Meet Our Families Waiting To Adopt!
We met through mutual friends during our freshman year at college and immediately became close, bonding over our similar upbringings, as we were both born and raised in small towns in New York State. Over time, the friendship grew to love and six years later we were married in beautiful West Point, surrounded by our family and friends. We have been married for eight years and we are so excited to grow our family in the near future through adoption!
Christine is a high school math teacher and plans to stay home and raise the baby. Bobby works for a healthcare IT company.
What Christine Loves About Bobby
Bobby is my rock and he makes me laugh every day. He is patient, calm, logical, and responsible. I know he will be an amazing father. I am happiest when we are together.
What Bobby Loves About Christine
Christine is one of the most compassionate and caring people I know, with beautiful brown eyes that light up when she smiles. We love spending time together traveling, walking in our town, or working on our house.
What we look forward to doing with our child
We are excited about reading bedtime stories, dancing together in the kitchen while we bake, and snuggling on the couch for movie nights. We look forward to spending holidays with our families. We want our child to see the world and look forward to traveling as a family. We are excited to teach them how to ride a bike, play soccer, swim, and even coach their little league teams.
What we do for fun
We are happiest when we are together. We love being with family and friends but we also love the quiet moments spent together going for walks into town or sitting on the hammock together relaxing. We love to travel together to new destinations and love our family tradition vacation spots. In the summer, we love going to the beach, roasting marshmallows over the fire pit, mini golfing, going on our parent's boat, jet skiing, and running road races. In the winter we love skiing, ice skating, and watching sports with friends. We are so excited to be able to experience many of our favorite things with a new addition to the family!
We have a very large, extended family and we are extremely close. We have a combined total of seven siblings and fourteen nieces and nephews who are thrilled we will be welcoming a new addition to the family. We regularly enjoy spending holidays, birthdays, and other celebrations together, as well as traveling as a family.
Home and Neighborhood
Our home is located in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts with an excellent public school system and many community parks, playgrounds, shops, and restaurants. We live on a wide avenue flanked with mature oak trees and bike lanes. We love our home, our neighborhood filled with other young families, and our proximity to zoos, several museums, and all the entertainment Boston has to offer.
Who we are and how we met:
We met the night the Red Sox won the 2007 World Series and have been happily together for nine years. We had instant chemistry and since then, we have enjoyed many vacations, sporting events (we love attending Red Sox games), skiing, biking, and hiking. We have become best friends and share common goals. We knew we had found our soul mate and our relationship grew out of friendship into a strong bond. We are passionate about family and friends and can count on one another. We have been able to make each other laugh. We are comfortable with each other’s independence and support each other in difficult times. Darrin is a Global Pricing Director, Wendi is a Special Education Teacher. Wendi is planning on being home full time with the baby. We are so grateful that we were selected to adopt our beautiful daughter, Madison, in October 2013. She has given us pure joy, purpose, and so much laughter. We are so excited to grow our family!
What we do for fun:
Outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, skiing and going to the beach are our favorite things to do. We like cooking and traveling as well. Darrin enjoys golfing, home improvement and fixing things and Wendi likes yoga, dancing and going to the theater. We also have a 3 year old golden doodle dog who joins us on all of our journey’s.
Qualities we see in each other:
Darrin says: Wendi’s personal strength is her strong sense of confidence, hard work, passion and determination. Likewise, she has an incredibly loving and caring nature, as well as an amazing ability to be able to communicate with anyone. Wendi has a very outgoing personality, great sense of humor and an amazing sense of adventure. Most importantly, she has a strong sense of family values and thrives when her students succeed.
Wendi says: Darrin is a caring, thoughtful, intelligent and happy person. He is incredibly optimistic, funny, reliable, and he can fix anything! He is very passionate about starting projects around the house, as well as teaching his nephews life skills. Darrin is also an amazing cook.
Activities we look forward to doing with our child:
Both of us live an active lifestyle and love to travel. We love to vacation all over New England and explore the beautiful beaches, wonderful zoo’s, children’s museums, and of course some fun water parks. We have started to teach our daughter how to ride a bike, swim, and experiencing the yummy joy of making homemade cookies and cupcakes. We both love watching and attending sporting events such as the Red Sox and Patriots games. We are thrilled to say that we’ve continued to enjoy amazing adventures as parents such as sledding, building a snowman, taking hikes with our toddler backpack and boogie boarding in the ocean.
We host a large holiday party with all the cousins, aunts, uncles and nephews. Darrin’s parents are very active grandparents and we spend a great deal time swimming at their pool in the summer. The holidays throughout the year are also filled with delicious food and lots of laughter. Our family loves to play games and we always end up outside playing basketball or touch football. Our next child will not only have a big sister to welcome him/her into the family, but 6 cousins! In addition, we have a large network of close friends with young kids, which involves many weekends attending birthday parties, going to various zoo’s, waterparks and apple picking.
We have always talked openly about how Madison came into our lives and she is also very excited for a baby brother or sister. It is extremely important to us that our children know about their birthparents. We understand the choice to place a child for adoption must be an incredibly difficult one and we admire your strength and courage during this difficult decision. We have created a photo book for our daughter Madison which has a great deal of information regarding her personal story. This has helped her 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. Please be assured that we will keep in contact with you through meetings, video calls, photographs, or whichever method is most comfortable for you.
Home and neighborhood:
We live in a four bedroom colonial style home with a huge fenced in yard for kids to play in. We have an excellent school system and proximity to conveniences such as restaurants, shopping, parks and the town beach. Our house is on a dead end street and is in a great location with access to our town’s beach/lake, playgrounds, baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts; all within a five minute walk from our house. Our neighborhood is filled with young families with ages ranging from infants to High School.
Having grown up in the same neighborhood we were friends long before we started dating. We went to the PROM together and were married after college graduation. Both of us are in the medical field (Natalie is a nurse and Craig a doctor) and have had many happy, wonderful years together! Since adopting our daughter Isla, Natalie left her job teaching at a nursing school and is enjoying days with Isla full of swim and ballet lessons, afternoons at the park and arts and crafts.
About each other
Natalie says about Craig: Craig is the kindest person I know; friends, family and the patients he cares for would agree with this statement. He is a loving and thoughtful husband and father. He has an adventurous and fun loving spirit. Craig can make me laugh and smile even on a ‘cloudy’ day. We have faced many difficulties on our path to building our family, but he never gave up hope on our journey and is a wonderful father.
Craig says about Natalie: Natalie is the most important person in the world to me. She knows me better than anyone else. She is kind, compassionate and filled with love. I know that she loves me with all her heart and is completely honest with me. I feel the same about her. Natalie is an adventurous person and an amazing mother. She is patient and so loving to our daughter Isla. Ultimately, I know that having Natalie in my life has made me a better person than I ever could have hoped without her.
What we do for fun
We both enjoy traveling and outdoor activities. In the summer we love spending a few weeks at the beach on Cape Cod. Fall is our favorite time for being outdoors and enjoying the beauty of New England—apple picking and hiking. In the winter we embrace the snow –snowshoeing, sledding and building snowmen. In addition, reading and playing guitar is a favorite past-time as well as painting, photography, yoga and cooking.
Holiday and family gatherings
Our families love holiday gatherings. We take advantage of any ‘holiday’ to get together and enjoy. Thanksgiving is usually our ‘quieter’ holiday. We spend Thanksgiving at our home in New England and enjoying the traditional turkey dinner with all of the fixings followed by an afternoon stroll and then some football. Christmas is our big family holiday with lots of extended family and friends. It is full of traditions like baking Christmas cookies, Christmas Eve church service followed by a party where everyone gets a pair of pajamas to sleep in waiting for Santa’s visit and sprinkling ‘reindeer food’ on the front lawn.
Natalie says: “I am looking forward to the all of the craziness that comes with a new baby and toddler, the joy of siblings getting to know each other and becoming life long friends, family vacations to the Cape, afternoons out in the yard on the swing set and reading books at bedtime. “
Craig says: “I look forward to exploring and enjoying the wealth of activities the outdoors have to offer – family hikes and family bike rides. I want to share my love of music—teaching our children how to play the guitar, listening to music together and going to concerts.”
Our home and neighborhood
We live on quiet street in a Colonial style house with over 2800 square feet. There are 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, a study, kitchen with dining, formal dining room, living room, finished basement, and finished third floor. We have a very large safe back yard with a vegetable garden and a swing set—lots of room for soccer, football and running in the sprinkler. We have a very sweet, loving 5 year old basset hound named Seamus who is great with children.
About their adoption story
Over 2 ½ years ago we adopted our daughter Isla. We have an open adoption with her birth mother and remain in contact with her including a recent visit to Georgia. We will share the story of our children’s adoption from the moment they are in our life. It is the story of our family and we are proud to have our family grow through adoption. We know that as a baby, our children may not fully understand, but as they get older they will begin to understand and will know there are many people in this world that love them. We will always have a special place in our hearts and in our family for our children’s birthparents.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Ten years ago, we met in Vermont through a group of friends skiing together. We formed a fast friendship and within a few months, we were dating. We fell in love through our shared interests and values and are each other’s best friend. Our family and friends flew to Massachusetts from all over the world for our beautiful wedding in one of the city’s oldest buildings.
Qualities We See in Each Other:
Kristie is a loyal, compassionate, motivated and loving person. She is one of the most thoughtful people I know. I always enjoy spending time with her whether we are hanging out and talking or discovering new places. Kristie is fantastic with children and a favorite aunt and teacher. I feel confident that Kristie is going to be an amazing mother and will love and protect our child with everything she has!
I liked Jochem the day I met him, as he is full of life. Some of my favorite things about Jochem are his intelligence, his curiosity about the world and learning, his love of nature and that he will try anything. He makes me laugh every day and he is also a sweet and genuinely decent man who deeply cares about his wife, family and friends. Jochem is a hard-worker whether he is taking care of our home or in his job as a scientist.
We have a lot of shared interests. Throughout the year, we enjoy cooking together from grilling to big Sunday dinners. We also love being outside riding our bikes, hiking, paddleboarding and going to the beach and we also like to cross-country ski in the winter. We love traveling, from weekend trips close to home or as far as Hawaii, Europe or South America. Both of us consider ourselves learners so we are big readers and also like to visit historical and cultural sights. Spending time with our friends and family is also a priority to us.
Activities We Look Forward to Doing with Our Child:
Some activities we are most looking forward to doing together are holiday traditions, crafts, playing outside and reading books. We want to encourage our child to try many things so they may find what they enjoy whether its sports, music, art or something else! We know we will take advantage of all that our local area has to offer for children including visiting the farm down the street which has summer programs for kids, riding bikes to the library, visiting the aquarium, our city’s children’s and science museum as well as special programs at the art museum and local theaters.
We will foster our love of education through teaching our child about the world and exposing him or her to as much as possible. We look forward to getting to know our child and supporting them as they grow as a person. We will help them develop an appreciation and respect for other people and themselves as well as a solid moral foundation so that they can be a strong and happy person.
Our Home and Neighborhood:
We love our home. It is full of light and has plenty of room for us to grow as a family. We have a large deck overlooking a pond and hiking trails leading into the woods. There’s lots of wildlife on our 2 acres including a family of beavers in the pond, owls that hoot at night as well as deer and many birds. With our child, we imagine ice-skating on the pond and playing soccer in the backyard as well as time in the kitchen. Although our town is only 30 minutes from Boston, it feels like the country. There are farms, many places to take horseback riding lessons and lots of space for children to play. Our town has one of the top-ranked school districts in the state and is known for being a supportive community.
I work in human resources for a company that aids in the detection and treatment of some cancers.
I have lots of hobbies and I enjoy some of them with my son, Charlie. First and foremost, we both love the beach and we spend our summers at my beach house on Cape Cod. I love to bike ride, boogie board, play tennis and go fishing in the summer months. In the winter, I love to get out and do some skiing or skating, and of course, Charlie and I enjoy making snowmen in the front yard! I also enjoy home improvement projects, gardening and reading and jogging. When Charlie’s not at one of his team sporting events, Charlie is playing his guitar, legos or video games.
Special Activities I look forward to doing with my child:
I can’t wait to have another child involved in our activities! One of my favorite things to do is to travel – I take Charlie away at least once a year on a major vacation. There is so much to see and do out there in this world and this child will be front and center for it! Whether it’s a tropical vacation or going on a cultural vacation to learn about other regions of the world! I also love having friends and family around for all the day to day memories that life has to offer – gathering around the dinner table for joke time, playing basketball in the driveway or seeing a movie at the drive-in on a hot summer night. Sometimes the simple days are the best.
Extended family and holidays:
I have a big warm welcoming family! People often comment that when they meet my parents and my aunts and uncles, they feel like they’ve known them their whole lives! Most of my family members are local to the area, so we get to see them all year long. I have one son, Charlie (10 years old) who is ready to meet his new brother or sister and this baby will have 4 first cousins and countless second cousins that will be involved in his or her life!
Holidays in my family are amazing! In the winter, my home looks like something out of the North Pole! Santa and Mrs. Claus come for a Christmas open house every December. The 4th of July is for fireworks and barbeques on the Cape! And Halloween is our best!! I have an annual neighborhood Halloween Party for all of Charlie’s classmates that include bobbing for apples, donuts on a string and a costume parade. And at all of my holiday functions, we are surrounded by friends and family: grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. I look forward to each and every holiday that’s on the calendar!
I plan to make sure that this child knows right from the start where he or she came from. It will be discussed openly and honestly with the highest regard and respect for the parents who so bravely brought me this gift of life. I will keep photos and scrapbooks so this baby will know all about his or her birth story, the same way Charlie knows all about his.
To the extent that you are willing, I would love and encourage open contact. I was raised with the notion that the more people who love your children, the better off they will be in life. If you are comfortable with that, I would be honored to consider you part of my family too – as you always will be in some way.
Home and neighborhood:
I can’t say enough about how much I love where we live. I have a beautiful colonial style home that is filled with love and warmth. I live on a street with amazing neighbors and a ton of young children! I have a fenced in back yard and a jungle gym that seems to get a lot of neighborhood attention (from the little baby next door all the way up to the older kids on the street who play basketball in my driveway)! There are baseball fields are right across the street from my house and the elementary school is also walking distance. There is an adorable downtown Main Street that is filled with shops and restaurants. And on top of that, I am only a 15 minute ride into Boston – so I feel we get the best of everything!