beautiful July day in Cape Cod in 2007. We have been looking to grow our family since that beautiful July day 6 years ago.
Chris is an Inside Sales Representative. He is a natural salesman and flourishes in that environment. Katie is an in-house attorney at an insurance company. Her professional work focuses on product liability litigation for her client, a Fortune 500 company.
Qualities we see in each other:
Katie on Chris:
Chris makes me better at everything in my life and keeps me laughing at every twist and turn. I love his eternal optimism and his faith that we will have the family we both so desire. I love his openness and friendliness, there is not a man, woman or child he cannot befriend in a matter of minutes. I am a very lucky woman to be married to this man.
Chris on Katie:
My wife Katie is the love of my life, my rock, companion and partner in adventure. Our marriage is filled with love, compassion, understanding, mutual respect and fun. Some of the things I love about Katie are her intelligence, laughter and her love of life, children, and family. I especially enjoy Katie’s interaction with our nieces and nephews, and the pure joy she gives to them, and the joy that it brings her. I enjoy our “Sunday Drives” throughout New England. I enjoy this time together because it gives us a chance to bond, laugh and enjoy each other’s company.
Special activities we look forward to:
When we think of our future and what we will share with a child, we hear laughter. We see us at the beach. Cape Cod is a special place for us. It is where we got married and where we still vacation with Katie’s family every August. We want to share all of that with our child, building sand castles, chasing waves, sharing family dinners as we watch the sunset and talk about the activities for the next day. Even rainy days on Cape Cod are full of special memories for us, jigsaw puzzles, creating butterflies from coffee filters, curling up with a great book and making homemade ice cream. We want to create memories that we know will last a lifetime.
We also look forward to the little everyday things: bedtime stories, laughing through bath time, ending every day with a goodnight kiss and starting every morning with a hug. We cannot wait to grab Ernie, our golden retriever, and head to the park for time spent on the swings and that quick trip down the slide. Discovering the wonder of the world through this child is the greatest gift we can imagine.
Holidays with our families are loud and festive and full of love. There is a lot of sharing of stories and memories of holidays past. There is food and more food and even more laughter. Everyone gathers at the table to count our blessings and show or love and appreciation of those that mean the most, each other. The Grandparents, uncles, aunts and many cousins cannot wait to welcome a new member to the festivities!
Our home and neighborhood:
We live in a vibrant neighborhood in a historic seaside town. Neighbors gather on the historic Commons to allow children and dogs and adults alike to enjoy each other and our surroundings. The playground is a favorite gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. We feel like we have the best of both worlds a quick walk to our favorite cup of coffee or a great dinner and the common provides us the biggest backyard around.
Our story begins with a non-traditional way of meeting someone. Julie “caught” Jon sneaking into the gym she managed. After an awkward exchange, Jon asked Julie out to dinner. We spent the first night laughing and joking about how we met. We have been inseparable ever since and still go to the same restaurant on every anniversary!
Julie works in property management for a commercial real estate company. Jon is in software sales and works for a local company. When the time comes, we plan to take a leave from our jobs to be home for several months. Jon works from home three days a week, which will allow him more time with our child.
Qualities we see in each other:
Julie says: Jon is outgoing, thoughtful and an all-around fun person. I admire his motivation and ability to follow through with any goals he has set. He is always optimistic and can make the best out of any situation. I have no doubt that he will be an amazing and supportive Dad.
Jon says: I know Julie will be a fantastic mother and I cannot wait to share her excitement and joy as we raise a child together. She shares the same sense of humor as I do, probably why we work so well together. Julie is fun-loving and encourages those around her to laugh and enjoy life. This shines through with the way she interacts with our dogs, niece, and nephew, and I know it will be the same with our child.
What we do for fun:
We both enjoy staying active and being outdoors with our dogs. We share a love for Disney World and always look forward to our annual trips. Julie enjoys running, kickboxing and days at the beach in the summertime. She loves spending time with her sister and new baby niece. Jon’s hobbies include snowmobiling, skiing and hockey during the cold New England winters. During the summer he enjoys golf, drag racing with his dad and working on home improvement projects.
Activities we look forward to doing with our child:
We look forward to watching our child grow up and enjoy a lot of the hobbies and activities we took part in as children. This includes hockey (Jon learned how to skate at age 3 and still has his first pair of skates), snowmobiling, skiing and camping. Family vacations to Disney, beach days and summers on the boat at our family lake house. We plan to support our child in whatever they want to do while giving them the opportunity to try everything.
Our adoption story:
We plan to let our child know from the very beginning about the incredible gift you provided not only us but to them. We will explain the selfless sacrifice made by you to provide the best life possible and that the choice you made was done out of love. There will never be any secrets, this is his or her story and you will always play a huge part in the story of their life.
We have known each other since meeting after college in Boston. We became close friends instantly because we enjoyed doing many of the same things. Life led us in different directions while Susanne lived in New York City and Christian moved back to his hometown of Washington, DC. We reunited in NYC in 2004, falling in love all over again and marrying a few years later. Our wonderful daughter Gabriella was born in 2009.
Susanne is an educator who has taught both at elementary and middle schools in NYC for over ten years. She also has a degree in special education and was teaching at a university in New York up until we moved to Boston. She has taken a break from teaching since they moved to Boston a year ago in order to have more time with their daughter. She plans to take more time off from work to be home with their next child. Christian worked at the United Nations for eight years but recently switched careers in order to take over Susanne’s father’s real estate business in Boston.
Qualities we see in each other:
We value our friendship and the fun we have together, and above all, we value family.
Christian says: Susanne is beautiful and smart. She is passionate and loyal, and family is one of the most important things in her life. She is a wonderful, loving wife and mother. She puts a lot of thought and effort into raising Gabriella, constantly ensuring that she has a fun and active life, and that she is always learning new things. She is a great cook, always whipping up healthy and delicious dishes. She enjoys celebrations and puts her heart into making every day extra special, whether it’s a birthday, Easter or just a sunny Saturday.
Susanne says : When I met up with Christian again in New York after a long time apart, it was like finding an old friend. He is the guy everyone loves--my family, my friends, our nephews and nieces. He is smart and personable and is very loyal to his family and friends. He is a “yes” person, always up for trying new things, which is a great match with me since I’m always dreaming up new experiences for us to enjoy. He is a very involved, loving father who races home from work so that he can play with Gabriella, or draw a picture with her and read her bedtime stories.
We have dreamed about having another child for a long time and we embrace the idea of adopting our next child. We will welcome him or her into our family with complete and unconditional love, just as we welcomed Gabriella from the moment she was born. Gabriella is so excited to have a sister or a brother! She will be the best big sister because she is loving, helpful and is crazy about younger kids.
What we do for fun:
We lead social, active lives, and love the outdoors, as well as new experiences. Some of our hobbies are traveling, biking, skiing, sailing, going to the theater and having dinner with friends.
We love exploring new places or going to shows, museums and the zoo. In the winter we love ice skating, skiing, sledding and making snowmen. In the summer we love to swim, build sandcastles at the beach, and take boat rides with Papa, Gabriella’s grandfather. We enjoy cooking and grilling BBQ dinners with friends and family. We love to travel and Gabriella has already traveled to Mexico, Italy, Disneyworld, and South Carolina!
Extended family and holidays:
We both come from large, loving, families who enjoy getting together, whether it is in the summers up in Maine or on Cape Cod, or over the holidays in Boston or Washington, D.C. It is a wonderful environment for a child to grow up with loads of cousins and aunts and uncles!
We love the holidays, especially Christmas! We celebrate with delicious dinners and music together with our families, with a pack of cousins of all ages running around enjoying the fun! We even went to Italy last summer where we reunited at the seaside with all of Christian’s Italian aunts, uncles, cousins and cousin’s children… Gabriella had a wonderful time with her cousins and came back speaking a bit of Italian!
Our home and neighborhood:
Our home is a lovely four-bedroom colonial with a great backyard on a quiet, tree-lined street. Our neighbors are friendly and warm and always eager to help each other out or get together at a moment’s notice. There are kids running and playing in yards, and frequent neighborhood gatherings. The neighborhood has playgrounds, shops and restaurants within walking distance, as well as a nearby pool to cool off in the summer.
Our adoption story:
We support an open relationship with the birth family. We believe that the child should have a deep understanding of where they come from and who their birth parents are, as well as an understanding of the love that went into making the plan for adoption. We will always speak of the birth parents with love and respect, and their child will be raised to honor them.
We met in 2004 through friends. Tim’s good friend from growing up was dating Lisa’s good friend from college. In 2006 those friends got married and during their wedding festivities we really hit it off. The transition from ‘just friends’ to a couple was effortless: it was so easy to be with one another. In March 2010 Tim proposed (at the playground down the street from our house!), and in June 2011 we got married. We had our wedding reception in the backyard of Tim’s family beach house on Cape Cod. It was a perfect day and exactly how we pictured it.
Lisa says about Tim: Tim is loving, kind, hard-working and reliable. He is incredibly patient and optimistic. He’s funny and can always make me laugh, no matter what the situation. Tim is always ready, willing and able to help his family and friends. He is going to be an amazing father.
Tim says about Lisa: Lisa is loving, thoughtful and considerate. She is determined and strong in so many ways. Her smile can light up any room! I can’t wait to see her become a mother.
Tim has worked in construction for the past 15 years. He loves building things and working with his hands, and can fix just about anything. In the winter months he plows snow. Lisa has worked in the public finance industry for the past 10 years, providing financial advice to local governments. She really enjoys her job and feels good about helping different communities make important plans and decisions.
What We Do for Fun:
We love being outdoors and active. In the summer months we spend as much time as we can at our family beach house. Our house is steps from the ocean, which is great for taking out our kayaks, digging for clams, or going for a swim. We also love to hike and camp. Exploring the country’s national parks is one of our favorite ways to relax and vacation. We can’t wait to take our child with us on our adventures!
Tim loves to ride his bike and skateboard. He also enjoys doing yard work. Lisa loves practicing yoga, baking and reading. These are all things we’re looking forward to sharing with our child.
Our Extended Family:
Family is very important to both of us. We love spending time with our parents and our siblings and their children. Between us we have four nephews and a niece, which means there’ll always be lots of cousins around! We love having both of our families together at our beach house. Family dinners—whether a big Italian feast or a backyard barbecue—are one of our favorite ways to spend time together. Everyone is so excited to welcome a new little one to the family!
We live in a spacious two bedroom condo in a vibrant city. We have a large, private deck where we have a small potted vegetable garden in the summer months. We are steps from the waterfront, where there’s a beach and a large open park with a playground and swing set. There are a lot of families with young children in our neighborhood, and schools within walking distance.
Our Adoption Journey:
We feel it’s important as adoptive parents to maintain an open and honest dialogue with our child about his or her adoption and birth family. Our child will grow up always knowing how loved he or she is by us, but also knowing how loved he or she is by you. We’ll share your special and unique story of adoption with our child, always honoring the way we became a family. We will unconditionally love our adopted child and your incredible choice of adoption will always be celebrated in our child’s life.
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 late 2003, while we both worked at the same company. We saw each other in the company for months before we started dating in April 2004. Truth be told we are both a little shy and mutual friends at work introduced us. But once Matt got Lisa’s phone number he called her that same night and we have been together ever since!
Matt is a team leader in the shipping department of a plumbing manufacturing company and Lisa is a Virtual Assistant of her own home based business and she plans on being home full time with the baby when he or she arrives.
What we like to do:
Matt’s hobbies are playing bass guitar and fishing, he is such a talented bass player so there is always music playing throughout the house. Lisa’s hobbies are reading and tae kwon do. With our mutual love of the outdoors we find enjoyable and interesting things to do outdoors like hiking in the surrounding area looking at the beautiful hills and local wildlife and fishing at local lakes and ponds.
Special activities you look forward to:
We will have a lot of joy in our house playing games, doing crafts, going on fun outings like apple picking and exploring the beautiful woods around our area in the fall. In the summer going to the beach will be wonderful as well as being together exploring the zoos and parks for the day. Lisa loves to cook and bake and can’t wait to make homemade delicious cookies with our child.
Our extended family:
Family is very important to us and we both come from large families. We enjoy spending time with them all year long especially during holidays like Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving. Birthdays and graduation parties are always happy and lively. Matt is one of six siblings and Lisa is one of four; we both have parents and siblings living close by. A majority of our siblings have children with ages ranging from 8 months to 17 years old. The child will have 15 first cousins to welcome them to the family and will have plenty of memorable times growing up together.
The family gatherings are always fun and festive. For instance, Lisa’s side of the family always has a large get together on Christmas Eve with her siblings, parents, nephews and niece, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Last year we had over 50 people at her aunt and uncle’s house! Then on Christmas day Matt’s brother, Dave and his wife Liz always host a holiday party and it is a revolving door of family and friends. We also host Easter and Thanksgiving with our families.
Our home and neighborhood:
Our bungalow style home is warm and inviting with a circular layout; a staircase in the middle and living room, dining room, kitchen, bath, and 3 bedrooms around it. When we host holidays, birthdays, barbeques etc. our families always feel comfortable during the warmer months to sit and chat on our back patio while watching the kids play in our fenced in back yard. During our winter parties, we will gather in our living room to chat or watch TV; in the dining room we eat home cooked meals and play games. Some of us play board and card games in the dining room while the kids take out fun things to do like coloring books and board games. Our neighborhood is tree lined and quiet with friendly neighbors. We are also within walking distance to the school where there is a playground and library.
Our story is quite a unique love story. We met in the first semester of college in 2002, and soon after started dating. By second semester Doug was activated with the Army and deployed to Iraq for 14 months. Kate wrote Doug every single day that he was gone. We picked up right where we left off as soon as Doug returned in April of 2004. We were married September 17, 2005, which began our fun-filled life together. We have a gentle 8-year-old Chocolate Lab who is great with all our family members (especially the little ones).
Kate is a Realtor with an extremely flexible schedule. She plans on being a stay at home Mom once our child arrives. Doug is a Lieutenant on a city Fire Dept. He also has a flexible schedule and will be able to spend tons of time watching our child grow!
What will make us great parents:
Doug says: I know from the bottom of my heart that Kate will be an unbelievable mom! She is the most caring, compassionate, & fun loving person I have ever met. She is so great with all our cousins, nieces, and nephews. Kate lives life to the fullest, and will teach our children how to also joyfully experience the world. She loves to laugh and play as well as work hard. These are all traits I know she will pass down to our child. Kate was truly born to be a great Mom!
Kate says: Doug is the most fun person I know. He knows how to enjoy life and he makes everybody around him feel it too. He is hard working, and takes on any situation with a great and positive attitude. He makes me smile and laugh, all while knowing that I am completely safe and sound when I am with him, and I know our child will share the same sense of security and love. He is a great family man, which I admire. He will be a great and fun Dad, to whoever we are blessed with.
We love to goof around and have fun. We spend most of the spring, summer, and fall outdoors. We like to bike ride, play ball, spend time with family, go to the beach, paddle board, play with our dog, swim in the pool and have BBQ’s. In the winters we like to take trips to warm destinations. We have a membership with the Disney vacation club and go often. Kate enjoys spending time with family, shopping, & going out with her friends. Doug enjoys family time, snow skiing, camping, and water sports.
What we can’t wait to do with our child:
We look forward to being there through every milestone, the first steps and first word to graduations and marriage the list goes on and on. We will be there every step of the way through our child’s life to love, support, provide safety and security. We will show our child that with a little hard work, you can do whatever you set your mind to. We will support them 100% no matter what the situation. Most importantly teach them to love & laugh. They will know their family is always there for them.
We live in a Colonial 3 Bedroom home with a fenced in yard. We live in a coastal town; our house is a block from the ocean and two blocks from the bay. We have an in-law apartment where Kate’s Mom lives; she will always be there for the baby! We love taking daily walks on the beach with our dog and playing in the sand all summer long.
Our Adoption Story:
Our adoption story will always be told to our baby from the start. There will be no surprises along the way. Our child will always know what a loving selfless sacrifice you made in order to give us the greatest gift of our lives. You will always be a huge part of their story, and we are willing to be as open with this adoption as you are.
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.