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We love coffee. After visiting Italy in 2016, we knew we wanted cappuccino everyday. Chris did research to find an espresso machine to match our budget and Stephanie went to a half-day class in Brooklyn to learn the art of espresso.

She came home and taught Chris everything she learned including how to make a latte heart! We might never go back to Italy, but we treasure our mornings together making and drinking homemade cappuccino in our living room.

We love to flip things – especially antique finds that others are disposing of on garbage day! Chris has stopped being surprised when Stephanie stops the car to pick up things from people’s curbs. To this day, we have a side table in our bedroom that we rescued when a neighbor at our first apartment was about to throw it out. We refinished the side table with Chris’s dad using his tools and discount Home Depot paint samples and eight years later we are still using the table. Growing up your child will be encouraged to find beauty and value in the small things.

We love hosting. On most mornings, our son, Sam, eagerly asks, “Who’s coming over today?” Sometimes, we don’t even know until the day gets rolling. On Memorial Day, we were expecting Chris’s mom and grandma for burgers and a relaxing afternoon in the backyard. However, as word spread, the guest list quickly grew to include Chris’s grandpa, his two sisters, and three nephews! It was a bit of a surprise, but Sam was thrilled to play with his cousins on his swingset and in the sandbox. We enjoyed a crowded deck as Chris kept the grill going while chatting with his grandpa and Stephanie set up dessert and coffee with Chris’s mom.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We hope that these pages help you understand more about us and why we are on this adoption journey. We recognize this must be a challenging time for you and we pray that getting to know our family would give you the peace and assurance needed in the days ahead.


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