Relationship: Domestic Partners; Lisa will be primary adoptive parent

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

THANK YOU!
We know you have LOTS of options as you navigate your choices. We are so GRATEFUL you have chosen to take time to get to know us! We can’t wait to meet YOU! We have talked a lot about the kinds of PARENTS we will be together and know that our individual and combined talents will be a great MATCH. We have so much LOVE to share and RESOURCES to provide options to help your child live an AMAZING life.

Lisa and Larry

from North Carolina

Larry

Ancestry: Italian, Scottish

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Retired from Financial Services and College Professor

Education: Doctorate

Hobbies: Golf, Hiking, Travel, Cooking, Reading, Refinishing furniture

Lisa

Ancestry: French, Irish

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Attorney

Education: JD

Hobbies: Golf, Hiking, Yoga, Volunteering, Reading, Puzzles

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Asian, Caucasian / Asian, Asian / Hispanic, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Indian, Caucasian / Middle Eastern, Caucasian / Native American, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Hispanic / Middle Eastern, Hispanic / Native American, Hispanic / Pacific Islander, Indian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, Native American Indian

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

Favorites

Larry

Animal
Definitely elephants
Book
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. It's a powerful message of positivity.
Childhood Memory
Family gatherings at my parents' house. Usually they were potluck and everyone brought the best food and played music
Color
Green
Family Activity
Cooking meals as a family
Scripture
"For nothing is impossible with God." Luke 1:37
Sport
Golf and hiking in the mountains
Thing to cook
Anything on the grill!
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
Vacation Spot
I love to explore new places!

Lisa

Animal
I love all animals
Book
"To Kill a Mockingbird." I loved how she saw the good in people. I read this as a young girl and it shaped my desire to become a lawyer
Childhood Memory
Sitting on my Holly Hobbie bedspread, hearing the fair in the distance and getting so excited to go!
Color
Green
Family Activity
Watching the boys play guitar around a fire and cooking together
Scripture
"For nothing is impossible with God." Luke 1:37
Sport
Golf, hiking, yoga (I can't pick just one!)
Thing to Cook
I make the BEST biscuits!
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
Vacation Spot
Anywhere that takes me on an adventure!
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From Us to You

We have honestly written this letter so many times, yet it’s difficult to put our feelings into words to tell you how EXCITED we are to meet YOU and get to know YOU! We hope your family will also want to meet us! We love to LAUGH and have so much LOVE in our lives!

We have a wonderful life with an AMAZING and SUPPORTIVE group of friends and family that will welcome your child into their HEARTS. We have a beautiful HOME that is perfect to raise a child in and the financial security to provide for all of their needs. We would LOVE to SHARE our life with your child should you decide that adoption is the right decision for you.

We are PRAYING for YOU. It is our hope that we will be able to meet you soon and get to know you. YOU hold a SPECIAL place in our HEARTS and we would be honored to continue on this journey with you.

Until we meet…

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About Us

We have a wonderful life together. Our deep faith and common interests have helped us create a rich and meaningful life. We both hold doctorate degrees and have a deep love of learning. We push each other to be better in all aspects of our lives and challenge each other to pursue our dreams, both as a couple and as individuals. Our ability to respect each other both as committed partners and as individuals has allowed us to grow together in love while also being our best individual selves.

Lisa: Larry was a part-time college professor. His patience and ability to help people learn is an amazing gift. While I love my relationship with Larry’s boys, I am looking forward to parenting a child from the beginning.

Larry: Lisa brings a wonderful ability to understand people and to listen in a way that they feel heard and understood. This gift has been essential to help my boys through tough times. Lisa’s tender approach is a trait I lean on and has brought me much comfort. Parenting has been my biggest blessing and I am excited to experience the joy of parenting with Lisa.

Lisa loves to volunteer with a women’s organization and has a deep passion for mentoring women to help them achieve their goals. Larry has a passion for mentoring children through sports and has used this skill to help students get scholarships to charter schools and provide opportunity for college.

Our together time is mainly spent outdoors. We are members of the local botanical gardens and a wonderful nature preserve where you can find us on many weekends hiking and enjoying nature.

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About Lisa by Larry

Lisa and I have been together for eleven years. During those years, she has not only been a WONDERFUL partner but a FABULOUS stepmother to both of my sons. She has shown both of them UNCONDITIONAL LOVE and has given advice to both of them when they need an ear to listen to them. As a parent of two wonderful young men, I cannot think of a person who is better suited to be a parent than Lisa. I watch her interact so beautifully with my son’s daughter and I know in my HEART that she will provide that same WARM, LOVING CARE to your child. One of the things that I love best about watching her interactions with children is how much FUN she has in the presence of children. Lisa has so many wonderful qualities to SHARE with your child and I know she is going to be an amazing mom.

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About Larry by Lisa

Larry is the PARTNER I always hoped to have. He is KIND yet honest, which is why I know when he gives me advice, he is doing it for my benefit. He is SMART and NURTURES my intellectual and personal growth. He is my cheerleader in life and SUPPORTS me being my best self in all ways. In our eleven years together, Larry has packed my lunch almost every day so that he knows I have good food during my workday. Since COVID, I now work from home full time and many days we get to eat lunch together. He will tell you he fell in LOVE with my laugh and spends his time trying to keep me laughing (and full; Larry is a GREAT COOK!)

As for Larry’s parenting, there is rarely a day that his children do not call or text. It makes my HEART warm to see how close they are and to get to be a part of this AMAZING family. I am grateful they have ADOPTED me into their FAMILY and I get to enjoy the richness of a life with each of them.

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Our Family

We LOVE family time!
We have a wonderful FAMILY life. Larry has two adult boys, Lawrence and Robert and a daughter-in-law, Jaynie. Robert and Jaynie recently had their first child, Jessica, who is an absolute JOY and we spend time with her every chance we get. We live in different cities and are close enough to spend most holidays together. We talk about how EXCITING it will be when your child joins our family and how we all look forward to watching them grow up TOGETHER.

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How We Met

We met many years ago through work. We always seemed to have a CONNECTION and always made each other LAUGH. As time passed, we would run into each other at church on major holidays and always be HAPPY to see each other. After service on Ash Wednesday, we realized we were both working downtown. Larry asked me to lunch and that lunch turned into an invitation to the local Broadway production of Cats (we both love musicals!). From there, we became very GOOD friends. We talked all of the time and met for dinner many nights a week. Our friendship of many years has grown into the most WONDERFUL and committed LOVING relationship for over 11 years.

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Our Home

We have a large fenced-in backyard with a tree that is perfect for playing tag and a space we have already designated for a future PLAYHOUSE with swing set! I can’t wait to run around and play, chasing bubbles and pushing swings. I hope to have the BACKYARD filled with playdates that turn into outdoor movie nights on the lawn. While Larry does most of the cooking, I love to make breakfast on the weekends and can’t wait to have a kitchen filled with the sounds of cartoons and the smells of pancakes.

We have a large super-comfy living room with a couch with blankets. We love to cuddle up on a Friday night for a PIZZA and good MOVIE. When the boys are home, we have at least one night when we gather at the kitchen table and have ice-cream and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. We have a ton of board games and always get a good laugh seeing who will win the evening!

Upstairs, we have four large bedrooms that are super comfy and a dedicated children’s bathroom. We can’t wait to decorate a bedroom for your child soon!

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Family Traditions

Lisa makes SPECIAL T-SHIRTS for many of our holiday occasions. The t-shirts have become part of our family TRADITION and everyone looks forward to the great Christmas t-shirt reveal! Lisa writes poems that have each of our names for the t-shirt design and the poems always get a good LAUGH.

During the holidays, all the family stays with us and we cook for days. Larry is an AMAZING COOK and you can find him in the kitchen almost any time! He spends a lot of time planning the menus for our gatherings and gets so excited to share his cooking talents with everyone. Lisa does some of the cooking but is mainly in charge of DECORATING. Larry loves how I make the house so FESTIVE and I love how he provides most of the meals! It is perfect MATCH.

Christmas is a SPECIAL time for us. We CELEBRATE the Feast of the Seven Fishes (an Italian tradition to honor Larry’s mother) and have a huge Christmas Eve feast where we all wear our t-shirts to dinner. Our kitchen smells like the BEST Italian restaurant with fabulous DESSERTS to finish our feast! We wear Italian aprons and hats and spend most of our time in the kitchen COOKING and LAUGHING. On Christmas morning, we all go to church together then spend the day opening gifts, visiting with family and friends, and PLAYING GAMES. We love doing puzzles and we have a new Christmas puzzle every year.

Fourth of July has become another big family occasion since it gives us a chance to make our traditional t-shirts and have a BIG FAMILY GATHERING during the summer! Larry spends most of the day cooking on the grill and we play yard games with all of the family. Larry’s brother usually joins us and brings his guitar to play songs and sing.

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Our Last Vacation

Larry, and I recently visited Scotland. It was our last trip before the pandemic. We have been very fortunate and have been able to travel a great part of the United States and Europe. We both love to travel and think there is no better education than immersing yourself in a culture, seeing how others experience life. Our trip to Scotland was one of our best trips. We spent the majority of our time in historic Edinburgh exploring the historic parts of the city. We toured the underground tunnels and took a historic tour to learn how people lived in the early times of Edinburgh. We visited several castles and took a tour through the highlands. We also spent a day touring St. Andrews fairway, the home of golf, and the old town of St. Andrews. We spent a good bit of time reading about the history of Scotland before our trip and had an amazing time getting to see all of the history come alive as we explored the old cities and countryside. His youngest son, Robert, lives with his wife and daughter in Virginia. We have been able to drive there and experience some of the outdoor historic sites in Jamestown and Williamsburg. We have been grateful to have safe outdoor options to continue to explore while keeping safe during the pandemic.

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How a Child will Enrich our Lives

We look forward to fostering a love of the OUTDOORS and NATURE in your child. We look forward to fostering your child’s sense of love for others and being part of a community. We look forward to teaching them wonderful things such as DRAWING and CRAFTS. Larry was a golf and baseball coach and he talks about teaching them the love of SPORTS! As much as we know a child will enrich our lives, we both can’t wait to enrich your child’s life and give them love and a WONDERFUL LIFE.

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Our Lifestyle

Larry and I love the outdoors and spend most of our time together hiking, riding bikes or taking walks. We can’t wait to share our love of the outdoors with a child and look forward to waking up on the weekends, making a big breakfast, and then taking family walks with your child. We love to travel and as your child grows, we look forward to the travel adventures we will take them on and help them explore this wonderful world.

One of our recent trips was to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which was a terrific experience that we can’t wait to share with your child-and what fun it will be to see the colorful floats together. Friday nights will be family Pizza and movie night spent in our pajamas snuggled together on the couch. On rainy days we’ll play games on the floor and teach your child to love reading and doing crafts.

I, Lisa, taught Sunday school for a number of years and enjoy watching the children learn Bible stories and discovering their own relationship with God. We believe that every person has special gifts and talents and we can’t wait to see what those will be and look forward to supporting your child’s discovery of their own gifts.

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What We will Teach Your Child

We believe that how we talk to children shapes who they become. We want your child to know how SPECIAL he or she is and that they can do anything they DREAM of doing. Having someone BELIEVE in a child is a powerful thing and we will provide your child with the SECURITY of knowing how much they are loved and supported.

Larry is an amazing father and I can see how his parenting style has helped shape his boys into POSITIVE and CONFIDENT men. While they are each different, they both move through the world with a sense of knowing who they are and have a strong FOUNDATION on which to build their lives. We can’t wait to use our individual perspectives to raise your child together and give him/her everything they need to live life to the FULLEST and be who they are meant to be.

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What We will Tell Your Child About You

Your child will always know that we are all their FAMILY. We want our child to know all of us and to have a strong sense of how much we all LOVE him or her.

We also can’t wait to know more about you so we can SHARE with your child where they got the color of their hair or their eyes. Do they share your artistic/creative/kind-hearted qualities?

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Our Faith

We were very active in our in church prior to COVID and attend regularly (including virtually). Since COVID, we have found new avenues to VOLUNTEER to continue to bless OTHERS. Church is such an important part of our lives and we look forward to finding activities that will foster your child’s love of God.

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Childcare

I have a great job with TONS of flexibility. I am in-house counsel for a healthcare organization. The work is super rewarding and allows me to work at home full time. I have been very blessed in my career to have the benefit of doing work I love and a team that supports my life outside of work. It really is the best of both worlds.

Since I work from home full time and Larry is retired, your child will stay at home with us for the first year. After, we would like to explore part time options for Montessori programs to begin early learning and to find play groups. We have so many options in our neighborhood for small, in-home play groups and shared learning groups.

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Our Relationship with You

We are so excited to meet YOU. While you will DECIDE what relationship is most comfortable for you, we want you to know that we are OPEN to all options. Our hope for you is that you have a happy and wonderful life. We hope that adoption is one way you can pursue YOUR GOALS for a successful FUTURE while knowing your child will have a stable, secure, and loving home. We have seen several different relationships with adoptive mothers through friends. Each is different and each is based on the mother’s CHOICE on what level of involvement is most comfortable for her at each stage of her life. We want you to know that we will work with you to foster a relationship that is comfortable for you. We are open to sharing photos and developmental milestones when you are ready. We understand there is no perfect formula for that works for all but we want you to know that YOU are part of our FAMILY and we will patiently work with you to navigate our relationship TOGETHER.

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Our Promise to You

The remarkable decision you are faced with providing your child the best home and upbringing is ADMIRABLE. And COURAGEOUS! Our promise to you, if provided the opportunity to raise your child, is to provide a FAMILY LIFE filled with LOVE, LAUGHTER, lots of ADVENTURES, and provide OPPORTUNITIES to help them GROW We would like your child to KNOW about YOU and YOUR FAMILY as well as build a loving RELATIONSHIP with you.
Can’t wait to meet YOU!

Message Lisa and Larry

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Lisa and Larry

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!