Stephanie & Jonathan

Hoping to Adopt (New York)


Couldn't Resist...

While we're mostly sticking right now with purchasing the necessities that we'll need for infant care, we could not resist getting this dinosaur backpack we saw the other day. Just imaging a little one packing it with their favorite toy...resting their head on it while they look at a book. It's truly the small things that we're looking forward to!

Family Reunions

After staying distanced for the pandemic, we were glad to finally get to visit with family this summer. Of course my nephews kept Graham busy. There is no better sound than hearing their squeals and giggles as they play fetch with him.

Emotionally Well

Mental health has been in the news a lot recently because of some issues athletes in the Olympics have faced. Jonathan and I have had our own journey with emotional well being and have learned a lot about the connectedness of mind and body and how it's important to keep both healthy. Our dog Graham is one piece of our mental health puzzle. His cuddly personality keeps us calm and his curiosity keeps us laughing. Being proactive about mental health is one of the gifts we are most excited about sharing with our child.

The Great Outdoors

We appreciate what technology can do for us, but we also value nature and being away from screens. We recently visited Joshua Tree National Park and were awed by the beauty of the desert.

Summer & Family

Summer has always been a time when we get to travel and visit with family. Last summer was different because of the pandemic. We've made do virtually--this picture is from playing Nintendo online recently with my dad and with my brother and his sons. We can't wait though because we're set to see everyone again in person soon!

"Good Vibes Only"

One of my students handed this to me first thing in the morning this past week. She had colored a different saying for all of her teachers and said that this one made her think of me. This moment started my day off on the right foot...I'm so grateful for my kind, amazing students.

A Virtual Baby Shower!

My sister in law organized a baby shower for me. She is the sweetest! Family and close friends came together for a fun Zoom baby shower, and we were gifted so many important items for the baby. We know it might still be awhile yet, but we just want to be prepared. (It's the teacher in me! ;)

Happy International Women's Day

Today I'm thinking back to the amazing projects my students made after reading the autobiography of Malala Yousafzai--what an inspirational woman!

Happy International Women's Day!

Today I'm also celebrating my own strength and strong support structure of family and friends. ❤️

Our Neighborhood

We live in an extremely diverse neighborhood and in a beautiful apartment with great natural light and river views. There is a garden space and children’s play area where we can meet up with other families in the building. We are a short walk from two huge parks, both of which have playgrounds and large grassy fields. We also spend lots of time exploring the museums, zoos, and cultural events that New York City has to offer!


Graham is a small dog with big personality and heart. We got him as a puppy seven years ago, and his playful antics have kept us laughing ever since. Every weekend we take long family walks together in the park and enjoy the changing seasons. Thankfully Graham is also a great traveler and has been to many different places around the country with us. Some of our favorite memories are from west coast trips...enjoying the beach and delicious tacos during the day, and then watching the sun set over the Pacific with Graham resting on our lap.

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