We are so excited to complete our family through adoption. Doing things together is the heart of our lives, and we can't wait to share this happiness with another child. Thank you for taking the time to read about us.

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Chet Nelle
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Senior Finance Manager Family Physician
Master's Degree in Business Administration Doctoral Degree in Medicine
Childhood Memory
Riding on the Sailboat My Granddad Built
Childhood Memory
Searching for Salamanders on Hikes with My Dad
Homemade Ravioli
Memory with a Child
Teaching My Son to Ride a Bike
Memory with a Child
Rocking My Babies at Night
Easter Egg Hunts
Sunday Night Dinner at My Parents' House
Ethan, Jack
Legally Married

Discussing Adoption

Telling stories has been a special part of our family for generations. We both grew up hearing family stories about our relatives and family friends that entertained us and ingrained a strong sense of family. Now that we are parents, we smile when our kids ask us to "Tell us the one about..." It has become a nightly ritual after books.

We are so excited to one day tell our own adoption story of how our family became complete. We would love to share as much about you and your family and friends as feels comfortable to you. We will always express our gratitude to you and help this child with any difficult emotions they may have regarding adoption.

We also found it helpful with our kids to use books to sort through difficult emotions, as it can be a safe way for kids to understand their feelings and relate to others in similar situations, and we will continue to do this.

What it Means to Be Parents
Ethan's Preschool Graduation

Becoming parents has been our dream come true. Because it wasn't so easy for us to become parents, it has really made us appreciate parenthood and never take it for granted. This does come in handy during an especially loud toddler meltdown or the like! It is the day to day of just being together that is the best part of parenting for us. Here are just a few of the special moments that come to mind when we think of being parents:

  • Rocking our babies at night. That expensive glider with the footrest was so worth it!
  • Protecting them and keeping them safe. Knowing there is nothing we wouldn't do to help them reach their full potential.
  • Watching their unique personalities develop.
  • Teaching them a variety of things like riding a bike, house repairs, and cooking, but also how to be a good friend, how to have faith during a challenge, and how to show kindness to others, and then seeing them do it themselves.
  • Playing, laughing, getting hugs, or a heartfelt "I love you!"
  • Seeing them succeed at something that has been difficult.
  • Going on family trips together to the beach, the library, a hike, to visit family or friends, the aquarium, the museum and our neighborhood playground. We really look forward to traveling more and more to show our kids different places and cultures and learn by doing.

  • Our Children

    Ethan is seven years old. He loves being a big brother. He is in the First Grade and is having so much fun that he comes home from school and plays school with his little brother. We especially like this because it gives us a glimpse of what he does during the day. He is very patient and could spend hours building things with his Legos, Mag-formers, and our couch cushions. He enjoys listening to stories and loves going to library programs.

    Jack is three and is a sweet snuggle puppy. He wants to do everything "like brother." He also loves going to the library and listening to books and stories. He is always laughing — often at himself in the mirror — and can bring a smile to any face. He is very proud to be in "Pre-K" and loves his friends and teachers there. It is often a long process saying good bye because he has to hug every friend and teacher. He is amazing on his balance bike and could play for hours at the playground.

    Ethan and Jack have so much fun playing together and are excited about having another sibling. When our friends come over with their baby, Ethan finds things to entertain her and makes sure she is safe. Jack loves to make her laugh by tickling her toes. We know they will be sweet and caring big brothers!

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