We met twelve years ago while we were in graduate school in Iowa. (Since Sam grew up in the Northwest and John grew up in the Northeast, we like to joke that it took us moving to the middle of the country to meet each other!) At the beginning of the fall semester, we bumped into each other at a downtown coffee shop. Sam decided to use the opportunity to invite John to a BBQ he was throwing for some of the graduate students that weekend. We hit it off, and have been attached at the hip ever since.
Years later, on the night New York legalized gay marriage, we got engaged. The next year, we had a small ceremony at the Manhattan courthouse surrounded by our family and friends, who joined us for a weekend of fun in NYC. It was an incredibly special weekend for both of us and our loved ones.
These days, we're always up for an adventure. We love to travel but also enjoy exploring the endless nooks and crannies of NYC. We like trying new restaurants, checking out new plays off-Broadway, and taking long walks with our dog in Central Park. Some of our favorite nights are spent with Sam trying out new recipes from our big collection of cook books, hosting dinner parties for our friends in the neighborhood, or just curling up on the couch with our dog, playing Scrabble, and watching TV.
Ever since we realized we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, becoming dads has been a big dream of ours. We have lots of friends who are adopted or have adopted, and we've seen the many joys of creating a family through adoption. So, for a while now, we've known in our hearts that adoption is the best path for us to become dads.
We're excited to be at a place in our lives where we can provide a loving, stable home for your baby. We know first-hand the importance of kindness, tolerance, and empathy, and we're eager to pass those values on to your child. And we can't wait to create memories as a family as we go on adventures around the world. We're very close with our niece, nephew, Sam's godson, and all of our friends' kids, and we cherish the time we've spent with them hiking in Ireland, making snow angels and sledding in northern Idaho, and searching for seashells and hermit crabs on the beaches of Cape Cod.
If we're lucky enough to be chosen by you, we promise we will raise your baby with unconditional love and commitment. For the last twelve years, we've been creating a home together. Now, we're eager to begin the next chapter of our lives by sharing that home with your child, who will feel loved, protected, and, above all, happy. In good times and difficult times, we promise that your child will always be our focus, our joy, and our priority.