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Jay + Kate

Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to look at our online profile! We are a family of three, but we can't wait to become a family of four! We have one son, Adham, who joined our family through the amazing gift of adoption in 2013. We are a fun-loving, adventurous family, and try to appreciate and enjoy the smaller things in life each day!

Dear Expectant Parent

Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to look at our online profile! Our names are Kate and Jay, and we look forward to telling you all about ourselves and our family through this profile.

Although we haven't yet learned your name, talked on the phone, or met in person, we think of you every day. We so admire your courage and strength, and also the incredible love that you have for your child. We're trying hard to find the words to say how grateful (and excited, and humbled, and....thrilled!) we are to grow our family through the amazing gift of adoption.

There are so many experiences that we look forward to sharing with another child - from playground adventures to bedtime stories, from building sandcastles to creating snowmen - we can't wait to explore the world as a family of four! In a way, we can't wait for those sleepless nights and diaper changes to begin again, either!

We are already an adoptive family....we have one son, Adham, who is almost 4 years old ("four years BIG and STRONG!" as he would tell you). He joined our family in April of 2013 and is the most kind-hearted, caring, and fun-loving little guy! We feel so blessed to have him and his birth family in our lives. We truly can't wait to see him in the role of a BIG brother! He is so proud and excited that he will have a "baby brother" or "baby sister" soon. He talks every day about how he will get to be a big helper for the new baby.

So check us out! We will do our best to show you "us" in the sections below, and to be as honest as we know how. We hope that you'll be able to see your child fitting right into our family, and you will feel peace knowing that he or she will have our unconditional love and support. We want your child to know all about you, and he or she will grow up knowing that you love them as much as we will!

Thanks, and we can't wait to meet you!

With much love, Kate & Jay

The Story Of Us...

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We met in college when we were both sophomores, and were enrolled in a course together. After meeting, we began studying together and then started dating shortly after that! On our first date we went to an Italian restaurant, and then to watch a local jazz band perform at a coffee shop in town. It wasn't anything super fancy, but it was perfect for us. Since then, we have been inseparable!

We dated for five years, and have been married now for ten. Our love is deep and our marriage is based on friendship, commitment, respect, communication, and affection. We love to spend time together - both as a couple, and as a family!

We are a fun-loving, adventurous family! We live in the Northeast, and find ourselves outside every season. We love spending time at the beach, going on camping trips, hiking, and sledding/ snow-tubing in the winter. At home we have a large yard with a swingset, many fun outdoor toys, and a small vegetable garden. There are many other families in our neighborhood, and we love getting together for play dates--to go sledding in the winter, pick raspberries in the fall, run through the sprinkler in the summer, and ride bicycles in the spring! Our town was recently rated as one of the best places to raise a family by a well-known website, and we have a wonderful school system.

Our Family...

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We love to: celebrate holidays and birthdays, share meals together, spend time with our extended families & friends, go on camping trips, explore the forests on hiking trails, spend time at the beach, have fun on sledding & snow-tubing hills, play board games, take trips to the movies, visit state and national parks, take outings to local playgrounds, jump around at our local trampoline park, and support Adham with his swim and T-ball lessons! We look forward to sharing our love of these activities with another child, and also to trying new activities as our children grow and develop new interests.

As parents, some of the values that we try to live by, model, and teach include: integrity, honesty, empathy, compassion, generosity, kindness, respecting differences, admitting to mistakes, and the importance of caring for family members and friends. We also believe in the importance of community involvement and volunteer activities, and we work to support good causes as often as we can. We have volunteered at Special Olympics, the local homeless shelter, at hospital pediatric events, and at Adham's preschool. Jay has done a lot of volunteer work through the YMCA, helping to organize an annual triathlon that benefits children's programming. Kate volunteers with a local group that works to support other families with infertility challenges, much like our own. Before Adham joined our family, we had the opportunity to participate in a health-outreach program in the Dominican Republic. Additionally, Jay had the opportunity to travel to Haiti to volunteer as a disaster relief nurse, after the devastating earthquake there. Adham loves animals, so he has recently helped us to complete several volunteer projects for our local animal shelter.

About Kay

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I am a preschool teacher, and I love what I do! I have a master's degree in special education. Before having Adham, I taught special education for students in kindergarten through third grade. I currently teach at a local preschool and couldn't imagine working anywhere else! One of the benefits of my current job is that it is only part time (2 mornings per week,) and also very flexible and family-friendly. Our preschool follows the public school schedule, so I will always have off the same holidays, vacation weeks, and summer vacation dates that our children do!

I enjoy sharing my love of children's literature with Adham, and I look forward to sharing this same love with our next child. At our house, we have a large collection of children's books and books on CD. Adham and I love reading the "Pete the Cat" book series by Eric Litwin, and also the "Llama Llama" book series by Anna Dewdney. Some of our other favorites include "The Napping House" by Audrey Wood, and books about ocean animals, vehicles, and legos! We enjoy weekly trips to our local library to find new books on things that Adham is interested in! I also love to sing children's songs - although I am a bit off key!

In my free time, I love to be outside. My favorite two places to be are at the beach and camping! I also enjoy gardening, which is something I learned about from my mom. This past summer we grew some delicious tomatoes and carrots! Some of my other interests include running (although I'm pretty slow!,) skiing, snow-tubing, going for walks, cooking, and spending time with friends. I also love working on creative activities, such as seasonal crafts, jewelry, card-making, painting pottery, and making fresh evergreen wreaths for the holidays.

I truly can't put into words how excited I am....how excited we are...to become parents again! It has been so incredibly rewarding to observe Adham's growth and development. To hear him say "mom" and "I love you, mommy"....is just the best. More than anything, I look forward to sharing our love with another child.

About Kay, Written By Jay

I feel like I won the lottery when I got to marry Kate! She is an incredible woman who's stolen my heart! She's everything in one person: adventurous and down-to-earth, exciting and intelligent, and both patient and kind. I've seen her spend an hour and a half trying to catch a stray cat to be sure he had food, and I've seen her be completely content to sit on a beach and read. She has never been one to need the next new thing to be happy, she just is.

The greatest ability Kate has as a person, and by extension a parent, is to bring out the best in people. I wish you could see the love and patience she has with Adham. I've become such a better father to him because of what I have learned raising a child next to her. Her work as a special education teacher is unsurpassed, but it's her excitement to inspire that I first noticed about her. She is simply so good with children, so patient and loving, that I've never seen anyone else who can bring out the best in another. As a mother, I know Kate will gently guide your little one to grow up curious, brave, and kind.

A child who's able to grow up calling Kate "mom" will always have a tireless cheerleader in their corner, and a constant source of inspiration.

About Jay

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I see myself as a curious and adventurous person. I'm very social and love to be around friends and family. I work as a flight nurse, and spend my nights on a helicopter, caring for children and adults who can be quite sick or hurt. I have been a nurse now for about twelve years, and it's been great!

In my free time, I try to get outside onto my mountain bike or kayak, swimming in the summer and skating in the winter. Inside, when I have free time, I enjoy reading and listening to audiobooks. I love participating in active activities with Adham. I also love taking him out for hikes, teaching him how to play soccer and t-ball, and going sledding together! We always find ways to have fun, be silly, and enjoy life!

I'm always willing to try something new! Over the years I have learned that if I make a plan and stick to it, there's nothing that's out of reach! Kate and I hope to raise our children to have the confidence to try new things, and to never hold back from giving new opportunities a try.

Our children will always know our unconditional love and support. Not a day goes by that we don't wish for another little one to take out into the world with us. We will raise both of our kids with the excitement for life that we were brought up with!

About Jay, Written By Kate

Jay is the love of my life, and my best friend! He is kind, hard-working, has a great sense of humor, and is always willing to help others. Jay is incredibly thoughtful, and loves to surprise me with notes by the coffee maker, flowers, dinners, and weekend adventures! Sometimes, I still can't believe that Jay is mine! I feel so fortunate to have met him.

One of the things that I love about Jay is his sense of adventure. He is always willing to try new activities and explore new places. We have done such fun things together as a couple, and as a family.

I am so proud of how hard Jay works at his job as a flight nurse, providing for our family. He takes care of patients of all ages...from babies who have been born prematurely to senior citizens. He is frequently recognized by other staff members, patients, and their families - for his skill level, compassion, and bedside manner. He has been known to learn magic tricks to make a pediatric patient smile, locate a special type of tea for an elderly woman, and help to arrange celebrations for patients who have to spend their birthdays in the hospital.

Jay is an amazing dad. He is incredibly involved, patient, nurturing, and encouraging--and Adham adores him! Jay loves taking Adham on little adventures, like going hiking, "treasure hunting," ice-skating, swimming, sledding, playing soccer, and participating in children's building workshops. At home, I love watching them play together! I quite often see them building hot-wheels track systems across the living room, constructing spaceships and race cars out of legos, playing active games like hide and seek, and spending quiet moments together reading books.

Jay and I talk every day about how excited we are to welcome a second child into our family. We have so much extra love to share and we can't wait to become a family of four!

About Adham, Written By Kate And Jay

Adham is an awesome little guy, and we couldn't be prouder to be his parents! His name was chosen by his birth parents, and is actually a combination of their last names (it's simply pronounced "Adam"). We love how it ties our families together, and him to his birth parents. Adham is friendly, adventurous, imaginative, and almost always happy & smiling! He has an incredibly kind heart and demonstrates so much empathy towards others. He loves to have fun and is such a little socialite! He is always up for trying new things, tumbling around, and laughing! Some of Adham's current favorite activities include: swimming, visiting local playgrounds, camping, building with legos, monster trucks, playing in the sandbox, sledding & snow tubing, art projects, learning about animals, and learning about superheroes (especially Batman and Spiderman!)

There really isn't a day that goes by that we don't stop and think about how lucky we are to be parents. The thought of having another child join our family....to be parents of a second child....is just so incredible! We can't wait to see Adham in the role of a "big brother!" He talks quite often about how much he wants a "baby brother or baby sister" to join our family. At his preschool/ childcare, his teacher often tells us about how much he loves helping her to care for the younger children. We know that he will be incredibly proud to officially become a BIG brother!

In Closing

We truly appreciate you taking the time to look through our profile and learn about our family. We think of you every day, as you consider the possibility of making an adoption plan for your child. We would love to learn about you, and learn about the hopes and dreams that you have for your precious little one.

With much love,

Kate, Jay, & Adham

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