I run my own consulting business, which means I’m my own boss – this is great for flexibility and raising a family. I help healthcare companies with strategic planning and public policy – that’s a complicated way of saying I help them figure out how to run a successful business!
I love to be outside -- swimming, paddle boarding, and hiking in the woods. And, of course, a good walk with my dog LULU is terrific! When I’m indoors, I love reading a great book and cooking for my friends and family. During a winter storm last week, a giant pot of chili was the perfect draw for everyone in the neighborhood!
Special activities I look forward to doing with my child:
I look forward to reading stories at bedtime, making dinner/baking cookies together, visiting children & art museums, going to the beach, playing sports, and traveling to different parts of the country and world.
Extended family and holidays:
I have two brothers and my mom and dad have been married for over 40 years. I also count my sister-in-law’s family as my own as we gather for holidays and have been close for over 20 years.
While I don’t have any “official” nieces and nephews, there will be lots of “cousins” around! First, MAX is my brother’s nephew and, as part of my extended family, will be a real cousin! Second, I have loads of close friends with children who call me “Aunt Claudine” – these kids will be “cousins” as well. They include Avery, Kirk, Hayden, Colton, Benjamin, Thomas, Erin, Maggie, and Brian.
Holiday gatherings are a blast! At Christmas this past year we gathered in North Carolina where my brother and sister-in-law live – my whole family was there, as well as my sister-in-law’s family which we consider our extended family. We had a great time cooking big meals, opening presents with Max (my “nephew”), taking long walks to work off our big meals, playing music, and exploring Asheville. I love my family!
My adoption story:
From the very beginning, I will make sure that adoption is part of my child’s story. As an infant and toddler, this will start with reading books about adoption. I am open to working with a birth mother on how they would like to stay in communication and, depending on this, I will continue to communicate with my child as these interactions occur. I am fortunate to have two close friends who have adopted recently – so, my child will not feel “different,” but equally special.
I am open to ongoing contact or meetings with birthparents. Because it’s such an important decision, I look forward to figuring out with birthparents the best decision for our families.
My home and neighborhood:
I live two blocks from the elementary school and have a great fenced-in backyard where barbecues take place in the summer. I love my house and, in preparation for a family, I have just renovated the kitchen and prepared a fun baby room!
I am SO fortunate to have a vibrant, wonderful community. One night, neighbors gathered at my house for take-out and assembled the crib for the baby’s room. And, while this was happening, another neighbor stopped by while walking with her dog. It’s a home with lots of activity and love. Lulu – my dog – is always looking out the window to welcome new friends!
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