Meet our Families!!

Your wishes for your baby are important to us and are always respected. Please take a few moments to meet our families and then we invite you to tell us about the kind of family you want for your baby.
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Mitch and Rebekah

Mitch and Rebekah

About Us

We are a happily married couple of almost 8 years who share our home with our puppies Slash & Jackson. Mitch is a mechanically minded Senior Program Coordinator at a flooring company whereas Rebekah talks big trucks to fleet customers working for a major US auto manufacturer.

Our Hobbies

We love as a couple to go hiking, kayaking, zip-lining and camping. We have been lucky enough to travel with some of our favorite spots being Azores, Portugal and Jamaica. Mitch likes projects including model building and puzzles whereas Rebekah loves to putter around her garden and cook for friends and family. Together we visit the TD Garden to watch our Boston Bruins play.

Qualities We See in Each Other

Mitch on Rebekah: “She is incredibly nurturing to everyone she meets. She is utterly fearless and takes on challenges head on with a good game plan. Rebekah is extremely passionate for what she believes in and extremely open minded.

Rebekah on Mitch: “Besides being the ying to my yang, I adore the way his little cousins light up around him. His logical approach to life is a complete balance to my sometimes outside the box thinking. He is humble, he is kind and he can make me laugh with only a look”.

Our Extended Family

We are blessed to have a very diverse group of friends and family that absolutely cannot wait for a new addition. Everyone is so excited to meet you.

Our Adoption Story

Due to medical reasons as a child, Mitch knew starting a family could be a struggle. Rebekah loved Mitch but perhaps didn’t understand how difficult this process would be. After years of struggles, failed treatments and disappointment, we decided adoption was our next step. Once that decision was made, it felt like the largest weight was lifted off our shoulders, we too could start a family. And that is where our story really begins…

Special Activities We Look Forward to Doing With Our Child

Singing lullabies and reading bedtime stories. Building pillow forts in the living room. Hiking and camping, witnessing through their eyes seeing something new. Playing sports out in the backyard with Mitch. Rebekah’s little chef in the kitchen, assisting in baking and cooking. Teaching them to ride a bicycle and help them with homework. Holidays are important to us here and filled with friends and family; we cannot wait for our baby to become a part of those long-standing family traditions.

Our Home and Neighborhood

We have a huge fenced-in backyard meant for exploration, especially in Rebekah’s flower garden. Mitch could take them adventuring  in the woods behind our backyard and go stomping through the stream. We have a rock meant to climb on, waiting on some little legs. Inside the home is cozy with a lot of loving, personal touches. The nursery is in a quiet room, towards the back of the house. The child will sleep to the sounds of crickets at night and birds chirping in the morning.

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Jonathan and Kristine

Jonathan and Kristine

About Us

We met in 2009 through our church. Jonathan had attended for many years and Kristine had just moved to the area.  Jonathan was a leader for an annual youth mission trip, doing home repairs for people who needed them, and Kristine volunteered to help as well.  Jonathan was impressed to find a woman who could swing a hammer, and after a while, he invited her to lunch after church. Kristine thought it was so sweet that he was being nice to the new girl!  One day, he invited her to hear one of his favorite bands.  One of her friends had to point out that it was a date!  Our love grew quickly and we were married in 2011.

We knew we wanted kids, and were blessed when Alexander was born 2014.  We fell in love with him even faster than we did with each other and looked forward to welcoming more children into our family.

Jonathan is an Electrical Engineer and Kristine is a part-time consultant and works mostly from home.  This allows a great deal of flexibility with caring for Alexander who is in preschool and loves it!  He is an expert at all things play.

Once the baby comes, Kristine will be home full time.  She can’t wait to be home with a baby.

Our Hobbies

Jonathan plays ultimate frisbee, basketball, and guitar.  Kristine enjoys camping and swimming.  Alexander loves swimming, coloring, playing with toys and watering the flowers in our yard.  Together, we like to hike (we have a baby backpack), go for bike rides (we have a bike trailer with room for two!), sing, eat ice cream, watch movies, and just sit in the Big Brown Chair with a book.  Curious George is a big favorite.

We believe it’s the love that makes the activities special, not the activities themselves.  We look forward to holding him or her, giving lots of hugs, reading to them, and singing with them.

Qualities We See in Each Other

Jonathan about Kristine: Kristine is who I’d been searching for my whole life.  I already mentioned the hammer part.  But she is also accepting, selfless, supportive, loving, patient and way more organized than I am.  Both I and Alexander are lucky to have her.

Kristine about Jonathan:  Jonathan is who I’ve been searching for my whole life too. He is patient, compassionate, gentle, loving and incredibly thoughtful.

Our extended family can’t wait for another member!

We have 10 siblings and step-siblings between us, yielding a total of 13 nieces and nephews.  Some of them are in their 20s and 30s and having their own kids – there are already 6 young cousins in the next generation, ranging from 4 months to 6 years old.  And there are two loving sets of grandparents who love to spoil their grand- (and great-grand-) babies!

We celebrate holidays with our family and our extended families are spread out, so holidays usually involve travel.  All the cousins want to see each other and we usually have many people converging from all over at Christmas and Thanksgiving.

We will share our adoption story with honesty and love.

Our story is simple.  Alexander understands the basics, even at four.  We love being parents, and are unable to have any more children.  So, we’re reaching out to someone who is going to have a child, but is not able to be a parent right now.  Together, we can create the best life we can for that child, because we all love him or her.

We want what is best for our child.  We’re completely new to adoption, but have been learning through the pre-adoption group about what it means to have an open relationship with birthparents.  We would like to work with the birthparents to set a level of contact that is beneficial to everybody involved.

Our Home & Neighborhood

Our home is perfect for raising a family.   It is warm and comfortable, and our neighborhood has young children. We can walk to the library and a couple of different playgrounds.  We have a sunny playroom next to the kitchen, where Alexander can play and keep an eye on mom’s cooking at the same time!  We enjoy playing outdoors in our big yard, where there is a sandbox and climber, and plenty of room to run.  We like to plant flowers.  This year we planted pumpkin seeds, and we are hoping to have a pumpkin to carve this fall!  For adventures, we walk down to the little stream at the far end of our yard to throw sticks, look for frogs and listen to the birds.  It is very peaceful.

At the end of the day, we snuggle up and enjoy books together. Big brother has been practicing his reading, and can’t wait to read bedtime stories to the new baby!

We wish you well as you make your way through this journey.  We imagine it is difficult and we hope to have given you some insight as to who we are.

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Artug and Lorie

Artug and Lorie

About us

Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We are Lorie and Artuğ (pronounced Artoo). We met on a blind date in 2012 and have been together ever since, though our first date almost didn’t happen!  Artuğ chose a really quaint bar/restaurant for us, but it had no signs outside or even a street number! Lorie kept circling the block trying to find it, while Artuğ thought he was being stood up!  Fortunately, for both of us, Artuğ was patient and Lorie eventually found it. Once we met, we ended up talking for hours!  Lorie remembers feeling more comfortable with Artuğ than she had on any other first date and Artuğ remembers Lorie seeming generally interested in getting to know him. We both remember a lot of laughter.

We had been dating for two years when Artuğ brought Lorie back to the place of their first date to propose.  We were married in 2015 on a beautiful spring day in an outdoor ceremony, surrounded by our family and friends. We tried to create a day that would be special and meaningful for everyone which included bilingual programs/menus, a children’s room with games, music and personalized cupcakes, and gifts we made ourselves for each of our guests.  It was an amazing way for us to start our life together.

Lorie is a physician specializing in internal medicine, geriatrics (caring for older adults) and palliative care (caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses). She feels privileged to be able to care for patients and their families when they are quite vulnerable. Artuğ is a Product manager for a high-tech company with a background in Mechanical and Software Engineering.  He feels lucky to have a job where he can problem solve through creativity and teamwork.

Our Hobbies

We both love to spend time outdoors: hiking, kayaking, playing tennis or biking. During the summer, we drive to Cape Cod where we explore seaside towns, camp in tents and enjoy the beaches. Having grown up by the sea, Artuğ loves anything to do with the water including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing. Lorie loves anything related to music and dance, is a certified Zumba instructor and plays violin.  This has inspired Artuğ to learn piano and we now own one!  We both love to travel and have a great time together as we visit new places around the world.  Artuğ is definitely the chef of the family and Lorie likes to take on interior design projects in the home.

Qualities we see in each other

In Lorie’s words, “I have never met anyone who knows how to make the most of every moment, the way Artuğ does.  He is always coming up with new experiences for us. I am grateful to have him in my life, both for the adventures he creates and for his positive and loving nature. Artuğ also loves to learn which inspires me to continue expanding my knowledge. He is passionate about cooking, putting love (and deliciousness) into everything he makes. He understands the close relationship I have with my parents and is a wonderful son-in-law. I feel incredibly grateful to have him as my husband and I know he will be an amazing father.”

In Artuğ’s words, “Lorie is the most caring person I know, always thinking about other people and showing compassion in situations that others might overlook.  She is incredibly loving and smart, a combination I feel so lucky to have found. I often refer to her as my ‘subconscious’ because she helps me think through situations in a way that is supportive and calming. She has also expanded my world by introducing me to new music and art.  She is so considerate towards my family and I love how she interacts with our niece. Lorie is my best friend and I know she will be a wonderful mother.”

Activities we look forward to doing with our child

We both look forward to sharing the beauty of nature with our child.  We could imagine hiking and camping (with s’mores, of course) becoming a family tradition. We will share the fun of going to the beach, building sand castles, playing in the water, and taking sailing trips.  We would love to teach our child tennis (Lorie taught tennis to children during her college summers) or any sport that he or she might enjoy. There will inevitably be a lot of singing and dancing in our home. We also can’t wait to travel together as a family, introducing new and unique experiences to our child. Reading together will also be a family event and we can’t wait to find favorite bedtime stories.  While we will share our interests with our child, we truthfully can’t wait to see what our child finds meaningful to him or her and support those interests.

Extended Family

Both of our parents can’t wait to become grandparents (for Lorie’s parents it will be their first grandchild!) We are both very close to our parents and it is important to us that our child will have strong relationships with all of them.  Artuğ’s brother and sister-in-law are eager to become an aunt and uncle and our niece, Maya is so excited to have a first cousin.  She is already imagining the books she will read to our child and the games they will play! We have a large extended family who will welcome our child with open hearts. We are already honorary ‘aunt and uncle’ to many of our friends’ children, and they can’t wait for us to have a child to add to this second extended family.

Holiday Gatherings

Our holidays are usually a time for us to bring family and friends together.  We have a lot of fun celebrating, whether it’s watching fireworks, carving pumpkins, decorating a tree, or baking birthday cakes! We love to host people at our home (Lorie decorates for the holiday and Artuğ does a lot of the cooking).  Our favorite holiday is Thanksgiving when we have our parents, family and close friends at our home.  Artuğ cooks a beautiful turkey and Lorie and her dad prepare traditional family recipes of stuffing and cranberry sauce.  We love having everyone come together for great food, story-telling, and lots of laughter.  We are sure that having a child will create memorable new holiday traditions!

Adoption Story

Our ability to grow our family through adoption is a true gift based on love, and we want our child to feel that as well. It is incredibly important to us that our child hears his or her adoption story from day one. In our family, we will explain to our child that the decision made by our child’s birth parents was done with the greatest amount of love and consideration for him or her. We will answer any questions honestly, sensitively, and of course age-appropriately.  Most importantly, we will strive to understand what meaning our child is trying to make through his or her questions, so we can be as supportive and informative as possible.  It is our promise to always refer to our child’s birth parents with gratitude, love and respect.

Open Adoption

We want to create a supportive environment that will allow a future relationship to develop between our child and his/her birth parents if that is what our child and his/her birth parents desire.  As far as we are concerned, the more love to go around, the better.

Home and Neighborhood

We live in a very sunny two-level home with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.  People often comment on how warm and welcoming our home feels when they first visit which is what we always wanted.  We have two big decks where we often eat meals, grow herbs and vegetables, and host family and friends. Our neighborhood offers us the best of both worlds. We are in an urban environment with easy access to shops, theater, museums, sporting events, universities, and restaurants.  But, when you turn down our street you would never know this. We are on a quiet side street with a beautiful park and playground around the corner. Our neighborhood is very child-friendly, known for its great schools and short walks to libraries, parks, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts.  We are also within walking distance of a river where we can rent boats, ‘quack’ at the ducks and watch the sailboats go by.  We can’t wait to bring a child into our home and our community!

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Mark and Wendy

Mark and Wendy

About Us:

Wendy is a Second Grade Teacher and Mark is a Financial Analyst.

We met online over 10 years ago and have been married almost 9. Our first date was at a sports bar watching a basketball game and eating dinner.  We had great conversation and planned another date that same week.

Our Hobbies:

Wendy enjoys spending time with Gabriella especially all summer being a teacher.  We enjoy going to the beach, travelling.  Wendy also likes to garden, go to the gym, as well as go to sporting events and concerts.

Mark enjoys spending time with Gabriella and taking her to the playground.  He enjoys watching and playing sports.  He likes going to the gym as well as travelling and going to sporting events and concerts.

Qualities We See in Each Other:

Wendy about Mark: Mark is the most caring person I have ever met.  He is very close with his family and would give anyone the shirt off his back.  He is loving, calm, honest and has a great sense of humor.  I love the way he connects with our daughter.  They have a very special bond that reminds me of the bond between my Dad and I.  I love how Mark surprises me with dinner and all of us with vacations.  I always tell him he should work as a travel agent.  Every time we go on vacation everything is planned perfectly.  Not only do I love having him as my life long partner, I love him even more seeing him as a dad.

Mark about Wendy: Wendy is caring, patient and always makes me laugh with her funny sarcastic sense of humor & outgoing personality.  She is always the one that lights up the room and makes everyone laugh when we are with a group of people.  Wendy is undoubtedly the best Mother and Wife. Words cannot describe the bond between Wendy and our daughter. Wendy brings out the best in me and constantly inspires me to be a better person. She cares about every single child she teaches like they are her own.  She always finds a way to bring the best out in every child and finds something special about each one.

Special Activities We Look Forward to Doing With Our Child:

Currently we do so many fun and exciting things with our daughter.  We can’t wait to add to the excitement with another child.  We will continue to travel to different places.  Gabriella has been on a plane 5 times and is only 2 ½.  She has been to Disney World, Mexico and on a cruise.  We can’t wait for a sibling to join her in the fun.  We love going on day trips to the museum, aquarium and water park.

Holiday Gatherings:

Our holiday gatherings our huge.  We recently had a family reunion weekend with 51 relatives.  Most of our holidays include at least 20 people.  Her grandparents and aunts and uncles love spending time with her for every holiday. We have so many laughs, play games and Gabriella gets to play with all of her cousins.  We always look forward to the next holiday gathering.

Our Home & Neighborhood:

We have the most amazing neighborhood.  There are eight families with children that we are incredibly close with.  We go to birthday parties, have barbecues, play dates and swim frequently.  We also go to the beach and take vacations together.  We get together on Halloween and go trick-or-treating.  We also spend the 4th of July together at the beach watching the fireworks.  Our daughter absolutely loves all the kids in the neighborhood with ages ranging from 1 years old to 11 years old.

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Alain and Celia

Alain and Celia

About Us

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us! We met in Rwanda, where Alain is from, and now live full time in Boston.  Alain is a doctor and Celia is a PhD student in education. We live with our very naughty cat Pickles and are so excited to become parents.

Our Story

We met in rural Rwanda. We were both working at a hospital there, Alain as a doctor and Celia in medical education. We met in the large dining hall where all the staff gathered in the evening for meals.

I (Celia) fell in love with Alain immediately. He is such a warm, thoughtful, caring, funny person, and I could see that from the first time we met at the dining hall, where he put everyone at ease.

I (Alain) quickly fell in love with Celia too, as I found her easy laughter, her sense of humor, and her generosity irresistible.

It took us two years to begin dating, though. All of our colleagues and friends used to tease us that we should get together, and although we denied it, we eventually admitted that they were right!

Our Hobbies

We share the same hobbies – we love to spend time outdoors, hiking and riding bikes. Alain is also a runner and Celia loves to swim. We also love to travel the world and learn new languages. When we’re home, our favorite activities are cooking together, reading, and playing with our very naughty cat, Pickles.

Qualities We See in Each Other

There are so many things I love about Alain. First, he is kind and gentle with everyone, always seeing the best in those around him. I also love the relationships he has with his huge family, particularly his young nieces. He is always curious and eager to learn new things, qualities that make him a great doctor, adventurer and partner.

Celia is the most generous person I know. I’m inspired by how she always puts others before herself. I also love how passionate and fearless she is in pursuing her dreams. Her ability to form and maintain friendships and her care for her family are also incredible and mean that our home tends to be filled with loved ones.

Our Extended Family

Alain has 6 siblings, 6 aunts and uncles and 60 cousins! They live in Rwanda, and many have come to visit us and we visit them too. Celia has a brother, 6 cousins, lots of aunts and uncles and her paternal grandparents, and we spend time with them at holidays and other celebrations. All of our family members are excited for a new addition to the family.

Our Adoption Story

Celia was diagnosed with a heart condition when she was four months old. Although the doctors repaired her heart, she always knew that it would be unsafe for her to give birth to a child, and she has been excited to adopt since she was very young. Alain has always wanted to be a father and adoption seems like the perfect way to make that dream come true. We are thrilled to start this lifelong journey together!

Holiday Gatherings

We are lucky to have family in many places and we divide our holiday times between Boston and Alabama, where Celia’s family lives, and Rwanda, where Alain’s family lives. In all places, we are often the ones making the pie. Yum.

Our Home & Neighborhood

We live in a sunny three-bedroom home with a large backyard. We are in a family-friendly neighborhood in Boston that is full of diverse families, and we are walking distance from two children’s libraries, a public pond and a forest, which we like to explore in sun and snow. We also love living here because we can access all the great things that Boston has to offer, such as museums, parks and cultural activities, even while living in a quiet and green part of the city. We think it’s a great place to raise a child!

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Dan and Jinrong

Dan and Jinrong

About Us:

We met using an on-line dating service! At first, we weren’t sure about a “relationship” together, but enjoyed our time together so we decided we would just hang out as friends and see what happened. After hanging out together on numerous occasions, we were becoming more than friends and fell in love with each other. It was awesome that, even though we were culturally polar opposites, we had personalities that just worked together. In 2013, we moved in together and got married 4 years later.

Jinrong is an entrepreneur, and Dan works for a major University.

Jinrong is planning on being a stay-at-home mother if we’re lucky enough to adopt a child. Dan would also take some time off initially to be with the baby.  Dan has great time-off flexibility from his job which will allow him more time to be involved with our child’s daily life.

Our hobbies:

Jinrong loves to walk, jog, cook, play tennis, go to shows, and spend time with friends.  Dan enjoys working out, fishing, playing/watching sports, and anything related to music.

Together, we enjoy going to shows, restaurants, and long walks around the city.  We are very adventurous and love to travel and explore the world together.

Qualities we see in each other:

Dan has a big heart, is very smart, and is an awesome person! He regularly donates blood platelets at the local Children’s Hospital and has donated to numerous charities over the years. He respects and embraces different people and cultures.  He also has a great sense of humor and we belly laugh daily.

Jinrong is a very strong person. She left China by herself and moved to the US to try and better her life.  She worked hard, held a professional job, and eventually opened up a small restaurant all on her own. She is relentless in the pursuit of her goals.

Our adoption story:

We truly want to have a family and although it would have been great to have children of our own, we knew that it was a long shot and always had adoption as a possibility.  If we are lucky enough to be chosen, we will do everything in our power to be great adoptive parents to your child, love them unconditionally, and raise them as our own.  We will positively teach them about their birth parents, so they know who and where they came from.  We will do our best to help them understand the sacrifices you made for their future.

Activities we look forward to:

We want to share all of our hobbies with our child, especially our love for travel.  We look forward to raising our child to be bi-lingual (English/Mandarin Chinese) and to have them experience, appreciate, and respect people from different cultures.  We’d like to provide a stable upbringing, stressing education along with extracurricular activities such as music, sports, or other things that might interest them.  We’d love to see them get a college education and become well-rounded adults and productive citizens.  But we also want them to laugh every day and enjoy life!

Extended family & holidays:

Our families are in different parts of the world, but we try to see them as often as we can.  Dan has a sister close by and two biological adult sons from a previous marriage that are relatively close by.  On all major Holidays, we try to get together with as many of them as possible to celebrate.  We can’t wait to create new special moments and memories with our child.

Our home & neighborhood:

We have an apartment in a large, diverse, city.  Our complex has over 100 children living there at any given time. There are 4 playgrounds, a children’s playroom, basketball courts and plenty of greenspace to run around in.  There’s also a river across the street from us and a park.  Our community is very vibrant with many restaurants, parks, libraries, museums, major league sports teams, and other cool activities.

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Matt and Tricia

Matt and Tricia

About Us

Hello! Thank you for taking some time to learn a little about us! We are Trish and Matt. We are a young, energetic couple and we are very excited about starting our family through adoption. We are surrounded by a supportive network of friends and family and we are lucky enough to be called Auntie, Uncle, and Godparents to amazing children in our lives. We have a puggle named Emmett who keeps us very busy and active.

Matt is a middle school science teacher and he enjoys creating new, fun experiments to help his students learn about science. He has spent many years coaching the boys’ soccer team and the girls’ softball team, as well as the competitive science team. Trish is an executive recruiter for hospitals and health systems and she takes great pride in helping healthcare organizations find outstanding leaders. She has a lot of flexibility with her job and works from home which will give her the opportunity to be with the baby.  Trish can’t wait to become a mother and Matt will be a fantastic dad.

We met on a blind date in the spring of 2013. Our friends from work set us up because they knew we had common interests and active lifestyles. We spent the summer getting to know each other – taking trips to the beach, going on bike rides, and cheering on Boston sports teams. We dated for about a year and a half before we got engaged. Matt proposed at the midway point in a half marathon. He told Trish he had a rock in his shoe and when Trish came over to check on him, he gave her the rock!  We got married 4 months later in the winter of 2015 on Valentine’s Day weekend – during a blizzard! It was very romantic, and all of our family and friends made the wedding – it was a very special, memorable weekend!

Our Hobbies

We both enjoy being active and exploring the outdoors – whether it be cross country skiing, hiking with our puggle, Emmett, going for a bike ride, or spending a day at the beach with family. We also love to travel and look forward to more family-friendly, local trips in the next few years as we grow our family. We both love sports and grew up playing soccer.

Qualities We See in Each Other

Trish about Matt: I feel so lucky to have met Matt and to have him as my husband! He is compassionate, thoughtful, patient, affectionate, handy, and he is always trying to make me laugh and smile! I cannot imagine navigating life’s challenges without him. Matt is naturally a very positive, balanced individual. He is the steady rock in our relationship, especially in the last few years as we have dealt with so much loss. I am very grateful for his strength. Matt also brings out the best in me and constantly inspires me to be a better person. When I see how kind and genuine he is to me and with everyone around him, it compels me to be a better person too.

Matt about Trish: I have seen the inner strength Trish possesses and it is truly inspirational.  When a challenge arises, Trish excels at putting together a plan and executing the solution. I can only imagine how awesome Trish will be as a mom.  She is an outgoing person, who is thoughtful and caring.  She brings warmth to any room she walks in and will provide nothing but comfort and love to a child.  She also gives the best hugs. When I went on a blind date 5 years ago, little did I know that I would fall in love with a woman who would inspire, motivate, and challenge me to be a better person and man.  As time has gone on we continue to learn about each other, grow closer, and understand the ways we complement each other as partners and, hopefully soon, as parents.

Extended Family & Holidays

We have a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins – who make family gatherings a top priority for us! We are very lucky because many of our family members live nearby so we get to see each other often.

We never miss a chance to celebrate birthdays or holidays with our friends and family. Most holidays are filled with many family members gathered around an extended table to enjoy a delicious meal. Every Christmas we have a big family party complete with an annual Yankee swap and a candy filled piñata for the kids!

Our Adoption Story

We believe the decision to create an adoption plan is an extraordinary act of love by the birthmother and birthfather. We will start to talk about our child’s adoption from the very beginning of their life, so they know that adoption is a positive and special experience for everyone involved. We will be honest and positive about the adoption in hopes that our child understands that he or she is loved — not only by us, his/her adoptive parents, but also by their birthparents who chose to give him/her life and make an adoption plan.

We recognize that it is tremendously difficult for birthparents to consider developing an adoption plan for their child, but that for various reasons it may be the best decision for the child. If having ongoing contact makes this decision easier for the birthparents, we will gladly remain in contact if that is what you would like, and we are definitely open to ongoing contact or meetings.

Our Home & Neighborhood

We live in a two-story, tan-colored cape-cod style home. Our house has four bedrooms and two baths and is located in a quiet, safe, family-friendly neighborhood. We live near a state university and a number of parks. We also have a large, fenced-in backyard with raised beds for a vegetable garden. When the weather is warm, we enjoy grilling and hanging out on the deck or in the sunroom. Our neighborhood is filled with the laughter of children and wonderful families.  Trick or treating is great fun in our neighborhood.

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Ricky and Laura

Ricky and Laura

About Us:

We met in college in 2005 in Paramedic class. Ricky sat behind Laura, and we spent a lot of time together because it was a small group. Having many mutual interests and hobbies grew our love, and 4 short years later we got married! We make a great team and balance each other well. Ricky is a Firefighter / Paramedic for the town he grew up in and Laura is a nurse at a local emergency department. With our very accommodating schedules one of us is always at home with our daughter Ava who is 20 months old.

Qualities we see in each other:

Laura about Ricky-- "Ricky has a huge heart and will do anything for someone he cares about. He is strong, intelligent and hardworking. He amazes me every day with his knowledge base and his ability to fix almost anything. He is such a great father and his love for Ava is unmatched. She lights up every time she sees him and they have a special bond”.

Ricky about Laura-- "Since I've known her Laura has had strong maternal instincts, and she has flourished in becoming a mother with such ease. She is patient, nurturing and attentive to everyone else's needs no matter the environment. I know she will pass on these great qualities to our children”.

Our Hobbies:

We enjoy camping and being outdoors, and both are physically active and enjoy exercising. Ricky is an avid bow hunter and enjoys cooking and hosting family and friends at our home. Laura likes to run races, hike and read. Above all we both enjoy spending time with our daughter.

Activities we look forward to:

We have been able to enjoy camping, hiking and traveling with our daughter and intend on continuing to do this with our next child.  We hope to try new things and see new places as our children grow and taking trips as a family to national parks, zoos, concerts and beaches just to name a few.

Family Gatherings:

We are very close to our families, and our children will have grandparents, aunts, uncles, 6 first cousins and too many second cousins to count to spoil them. We have big holiday gatherings, some years hosting both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and have had over 30 family and friend over.

Our Adoption Story:

We plan on being nothing but open with our child when it comes to his/her adoption story. With our daughter Ava, we openly talk about her birth parents and how much they loved her, and it was out of love that they made the decision to give us the greatest gift. We hope to have as much information as possible for our child in regards to his/her history.

Our home and neighborhood:

We live in a picturesque 3 bed room custom ranch on 12 acres of land in a small town in Massachusetts. We have plenty of room to play and explore as most of our property is wooded, and we often seen deer, bunnies and turtles just to name a few! We are close to parks, playgrounds, and there is a Christmas tree farm on our street that has horse drawn hay rides, Santa, a corn maze and pumpkin picking!

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Erik and Sunita

Erik and Sunita

About Us

We met as graduate students in Boston and immediately became best friends.  We married a few years later and eventually adopted our daughter.  Our lives are filled with adventure, love and laughter.  We enjoy spending time outdoors biking, hiking and taking walks.  We cherish the time we spend with our daughter, family and friends.

Our Hobbies

Sunita loves cooking and baking, arts and crafts and gardening.  She also likes sports - tennis, golf, running and biking.  Erik likes outdoor activities like camping, hiking, biking and running.  We both enjoy reading and traveling to explore new places.

Qualities We See in Each Other

Sunita is smart, strong, loving and full of fun.  She makes life fun for all those around her, giving her time and energy to make others feel included and loved.  These attributes make Sunita a great mom.  She is creative and inspires our daughter to draw, paint, build and read.

Erik is everything you could want in a husband and dad.  He is adventurous, smart and energetic.  He is also kind and caring.  He strives to make connections with people and most importantly, he loves to teach, nurture, and have fun with our daughter.

Our Extended Family

Sunita’s immediate family lives in her hometown in Pennsylvania.  The whole family gets together a few times a year and it is so fun to watch the kids having good times together.  Erik’s family lives in Portland, Oregon.  We travel there or to Montana, where Erik grew up, to spend time with his family at a family cabin in the woods.  Sunita’s mom and Erik’s parents visit us often as they love to play with our daughter.  We frequently FaceTime to stay connected.

Our Adoption Story

After several years of trying to have a child, we decided on adoption.  It was an easy choice since we knew we wanted a family.  We are thrilled to have our daughter in our lives.  We have an open relationship with her birth mother and will continue to help her understand and know her birth family.  We also know how much more love we have to give and so we’ve again turned to adoption to expand our family.  We are excited to welcome another child into our home.

Special Activities We Look Forward to Doing with Our Child

We look forward to including our child in all the fun things we typically do - trips to the beach in the summer, walks to neighborhood playgrounds, cheering on Boston sports teams and going to museums.  Our child will also share in the small things we do everyday- doing puzzles by the fireplace, reading books before bedtime, playing catch in the backyard, weekend mornings cuddling in mom & dad’s bed with our two cats, and giving and getting hugs and I love you.

Holiday Gatherings

Our holidays are always special times.  There is always a lot of food, as Sunita loves to cook, especially with her mom and daughter.  We spend holidays with family as much as possible, either having them visit us or traveling to visit them.  It is always a great time to reconnect and fun to see how much the kids have grown and what their new interests are.

Our Home and Neighborhood

We live in a three-level four bedroom home in a family-friendly neighborhood.  We have a large backyard with plenty of space to play.  We enjoy spending time on our deck and patio.  There are several great playgrounds and parks we walk to, including one by the school our daughter will attend.  We do bike rides on the local bike path and there is a small town beach that we frequent in the summer.

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Matt and Jamie

Matt and Jamie

About us:

We first met in passing at a favorite coffee shop in downtown Boston.  Fate would have it that we played in the same summer softball league, where Matt asked Jamie out for the first time. We had our first date at the Fisherman’s Festival in the North End in 2007.  We made our way through the crowds and found a couple seats at a small Italian restaurant. We spent hours swapping stories.

Over the next few years, we were inseparable, and were even dubbed ‘Mamie’, the combination of Matt and Jamie. We filled the next few years with traveling, camping, and celebrating holidays with friends and family.

In 2010, Matt proposed to Jamie in the Boston’s Public Garden, next to the Swan Boats.  Coincidentally, we got married four years exactly from our first date!

Matt works in finance at an advertising agency.  Jamie works in property management for Real Estate Investment Company.

Our hobbies:

Matt has a passion for filmmaking that even took him to Paramount Studios in Los Angeles to work for a producer.  He is currently the technical director of a local film festival and working on a documentary film on local charities.  He enjoys film, travel, and giving back.

Jamie enjoys snorkeling, gardening, and spending time outdoors.  She loves being Auntie Jamie to her brother’s three children.  She enjoys cooking and hosting at our home, especially in the nice weather when the pool is open.

Qualities we see in each other:

Jamie: “What drew me to Matt was his sweet soul and huge smile.  He has a very uplifting effect on people and is always kind to others.  What he values most is making people happy and leaving the world a better place.”

Matt: “What drew me to Jamie was her beautiful smile, nurturing spirit and her incredibly optimistic outlook when faced with adversity.  Her loyalty to her family is unwavering and her love for all animals is touching.  She is grateful for everyone in her life and values family and friends over material things.”

Activities we look forward to:

We look forward to sharing the experiences that we enjoyed as kids; hunting for treasures on the beach, roasting s’mores on camping trips, and apple picking, to name a few.  We are excited to share our holidays with a child, as we cherish that time with our friends and family. Most importantly, we look forward to helping our child explore who he or she is, and provide the love, guidance, and support needed to create a meaningful and fulfilling life.

Our extended family:

Jamie is the younger of two children.  Her older brother has three children, Colby, Bella, and Vivian.  Jamie’s mother is very excited about our adoption plans and our efforts to start a family.  Jamie herself has over 30 first cousins, and over 17 second cousins.

Matt’s mother and father are both retired and could not be happier to someday greet their first grandchild.  Matt is the youngest of two children, his sister was just married and is hoping to start a family soon.

We also include our friends in the category of family.  Over the past few years, we have helped them welcome over a dozen babies that are looking forward to a new friend.  All of our friends are supportive of our decision; several of them were adopted themselves.

Holidays:

The holidays are for spending time with family and friends and we both enjoy the holiday spirit.  In the fall, we carve pumpkins, go apple picking and decorate the exterior of the house for Halloween.  Our neighborhood has a Halloween costume party each year.  Thanksgiving we spend with immediate family, as well as a Friendsgiving with friends and their children.  Christmas Eve is on a rotating schedule with immediate and extended family.  We enjoy hosting Christmas Day with immediate family.

Our adoption story:

We plan to be open and honest about with our child about their adoption, but will respect the birth parents' wishes if they want some discretion.  We strongly believe that a child has the right to know who they are and where they come from and that being adopted is just great part of their story.  We want our child to know that they are loved by us and by their birth parents.  We will create an adoption book that tells their story.  We believe that when our child is at the right age, it will be his or her choice to explore a relationship with the birth mother and father if they don’t have one already.

Our home & neighborhood:

Our home is situated on a one way in, one way out neighborhood. It borders on conservation land and we frequently see deer and bunnies.  Our backyard is separated into two sections by a small fence.  One half is a grassy area with a swing set and gardens. The other half is an in ground pool with a small pool house.  You will find grapes, asparagus, blackberries, basil, mint, oregano and peaches growing in our back yard.  We have four bird feeders and a birdbath that attract a large variety of birds including blue jays, chickadees, and cardinals.

Our neighborhood is a collection of friendly and close families. There are children of all ages ranging from toddlers to teenagers. Most of our neighbors have lived in the neighborhood for over 20 years and as a result of being a tightly knit group, have no plans on leaving anytime soon. Our neighborhood provides the perfect destination for trick-or-treating, and we love to hand out candy.

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Mike and Emily

Mike and Emily

OUR STORY

Mike grew up in New Jersey as an only child, and went to college not too far from home, eventually taking his first full-time job in the Boston area. Emily grew up in western Massachusetts, the oldest of four kids. After college, she spent a couple years teaching on a small island in the Pacific as part of a volunteer program. Afterwards, she moved back to her hometown and worked nearby, but would frequently go into Boston on weekends to visit friends. As luck would have it, we met on one of those weekends at a gathering of mutual friends about 10 years ago. We dated for about 4 years and have been married now for over 5! Currently, Emily is a teacher at a nearby public library and Mike works in the tech industry as an electrical engineer.

OUR HOBBIES

Emily loves reading, running, crafting, and paddleboarding. She also likes to catch up with her siblings and childhood friends, many of whom also live in the Boston area. Mike enjoys listening to audiobooks and podcasts, and playing or watching sports with friends. He likes tinkering and building and always has some small project going on around the house. Together, we share a love for silly jokes, being outdoors, playing board games with friends, and snuggling with our two cats Boots and Busta in front of the TV. We both enjoy traveling and loved the adventure of living in Beijing, China together for two years on a work assignment. We look forward to taking our child to places we have been and to many new places we can explore together.

QUALITIES WE SEE IN EACH OTHER

We’re very different people - Mike tends to be analytical, calm, and introspective with a dry sense of humor, while Emily is creative, ambitious, bubbly, and engaging. Left to his own devices, Mike would likely fall into a predictable, uninteresting routine. Left to her own devices, Emily might fall into disorganization and chaos! But together, Mike provides the stability and grounding to the relationship while Emily provides the energy and creativity that make life interesting and meaningful. Together, we help to moderate each other’s flaws and anxieties, but accentuate our individual strengths. We support each other, we rely each other, and we laugh with each other - a lot.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES WE LOOK FORWARD TO DOING WITH OUR CHILD

We are excited to share in some big adventures with our child, but especially in the many small, everyday adventures! We can’t wait to have a little one toddling around, playing with our pets, splashing in puddles, and building amazing Lego creations.

Emily: I’m looking forward to taking our child to explore the beach near our home and to enjoy sing-alongs and storytime at our library. I can’t wait to teach them how to make crafts, do kitchen science experiments, and dance around the living room.

Mike:  I’m excited to chase our child around the house, jump in piles of leaves with them, play games with them, and help them take things apart to understand how they work. It will be a lot of fun teaching them how to throw a baseball, shoot a basketball, and catch fish.

OUR EXTENDED FAMILY & HOLIDAYS

We’re lucky to have Emily’s sisters, parents, and grandmother nearby and we see them often, either in her hometown or out on the coast. We especially love spending the big holidays together and taking part in family traditions - getting a Christmas tree, cooking a massive meal on Thanksgiving, hunting for Easter eggs, and celebrating birthdays together. Often, we invite our close friends to join in the festivities. Emily’s brother and extended family also live in the northeast. We see them a few times a year for family gatherings. We adore being aunt and uncle to her brother’s two young children and look forward to welcoming another niece or nephew in the next year when Emily’s sister has a baby, too! Mike comes from a very small family. His Mom lives in North Carolina and we visit her several times a year, including traditionally on New Year’s. But she’s currently making plans to move up to Boston very soon, because she wants to be close to her grandchild! We are grateful for FaceTime so we can catch up with her, his aunts, and his uncle despite the miles that separate us.

OUR HOME & NEIGHBORHOOD

We recently purchased a warm and sunlit home for our growing family in one of Boston’s most vibrant and historic communities. There are lots of families around with young children, and we have playgrounds and great schools just a few minutes’ walk from our home. We run most errands by foot since we have grocery stores, shops, restaurants, great medical care, and access to public transit just a few blocks away. Also in walking distance is our local library, a beach, an aquarium, and museums with great activities for kids.

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Richie and Kelly

Richie and Kelly

About Us

We met in college 13 years ago where Kelly was studying nursing and Richie was studying Early Childhood Education. We had so many common interests and hobbies that we hit it off immediately and have been together ever since. Today, Kelly works as a nurse and Richie works for the Public School System managing the after school programs.  We have a three year old son, Oliver, and a dog, Tiga.  We love spending time together as a family doing everything from playing in our yard to day trips and family vacations.

Our Hobbies

We enjoy spending time outdoors at the beach and campground in the summertime, and skiing and ice skating in the winter time.  Richie is an avid runner and has completed 4 marathons and is currently training for his 5th Marathon.  He has also completed countless half-marathons. Kelly enjoys neighborhood walks with the family, keeping active, cooking and hosting family and friends for gatherings at our home.  First and foremost, however, we both love spending time with our son and each other.

Qualities We See in Each Other

Kelly about Richie -“Richie amazes me everyday. He is an amazing, nurturing father to our son and a hard worker and provider for our family.  He is calm and understanding. He sets goals for himself and goes above and beyond to meet them day in and day out.  I have loved watching him grow from loving husband to loving father over the past few years. I know he will instill and pass on these wonderful qualities to our children.”

Richie about Kelly - “Kelly is an amazing wife and mother. She is calm, caring and compassionate.  She always puts Oliver, myself and family first. I have loved watching her grow as a mother over the past three years.  I know she will instill and pass on these wonderful qualities to our children.”

Our Extended Family / Family Gatherings

We have a large family including great- grandparents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who are all ready to love our children. We live in close proximity to family and often go to parties and get togethers with up to 50 family members.  For now, our children will not have any first cousins but have countless second cousins (who are more like first cousins or even siblings). We enjoy getting together for holidays, often hosting at our home, with family and friends present. Throughout the summer, however, many of us can be found at pool parties hosted by Kelly’s parents.

Our Adoption Story

After devastating losses of our own, we turned to adoption to grow our family. We plan on being open and honest with our child about adoption and providing them with as much information as we possibly can about their birth parents. We have so much more love to give and look forward to welcoming another baby into our family.

Special Activities we Look Forward to Doing with our Children

We have enjoyed doing so many activities with our son, and intend to continue to have amazing experiences together as our family grows. We look forward to more family trips to the beach, camping, and Disney World. We love spending time outdoors and exploring new places together.

Our Home and Neighborhood

We live in a beautiful three bedroom home in Massachusetts. We have a large fenced in yard perfect for running around with our dog and playing together as a family.  We are also in walking distance to many parks, schools and the library.

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DP and Kari

DP and Kari

About Us

DP is originally from Canada, and Kari is from Kansas. Our lives came together when we met in grad school in Massachusetts. We initially bonded over our shared sense of humor and appreciation for basketball, but soon realized that our love was much deeper. After dating for a year, we were married in 2008 and have been in Boston ever since.

We experienced the profound gift of adoption two years ago when we welcomed our first son, Remy, into our family.  The love that we share for him, and his birth mother and birth father, knows no bounds. However, our family does not yet feel complete.  We have so much more love to give to another child and his birth family in our home.

Our Hobbies

We love to explore new places together, whether that is a new neighborhood in Boston or new countries around the world.  We are both big sports fans - especially basketball - and enjoy watching our favorite teams, the Toronto Raptors and Kansas Jayhawks.  We love to get outdoors on a hike in the mountains nearby, or a run around the neighborhood. We love to cook and enjoy food together with friends and family.  Our favorite thing to cook is Italian food, especially handmade pasta and red sauce from recipes passed down from DP’s Italian grandmother.

Above all, the thing we both get the most joy from is being parents. In the summertime, we do as much outdoor play as possible. Some of our favorite summer things to do include playing at local splash parks, going to the nearby beach and swimming in the ocean, visiting zoos to see the animals, and taking road trips with other families to places like Maine and Vermont.  In the wintertime, we play in the snow, bake, visit area Children’s Museums, and invite friends over to play. No matter the weather, we always find time to read books together every day.

Qualities We See in Each Other

Kari's overwhelming hospitality means she constantly seeks out and generously serves those around her, without judgment or conditions. Her ability to love, listen and laugh makes people feel comfortable instantly.

DP has the most genuine ability to make anyone around him laugh - he is a giant goofball, which draws everyone to him. But he also knows how to use his gift of laughter to build bridges between people, break down barriers, and tackle very serious life challenges.

Remy has a silly personality that he can't wait to share with a sister or brother. He's an extrovert, energized by the people around him. He is constantly on the go - climbing, running or dancing. He loves trucks, animals and basketball.

Our Extended Family

Our family and friends mean the world to us. We both come from large families, full of brothers and sisters (Kari is a twin!) with eight nieces and nephews between them.

Both families have been incredibly supportive of our decision to adopt and are so excited to meet the newest arrival to our family.

Our Home & Neighborhood

Our neighborhood is full of families and kids of all ages. Great schools are within walking distance, and there is lots of outdoor space to play.   Across from our house, there is a park, nature trail and pond that we visit often. Down the street, there is farm where we stop regularly to see llamas, goats and chickens.  We especially love this area in summer and fall. With a short drive, we can be in the mountains, by the ocean, or at an apple orchard.

 

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Rory and Jason

Rory and Jason

About Us

Rory is a real estate attorney and owns his own firm.  Jason is a digital media sales director who works for a major broadcasting company.  We met each other through our softball league and through the support and encouragement of our many mutual friends.  We have been together for over nine years and married since 2014.

We live with our dog, Rosie, who is a gentle, loving, twelve-year-old Viszla-Lab mix that Jason rescued ten years ago from a local shelter.

We are each other’s strongest supporters in all areas of life, closest friends, most trusted confidants, and most reliable business advisors.  Through the years, we have grown from a couple into a family ready to welcome a child.

Our Hobbies

We enjoy playing softball together and socializing with our friends after our games, learning about the local real estate markets throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire as we investigate investment opportunities, traveling to interesting destinations near and far, hosting dinner parties with our friends in Boston, and spending time at our place on Cape Cod or at our lake home (which usually includes skiing, boating, hiking, and campfires).

Qualities We See in Each Other

Rory is thoughtful, incredibly smart, and very level-headed.  He has an amazing ability to analyze current events and can name the capital city of every country in the world.  He cares deeply about his family and friends, all of whom enjoy spending time with Rory.

Jason is confident, quick-witted, and meticulous.  He juggles many leadership roles at work and in his community, and is a thorough planner.  Jason is loyal, patient, and honest, and surrounds himself with others who share these traits.

Our Extended Family

We are both so fortunate to have amazingly loving and supportive extended families.  Rory has a younger brother and sister and remains close to both of them.  Jason is an only child, but has twelve first cousins who have a total of fifteen children among them.  Jason’s parents have been married for over 47 years, and Rory’s have been married for almost 40 years.

Our Adoption Story

We are enthusiastic about adoption to grow our family.  As a same-sex couple, our options for children are limited.  Nevertheless, we see this prospect solely as a blessing.

Both Jason’s and Rory’s parents are impatiently excited for our prospective adoption, and they are offering their full support.  Our other friends and family members share their excitement, including other same-sex couple friends whose lives have been enriched and families built through adoption.  We see the joy that children bring in the lives of our friends, and we look forward to sharing our lives and completing our family with the addition of a child.

Special Activities We Look Forward to Doing with Our Child

Our parents actively encouraged our educational opportunities.  Rory and Jason both excelled at school, and we hope to share the gift of learning with our child.  We look forward to teaching our child how to be both book-smart and worldly.  We intend to teach our child how to appreciate the diverse community around us, embrace our differences, and think independently.

Beyond that, we plan to introduce our child to the many benefits of living in an upscale urban setting while living within a short drive of the ocean, the mountains, and the woods.  Sports, nature, community service, popular culture, music, live theatre, and being outdoors are all activities that we intend to share in an effort to allow our child to gravitate to whichever interests him or her the most.

Our Home & Neighborhood

We live in a newly constructed large condominium unit across from a public park in South Boston’s City Point neighborhood.  The building contains six homes, all owner-occupied.  Within our building, there are three families with children, one with a newborn and two with school-age children.  Our neighborhood contains many public parks, public beaches, historical monuments, restaurants, shops, public schools, and private schools.  Directly across the street from our home is a city-maintained park that includes two softball fields, one little league field, a basketball court, a playground, a dog park, and plenty of green space.  Within a short walk, there are additional athletic fields, public tennis courts, and a skating rink.

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Michael and Kevin

Michael and Kevin

About Us

Michael works as a Marketing Director, most recently for a large toy company and a national children's hospital.  Kevin works as a Vice President of Construction at a real estate development firm.

Our Story

We met over ten years ago at a gathering for a flag football league, but it wasn’t until one afternoon 5 years ago that our paths crossed again, and we knew it was something more.  Michael started a new job at a children’s hospital while Kevin was managing construction sites in the same area.  We started grabbing lunch daily and working out together in the mornings – since Kevin is way more of a morning person, the only way to coax Michael to join was to bring him ice coffee when he picked him up.

Our Hobbies

We love traveling to different parts of the country from the beaches of California to the mountains of Colorado.

Michael is an avid runner and enjoys team sports such as football, softball and running relays.  He loves everything outdoors, including hiking, playing tennis and going to the beach.  He also loves hanging at home with Kevin and our two Springer Spaniels, Maxwell and Gunther, watching movies or the latest Netflix series.

Kevin loves design and architecture.  He’s often renovating our summer cottage where our families spend a lot of quality time together.  He loves getting up early and his strong work ethic is often praised.  Kevin also loves skiing, live music, and sailing.

Our Extended Family

Our children will be surrounded with love from four grand-parents, three pairs of aunts and uncles, six cousins and two dogs!  All fighting about wanting boys, girls, getting to choose their names and who’s going to love and spoil them the most, but without a doubt – so much excitement and support.  We look forward to knowing that our children will be surrounded by family and friends that can’t wait to be an integral part of their lives.

Our Adoption Story

Early in adult life Michael and Kevin were focused on our careers, then finding the right partner and now raising and providing for a family.  We are blessed with so much stability in our lives and want to be able to provide our children with the same opportunities we were afforded with by our families.

We know that we have the potential to raise our children in a loving and supportive environment, encouraging them to never sell themselves short of their full potential.  We’ll provide them with the confidence that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to and that there’s no limit to what they can achieve.

Our Home & Neighborhood

We live in a 3-bedroom house just 15 miles outside of Boston. Our neighborhood is filled with families and kids.  There are parks, a great school system, and beaches surrounding the house.  We are also just a short ferry or drive into Boston.  Our neighbors are very social and friendly.  There are summer cookouts at the beach around the corner where all the kids come to play.

 

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Chris and Melanie

Chris and Melanie

Our Story

Chris is a mechanical engineer and Melanie is a financial controller.  Mollie, a pug, is our gentle and affectionate dog.  We first met at Chris’s sister’s wedding in October 2012.  Melanie was a bridesmaid, so she was spending a lot of time with Chris’s family that weekend.  We sat next to each other at dinner, talked the whole night, and shared our first dance at the reception.  From that point on, we knew we had a special connection.  After 3 years of dating and growing close to each other, we were married.

Qualities we see in each other

What Melanie says about Chris:  Chris is very caring and compassionate.  He has a genuine concern for the well-being of those around him.  He is thoughtful and is by far the kindest person I know.   He follows his heart, demonstrates faith, and always works hard to do the right thing.  He is a true blessing, someone I strive to become more like each and every day.  I am confident he is going to be an amazing father and positive role model for our child.

What Chris says about Melanie:  Melanie is a warm and caring person who has looked forward to being a mother for almost her entire life.  She naturally makes people feel comfortable and is a good listener, a recipe that has attracted many life-long good friends.  As a loving wife, she compliments me well, reminding me when I am forgetful, organizing fun activities and events, and doing special things for me at random.  As a very active aunt, she loves her nieces and nephews tremendously and would display the same affection and that much more with our child.  Melanie will make an excellent mother!

Our Hobbies

Chris enjoys going on hikes, bike riding on local trails, and going to concerts.  He can often be found working in the yard or on the family cars.  Melanie enjoys going to the theater to see musicals, cooking new recipes, photography, gardening, and putting together jigsaw puzzles.

Together we enjoy traveling to new places, going for walks with our dog Mollie, participating in church activities, and entertaining in our home.  One event that we look forward to planning and hosting together is our annual pumpkin carving party, where we welcome family and friends of all ages.

Special Activities we look forward to sharing with our child

We look forward to everything!  We are excited to introduce our child to new experiences such as eating ice cream for the first time, going to the beach to build sand castles, seeing and hearing fireworks, and riding a bike.  We look forward to visiting national landmarks and parks around the country as a family.  We can’t wait to share traditions with our child, including our annual cousin Christmas sleepover which we host every year in early December.

Our Extended Family/Family Gatherings

Chris has two younger sisters and Melanie has an older brother and a younger sister.  Combined we have six nieces and nephews, ranging in age from 9 years to 11 months old.  We are fortunate to have both of our families living close by.  Chris’s parents and Melanie’s mother live less than 15 minutes away, and all of our siblings live less than 45 minutes away.  This allows us to be able to get together on multiple occasions throughout the year for birthdays, barbeques, pool parties, or just casual drop in visits.  Holidays are spent with family – alternating locations depending on who wants to host that year.   These occasions are always a time of great joy filled with lots of love, laughter, and good food!  Everyone is very excited to welcome another child into the family.

Our Home/Neighborhood

We live in the suburbs in a quiet neighborhood that offers woods for exploring, trails for hiking and recreational parks for playing!  The neighborhood is kid friendly and is made up of families with children of all ages.  It is great for trick-or-treating!  Our home is an expanded colonial that offers plenty of space both inside and out for playing and running around.  The town provides a top rated school system within a 5 minute drive.  Beaches, museums, and state parks are just a short drive away.

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