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.
We've called New York City home for the last 10 years. We live in a beautiful, quiet, and diverse neighborhood in Manhattan that has lots of young families, a bunch of top-notch schools, and endless outdoor activities. There are several huge parks just a few blocks from our home with playgrounds, baseball and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, miles and miles of running trails, and picnic areas. There's also an incredible year-round farmers market down the street from us that we love to visit every Saturday morning--rain or shine!--to pick up fruits, veggies, and milk for the week, and say hi to our friends and neighbors. We feel like we live in a little village at the very top of NYC. And we're just a short subway ride from all the fantastic museums, theaters, and other sights and sounds of the city. We absolutely love living here, and we can't wait to continue experiencing it all as a family.
I grew up in a small town in northern Idaho where my family traces its roots all the way back to the town founders. Because NYC is such a different place than Idaho, John and I really value the time we spend in my hometown where we get to do all kinds of fun outdoor things that I loved to do as a kid like hiking, camping, canoeing, biking, sledding, and picking wild huckleberries.
When I was a kid, my parents encouraged me to explore the arts, and I ended up discovering that I love to write. I eventually studied playwriting in college, and I'm now a professional playwright and screenwriter. I can't wait to pass on my love of reading and writing to your child--John and I have a growing collection of our favorite children's books in anticipation.
I'm also really passionate about music. I've played piano ever since I was a kid, and it's something I'm really excited to share with a child someday. I also love cooking and am frequently trying out new recipes in our kitchen--my new favorite kitchen gadget is our stovetop smoker! I also love to jog along the trails in our neighborhood and explore off-the-beaten-path sections of NYC with John.
I grew up in Boston with my parents and my younger sister. We lived close to my grandparents and extended family, and I loved going on mini adventures with them to Red Sox games and the Boston Children's Museum. I'm pretty sure this is why family time is such a priority for me to this day.
When I was a kid, my parents rented a house on Cape Cod during the summers, where we'd comb the beaches for seashells, play mini golf, ride go-carts, and go fishing. I also loved taking family trips to Disney World. So, when Sam's work brings him to LA, we usually try to make it to Disneyland for a day. It's fun to experience as an adult, but I'm really looking forward to taking the trip as a family.
I love to travel and experience new cultures with Sam, so I'm really grateful that my work as a theater producer has taken me to some cool places around the world like Singapore and Abu Dhabi. And because I work freelance, there's a ton of flexibility in my schedule. One of the places where I work, an artist retreat on a farm right outside NYC, is very family friendly. Besides traveling, I enjoy Instagramming, gardening, watching Top Chef, and crocheting (I recently made a neat alphabet blanket for my niece).