We have known each other for almost 20 years and have been married for almost 13 years. After we met, it didn’t take long to realize we had a lot in common and were a good match. We started dating while we were still in college, so we’ve gone through many life changes together—graduation, finding a job, getting married, wanting to start a family—and we’ve been able to grow together.
In 2015, our son Nazair joined our family through adoption, and our lives changed forever. We love being parents, and we love getting to visit children’s museums, doing crafts, cooking, and traveling with him. Nazair is growing into a smart, funny, and independent kid. We all live together in Brooklyn, with our dog Boo Boo.
Purchasing Supervisor at New York City Transit
Curling up with a good book, hearing corny jokes, singing, and volunteering
I speak pretty good Welsh (the language spoken in Wales and the UK) which I learned from a podcast.
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Listening to music, singing, taking walks, and working with animals
I took a cross-country trip in a RV with my family to spend Fourth of July at Mount Rushmore
Playing baseball, pretending to play baseball, watching baseball, a little bit of soccer, even more baseball, and pretending to be a chef or firefighter or mailman or cashier.
During the week we have work and school, and Nazair also has a few weeknight activities like swimming lessons and t-ball (in the spring). We always try to find a few minutes in the evening to be together and share how our days went, and we end every night with stories and songs at bedtime. On the weekends, we’re usually busy with activities. We like to go to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, story and song hours at the Brooklyn Public Library, play dates with our friends, and sometimes soccer or a class at the Y on Sundays.
Nazair has a lot of grandparents and family. We see Joanie’s dad, Matt, the most since he lives close to us in Brooklyn. He is a huge support to us in our day-to-day lives, and he has been babysitting Nazair since Nazair joined our family. Nazair and Grandpa Matt are best friends, and their relationship is very special… and includes a lot of baseball. Nazair also has weekly Facetime calls to share news, sing songs, and talk about baking adventures with Grandma Shelley and PopPop, Bill’s mom and step-father. Gran and Grandpa Rob, Joanie’s mom and step-father, live in the country in Pennsylvania and Nazair loves to spend time playing in their garden or chasing around their big dog Marnie whenever we visit. Kristine, Joanie’s sister, lives nearby in New Jersey, and we meet up sometimes or lunch or dinner on the weekends. Grandpa Dutch and Grandma Mary, Nazair’s great-grandparents, live in Florida, and Nazair has Facetime calls with them a few times a week and visits about once every year.
We appreciate the time you took to learn more about us. All three of us are really excited to grow our family, and we have a lot of love and attention to share. We know that for you, deciding whether or not to parent is a difficult and complicated decision. We want you to know that if you move forward with an adoption plan and choose our family, your baby will be well-loved and cared for, and that we are committed to maintaining open contact if you are comfortable with it. Thank you for considering us.
– Joan & Bill