Nicholas and Katie

Married Since: 2016

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We would love to meet you and hear about what future you dream of for your child and to build a vision for this lifelong journey with you.

Nicholas and Katie

from California

Nicholas

Ancestry: Irish, Italian, English

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Naval Aviator

Education: M.I.A., Flight School

Hobbies: Biking, Building bicycles, Skiing, Flying

Katie

Ancestry: Lithuanian, English

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Public Health Researcher

Education: Ph.D.

Hobbies: Biking, Camping, Skiing, Mountain Biking, Cooking

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,

First, thank you for considering us. We can’t imagine how this feels for you but hope you know that your brave and selfless gift will give a lifetime of joy to the family you choose. Our greatest wish is to start a family and provide the life and loving home that you want for your baby. We would love to have you continue to be a part of your child’s life, though we are open to whatever relationship you choose. Regardless, we promise that your child will always know the incredibly strong woman who brought them into this world.

We’ve known each other for nine years, brought together by two of our friends who, when they met Nick, immediately declared that they had found the one for Katie. We spent that first year getting to know each other and building a friendship while our larger mutual friend group waited for us to figure out what they already clearly saw; that we were each other’s perfect match. We found in each other a partner to share in all the adventures we both love, including anything outdoors, like biking, camping, and skiing, to exploring as many new cultures and places as we can. We’ve been fortunate to travel the world together, but just as important to both of us is our life at home and building connections to our community and our friends.

We are so blessed to have so many wonderful people who support us and are remarkable role models for us on this journey to parenthood. We have had the gift of being surrounded by many children of our siblings and dear friends and know, without question, that unconditional love grows wherever hearts are open. Our hearts are open.

There are six nieces and nephews who always ask about their future cousin when we gather at Christmas and every summer at Katie’s family cabin in upstate New York. Long days of running through the woods and jumping off rocks into the St. Lawrence River usually end with us all piled in someone’s room retelling our favorite parts of the day. Nick has one sister and her husband who live nearby, Katie’s parents are retired and come to visit for two months every year and Nick’s parents, who came here to help us renovate our house, plan to move back soon. We know that will happen quickly when their first grandchild gets here! We also have many close friends that are like family to us and we gather weekly for “Sunday dinner” at each other’s homes to share good food and great company. We even chose to get married in a friend’s backyard so we could be closely surrounded by our loved ones. Your child will be welcomed by a supportive and loving community.

Together with our parents, we renovated a house and turned it into our perfect home for the family we’ve been dreaming about. Six of our closest friends live within two blocks of us, which means daily drop-ins that remind us of how lucky we are to someday raise our family here. We love that our neighborhood remains one of the most diverse in the area and that we live within blocks of multiple parks, schools and fun restaurants and shops. We walk and bike to most places so this neighborhood is ideal. We appreciate our city because it is rich in both culture and nature, with its access to the beach, mountains and desert. A typical weekend would find us enjoying a relaxing morning, tackling a project on the house, going on some type of outdoor adventure and often times ending the day by making dinner with friends.

We have both chosen careers of service that we are passionate about. Nick continues to serve the country as a Navy helicopter pilot, though will be transitioning to supporting operations from the ground over the next few years. After 10 years of public health research dedicated to helping people adopt healthier behaviors, Katie decided to pursue her PhD in order to focus on understanding the impact our environments have on health in order to create healthier and more vibrant communities. She also volunteers extensively to advocate for safer and healthier spaces. We hope to be role models for our children (we hope for more than one!) in taking action to create a better world for all those in it.

From the time we started talking about having a family, we knew adoption was in our future. We thought it would be the way we expanded our family, but after trying for many years to have a child on our own, we made the decision to invest our time and resources into providing a loving home for a child already in this world. We’ve been preparing for this moment for many years by loving and nurturing the children in our family and friend group.

We’ve worked hard to build our careers, our community, and a home, but we’re still missing that final piece which is the joy that comes from having a family together. We will provide your child with as many opportunities as we can with regard to their education and experiences. We will instill a love of nature, a curiosity about the world and the people in it, a sense of kindness and compassion, a strong work ethic and the self-confidence that comes from growing up in a home full of love, joy, and stability.

There is no greater honor that we could receive than your faith in us to nurture this precious being. We would love to meet you and hear about what future you dream of for your child and to build a vision for this lifelong journey with you.

Katie & Nick

Q&A

Tell us about your home and neighborhood

Our home is very special to us. We purchased it in the fall of 2017 and, together with Nick’s parents, did a full renovation. It was a lot of work, but we now get to live in the home that we dreamed of and literally built with our own hands. We designed it with our future family in mind, so there are two bedrooms for kids that we can’t wait to fill! It’s bright, airy and we have a big, open kitchen and living room area, as we love to cook and have friends over. We have a piano that also brings our friends together to belt out our favorite tunes! We have a large private backyard area and our next project is planting a garden and building a deck and outdoor fireplace to gather around. We love our neighborhood for so many reasons. First, several of our best friends live within two blocks of us. It makes it so easy to get together and share little moments like quick walks around the block or chats on the porch. We also love that it’s one of the more diverse neighborhoods in our city. There are lots of fun restaurants, parks and schools within walking or biking distance, which is how we prefer to get around.

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

We spend most weekends with friends, and if we have an extra day off, then we usually are on some type of adventure in nature. We have a 1980's Westfalia camper van that makes getting on the road really easy, so we’ll head to the mountains for camping and mountain biking or to the beach. In the winter, we try to squeeze in ski trips whenever we can. We’re lucky to live somewhere that is so close to both the mountains and the ocean! Most weekends end with us gathering for “Sunday Dinner” with our friends. We rotate houses and everyone brings a dish to share.

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

We will demonstrate the value of building and contributing to their community. We will teach them to be curious about the world and people in it, and to question how they can make it better. We hope they learn that the sense of accomplishment that comes from working hard to achieve something will matter to them. We will help them to develop a deep sense of gratitude, humility and compassion for others.

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

We will make sure they always know what a strong woman she is and how much love she had for them to be able to make a difficult choice for their future. We will ensure they know how grateful we are to her for making our family complete and share as much about her life and dreams as she wants us to.

Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.

Nick was raised in the Catholic Church, which he appreciates, though we are both non-practicing. We plan to teach our children about different religions so that they can decide for themselves if they want to one day participate.

How will a child enrich your life?

We both grew up with close-knit families and want the chance to extend those traditions and memories with our own children. Whether it’s the patter of little feet running down the hall on Christmas morning, summer trips to our family cabin, lazy Sunday mornings, or driving all over to watch sports or music events, we can’t wait to experience all the small and significant moments in life.

Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.

Our last trip was skiing with friends in Colorado to celebrate Nick’s return from deployment! We’re fortunate to have a friend’s house to stay at and have made this an annual trip. Long days of playing in the snow are followed by delicious home-cooked meals. Katie got to introduce our best friend’s son to sledding, one of her favorite past times.

Will you be returning to work? If so, describe your day-care plans.

We both plan to return to work after several months of parental leave. Katie is fortunate to be able to work from home and has a lot of flexibility in her schedule. Nick is transitioning to a non-deploying job so he will not be away from our family. We plan to have our parents provide child care in our home, at least for the first year.

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’ll feel profoundly grateful for her courage and strength and hope that she’ll know how much of a gift she’s given us. We will feel incredibly humbled that she placed her faith in us to raise her child.

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