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Graham & Courtney

Thank you for taking the time to read about us. We're a warmhearted couple that's been together twelve years. We found out two years ago that due to medical issues we'll never be able to get pregnant. We started working to be adoptive parents that very same week because we know there's a baby out there for us somewhere. Thank you for considering us as potential parents who will adore, cherish, and wholeheartedly appreciate your baby every day.

About Us

Graham
Courtney
Job
Architectural Designer
Writer
Education
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Adventures

A Cold Winter Hike with Friends

We like spending time in our home and in our neighborhood, but we also like going out of our comfort zone and taking advantage of the world we live in. When Graham graduated from college he biked from Courtney’s apartment in Brooklyn to her parents’ house in the Great Northwest. 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. 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. Traveling spontaneously like that, by bike, not knowing where we’d end up the next day, was a freeing and amazing experience for both of us. While we love bike trips, we equally love tossing our dog in the car and driving around the coast exploring nearby towns. We look forward to the day we get to take our next adventure with a child in tow.

What Makes Us Unique

So in Love

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. Two years ago we celebrated our ten year dating anniversary. Courtney scanned every last note 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 this child.

Why We Chose Adoption

When Courtney was little she wanted a younger sibling and asked her parents if they could adopt one for her. Not surprisingly, that never happened. Ever since, she’s wanted a big family and knew that when she had her own she wanted to have both biological and adopted children. Courtney has always loved taking care of kids. She was everyone's favorite babysitter on her block (by moms and kids) and even ran a neighborhood kids camp during the summers. For years she cared for those kids like her own and it taught her early on that she could love and care for a child no matter how they came into her life. Adoption was always going to be a part of their lives. Graham said early on that if we couldn’t have a baby that was fifty percent of both of us, he knew that meant there was a baby already coming into the world that was meant to be ours. We feel confident that our lives have led us to adoption and that we will end up with the family we’ve always imagined.

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Exploring the Great Northwest
Exploring the Great Northwest
Channeling His Inner Child at Our Nephew's Birthday
Channeling His Inner Child at Our Nephew's Birthday
Courtney's Favorite Way to Relax
Courtney's Favorite Way to Relax
Snuggling a Bunny
Snuggling a Bunny
Graham and Dunphey on a Hike
Graham and Dunphey on a Hike
Father-Daughter Trip to California
Father-Daughter Trip to California
Snuggles with Our Nephew
Snuggles with Our Nephew
Bike Ride with Our Nephew
Bike Ride with Our Nephew
At the Lake With Family
At the Lake With Family
Enjoying a Summertime Party With Friends
Enjoying a Summertime Party With Friends
Playing With Our Nephew
Playing With Our Nephew
Fun Night Together
Fun Night Together
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Exploring the Great Northwest
Exploring the Great Northwest
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Channeling His Inner Child at Our Nephew's Birthday
Channeling His Inner Child at Our Nephew's Birthday
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Courtney's Favorite Way to Relax
Courtney's Favorite Way to Relax
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Snuggling a Bunny
Snuggling a Bunny
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Graham and Dunphey on a Hike
Graham and Dunphey on a Hike
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Father-Daughter Trip to California
Father-Daughter Trip to California
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Snuggles with Our Nephew
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Bike Ride with Our Nephew
Bike Ride with Our Nephew
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At the Lake With Family
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Enjoying a Summertime Party With Friends
Enjoying a Summertime Party With Friends
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Playing With Our Nephew
Playing With Our Nephew
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Fun Night Together
Fun Night Together

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We moved from New York to Washington state to be near family. We bought a large fixer upper very close to the city. While we live on a tree-lined street in a family-oriented neighborhood we are walking distance from family-friendly restaurants, parks, shops, schools, libraries, and downtown. Our four-bedroom house is our passion project. We both enjoy swinging hammers and being thoughtful about each project. We bought a big house because we knew we wanted to fill it with our family. As we work on each room we think of all the things we’ll get to do with the kids one day. Make waffles with them in the kitchen on the weekends, movie nights in our TV room, making up silly dances in our bedroom before bed. When we glance in our nursery we daydream about snuggling them in the rocking chair and rolling on the floor laughing with them when they’re old enough to be silly. It’s the sweetest room that’s just waiting to be filled with love.

Starting to Pull the Nursery Together

Several times a day we walk our five-year old dog around, greeting other dogs and neighbors along the way (he is so friendly people can’t help but stop and say hello). We like to walk him past a small corner playground two blocks from our house and talk about the day we get to bring the kids there. We feel lucky to have found such a great area that has both a fun cultural city vibe, and a quiet, kind, and safe neighborhood feel.

Our Extended Families

Courtney's Family

We're lucky to have very supportive, inclusive, and warm families. We live a few miles away from Courtney's parents and sister's family. We see them several times a month for family dinners, game nights, and to run around with our energetic nephews. Once every few years we all travel to Oregon, and have been staying at the same rental house on the beach for over 20 years. We also travel together to Hawaii every few years. Graham's family lives in South Carolina. We love visiting in the summertime, catching up over homemade pie, and spending the entire trip lounging and swimming off the dock in their backyard. Graham's sister and brother-in-law try to visit at the same time and we crack up watching their silly dog Aplo play with their parents’ dog Jack. In the wintertime his parents make bonfires for us and we spend hours around the dinner table soaking up our time with them. Graham’s parents are eager for the day we bring the baby along with us for the first time. It will be their only Grandchild and they can’t wait to welcome them and give them all of their enthusiastic attention. Everyone is so excited for our family to grow. We crave just being around them, for holidays and any old day of the week, and we can’t wait to share each one of them with this child.

Graham's Family

From Us to You

Our hearts are wide open and aching to welcome this baby, and you, into our lives. While we know that we’ll love your child with all of our hearts, we’ll also love you. For the gift you’re giving us, for the characteristics we’ll cherish in them that come from you, for the positive effects that come from having you in their lives, and in ours. Our hearts have led us to you, and we hope you feel the same way.

We met in college, have been together for twelve years (married for seven) and find ourselves saying that we’re more “obsessed” with each other every year. We’re surrounded by lifelong friends and devoted family, but we think that everything is more enjoyable when we’re together. We know that raising children will be no exception.

We aren’t parents yet but to us being a parent means committing our life to someone other than ourselves, and putting them first. To focus our energy on raising a person who is kind, thoughtful, and well-rounded. We look forward to spending our time with such a cool person. Within our first few years we most look forward to having them tag along with us wherever we go. Courtney’s already scouting out libraries, parks, and cafés to wander to during the week and on weekends, together as a family. She’s eager to become a stay at home parent and come up with ways to make every single day fun and unique.

Courtney’s family creates traditions and celebrates just about everything, big and small. It’s a way to enjoy life a little more and appreciate things along the way. We want to remind this child that their adoption is a positive part of their lives. We look forward to creating a tradition around our communication with you. Of course, when they’re younger we’ll choose photos and milestones to share, but as soon as they’re old enough to help we want to include them in the decisions and communications. We imagine all three of us huddling around the computer clicking through photos, letting them choose which ones to send you each time. Asking them what they’d like to tell you about. From the very beginning they’ll know that you care about them and how they’re doing. And that your decision to place them with us changed our lives and the gift of them is the best thing that ever happened to us.

The most important thing to us is that we raise a good person. Someone who cares about other people’s feelings. It’s also important to us that they learn how to work for the things they want out of life. And we want to teach them to persevere when it isn’t as easy as they expected. We want them to go away to college and become independent people. And we want to raise them full of acceptance and comfort so that they always know they can come home, and more importantly want to.

We know that you’ll always love your baby, and we respect you for loving them this much. We’ll honor that respect by following through with our commitment to you. We believe that everything happens for a reason, and all of our struggles have happened in order for us to be among the many adoptive families in front of you today.

With sincere hope,

Graham & Courtney

Favorites

Graham
Courtney
Actor
Tom Hanks
Robert Downey Jr.
Actress
Kristin Wiig
Julianne Moore
Animal
Dog
Chimpanzee
Author
Jon Krakauer
Judy Blume
Book
The Good Earth
It's Kind Of A Funny Story
Candy Bar
Snickers
Reese's
Cartoon
The Simpsons
Hey Arnold
Childhood Memory
Getting my first bike
Helping my dad with our garage sales
Childhood Toy
LEGO's
Baby Dolls
Children's Book
Goodnight Moon
The Napping House
City
Paris
Brooklyn
Classic Movie
Parent Trap (the original)
The Wizard of Oz
Color
Blue
Blue
Day of Week
Saturday
Friday
Dessert
Cherry Pie
Bananas Foster
Disney Movie
Lion King
Tarzan
Dream Car
Porsche 911
Old Land Rover
Dream Job
Architect
TV Writer
Dream Vacation
Three Months in Hawaii
A Month Working with Chimpanzees
Family Activity
Laughing Together
Road Trips
Flower / Plant
Hopvine
Succulents
Food
Hamburger
Bacon, egg, and cheese bagel sandwhich
Form of Exercise
Biking
Strength Training
Fruit
Apple
Peach
Game
Ticket To Ride
Ticket To Ride
Hobby
Home construction
Design projects
Holiday
Christmas
4th of July
Holiday Song
This Is Halloween
Baby It's Cold Outside
Holiday Tradition
Sitting by the fireplace
Opening new PJ's every Christmas Eve
Ice Cream
Cookies and Cream
Chocolate
Junk Food
Cheetos
Doritos Munchie Mix
Leisure Activity
Biking
Watching TV with my dog
Magazine
Dwell
Real Simple
Memory with a Child
Walking nephew around neighborhood on Garage Sale day
Jumping on my bed with our nephew, every time he comes over
Memory with Spouse
Reaching the Ocean on Our Cross-Country Road Trip
Him after His Three Month Bike Trip
Movie
Dumb and Dumber
Good Fellas
Movie Munchie
Butterfinger bites
Pretzels
Movie Quote
"That's not a knife, this is a knife!" - Crocodile Dundee
"I have so much love to give, and I just don't know where to put it." - Magnolia
Movie Type
Slapstick Comedy
Dark Comedy
Musical
The South Park Movie
Sound of Music
Musical Group
Led Zepplin
Simon and Garfunkel
Nursery Rhyme
This Little Piggy
Hickory Dickory Dock
Olympic Event
Downhill skiing
Swimming
Personal Hero
Jon Krakauer
Ellen Degeneres
Play
Of Mice And Men
Rent
Poet
Edgar Allen Poe
Charles Buckowski
Quality about my Spouse
She puts effort into making even mundane things exciting
Hard worker
Quote
"So far, this is the oldest I've been." - George Carlin
"It's not the end of the world."
Restaurant
Taco Bell
Any family style Mexican
Sandwich
Pulled Pork
Turkey and Cheese
Shopping Store
H&M
Modcloth.com
Song
Looking Out My Backdoor - Creedence Clearwater
Sitting On The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
Sport to Play
Baseball
Tennis
Sport to Watch
Baseball
Tennis
Sports Star
Tom Glavine
Pete Sampras
Sports Team
Atlanta Braves
Don't have a favorite
Subject in School
Math
English
Superhero
Batman
Iron Man
Thing to Cook
Chili
Meatballs
Time of Day
6pm
3pm
Tradition
Hiking with our dog
Celebrating small, everyday things
TV Show
The Simpsons
Breaking Bad
TV Show Character
Phil Dunphey (Modern Family)
Phil Dunphey (Modern Family)
Type of Music
Classic Rock
Classic Rock
Vacation Spot
Hawaii
Palm Springs
Video Game
Mario Kart N64
Mario Kart N64

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