Keri & Nickolai

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Our Story

We love exploring national parks, local museums, and hiking, camping and kayaking together.

Keri was raised in Wisconsin and Michigan, and can’t wait to continue the tradition of family road trips with a big cooler full of picnic supplies, to take our child fishing and golfing and to pick blueberries like she did growing up.

We look forward to mountain and lakeside camping trips, visiting Nickolai’s family in Colorado and Panama, making pelmeny (Siberian dumplings), baking cookies, and going to concerts, museums, and playdates. Most of all, we’re excited to discover the world through our child’s eyes and all they will become.

Our Home

We live in a quiet, friendly neighborhood in the Richmond hills overlooking Wildcat Canyon. Our nearest neighbors are Tibetan Buddhist monks living in a retreat center right across the street- they've built a playground, peace garden, and meditation walking paths for the community and we appreciate hearing their prayer wheels chime each morning. When we look over the fence in our backyard in the evenings while roasting marshmallows over our fire pit, we see only tall redwood trees and the stars - it feels like we're camping at home. We're looking forward to building a tiny house there someday filled with books, comfy chairs, and a piano to read and play music in as a family. Our back and side yards are filled with strawberry, tomato, peas, kale, artichokes and other vegetables, lemon, lime and orange trees, and tons of flowers. We have reserved space for a swing set or a fort! It's the perfect place for a little one to explore nature and have fun in!

Keri (by Nickolai)

adoptive family photo - Keri (by Nickolai) I admit that I'm biased, but my wife is the most amazing person I know. Kind, funny and whip smart, Keri exudes patience and warmth. She balances teaching and running nonprofits that bring music education to young people with volunteer work and a large group of caring friends. Most people try to avoid extra responsibilities, but Keri is the kind of person who steps up to a challenge, especially when it involves helping others. I know that Keri will be a wonderful mother. Leading a youth and family based music organization lets her work from home a couple of days each week with some flexibility in her schedule. I know she can't wait to share with a little one the children's music, art, and theatre experiences she's spent her career creating for others. With her love for animated films, I definitely see matinees and sing-a-long films in our future! She also loves to sing lullabies and songs from around the world, and has started collecting bedtime storybooks to read to our future child.

Nickolai (by Keri)

adoptive family photo - Nickolai (by Keri) On our first date to the Musee Mechanique in San Francisco and coffee afterward, I found out about Nickolai's first career in human rights advocacy, and his "side job" as an expert witness supporting people in immigration courts seeking asylum in our country. My first thought was "Saving people's lives is his SIDE JOB? WOW!!" He's carried that fight for fairness and justice into his second career as a social studies teacher, with a passion to learn from history so we don't repeat it. His greatest passion is his family - from watching soccer games long-distance with his parents via Facetime to bringing me flowers for years "just because". He's a big kid with a bigger heart, and makes me a stronger, more relaxed and happier person every day. Nickolai is also very patient and encouraging, which will make him a great dad. He will lead a child to try new things and he'll be the proudest dad at sports games! He has a way of bringing history alive- even having his students design their own museums. I smile every time I think of what creative projects he will find to make fun for the child we will someday be able to raise.

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