Joel and Kelly

Hello, we are Kelly and Joel. We appreciate the love and commitment you are showing for your child as you make this important decision. We are grateful that you are taking the time to consider our profile and hope that our story shows how much your child would be loved, valued, and supported as a member of our family.

Hello, we are

KELLY

AND

JOEL

FROM NEW YORK

In warmer weather there is no place we'd rather be than on the water

WE APPRECIATE THE LOVE AND COMMITMENT YOU ARE SHOWING FOR YOUR CHILD AS YOU MAKE THIS IMPORTANT DECISION. We are grateful that you are taking the time to consider our profile and hope that our story shows how much your child would be loved, valued, and supported as a member of our family.

Having a child has been a dream of ours since we were married seven years ago. With our future family in mind, we purchased a beautiful home in a diverse and supportive community in Upstate New York. Unfortunately, after years of fertility treatments, we were unable to grow our family on our own, but we are excited to provide a loving home for a child through adoption.

Thank you, again, from the bottom of our hearts for considering us. We would be honored to get to know you and learn about the life you want for your child.

Visiting the lakes in our region, even when it's not quite spring!

Our Story

View from the top! A stop on our hike in the Smoky Mountains
View from the top! A stop on our hike in the Smoky Mountains

We met through friends in 2009, when we both happened to return to our Upstate New York hometown at the same time. After our first movie date, we quickly bonded over our shared love of music, enjoying the outdoors, and travel. We got married in 2013, and now, 7 years later, we are enjoying a marriage based on trust, good communication, and lots of laughs.

In Michigan

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT US

Sundays are our “together time.” We start the day by taking turns cooking breakfast for each other and spend the rest of the day doing something that lets us enjoy the changing seasons, visit with family, or try out a new restaurant or hiking trail. We love to spend time out and about, but we also enjoy being at home: watching a movie together, playing lawn games, or working on our garden.

We see each other as the person we can always confide in and have already shared so many experiences and adventures in life. Now we are excited for the most important one yet: bringing a child into our family!

ABOUT JOEL

WRITTEN BY KELLY

Joel is my favorite person and best friend. He is kind, easygoing, and makes a point to see the positives in every situation, even the difficult ones. Joel is also the most patient person I have ever met and he always wants everyone to feel included and acknowledged.

Joel loves to take advantage of all the things a day has to offer. He loves nature and hiking, which is something we enjoy doing together. It is hard for me to think of anything he would rather do than to get together with loved ones around our fire pit
out back.

I am so excited to see Joel become a father and know that the patience, kind-heartedness, and nurturing he has given me in our years together will make him a very loving and supportive parent. I can only smile when I think of him sharing his love of singing or reading bedtime stories with your child.

Outside the Grand Ole Opry on a fun trip to Nashville
Outside the Grand Ole Opry on a fun trip to Nashville

My Career

Joel’s career has always focused on helping people. Early on, he was a music teacher – which allowed him to combine his passion for music with the opportunity to work with young people – before changing gears to perform more service-based work supporting adults with disabilities. Joel transitioned to his current job as a license examiner for New York State so he would have a regular schedule that allows for lots of family time.
We enjoy being outdoors in any season - Joel on a springtime hike
We enjoy being outdoors in any season - Joel on a springtime hike
Joel lining up his Shot
Joel lining up his Shot

ABOUT KELLY

WRITTEN BY JOEL

Kelly is an amazing person! She is the most kind and considerate person I know. She is considerate and always ready and willing to help out her family, friends, and students. Kelly is very focused and driven to achieve her goals in life, love, and work. She is an accomplished decorator and renovator, and has taken pride in transforming our house into our beautiful home. She single-handedly tiled our bathroom and kitchen, installed new lighting fixtures, and created a beautiful kitchen island, just to name a few things.

Kelly has always dreamed of having children and I’ve seen how great she is with them firsthand. She is very tender and compassionate, and always makes them feel heard and loved. Kelly loves spending time with our nieces and nephews. Their faces light up every time they see her!

In short, I am so lucky to call Kelly my wife and get the chance to create a loving family with her.

Kelly chopping herbs for chimichurri
Kelly chopping herbs for chimichurri

My Career

Kelly has worked in higher education for 13 years as the director of career development for a nearby university. She is also a professor for a course in her college’s online master’s program. Kelly is able to work at home for some parts of her jobs, which gives her a flexible schedule. She loves working with students of all backgrounds and helping them to figure out what steps they need to take to accomplish their goals.
We love being able to pick fresh flowers in our yard
We love being able to pick fresh flowers in our yard
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OUR Home

& community

We live in a quiet neighborhood that is only minutes from all of our family! We chose our community because the school district brings together students from many different backgrounds. Our large, fenced-in backyard is bordered by other families who have children of all ages.

We are looking forward to sharing time with your child indoors and out, running around the backyard and playing basketball on hot summer days, and building snowmen and baking cookies together in the winter.

Our fenced-in backyard

A FEW OF OUR

favorite things

FAVORITE HOBBIES

JOEL Singing, cooking, golf
KELLY Painting, baking,
gardening

FAVORITE SEASON

JOEL Spring
KELLY Fall

FAVORITE DESSERT

JOEL Strawberry rhubarb pie
KELLY Chocolate chip cookies
with vanilla ice cream

Joel has played golf since middle school
We love taking adventures year-round, even if that means getting snowed in and having to get around by skis!
Kelly’s latest baking adventure was making doughnuts

FAVORITE ANIMAL

JOEL The rabbits in our backyard
KELLY Bears

FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK

JOEL “Horton Hears a Who” by Dr. Seuss
KELLY “Corduroy” by Don Freeman

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT

JOEL A cabin on the lake
KELLY Any sandy beach!

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM

JOEL Syracuse University football
KELLY Syracuse University
basketball

FAVORITE SEASONAL ACTIVITY

JOEL Snowshoeing
KELLY Pumpkin picking

SUPER POWER YOU’D LIKE TO HAVE

JOEL Time travel
KELLY Flight

We love enjoying what each season has to offer - including pumpkin-picking in the fall
Our view from a hike through the Smoky Mountains
We love getting together with family
Celebrating our good friends at their wedding
Kelly and her sister are close and enjoy family get-togethers
Family golf outings happen often during the summer months

MEET OUR

Family

THERE IS NOWHERE WE WOULD RATHER LIVE THAN OUR NEW YORK HOMETOWN BECAUSE, FOR US, FAMILY ALWAYS COMES FIRST. WE LOVE THAT OUR EXTENDED FAMILIES PLAY SUCH A LARGE PART IN OUR LIVES.

Joel’s three siblings and their families (including one nephew) love to get together for family picnics. Joel’s mom is very active in her church and community, and is often the family party planner, organizing their get-togethers so she can see her children and grandson. His dad (a singer and hiker like Joel) and stepmother are also only minutes away. Joel loves to meet up with his dad and brother for a quick game of golf.

Kelly and our nieces

Kelly’s family lives nearby, too! Her sister is married with two daughters and one son. They are an active family and share our loves of travel and being outdoors. Kelly’s brother lives on a nearby lake, and her mom and dad, who have been married for 46 years, still reside in her childhood home. Her parents love gardening and hosting family birthday parties, which happen almost every month!

Our families are thrilled that we are growing our family and are very supportive. They are almost as excited as we are!
Taking in the views on a vacation to the Pacific Northwest

Our thoughts

on

PARENTING

In parenting, we value love, kindness, and stability. We are strong believers in the importance of education and we look forward to encouraging your child to explore and pursue their own passions. We will make sure your child knows that we will be by their side in any situation, ready to work through life’s adventures together.

We are ready to welcome your child into our home where their bedroom will overlook our quiet street, and we are daydreaming of going for walks through our neighborhood and creating our own traditions as a family.

In our home, family will always come first, which means your child will always be our top priority. We respect the relationship you want to have with your child and promise they will understand that your decision was deeply rooted in the love you have for them.

We are so thankful you took the time to consider us and read our profile. We know this is a huge decision, but hope that we have shown you what a loving and stable life we can provide for your child.

If chosen, we will make sure that you are a part of their story. We would happily share updates and photos, and respect the relationship you want to have.

We would always have you to thank for allowing us to have the family we have dreamed of, and we would be honored to get to know you further.

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.