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Jay + Kate

Hello! We are so grateful that you are taking the time to look at our online profile. We are a down-to-earth family of four, and we love to be outdoors whenever possible. Both of our children joined our family through the amazing gift of adoption. We hope to adopt one more time and become a family of five!

Hello!

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at our profile. Our names are Kate & Jay, and we are excited to tell you about ourselves, and our family, through this profile.

We have been married for 12 years and have two children, Adham & Erika, who both joined our family through adoption. As a family, we love to spend time outdoors-whether building sandcastles by the ocean, enjoying a campfire and s'mores, or simply pushing our kids on the swings at the park. Adham and Erika are our greatest joys in this life, and we have so much gratitude towards their first families for choosing us!

Family means everything to us, and we feel that our family is not quite complete yet. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to grow our family one more time through adoption. We find parenting to be incredibly rewarding, and our children are teaching us so much about what is truly important in life...to stop and enjoy the everyday, to live in the moment, to love fiercely, and to not be afraid to try new things!

Watching our children interact and form sibling bonds has been the sweetest to observe. Adham is a very proud big brother, and often does little things all on his own to help care for Erika. He takes great pride in teaching her new skills. As we think about becoming a family of five, we truly can't wait to watch all three of our children interacting together.

Although we haven't yet learned your name, talked on the phone, or met in person, we think of you everyday. We know that the decisions that you are making are incredibly difficult ones. As you consider making a potential adoption plan, please know that we so admire your courage, strength, and the deep love that you have for your child. We are committed to advocating for you, and for supporting you in making the type of adoption plan that feels best for you personally. We want your child to know all about you, and he or she will grow up knowing about the amazing love that you have for them.

So check us out! We will do our best to show you "us" in the sections below, and to be as real as we know how. We can't wait to talk more!

with much love,

Kate & Jay

About Us

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Our love story started when we met in college. 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 now been married for twelve years. Our marriage is based on a foundation of deep love, friendship, commitment, respect, communication, and affection. We love to spend time together - both as a couple, and as a family.

We value fun experiences and time together over fancy material possessions. 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, take trips to the movies, visit state and national parks, take outings to local playgrounds, jump around at our local trampoline park, and play board games. Our favorite family game is currently "Pie Face!"

We live in the Northeast, in a quiet neighborhood with tall pine trees. There are many other young families in our subdivision, and we enjoy getting together for play dates. We love to take walks around the neighborhood while Adham rides his bike.

At our home, we have a large yard with a swingset, a giant sandbox (built by Jay!,) many fun outdoor toys, and a small vegetable garden. We recently finished building a deck and this has been a really nice addition to our house- we love to enjoy meals outside. We share our home with a friendly and adventurous cat named Harry.

Kate

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My real name is Katherine, but everyone calls me Kate. I am a wife, mom to Adham & Erika, and a lover of the ocean and chocolate! I am mostly a stay-at-home mom, but I also work on a very part-time basis at a local preschool. I have a master's degree in special education. Before Adham & Erika joined our family, I taught special education for students in kindergarten through third grade. Now, I enjoy bringing my background in special education into an inclusive preschool setting. Jay and I are fortunate to be able to alternate our work schedules, so that when I am at work, he is home caring for the kids.

I look forward to sharing my love of children's books with our next child. I also love to sing children's songs - although I am a bit off key! We enjoy having dance parties after dinner. Erika is just starting to learn to dance, and it is absolutely adorable! Adham likes to "break dance" and will proudly show you his fancy moves!

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!,) 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.

As our children grow, we want to make sure that they have frequent opportunities to network with other children who have also been adopted. Recently, Jay & I started a social group for adoptive families in our area, and have been organizing activities where families like ours can meet, support each other, and have fun! This past summer, we hosted an event at a state park and enjoyed an afternoon of swimming with other adoptive families.

Before turning to adoption, Jay and I struggled with infertility and pregnancy loss. Adoption has been the biggest blessing in our lives! Because of our challenges with trying to start a family, we feel that we appreciate and enjoy being parents now more then words can express. We are incredibly excited...grateful...and humbled to have this opportunity to have another child join our family....and to get to know you as well!

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 thirteen years, and it's been great! In addition to working at local hospitals, I have also volunteered as a nurse internationally, in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Most of my free time has been happily transformed into time with my family. I still do most of the things I did before they were born, but now its with my children as a focus. Getting exercise just means that I'm pushing them both in a stroller while Erika watches for birds and airplanes, and Adham catches a Pichu in Pokemon Go. I've always enjoyed building model airplanes, and now I enjoy sending model rockets high into the sky with Adham! In our yard, I have built sledding hills and skating rinks for the kids to enjoy in the winter. Inside, when I have free time, I enjoy reading and listening to audiobooks. As a family, 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 are raising our kids with the excitement for life that we were brought up with!

About Kate, 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. 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, and the glow in her eyes when she plays with Erika. I've become such a better father to our children because of what I have learned from her! Kate's work as a 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 others. As a mother, I know Kate will gently guide your little one to grow up curious, brave, and kind.

Through having Kate as a mom, our children will always have a tireless cheerleader in their corner, and a constant source of inspiration.

About Jay, Written By Kate

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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 generous, and loves to surprise me with notes by the coffee maker, gift certificates for pedicures, dinners, and weekend adventures. 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 incredibly proud of how hard Jay works as a flight nurse, providing for our family. 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. This past May, he was presented with an award for his hard work on an educational project that improved patient care on several hospital floors.

Jay is an amazing dad. He is incredibly involved, loving, patient, nurturing, and encouraging -- and Adham & Erika adore him! He loves to take the kids on little adventures, like going hiking, treasure hunting, swimming sledding, and to playgrounds. At home, I will often find him 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 on the couch with the kids snuggled up in his lap.

We have so much extra love to share and we can't wait to become a family of five!

About Adham & Erika, Written By Kate & Jay

Our children are our absolute greatest joys in this life, and we feel incredibly grateful that we were chosen to be their parents. We will tell you a little bit about each of them in this section.

Adham likes to tell people that he is "almost, almost 5 1/2!" 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 first 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, & laughing! Some of his favorite things include: legos, searching for insects, science experiments, monster trucks, hot wheels cars, swimming, and visiting playgrounds. He likes to race in Mario Kart with Jay, and is just starting to learn about collecting Pok?mon cards.

As a big brother, he seems to really love the roles of being a teacher and a helper. In the morning, he often greets Erika by giving her a hug and saying "hello, little lady" or "Good Morning, little E!" He is quite excited that a new baby brother or sister will be joining our family. He tells us quite often that he is excited to hold the new baby, and to teach him or her "how to play legos and skip rocks into the water!"

Erika is our incredibly joyful and sweet one year old! Her name also has special significance and honors her courageous and beautiful first mother, and we love this! Erika is a happy, affectionate, and easy-going little girl, who loves to laugh, be silly, and try to keep up with her older brother! She is very interested in the way things work and likes to open and close containers and figure out how to use toys independently. She absolutely loves animals, especially our cat, Harry. She is very expressive and her vocabulary is expanding every day. She also uses some baby sign language, and it is so precious to see her using her hands to sign things like "airplane" and "birds." Some of her current favorite activities include: swimming and water play, practicing her climbing skills at the playground, reading board books, swinging, and music. Each week, we take a music class together, and Erika absolutely loves clapping her hands, dancing, playing the musical instruments, and watching the other children. We are excited that Erika and her younger sibling to-be will be close in age, and we look forward to seeing her in the role of a big sister one day!

If it is something that you would like, we would love for your child's name to also have special significance that connects him or her to you!

Friends

Our friends have been incredibly supportive of our family and our plans for this adoption. We are close friends with two other adoptive families, and we are enjoying raising our children together!

We recently started an adoption support and social group in our community, and are excited to say that we are meeting more and more families who have been touched by adoption. We want our children to grow up alongside other children who have adoption as part of their stories, too!

One of our favorite activities to share with friends is weekend get-togethers at our homes, and sometimes at lakeside camps. We all bring food to share and enjoy afternoons of swimming, boating/ water tubing, frisbee, family games, and roasting s'mores at dusk. It is so fun to watch all of our children play together. We also enjoy meeting up to go snow-tubing and skiing in the winter, followed by plenty of hot chocolate.

Community Involvement

We both feel that community involvement and volunteer work are very important. 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. Kate volunteers with a local group that works to support other families with infertility challenges, & Jay was a volunteer soccer coach last fall for Adham's soccer team.

Before having children, we had the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic to participate in a two-week health outreach program to families in rural villages. Jay has also traveled to Haiti to volunteer as a nurse with International Medical Corps.

As parents, we work hard to model and teach the values of kindness, empathy, generosity, love, respecting differences, standing up against racism and injustice, and the importance of community involvement and volunteerism. Adham and Erika have already participated in several volunteer activities with us, including fundraisers for cancer research, projects at our animal shelter, and collecting items for family giving baskets at the holidays.

One Final Thank You...

Thank you so very much for reading our online profile! We would love to learn more about you, and about the dreams that you have for your precious little one. We would also love to tell you more about us- please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions. We also have a hard-copy profile book with many more pictures, and we would love to share this with you as well!

with much love,

Kate, Jay, Adham, & Erika

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