We are so excited to be growing our family through adoption! We believe that the opportunity to parent a child is an extraordinary gift, and we have a lot of love and support that we can hardly wait to share with your child. We would feel deeply honored to be chosen as your child's parents. Thank you for considering us to parent your child, and for taking the time to get to know us.

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Rob Nicole
job description
Researcher Assistant Professor
education
Ph.D. in Environmental & Energy Economics Ph.D. in History (China, World)
favorites
Memory with Spouse
Biking Across the U.S.
Memory with Spouse
Biking Across the U.S.
Family Activity
Exploring
Family Activity
Traveling
Hobby
Singing
Hobby
Reading
Holiday Tradition
Visiting Family at Thanksgiving
Holiday Tradition
Visiting Family at Thanksgiving
Quality about my Spouse
Her Playfulness, Patience
Quality about my Spouse
His Playfulness, Sense of Humor
children
None
relationship
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time
Exploring Machu Picchu

We're both pretty adventurous, and we love to explore new places, try new things, and meet people with different experiences. Together we speak five languages fluently, which helps with meeting people! We usually travel on our own, not in a group tour, so that we can get to know the local culture better.

One of our favorite vacations was in Machu Picchu, Peru. We hiked for five days through incredible mountains to a 500-year-old Inca citadel on a mountain ridge. The first day we climbed from 9,500 feet to about 12,600 feet. The next day we crossed a pass at 15,000 feet, then descended into cloud forest and eventually to Machu Picchu itself.

We also have amazing travel experiences from all over China (where Nicole lived and studied for three years), northwest Alaska above the Arctic Circle (where Rob led a student group for a research project), Hawaii (where we did a 16-hour "day hike" into and across a volcanic crater), Honduras (where we both learned to scuba dive), Ecuador (where we have very close friends who live in an indigenous community in the Amazon rainforest), and many other places. We feel very fortunate to have had all these great experiences, and we look forward to many more when we have a child.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Hiking in Ecuador

Rob About Nicole: There are so many things I love about Nicole – she's creative, adventurous, perceptive, and playful. One of the first things that attracted me to her is that she is both determined and strong, but also extremely patient, friendly, and caring. She grew up poor and had a pretty rough childhood in many ways, but through her determination, willpower, and fierce intelligence, she was able to go to college, travel around the world, and ultimately find a career she loves. Throughout all this, she has not forgotten what it's like to be poor or otherwise marginalized – she's incredibly supportive of first-generation college students, for instance. She is also exceptionally patient and loving – in situations where I sometimes get frustrated, she often says something like "this is a great opportunity to practice being patient," in a light and cheerful tone that reminds me that that is in fact true.

Nicole About Rob: I love Rob's whimsical playfulness, astonishing intelligence, fierce ambition, love of nature and care for the environment, and ease of connecting with people. Rob is very charming and personable; he never fails to make interesting conversations with complete strangers at parties, and he maintains friendships over long distances and many years. He is also extremely loyal and committed, and is a very dedicated husband. I know that he will be a reliable and steadfast father, always willing to make sacrifices and last-minute changes of plan to do what is best for the family. He has a delightfully complex personality, and I am so excited to see what new facets of his being emerge when he becomes a father.

Our First Adventure Together

We met on a cross-country bicycle ride, raising funds for a nonprofit community organization. We were two of thirteen people riding from Portland, Oregon, to Washington, D.C., that summer, and we did not know each other before the ride began. The first day we rode together was just east of Boise, Idaho, and we talked for about eight hours straight – then rode together the next day also, and talked all day that day too. We grew closer as we kept riding through Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, and so on, and soon started to make serious plans to see each other after the ride ended. We spent the next year living apart – Nicole was going to graduate school in Colorado, and Rob in Massachusetts – but after that first year we moved to the same city and got engaged a few months later. We often talk about how lucky we are to have run into each other that way. It was a great adventure for both of us, and we had a lot of time to just talk and get to know each other.

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