We met online in 2004 (when that was a pretty new thing) and had our first "date" at Starbucks for hot chocolate on a cold winter night. Kelly was immediately drawn to Artie's caring nature, polite manners, and old fashion values. Artie was impressed by Kelly's ambition because she was attending law school on a full scholarship while working full-time. We felt an instant connection and ended up closing down the Starbucks that night. We've been inseparable ever since and were married in 2010 surrounded by many family and friends. In 2014, our lives forever changed when we welcomed our son Jackson into our family as a newborn (after meeting his birth family through Adoptimist!). Our relationship has grown stronger as we've learned to parent such an amazing little boy. We strive to provide Jackson with consistency, patience, love, and adventure to nurture him and help him find his way to becoming the best person he can be. Jackson loves swimming, reading, Paw Patrol, animals, riding his scooter, and helping in our garden. We know that Jackson will make a terrific big brother to a new brother or sister - he is gentle, caring, and takes pleasure in sharing his toys. We have encouraged manners, patience, and respect as we feel these virtues are important for children to learn.
Family is so important to us both and that is why we bought our home on Long Island close to our parents (both sets of parents have been married for over 40 years!), Artie's sisters, Kelly's grandfather, and our nieces and nephews. We take great pride in our home, which is a comfortable, inviting, and safe environment to raise a family.
We also keep in touch with Jackson's birth mother and we consider his first family a special part of our extended family. They are very supportive of us wanting to adopt again and think it would be great for Jackson to have a brother or sister.
Kelly is a lawyer on Long Island and works a flexible part-time schedule from home in order to balance time with family. Her law firm is rated a top firm for working moms and provides ample time off to care for a new child.
Artie is an accountant in New York City and can work from home so he doesn't miss family events or helping out when needed. These are careers we both enjoy and which we think suit us very well - Artie jokes that Kelly can win any argument and Kelly jokes that Artie can be painfully precise. We both agree, however, that our most important job is being parents and we promise to give it 100% every day for the rest of our lives.
We love to travel, and have already taken family trips to Florida, South Carolina, California, Caribbean Disney cruises, and to Arizona where Jackson reunited with his birth family. Our goal is to see all 50 states together as a family - and explore other parts of the world too.
We both grew up with pets and feel that they, like children, help make a house a home. We have a two year old poodle/shi-tzu named Rocky, a black cat named Night who we rescued as a kitten over 10 years ago, and chickens (who live in the backyard). Our pets are a special part of our lives and they have also helped teach Jackson responsibility as he helps to feed and walk them.
We have proudly started the foundation for what we think will be a wonderful future - and hope to build upon that by adding a child (or children) to our loving family.
Thank you for reading this far! We hope we've provided you with a sense of what life is like in our family and that you might consider us as adoptive parents for your baby. Please call, text, or email to learn more about us - we would love to learn more about you too!