Thanks for taking the time to get to know us. We're a young couple that first met on a rooftop in Brooklyn. Eleven years later we're eager to meet our first child. We try not to take ourselves too seriously and like go with the flow. The flow has lead us to you. Thank you for considering us as potential parents who will adore, cherish, and wholeheartedly appreciate your gift every day.
When Graham graduated from college he biked from Courtney’s apartment in Brooklyn to her parents’ house in Washington. It was a three-month long adventure that he’d thought about doing for years and was lucky to have the opportunity to do with a couple of like-minded friends. They camped almost the entire way across the country. Each state offered new sites and welcoming strangers who offered them meals and warm showers. Eight years later Graham and Courtney packed up their bikes and flew to Europe. We biked from Brussels to Amsterdam in two weeks, planning our route along the way. Graham was able to share his love of long distance biking with Courtney. And Courtney got to see a part of the world she’d always wanted to see. It was a trip that rejuvenated our decade long relationship and confirmed we would go to the ends of the earth for each other. Traveling spontaneously like that, by bike, not knowing where we’d end up the next day, was a freeing, once-in-a-lifetime experience for both of us. We can't wait to enjoy our next adventure with a child in tow!
For starters, we want to celebrate important dates throughout our adoption process, with our child every year. The day we found out about matching with a mother, the day we met them, etc. And we want to make these celebrations days that we all look forward to.
We'll tell them that our lives, and yours, led us to find each other and that was not an accident. It was meant to be. When we tell our child about their adoption we’ll tell them that when you made your decision to put them up for adoption you were thinking about the life you wanted them to have. We’ll tell them that you made a selfless decision, that you love them, miss them, and think about them all the time. We hope to raise them in a way that makes them feel like they have extra love and support because they don’t only have us, but they have you. We’ll tell them that being adopted makes them unique and that we cherish them even more because of the way they came into our lives.
Since we first started dating we've always gone out of our way to make each other feel special. While Graham isn’t exactly known for his writing skills, when he writes about Courtney he becomes a pro. He’s been known to leave poems on her pillow, write messages on mirrors, and slip notes into her purse before a day at work. So many poems, love notes, and cards that she was able to make a book of them. Last year we celebrated our ten year dating anniversary. Courtney scanned every last piece that she’d saved over the years and made a book called Ten Years of Graham. She hopes to be able to do the same thing in another ten years and has already started collecting Graham's words of love. Finding creative ways to make each other feel cherished and special is something we can’t wait to do for our children.
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