Dear Expectant Parent(s),
We are Brian & Nicole! Thank you for taking the time to learn about our family and for considering us as you make the difficult decision of who will parent your child. We hope that you will be able to see the love we have for each other, our family, and a future child.
We are high school sweethearts and have been together for 14 years! We not only get to grow old together; we got to grow up together, too. You know what they say—“opposites attract”—but the one thing that we both can agree upon is that our world revolves around two different things: family and food. Our family has taught us that although you may not have everything you want when you come to the table, you have everything you need. Hence, that brings us to where our journey started; on a blind date at the Olive Garden—dining together over ravioli and breadsticks. Brian even proposed to Nicole with breakfast foods that spelled out the words “Will You Marry Me?”
We have always wanted a family. It was only through our infertility journey that we grew together and landed here, on our adoption journey, hoping one day a birth mother would be reading this. Our family is humbled by your consideration, and we hope for courage, strength, and peace for you throughout this process.
Brian is my opposite. That is why we complement each other so well. His strengths are my weaknesses—this is what makes us work.
Brian has his Master’s in Education and is a Physical Education teacher at a local elementary school teaching kindergarten through 5th grade. Brian whistles his way through the halls and is a big kid at heart. He plays Pokemon with his students at school and loves to play games with his nieces. After school, he loves relaxing with his Xbox and watching movies but is also adventurous and enjoys exploring new hiking trails with our dog, Shadow. We settle most daily tasks with a game of ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ — best two out of three!
We have three nieces that call him “Uncle Fun Brian.” Not only is he a great uncle, he was destined to be a great dad. He has an enormous heart and will volunteer to help you move, especially since he can lift heavy things. If you need a tree house built, he will bring his tools and help you. If you need a golfing buddy, he’ll rearrange his schedule to be able to play. He prioritizes helping others because it makes him feel good.
Fun Facts About Brian:
He has a Boston accent. I can’t tell you how many times I asked him to say the word ‘PARROT’ over and over again when we first met! He makes me breakfast every day and rubs my feet at nighttime without fail. Brian plays on a men’s baseball team; he loves crushing dingers.
Brian’s Top Fives:
Listening to Metal Music
Doing Construction & Projects
His Ford F150
Nicole is a Registered Nurse at the largest hospital in our area. As hard-working as she is, she is even more dedicated to her family. She makes my lunches for the week every Sunday. One of her favorite pastimes is grocery shopping.
Her relationship with her mom has always been a strong one, and they hang out every week. They communicate regularly and love to do things together, like getting their nails done or going shopping.
One of Nicole’s favorite hobbies is the Peloton. I can’t tell you how many quotes from her favorite instructors I hear on a daily basis. Her dedication to her fitness emphasizes the effort she puts into every major aspect of her life. As a mom, Nicole would be able to be active with her child—going on walks, going to the park, and playing backyard games.
Nicole has talked to me many times about making her own baby food. She just loves food! It is at the center of our life, and she cannot wait to share recipes and cooking experiences with a little chef. Any child would be fortunate to have her as a mother to guide them through all of life’s trials and triumphs. At the end of the day, we will always sit down together as a family for a meal.
Fun Facts About Nicole:
Nicole is really good at arts and crafts—her themed baskets are always a hit. She will dance anywhere and everywhere there is music playing. Whenever Nicole goes shopping, she always comes back with something for me.
Nicole’s Top Fives:
Dancing & Music
Going for walks
We built our dream home in 2021 in Western Massachusetts on one acre of land. The best seat in the house is at the kitchen island. The kitchen is the heart of our home, where our family and friends gather. There is a seat for everyone! We built the home with extra bedrooms as they were meant to be filled with children one day. We have a fenced-in backyard where Shadow loves to investigate and protect the backyard space from the squirrels or the birds, but most of all, she’d rather have someone outside to play ball with.
Our town is in the perfect location since it is nearly 20 minutes from everything you could possibly need. Our community is all new construction homes with many other children around. There are sidewalks and streetlights, making it a very safe development.
Both of us grew up surrounded by large families. Our cousins and siblings were our best friends, our grandparents were our cheerleaders at our sports games, and our parents were always around. We were raised with love and cannot wait to pass these relationships on to a future child.
It is safe to say that our family could not be more excited to have a baby around. They are already looking forward to including the little one on trips to the zoo and museums with our nieces. They have plans to build a swing set in the backyard and go on hayrides and apple picking in the fall. Nicole’s parents are both retired, and Brian’s mom is a stay-at-home mom; therefore, they have time to be there for the child whenever we need them. Overall, they are excited to have another seat at their dinner tables. Family dinners usually begin with a toast, have a lot of laughter mixed throughout, and end with love.
Our families were overjoyed to hear that we will be adopting. They have been supportive of our decision and are excited to welcome a grandchild into their lives. It fills us with confidence to know that we have the support of our family and that they are ready and excited to help in any way they can.
The traditions we create today will be the memories children will cherish in the future. Here are some of our traditions we can’t wait to share and pass on.
Spring is a sign of warmer weather, so we find ourselves being outdoors—going hiking or on long walks with Shadow. She loves to explore new territory and would love a new friend right by her side. Brian loves sports, so we enjoy going to see a Boston Red Sox game.
The best part about summer is our outdoor movie nights. We light a fire, get cozy under the stars and watch our favorite movies together as a family—s’mores included. The majority of the family have birthdays in the summer so there are a lot of celebrations with presents and birthday cake.
Each year on our anniversary, we go back to the farm where we got married and pick apples and flowers from their farm stand. We visit a pumpkin patch right down the street to get our annual pumpkins. We can’t wait to bring a child to share in our celebration.
During the holidays, we make dozens of Christmas cookies to share with the family. While we unwrap Christmas presents, we play the saran wrap ball game together for extra gifts—it gets pretty competitive. Most of all, we love to sit with each other on the couch with the fireplace on, enjoying hot chocolate.
We promise to provide the child with love, guidance, and education. Our biggest hope for the child is that they are happy. We want to set them up for success so they can pursue their dreams and aspirations.
We will be open with you and share their growth and developments to the level you’re comfortable with. They say, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and there are so many in our lives who are eagerly awaiting this special arrival. If you choose us, have peace knowing your child will be loved endlessly. They will learn about where they came from because this is the beginning of their story.
We want you to know that we have the utmost respect for you and believe you are a brave and courageous woman, making a difficult decision about her life and the life of her child. We wish you peace on your journey and hope you will find us to be all that you desire in adoptive parents.