Meet Our Families Waiting To Adopt!
We met in 2010 after riding our bikes 200 miles across Massachusetts along with thousands of other cyclists to raise money for cancer research. We were lucky enough to strike up a conversation after the long ride and realized we lived just 15 minutes apart! A few nights later, we went out for nachos and have been together ever since.
We fell in love over our shared interest of the outdoors and exploring new places. We connected over our similar values and love for family. We had a beautiful Cape Cod wedding and have been happily married for almost 3 years !
Elizabeth works as an Oncology Nurse and Matt is an Environmental Scientist.
Qualities we see in each other:
Matt is a kind and gentle soul. I love his calm, yet fun loving personality. Often times I hear him whistling and singing around the house! I especially love Matt’s sense of adventure and his ability to help solve problems. I love his calm and down to earth personality. I view Matt as a strong and loving husband. I love that our marriage is based on honesty and am proud to have Matt as my husband and my best friend. We are better together.
I view Elizabeth as my best friend and someone I truly enjoy spending time with, whether it be relaxing at home or on an outdoor adventure. Her personality can be goofy at times and always makes me laugh; always thoughtful and serious when needed. She has a caring nature and always puts others first, especially her family and friends. Our personalities are perfect complements to each other and we grow stronger each day as we help each other through life’s highs and lows.
We love to be outside and staying active. Biking and hiking are always on the top of our list in spare time. Elizabeth enjoys playing the piano and cooking is also a favorite pastime. Matt likes woodworking and photography as a fun hobby.
We have a very close family. Our parents will play a huge part in our child’s life, just as our grandparents did for us. Both of our families are nearby, so we are fortunate to see them often. Aunts and uncles will also be an important part in our child’s life. Three first cousins and many extended cousins are eager to welcome the baby into our family!
Holidays are special because we are able to see both sides of our families. We focus on maintaining family traditions and recipes that were initiated by our grandparents. Christmas is a family favorite and has taken on special meaning in the past few years as we share the season with our nieces. On Easter morning, we continue a longstanding family tradition of a big home-cooked breakfast and an Easter Egg Hunt. We enjoy celebrating birthdays and anniversaries but also like to recognize and celebrate the small family successes as well.
Activities we look forward to doing with our child:
We look forward to sharing our love of the outdoors and New England’s beautiful seasons as a family. We can’t wait to spend time at Cape Cod building sandcastles at the beach in the summer and look forward to making snowmen and sledding in the winter. We look forward to family time at home and can’t wait teach our child how to ride a bike one day! We will help our child explore life and find their own passions as we were encouraged to do by our parents.
Our home and neighborhood:
Our home is in a quiet neighborhood on a tree lined street. The yard is a great size for our dog to run around and will be a perfect spot for our child to play one day. Our neighborhood is a very friendly place to live. At Halloween, we have a parade where children dress up and march through the neighborhood. The center of town has restaurants and country stores centered on the beautiful common, which hosts weekly events such as farmer’s markets, summer concerts and Christmas tree lightings. Our town, which is about 40 minutes from Boston, has reputable schools that make it an attractive destination for young families.
We are a happily married couple who spend the bulk of our time with our awesome three-year-old daughter, Delaney. We enjoy every minute of being parents! After Delaney was born, we struggled with infertility and were unable to have another child. We knew we wanted to be parents again so we turned our attention to adoption as a way to grow our family. With two committed parents and an eager big sister, we have an incredible amount of love to give a child.
Jennifer is a Marketing Director who works part-time. She balances a career with being a wife and mother so she can cook family dinners, enjoy bath time with Delaney, participate in pre-school activities and sneak an occasional tennis match. Jennifer loves to plan special activities with Delaney such as trips to the petting zoo or surprise lunch dates.
Ken is teacher and college football coach and an incredibly patient and understanding man – just part of what makes him an amazing father and husband. He takes excellent care of his family. A great deal of Ken’s time is spent being active with Delaney. The bedtime routine is their special time together as they read stories and cuddle until she falls asleep.
Delaney continues to surprise us every day as she grows into a beautiful young lady. She attends pre-school four days a week and absolutely loves it. Then Fridays are special days with Mommy. Delaney can swim and takes soccer, ballet and gymnastics lessons.
What We Like To Do
Our weekends are spent enjoying family parties, going to Cape Cod, hosting neighborhood cookouts, attending football games and participating in community events. All three of us like to be active and spend time outside — at the beach, taking walks around the reservoir or just playing in the yard.
We are so lucky to have loving families who live nearby and a great group of friends. There are lots of cousins, aunts, uncles and seven grandparents! They are very supportive of our decision to adopt and will provide a child with so much love.
We have a beautiful home on a safe street. It is a wonderful place to raise a family, filled with families and young children. We are members of the local library, children’s museum and YMCA. And we recently joined a local farm share where we get fresh fruit and vegetables each week.
We take this responsibility very seriously and will welcome your child into our home with open hearts and open minds. An open adoption is very important to us. We know from being parents, that there is a bond between a mother and child that cannot be denied. An open adoption allows for you to see that your child is loved by us and to ensure that the child understands your decision was made out of love. We look forward to visits, sending letters and sharing photos. We appreciate your consideration and know how difficult this decision must be.
On our first date we had a lot of laughs on a bizarre amusement ride at the aquarium. We began a four-year courtship and long distance relationship before Bill moved to be closer Erin and we were married soon after that. We look forward to starting a family and sharing our love with our children. We feel blessed we found each other and look forward to expanding our family
Erin works as an executive in state government while Bill is a manager at a pharmaceutical company
Qualities we see in each other:
What Erin Sees in Bill: Bill is extremely supportive through good times and bad, I know I can always count on his support when I need it. He has always been a great support to his friends and family. He is affectionate and his sense of humor brings relief to stressful situations and he’s not afraid to laugh at himself. He’s loving and interested in experiencing new things and is always up for anything. He’s a wonderful man and will make a loving and devoted father.
What Bill sees in Erin: Erin tries to live life to the fullest; she is constantly looking for her next adventure while including her friends and family. She is always gracious and thankful for what she has. She enjoys giving back and is involved with many organizations that focus on making life better for those in need. She has a diverse group of friends, from all different walks of life and backgrounds. She is affectionate and loving and will make a wonderful mother.
What we like to do for fun:
We both love to sail and appreciate the sailing trips we’ve been fortunate enough to experience. Bill has always had affection for cars and airplanes. Erin loves sports, she was an accomplished varsity athlete and continues to enjoy following her favorite teams. She also enjoys cooking, volunteering, hosting family and friends, and above all spending time with our nieces and nephew. We both love to play golf, and a good game of corn hole, Bill also enjoys a good game of tennis! We also enjoy renting a summer vacation house by the beach large enough to have friends and family stay with us to share our vacation, the more the merrier to us!
What we look forward to:
We look forward to making new memories with our child. We look forward to going to ball games, and introducing our child to the arts, movies, our love of cooking and spending time with family. We also hope our child will take to our love of sailing and travel. We fill with joy when we anticipate the fun and laughter, learning and discovering we will do with our child. We look forward to sharing in our child’s success and interests. We are fortunate to be blessed with supportive family and friends, and we know our child will be surrounded with love. We anticipate the countless new things our child will be exposed to and learn.
Family & holidays:
We enjoy spending holidays with friends and family. As our families have changed and evolved we have been able to enjoy the holidays with our families in different ways. Baking cookies at Christmas or making grandmas turkey stuffing bring our generations, and our two families, together every year. We also enjoy trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving and painting Easter eggs with our nephews. We very much look forward to making new traditions and memories with our child and our families.
Our adoption story:
We plan to be open and honest with our child about their adoption story. We want to let them know how excited we were, how blessed we were to be their parents and how special they are to us and our family. We will explain how courageous and loving their birthparents were, and how totally unselfish it was for them to entrust Bill and I to love and raise their child, and how we will be forever grateful for the greatest gift either of us will ever receive.
It is very important to us that our child understand that they are so loved and so special. We will explain that they are blessed with so much love and devotion from their birthparents and that we couldn’t love them anymore or any differently because they are adopted.
We fell in love 9 years ago and have been happily married for 6 years. Our first date was at a coffee shop when we quickly realized that we shared a love for good food, going to the movies, and passion for helping others. We've supported each other through finishing college and graduate school, job changes, and a few moves. Our relationship is held together by mutual respect for each other and lots of laughter.
Thom is a high school teacher and Megan is a Director at a community health center.
Megan is planning to be home full time for 3 months and has the flexibility to work from home. Thom’s schedule allows him to be home full time each summer.
Qualities we see in each other:
Thom: I fell in love with Megan because she is a strong, independent woman balanced by her tenderness and compassion for those around her. Megan is who really makes our house a home. Whenever we have friends or family over, she makes sure that everyone is well fed, comfortable, and having a good time. We often joke that she "shows her love through food".
Megan: Thom is one of the most compassionate, supportive, and patient people I know. He’s my best friend and I still get excited to see him at the end of a long day. He is also very selfless and will always put the needs of others first. He is passionate about his job as a high school teacher and he takes a lot of pride in his work. His secret talent is making delicious pancakes and waffles on Sunday mornings; it's always a treat!
Thom enjoys reading, working on house projects, and playing video games. Megan enjoys baking and working on furniture projects. Together we enjoy traveling, playing board games, going to museums, and exploring new places. We also enjoy getting outside with our dog Huxley and hiking.
Extended family and holidays:
Our favorite thing to do is to spend time with our loved ones. Megan’s mom lives with us in an in-law suite, and we love having family movie nights or watching a football game. Most of our family lives within an hour drive. We love spending time with our new five month old nephew. The rest of our families live in Canada, Florida and Ohio, and we try to make annual visits to each. Our home is the hub of our family gatherings during the holidays. We start the mornings off with brunch and spend the afternoon cooking, baking, and eating. We love spending time with our family whether it is enjoying the cozy fireplace, playing games, or having our Christmas Eve tradition of Chinese food and a trip to the movie theater.
Our home and neighborhood:
Our home is an antique farmhouse complete with a barn. It is perfect for family gatherings with big open rooms, plenty of coziness, and large front and backyards. The house also came with a custom-made playhouse for our child to grow into. Nearby we have conservation land with trails, farms, a playground, a park, and a lake to explore. Our town has a great school district and the schools are close by.
We met in high school. Well, we were both working at a high school when we were introduced to one another by a mutual friend. Annie teaches science and Marcia works in Special Education. It was just easy from the start. Soon we were inseparable. On our first trip together, we were so busy talking that we got lost, adding 2 hours to our travels! It didn't bother us at all because we enjoyed each other’s company so much. Since then we have had many adventures together. We have been happily married for two and a half years.
Qualities we see in each other:
Marcia about Annie: Annie is easy to be with. Her love of nature and the world around her is infectious. One of the first things I loved about Annie is her compassion- for her family, students and for animals. She is my best friend and partner. I cannot wait to begin our adventure together as parents.
Annie about Marcia: Marcia is one of the most patient and caring people I know. She’s funny, genuine, kind, and so much fun to talk with. Marcia is fun to be with because she is always willing to try something new, from karaoke to cross-country skiing. She has a lot of empathy and reaches out to people around her. I feel really lucky to be with her!!
We both love to go camping, hiking and biking; so many of our favorite vacations involve outdoor activities in the woods or near the ocean. In the evenings we might play board games, read or just cook dinner together. Marcia likes to make crafts with her nieces and nephews. Annie likes to garden, look for interesting insects and do science experiments with our neighbor's kids.
Activities looking forward to doing with our child :
We look forward to playing in the park, cooking and crafting together, camping as well as the day to day things that make a family. Movie nights, building forts, playing with our two cats, and reading together will also be a lot of fun!
We have many traditions and holidays that we celebrate now but are also looking forward to starting new traditions and incorporating holidays to honor our child’s heritage as well. Both of our families have big Christmas celebrations that are fun for everybody. We also like watch our annual Christmas pageant at church and sing carols. Our town has a wonderful pumpkin themed festival in the fall that has become our special annual event.
Our home and neighborhood:
Our home is in a small town with an old fashioned downtown feel. There are several families with many kids on our street. A wonderful playground and park are just a few houses down from us. A bike path winds along the riverside just down the road. Downtown there is a library, playgroups and a nature center. Outside our home is a side yard with a vegetable garden and flowers. Inside, there’s lots of light and space with three bedrooms on two floors. A large kitchen and a cozy loft area two favorite areas.
Our Adoption Story:
We plan for our child to always know that they are adopted and to share information about you with him or her. They will always know how special and loved they are! We’ve already started collecting pictures of our experience throughout the adoptive process and plan to make a life book including pictures of you and your family if you wish. We feel that the more a child knows about their history, the better able they will be to have a sense of self/ identity.
Eric grew up in Buffalo, NY, while Debra grew up in New Jersey, just outside of New York City. We both attended college in Massachusetts and established our roots here. Our courtship was quick. We met later in life and we knew almost immediately that we were right for each other. We have been happily married for five years. Eric is a labor attorney and Debra is a math tutor. Debra’s tutoring hours are very flexible and will be convenient for parenting at home.
What We Love About Each Other:
Debra: Eric is an intelligent, loving man with a terrific sense of humor. The best part of my day is the evening when one of us walks into the house after work and Eric hugs me hello. Eric is a great listener. He is not afraid to show emotion or express his feelings. We approach life together as a team, and care about each other's happiness as if it was our own. Our greatest strength as a couple is our ability to communicate.
Eric: Debra's warmth and compassion make the world better, and her sense of humor makes bad days good. Debra always puts family and friends first. Debra's maternal instincts and love of children are particularly heartwarming. We have built a beautiful and loving home, with a foundation of devotion, friendship, work ethic, intellectual curiosity, loyalty and patience.
Debra: I love to play tennis and swim. My hobbies include playing board games, calligraphy, and drawing. Eric and I love to garden and find that working in our yard is a relaxing way to spend time together. We hope to share this love of making things grow with our child. I am a good cook and enjoy preparing healthy and tasty meals to share with Eric. It would be really fun to introduce the art of good cooking to our child one day!
Eric: I love dogs. I exercise regularly and play ultimate frisbee. I am a professional hockey enthusiast. I am an avid reader and am especially interested in history and politics. I like to visit museums, take day trips and explore new places. These are all interests that I look forward to sharing with our child.
Our Experience With Children:
We have both been positive role models to our close friends’ children. We have known some of them since their infancy and they are now young adults. Our friends' children even call us “Aunt” and “Uncle.” We have 14 nieces and nephews and we cherish our time with them.
Debra: Kids love Eric. When a baby sees Eric, the baby smiles and laughs. It’s really uncanny. Our nieces and nephews are no exception. When I see Eric's positive influence on young adults, and how younger kids look up to him, I see a great father.
Eric: Debra's warm personality shines wherever we go. Debra always brings surprises for our friends' children. She loves to engage them, talk about their lives and bring out their curiosity and enthusiasm. Debra's wonderful way with children is particularly evident with our nephews and nieces. She loves and respects them as individuals with their unique qualities, and they all adore her. Indeed, some of them even cry when she leaves. As a teacher and tutor, Debra connects with kids of all ages.
Our Thoughts About Adoption:
Coming from loving families, it is our dream to share all our love, care and adventures with a child of our own. In our home, we promise your child will know unconditional love, safety and encouragement. We will be open with our child about his/her birth story. All of our family and friends are eagerly waiting as well.
Home and Neighborhood:
We live in Central Massachusetts. Our house is a modest Cape house that we bought three years ago and have made it our own. We have a large, sun filled backyard with a variety of planted flowers and bushes. There are plenty of play areas close by. Our neighbors are friendly and many have children themselves. Everyone helps each other. We chose the area for the neighborhood and schools.
Rob and Eric’s Story
We met in April 2010 when Eric picked Rob up to go to a softball tryout. Rob was about to join a local softball league for his first year and was connected to a team that was looking for new players. Eric, who had been on the team the year prior, lived nearby to Rob and offered him a ride to the field. We found it very easy to talk to each other and over the course of a couple of rides to softball practices, we were smitten.
Eric is a scientist doing cancer vaccine research and Rob is a Director at a large hospital where he helps doctors and hospital management to find safe, quality, efficient care for its patients.
We were joyfully selected to adopt our precious daughter, Katherine, in April 2014 and our lives happily changed forever. We look forward to growing our family!
What We Like To Do For Fun
We both like to be active, biking to and from work. Rob is a marathon runner and also likes to ski in the winter. Eric enjoys workouts at the gym, gardening, and reading. We both love to travel and explore new places. Our latest adventures have taken us to France for a 2 week vacation with our daughter Katherine, checking out the French Riviera and Paris. Previous trips have taken us through Italy, backpacking through the Grand Canyon, and exploring the Caribbean during the winter time.
Qualities We See in Each Other
As a partner, Rob sees Eric as loving, genuine, responsible, honest, and trustworthy. He comes across as someone that would not hurt a fly even though he’s deathly afraid of insects. Eric works hard at his job as a scientist where he takes his responsibilities there seriously. Eric is an amazing father who is always researching articles about child development and learning, and he is constantly making Katherine and Rob laugh out loud.
As a partner, Rob inspires Eric with a very driven attitude towards accomplishing things which has been very helpful in a lot of the projects we’ve undertaken. He’s got a wonderful knack for balancing this seriousness with a whole lot of fun by spontaneously singing and telling jokes and one-liners. Above all though, Rob is an extremely affectionate father and husband and watching him with Katherine always melts my heart.
Family Makeup and Holiday Gatherings
Family is very important to us and as a result, holiday gatherings have been a terrific opportunity to celebrate with both sides of our families. We hosted Thanksgiving at our home the past 2 years with both of our families followed by Christmas. Our next child will have a big sister and several cousins to welcome them into the family. Of course, there will be many kid birthdays to attend and play dates to be had with lots of little kids around. We also have close friends with young children that will add to their collection of friends.
Our Home and Neighborhood
We live in a large colonial in a quiet neighborhood that we purchased to accommodate a growing family. The house has a warm, charming feel to it with a large living room and fireplace. Off the living room is a den we converted into a playroom which has tons of toys, games, and books. The house also has a large deck which is perfect for barbequing, in addition to a fully fenced-in yard. Our house is right across the street from a large park and we are a short distance from an elementary school. Our town’s center has many boutique shops and restaurants, and also hosts a farmers market every Saturday morning throughout the Spring and Summer which is a great place for kids, has face paintings, kid bands, sweets, and locally baked goods.
Our Child’s Adoption
Regarding our child's adoption, we'll create a scrapbook with as much information as possible about their past and the family they came from to help them understand how we became a family. We want them to know that their journey started with you and that you gave us the greatest, most precious gift we could ever dream of. You'll always be spoken of in the highest regard and we are open to on-going contact with you so please be assured that we will keep in contact with you with visits, calls, photographs, or whichever method is most comfortable with you.
Hello! My name is Lara and I love being outdoors – taking walks, swimming, and gardening – and the beach is a favorite summer destination. I enjoy cooking and experimenting with new recipes, knitting and sewing. I am a big reader and a lifelong book lover – it’s not unusual for me to be reading a few different books at a time and it is hard for me to walk past a bookstore without stopping in. Movies are also a favorite – I am a huge fan of classic films as well as newer ones. I enjoy traveling and exploring new places and cultures. And I’m a huge history buff – it goes with my job, and I try to visit historic sites and learn as much as I can about them wherever I travel.
I am a Historic Preservation Planner (I work to help people restore and save old houses and neighborhoods).
Activities I look forward to with my child:
There are so many things that I can’t wait to do with my child– playing in the sand at the beach and teaching my child to swim and play in the waves, making cookies together, picking apples in the fall, taking them to neighborhood festivals and watching them try out the rides, taking walks in my neighborhood and learning which parks have the best playgrounds. I am looking forward to reading books to my child and taking them on trips to visit Grandma and Grandpa for the holidays. I can see us on visits to the zoo or the aquarium, and taking the ferry out to the Harbor Islands for the day. And I’m so looking forward to watching my child learn and grow – and finding new activities for us to try that build on their interests.
My immediate family is on the small side – my child will have one first cousin, my niece Elise, who is so excited to welcome her new cousin to the family. My extended family is much larger – I have thirteen cousins myself, all with children of their own who range in age from newborn to adults. Every few years we get together and it’s become quite a crowd! I also have a large family of friends, and many of them have kids who I consider to be my “unofficial” nieces and nephews. They are also excited to meet my child – one is already planning to teach them how to play soccer – and they will be the ones that my child plays and grows up with. Just as I’ve become an Aunt to my friend’s children, I expect that they will also have that place in my child’s life and that he or she will surrounded by Aunts and Uncles who love them.
My holidays take a few different forms – here in Boston, I often host Thanksgiving with a large group of friends. Before Christmas, there are tree decorating and cookie swap parties here, but I always spend the week around Christmas itself in Ohio with my family. Those trips are a chance to just spend time together – filled with a lot of cooking and low key fun. Every year or two, our quiet Christmas’ also involve getting the extended family together at my parent’s house and everyone who is free and in the tristate area will come over for the afternoon. It’s a packed house and a great chance to catch up with everyone.
How I plan on telling my child about their adoption story:
What I want to express from the beginning is what a wonderful gift their birthparents gave them, and me, when they chose adoption. Our family will be built on that sacrifice and I want my child to understand how much love was involved in making it. I plan to introduce the fact that they are adopted from the beginning and to make it part of our story of how we became a family from the start. I expect to begin in a simple fashion with pictures and books, and to get more in depth as they grow older and have more questions.
“Open” to on going meeting/contact with birthparents:
Yes, I am definitely open to further communication or meetings. I understand that it may take some time to figure out how best to move forward together, and I am open to working with the birthparents on this question.
My home and neighborhood:
I live in a lovely ca. 1920s Colonial Revival style building in an historic old neighborhood full of old mill buildings and cottages. There are four condominiums in my building – mine is on the first floor and with lots of late afternoon sun. My neighbors are wonderful, friendly people and all have children too. Just outside my window is our shared vegetable garden. I have two bedrooms, two baths, and a large deck at the rear of the house where I live all summer – I grow flowers and herbs in pots around the deck, as do my neighbors. There is a yard that is just the right size for a child to play right behind my deck, and a large park with fields and playgrounds around the corner. My community has wonderful schools, a community farm, lots of great neighborhoods and parks, and a beautiful lake with a swimming area up the road.
We met through an online dating site and it was a match made in heaven, sharing both common and complimentary interests. We got married in the fall of 2013. Together we are more complete and a strong unit.
Tom sees Kerry as his social butterfly. She loves to decorate and plan parties especially for the holidays. She loves cooking. She has welcomed my family. She has a kind heart, smiles and is upbeat. Kerry’s life is about children. She has volunteered with Operation Smile for years, has worked at Disney World and at a children's hospital and currently works at day care center. Kerry is looking forward to being a full time stay-at- home Mom.
Kerry sees Tom as an incredible supportive, loving husband. He has a great sense of humor that makes me smile. I love watching him interact with our nieces, nephews, and friend’s children. He is dedicated to anything he may take on and will have that same dedication in raising our child. He is an electrical engineer with a very flexible schedule that will allow him to spend a lot of time with our child. Something he is very excited about doing. Tom is an active, fun loving man, and will be a wonderful dad.
What we do for fun:
Kerry enjoys photography and scrapbooking, as well as trying out new ideas for cooking\baking. Tom is very good with his hands and is busy doing projects around the house in preparation for our child. We both enjoy the outdoors: gardening, camping, swimming, boating, hiking, and sailing. Both of us have traveled extensively and seen a lot of the world. We are looking forward to doing these activities and more with our child.
Our extended family:
We are both from fun families! Tom's family is small which enhances his desire to nurture a family of our own. He is close to his parents who live in New York. We visit them regularly and they are so excited about having a grandchild. Kerry's family has about 30 people, including 5 first cousins all within a few years of each other. Their children are like nieces and nephews to us. They even call her Kerry Auntie. The holidays are a time that we always get together with our families. We attend all of our niece and nephews birthdays and summer cookouts. Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas day are huge celebrations where we see all of our family. Kerry has a Christmas party every year that includes not only family but all of our friends and their families. We are lucky to come from wonderful, supportive families. We are both very close with our siblings and see them as often as possible. We are incredibly close with our parents and enjoy getting together for all different occasions. Everyone is very excited for us to adopt a baby!!
Home and neighborhood:
We have a great 3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath home, on 1 acre of land. There is a screened porch off the kitchen which leads out to a deck, and large yard with a swing set and tree house. There are beautiful flower gardens, and a vegetable garden. Our neighborhood is quiet with many children on the street. Hiking trails, farm stands schools, a park, and the library are within minutes from our home. We also have a house on a lake that has been in Kerry’s family for many years. It will be a wonderful place to spend time enjoying the beach, paddle boats, sailboat and canoes with our child.
Our Adoption Story:
We will be open and honest with our child about their adoption. They will know of the selfless sacrifice you have made. We will make sure they know how much they are loved by us, our families and friends. We know that it is not an easy decision to make, and we respect you for it and be forever thankful for your wonderful gift.
We met at work. Jacqueline interviewed for a position on a team that supported Mike’s group. Mike noticed Jacqueline the afternoon she came in for an interview and was immediately interested.
Lucky for Mike she was eventually offered the position and began working a few months later. Due to Mike’s passive style it took five months of friendly conversation and getting to know each other at work before we finally went out with each other and realized our search for true love was over.
We dated for two years, and have been married for 12 wonderfully happy years. From the first kiss, the experience continues to this day to evolve and get better as we grow.
Michael is a Portfolio Manager and Jacqueline works as a Realtor and plans on staying home full time with the baby once a new baby arrives.
Qualities we see in each other:
What Jacqueline sees in Mike: Mike is my best friend and love of my life. He is a wonderful, thoughtful husband and kind, patient and loving dad. No matter how tired Mike is when he gets home from a long day of work, you can still hear the excitement in his voice when he is greeted by our son, Michael. He loves spending time with our son: building Legos, doing puzzles, playing sports and reading to him before he goes to bed. One of the things I love most about Mike is his positive outlook on life. He always sees the best in everyone and never has a bad thing to say.
What Mike sees in Jacqueline: Even though it is cliché, I have to say that Jacqueline does complete me. She has a warm, caring heart that puts others first. Her thoughtfulness extends beyond family and friends, to strangers and animals. It was her beautiful smile that initially attracted me, but it is her big heart, fun and playful ways, and wisdom that dropped me to one knee twelve years ago.
Since then I have seen Jacqueline grow into a beautiful, respectful women and a wonderful mother who is selfless, nurturing, and loving. She is a my confidant and consultant on life's most serious decisions, and she is my warm embrace or my whimsical partner during life’s easy moments. She is my best friend.
As a family we enjoy spending times outdoors and traveling to fun locations. We enjoy being in the mountains either skiing in the winter and spring or hiking in the summer and fall. We also love spending time on the water either at the pool or at the beach. On rainy days playing board games at home, cooking a good meal, building forts out of couch cushions and blankets, and watching a movie is likely a few ways we will pass the day.
Jacqueline enjoys cooking, reading, golf, and hiking. Mike enjoys skiing, surfing, and golf with a passion. Michael (our son) is learning to ski and skate in the winter. He loves spending time in the water either at the pool or at the beach in the summer. Riding his bike and scooter are his favorite things to do when at home in the neighborhood.
Activities we look forward to:
We look forward to family time! Celebrating holidays, watching movies, playing sports, building forts, and bedtime stories all make the list. Travel, adventures, and new experiences are all things to also look forward to as a family.
Celebrated with family, enjoyed with good food, appreciated for what we have, joyful for the occasion, and hoped for more to follow.
Our adoption story:
We plan to be honest and open about the adoption plan that was made for them and teach him/her about their birth family.
Our home and neighborhood:
Our home is filled with love, peace, and laughter. We live in a beautiful colonial style home on a cul-de-sac and a street that also serves as home to fourteen other families. Kids on the street range in age from three to college age. Our lot is very private, abuts reservation land, and has close proximity to the main part of town.
We were both at a restaurant in the South End of Boston, but we were each with other friends. Katie’s friend had gone to college with Gerry so when we were seated next to each other, we all struck up a conversation. It took a couple months before Gerry asked Katie out, but it was whirlwind from that point on. We started dating over the winter and we both love to downhill ski so our mutual love of fun in the snow led to happy times. We got engaged two years later and married one year later (a ski wedding at Vail, Colorado). Since getting married, Katie’s introduced Gerry to ski terrain parks so he can now be seen flying high off jumps (or rocks and cliffs).
Gerry is an actuary (a math guy) who works at an insurance company as a Chief Risk Offer. Katie is a lawyer who is the Legal Recruitment Director for a law firm.
What we do for fun:
It seems we are always on the go. We love swimming. We can often be found in local parks. A couple times each week we like to take Tristan out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Everyone knows us when we go out because Tristan is such a crowd pleaser! We have a great group of friends all with young children so one of us is always hosting something. In the summer months, we all enjoy the beach and hiking (Tristan usually opts for the full-service ride in the backpack). In the colder months, we go sledding and skiing. All of us enjoy attending live concerts -- usually a local kids' entertainer. We also spend a lot of time visiting and playing with family.
Activities we look forward to:
Gerry’s a fantastic cook so he looks forward to cooking culinary delights for our child from the start. Katie will be ready with a tasty mac & cheese alternative when the fancy food gets rejected. We’re hoping to be able to teach our child to enjoy being active so that we can share our many hobbies with him or her – swimming, running, tennis, biking, skiing, hiking, and traveling. Katie is hoping to share her musical side with our child, whether it’s dancing, singing, or playing an instrument. We’re both huge readers so we hope to be able to pass the love of books along as well.
Our adoption story:
We can promise you two things: that your baby will be loved unconditionally and that your baby will always know where he or she came from. Just as your baby will always be an important part of you, your story will never be far from his or her heart.
Our two-year-old son is adopted and we have an open arrangement with his birth family. We have ongoing phone calls, texts, letters, and an annual visit to Atlanta. We are open to being in touch with our new child’s birthparents.
Our home and neighborhood:
We live in a colonial-style house in a suburb of Boston that is walking distance from city’s subway system. We bought our house from a family who had lived in it while raising four children. We renovated everything when we moved in (since the house is 135 years old), but stayed true to the original style and feel of the house. Our neighborhood is filled with kids of all ages. Every Friday during the summer the local community center hosts a free concert/movie night that fills the nearby park with neighborhood families.
Sarah and Marco met in May of 2005. Marco was a supervisor, and Sarah was put to train with him for three consecutive nights. Marco remembers that he didn't get one thing done that weekend that he was supposed to. By the third night, he told Sarah that he was very interested in her. It was love at first sight for them both! They have been together ever since.
Sarah is a MBA Admissions Staff Assistant within a large graduate institution and Marco is a Technology Program Manager within a museum.
Qualities we see in each other:
Our love has continued to grow and strengthen over the years. We have learned the ins and outs of each other's story and have created one together. Sarah sees Marco as her best friend and biggest supporter. She thinks he is the funniest and most thoughtful person she has ever known. Marco loves Sarah’s kindness, thoughtfulness, and ability to scoop up knowledge. He really admires the way she cares about other people, and her love of volunteering.
Sarah enjoys reading, arts and crafts, watching documentaries, cooking, gardening, interior decorating, and hanging out with our cats. Marco likes tinkering with technology, robotics, LEGOs, and science. He also likes dancing, reading, cooking, swimming, and having fun playing basketball!
Our extended family and holidays:
We have 2 nephews and 7 nieces. Sarah has 3 brothers and Marco has 1 sister. We have many aunts and uncles and cousins as well. We also have a large network of friends with children, many of whom are adopted.
Our gatherings always include a lot of food, music and laughter. We love to host our friends and family as well as travel to other people’s homes. We like to sing, dance and play dominoes when we are all together, it is always full of fun and good times.
Our adoption story:
We hope for an open adoption so that our child will have the chance to have contact with their birth parents. As they grow up, we feel that it will be a natural instinct to understand where they came from, and we want to be very open about the whole thing and hope that will give them a sense of understanding and comfort.
Our home and neighborhood:
We live in a beautiful 2-bedroom apartment. We like bright colors, family photos, plenty of seating, and natural light. The yard is full of pretty flowers, trees, a vegetable garden, and birds. Our town is very diverse with people of various racial and ethnic makeups. There is a community center, public pool, park, and sports field all within a 5-minute walk of our home. It’s an amazing place to raise a child!
When we started dating, we immediately knew we were made for each other.
Two years later, we were married, living in a sweet home and beginning to dream about sharing our abundant love with a child. One of our strengths as a couple is that we can talk about everything and respect each other the more for it. We also crack each other up - the silliness factor in our house is high!
Margie teaches public speaking at a college and leadership skills in the business world. Chris is a software engineer and project manager.
Margie’s schedule allows her ample time off to be home with an infant, and later she can work around school hours.
What We Love About One Another:
Margie: Chris is the most kind, loving and giving person I have known. He’ll make you heart-shaped biscuits on a Sunday morning, buy you a silly-sweet card for no reason and give you the best foot rub at the end of a long day. He is also smart and talented in so many ways. I love to see him with Andrea and Jenna, his daughters from a previous marriage (now in college and law school). They are amazing, accomplished young women and it is no secret how much they admire and adore their dad. I love that Chris is such an experienced parent and also has all the energy and playfulness it takes to raise another child.
Chris: I first fell for Margie’s sense of humor, her intelligence and her huge, loving heart. She can really light up a room with positive energy and she is a wise and wonderful listener. Margie’s background in theatre makes her the best storyteller around, which her 6-year-old nephew adores. I love the sound of Margie playing guitar and singing to me, and can’t wait to hear the songs and lullabies she will make up with our child.
What We Do For Fun:
In our free time, we love to be in and on the water, especially kayaking and swimming. Chris is an avid runner and skier, and one of his indoor hobbies is building toy train layouts. When Andrea and Jenna were young, Chris built train sets around the Christmas tree that they loaded up with presents for “special delivery”. We’re both lifelong learners and are happy taking a class together or traveling to an interesting place. Margie has always volunteered and we plan to do this as a family.
Our child will have two wonderful older sisters, an awesome young cousin, and lots of aunts, uncles and extended family near by. Andrea and Jenna are thrilled at the idea of having a little baby to love and take care of! Margie’s mom lives 10 minutes from us and is a world-class Grandma (try her applesauce and chicken soup) and she can’t wait to have another grandchild. And then there is our “feline family”, Lacey and Xena, the adorable sister cats who grace our home. Holidays with family and friends are relaxing and fun---the laughter is as plentiful as the food!
Our Home and Neighborhood:
We live in a lovely, safe community close to Boston with some of the top public schools in our state and many young families. Our house is near the high school with all of its huge fields and activities. We have a large finished basement and a big, open family room that is the hub of our home. We also have a large back yard with a patio and room for a swing set and play area.
Our Thoughts About Adoption:
If you choose us as parents, we will always speak with love, admiration and gratitude about you and what you went through to give your child the best future you could imagine. We are committed to openness and honesty, and the child we raise will always know their story and that they were cherished every step of the way. We would be happy with an open adoption and you would be welcome as a part of our lives in whatever way is best for you!