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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Karen

Karen

About Karen:

I lead the professional development & training team in a law firm and focus on developing training programs and providing resources, coaching, and career guidance to attorneys and staff. I really enjoy counseling people and helping them to learn, grow and develop.

My hobbies:

I love being active and trying new activities. I enjoy hiking and taking my dog for long walks, traveling to new places and experiencing new cultures. I also enjoy volunteering with my dog, playing and watching sports, practicing yoga and exercising, reading, cooking and baking healthy food, listening to music, dancing, and taking photos.

Activities I look forward to doing with my child:

I love the seasons and look forward to enjoying all that each season has to offer with my child: apple picking and dressing up for Halloween in the fall; sledding, ice skating and skiing in the winter; watching the daffodils bloom, having cookouts and taking long walks in the spring; and going to the beach and eating lobster and ice cream in the summer.

I cannot wait to play in the yard with my child, to teach him/her to read, ride a bike and swim, and travel to and explore new places. I also am excited to introduce my child to my family’s holiday traditions, especially cooking a big Thanksgiving feast, decorating the Christmas tree and baking Christmas cookies.

Family:

I have a very close-knit family. My parents visit often and my brother and his wife and 4-month old daughter live about 15 minutes away. I spend a lot of time with my niece, who cannot wait to have a cousin close in age. I have seven first cousins who have children ranging in age from twelve to thirty years old who will welcome my child with open arms and serve as role models and mentors. In addition to my family, my child will have several “cousins” who are children of very dear friends ranging in age from 14 months to 15 years old. And, I have a sweet, playful and loving 8-year old boxer pup who makes me smile and laugh every day, and who loves children.

Holidays:

Family holiday gatherings are lots of fun and filled with time spent with family and friends, decorating the Christmas tree, hanging stockings and putting up holiday lights, baking and eating yummy homemade foods and treats, listening to music, opening presents, playing games by the fire, telling stories, and lots of laughter.

Adoption story:

I plan to be very open about my adoption journey and that of my child, teaching him/her not only about my family's heritage and traditions, but also the story of his/her birth family. I will continue to educate myself to ensure my child has a wonderful and positive experience and has access to information that will he/she would like. I hope that through this openness my child will understand just how special and loved he/she is, and how courageous and selfless his/her birth parents were in making the huge sacrifice they made for his/her future.

Contact with birthparents:

I am open to meeting with and having ongoing contact with my child’s birth parents and look forward to sharing my child’s adoption story with him/her.

Home and neighborhood:

I have a really great 3-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home in a wonderful neighborhood, on a quiet one-way street with fabulous neighbors and young families as well as people who have grown up and have lived here forever. It's the kind of neighborhood where everyone says hello and waves when you drive by and there are get-togethers for everyone on the block. I have lots of green space and there are wonderful parks, playgrounds and walking trails nearby.

I also have a vacation home in a family-friendly community near the ocean, just over an hour away, that provides access to swimming, playing on the beach, boating, fishing, tennis, and relaxing by the fire in the winter.

 

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Marie

Marie

About me:

I am the director of marketing for a local software company. A lot of my work involves storytelling; putting messaging together, explaining how software can solve business problems. I like the company and the people I work with. My company has excellent healthcare and a flexible schedule to support employees with families.  It is perfect for a working mother.

My hobbies:

I rescued my dog Wyatt two years ago and he is a big part of my life.  He’s a sweet and goofy lab mix who loves people and is really great with little kids. We go for long hikes and swims in the summertime.

I have been practicing yoga for 8 years. It has taught me to appreciate my life more, not take myself too seriously, and helped me become a kinder, more patient person. My yoga retreats have taken me to Italy, Mexico, and Costa Rica. I’ve met amazing people through these experiences – including some of my closest friends.

Activities I look forward to doing with my child:

I want to provide a child with a warm, loving home filled with laughter and the traditions I grew up with -- plus a few new ones we’ll make up along the way.

I look forward to teaching my child to swim, ice skate, and ride a bike.

I look forward to snuggling up on the couch and watching Disney movies on cold rainy days, carving pumpkins and going apple picking in the fall, spending a warm, summer day at the beach splashing in the waves, and making snow angels on a wintry day in the snow.  I want to share my love of travel – whether it’s a weekend road trip to visit friends or a trek across the globe.  Let’s have an adventure!

Extended family & holidays

I grew up in a close, tight knit family (11 kids!) who relishes time together and family traditions. Because we live close to one another, I spend a lot of time with my siblings and their kids. I am lucky to have 22 nieces and nephews. They love each other dearly and are all funny, smart and outgoing individuals.

On the weekends, you’ll find us hiking in the woods with our many dogs, ice skating in my brother’s backyard rink or swimming at my sister’s pool. We rent a beach house in the summer and spend the days’ boogie boarding, swimming and surfing.

We love to celebrate the holidays and our birthdays as a family.  My mom’s birthday is Christmas Eve and despite the size of my family we still celebrate together in the house we grew up in.  We draw names in a Secret Santa gift exchange and the kids go crazy when it’s their turn to swap gifts with each other.  Over the year’s people started showing up in Santa costumes. Last year, three Santa’s showed up -- the youngest was twelve.

Many of us have March birthdays. A few years ago I planned a bowling party to celebrate with my family. Everyone showed up to play, some in costume (why not!), and we gave an award to kids with the highest scores.  This tradition has continued on.

My adoption story:

I recognize that a child who knows they are adopted may have questions about their birth parents. I will be open about the adoption process with my child from the start so they understand how loved they are. I believe that if I introduce the birth parents as a nature extension of the child’s life, and am open about their adoption, I can help my child understand and appreciate their history.

I hope to meet with and maybe have regular contact with my child’s birth parents.  They are an important piece of my child’s life and our family story.

My home & neighborhood

I just bought a beautiful 3-bedroom home with a large, fenced-in yard. It sits at the end of a family-friendly, tree-lined street. My home is recently renovated and features a large open concept kitchen and living room, a sun-filled back porch and finished basement.  Most of my neighbors have kids of their own and know me and my dog, Wyatt, by name and come over to throw a ball to him.

My brothers and sisters stop by often with their kids to say hello, drop off fresh eggs from their chickens, or help me mow the lawn. Just last weekend my nieces Phoebe (4) and Eliza (2) were running around my house with their dolls dancing to “Call me maybe” and Justin Bieber.

It’s a great neighborhood and close enough to the center of town that we can walk to the library, ice cream shop or juice bar.  The public school system is one of the best in Massachusetts and the town offers plenty of children’s parks, hiking trails, and places to swim.

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Jim and Holly

Jim and Holly

About Us

We met at a young professionals’ social event and discovered that we shared many interests and values as well as a special connection.  We dated for 4 years and now have been happily married for 4 years with hearts full of love for each other and a lot of laughter in our house.

Holly has worked at a University for several years and is passionate about helping people reach their educational goals.  This field offers a flexible and stable environment and is close to home.  Holly plans to take several months off after a baby arrives then plans to work a modified schedule partly from home.

Jim is a partner in a small real estate firm and has been in the business for many years.  He enjoys this role because it is entrepreneurial, gives him control of his future and has a flexible schedule.

Our hobbies

Exploring our community, traveling and living an active lifestyle are very important to us.  We love the outdoors and especially being on the ocean during the summer.  We are both avid readers and enjoy attending sporting events. Holly enjoys nature walks, volunteering and time spent with family and Jim enjoys community service, photography and loves to cook.

Qualities we see in each other

Jim says that Holly is one of the most caring, loving and empathetic people he has ever known.  When they first met, he was quite impressed that Holly was a mentor for a young girl with emotional challenges.  They share many traits; among them is a focus on career and a love of family.  Jim says his wife is a strong and determined woman and he stands in awe of her resilience and focus on becoming a parent.

Holly says that Jim is one of the hardest working and compassionate people she has ever known.  He is stable, emotional supportive and dependable.  He is gentle and patient and a true partner who has been by her side every step of our journey.  Among his greatest strengths are his thoughtfulness and easy-going personality.  Faith and service to others are very important to him.  Holly says she is also very lucky that Jim is a great cook!

Activities we look forward to doing with our child

Watching our child grow and thrive in our home will bring us so much joy.  We cannot wait to read bedtime stories while rocking him or her to sleep.  Sharing our enthusiasm for travel, the ocean and the outdoors with our child is important to us.  We are so excited to experience summer barbecues and autumn hikes through our child’s eyes and see the excitement on his or her face as we push him or her on the swings at our neighborhood playground.  We will be there to celebrate milestones like first steps and the first day of school, as well as offer comfort when he or she is sad or hurt.

Family gatherings/holidays

Having both come from warm, loving and nurturing homes, we want to provide the same to a child.  We enjoy time spent with family and friends and love hosting holiday dinners.  We enjoy celebrating milestones and birthdays, swimming in Holly’s parents’ pool and being on Holly’s family’s boat.  Between both sides of our family, we have 3 nieces and 2 nephews as well as many cousins with children.  Our family is thrilled about the idea of welcoming another little one into our family.

Values

We will offer a child a safe, secure and stable home filled with love.  Raising a caring, responsible, respectful and resilient child is our goal.  It is essential to give him or her strong roots and a healthy sense of themselves as well as build his or her curiosity.  Family traditions, community and education are important to us.  We also value the importance of honest communication with a child at all ages of development.

Our home and neighborhood

We own a great condominium with a lovely sunny lawn in front of our building.  Our town is a family-oriented community with diverse culture and excellent schools.  It offers advantages of urban living while still having the feel and comfort of the suburbs.  We have a wonderful playground, several parks and a daycare within a five-minute walk from our home.

Our adoption story

Since early in our relationship, we shared the dream of having a family and have embraced adoption as a perfect way of becoming parents.  We want to be the solution that expectant parents seek while serving a child in need.  We would be open with our child regarding his or her adoption story and honor our child’s connection to his or her birth parents and heritage.  Our child’s life will be celebrated every day and we would be eternally grateful for this blessing!

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Tim and Josh

Tim and Josh

About us:

We met while living in upstate New York over 10 years ago.  In the three weeks until our first date, we wrote emails and talked and laughed for hours on the phone, building a foundation for what ended up being our best - and last first date.

We had an instant connection, we both love to joke around and laugh.  Shortly after we met, Tim was moving into a new apartment, Josh went the extra mile and helped Tim painting and moving in.  This casual time together making a home for Tim (which Josh moved into a year later) cemented our relationship. We moved to Massachusetts in 2007, and put down roots in our community here.

We both come from big families and always knew we wanted children.  Adopting Colin has made us closer and filled our home with joy and laughter.  We can’t wait to share that with another child.

 Qualities we see in each other:

Josh says, “Tim knows how to live in the moment and make the most of it.  He’s confident, smart, loving and loyal.  I know he always has my back and being with him makes me better “.

Tim says, “Josh is basically a big kid himself. All children love him and his joy is contagious and helps keep me young at heart.  He is also the kindest person I know.”

Josh is a Marketing Director and Tim is a Yoga Teacher and a stay at home Dad. Josh has 10 weeks of paternity leave that he’ll use and Tim has a flexible schedule and will be home with the new baby.

Our hobbies:

Tim enjoys practicing yoga, reading, music, video games and puzzles.  Josh loves doing projects around the house, gardening and skiing. As a family, we enjoy days at the beach and traveling to visit family and friends as well as exploring new places. Colin loves to swim, and we are in a pool all summer and try to get to the beach a few times every winter.  We have memberships to a few children’s museums and Colin loves to explore and learn with his friends.  We spend a lot of time with our family friends at our local playgrounds too.

Activities we look forward to doing with our new child:

Our son Colin is looking forward to showing a new brother or sister some of his favorite places and activities.  We live near a zoo, museums and a big park with multiple playgrounds and a community garden.  We love to ride bikes as a family in nice weather.  In the summer we also spend time at our family’s beach house, a couple hours drive from home.

Extended family and holidays:

We both come from large extended families and are both the oldest of 3 siblings.  The baby’s three uncles and one aunt-to-be are very excited for a new niece or nephew. There are also lots of cousins, young and old that we’ll visit when we see family for holidays and on vacations.

Holidays are an important time to gather, have fun and celebrate our family. We sometimes host extended family for Thanksgiving or Christmas, and some years we travel to their homes.  We love making big dinners and hosting lots of friends as well.  When spending time together we play games, do puzzles and take outings when together during holidays.

Our adoption story:

We know that for birthparents, making an adoption plan takes a lot of bravery and love for the child.  Just as we’ve started to do with our son, we are committed to talking openly about how we formed our family and about all those involved.  We’ll tell him/her first in the form of a bedtime story, later answer questions he/she may have.  We’re hopeful that we can learn as much as we can about our child’s birth family so that we can pass on their story of how we all worked together to form a family. In the same way we are open to on going contact and meetings with birthparents with our first son Colin, we continue to believe in being as open about all aspects of the family.

Our home and neighborhood:

We live in a house on a dead end street near the city.  Three neighbors on our street have kids under age 5.  We live near parks, playgrounds and a big pond with boats.  We can take the train to museums or the aquarium in just a few minutes.  Our neighborhood has many young families; we can walk from our house to restaurants, the post office, grocery store and a great ice cream shop!

 

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Claudine

Claudine

About me:

I am lucky to have great friends, a close community, and a super loving family. I’m outgoing and on the move — always inviting new friends into the fold, launching a volunteer project, or working on a new house project. I run my own consulting business, which means I’m my own boss – this is great for flexibility and raising a family. I love the sunshine and, when it’s out, am happy to walk my dog LuLu, play tennis, or go to the beach. I’m excited to welcome a child into my life!

My hobbies:

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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Anthony and Melissa

Anthony and Melissa

About Us:

We have known each other since kindergarten. Anthony was the only boy (aside from family) invited to Melissa’s parties throughout grade school. Years later, our mothers, who both work in the same elementary school, urged us to meet up again. We were instantly a match-made-in-heaven, which just goes to show that mothers truly know best!

Anthony is the manager of a used car dealership. He has been working for this company going on twelve years. The company values him as an employee and he values the family atmosphere they foster in the work place.

Melissa is a preschool teacher. Every day, Melissa teaches each child in her classroom and cares for them as if they are her own. Melissa enjoys feeling like a "mother" to her students.

When we are blessed with the opportunity to become parents, Melissa will leave her position as a teacher to become a stay-at-home mom. Home is where the heart is; and she is thrilled to give her heart and soul to our child.

Qualities We See in Each Other:

Melissa says, “Although corny to say, I consider Anthony to be my Prince Charming, who drives a white Cadillac instead of riding a white horse. From always opening the car door for me to all the sweet and sincere things he does, he constantly shows me that true love and chivalry exist. Anthony is extremely respectful, compassionate, and hardworking. He values and upholds the motto of “service above self.” Anthony puts everyone around him first; always lending a helping hand or shoulder to cry to on. I am always comforted by his protective nature and unconditional love. I can depend on him for anything. I can’t imagine my life without him, Anthony means the world to me.”

Anthony says, “There are so many things that I love about Melissa, but one thing I love most is her care and compassion towards everyone around her. Melissa cares deeply for all whose lives cross her path. She values and upholds the “Golden Rule” with integrity as she treats others with the same courtesy and dignity that she would like to be treated. Melissa especially takes great pride in the children she teaches, rejoicing with them in their triumphs and growing with them in their tribulations. I have watched her kind heart and calm temperament with our nieces and nephews and with her students at school, and I cannot wait to see the huge smile on her face as she nurtures our child.”

Hobbies:

Anthony enjoys fixing and restoring cars (especially Cadillacs), working in the yard, and cooking on the grill. Melissa enjoys dancing (especially ballet), baking delicious desserts, reading, and arts and crafts.

We love taking our dog for long walks around the local lake and stopping for scenic picnics. Our dog lives for treats and kisses, and we graciously supply her with many. We're especially lucky that the local ice cream stand sells doggie ice cream, but having a cone of her own doesn't stop Caddie from licking up ours too!

We also love giving back to our community any way we can. We are involved in various organizations together including the Sons of Italy for which Anthony is the President and Melissa is the Secretary.

Activities We Look Forward to with Our Child:

We look forward to giving a child an incredible life filled with love and opportunity. From the simplicity of eating dinner together every night to the luxury of traveling the world, we are excited to delight in the many memories we make and the quality time we will share with our child. We look forward to reading our child nightly bedtime stories, baking and cooking together, taking road trips across the country, instilling a love of science and the arts through trips to the museum and theatre, and so much more! We can’t wait to encourage and explore our child’s interests and abilities by sharing all the wonders the world has to offer.

Extended Family:

We have very strong relationship with our families, who are eagerly awaiting the newest addition to our loving families. Our child will have 6 cousins, 3 Aunts, 4 Uncles, 2 Grandmothers, 2 Grandfathers, and one Great-Grandma who will adorn them with love and affection. Their cousins, who range in age from six months old to fifteen years old, are all excited to have another playmate!

Melissa’s dad comes from a large, loving family; he is the youngest of eight siblings. Every summer we enjoy an extensive family reunion at our family's lake cabin in Maine and beach house on the Atlantic Ocean.

Holidays:

We greatly enjoy bringing our loved ones together at least once a month by hosting a variety of gatherings at our home! Whether it is for a family game night or backyard barbeque, our annual pumpkin party and Christmas cookie swap, or holiday traditions like Thanksgiving dinner or Easter brunch, we love uniting our family and friends for food, fun, and festivities.

Our community has countless ways of celebrating special occasions that we are actively involved as well, with including the Sweetheart Dinner Dance, parades for Memorial Day, carnivals for homecoming, Turkey Trot at Thanksgiving, and the festival of lights at Christmas.

Home and Neighborhood:

We live in a charming brand new, custom built three bedrooms, two bathrooms, colonial townhouse on a quiet dead-end road in friendly, suburban neighborhood. We love our open floor plan home that enables us to bond at family gatherings and is delightful for entertaining our friends. We have a spacious deck and a fenced in backyard that is perfect for hosting our family cookouts and parties.

We also live within walking distance to family friendly recreational parks and playgrounds. We love that our home is perfectly situated thirty minutes from the city for exploring our nation’s history and family attractions, and an hour away from the best beaches for spectacular seaside getaways and outdoor adventures.

Our Adoption Story:

Due to medical issues Melissa had in her youth, we realized early on that God had a different plan for creating our family. Along with our family and friends, we are very excited to start building our family through adoption. It has always been our dream to become parents and we are eternally grateful for the opportunity to be parents through adoption.

Adoption is a miracle that allows us to achieve what would otherwise be impossible and helps another person in need of a resolution.  Both of us strongly believe in the benefits of an open adoption and intend to honor our child’s adoption story through positive, age appropriate information. We will warmly acknowledge our child’s adoption story with validation, comfort, and hope while building positive connections and self-concepts.

We want our child to understand their birthparents’ great sacrifice, and to admire their strength and selflessness. They’ll always know that your love is what bought them to us. Our home and hearts are open to you. We welcome you as a member of our family in whatever way is most comfortable for you and in the best interest of the child.

 

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Chris and Jin

Chris and Jin

About Us

For our first date we went hiking. From the beginning, we were drawn to each other’s love for the outdoors, active living, and dedication to family. We fell in love during a trip to Vieques, Puerto Rico. The island represents our shared values of enjoying the simple joys in life: beautiful nature, good food and fun times with family and friends. Four years after our first visit, we celebrated our wedding there with 70 of our closest family & friends.

Jin works in marketing, and Chris is a Social Worker who runs a residential shelter for homeless youth. We plan on prioritizing time as fathers and will be home with the baby.

Qualities We Admire in Each Other

Jin admires Chris’s passion for life & nature, spontaneous spirit, and big heart. He’s helped Jin to reconnect with nature and to literally “stop and smell the flowers." Chris values Jin’s strong work ethic, ability to bring people together and desire to learn. Jin inspired Chris to explore new interests like cooking, and pursue his Master’s degree in social work. We support each other’s passions and ambitions in profession, art, and health.

Hobbies

Chris loves gardening, sailing, and water & alpine skiing. Jin enjoys running, relaxing in the sun, and wheel pottery. We both share a love for hosting friends & family, cooking classes and going for runs.

Activities We're Looking Forward to Doing With Our Child

We are looking forward to discovering the world and creating new memories with our child. From tasting new recipes we cook, traveling to Vieques or playing in parks and playgrounds in our neighborhood, we are excited to see the world from our child’s perspective with a sense of newness and wonder.

We are especially looking forward to summers at the lake house in Vermont with all the family & cousins swimming, sailing, fishing and going for boat rides. It’s a special time and important tradition that keeps our family close and strong.

Extended Family & Holidays

We both grew up in big loving families, who are still invested in our lives to this day. As adults, we get together regularly with Chris’s parents and brother’s family who live nearby for dinners, birthdays and to watch Patriot’s games. Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are special occasions when the entire family near and far come together, and there’s lots of laughs, love, good food and fun.

Our families are extremely supportive of our adoption. Our seven nephews & nieces aged 3 to 11 are especially excited to meet their new cousin.

Our Adoption Story

We both always knew that we wanted families and to be fathers. Having close friends who were adopted, we have learned about the importance of open adoptions.

We recognize and respect that the birthparents will play an important role, even if they are not part of the child’s daily life. We intend to tell the child early on about their birthparents who love them, and plan to celebrate the child’s adoption story as they grow up. To support this, we are open to ongoing contact with the birthparents, and hope to share information together as birth and adoptive parents.

Home and Neighborhood

We are fortunate to live in one of the greenest neighborhoods in Boston. It’s full of parks, playgrounds, and plenty of young families. Also, we’re close to restaurants, museums and all the culture Boston has to offer, and work is a quick bike ride away for us.

We live in a two-family house with a big kitchen, cozy living room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The back yard is our favorite space with a lush garden full of strawberries, grapes, tomatoes, flowers and an apple tree. We enjoy gardening, playing games and soaking in the sun with friends and family.

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Ed and Julie

Ed and Julie

About us:

We knew from the start that we wanted to be together forever.  We enjoy the simple things in life and are both very grounded.  What immediately attracted Ed to Julie is how warm, caring and compassionate she is.  Ed has a very big heart and he is not afraid to show it.  With him at her side, Julie always feel safe, happy and secure. She is so grateful that Ed has her back.   We both love and support each other unconditionally.

Ed is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Julie is a General Director at a financial services company.

We have a five year old daughter Jillian.  Jillian is very loving and she really enjoys being around other children.  She has such a curiosity and zest for life, which makes us incredibly happy.  We have no doubt that she will fully embrace the role of being a big sister.

Julie’s company is very progressive and offers generous time off for adoptive parents for when the baby arrives. When parental leave ends, Julie will have the added flexibility to work from home as needed.  Ed will also take some parental leave in addition to Julie’s initial time off to ensure the baby is happy and well adjusted.  Ed works close to home and also has the option to work from home.

Our hobbies:

Julie is very artistic and likes to draw, paint and design.  In fact, Julie recently completed a very special project, the baby’s nursery.  Julie designed a bright and sunny Winnie the Pooh themed room filled with everything a baby would need.   She also added her own special touch by painting a sweet mural on the wall to welcome the baby home.   We believe that it is so important for the baby to be surrounded by bright, happy colors, patterns and shapes.  Babies are very visual and this whimsical room is sure to generate lots of happy giggles and smiles.

Ed is an avid golfer and Julie recently took up the sport.  We play golf together on occasion.  Ed is a very patient teacher and does not get the slightest bit flustered when Julie’s ball veers way off course, which unfortunately happens quite a bit !  In fact, our daughter, Jillian, took mini-golf lessons last summer so that she could be just like her Dad.  Ed also participates in a weekly golf league with his father.

What our holiday gatherings are like:

As a family we celebrate holidays in a big way with a strong focus on our family traditions.  Easter is our favorite holiday since it is the only time we host both of our families together for Easter brunch.  We prep for the big day well in advance by decorating the house, baking lots of goodies, and by coloring plenty of eggs for our annual Easter egg hunt with all of the cousins.

Christmas is also very special to us.  Each year, the Elf on the Shelf arrives at our home the day after Thanksgiving, throughout the season we drink cocoa from our beloved Santa mugs, and we adorn our tree with ornaments that have sentimental value because they were passed down through the generations.  Every time we go on vacation, we purchase a new ornament as a remembrance of our trip.  It’s fun to reflect on how far we’ve travelled together each Christmas.  Each year, we gather with all of our extended family on Christmas Eve to celebrate and watch Santa and his reindeer ride through town aboard a fire truck.  It is so fun taking in these special moments surrounded by family.

Activities we look forward to doing with our new child:

As a family, we have so much fun together.  We live close to a park so most of our free time is spent outdoors.  During the summer months, we spend time at our beach cottage. While there, we enjoy taking long walks along the beach, swimming, surfing and digging for shells to add to our ever-growing collection.  Once in a while, we treat ourselves to ice cream from our favorite local shop. We look forward to continuing these traditions and memories with our new addition.

Our adoption story:

We will feel very blessed to become adoptive parents and will share our child’s birth history with him/her proudly.  Your love and sacrifice will never be forgotten.  We plan on letting our child know from the very beginning that he/she has birth parents out there who made a huge choice, one not entered into hastily, that was made only out of love and care for him/her.  It was because of this love and caring that is how he/she came to be with us, and that we are eternally grateful for your selfless act. You will always be spoken about in our home with the utmost respect and appreciation.

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Ian and Suzanne

Ian and Suzanne

About Us

We are Suzanne and Ian and we met seven years ago on a blind date. It was a casual summer day that incorporated good food, modern art and the ocean. These are some of our favorite things to share together.

Our marriage is very balanced, loving and supportive. Suzanne is very social and loves to entertain while Ian is low key and reserved.

Suzanne is an insurance broker. She works from home and this will allow her to take care of the baby throughout the day. She will take time off when the baby is born. Ian is an architect and works in an office. He will take some time off once the baby is born. We both look forward to starting our family.

Suzanne has a large family and we spend most holidays at her parent’s house. We have fifteen nieces and nephews and the energy level is always positive.  Our family is spread out over a few different states and we make time to see everyone.

Our Hobbies

Suzanne enjoys running and practicing yoga. She tries to get a couple of road races in each year. She also likes to create menus each week, cook new dishes and take care of our flower and vegetable gardens. In the summer, Suzanne loves spending time at the beach.

Ian likes to work with his hands. He enjoys drawing and restoring old tools and furniture so there is always a project going on in the workshop. Ian has always been in and around boats and hopes to build one someday. He is also a sports fan and loves watching baseball, hockey and football.

Qualities we see in each other

What Ian sees in Suzanne: She is a very honest and caring person. She has a lot of positive energy and a loving spirit so it's no wonder people enjoy spending time with her. Being a people person comes naturally to Suzanne because she always thinks of others first. She also has an amazing laugh that is three times her size! Suzanne is hopeful, grateful and spontaneous.

What Suzanne sees in Ian: He is very creative and finds inspiration everywhere. His creative talents span from the kitchen, to the workshop, and to the design studio. He is young at heart and he wears it on his sleeve.  Ian is patient, humble and generous.

Activities we look forward to

We both intend to be very present and play an active and supportive role as parents throughout the child’s life. We look forward to sharing our own interests but also can’t wait to watch our child’s sense of discovery unfold.  Suzanne would like to run road races with the child and share her knowledge of food and cooking. Ian would like to take our child to a baseball game at Fenway Park and share his knowledge of boats.

Our Adoption Story

We want to make sure that our child knows how special he or she is and the story of how we all became a family. This is a story that could be met with emotion and confusion which is why we anticipate that this is going to be an open and continual conversation and we are both prepared to keep this positive.  We also plan to be open with the birthparents as long as this benefits the child.

Our home and neighborhood

Our house is in a suburban neighborhood at the top of a hill on a dead end street. The yard is fenced in on three sides.  We like to keep it cozy and casual inside.  There is a school nearby and we can walk to downtown. The ocean is five minutes away! Our neighbors are all very friendly. Some have little children, some have grown up children. Everyone is excited to know that we are adopting!

We have flower gardens, vegetable and herb gardens. Sometimes we pick a few quarts of strawberries and a handful of rhubarb which is just enough for one of Ian's pies. Suzanne does a great job tending all of the gardens and we both enjoy growing our own food.

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Andre and Erin

Andre and Erin

About us:

We met through common friends and got to know each other as teammates playing on a fall softball team, chatting in the outfield.  Shortly after season ended, we went on our first date by watching the neighborhood kids Trick or Treat on Halloween. We have been inseparable ever since.

Erin is a teacher and absolutely loves her job and working with kids.  Andre works for a well-established company in their marketing department.  Andre is a very hard worker and a great provider for our family.  Erin is able to take a leave of absence from work to care for and bond with the baby when it is born.

Qualities we see in each other:

Erin:  “I admire the way Andre lives his life to the fullest. Whether it’s trying a new recipe, signing up to play on a new sports team, or traveling the world, life is anything but boring with Andre.  Having Andre as my partner in life has been my biggest blessing to date.”

Andre: “Erin is compassionate, kind, and light-hearted.  I admire how passionate Erin is about education. Erin will be a very nurturing and caring mom.  I know in Erin I have found my perfect partner in life.”

Extended family:

We are both the oldest of three children and have very supportive loving parents and siblings.  Both families are elated at the prospect of a new family member, especially since it will be the first baby on both sides. We cannot wait for our baby to be introduced to our loving families.

Hobbies:

We enjoy playing softball, soccer and tennis, and in the warmer months we are often camping, hiking, boating or relaxing on the beach.  We make the best of the frigid winter months by spending weekends on the slopes and school vacation weeks traveling.  We feel like we have such a fun life.

Activities we look forward to with our child:

We look forward to comforting, cuddling and caring for our baby.  Erin longs for the day that she can take her baby for walks on the beach, while Andre is eager to pass on his love for soccer and football.  We will surely have our child outside playing sports as soon as possible, and eventually coming up with fun themes and games for birthday parties.

Holidays:

We love to spend holidays with family and friends.  Christmas Eve is spent at Andre’s parents’ house enjoying dinner with his immediate family followed by gifts and games.  Christmas Day is joyfully celebrated at Erin’s parents house, surrounded by both sides of her extended family of 30-40 people including up to 9 small children.  We look forward to visits from Santa, Halloween costumes and Easter egg hunts.

Our adoption story:

We will be sure your baby knows their adoption was an act of love, not only by us, but also by you.  I assure you, your baby will be loved, cared for and protected by us and the great community of friends and family around us.  We will all be eternally grateful to you for bringing this baby into our lives, and we will spend the rest of our lives providing our little one with a loving, supportive and stable home.

Home and neighborhood:

We live in a spacious city home we have enough space for a nursery, playroom and a separate guest room for grandparents to comfortably visit as often as they would like.  There are many small children that live close by, including a newborn next-door.  We are in walking distance to many parks and the beach!

 

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Ethan and Jodi

Ethan and Jodi

About us:

We had our first date just before Jodi was going out of town and we talked every night she was away. The more we talked, we realized that we had a lot in common. Our relationship developed quickly and we both knew pretty fast we had found someone special.

It is hard to describe that feeling of knowing this could be a perfect match just after one date, but we knew we had something special. We dated for almost 1 ½ years before we got engaged. We’ve been married for 8 years and our marriage is built on a mutual respect, friendship, and love for each other.

Our daughter, Leah, is very excited to be a big sister! She loves playing mommy to her baby dolls and she talks about sharing her toys and helping us take care of the baby. Leah is looking forward to sharing her mom and dad when a baby joins our family!

Jodi is a pediatric Speech Language Pathologist in an elementary school. She works with children ranging from 3 years old through 12 years old. Ethan is an Operations manager at a financial firm. Jodi is fortunate because of her work schedule. She’ll take time off when they adopt a baby but is also home in the afternoons and is lucky to have school vacations and the whole summer off!

Qualities we see in each other:

Jodi – “Ethan is very kind and caring, always putting others before himself. He is a great father and can always make me laugh.”

Ethan – “Jodi is very compassionate and always has a very positive attitude. I appreciate how she can diffuse any situation. She’s a loving mother and I very much admire her patience when dealing with any situation.”

Our hobbies:

Ethan enjoys playing golf, watching sport and movies, and completing puzzles. Jodi likes to read, watch home design shows, and go for walks in our town.

Special activities we look forward to doing with our child:

We enjoy being outdoors and try to go parks, playgrounds, and farms in the nice weather. We love traveling and hope to continue when our children are able to understand all the great sites we see. We love visiting National Parks in our country as well as experiencing and learning about different cultures.

Extended family:

Our child will be welcomed by 4 very excited loving grandparents, 2 fun uncles, and 3 great aunts. He/She will also be spoiled by triplet 12-year-old boy cousins and will have a 4-year-old boy and 1 ½ year old girl cousin as playmates. In addition, we have many local second cousins to help support us and celebrate holidays.

Our adoption story:

We will raise our children to know that an adoption plan was made not because their birthparents didn’t love them, but because they loved them so much that they made this choice. In 2015, we were fortunate to be chosen by loving birthparents to parent our daughter, Leah. We feel honored that they chose us and a day doesn’t go by that we don’t think of them and speak of them in a respectful way. We plan on doing the same thing with this baby. We feel that it’s important for our children to know that all the decisions made in their lives were made based on love.

We communicate with Leah’s birthparents via email and we’ve had yearly visits. We are willing to do the same for our next child and his/her birth parents.

Our home and neighborhood:

We live in a diverse town with very good schools. We love visiting the children’s museums, state parks, and zoos in our area. Our house is a spacious modern colonial with a large yard with a swing set and plenty of room to run around and play ball. This baby will have their own room.  Our home is safe and there are many families around.

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Alan and Vicky

Alan and Vicky

About us:

We were introduced to one another at college through the boyfriend of Vicky’s roommate.  We soon discovered that we were taking the same class, and for months met at the library, eventually turning our friendship into a romance.

Vicky is a stay at home mother who was a career counselor previously and Alan is a Middle School educator.  Vicky is planning to stay home full time with the baby.

Qualities we see in each other:

Vicky  says, “Alan is a humble, intelligent, faithful and loving man.  He is undoubtedly committed to me.  Our relationship was challenged as I experienced all of my fertility-related health issues – but not once did he waiver from his love and commitment to me and to us.  Alan’s patience, humor and dedication to our son Noah has been such a beautiful thing to watch over the last five years.”

Alan says, “Vicky is  a fun-loving, beautiful, passionate, and giving woman, who has remarkable instincts, is a great leader, a wonderful cook, and a tremendous parent.  Vicky always wants to give to me, to our families, and to others.  As a mother, she wants to give the world to our son, Noah and looks forward to doing so for a second child.  She is a strong woman, a positive role model and a natural leader.  She has taught me how to lead, and how to enjoy life.  She enjoys the company of others, and always helps or welcomes them.  As an educator I have been around many people who work with children, but none like Vicky.  She has an unbelievable way with kids; she is naturally gifted at getting kids to listen to her, follow her lead and make the right choices. “

Activities we look forward to doing with our child:

We look forward to sharing the things that make us happy as a family--from activities like hiking, camping, swimming and skiing to quiet-time spent reading and playing board games to working around the house and gardening together.  We come from families that did everything ourselves and together and look to share that same thing with our children.

Our extended family:

Vicky has a brother and sister who treat Noah like their own child.  With Vicky coming from a large Italian family, her cousins are like siblings, and their children are like Noah’s cousins and will be the same to a second baby.  In Alan’s family, Noah gets special treatment as the only young child--both of his cousins are in college and love spending time with him.  They are thrilled at the idea of welcoming another baby.  Most importantly, Noah talks each day about welcoming a new baby into our family.  He spent time at Vicky’s mom’s daycare and in a multi-age Preschool where he has great experience with younger children.  He shows remarkable care and love to younger children and truly cannot wait to be a big brother.

Our adoption story:

We have been taking out all of the baby items that were Noah’s and remembering that feeling of holding and loving him from the moment we learned about his birth mother’s plan for us to be his adoptive parents.  We are so appreciative of all you as a birth mother are considering as you make this decision, as Noah’s birth mother did for him.  We share with Noah the decision that his birth mother made for him and talk about her regularly.  We will share our second child’s adoption in the same way.

Our home and neighborhood:

We live in a very community-oriented town where all activities are family-focused.  Considering Alan’s area of expertise in public school education, we also selected the town on its educational reputation.  Our home is on a cul-de-sac within a very friendly neighborhood.  We have a neighborhood full of children in a range of ages with whom our son Noah plays constantly. Our yard tends to be the one everyone convenes to which we love.  The town itself has several parks and even a trail that runs through it. We like walking that trail often since it leads to a little coffee shop at the center of town.  We live in a colonial home with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, kitchen, dining room, fireplace room, sunroom, basement and attic.  We have a mix of traditional and modern furnishings with Noah’s toys sprinkled in every corner of course.  Because we love being outside, we have a huge vegetable garden and outdoor patio area and swing set.  As we mentioned, we love being outdoors so the outside of our home is cared for just as much as the inside.

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Eryk and Lisa

Eryk and Lisa

About Us:

We met ten years ago while singing with the Boston Symphony and had a wonderful connection. About five years later, our friendship turned to dating and then love, and we have been happy together ever since. Our wedding was the best day of our lives, but we think meeting our new child will be even better!

Lisa is a Chorus teacher with a Masters Degree in Music Education, and she has always thought of her students as an extension of her family. She shows her students kindness, helpfulness, dedication, and gratitude through music.

Eryk is a Software Engineer with a degree in Physics. His ability to  think of new ideas to solve problems is useful at work and home.. His creativity, thoughtfulness, and compassion will help build a family who can come together even during difficult times.

We have two adorable cats who love cuddling, exploring, fetching, belly rubs, and head scratching. Their names are Thessaly and Vincent and they are wonderful with children.

Lisa will be able to take a leave from her job after the baby is born and looks forward to this amazing bonding time. Eryk will be able to take a short leave and also work from home sometimes in order to care for the baby as well.

Qualities we see in each other:

Eryk: I admire Lisa's passion and drive: when she takes on a project, it gets done, no matter what. She finishes what she starts, and takes care with what she does. She is that way with people, too - Lisa takes care of her friends and family, and does everything in her power to make those around her feel safe and loved. I can honestly say she is the kindest person I know. I know she will show our child how to be the best person they can be.

Lisa: I love Eryk’s understanding, compassion, humor, and intelligence. He looks out for others and is genuine with everyone. He is a fun person who brings laughter to the table everyday. Whenever I picture Eryk teaching our future child, I cannot help but smile as I know he will be so wonderful, caring and involved.

Hobbies:

We  love to sing , but  we also enjoy hiking, gardening, travelling, playing with  our nieces and nephews, and playing games at home. Lisa also loves to paint, sew, make jewelry, play instruments, and run. Eryk loves to entertain, make people laugh, play video games, read, and  is a fantastic cook!

Extended family & holidays:

Our child will grow up having 7 doting grandparents and a great-grandmother. Lisa has two brothers and a sister and Eryk has two sisters. Our child will also have three cousins on Eryk’s side . Everyone is excited for our adoption plan and cannot wait to meet our child when the time comes.

The holidays are our favorite time of year and are important to both our families. When we visit on Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter, we are surrounded by caring, love, and laughter. We love celebrating family, telling old stories, and creating new ones.

Activities we look forward to with our child: Eryk is an exceptionally smart person who looks forward to teaching our child how to cook and bake, and how to make people laugh, as well as helping them with their homework. Lisa looks forward to teaching our child how to sew, paint, use tools, dance, and help others. Nature walks and family music time will help give our children an appreciation of the beauty in the world.

Our adoption story:

We are so grateful to be part of someone’s adoption plan and we understand the immense sacrifice they are making. Our child will grow up knowing how selfless their birth parents were. We would like an open adoption, but we also understand why some women choose a closed adoption: we believe that your wishes are more important than ours. Either way, our children will know their birth parents’ love and sacrifice.

Home and neighborhood:

We live in a wonderful community with strong schools and safe neighborhoods. We have a new colonial style home  in a large neighborhood  with lots of children.  Our wooded surroundings create a wonderful and safe place to bring up a child. We have a large front and back yard, a swingset, and a deck to relax on. We even have a dairy farm up the road, hiking trails, and friends with children who live close by.

 

 

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Charles and Thomas

Charles and Thomas

About Us

We met about five years ago in Brazil, where Charles grew up. On our first date, we felt a special connection and discovered a whole new world, one that would give us a new best friend, a new love, and a new partner for our journey of life.

Over the course of the following years, we shared our passion for travel by visiting places like Germany, Mexico, Peru, Japan, and Argentina. We love to explore new cities together. Two years ago, we were happily married in the presence of our families and friends.

Thomas is a college professor and has a very flexible job that will allow him to be a dedicated father while providing for our family. Charles is a journalist and a social media specialist. He will be a full-time stay-at-home dad.

We have a very friendly dog named Abbott. He is an Australian Silky Terrier who loves playing catch and swimming. He obeys commands very well and loves playing with kids. We enjoy long walks in the park with him.

Qualities We See in Each Other

Thomas always has something kind and comforting to say, and he is the first person to help anyone in need. He is very intelligent, a hard worker, and patient.

Charles is a compassionate and loving person. Thomas admires his values, desire to always learn something new, and his big heart.

Our Hobbies

Thomas loves reading and learning about history. Charles enjoys writing, collecting giraffes, and watching volleyball games. We share a passion for exploring new places, great movies, and our dog Abbott.

Special Activities We Look Forward to Doing with Our Child

We love outdoor activities. We are very excited to spend time in parks and the many museums near our house. Many of our friends have children, so we look forward to many playdates. We also will continue to travel to introduce our child to new places, new cultures, and new flavors. We are very fortunate to be able to provide a free college education to our child.

Extended Family and Holidays

We both are the oldest of three siblings. Together, we have five nieces and nephews. Charles has 14 cousins, which four of them were adopted. Thomas has 13 cousins, and many of them have children as well. Our families and friends are very excited and supportive of our decision to adopt.

We grew up celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, which are important holidays for us and our families. We always spend these holidays at Thomas’ parents’ home. We enjoy an annual Easter egg hunt with our nieces and nephew, and we love to set up our Christmas tree each year. Usually every spring, we travel to Brazil to celebrate Carnival with Charles’ friends and family. We cannot wait to create our own traditions as a family.

Our Adoption Story

Coming from large families, we have always dreamed about being fathers. We want to share everything that we know and love in this world with our child. We are prepared and ready to parent a child. We want our child to understand the adoption process and learn about his or her birth parents. As a result, we support an open-adoption plan to foster the healthy development of our child.

Our Neighborhood

We live in Boston, Massachusetts, an exciting, small city that offers many family-friendly activities. Our house is a spacious and bright apartment that features a newly-constructed, environmentally-friendly building. Our home is welcoming, safe, and family-friendly. It memorializes our family and friends as well as our travels around the world.

Our “backyard” has many lovely green spaces with trees, gardens, and public art. There is a large playground next to our home where many families with children get together. Our neighborhood is an exciting environment of young, urban professionals, many of whom have children. There are numerous parks, playgrounds, museums, and recreational facilities within walking distance. Our goal is always to take full advantage of the city and its offerings.

 

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Chris and Pam

Chris and Pam

About us:

We were introduced by a mutual  friend who though we might be a good match and it turns out they were correct!  Chris had left the Marines and Pam had graduated nursing school and we were both looking for the next step in our lives.  After dating for several years we became engaged and were married a year later !  We have become best friends and share common goals.  We knew we had found our soul mate.  Our relationship grew out of friendship into a strong bond.  We are passionate about family and friends and can count on one another.   We have been able to make each other laugh and are completely , wholeheartedly devoted to each other.

Pam is a Licensed Practical Nurse and Chris works as an EMT.

What we do for fun:

We truly enjoy each other’s company and have lots in common.  We enjoy going to the movies, sports, relaxing and vacationing.  We are avid Disney fans!  Twice a year we vacation to Disney World where we own two time share vacation weeks.

Qualities we see in each other:

Chris says:  “Pam is kind, intelligent, very loving, very loyal and she’s always there when you need her, she keeps me grounded, she is my soul mate.”

Pam says:  “Chris is very patient, open and trusting, he is my rock, he is never judgmental, he is honest and kind.”

Activities we look forward to doing with our child:

We are fun-loving people and we look forward to enjoying life and all it has to offer.  We place a high priority on providing children with a loving, nurturing and happy home.  We believe children should be given opportunities to explore their world with access to excellent educational and cultural experiences.  We feel it is important to foster a love of books, music , nature, and physical activities and of course, we cannot wait to share Disney World with our child !

Extended family and Holiday gatherings:

The holidays throughout the year are filled with delicious food and lots of laughter.  It’s always lots of fun and festive!

Our home and neighborhood:

Chris and Pam own their two level home with a very open floor plan.  They live in a condo community with many other young families around.  It is a safe and quiet neighborhood and they have a yard where their child can play.

 

 

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Bobby and Christine

Bobby and Christine

About Us

We met through mutual friends during our freshman year at college and immediately became close.  Over time, the friendship grew to love.  We got married nine years ago surrounded by our family and friends.  We are happier than we have ever been since adopting Lucas.  He is amazing and we know he will be the best big brother. We are so excited to grow our family in the near future!

Bobby works for a healthcare IT company.  Christine was a high school math teacher for ten years and now stays home to raise Lucas and his future sibling.

What Christine Loves About Bobby

Bobby is my rock and he makes me laugh every day.  He is patient, calm, logical, and responsible.  He is an amazing father.   I am happiest when we are together.

What Bobby Loves About Christine

Christine is one of the most compassionate and caring people I know, with beautiful brown eyes that light up when she smiles.  We love spending time together traveling, walking in our town, and playing with Lucas.

Activities We Love

We love being with family and friends but we also love the quiet moments spent together going for walks into town or sitting on the hammock together relaxing.   We love to travel together to new destinations and love our family tradition vacation spots.  During the summer, we love going to the beach, roasting marshmallows over the fire pit, mini golfing, going on our parent's boat, and running road races.  In the winter we love skiing, ice skating, and watching sports with friends.  On a daily basis, our favorite activities include snuggling to read bedtime stories, dancing together in the kitchen, and laughing all day long.

We are excited to teach our children how to ride a bike, play soccer, swim, and even coach their little league teams.  We look forward to opening presents in pajamas on Christmas morning.  We also want our children to see the world and look forward to traveling as a family.

Family

We have a very large, extended family and we are extremely close.  We have a combined total of seven siblings and fourteen nieces and nephews who are so in love with our son and are thrilled we will be welcoming a new addition to the family.  We regularly enjoy spending holidays, birthdays, and other celebrations together, as well as traveling as a family.

Home and Neighborhood

Our home is located in a suburban town in Massachusetts with an excellent public school system and many community parks, playgrounds, shops, and restaurants.  We live on a wide avenue flanked with mature oak trees and bike lanes.  We love our home, our neighborhood filled with other young families, and our proximity to zoos, several museums, and all the entertainment Boston has to offer.

 

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Ben and Ari

Ben and Ari

About Us

We met in 2006 while attending separate graduate schools, Ari for graphic design and Ben for education. Ari worked at the local gym that Ben attended. She noticed him right away but it took Ben a little while to ask her on a first date. From that day on, we were inseparable and four years later, we were married.

We were instantly comfortable with one another. We have very good communication and it has always been easy for us to share our feelings with each other. We are each other's biggest supporters, each other's rock.

Our son, Emmett is so excited to be a big brother! He has such a big heart and is very affectionate. He often takes out his baby toys and says that he is going to share them with his baby brother or sister. Due to multiple pregnancy losses, we are unable to have any more biological children.  We look forward to growing our family through adoption.

Ari is a stay home mother with Emmett and plans to do so with the baby. Ben works at a private high school in fundraising and development.

Qualities We See in Each Other

Ari says, “Ben is an awesome dad! He’s always teaching Emmett new things like riding a bike or playing hockey. It has been so amazing to watch their bond grow over the past three years. Family is his number one priority. He always puts our needs first and works hard to provide for us. Ben is kind and compassionate. His love for us is unconditional and I’m so grateful for him.”

Ben says, “Ari is a very caring and kind person. On our first date, we spent hours talking and laughing and I knew she was the one for me. She is my best friend and biggest supporter. Ari has a huge heart and is a wonderful and devoted mother and wife.”

Our Hobbies

We are both very active people and enjoy going on family runs and participating in local races. We like to take our son on fun adventures like apple picking, the zoo or a nearby farm. Ari loves to bake and Emmett is a great little helper in the kitchen. Ben is looking forward to Emmett getting a little older so he can take him to sporting events and coach his little league. When we get a night alone, we like to go out for a nice dinner or watch a movie at home.

We spend much of our summer at Ari’s parent’s house on Cape Cod. We enjoy swimming in the pond or ocean, going for family walks, or out for ice cream. We both grew up skiing so in the winter, we like to take weekend ski trips and Emmett is just learning to ice skate.

These moments we have with Emmett are so special to us and we can’t wait to make even more memories with our next child.

Extended Family

We’re lucky that both of our parents and Ben’s sister and her family live within an hour from us. We have three nephews ages 8, 6 and 2.5 and we see them often. Emmett has a great relationship with his cousins and there is a never a dull moment when they all get together. While Ari has a smaller immediate family, her extended family is quite large with nine cousins and ten second cousins. The kids are all around the same age and it’s so fun watching them play together. Everyone is so excited for another cousin to join!

We love spending holidays with our families combined. We spend Thanksgiving at Ben’s parents' house, but Ari’s family comes as well, and we regularly celebrate birthdays together.

Home and Neighborhood

We love our home and neighborhood. The previous owners added on a large and bright room off the kitchen that we currently use as a playroom. Our yard is perfect for playing, with a swing set, sandbox and many fun outdoor toys. Our neighborhood, like our town is very diverse. There are many young families on our street and all the kids enjoy playing with each other. We live a mile from a lake that has swimming and boating, a playground, and a farm. The public schools are ranked top ten in the state. We live two miles from the elementary school and within walking distance to both the middle and high school.

Adoption Plan

We plan to be open with your child from day one about his or her adoption and how much love you have for them. We would love to share photos and updates with you throughout the years.

 

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