We met in 2004 and have been together ever since. We adopted a dog from a rescue organization together in 2010 who’s named Hans (His nickname is 'the muffin'). We got married in 2013 in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We live in Portsmouth, NH, which is a coastal city with great schools, parks and theaters. We both grew up in NH and love to be outdoors. We are avid downhill skiers, love to go to the beach and are always looking for outdoor 'projects' like gardening, landscaping, etc. Doug's family also has a rustic camp in downeast Maine on the ocean and we love to go there in the summer and visit with his family & make s'mores around the camp fire. We're very excited to bring a little one along on our adventures.
We live in Portsmouth, NH, which is a coastal city with great schools, parks and theaters. Our home as plenty of room with four bedrooms and two and a half baths. We have a fenced yard and live in a quiet neighborhood. We are within walking distance to the downtown area. Portsmouth was recently featured by National Geographic Travel as possibly the U.S.A.'s Greatest Small Town. It's a wonderful place to raise a family
I was born in Wolfeboro NH. My father was an Attorney, and my mother was a teacher. My parents were educated, hardworking people. I have an older brother who is also an Attorney, and lives in Golden Colorado. He's married to his college sweetheart (another Attorney), and they have 2 boys. My younger brother lives in Winchester Ma. He & his wife (yet another Attorney) have a boy and a girl. Other than the fascination with the legal profession, we are a normal family.
We were (and still are, really) a typical family. I'm very close with my brothers. Our families are all very close, and we spend a lot of time together. We were the kind of kids who were swimming before we could walk, and put in skis as soon as we could crawl.
After graduating somewhere near the top of my class in high school, I headed up to Colby College in Waterville Maine. I graduated with a Major in Computer science, and Mathematics. I spent 6 months studying on London, which I used as a home base to see many European cities. At college I learned a lot - but I think that the most important thing that I learned was how to balance hard work & play time. I really learned that my parents had been doing that all along, and they were right all along.
After college, I came back to New Hampshire, where I quickly found a career in technology. I've worked for 5 small companies on the seacoast of New Hampshire over the last 16 years. I've developed a great career, and have many friends & colleagues in the area.
Over 13 years ago now, I met Mike. We hit it off great from the get go. We've been each other’s best friends for over a decade; I think that he's one of the best things that ever happened to me. Mike & I have a dog, Hans, who is ridiculously spoiled. We've been in our house in Portsmouth for over 7 years. Just about 4 years ago we got married up in the White Mountains. We are avid skiers, and consider the mount Washington valley to be a second home, or our winter playground. We enjoy downhill skiing, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing from our ski condo at Attitash. Summers are usually spent one the seacoast, up at our camp in Maine, and in the lakes region & White Mountains of NH. We usually take 1 or 2 trips out to Colorado to visit my older brother & his family.
We have been talking about adoption for years. We were starting to prepare for the process a few years ago. We were interrupted when my father got a terminal Cancer diagnosis. He was given a handful of months to live. We came together as a family, and helped my father fight the disease for a year and a half, until his passing in the spring of 2016. Near the end, Mike's grandmother also got a terminal cancer diagnosis, and she passed in the early summer. 2016 was not a good year for us.
As the pain is dulling, we are continuing with our lives. We are excited to adopt. We are excited to start a family. We are in an amazing place right now to raise a child. We have a great home (not child friendly just yet) in Portsmouth, and we've talked about moving to the burbs if/when we outgrow the home. Our children will enjoy skiing, swimming, hiking, and lots of time with grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles.
We are hoping to adopt multiple children. They may come all at once, or over the next few years. My eyes tear up as I write this; I don't know how to put the emotions to words. We are so ready for this step... So hopeful. And so excited.
I was born and raised in NH as an only child. My parents met in college and both worked for the State of NH. My mom was a college professor and my dad worked as a probation officer. They divorced when I was 9, but lived in the same town. I lived with my mom and saw my dad several times a week. My parents remarried when I was in my early teens, which resulted in my having a very ‘modern’ family. My mother has been married to my stepfather for 30 years. I have 3 older step-sisters (all married with kids) and a stepbrother from that marriage. My father re-married and had a son, my half-brother, Nick, who is now 25 years old. I also have a half-sister, Michaela, (same father) who is now 12. My father passed away before she was born. I am very close with Michaela and see her often. Nick lives in VT, so I see him less often, but have a good relationship with him and his mother. I am also very close to my cousin, Carol, on my dad’s side. She lives nearby and she and I shared the responsibility of taking care of my grandmother after my dad passed away. My grandmother passed away recently at the age of 95.
I graduated from college and worked as an engineer for four years, before going to grad school for a master’s degree in business administration. I have worked in finance for the last 17 years and have had pretty good success in my professional life.
Doug and I met on-line in 2004. We quickly realized how much we had in common and have been together ever since. We adopted a dog from a rescue organization together in 2010 who is named Hans. (His nickname is ‘the muffin’) He’s been a great addition to our family. We got married in 2013 and bought a house in Portsmouth, NH, which is a coastal city with great schools, parks and theaters. We both grew up in NH and love to be outdoors. We are avid downhill skiers, love to go to the beach and are always looking for outdoor ‘projects’ like gardening, landscaping, etc. We own a ski condo in NH and love to host family and friends on the weekends. Doug’s family also has a camp in downeast Maine on the ocean and we love to go there in the summer and visit with his family. Both of our families have been very supportive of our relationship and we all get along very well. We like to host family dinners in Portsmouth and look forward to seeing both sides of our family on the holidays.
Doug and I have talked about ‘having babies’ for many years. Doug’s brothers have each started their families. His older brother and his wife have two sons, and his younger brother and his wife has a daughter and a son. We love to visit with our niece and nephews and would love to have children of our own. I recently lost my grandmother and Doug lost his father to cancer, which has been very hard for us both. It has really put life into perspective and the importance of having a family. We’ve realized that family should come first, so we are making it our first priority and hoping to adopt children of our own. We would like our children to have siblings, so we would like to adopt more than one child. We are so excited to continue this journey together and grow our family in the years to come.