Married Since: 2012

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We think this is the most courageous and selfless consideration you could make for your child. We would be honored to give our love and support to you and your child on this journey.

Erik and Nadene

from Pennsylvania

 

Erik

Ancestry: European

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Senior Software Engineer

Education: BS

Hobbies: Video games, Dungeons & Dragons, Baking, Reading

Nadene

Ancestry: Irish, English

Religion: Agnostic

Occupation: Family Service Counselor

Education: BA

Hobbies: Singing, Cooking, Reading

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nonpracticing

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Dear Expectant Mom,

We cannot find the words to express our gratitude for your consideration, but we’ll try. We think this is the most courageous and selfless consideration you could make for your child. We can’t presume to know what you’re going through, but we are overjoyed that you would welcome us into your thoughts at this time as prospective parents. It’s been our wish for many years to provide a loving home for a child.

Erik is a senior software engineer and Nadene works for the Catholic Diocese counseling families through times of grief. We are a social family, hosting many large gatherings with friends and extended family throughout the year. We enjoy quiet nights cuddling and watching movies; long road trips to visit distant destinations; leisurely treks through our local museums; playing tennis on warm summer evenings; raucous game nights; and family-friendly music festivals with loved ones.

We live in a great city with a small-town feel. We’re twenty minutes from downtown and all the city has to offer and twenty minutes from serene forests and lakes. Our yard is regularly visited by cute woodland creatures, such as bunnies and deer. Our dog, Kodiak, enjoys frequent trips to the nearby park. Our neighborhood is very quiet and the school district is excellent.

Erik is one of four children, as is Nadene. Nadene has two adult children. Our families are starting families of their own. Holidays are important opportunities for us to reconnect with our extended families. For Thanksgiving, we embark on a whirlwind tour of delicious foods and family merriment at Erik’s grandmother’s in Vermont with aunts, uncles, and so many cousins. Many in Nadene’s family work in hospitality where they must often work on holidays, so we regularly convene for what we call Fakesgiving to celebrate both Christmas and Thanksgiving; it’s a week stuffed with food, games, and laughter. We usually host a family celebration around New Year’s, with an itinerary of fun events like escape rooms, Nerf battles, and snacking until you drop. We mark many other fun occasions throughout the year with gatherings and celebrations. There is a lot of love to go around in this crazy crew and we’re excited to share it with your child.

We’re a family built on earnest love and open communication. We believe that confronting our difficulties as a team makes our bond stronger. Life doesn’t always follow the perfect path, but we know that love will guide our steps in the right direction. We would be honored to give our love and support to you and your child on this journey.

With much love,
Nadene and Erik

Q&A

When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?

Travel to see distant family and friends. Quite often Vermont or Michigan.

Do you have pets? If so tell us about them?

We have two cats: Hufflepuff and Gryffindor. Hufflepuff is a large grey tabby who demands much love and attention at the most inconvenient times. Gryffindor is an orange tabby with a cool demeanor who thinks he rules the roost. We also have the most handsome boy, our dog, Kodiak. He especially enjoys chasing other dogs at the dog park.

What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?

We hope to teach our children that he or she is loved unconditionally. We hope to install the values of hard work, acceptance, and critical thinking. We want our child to learn how to laugh and embrace life.

What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?

That she put your needs before her own, which is the greatest expression of love.

How will a child enrich your life?

Children bring a wonder to every occasion as they learn about the world around them; we’re excited to share in that wonder.

Describe your last vacation and/or day trip

We went to Erik’s brother’s in Vermont for a late Christmas/New Year’s celebration with the extended family. It was multiple days of fun and laughter with great food and activities. Erik was even convinced to sing a little karaoke.

Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?

Nadene and Erik both have great flexibility of schedule. Nadene’s office is close to home and Erik works from home. While we believe in the benefits of daycare and early education for socialization, we plan to provide primary care at home most days.

When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?

We will be forever grateful to her for filling our hearts with the love of a wonderful child and making our dreams come true.

Message Erik and Nadene

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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 Erik and Nadene

  • 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!