Ian and Nicole

Hello! We are Nicole & Ian. Thank you for reviewing our profile and getting to know us. You are faced with a decision of great importance; one with which we can only empathize, but cannot claim to understand. You began your journey by thinking about what is best for your child.

Hello!

- WE ARE -

NICOLE

AND IAN

from NEW YORK

Thank you for reviewing our profile and GETTING TO KNOW US.

DEAR EXPECTING

PARENTS

You are faced with a decision of great importance; one with which we can only empathize, but cannot claim to understand. You began your journey by thinking about what is best for your child.

In the years following our marriage, we have taken our own journey to create our family. We learned we couldn’t have biological children and embraced adoption. We were blessed with our son Gavin through adoption in 2015.

We feel extremely blessed that we were able to adopt our son, however, we hope to grow our family further and feel we have more love to share with another child. We understand that adoption is an incredible process in which there is a link between the lives of the birth parents, child, and adoptive parents. We would be delighted if our journeys were able to unite in this adoption plan. We look forward to sharing photos and letters so you can stay connected with your child as they grow.

WITH OUR SON, GAVIN
WITH OUR SON, GAVIN

- our -

STORY

We began our life together in 2008 when we met through a mutual friend. One of our first dates was representative of us because it began with miniature golf, and then evolved into a walk and playing catch at a state park. Despite rain, neither of us wanted the day to end, so we went bowling and later returned to the park to play catch. We finally capped off the date with dinner at a local restaurant. Although we haven’t gone on any marathon dates quite like this since, these simple activities are the things we enjoy and you may find us doing any of these on a relaxing weekend. As we continued to spend time together that summer, we realized how much we had in common and things became more serious.

We married in 2012 and our life was primarily filled with work, home renovations, and time with friends and family, but gradually focused on growing a family. We were unable to conceive a child and explored other options to grow our family and were comforted by the hope of adoption. We were able to grow our family with an amazing opportunity and we adopted our son at birth. Since he came into our lives, our time away from work has become even more precious. We enjoy quiet time at home, but also like to spend time outdoors and travel to new places.

About

NICOLE

- by Ian -

Nicole is caring, flexible, quickly adapts to new situations, and navigates busy schedules and hectic situations without becoming overwhelmed; skills well suited for motherhood. Nicole balanced academics and athletics for several years while coaching multiple sports as a teacher and mother. Nicole has many longstanding friendships, is loyal to family unconditionally, and always sees the good in people. Nicole has always wanted to be a mother and has natural maternal instincts to match her compassionate personality. She unquestionably puts Gavin’s needs before her own and enjoys doing crafts, playing games, and reading to Gavin. She is affectionate to those around her and refuses to go to sleep without exchanging an “I love you”.

NICOLE WITH GAVIN
NICOLE WITH GAVIN
MY WEDDING DAY
MY WEDDING DAY

DO WHAT YOU LOVE,

LOVE WHAT YOU DO

I am employed as an elementary social studies teacher. I enjoy educating young minds and sharing my experiences, especially about my travel to Italy. I was fortunate to stay home and raise Gavin for the first 9 months and plan to take a leave from work again to bond with a new child.

MY CLASSROOM
MY CLASSROOM

About

IAN

- by Nicole -

Ian is hard working, intelligent, caring, affectionate, and is motivated by pleasing others and takes responsibilities very seriously. Ian is creative and always thinking about new projects and ways to improve our home. Ian values education and learning and always tries to teach me and Gavin when we do projects at the house. I knew Ian would be a great father and he continues to impress me. When Gavin was a baby, Ian always shared the responsibility of feedings and diapers and is always willing to lend a hand to our extended family. Gavin loves to get tickled by Daddy and the two of them enjoy playing and working outside. Every night at bedtime Gavin insists on saying “See you later alligator!”, to which Ian responds “In a while crocodile!” (usually in funny voices.)

Before - After
BEFORE - AFTER
DAY AT THE LAKE
DAY AT THE LAKE

DO WHAT YOU LOVE,

LOVE WHAT YOU DO

I am employed as a mechanical engineer at a manufacturing facility that provides new challenges and variety every day. Although the responsibility and workload can be exhausting, the opportunity to solve problems and plan and execute projects is extremely rewarding. I take great pride in my work and am fortunate to work for a company where I have a secure job and financial stability.

Our Home

AND

Community

We live in a small town with modest homes in New York. From the back of our home you can see a canal which has a walking trail leading to the village and summer boat traffic that we watch from our patio. A playground with children’s sports fields is within walking distance down the street. We have renovated our entire home and are proud of all the work we have put into it.

HOME SWEET HOME
HOME SWEET HOME
OUR BACKYARD
OUR BACKYARD
GAVIN PRACTICING HIS SWING IN OUR YARD
GAVIN PRACTICING HIS SWING IN OUR YARD

- MEET Hopeful BIG BROTHER -

GAVIN

We involve Gavin in community athletic programs such as t-ball, kickball, basketball, and soccer and he attends children’s educational offerings at the local library throughout the year. Gavin often expresses his desire to be a big brother and sharing the bond of adoption between siblings would create a very special relationship.

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HOBBIES & INTERESTS

As a family, we try to go new places and explore new things whenever possible, whether at a nearby park, museum, or more distant vacation. We enjoy cooking at home and trying new meals and like to incorporate the vegetables that we grow in our garden each summer. Nicole enjoys making greeting cards and runs several times a week. Ian is often working on a project around the house, building a new piece of furniture, or helping friends and family with their projects. Envisioning something, planning it, and seeing it become reality is extremely rewarding.

BAKING APPLE PIES IN THE FALL
BAKING APPLE PIES IN THE FALL
MATCHING CHRISTMAS PJ'S
MATCHING CHRISTMAS PJ'S

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FAVORITES

HOBBY

Nicole: Greeting card making
Ian: Woodworking
Gavin: Playing with dinosaurs and construction vehicles

DESSERT

All: Apple cobbler made by Nicole

SPORTS TEAM

Nicole: New York Yankees
Ian: Chicago Cubs
Gavin: Plays soccer, basketball and T-ball

HOLIDAY

Nicole: Christmas
Ian: Thanksgiving
Gavin: Christmas

OUTDOOR ACTIVITY

Nicole: Apple picking and running
Ian: Apple picking and
hiking
Gavin: Swimming

ACCOMPLISHMENT

Nicole: Completing a Tri-Athlon and Running a Half-Marathon
Ian: Independently renovated our entire home
Gavin: Catching a fish

OUR FAMILY

Both of Nicole’s parents had a central role in her life until her father’s early death 16 years ago. She has 3 younger siblings who all live locally. One sister is married with an 8-year-old son. Her other sister is engaged with two daughters, one of which is 5 like Gavin and the other is almost 1 year old. Her brother loves spending time with his nieces and nephews, particularly playing outdoors in the summer. Most of Nicole’s large extended family also lives nearby. Among them, are an Aunt and Uncle who were adopted at birth. For the last 60 years, Nicole’s grandparents have hosted pasta dinner every Sunday that provides time to take a break from our busy lives and spend time with one another as the family grows.

CHRISTMAS WITH NICOLE'S FAMILY
CHRISTMAS WITH NICOLE'S FAMILY
NICOLE'S GRANDMOTHER WITH HER AUNT, UNCLE, AND MOTHER
NICOLE'S GRANDMOTHER WITH HER AUNT, UNCLE, AND MOTHER
GAVIN WITH HIS COUSINS
GAVIN WITH HIS COUSINS
US WITH IAN'S SISTER AND HER FAMILY
US WITH IAN'S SISTER AND HER FAMILY
NICOLE WITH SIBLINGS AND COUSINS
NICOLE WITH SIBLINGS AND COUSINS

Ian was primarily raised by his mother and has a sister who is 5 1/2 years older. She is married with two sons, ages 14 and 11. We all live within an hour and host monthly dinners at each person’s home on a rotating basis.

CHRISTMAS WITH IAN'S FAMILY
CHRISTMAS WITH IAN'S FAMILY
IAN WITH SISTER AND MOTHER
IAN WITH SISTER AND MOTHER

Our Thoughts

- ON -

Parenting

As parents we aim to provide consistency and stability and model actions that will guide them to be successful adults. We value education and lifelong learning and try to utilize every opportunity to expose ourselves and our child to new things and learn about new subjects. We will provide your child with support and encouragement to overcome challenges and pursue their goals. We each have stable jobs and financial security to ensure your child not only has a home filled with love and emotional support, but is also provided with the tools and opportunities needed to pursue their interests and prosper.

- One last -

THANK YOU

Thank you again for reviewing our profile and considering us to be part of your adoption plan.

We would be truly honored and forever grateful for the opportunity to share with you the fortunate experience of bringing a new life into this world and humbly respect the great responsibility that comes with raising a child.

We intend to provide your child with a nurturing home, an active circle of loving family and friends, opportunities to learn and experience new things, and unconditional love. We wish you wisdom in your decision-making process and peace in your decision.

Ian, Nicole & hopeful big brother Gavin

WE WOULD LOVE TO

HEAR FROM YOU!

If you have additional questions for us or would like to speak to us, please contact The Adoption Alliance by calling 1-800-626-4324.