Married Since: 2018

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

A decision like this must be very difficult and we hope that you have love and support while you are making it. Love and support are what make strangers a family.

Samantha and Jesse-Marie

from Maine

Samantha

Ancestry: Italian

Religion: Spiritual

Occupation: Retail Manager

Education: Some College

Hobbies: Sports, Traveling, Animals

Jesse-Marie

Ancestry: Irish

Religion: Episcopal

Occupation: Social worker

Education: BSW, pursuing MSW

Hobbies: Photography, Cooking, Traveling, Reading

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Spiritual

Favorites

Samantha

Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
Lobstering
Family Activity
Going on boat tours
Hobby
Art, attending basketball games, and going to concerts
Holiday
Christmas
Movie
Elf
Sport
Basketball
TV Show
Survivor

Jesse-Marie

Animal
Cow
Childhood Memory
Ice Skating, skiing, and sledding
Family Activity
Hiking
Hobby
Photography
Holiday
4th of July
Movie
Steel Magnolias
Sport
Baseball
TV Show
Punky Brewster
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

Thank you for considering us. A decision like this must be very difficult and we hope that you have love and support while you are making it. Love and support are what make strangers a family. We are so ecstatic to be considered to raise your baby. We have wanted to have a family for some time, but wanted to make sure we were ready both emotionally and financially. We want to acknowledge how hard this decision is for you and how incredibly grateful we truly are. We want you to know that no matter what, your child always comes first.

We met 7 years ago after we both decided to just be who we are. We have an incredible life that we work very hard for.  Samantha (who goes by Sam) works in her family business, selling lobster and other seafood. She works closely with her brother and father. Jesse is a Social Worker in a healthcare facility.  She works with elders and supports families. We have two rescue pups, Gidget and Nellie who have lots of personality. Sam’s family lives close by in the next town over and we spend lots of time with them and our niece who is 6 years old. We also travel a few times a year to see Jesse’s family and nephews  (6 months and 3 years old) in Texas.

We live in a beautiful neighborhood on a dead-end street that is perfect for bike riding and walking. There are several kids and families on our street. We live within walking distance to our elementary school, playgrounds, library as well as the beach. We live in a coastal tourist town so there are many fun family and kid-centered activities to be a part of.

We love to be on the water in boats or swimming. We also love traveling and trying new things. We love camping and the outdoors but also like to visit Boston for a basketball or baseball game. We want to make the most out of life and take every opportunity offered.

We love getting together with family for dinner, outdoor plays, and concerts, or just relaxing at home with the pups. We feel as though raising a family is an honor. We want a healthy balance of spoiling them, but also teaching them to have a good work ethic. We will teach your child kindness and family values. And of course love and support. Thank you for considering us.

Jesse and Sam

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

We are choosing to adopt because it feels like the best way for us to grow our family. We have lots of friends with children who are adopted so we know the struggles and have the support. Adoption has always spoken to both of us. And when we met we talked about how this would be the way we would like to do it once we are ready, and now we are ready.

Having your child join our family will give us the opportunity to see the world through their eyes and to see how they experience the world. Sam would also like to teach your child about lobstering and be included in the family business if they choose to do so when they are older.

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Our Relationship with You

Our feeling is that the more people who love this child, the better. Honesty is important and if you would like to be involved, then we will make that a priority. However, we also understand that your feelings may be complicated and we will respect your choices. We are willing to talk it out and adjust as needed.

We want you to have a say in what your child learns about you and your story. We will share whatever we agree on. From us, your child will know that we could not biologically have a baby and that you gave us the gift of family.

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About Sam, by Jesse

While I was nervous about trying out online dating, finding Sam’s profile made me happy that I had given it a shot. She had written a funny profile that attracted me to her instantly. We talked for several weeks before meeting up and we were both very nervous about our first meeting. We both have a very similar sense of humor and spent our first date just hysterically laughing. Sam is one of the hardest workers I have ever met. She is gentle and soothing and lights up a room with her humor. She is amazing with children and very sensitive to their needs. She loves sports and I can see her coaching in the future. She is dedicated to her family and friends. She will bend over backward for family and friends and is extremely generous. All of her traits make me look forward to raising a child with her. She will be a dedicated parent who listens to your child’s needs, provides for them, and will make them laugh every day.

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About Jesse, by Sam

Jesse and I met online. We were both apprehensive about online dating but threw caution to the wind and went for it. Thankfully we did! We talked for weeks before meeting each other and formed an instant connection. When we finally met, she won me over in the first minute; she brought my beloved dog some treats. To some, this may sound silly, but to me it was amazing. From our first date I knew I wanted to be with her forever. She is one of the most caring, nurturing, funny people I know. She would give the shirt off her back if you needed it. She is very family-oriented with her own family and friends as well as mine… sometimes I think my family likes her better than me (haha!).  From seeing her with our niece, nephews, and our friends’ kids, there is no doubt in my mind what a great mother she will be, and there is no doubt that your child will be filled with songs that Jesse will make up for them!

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Our Lifestyle

We live in coastal Maine and love to do all things Maine. We like exploring different parts of our beautiful state and discovering new hidden gems. This includes going to the beach, going out on boats, and traveling to the state parks! We also enjoy visiting places across the US. Some of our favorite places are Chicago, Austin, North Conway and Charleston. We love staying with friends and family, at AirBnbs, or camping!

We love camping and we try to go once a year. When we first met, our first couple trip was camping, and we have been hooked ever since. It’s so nice to sleep outside and although it has just been us, we think it would be a blast to experience camping as a family. We have camped all over New England, but Vermont is our favorite, especially in the fall when all the leaves show their beautiful colors.

When we become parents, the plan is for Jesse to stay home for her maternity leave. While at home, a typical day will include walks to the library, beaches, and creating a schedule that works for your baby. Jesse has a lot of friends with kiddos, so visiting with them and play dates are a must. When Jesse’s maternity leave is over, Sam will take her maternity leave! We have many friends and family who are very excited to help; we will utilize their skills and time. Our plan after our maternity leaves are over is to work split shifts so that your child can be cared for at home with minimal daycare.

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Home & Neighborhood

We purchased our home 3 years ago. Prior to us moving in, our house was owned by the same family for 3 generations. Our home is on a dead-end street, which makes it very safe for bike rides and family walks. We love how close we are to town and that we can walk everywhere, yet our neighborhood is still quiet and peaceful. We are looking forward to walking to the library, beach, and ice cream shop with your child. Our home has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. We have a large, lovely, fenced-in yard and the back looks out onto the forest. There is lots of room for adventures and exploring. We can hear the ocean from our house if it’s stormy out. We think those stormy days will be perfect to cuddle up indoors as a family to read or watch a movie. We are close to the center of our town and we love to participate in local traditions and celebrations. Celebrating all these traditions will be even more special to us when we have a child to join in on our adventures.

When we were touring our home before we purchased it, we would say things like “It has a big backyard for the baby” and “We can walk to the library and beach and the ice cream shop.” We live in a tourist community so it is very busy in the summer. There is a wild kingdom zoo with rides, mini-golf, and other fun stuff for families. We are about one mile away from three beaches. Our town itself is relatively small, but we are close to two large cities. We are also close to the mountains and lakes. Sam’s family lives one town over, so your baby will have extended family (including grandparents!) nearby.

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Race & Cultural Diversity

Our family believes in learning about and accepting all people. We think the more people learn and understand about cultures, race and other differences, the more we can open that conversation. We believe education and experiences will assist in teaching these views and feelings. Respect and acceptance are some of the family values that we will teach your child.

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Our Families

We live in the next town over from Sam’s brother, his wife and daughter as well as Sam’s parents. This is really fun because we get to have dinners and family celebrations together. We can also have quick visits whenever we want. Our closest friends also live in the area. They are all within a half-hour or so away. Many of our friends have children, so they are looking forward to lots of playdates. Jesse’s aunt lives about 30 minutes away and attends all family celebrations, Christmas, birthdays, and get togethers. Jesse’s brother, wife and two nephews are in Texas. They visit us several times a year and we visit Texas several times a year, too. Your child will get to know their extended family very well. When we aren’t visiting Jesse’s family, we do lots of Facetime and care packages. We can’t wait to start a family tradition of your child helping to choose what treats make it into our family care packages.

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Family Traditions

We have many traditions between our family and our extended families. Usually, we spend Thanksgiving with Jesse’s brother, his wife, and their two children (1 and 4) and Jesse’s aunt in Austin, Texas. Jesse’s brother and wife’s close friends are often over to visit while we are in Texas. They primarily speak Spanish and it has helped us speak Spanish more fluently. We all get together to make tamale at the end of Thanksgiving weekend, which has become a beloved tradition.

We spend Christmas with Sam’s parents, brother and sister in law, and their child Avery (6). Between major holidays, we get together for birthdays and Sunday dinners. We are excited to form new traditions as we continue to grow as a family.

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Our Promise to You

Our promise to you is that your baby will have the best of everything, experience wise. They will have tons of people to love and support them, including two hilarious moms! They will have the opportunity to be whoever they want. We will support them no matter what. They will be spoiled but in a good way. Our promise to you is to raise the child with love, compassion and honor.

We hope that you will be involved, but will respect whatever you decide you are comfortable with. Your child will know that you made our dreams of becoming a family a reality. They will know that your decision was one of the most selfless things a person can do. We understand what an awesome responsibility parenting is and we promise to take your gift seriously.

Message Samantha and Jesse-Marie

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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 Samantha and Jesse-Marie

  • 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!