Meet Our Families Waiting To Adopt!
We met at a party for a friend of David’s who was getting married in Paris and was having a going away party for those people who could not travel to the wedding. David offered to buy Amy a drink and later in the night asked Amy to dance. This was the beginning of not only a wonderful relationship, but a friendship as well.
Our first dates included going out to dinner, going to local sporting games and going for bike rides. We quickly learned that we had many similar interests.
Amy about David: David works hard and enjoys unwinding at the end of the day by cooking a nice meal we can enjoy all together as a family. She loves that he is so helpful around the house.
David about Amy: Amy is a loving, caring and nurturing person. She is so family oriented and always puts her family first. Amy is a fantastic mother!
David enjoys: fishing, soccer and cooking.
Amy enjoys: first and foremost, being a mother, running, skiing, swimming and baking.
We both come from large extended families. David has a brother and a sister who have seven year old little girls. David also has many of cousins in Ireland with young children. Family gathering with all the young children are always filled with lots of laughter. Amy has a large extended family as well. Amy has many younger cousins in the area who love playing with James, as he is now the newest addition to the family. Amy also has a younger sister who lives very close by who is the best Auntie in the world. Both of our families love James and are looking forward to welcoming a new little one. We are a family that enjoys being around family and friends around the holidays. They are always filled with lots of laughter.
Special activities we look forward to
David is an avid sports enthusiast who is looking forward to coaching and participating in all of ours child’s sporting activities. Amy loves to read books, doing crafts, and building sand castles at the beach with James and can’t wait to share this with another little one.
Telling our child about their adoption story
We both believe that it is very important to speak to our child openly about adoption. Although James is still a bit young we have already started talking to James about adoption. We have many children’s books that are very helpful in explaining adoption to young children. We believe that the more we explain and the more open we are in answering questions, the easier it will be for them to understand the choice of adoption. They will grow up to understand that it was a difficult decision for their birth parents to make, however it was a decision made out of love.
Our home and neighborhood
We live in a beautiful, new, colonial style home situated in a quiet family oriented neighborhood. There are a lot of young families in the neighborhood with lots of young children. During the summer time all the children enjoy running around and playing on the swing set in our backyard. There are also three playgrounds within walking distance to our home. There is a great School system in our town.
We met in November of 2002 after being set up on a blind date by a co-worker. We had always heard the expression "opposites attract" but didn't realize how true it was until we met. We definitely balance each other out in our relationship as Chris is on the reserved and quiet side, while Kim is definitely the outgoing and talkative one. On Christmas day of 2004, Chris surprised Kim with a beautiful ring and a teddy bear that said "Will you marry me?" Of course Kim said "yes!" and we were married in April of 2005.
About each other:
Chris is a bakery manager so there will always be sweet treats and fun baking time, and Kim is a receptionist/accounting clerk. Kim's plan is to be working part time at night so she can spend most of her time being a stay at home mother. When Kim is at work our child will be in Chris's care, so our child will always be with one of us. We both feel this is especially important and value being able to do this especially in the early childhood years. Kim says that Chris is very supportive in all of her endeavors; he is also very caring, affectionate, patient, laid back and quiet. On the other hand he can be very funny.
Chris says about Kim, she is extremely nurturing, honest, loyal, loving, thoughtful, considerate, and organized and will make a fantastic Mom!
What we do for fun:
We both enjoy traveling and have experienced vacationing in many different places all over the world. Planting flowers and working in the yard is also a favorite hobby of ours. We really enjoy caring for our home and love to make it a beautiful environment. We both enjoy cooking, reading, scrapbooking and crossword puzzles.
Holiday and family gatherings:
Holidays are typically spent sharing them with our extended family and we can't wait to include our child, and carry on family traditions. We have lots of family gatherings filled with aunts, uncles, cousins and second cousins. We are extremely close with our relatives, especially our cousins who are more like siblings to us. Holidays are always bustling with family members, laughter, good food and stories. Family traditions were, and still are, very important to all of us and now there is another generation being created.
We are looking forward to spending simple quality time with our child, for instance: fun bath time, baking yummy cookies, bedtime stories all snuggled up, birthday parties, going to the playground, enjoying an ice cream cone, trips to the beach, first day of school, trips to the zoo, and going to soccer games or dance recitals.
About our adoption story:
When the time comes to explaining adoption to our child, we will be open and honest telling the adoption story and birth parents information. Explaining how special it is that we were chosen by the birth parents to care for and raise them is very important to us. WE want our child to understand what an incredible gift we were blessed with and how truly grateful and appreciative we are. We will not take a single day for granted, and we will cherish every moment spent with our child.
Our home and neighborhood:
Our home is a cozy cape in a neighborhood filled with children of all ages. We live right down the street from a lake which is lovely for hot summer days. The lake association is always putting on seasonal events - from fireworks to a neighborhood yard sale. Even Santa Claus gets driven around the neighborhood at Christmas time to see the kids!
Welcome to the very short version of our lives. We met eight years ago in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was love at first site. Udi was just back from a five year long stay in the U.S. learning a career in advertising, and Dan was graduating medical school before his internship. We remember our first date already discussing plans of kids and careers in the U.S. But love was there, from the start. In two years we moved to the U.S., and immediately started planning a family. Adoptions with Love was there for us, and in less than a year our beautiful son Or joined us. Or is almost three years old now, a wonderful and inspiring child. He has two daddies, and they love him dearly. We would like Or to have a sister or brother and join our growing family.
Udi is working as a diplomat and Dan is a physician, a cardiologist (heart doctor) at the end of his training. Though our jobs are demanding, we spend a lot of time with our son, taking him on every sunny day to a playground and every weekend to some attraction (we have memberships to the zoo and the children's museum).
Udi loves books and art, and Dan paints pictures. We are both crazy about good food, and Udi is quite the chef in the house. Dan teaches Or how draw and Udi sits with Or every evening reading him stories. We like walking through the streets of New York, discovering yet another playground or another child friendly attraction. We love trips and every few weeks we take a car and drive to the country.
We have large families in Israel whom we visit once or twice a year, and here we have Dan's sister and child. Our parents visit us twice a year for extended periods and we talk to them on the net twice a week so we feel that we fill ours child's life with lots of family love. We also have significant amount of friends with children and our home sounds at times like a train station.
We live in a big town, with lots of kids and excitement. We live very close to Columbus Circle and Central Park so we can offer a very big backyard to a child. We see our first child growing as a curious and active boy, with fabulous experiences that we feel are different than that of the suburban child.
After having the wonderful experience with our first child, we would like to welcome to our family a second amazing child. We have an open home where love and respect are the cornerstones. We respect our child's story and will do the same with the next. As our family is unique in many ways-providing open channels of communication from an early stage are fundamental to us.
Our relationship began by chance due to a wrong telephone number being dialed! We talked many times on the telephone during the next three weeks; exchanged photos and decided to meet for dinner at a local restaurant. We learned so much about each other during our phone conversations that when we finally met we felt like we already knew each other. Eight months after that eventful phone call we were engaged and planning our wedding. We dated for another year and half before we were married. Our wedding was a family affair with all our siblings, nieces and some of our cousin's part of the wedding party. We were married over Labor Day weekend and most of our guests spent three days by the ocean celebrating with us. This year we celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary by returning to the hotel where our reception took place!
We welcomed our adorable son Michael into our lives two years ago through Adoptions With Love which has been the highlight of our lives.
We view each other as soul mates and teammates; we both believe that fate brought us together. Kristin says Kenan is easy going, funny and supports me in everything that I do; he rarely judges my actions or me. Kenan views Kristin as my rock and best friend; Kristin always goes out of her way to help anyone. Our relationship has grown and gotten stronger over the 12 years of our marriage. We laugh together and enjoy each other in our good times as well as support and lean on each other during hard times.
What we do for fun
We both love watching and going to sporting events and playing golf. We love walking on the beach and going to the zoo and park with Michael. Kenan plays hockey Piano, Guitar and loves to cook. Kristin loves to read and I'm actively involved in a local book club. I am also involved in a bunch of playgroups. Michael loves playing with other children. I also love playing sports; I enjoy golf, softball and volleyball.
Holidays and family gatherings
In the summer we invite our family and friends over for cookouts on our back deck, play yard games and share our favorite recipes. We now host the family Thanksgiving dinner at our home with the traditional menu. We treasure the holidays and the memories of being with family. We began an annual the annual cookie bake 20 years ago at Kristin's Mum's home that now includes our extended families and is held at a local hall to accommodate everyone. Christmas Eve at Kristin's Parents and Christmas Day at Kristin's brothers are some of our holiday celebrations. We treasure and maintain traditions and are looking forward to passing them on to our children.
We are looking forward to baking cookies, making holiday crafts, playing board games, taking walks and playing splash on the beach with our children... We will offer our children a huge extended family with lots of cousins to play with.
Our favorite vacation spot is Walt Disney World; we were able to take Michael for the first time this winter. It was a dream come true to see Michael enjoy Disney for the first time. He loved all the characters and of course, the rides.
Our home and neighborhood
We live in a coastal community. We have a split-level ranch style home with a traditional open floor plan with seven rooms. Kenan has what he calls a great sports room in the basement that he is more than willing to give up for a playroom. We have a wonderful dog, a yellow lab named Sadie. We have a huge yard with almost three acres of land filled with yard toys and laughter. We have flowers that Kenan's Dad loves to point out the names of each and every flower. We also have wildlife in our yard during various times of the day. We have a horse farm across the Street. Michael loves to look at the horses.
Our large deck is often full for family cookouts and we spend summer nights enjoying yard games with our family & friends. There are a lot of children in our neighborhood. We live close to the elementary, middle & high school as well as a huge park. Kristin's parents have a beach house about a mile away; where we love to take long walks on the beach. We have a town green with summer family concerts that we love to take Michael. Living near the ocean is a dream come true for both of us and we look forward to Michael having a sibling to build sand castles and splash in the water with.
About their adoption story
We feel blessed to have met our son's birth parents as well as the birth grandparents and this memory will always be dear to us. Kenan and I think of them often and have them in our hearts. We think about them a lot especially on Mother's Day and on Michael's birthday.
We plan to be very open with our children about their adoption. We will explain that their parents really loved them and wanted them to have a better life and we prayed that some day we would have children to share our life with. As an adoptive parent we can only thank the birth parents that entrusted us by giving their child to us to nurture and love. We plan to say thank you every day for this child and remind ourselves just how fortunate we are to have a children to love.
Who we are and how we met
We met in 1996 while working for the same company. CJ was the quiet one, Stephanie wasn't and eventually lunch meetings turned into dating. We fell in love about six months into our courtship and spent many weekends enjoying being immersed in our family's and circles of friends. We then realized we were a part of each other's lives we didn't want to be without one another.
We are both attorneys and have flexible work schedules. We plan on spending more time with our next child than at our offices. As working parents we provide all of the emotional and financial stability our daughter, and future child, will need to thrive as healthy and happy individuals.
Qualities we see in each other
Stephanie says, "CJ is extremely kind, patient, intelligent, and the most devoted father I've ever seen. He writes himself little notes of what to fix that is broken of Sophie's and carries it in his pocket every day. And while he likes to tease me about being an overprotective parent, he is just as focused on Sophie's well-being and happiness."
CJ says, "Stephanie is kind, humorous, resilient and passionate. She passionately loves and cares for me, Sophie, her mother and brother. She derives happiness and a sense of peace through the constant support she gives to her immediate family. Beyond this, she thoroughly enjoys time with her extended family and friends as well."
We love spending our time with Sophie…gardening, running, cooking, teaching her how to read, playing tag in the backyard and being with friends and family.
Activities we look forward to with our next child
We look forward to absolutely everything with a newborn again, the sleepless nights (really, those quiet moments during the night when no one else is awake except us and our child), the bonding and laughter that will occur through teaching our child how to eat, walk, and learn about the world. We have the utmost confidence in our ability to make our next child feel the confidence and happiness our daughter Sophie displays as a kindergarten student. And as soon as our child is ready, she/he will be covered in sand at the beach, parked outside watching dad garden, on skates with mom and dad and learning ABC's and the joy of reading books.
Our gatherings are loud, crowded and fun. There are always a lot of kids playing together, games involving the parents, kids and grandparents and laughter. To make sure we see everyone every holiday, on certain years we will host two dinners, one for each side of our families!
We plan to be honest with our child. Introduce the concept that she/he is adopted through children's stories early on and then make sure we explain and discuss the adoption openly Our goal is to have the adoption become a conscious part of child's story as early as possible. And when our child reaches an age where she/he can understand the adoption, we will be there to answer questions and discuss feelings. We will never let a day go by when we don't remind our child of how much we need and love them. Love alone may not cure all of our child's possible doubts, but we believe it will provide them with the strength and confidence to explore how they came to be our child.
We live in a lovely Colonial style house with four spacious bedrooms and an enormous backyard, on a quiet tree lined street. There are always kids playing in the neighborhood, in our yard, and the parents all watch over each other's kids as if they were their own. There is a small corner store walking distance from our house. When Sophie does something very well or behaves exceptionally well as we have asked her to, we all walk to the corner store so she can buy her own miniature bag to fill with penny candy of her choice. And when there's snow on the ground Stephanie pulls her to the store on a sled. This is exactly what we will do with our new baby when she/he is of age. We can't wait for another child to join our loving family.
We have been together since high school. Ryan sat in front of Kara in Chemistry class. After teaming up to be lab partners as much as possible, Ryan asked Kara to go to the Junior Prom. The rest is history; we have been together ever since. We got engaged as soon as we finished college and were married in 2007. Our love for each other is longstanding and our marriage has continued to grow over time. We are each other's best friend. We have always worked as a team and we always have fun together!
Kara is currently a licensed Special Education Teacher and Reading Specialist with high school students and Ryan works as a Sergeant Correction Officer training staff and new officers. Once our baby arrives, Kara plans to take a leave from her job and stay at home with our child for his or her first several months. When Kara returns to work, her mother and Ryan's mother are looking forward to sharing babysitting responsibilities of their first grandchild.
What we like to do for fun
Kara says, "I am a very active individual and cannot wait to have a child to join me in the fun. I feel very fortunate that my schedule as a teacher allows me regular holiday days off, vacations and summers as well. In my free time, I enjoy going to Jazzercise. Another favorite activity is walking our dogs with Ryan on the local bike path or taking them hiking at a local state forest, which has an awesome homemade ice cream stand that we stop at as our reward."
Ryan says, "I have always been involved in many sports including baseball and hockey. As a child, both my father and grandfather never missed a game! I look forward to supporting our child in whatever activity he or she chooses to do like my father and grandfather did for me. I also enjoy hiking, running outside with my dogs, and landscaping our yard."
Our extended family & wonderful holiday gatherings
Family is very important to us. We both come from large, loving extended families with whom we are very close with. Our child will be surrounded by all the extra love that comes from a large extended family of doting grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins of all ages. Our parents are so excited for their first grandchild! Our whole family regularly gets together for dinner at Ryan's parent's house. They have a great pool, which we all spend a lot of time at during the summer months. We look forward to teaching our child to swim there!
Holidays are warm and welcoming by sharing festive, quality time with both sides of our families. There are young cousins on Kara's side that cannot wait to welcome a new baby cousin to share in the holiday traditions, especially hunting for eggs at Easter and decorating delicious gingerbread houses during Christmas. There's always lots of fun to be had!
Our home and neighborhood
We both grew up in the town we live in now and our parents are only ten minutes away. Our town has a very strong school system, including excellent sports, theatre, and music programs. Our home is modern and updated with a bedroom we are making into a nursery for the baby. We live in very close proximity to the town center which enables us to walk to the library, shops, restaurants, ice cream parlors and a terrific bike path. In the summer we walk to the town common where there is a weekly farmer's market allowing us to indulge in fresh local produce. We feel very fortunate to live in such a magnificent town.
Our adoption story
We plan to share our child's adoption story with them as soon as they arrive with us. We want our child to know and understand how much their biological parents cared for and loved them and that is why they made an adoption plan for them. We feel grateful to already have a support system of friends who have in the past and very recently adopted children. We believe that it will be important for our child to have a peer group of other adopted children who will share that common characteristic with them.
We met through mutual friends in 2003 and remained friends for a while until a romance developed. Tabatha had a personal loss in her life and John was a very supportive friend throughout this period. From this beautiful friendship we fell in love and became a couple in 2007. From what we considered a sad life changing experience became an amazing deep love and commitment for us. It was fate that brought us together and our love only grows deeper and stronger and even more so building a family with children.
John works in biotechnology finding new drugs to help cure illnesses and Tabatha is a full-time mom but continues her work in the arts on a project basis and raising money for pediatric cancer research.
Qualities We See In Each Other
Tabatha says: John is a considerate and loving husband and an amazing father! Anytime he is not at work, John is spending most all of his time with Gabriel and I doing activities like going to the park, museums, reading to Gabriel and always making sure both of us are happy. John is optimistic, funny and the best husband and father anyone could ask for.
John says: Tabatha is kind, affectionate and lights up a room whenever she is present. Tabatha has a great gift of connecting with people and feeling their pain and/or joy very deeply. She is a care giver in that she is always thinking of how best to take care of Gabriel and I. Besides being an amazing wife, I could never ask for a more amazing mother to our children. She lives for our son as he is the center of the world to her. Same as me, I know that she very much wants another child to give all of her attention and love to as she does now with our son Gabriel.
What We Do For Fun
We both share the love of traveling. John likes to go to baseball games and scuba dive. Tabatha likes to cook, travel, photograph, read, practice yoga, write and really enjoys teaching Gabriel her native Spanish language (he is bilingual now!).
We look forward to hiking, going to the beach, cooking, spending time with family, traveling and seeing the world and most importantly spending time together as a family.
Family and Holiday Gatherings
All our nieces and nephews are super excited to have a new member of the family! Our parents have plenty of experience spoiling grandchildren and the next child will be no different. Out family gatherings are full of BBQ's, swimming, hiking, traveling and spending time at the beach. Our holidays are always full of much love and many gifts!
Our Adoption Story
We are very comfortable with adoption and we will tell our children that they are with us now because they are so loved. Their birthparents acted on the greatest sacrifice for them by finding a good, loving and happy life for them that they were not able to provide at that time. We have the utmost respect for Gabriel's birthmother and for you as you consider adoption for your precious child.
Brendan and Elizabeth’s Story
We met at a running club in the Boston area during a “Lonely Hearts Run." We became friends first and started dating six months after meeting. We found out quickly how comfortable it was to be around each other and how much we had in common.
Throughout our dating life we attended numerous sporting events and traveled across America and Europe. These are two things we love to do and plan to continue once we have a child.
Elizabeth works as a market research analyst. She will be taking time off work when the baby arrives. Her company is very family friendly – one of the reasons Elizabeth loves working there!
Brendan is a software engineer at a small software company that values work-life balance. This will afford him the ability to work from home often after the baby arrives.
Elizabeth: In my spare time, I love exploring my neighborhood with long walks on the weekend and trying out the latest coffee shop or restaurant in town. I enjoy spending time in our garden trying to keep the weeds and Eli (our curious dog) out. I cannot wait to show a child how to garden and plant a seed and see what grows.
Brendan: I’m a big sports fan –We love going to games when we can, and for college football, we attend all the games with a large group of friends. I love challenging myself and love to run marathons. Elizabeth is supportive and helps out by waiting with water or energy bars on my long runs. I can’t wait until my cheering sections grow with a new addition to the family.
Qualities We See in Each Other
Elizabeth about Brendan: Brendan is the most patient person I have met. He will be a great father. I envision him patiently helping a child with homework or cheering him or her on during a soccer game. Our journey to parenthood has had its ups and downs, which has only made us stronger. We cannot wait to share our lives and hearts.
Brendan about Elizabeth: Elizabeth is going to be an amazing mother! Whenever we visit family she gravitates towards kids and she’s always the adult who plays games with them. She’s creative and has decorated our home with amazing craft projects.
Our Extended Families and Holidays
We both come from very large, loving families and family is very important to us. Since most of our family lives within a few hours’ drive, we spend as much time as we can with them.
Between the two of us we have 14 nieces and nephews which makes the holidays interesting and fun! There is no doubt this baby will have lots of love and attention from grandpa, grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins. Both sides of the family cannot wait to have a new family member take part in the holiday traditions such as putting candles in bedroom windows at Christmas, hunting for eggs at Easter, and enjoying amazing food at holiday dinners.
Our Adoption Story
We believe your baby’s story is something to celebrate. We want to share their adoption story from the beginning and talk about you and reinforce your love for this child. He or she will know they came into our world as a gift of love from their birth parents and that you wanted only the best for him or her.
Our Home and Neighborhood
We live on a quiet, friendly street. Our house is colonial-style home with a large yard where we have begun to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers. We have plenty of room inside and outside to share with a child!
We also live right near two playgrounds and the one right around the block features a water spray area for hot summer days, play areas and a basketball court.
Our home is within walking distance to a great elementary school and we live near a walking trail that takes you straight into our pretty town, so we can go to the movies, enjoy a good meal or get some yummy ice cream cones.
How We Met
We have an old-fashioned love story. We were high school sweethearts; when we were finally married at age 30, it was no surprise that our wedding song was “At Last.” We consider ourselves lucky that we took the time to build our life together. It made our love for each other stronger.
Chris is a logical thinker; Jen is all passion. Chris can be the even-tempered Irishman and Jen, the hotheaded Italian. Together we have figured out how to marry our traits.
Jen says: Chris is outgoing, thoughtful and kind. He is the first person to offer his help when anyone needs something. He is quite the handyman, having rehabbed a lot of projects in our home. He loves sports and watches and plays sports all year round.
Chris works for the National Park Service, as a Supervisory U.S. Park Ranger, Law Enforcement. The opportunity to work for the National Park Service is very special for him. It allows him to combine his goal of working in law enforcement and helping people with his love of the outdoors and interest in the American story.
Chris says: Jen is patient, giving and loves exploring life. Jen loves spending time with family and friends, especially her nieces and nephews! Being from a big Italian family, she enjoys cooking and baking. She grew up on the ocean and loves anything water or beach related. Jen loves to laugh and will try anything once.
Jen is a pediatric occupational therapist, working with children with special needs. She works for a local school district. Jen plans to take time off from her job when it’s time to be at home with our child.
What We Do For Fun
We are sports fanatics and love our home sports teams. We also like to try new foods and travel to different places and can’t wait to share this with our child. We enjoy spending weekends at the family beach house and have recently taken up kayaking. We are both avid readers and look forward to sharing our love of learning with our child.
Family and Holidays
We come from large families and see them frequently. We have eight nieces and nephews ranging in age from 10 years to 10 months old. Everyone is super excited to meet the newest member of the family! There is always a party happening, whether it’s a birthday or holiday gathering. In the summer, we get together regularly with the entire family at the beach. Christmas is spent with both sides of our family. We get two Christmas trees, one for inside and one for outside the house, we enjoy the decorating. Our favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, we host family in our home and Chris cooks the delicious turkey and his legendary stuffing while Jen cooks stuffed shells because no Thanksgiving is complete without an Italian course!
Where We Live
Our home is an expanded ranch, all one floor living with an open floor plan. It sits on a large lot, with our backyard extending into a wooded area. We have plenty of room to run and play. We like spending time having cookouts in our backyard and swimming in our pool. We absolutely love our neighborhood and feel lucky to live where we do. There is a mix of families; many with small children. We are walking distance to the elementary school and playground. Our town has a large lake, designed specifically for family friendly swimming and a park with great hiking trails.
We have always felt a strong desire to be parents. While we love being the Uncle and Aunt, we are ready to be Mom and Dad. From early on, we plan to share our child’s story through the use of bedtime stories and discuss adoption openly. When our child is older with questions of their own, we will be there to fully support them. The ability to adopt a child, to love them, watch them grow and teach them, would be the greatest gift we could ever receive.
Who we are:
We first met briefly at work, but never really interacted until the administrative assistants in each of our departments consorted to arrange a date between the two of us. They gave Ryan Melissa’s phone number and he nervously called to invite Melissa on a date. Melissa happily accepted and they walked around Newport, Rhode Island all day, which is beautiful and romantic in the summer. Within a few months of dating, we realized that life would be incomplete without each other, and we fell in love. We both realized that we really enjoyed each other’s company, sharing the same values and wanting a family someday. We were married, and have been inseparable, best friends ever since.
Ryan is a Project Manager and Melissa is a Reliability Engineer. After the new baby arrives, Ryan plans on staying home full time.
Qualities we see in each other:
Melissa says “Ryan is a kind and thoughtful husband. He has the greatest sense of humor, and we have a lot of laughs together every day. Best of all, he is an amazing and loving dad.”
Ryan says, “From the day we met, Melissa and I have been the best of friends. She is the first person I talk to when I have a tough decision to make. She is the person I know I can always count on, and the person I know who can always cheer me up.”
Special activities we look forward to doing with our child:
We will instill a joy of learning and connecting with others as we do with our daughter, Gabby. We read books at bed time, sing songs and dance around to music together. We enjoy the playground or hiking with the jogging stroller through the local state park, picking vegetables from the garden, and baking yummy treats. We also like traveling to new places or to visit family in different parts of the country. Your child would do fun children’s projects at church during service, where we volunteer. We feel it’s important to volunteer and to help those in need, which we have found, gives a sense of peace and fulfillment.
Family & holiday gatherings:
We visited grandparents in Kansas City early this summer for a family reunion and it was a lot of fun! In the summer we really enjoy having family and friends over for swimming in the pool and grilling barbecue chicken or burgers. Our new child will join Gabby in having cousins that they’ll see often and lots of aunties and grandparents that can’t wait to spend time with them.
On Christmas Eve, we go to Ryan’s aunt and uncle’s house for the evening, spending quality time with the family. We unwrap gifts and have Swedish traditional holiday food and baked treats. We stay up until midnight and still track Santa on the internet. Christmas day we exchange gifts together with Ryan’s sister and have a big French toast breakfast. Then, we go over to Melissa’s parents’ house for dinner and have a smorgasbord and exchange presents.
Our home and neighborhood:
We live in a large cape style home in a quiet neighborhood. There is a private backyard with a pool which is fenced in, with woods behind it. Our town has a great school system and there are several playgrounds and parks to hike in. We have friendly neighbors, some of whom have small children.
We enjoy being outside and fitness is important to us. We enjoy running , hiking, gardening and baking.
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.
We initially met as friends at work at a biotech company. We got to know each other and a very strong bond formed between us. Christine now manages technology for a large investment firm, and Steve works as a Scientist at a company that contributes to finding cures for diseases such as Alzheimer’s , cancer, and diabetes.
We really enjoy staying active – biking in the summer, skiing in the winter and although we both like running, Steve is the marathoner in our family. Christine enjoys cooking healthy meals, gardening and decorating our home for the holidays. When she needs some downtime, she loves curling up under a warm, fuzzy blanket to watch a movie. And of course, every girl loves a good day out shopping with girlfriends! Steve enjoys a mixture of active hobbies and relaxation as well. He likes watching football, fishing and attending sporting and music events with family and friends. Steve taught his children how to snowboard and can’t wait to teach our new child how to ski and/or snowboard!
Qualities we see in each other:
Christine about Steve: I admire Steve’s intelligence, focus, and kind heart. Steve is very level-headed and understanding, a good father, and a good husband. He is goal oriented while maintaining a healthy balance of work, family, friends, hobbies, and having fun and relaxing.
Steve about Christine: I love Christine’s goal-oriented nature, balanced with her kindheartedness. Christine has repeatedly demonstrated unique focus and drive – on her own at a relatively young age, financed her own way through college, obtained a Master’s degree in genetics, and successfully shifted into a computer/information-technology career. Christine gravitates towards kids, engages them in a fun and heartfelt way, and will be an amazing mother.
Our extended families and holidays:
We treasure the time spent with our families, with major get-togethers at Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter, plus various birthday parties and graduations. Several years we have also rented a ski house together with Steve’s brothers and their families for a fun week together hanging out and on the ski-slopes. The new family member would be a treasured addition for grandparents, 4 pairs of aunts and uncles, and 8 cousins!
Our home and neighborhood:
We live on a quiet, friendly street, in a nice neighborhood with about 25 other families including many children. Our house is walking distance to the elementary school next door, where there are playgrounds and athletic fields. Our house is a colonial-style, including a large family room with high ceilings, and a finished basement with a home gym and a workshop. The yard is large, about 1 acre, and great for playing catch and football. The home provides warmth and plenty of room both inside and out for a child to play.
I have wanted to be a mother for as long as I can remember. My path to parenthood has not been an easy one. I was married for several years to a kind, wonderful, and loving man. Sadly he became ill and passed away before we were able to have a child together. Since his passing, I have been working hard to make single motherhood a real possibility for me. I am ready to welcome a child into my life and to fully enjoy and embrace being a single mother. Adoption has always seemed like an ideal plan to me as I want to provide a fantastic home for a child while fulfilling my dream to become a mother. I am a pediatric nurse at one of the premier hospitals in Boston. I have flexible hours and colleagues that are so supportive of my becoming a mother. I can’t tell you how many other nurses there will be waiting to help care for the baby I adopt!
I enjoy many activities that I look forward to sharing with my child. These include spending time with my friends, most of whom have children. We enjoy going to the zoo, beach, playgrounds, local farms, skating, and visiting the Children’s Museum. It will be such a gift to me to finally have a child of my own to share these precious moments with.
Extended family & holiday gatherings:
I come from a large family-- I am the youngest of six siblings and family has always been really important to me. My child will have 11 cousins, 10 aunts and uncles and 2 grandparents. They are all eagerly waiting to babysit! Christmas is the big holiday for my family. It is a big celebration and gathering. The children bring the holidays to life! I also look forward to baking cookies, pies and cakes with my child for Thanksgiving, New Year’s and birthdays.
I will openly share my child’s adoption story with him or her. I will tell my child that he or she is loved by not one but two families—the one that gave birth and made a huge sacrifice for their baby’s future and the one that has longed to raise a child from her heart. Although I can’t make this emotional time any easier for you, I can promise you that your baby will be loved unconditionally and 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.
Home and Neighborhood:
I have a lovely home in a safe, secure and family oriented area that is a wonderful place to raise a child. We will be near an excellent elementary school and a short walk from lovely parks. There are lots of young families in my neighborhood with children. Every afternoon, my home is filled with laughter from the children playing out in the yard. I can’t wait for them to play together.
When I’m not teaching, I enjoy going to the beach, hanging out at my sister’s pool, or going for boat rides. These are some of my favorite things to do. I also enjoy music and going to concerts. Baking and making batches of Christmas cookies for friends and family is also a favorite pastime. In college, I was an art history major, so I enjoy attending museum exhibits, or working on my own drawings or sketches.
My favorite outdoor activities are going for long walks with my friendly dog, Dudley, canoeing, hiking, and bike rides, and occasionally ice skating. I am also an avid reader and enjoy a good mystery or historical fiction. Early American history is one of my favorite subjects to teach so I love visiting historical homes or antique shopping too.
Activities I look forward to:
I look forward to becoming a mother and going to the park, flying kites and teaching my new child to climb a tree and ride bikes.
I also can’t wait to spend the day at the beach swimming and building sandcastles. I look forward to traveling to Maine visiting my favorite places where I spent my summers as a child. In the Fall we will go on hayrides, pick apples, carve pumpkins, and go trick or treating. In the winter, I can’t wait to build snowmen, make snow angels, go sledding or just stay inside with a warm fire, watching the snow fall while drinking a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Additionally, I am looking forward to trips to the science museum, aquarium or children’s museum. Taking trips to the zoo or going to the theater to see great plays and musicals like the Nutcracker or Peter Pan are just some of the other things I’m looking forward to.
Extended family & holidays:
My immediate family is made up of myself, my sister and brother-in-law and my Father and of course, my dog Dudley and cat Stormy. I have quite a few cousins and they all have many children and everyone is so excited about my adoption plans and cannot wait to welcome a new baby into our family!
The fourth of July is a big holiday for my family as we have a big reunion every year. The town has fun activities planned all week that we attend such as the Doll Carriage Parade and Decorating Contest, a local road race, pie eating contests and much more. Thanksgiving is usually at my cousins with everyone catching up, playing basketball, watching old movies and the Macy’s Parade. I host Christmas at my house and it is always very merry and festive!
My home and neighborhood:
My home is a warm and inviting Cape Cod style house. I have three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a fireplace and a basement that leads out to a great big backyard. I envision a swing set and a great slide! There is a new deck that I love to spend time on and decorate with flowers. My neighborhood is a quaint suburb, quiet and clean with lots of families, parks and playgrounds. We have farmer’s market every Sunday and the youth athletics organization is very popular. My neighbors are all warm and friendly people willing to help out when you need a hand.
We met through an online dating site. Russell says that when he saw Edye’s picture he had to contact her. On our first date Russell picked Edye up at her apartment and when the elevator door opened, our hearts skipped a beat. Our smiles got wider. Edye had always wanted to move to New York City to be closer to her sisters and experience life in the big city. Russell always said, “If it is meant to be I will come and get you.” A year later, Russell was making weekly trips from Boston to New York City and two years later we got engaged at Fenway Park where the Red Sox play baseball. We have been together for over 10 years!
Edye has been a Preschool Teacher for the past 15 years. She loves watching the children grow throughout the year. Her students learn about dinosaurs, outer space or workers in our community as well as all the skills necessary for development. Russell is a Manufacturing Representative for plumbing and heating supplies. Russell’s dynamic and outgoing personality makes him an amazing salesman. Edye will be staying home full time once our baby arrives.
What we do for fun:
We love having friends over to watch sports while barbequing on the grill. We have several TV’s in our living room so our home is a favorite for parties and celebrating Boston sports, such as the Red Sox recent World Series win. We live next to a park so we enjoy taking our loving and gentle dog Sienna on walks around the lake. We love music and seeing live concerts with some recent ones being Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, and Metallica.
Qualities we see in each other:
Edye says about Russell: I love his sense of humor, his laid back and relaxed personality, his value of friendship and family, and his way to make each person he meets feel special.
Russell says about Edye: Some of the things I love about her are that she has a silly and sweet personality. She wears her heart on her sleeve and has strong moral values. She is passionate about education and is a wonderful Auntie.
Our adoption story:
When we are placed with a child we plan on telling the child from the beginning that they are adopted. We will create our own “birth story” explaining to the child who their birth parents are, and how special they are to us. We think that it is important to be honest and open with our child. Just as there are Baby Books, our book will also include photos and memories of our child’s birth.
We live in a modern apartment building with concierge and 24 hour security. Our building has beautiful outdoor space such as a swimming pool, a dog park, and courtyard area with bbq-grills. We have a 2 bedroom apartment with an open floor plan. There are many families that live in our building and we are walking distance to many child friendly activities.
We have always talked about the many things we would do when we finally become parents. We can’t wait to hold our child, cuddle up and read stories, and watch our dog Sienna snuggling with him/her. We are looking forward to spending time with our families and having our 9 year old twin nieces teach and love our child. We are looking forward to watching our child sit, walk, and talk, have homework, learn how to drive a car, and live life to the fullest.
One day, Kevin went to Starbucks and Elizabeth walked in right behind him. After an awkward exchange, we traded telephone numbers. Our first date seemed to last for but a few moments, but before we knew it four hours passed. We knew from that time we found our soul mates, and after a whirlwind 8-month courtship, we were engaged. Eight months later, we were married! Our marriage is still going strong after almost eight years, and we both fondly remember our chance meeting at Starbucks!
Kevin about Elizabeth - I cannot imagine my life without Elizabeth. She is so open, warm, and genuine. As a Legal Recruiter, she meets numerous people as clients and candidates, but oftentimes they become friends. I am astounded by her energy – even with a busy job and serving on a board of directors and countless charitable commitments, she always has time to put family first.
Elizabeth about Kevin - Kevin is the light of my life. He is my rock, my sounding board, and the most kind person I have ever met. Kevin’s ability to find the good in everyone, his compassion, and his “glass half full approach” are just a few of my favorite things about him. Kevin is not afraid of hard work and operates with the highest ethics. Kevin would walk on broken glass for his family.
What we like to do for fun:
We both are lucky to have family summer houses by the ocean, and we look forward to going to the beach, having clambakes, and swimming in the brisk ocean. We both are avid readers, with Elizabeth reading a book a week, mostly centered on history, fashion and though she won’t admit it, the occasional “chick lit.” Kevin loves reading about American history as well as historical fictions. Kevin also runs for exercise, and periodically tries to relive his high school basketball glory days at the local YMCA!
Our extended family and wonderful family gatherings:
We are extremely fortunate that we come from close families. Kevin comes from a large family so there are numerous birthday parties, graduations, and family gatherings in which to celebrate. While Elizabeth is an only child, she has numerous cousins.
The Holidays are always a special time of year for us. While the gatherings seem to border on chaos (a “small” gathering is 30 people!), we have so much fun seeing everyone, seeing the kids play with one another (there are four nephews and nieces under five years old, with another on the way!), and celebrating together. Elizabeth decorates our home in a different way for every season. She has never met a Nutcracker decoration or piece of glitter that she does not like!
Our home and neighborhood:
We live in a colonial house with a fenced in backyard. Our neighborhood is filled with young families with children. Our school system is excellent and the elementary school is a short walk. We know our neighbors, and many weekends there are cookouts and gatherings
Kevin is looking forward to be the Dad his father was to him – coaching Little League and Basketball, providing advice, and always being there for him. Elizabeth is looking forward to nurturing just like her Mom – reading books together, baking cookies, and helping them grow to be a kind, caring person.
We will be open with our child about their adoption, for we have adoption stories on both sides of our family. Kevin has 2 cousins who are adopted and have families of their own, as well as a sixteen year-old niece who is adopted and is active in the Performing Arts. Elizabeth has an adopted cousin who is a whiz at electronics and is starting his own “home office installation” service.
We met in 2005 and after we went on our first date we never looked back! We were married on a beautiful July day in Cape Cod in 2007. We have been looking to grow our family since that beautiful July day 6 years ago.
Chris is an Inside Sales Representative. He is a natural salesman and flourishes in that environment. Katie is an in-house attorney at an insurance company. Her professional work focuses on product liability litigation for her client, a Fortune 500 company.
Qualities we see in each other:
Katie on Chris:
Chris makes me better at everything in my life and keeps me laughing at every twist and turn. I love his eternal optimism and his faith that we will have the family we both so desire. I love his openness and friendliness, there is not a man, woman or child he cannot befriend in a matter of minutes. I am a very lucky woman to be married to this man.
Chris on Katie:
My wife Katie is the love of my life, my rock, companion and partner in adventure. Our marriage is filled with love, compassion, understanding, mutual respect and fun. Some of the things I love about Katie are her intelligence, laughter and her love of life, children, and family. I especially enjoy Katie’s interaction with our nieces and nephews, and the pure joy she gives to them, and the joy that it brings her. I enjoy our “Sunday Drives” throughout New England. I enjoy this time together because it gives us a chance to bond, laugh and enjoy each other’s company.
Special activities we look forward to:
When we think of our future and what we will share with a child, we hear laughter. We see us at the beach. Cape Cod is a special place for us. It is where we got married and where we still vacation with Katie’s family every August. We want to share all of that with our child, building sand castles, chasing waves, sharing family dinners as we watch the sunset and talk about the activities for the next day. Even rainy days on Cape Cod are full of special memories for us, jigsaw puzzles, creating butterflies from coffee filters, curling up with a great book and making homemade ice cream. We want to create memories that we know will last a lifetime.
We also look forward to the little everyday things: bedtime stories, laughing through bath time, ending every day with a goodnight kiss and starting every morning with a hug. We cannot wait to grab Ernie, our golden retriever, and head to the park for time spent on the swings and that quick trip down the slide. Discovering the wonder of the world through this child is the greatest gift we can imagine.
Holidays with our families are loud and festive and full of love. There is a lot of sharing of stories and memories of holidays past. There is food and more food and even more laughter. Everyone gathers at the table to count our blessings and show or love and appreciation of those that mean the most, each other. The Grandparents, uncles, aunts and many cousins cannot wait to welcome a new member to the festivities!
Our home and neighborhood:
We live in a vibrant neighborhood in a historic seaside town. Neighbors gather on the historic Commons to allow children and dogs and adults alike to enjoy each other and our surroundings. The playground is a favorite gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. We feel like we have the best of both worlds a quick walk to our favorite cup of coffee or a great dinner and the common provides us the biggest backyard around.
We met in law school. We became more than friends when Jim picked Jen up at the airport one day, and cooked spaghetti and chocolate pecan pie.
Jim loved Jen’s sense of humor. She could take a joke and tease right back. Jim also loved how much fun Jen was; she always found new things to try, and she was always in great spirits.
Our friendship began very easily and naturally as classmates in law school, and one day Jen realized that she wanted Jim in her life for always.
Jim is a law professor and Jen is a lawyer for a large company. Jen will take 6 months of maternity leave when the baby arrives. Jim will take time off from teaching.
Qualities we like in each other:
Jim sees kindness, a sense of adventure and commitment in Jen. Jen sees Jim’s love of family, respect and kindness towards others, sense of humor intelligence and strength of will and ambition.
We enjoy exercising, reading, cooking and we always have fun watching very bad tv and movies.
We look forward to spending everyday family time together – reading a book, doing a puzzle, playing a game, sharing stories over dinner, making meals together, and playing in the backyard and nearby playgrounds. Some special activities include going to the zoo, decorating the house for Halloween, learning how to ride a bike, and flying in a plane to visit grandparents and cousins.
The new baby will have a big sister (she is so excited!), three first cousins, and a large extended family of second and third cousins. Many of these cousins will be just a couple of years older than the new baby. The grandparents, aunts and uncles can’t wait to spoil the new baby.
Cassie, our daughter, is already talking about all of the things she wants to do with her little brother or sister. She says that the baby can have the bed and room she used to sleep in. She also wants to take the baby bike riding, with the baby in a basket on the back of her bike (we had to tell her, gently, that would be too dangerous). She wants the baby to sit in her old car seat.
Christmas celebrations have 20-25 people, with about 7-8 of them younger than ten years old. There are always far too many desserts. Each summer, we spend a week at the beach in South Carolina with Jim’s family. There are games, sand castles, books, and music. Birthday celebrations with cousins, on Jen’s side of the family, involve weekends of parties, swimming, and watching movies.
Our home and neighborhood:
Our house has a big playroom in the basement, a back yard, and a flat driveway for games and skating. The baby will have his or her own bedroom. We decorate our house for holidays (ghosts in our yard at Halloween, a Christmas tree each year). There are lots of kids in our neighborhood. We are within walking distance of the library, a public outdoor pool, three playgrounds, and the Town Center where there is ice cream, pizza and a toy store.
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 shared a mutual friend for many years but never had the occasion to meet. So when our mutual friend bought a new home, we met at her housewarming party and it seemed like we had known each other forever. Dating seemed so natural because we shared so many common interests, values and goals. We are very fortunate to have found our best friend in each other.
Qualities we see in each other:
Liz says about Steve: He is a strong, confident and extremely social person that I admire very much. He can find humor in any situation and loves to make people smile. He goes out of his way to help family, friends and neighbors. He is always there to lend a helping hand. I know he is looking forward to be an active Dad that coaches our child’s sports teams and helps out on any school project. I know he will be an excellent role model for our child.
Steve says about Liz: I am often amazed at Liz’s energy and enthusiasm towards everything. She loves to be involved in our community whether it’s a small event or charity fundraiser. Liz is the friend, daughter, sister and aunt that you can count on to be there to celebrate your victories or support you in your time of need. She makes everyone feel welcome in our home and makes the little things so memorable. It is easy to see that she will be a loving and caring mother. I cannot imagine my life without her.
Holidays with the family:
Growing up we both enjoyed big holiday parties with our extended families. We loved it so much that now we host the holiday parties – Christmas, Easter, birthdays, 4th of July or “Cousins Day”. Enjoying time with our families is something that we cherish. We are also blessed to have family home on the water where everyone enjoys summer fun – sailing on our boat, going to the beach, fishing and cooking out. We can hardly wait to introduce our child to our families and create new family memories.
Our adoption story:
We believe it is important to share our child’s adoption story from the very beginning. Steven was adopted, and his parents created a beautiful handmade book that explained his adoption story. It provided Steve with a sense of security and love as he grew up. We will also create an adoption book for our child to help explain their own story. We want them to grow up feeling secure with who they are and know how much they are loved. It is very important to us to honor their story and to be there to answer any questions.
We live in a lively seaside community that is full of town pride and exciting family activities including parades, fireworks and many sporting events. Our home is a classic yellow colonial with a beautifully landscaped and fenced backyard. It is located walking distance to the town beach and charming town center. Our neighborhood association organizes really fun family activities and holiday celebrations including the annual Halloween costume parade and Christmas stroll. We love our town and know this will be a great place for our children to grow up and make lifelong friends.
We have known each other since meeting after college in Boston. We became close friends instantly because we enjoyed doing many of the same things. Life led us in different directions while Susanne lived in New York City and Christian moved back to his hometown of Washington, DC. We reunited in NYC in 2004, falling in love all over again and marrying a few years later. Our wonderful daughter Gabriella was born in 2009.
Susanne is an educator who has taught both at elementary and middle schools in NYC for over ten years. She also has a degree in special education and was teaching at a university in New York up until we moved to Boston. She has taken a break from teaching since they moved to Boston a year ago in order to have more time with their daughter. She plans to take more time off from work to be home with their next child. Christian worked at the United Nations for eight years but recently switched careers in order to take over Susanne’s father’s real estate business in Boston.
Qualities we see in each other:
We value our friendship and the fun we have together, and above all, we value family.
Christian says: Susanne is beautiful and smart. She is passionate and loyal, and family is one of the most important things in her life. She is a wonderful, loving wife and mother. She puts a lot of thought and effort into raising Gabriella, constantly ensuring that she has a fun and active life, and that she is always learning new things. She is a great cook, always whipping up healthy and delicious dishes. She enjoys celebrations and puts her heart into making every day extra special, whether it’s a birthday, Easter or just a sunny Saturday.
Susanne says : When I met up with Christian again in New York after a long time apart, it was like finding an old friend. He is the guy everyone loves--my family, my friends, our nephews and nieces. He is smart and personable and is very loyal to his family and friends. He is a “yes” person, always up for trying new things, which is a great match with me since I’m always dreaming up new experiences for us to enjoy. He is a very involved, loving father who races home from work so that he can play with Gabriella, or draw a picture with her and read her bedtime stories.
We have dreamed about having another child for a long time and we embrace the idea of adopting our next child. We will welcome him or her into our family with complete and unconditional love, just as we welcomed Gabriella from the moment she was born. Gabriella is so excited to have a sister or a brother! She will be the best big sister because she is loving, helpful and is crazy about younger kids.
What we do for fun:
We lead social, active lives, and love the outdoors, as well as new experiences. Some of our hobbies are traveling, biking, skiing, sailing, going to the theater and having dinner with friends.
We love exploring new places or going to shows, museums and the zoo. In the winter we love ice skating, skiing, sledding and making snowmen. In the summer we love to swim, build sandcastles at the beach, and take boat rides with Papa, Gabriella’s grandfather. We enjoy cooking and grilling BBQ dinners with friends and family. We love to travel and Gabriella has already traveled to Mexico, Italy, Disneyworld, and South Carolina!
Extended family and holidays:
We both come from large, loving, families who enjoy getting together, whether it is in the summers up in Maine or on Cape Cod, or over the holidays in Boston or Washington, D.C. It is a wonderful environment for a child to grow up with loads of cousins and aunts and uncles!
We love the holidays, especially Christmas! We celebrate with delicious dinners and music together with our families, with a pack of cousins of all ages running around enjoying the fun! We even went to Italy last summer where we reunited at the seaside with all of Christian’s Italian aunts, uncles, cousins and cousin’s children… Gabriella had a wonderful time with her cousins and came back speaking a bit of Italian!
Our home and neighborhood:
Our home is a lovely four-bedroom colonial with a great backyard on a quiet, tree-lined street. Our neighbors are friendly and warm and always eager to help each other out or get together at a moment’s notice. There are kids running and playing in yards, and frequent neighborhood gatherings. The neighborhood has playgrounds, shops and restaurants within walking distance, as well as a nearby pool to cool off in the summer.
Our adoption story:
We support an open relationship with the birth family. We believe that the child should have a deep understanding of where they come from and who their birth parents are, as well as an understanding of the love that went into making the plan for adoption. We will always speak of the birth parents with love and respect, and their child will be raised to honor them.
We met in 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.
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 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.
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 extremely affectionate, caring, honest, and together we've become each other’s best friend.
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 new home this past year with both of our families followed by Christmas. Our child will have several cousins to welcome them into the family and 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 recently moved into 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. The house also has a large deck which is perfect for barbecuing, 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. It is a great place for kids, with face paintings, kid bands, sweets, and local baked goods.
Our Child’s Adoption:
Regarding our child’s adoption, we want them to understand how positive of an event it was. To help him or her understand it better, we’d like to create a scrapbook with as much information as possible about their past and the family they came from. We want them to understand that their journey started with your love and care and that you gave us the greatest, most precious gift. 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 comfortable with you.