Meet Our Families Waiting To Adopt!
Welcome to the very short version of our lives. We met eight years ago in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was love at first site. Udi was just back from a five year long stay in the U.S. learning a career in advertising, and Dan was graduating medical school before his internship. We remember our first date already discussing plans of kids and careers in the U.S. But love was there, from the start. In two years we moved to the U.S., and immediately started planning a family. Adoptions with Love was there for us, and in less than a year our beautiful son Or joined us. Or is almost three years old now, a wonderful and inspiring child. He has two daddies, and they love him dearly. We would like Or to have a sister or brother and join our growing family.
Udi is working as a diplomat and Dan is a physician, a cardiologist (heart doctor) at the end of his training. Though our jobs are demanding, we spend a lot of time with our son, taking him on every sunny day to a playground and every weekend to some attraction (we have memberships to the zoo and the children's museum).
Udi loves books and art, and Dan paints pictures. We are both crazy about good food, and Udi is quite the chef in the house. Dan teaches Or how draw and Udi sits with Or every evening reading him stories. We like walking through the streets of New York, discovering yet another playground or another child friendly attraction. We love trips and every few weeks we take a car and drive to the country.
We have large families in Israel whom we visit once or twice a year, and here we have Dan's sister and child. Our parents visit us twice a year for extended periods and we talk to them on the net twice a week so we feel that we fill ours child's life with lots of family love. We also have significant amount of friends with children and our home sounds at times like a train station.
We live in a big town, with lots of kids and excitement. We live very close to Columbus Circle and Central Park so we can offer a very big backyard to a child. We see our first child growing as a curious and active boy, with fabulous experiences that we feel are different than that of the suburban child.
After having the wonderful experience with our first child, we would like to welcome to our family a second amazing child. We have an open home where love and respect are the cornerstones. We respect our child's story and will do the same with the next. As our family is unique in many ways-providing open channels of communication from an early stage are fundamental to us.
We met 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.
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 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 Cape Cod on a beautiful summer day. A friend invited us to kayak to the beach and we spent the day swimming and laying in the sun. It turned out we lived in the same neighborhood so a week later we met for our first date. It was the perfect night and right then we knew we were going to be a couple. Months later we moved in together and soon we were part of each other’s family. Now, three years later, we want to bring a baby into our home and make a family of our own.
What We Love about Each Other:
We are similar in many ways but happily, even the differences are complementary. Marty is an interior designer and Karim has a real estate business. Marty views life with an artistic eye and always has a book and sketchbook nearby, while Karim sees things pragmatically. Even so, Marty has been running his own company for years and Karim’s passion is singing opera, last year he performed in a large venue for the first time. Best of all, having our own businesses gives us flexibility to spend lots of time with a baby.
What we do for fun:
We love to cook together and we both love to eat! We enjoy having friends over for dinner at our house as much as possible – we try to eat healthy. In the summer our favorite thing to do is sit on our front steps, talking to friends and neighbors walking by. There is a pretty fountain in the park across the street and we can hear it splashing until late. We appreciate exploring new places, going on long walks in other cities and hikes in the country. We like bike riding and travelling to places where we can stay out of our car the whole trip. Karim is a great windsurfer and Marty likes to kayak but is just as happy laying on the beach. We both appreciate design and really enjoy looking at pictures of houses in magazines and getting ideas for our own home.
Family and holidays:
We visit either one of our families at every holiday, but we have found it is even more fun to meet up with parents and siblings away from everybody’s home. So, we plan little trips and vacations with them. We have gone to the Caribbean and met Marty’s parents once in Indiana to visit. Everyone in our families has been extremely supportive about the adoption. Our mothers are excited to welcome a grandchild; this will be the first one for Marty's mother!
Our Home and Neighborhood:
We live in a townhouse facing a park full of trees. We have a backyard where we grill on summer evenings. We love traveling but really we are homebodies at heart. Everything is a short walk from our house: the grocery store, post office and hardware store are blocks away. There are playgrounds nearby too; the largest has basketball and tennis courts, a baseball field and a jungle gym. Our friends can't wait for a new playmate for their kids. Our neighborhood is a wonderful place to raise a family.
Us and Kids:
We have both had experience with children. Karim is the uncle of three and the godfather to three more. Marty was a baby sitter growing up and has been surrounded by children all his life. We also have spent many vacations with friends and their kids. Of course, our experiences can't compare with real parenthood but we are ready for the responsibilities that come with having a child.
We met four years ago and have basically been inseparable ever since. We immediately felt at home with in each other’s family, and when we married both sides came together to show their love and affection. Our life together has been an amazing adventure, and now we head down the next road: making a family.
Who We Are:
We are readers, writers, thinkers, and talkers. Brian works in finance in Boston; Patrick teaches history at a State University; both find work very rewarding. In our personal lives, we like to travel, cook, and read (our library grows by the week). We’re both avid swimmers, and hiking and long walks are common on weekends. We are headstrong people who enjoy discussion and debate.
We have been blessed with so many people in our lives: parents, siblings, and friends from all over. We frequently visit our parents as well as with cousins and second-cousins (the family seems to grow by the month). Our neighborhood in Boston is full of restaurants, parks, and jungle gyms perpetually overflowing with kids. We have a game night with local friends once a month that has grown into a big dinner with fierce competition at the end.
We have wanted to be dads for a long time - we were just waiting to find one another. The whole crazy-terrifying concept of parenthood seems more manageable with my best friend as a partner in childrearing. Where one panics, the other calms. We’re committed to education, and strongly believe it extends beyond the classroom. We want to create an environment that’s fun, engaging, challenging, and most importantly, loving, happy, and secure. A tall order, and we can’t know how it’ll all really play out, but we’re ready for anything and have an unbelievable willingness to learn.
We have known each other since elementary school. We were very young when we first met, but our relationship didn’t begin until we were both in college. Michael was in his first year of graduate school and Michelle was in her first year of undergraduate studies. Michael returned home that year to attend Michelle’s brother’s wedding, and that’s when he first took notice of Michelle. Before we knew it, we were in a long distance relationship. That next summer we travelled through Europe together and six months later, we were engaged. We’ve been married 16 wonderful years!
Michael is the President of a software company he helped found 15 years ago based on research he conducted while attending MIT. Michelle is a stay-at-home mom for our daughter Alyssa. Prior to Alyssa’s adoption, Michelle was a private tutor for children in grades K through 12 as well as a regular volunteer at a Children’s Hospital.
Michelle plans to continue being a full time stay-at-home mom.
What we do for fun:
We both enjoy outdoor activities which include golfing in the warm weather and skiing in the winter. Michael enjoys scuba diving and sailing as well as relaxing at home spending quality time with family. Michelle loves to experience new things and takes lots of photos, she enjoys traveling and living life to its fullest.
Qualities we see in each other:
Michelle says: “Michael is very smart and works hard to provide for his family. He is a thinker and deliberates through situations carefully. He leads by example and is well respected by his peers. He is generous and genuinely concerned with the wellbeing of others. You can count on him to help you through a difficult situation. Michael is a loving husband, a dedicated father, and a man of integrity guided by strong values and principles.”
Michael says: “Michelle is thoughtful, caring and nurturing. She always remembers people’s special occasions, and is committed to ensuring the comfort of those around her. She is outgoing and spirited, a real people person. She has a special place in her heart for children and they seem to gravitate to her. She loves to teach and gets a real kick out of seeing kids grasp new concepts for the first time. She plays the piano, loves photography and is especially great with numbers. Michelle is an amazing mom and a wonderful wife.”
Activities we look forward to doing with our child:
We look forward to creating fun and lasting memories with our child and seeing the world through his/her eyes. There will be memorable family trips, celebrations and adventures to be sure. We’ll visit different countries and experience new things together. Beyond that, however, we look forward to bedtime stories, science fair projects, school concerts, cookie baking, silly songs, and the laughs and cuddles that will be part of it all.
Our adoption story:
We plan to be open and honest with our child about his/her adoption. We plan on sharing about the birthparents’ selfless gift to us that brought our child into our lives. We will talk of the birthmother’s sacrificial love and how difficult it was for her to give up her child for adoption. We will share how the birthparents wanted the best life possible for their baby and how unbelievably trusting they were to place their baby in our care. They will be spoken of with the utmost respect in our home. The birthmother will forever have a special place in our hearts.
We met in college and became friends right away. We each can remember the first time we saw one another. We began to spend time together and quickly realized that we were meant to be more than friends. We got married two years after we met and have been happily married for 13 years now! We love being together with our dog, Jasmine. We have a lot of respect for each other and grow closer to one another with each passing year.
Todd is a Scientist and Stacey is a Science Professor. We plan to take time off of work when the baby first comes home. Stacey has the summers off from work, a spring break and has a month off at Christmas. Todd has a month of vacation time and he uses every day of it! Because Stacey works for a college, our children can go to college without paying tuition.
What we do for fun:
We both enjoy spending time at our house. We work on projects like putting in new tile, painting and decorating. Todd loves to cook healthy meals together with Stacey every night. Todd is very handy at home, he loves to fix things! Stacey loves to bake delicious treats and work in the garden. Lilies are her favorite flower! We enjoy taking walks with Jasmine every day in our neighborhood.
Our extended family & holidays:
Stacey has four sisters, each are married with children. We can't wait for our child to play with our 9 nieces and nephews. Grandma Sandy and Grandpa Don are eager for grandchild #10! Todd has a sister, who is excited to become an Aunt. Grandma and Grandpa on Todd’s side are eager for their first grandchild! We are so lucky that our child will also have two Great-Grandmas.
We have lots of traditions on both sides of our family. For Thanksgiving, everyone in Todd's family gathers at his Grandma's house for a festive celebration. For Christmas, all of Stacey's sisters, their children and Stacey's Aunt, Uncle and cousin, with his family, get together at Stacey's parent's house. We exchange gifts and have lots of fun and of course, a big delicious Christmas dinner!
Activities we look forward to doing with our child:
We look forward to spending every day with our child! We look forward to discovering which foods they will like, what subjects they will like to study and who they will have as friends. We look forward to reading with them and playing games and Legos. We love to carve pumpkins at Halloween, give
Christmas gifts to one another dye Easter eggs and dance at weddings. We can't wait for Jasmine to watch over and protect our baby, just as she does for us. When they are old enough, we will have fun kayaking in the summer and sledding in the winter.
Our home and neighborhood:
We have a single family colonial home in a suburban area. We have three bedrooms and 1 and ½ bathrooms. We like to decorate our house for every season. We love to have company stay with us. Our neighborhood is a mixture of young families and retirees. There are lots of kids and dogs playing. We enjoy walking with our dog, Jasmine, each day. It is a quiet neighborhood with parks within walking distance.
Our adoption story:
We will be very open and proud of our adoption story. We feel that it is not only the child's story, but ours too. We will collect photos and mementos along every step of the way and share that with our child when it is best.
Sales has been a career that has provided me with financial security. I work in sales for technology startups. I have worked hard in my career and am at the point where it can afford me great flexibility. I plan to take time off when the baby arrives and to maintain a schedule that works around the baby’s schedule and needs.
Depending upon the season, I enjoy: bike riding, kayaking, jogging, gardening or even snow shoeing. I live a healthy lifestyle and enjoy spending time outdoors. I spend lots of time with my family playing with my niece and nephews. I relax by cooking, reading, making fun crafts, going to the theatre. I tend to have fun whatever I’m doing.
In the summer time I spend a lot of time at my family's beach house. We go to the beach, enjoy my sister's boat, listen to outdoor concerts and play outdoors.
I also love traveling and I look forward sharing these experiences with the baby as he/she grows up. It will be so wonderful to see it all through the child’s perspective. Every March, we take a family vacation so that we can get out of the cold and enjoy the sunshine. Aside from these trips to the Caribbean, I have been lucky to have traveled throughout much of the world. It’s a great opportunity to experience different cultures first hand.
Activities I look forward to doing with my child:
Being a part of a close knit family has given me the ability to more readily envision what life would be like for my future child. I spend a lot of time with my niece and nephews. I believe that the best things that you can give a child is attention, time and love. One thing that I have learned through spending time with my niece and nephews is that they don’t necessarily care what they are doing, they just love that they are doing it with you. Whether we are going to the local playground, doing fun craft projects, playing tag in the backyard or just quietly reading books together. I think that it’s fun to go through weekly calendar section of the newspaper and find cool activities to do within the community. There is always something fun and interesting going on. I plan on creating an environment where my future child will be able to develop and explore their own individual strengths and talents.
My mom is retired and lives very close to me. She is committed to helping me raise my future child. She has taken part in each step of the adoption journey and is very excited to see what the future holds. My family and friends are looking forward to welcoming my future son or daughter. My sister and her family also live very close and I see them all the time. Her children are very excited about the prospect of having a cousin to play with and to join in our adventures. My brother and his family live in California. We see them at least 2-3 times a year. I have lots of aunts, uncles and cousins located throughout New England and California. And I also have a close circle of friends who are very supportive and nurturing. They can’t wait to shower love upon my future child.
Holidays and family gatherings:
Holidays are a special time in my family. Thanksgiving and Easter are traditionally spent at my Mom's. For Christmas Eve, we go to a candle light service at church and then head out to a local Chinese food restaurant. We do this to honor my grandmother. Before she passed away, she used to have the whole family over to her house for Chinese food and a visit from Santa. Christmas is spent at my sister’s house. We play with all the toys that my niece and nephew got from Santa, while eating all the delicious foods that my brother-in-law has prepared. He is a great cook! In the summer, we spend July 4th at our family beach house. The local parade and fireworks are always fun.
Home and neighborhood:
I live in a 2 bedroom townhouse with a fenced in yard. My town has a great school system, lots of parks/playgrounds, a farmers market and oceans/beaches – all within walking distance. My church is known for its children’s and youth programs. My neighborhood is mutigenerational, with lots of small children to play with and have fun.
Beginning on day 1, my child will know that their birth mom chose life, made a selfless and courageous act, and chose me to raise them. From that foundation, I plan to create an honest, respectful story of how we became an adoptive family. The adoption story will be based on age appropriateness and curiosity. It is my hope that the child will see that being adopted is special and that their story will help to instill confidence in their identity.
Who we are:
We are very fortunate to have found each other because we share the same values when it comes to faith, family, friends, pets, and the environment. We feel most alive, spiritual, and connected to the world around us while we are outside. Spending time together doing things outside are the times we feel most relaxed, grounded and find perspective on life.
Tanya is the Head of Psychology at a hospital and works closely with patients who have serious brain injuries or degenerative diseases. She helps patients and their families understand exactly what the impact of the injury or disease will have on their abilities and to create plans to help them cope.
Jeff is a Customer Experience Designer who helps companies improve their existing products and services or create something completely new. His focus is always on customers and how to make products easy and fun to use.
Qualities we see in each other:
What Jeff says about Tanya: “Tanya is the most compassionate person I have ever known in my life. She is extremely perceptive when it comes to understanding other people and deeply cares about her friends, family, as well as people she just met. She is fun loving, easy to get to know, and has a good heart. I’m honored to be with her as she makes me a better person every day”.
What Tanya says about Jeff: “I feel very lucky to have found and to be married to Jeff. He’s tall and handsome, very kind, sensitive, and wise, but also a child at heart. In this sense I mean he’s very playful, makes me laugh and helps me not to take life’s minor annoyances too seriously. He’s always joking around and finds humor in the little things… the things that matter most. He is very social and polite to everyone, which I always appreciate. He loves animals and has a profound respect for the earth and its natural resources. I respect him tremendously as a person and I believe that I’m a better person because of him”.
We enjoy many of the same activities, particularly fun outdoors activities including hiking, canoeing, snowboarding, and rooting for our favorite football teams (the Denver Broncos and FSU). When not outside, we also enjoy the treating ourselves and indulging in dining at a nice restaurants and enjoying great food, as any respectable foodie would do. However, we also have different interests of our own. Jeff is a musician and plays in a funk band with some really great Boston musicians. He also loves to cook and enjoy good food at home. Tanya is a runner and likes to stay active. She has also completed two Ironman triathlons. At home, her specialty is baking desserts and sweets, and eating them for breakfast.
Where we live:
We have two homes. One is a condo in a city and the other is a vacation home in Vermont. Our neighborhood in the city is made-up of tree-lined streets with pretty old homes, cool cafes and some great restaurants. Once or twice each month we load Annabelle (our dog) and our two (yes, two) one-eyed cats in the car and escape up to Vermont where we feel most at peace spending our time exploring the outdoors.
What we look forward to as parents:
Not being able to have children has been a long and difficult road but we are so excited to raise and love a child. Jeff can’t wait for Halloween celebrations, making incredible costumes, and grilling scary burgers (by cutting jack-o-lantern faces in the cheese). Tanya dreams of holding her child tight as they slide down waterpark slides and baking cookies on the weekends. Together we want to instill good values in a child and help them to become a well-rounded and loving adult.
We first met when we were in high school while working at a local supermarket. We were very friendly and enjoyed each other’s company. Fast forward 15 years and Joe is moving back home from Virginia and who should he meet online but Tricia. After that we emailed each other constantly for two weeks. We finally met face to face at a local Irish pub for dinner. At the risk of sounding corny, by the end of the night we were “in love,” and six months later we were engaged.
Tricia is a middle school special education teacher and Joe works as a training consultant for a medical software firm.
Hobbies and special activities you look forward to sharing with your child:
Joe is a big reader and loves to settle down with a good book. He loves history, music and art and anytime he can see a concert or museum he jumps at it. As a young man he played hockey he is now hoping to start up again soon.
Tricia loves baking. She bakes everything with her specialty being Irish scones and bread. She also enjoys watching movies, playing board games, dancing, and seeing theater shows. Tricia is also an avid collector of children’s books and looks forward to sharing this passion!
As a couple, we really enjoy rooting our local teams on especially the hockey, baseball and football. Any time we can get tickets we jump at the chance. We also love to prepare delicious food and spend time with friends and family and all of their children. We look forward to sharing all our favorite hobbies and passions with our child, and cannot wait for the day to come!
Holidays are hosted in our home and we have family and friends young and old join us. We always feel the more the merrier. Thanksgiving is always a sit down turkey dinner. Christmas Eve is an open house and then Christmas Day we host dinner. Halloween means decorating the house and the annual Halloween Parade. Being Irish, means St. Patrick’s Day has all of the traditional music, food and drink at the house. We look forward to celebrating Easter, along with all the holidays, with our little one and setting up a traditional Easter egg hunt.
Our home and neighborhood:
Our home is very traditional, and as we like to say, full of character. We have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Our house is filled with photos of family and friends and we decorate it for each and every holiday. We live right next to a conservation area that is great for when we walk our dog Mollie. The neighborhood has a lot of children in it and we have become their unofficial auntie and uncle.
Nick is originally from Virginia and Zack is from Texas, but we lived just a few blocks away from each other in Brooklyn, NY. Zack returned to NYC after completing his Ph.D. and working as a journalist in England, while Nick moved to NYC to begin his Master’s degree, after serving in the Peace Corps in Africa. We fell in love quickly, are still incredibly happy together, and haven’t spent a day apart since!
Six years later, our friends and family celebrated our wedding in Cape Cod. Nowadays, Zack is a writer and a university professor of English, while Nick works at a non-profit that focuses on the diversity of families. We still love to travel, so we’re excited to introduce our child to new cultures and adventures. Our own adventurous lives recently led us to New England, where we have happily settled down.
Nick will stay home with the baby at first or if the baby arrives during the summertime, Zack will stay home instead (and he’ll have summers and January off until….forever!)
This year we bought our dream home—a gorgeous five-bedroom village colonial with a huge yard in a super-friendly, welcoming town. The school district is excellent, and we can’t wait to raise our family here. For Halloween we carved pumpkins and gave candy to the many neighborhood kids. For Thanksgiving, we will make a huge meal for family and friends, since we love to cook in our big kitchen. And, for Christmas, we will host a tree-trimming party for everyone, too! Our home is a happy, safe gathering place for our loved ones, since we consider our many friends part of our family, too.
Activities We Will Share with our Child:
We’re big-time readers and have a library in our house (which already has kids’ books that we loved while growing up). We love movies, and can’t wait to watch The Lion King, Toy Story, and all the Harry Potters with our child. Music, everything from classical to hip-hop, is typically playing in our house, regardless of whether we are cooking a delicious, healthy dinner (and probably dancing around all goofy) in the kitchen or playing board games near a cozy fire. Museums, sports (especially soccer games!), concerts, plays, and nonstop laughter are favorite activities of ours that we hope to share with our child. We also love being out in nature, hiking, cycling, skiing, or playing on the beach. Thankfully our house is near lots of beautiful State Parks, all of which are great for kids.
Our Adoption Story:
The kindhearted, funny, and educated people in our lives have backgrounds that are as intriguing and as colorful as our own. So, we are genuinely excited to share our child’s adoption story with him/her, since it will add such a sweet, unique tale to our extended family’s history. We have so much love and support for each other that it’s going to be thrilling for us to share this love with an adorable little third person. We thrive on life’s learning experiences and look forward to learning about our adopted child’s ancestry and cultural background, since we feel that his/her personal story will contribute wonderfully to the ‘story of our family.’