We first met at a trivia contest. We were on a team together, and we hit it off. We started going out and the rest is history. We still enjoy trivia nights and an online trivia league. We also love theater and have gone to Broadway shows and to the Edinburgh fringe festival.
We are full of love and joy and would love to share that with your child should you choose us to be adoptive parents.
We live in a diverse neighborhood, near Central Park, and have been together for more than 10 years. We love getting together with our friends who have little ones.
Our friends say:
Debbie and Ted "are both warm and kind with a sense of whimsy than enchants my kids.”
“They love to play games with my kids and treat them with respect and kindness.”
We would be thrilled to learn more about you and your dreams and aspirations for your child. Whatever decision you make, we wish you peace and comfort.
We now live in NYC and both work from home (Debbie is an editor and Ted is a lawyer). We live a block from Central Park, and we visit the park daily. We love to cook, enjoy all the art and music the city has to offer, and we both still love trivia contests—we can't wait to share all of this with our child.
We will take them to the playground, the Natural History museum with the dinosaurs, the aquarium, to Turtle Pond and to the library and concerts and more. Baby music classes.
We also love to play various outdoors games for kids -- like croquet or Boochie ball -- and board games like Kids Family Feud.
We live near baseball fields and soccer fields too, where local teams play ball.
We also envision baking cookies and doing yoga with a son or daughter & having him or her ride bikes in the park with the many other young kids in our neighborhood. Our child won't lack for playmates since we also have friends close by with young kids.
We think that having a close extended family is important—Ted's sister, nephews, and parents (who can't wait to be grandparents again) all live nearby.
We are whimsical and funny when we are together. We are responsible people, yet we find joy in everyday life and we take time each day to express gratitude.
We have interests that cover a wide range of topics. We hope to share our passions and interests with your child so that he or she can discover what their talents and passions are. If your child’s talents and interests are different than ours, we want to learn as much about them as possible and encourage him or her to explore them.
Thanksgiving is a big holiday in our family. We are a very close family, and we usually gather from near and far at the home of Debbie’s cousin in New Jersey. There are a lot of cousins, as Debbie’s grandfather grew up on a dairy farm in New Jersey and had a lot of brothers and sisters. The cousins have hosted a Thanksgiving like this for 40 years. Everyone brings foods (Ted bakes pumpkin pie) and we set up card tables for eating. There is a football game outside in the front yard, where the “oldtimers” play against the younger folk. There is usually a contingent of fans/ cheerleaders too. Ted plays ball and Debbie cheers. Grandma Sharon loves her time with the grandchildren. There are lots of arts and crafts for the kids. We can’t wait to add your child to this celebration. It is a highlight of the year.
We also go to visit Ted’s family to have a second Thanksgiving the next day. Ted’s sister, Viv, lives near Debbie’s cousins, with her husband, David, and twin boys, Adam and Leo. Grandma Helene and Grandpa Alex live close by in Pennsylvania. We play games in the playroom – ping pong or mini basketball, MadLibs or playing with remote control racecars. Outside, we play soccer or basketball.
We are very silly over the meal. Adam and Leo usually have some kind of mischief up their sleeves and like to play jokes on Grandma and Grandpa. They love dessert, too, and showing off their knowledge of maps and Dungeons and Dragons. We also play Scattergories and Pictionary.
The last couple of years, with the pandemic, we have made our own turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie – Ted really loves to cook and bake and is always cooking up a storm in the kitchen. He can’t wait to have a little helper, especially for the pie, but also for the veggies and turkey and sweet potatoes.
HALLOWEEN Every year, our block closes for a Halloween block party and every house tries its best to have the spookiest decorations – there are spider webs at each set of steps, coffins, huge spiders and lots of ghosts hanging from the webs.
We can’t wait to put on costumes and trick or treat with a little one, along with our friends’ kids. We love super hero costumes and black cats. Growing up, it was Debbie’s favorite day.
We plan to have elaborate Halloweens in the tradition of Debbie’s grandmother who also loved the holiday and would dress up like a scary witch each year. We can’t wait to have a child to share in these fun activities. Debbie is already imagining costumes for a little boy or girl!
EASTER We usually spend time each Spring with Debbie’s stepmother, Rosalyn, her step-aunt, also named Debbie, and their nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. There are so many of us that we have to use a community room in the condo building in Maryland where Aunt Debbie and Rosalyn now live. Rosalyn and Debbie have been known to take their grandchildren or great-nieces and nephews to the aquarium, and to museums, too. Debbie’s father loved the holidays at this time of year. Sadly, he left us too soon. But we are still close to Ros and Debbie and talk at least once a week.
CHRISTMASTIME We get together with our nieces and nephews and godchildren for the holidays. We also gather with Ted’s family at his sister’s each December, and are usually joined by his uncle Gabe, aunt Cindy and cousin Marina. We have Secret Santa, and we get gifts that are thoughtful but inexpensive. One year, Debbie got a pair of pink pig mittens. The kids always get other gifts, too – books, toys – and we all ooh and aah as they open the gifts. The real gift, of course, is just being together. We sing songs and eat homemade cookies and pie (Ted’s lemon cake is always a hit). It is a lot of fun to see everyone.
We all love good stories and jokes. (In fact, Ted’s sister and father have each written books and always have a good tale. Sometimes, we make up a story by each adding a few words as we go around the table. “I Spy” is also a favorite game.)
OUR FRIENDS ALSO SAY THIS ABOUT US:
“They always seem to work as a team and their calmness seems to rub off on any kid around them.”
“They place great importance on education and always ask about their grades and music lessons.”
“Ted and Debbie are compassionate and engaging friends.”
HOW WE PLAN TO RAISE A FAMILY
We promise that your child will always know their entire life story, beginning with you and your selfless love for them.
We hope to raise a child surrounded with unconditional love and support as they head out into the world. We will treat this child with respect and kindness, and we will always be good role models.
WE ARE GRATEFUL TO YOU
We hope this has helped you to learn about us and the kind of life we would be honored to offer your child. We would be thrilled to learn more about you and your dreams and aspirations for your child. Whatever decision you make, we wish you peace and comfort.