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Drew + Christiani

Hello! We are Andrew and Christiani from southern New Hampshire. We would like to express how much we appreciate your taking the time to look through our online profile and getting to know a little bit about us! We admire your love and courage in considering adoption; words cannot describe how much we respect this difficult decision. As adoptive parents, we are very excited to expand our family by adopting again. Our hope is that the words and photos on these pages will give you a glimpse of who we are and reflect the abundant love that we are ready to share with another child. Thank you for considering us. We truly look forward to meeting you and learning about your hopes and dreams. We hope to hear from you soon!

Our Story

The day we met, there were fireworks - literally! It was the Fourth of July, 2001, and we were at a mutual friend's barbecue held on the beach in Southern California. Over a game of croquet, we began chatting, and eventually our friendship blossomed into romance. Soon we were making plans to marry and settle our lives in beautiful New England. We have been married for over a decade now and have built a loving, stable relationship together.

Drew works as a librarian (specializing in music and hosts his own weekly radio show!) at a boarding school just minutes from home. Christiani works part-time in Boston as a Nurse-Midwife, helping to care for women and their babies. We are both fortunate to have found careers that involve serving others in positive ways.

In our spare time, we enjoy going out to the movies, hiking, practicing yoga, attending concerts, walking our dog and eating ice cream. Of course, our greatest joy is spending time with our son Eliot and our extended family and friends!

About Christiani (by Drew)

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It didn't take long for me to fall in love with Christiani. She is a sweet, compassionate soul who works tirelessly to improve the lives of others. Christiani is not only my best friend, but also someone who inspires, understands and comforts me.

What I admire most about Christiani is her selflessness. She is always willing to place the needs of others before her own, both in her work as a Nurse-Midwife as well as in her personal life. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Honduras--her experience working with kids and families impacted her heart so much and led her into her current career.

And she loves kids! She has a natural ability to instill comfort and confidence in young people. Christiani relates well to kids of all ages and she lights up whenever they are around. She has created a loving and stimulating world of fun, learning and laughter for our son Eliot, who she loves to pieces. She can be silly and make any child smile.

CHRISTIANI'S FAVORITES:

DREAM VACATION: NEW ZEALAND

FLOWER: PINK PEONIES

HISTORICAL FIGURE: MOTHER TERESA

HOLIDAY TRADITION: TREE DECORATING

LANGUAGES: SPANISH, PORTUGUESE AND A NATURAL LOVE OF ALL LANGUAGES AND CULTURES.

MAGAZINE: MAGNOLIA

TYPE OF MUSIC: LATIN/WORLD

EXERCISE: YOGA

FAMILY ACTIVITY: HIKING AND PUZZLES

MUSICAL: EVITA

About Drew (by Christiani)

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Of all the attributes I admire about Drew, I love most that he is a gentle and caring husband and father. For example, even the tiniest of spiders found in our home is carefully scooped up and gingerly placed outside in its natural habitat; I don't know many men who would do that!

Others often comment that he is kind, reliable, trustworthy, and a good listener. He is a loving father to Eliot, and I am blessed to call him my husband and best friend!

In his spare time, Drew enjoys reading (after all, he is a librarian!), outdoor activities like camping and hiking, and, most of all, playing and listening to all types of music. He is a gifted pianist, saxophonist and clarinetist, and he has already given Eliot a few music lessons. He hosts a weekly radio show that features music available in the library where he highlights history and music from around the globe.

DREW'S FAVORITES:

COLOR: GREEN

FOOD: RAVIOLI

HOBBY: PLAYING PIANO

HOLIDAY MOVIE: ELF

MUSIC: JAZZ

SPORT: TENNIS AND GOLF

TV SHOW: LOST

BEVERAGE: CHAI

DAY OF THE WEEK: SUNDAY

HOLIDAY: THANKSGIVING

Our Home, Community, And Friends

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We LOVE our community in the seacoast area of New Hampshire! We are lucky to continue to deepen our friendships (old & new) through church, school, work, community events, and awesome neighbors!

Our home nests in a neighborhood filled with other families and children of all ages. It is common to see children out playing together, riding their bikes, putting up lemonade stands, or walking their dogs.

There are sidewalks, trails for hiking and biking, tree-lined streets, local parks, swimming pools and an extensive array of community activities throughout the year. Our town is known for its excellent schools, medical care, and close-knit community.

Berkeley!

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We enjoy spoiling our Golden Retriever Berkeley (now age 9). He has been so gentle and sweet playing with our son as well as all of our nieces and friends' children. Likewise, our son is very gentle and loving to other animals and has a best friend in Berkeley.

We hope to add more pets to our household one day, too!

Family

We both feel very fortunate to have been blessed with a large and supportive family. They share our excitement to become parents again. There are many future sweet cousins (all girls!), nurturing aunts, silly uncles, and loving grandparents who are all ready to embrace our child!

Our family originates from both the east and west coasts--Christiani and her family are from California, while Andrew and his family are from New Jersey. Our favorite time with family is spent while cooking meals together, swimming in the pool or ocean, traveling and exploring nature, going to plays, or shopping downtown.

Both of our parents are recently retired and are looking forward to spending even more time with us in the future!

About Our Son

Our son is such a happy, sweet, and social little guy. He just turned five years old and started Kindergarten this past fall --he is bright and seems to LOVE his new routines at school. He enjoys 'dramatic' play with his friends and has quite the imagination. He also loves art, dance, soccer, Cub Scouts, and swimming. Super silly, inquisitive, gregarious, and tenacious are other adjectives that describe him. He loves ALL things travel: trains, car, planes and looks forward to our next trip! Recently we traveled to Montreal, California, and Florida and he loved every minute of it!

We have been blessed by our son's adoption and were delighted to receive the phone call two weeks prior to his birth that we had been chosen to be his parents! Born with congenital heart defects, he underwent open heart surgery at just five weeks old and as you can imagine, he has made a full recovery and is now a happy and healthy little boy. He will be the most attentive and loving big brother--and is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to be one!

Thank You!

Thank you so much for spending some time with us. As we look to grow our family, we are honored that you have taken the time to get to know a little bit about us. We are thrilled to share our lives with a son or daughter through a second adoption.

We also understand that this is an extremely monumental decision both for you and the future of your child, one filled with selfless love, and we so appreciate your considering us as adoptive parents. We wish you the very best and hope to hear from you soon!

Many Blessings,

Andrew & Christiani

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