Journey To Adoption
The greatest joy in our lives is being parents. When we found out that Liz could no longer have any more children, there was no question in our minds that adoption would be the answer to completing our family and making our dreams come true! Michael is just the love of our lives but we are still hoping for another child to welcome into our hearts. We continue to pray for the chance to grow our family through adoption and we thank you for your strength and bravery as you take the time to consider our family for your child.
Andrew and Liz met through a mutual friend that Liz went to college with and who Andrew grew up with. After being introduced we began dating and were instantly inseparable. We spoke on the phone at least three times a day and it was obvious to us as well as our family and friends that we would be together forever. We did so many fun and wonderful things together while we were dating. We went to firehouse functions (Andrew is a volunteer fireman), baseball games, went out to dinner, spent time out on the east end of Long Island as well as in New York City and attended animal rescue events in between. We dated for two and a half years and were engaged for a little over a year until we were married in 2008. We had a beautiful church ceremony in the church that Liz’s family has been going to for over fifty years. It was followed by an enormous reception with all of our family and friends supporting us. Besides being deeply in love with each other, we are also the best of friends who compliment and balance each other out perfectly.
As a couple we enjoy taking walks together, having big summertime BBQ’s and eating outside, sharing household responsibilities (Andrew is very handy around the house), going to the movies and spending time with family and friends. We love talking over a family dinner each night, asking Michael (our son) how his day was and sharing all of the highlights. As a family we often walk to the library together to check out books and read together, spend time at the park which of course Michael loves, take our dogs for a walk, and play both indoor and outdoor games. Our home is filled with love and laughter and we dream of the day that we can expand our family through adoption.
We have so many family traditions, many of which have carried over from our childhood. We feel it is so important for a child to grow up having keystone events to look forward to and experience every year. Every year in the fall we go both apple and pumpkin picking with both immediate and extended family. At Christmas time we always pick out a tree with Liz’s parents and we bake Christmas cookies the week before the holiday with both sets of grandparents. The holidays are always shared in larger than life gatherings, with family teeming out the doors and delicious smells wafting through the house. We both come from big families and holidays are spent with them, with great gatherings of food, presents, non-stop chatter and children running around. We are truly blessed that so many of our relatives live so close to us and that we are able to see each other frequently. Your child will be welcomed into and loved by so many cousins, aunties and uncles!
Each year we usually go on two vacations, out to the east end of Long Island where our family rents a summer house as well as down south to Florida. The house out east has become in part, a family tradition. It’s so nice getting away from the busier lifestyle and just simply relax by the beach, visiting quaint farmer's markets and enjoying nature and its natural beauty. We spend the week with Liz’s immediate family and have such an amazing time!
We also travel down to Florida once a year. Andrew’s mother and stepfather live in Florida and it is wonderful to go down and see and spend time with them. Liz’s parents live primarily in New York, but they also have a vacation home in Florida which they frequent. Liz has family that lives down there, so our annual trips are filled with reunions, fun and laughter.