Paul and Heather

Married Since: 2016

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We admire how strong you are for considering adoption for your child and for considering us to be the best parents we can be to your child. We know this is not an easy choice and we hope to do whatever we can to ease your mind some about this big decision.

Paul and Heather

from Pennsylvania

Paul

Ancestry: Italian, Slovak, German, Hungarian

Religion: Nondenominational

Occupation: Sales Executive

Education: BSBA

Hobbies: Kayaking, Hiking, Skiing, Baking, Home projects, Bird watching

Heather

Ancestry: German, Polish, English

Religion: Nondenominational

Occupation: Social Worker

Education: MSW, LCSW

Hobbies: Kayaking, Skiing, Hiking, Gardening, Biking, Swimming

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nondenominational

Favorites

Paul

Animal
Cat
Childhood Memory
Playing little league
Color
Blue
Food
Burgers
Hobby
Kayaking
Holiday
Chistmas
Leisure Activity
Listening to Music
Sport
Football
Music
Reggae and Hip Hop
Vacation Spot
Asheville, NC

Heather

Animal
Cat
Childhood Memory
Boating and fishing
Color
Purple
Food
Spaghetti
Hobby
Hiking
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure Activity
Streaming and TV
Sport
Hockey
Music
Folk
Vacation Spot
Aruba
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From Us to You

We can’t imagine what you must be going through. Fear, anxiety, and helplessness might just be a few of the emotions you must be feeling. We have, however, experienced similar emotions at one time or another over the past four years through our journey with infertility and loss. While we do have some shared emotional connections, we also acknowledge there is no way to fully understand what you feel in this moment. We admire how strong you are for considering adoption for your child and for considering us to be the best parents we can be to your child. We know this is not an easy choice and we hope to do whatever we can to ease your mind some about this big decision.

Despite our struggles with infertility, we have always dreamed of adopting. We are eager to start our family through your courage and grace. We can’t wait to be parents and share our love and our lives with a little one.

We firmly believe that God has brought us together for a reason and all that we have each been through is for a greater purpose. We have faith in the fact that God put us on this earth to meet each other and help one another through this process. To be there for one another, walking hand in hand, to make sure that your child is cared for and lives a life that he/she can thrive in. We will not only share your child’s adoption story with him or her, but we will make them aware of you and your journey. We want to be an open book as parents and will never hide you from your child. We are open for discussion about your involvement in your child’s life as well. We would love to send pictures occasionally and updates so that you always feel connected.

We can assure you that your baby will be well cared for. Beyond our love and attention, they will have 3 sets of grandparents ready to spoil them at every turn! They will also enjoy a vibrant, extended family in the form of relatives and cherished friends, all of whom continue to support and encourage us along the way. Daily life will be consumed with laughter, learning and playing…both indoors and outdoors.  We can’t wait for trips to the local parks, the family lake house, the Children’s Museum and our favorites, aviary and zoo. We will build upon our current traditions, make lasting memories and give them the opportunity for success and happiness at each stage of their lives. They will have a future filled with joy, hope and endless possibilities. They will have the freedom to be whoever and whatever they want to be. We will be there support them 100%, no matter what.

Thank you for your strength, your courage and most of all, considering us for this amazing opportunity! We look forward to opening our hearts and our home to your child. We promise that we will not let you down and you will NEVER be forgotten.

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How We Met

Paul had placed an ad for a new roommate and fate replied.  No, Heather didn’t take the open room, but her friend Travis did.  Paul and Travis became good friends and he introduced us.  We first met on Halloween night; Paul was dressed as a lion and handing out candy while Heather had come down to visit her friend.  You could say it was love at first sight.  We didn’t know we’d end up married at the time, but we were instantly attracted to each other.  Our relationship grew over the winter months.  We bonded on a skiing trip and Heather began to visit more often.  We grew closer day by day through long phone conversations and date nights.  Eventually we made it official one evening at dinner with our friends and the rest is history!

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About Us

As a couple we complement each other very well.  We both have big hearts and share many of the same interests, so it’s always been easy to get along and grow together as one.  Our differences, which are few, only make us stronger.  We pride ourselves on our open, honest communication and the ability to compromise no matter the situation.  We always have each other’s backs, supporting and encouraging one another in good times and bad.  Over the years we continue to find new reasons to love one another and both consider ourselves lucky to have married our “best friend.” We tell each other everything and we can be our complete silly selves around one another. A child in our lives would only serve to reinforce the love we have, allow us to grow closer together and share that love with a growing family.

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About Paul

Paul is one of the most caring and nurturing people that I have ever met in my life. Through any ups and downs life has thrown our way, Paul has always stayed positive and rubs my back as we get through it together even though he may be hurting too. He always puts the ones he loves before himself and makes sure that everyone else is okay first. I know wholeheartedly that he will always put your child first above anything and anyone else. He is a big kid at heart and loves to play in the sandbox with our niece and nephew or put their toys together at Christmas so that they can all play together. Between his huge heart, playful character, and nurturing personality, I have no doubt in my mind that Paul will be an amazing father. I cannot wait to see him grow as a man through fatherhood and see the absolute joy that I know a child will bring to his life.

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About Heather

Heather is the strongest person I know, and I look up to her in more ways than one.  Despite all she has been through, she maintains a positive attitude and hopeful outlook on life.  It inspires me to remain optimistic in times of adversity.  She has a big heart as is required of a social worker.  She helps to advocate for her patients every day and make their lives better any way she can.  She also serves the role of therapist to many friends and family who come to her for advice. She is always there to help!  She is extremely driven and when she sets her mind to something, it gets done.  She is fun loving and keeps things interesting, from having dance parties with our cats to singing silly songs to make me laugh.  Most importantly, she has helped me learn so much about myself and grow as an individual, a husband, a son, a brother and a friend.  I know I wouldn’t be the man I am today without her strength, love and encouragement.  For these reasons and more I know she will be a terrific mother.

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Our Sweet Kitties

We have two cats, named C.A.T. and PURR.  They are the ones that really run the show and constantly keep us on our toes.  C.A.T. is diabetic and requires insulin shots twice a day.  However, you wouldn’t be able to tell, as he is full of energy and can usually be found chasing his brother around the house.  He also loves to bring his toys into bed and we often wake up with a toy mouse next to us. He loves to play and loves children! PURR is much more laid back.  He prefers a good nap, belly rubs and frequent snacks.  If you put a box down, you can bet he will sit in it.  They are both Mama’s boys but have warmed up to Dad quite nicely over the years.  We love them with all our hearts and know they’ll be excited to welcome a child into our home.

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Home Sweet Home

Our home sits atop one of the many rolling hills of western Pennsylvania. It is centrally located, minutes from the best shopping, dining, and entertainment the city and surrounding suburbs have to offer. Despite being in the middle of it all and only 6 miles from downtown, our neighborhood is quiet and peaceful. Nature abounds with frequent sightings of deer, rabbits, groundhogs, squirrels, chipmunks and even turkeys! Not to mention all the birds that visit our multiple feeders for a snack; the most impressive of which are the hummingbirds. We have a good-sized yard that backs up to woods for added privacy and the ability to explore. Neighbors can be seen walking their dogs and tending to their yards, always offering a wave and a hello as we pass. Children are always on the go, riding their bikes, playing basketball or other games and hiking in the woods. There is an annual block party in the summer that gathers everyone for a potluck-style feast and outdoor games such as corn hole. There is a similar gathering in the winter to celebrate the holiday season. Overall, it’s a great location with friendly neighbors, lots of nature to observe and space for a child to play and grow!

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Our Families and Friends

We have a wonderful, loving family who has supported us along our journey and are equally excited to welcome a new child into their hearts and homes. Heather comes from a blended family which means even more love to go around. Her parents are divorced and remarried so your child will have an extra set of grandparents! Both sets of Heather’s parents live about an hour and a half away and are in the country with many acres of land where a child can play and explore. We often take day trips to visit both sets of parents. Heather’s mother loves to bake and constantly talks about how she cannot wait to have another grandchild to bake with. Heather’s father loves boating and is looking forward to another grandchild to take boating with him. Paul’s parents live up the road and are looking forward to frequent play dates and adventures with their grandchild. They love to sail and look forward to one day teaching their grandchildren to sail as well. Between the two of us we have six brothers, and all of us have a great relationship. We also have one niece and one nephew who are eager to have a cousin to join them. Our brothers are eager to become to uncles and share their love with a niece or nephew. We also have a vast extended family with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Again, all are excited for the opportunity to expand the family and play their part in your child’s growth and development.

As far as friends go, we have plenty of them! We both have a strong core of childhood friends who know us better than we know ourselves. We enjoy meeting up with them for dinner, going to a show or having them over for a game night. Some of them have children and are already planning out the playdates that we can have with each other. They have been encouraging and supportive along our journey as well. We have also forged many lifelong friendships through work. In addition, Heather tends to make friends anywhere she goes so we are constantly adding to our circle.

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Our Faith

Faith has been an important part of our lives and our journey here. Despite coming from different religious backgrounds (Catholic and Methodist) we have been able to unite in the common beliefs shared by both. We are firm believers in placing love above all else, love for each other, love for family, love for your neighbor, and love for nature and all of God’s creations. We attend mass every Sunday and while we have moved to virtual gatherings, we still listen to the teachings and pray together each week. We look forward to sharing His teachings with a little one, bringing them up to love and respect everyone, to be selfless and give back to the community. Our parents are also deeply rooted in their faith and will reinforce the same principles above with their grandchild.

Why We're Choosing to Adopt

We have struggled with infertility over the past five years. Although we have continued to try to conceive, we have always had the desire to adopt and even discussed it as part of our future on our honeymoon, prior to knowing we would have any infertility issues. We have a lot of love to give and can’t wait to be parents, whether that means our child is biological or not. We know there are many children out there that need a good home and we are looking forward to starting our family and being able to provide just that. We would treat your child no differently than our own should we blessed to have one. We would love to have more children in the future, whether through adoption or conceiving naturally, so that we can spread our love and so that your child has a sibling(s). Adoption is such a blessing for not only those that have infertility, but for anyone that is looking to start their family.

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Family Traditions

Most of our traditions center around the holidays, where we gather with family. The most prominent holiday traditions occur during the Christmas season, trimming the tree with personalized ornaments and bathing the exterior of the house in lights. We also love to drive around and look at everyone else’s Christmas lights all lit up at night. We have dreamed of Christmases with a child, and all of the fun we would have listening to Christmas music while trimming the tree, making Christmas cookies and taking holiday photos together for a family Christmas card. We look forward to opening presents on Christmas morning in our Christmas pajamas and seeing the excitement on your child’s face as they open all their favorite gifts has been a dream of ours for years now. We also host our annual family gathering where all of our families come together as one. Food, fun, games, gifts and laughter fill the day! In the summers we also attend the annual family reunion at Heather’s dad’s house where all of the family from all sides are once again invited. The day is complete with swimming, yard games and a pig roast! On Halloween we like to dress up and hand out candy. We can’t wait to be on the other side trekking the neighborhood for treats in full costume. On the Fourth of July we venture up to the family lake house in New York for sailing and watching fireworks. Outside of the holidays, we currently frequent the aviary to see the birds, penguins and sloths. With a child, we would continue those trips, but also add in the zoo and Children’s Museum. We look forward to creating new traditions and making lasting memories as the child’s interests continue to evolve.

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Our Vacations

We love to travel, but lately Covid has presented certain challenges. In the past we have visited places far and wide. Nationally some of our travels included skiing in Taos, New Mexico with Paul’s brother Ray, visiting Heather’s best friend Tammy in Florida, hiking in Asheville, North Carolina, line dancing in Nashville, exploring caves in Kentucky and many more. We have also ventured outside the country to Aruba and many different locations in Canada. More regionally we have visited the neighboring states of Ohio, West Virginia and New York. No matter where we go, we collect post cards and memories. We also look for unique works of art made by local artisans. We love a good road trip and finding fun along the way. With the recent restrictions we have found ourselves taking more day trips. Exploring anything we find interesting within an hour or two of our home, from discovering a new hiking trail, to visiting a quaint countryside town. We look forward to traveling with your child, sharing with them the beauty of the world and making memories as a family.

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Our Lifestyle

We lead a pretty active lifestyle. Most days after work we go downtown for a walk along one of the rivers or hike through the woods to a local waterfall. On the weekends we venture further out into nature to enjoy a bike ride along a wooded trail or kayaking at a lake. We also enjoy traveling and frequent places like the shores of Lake Erie or Amish Country in Ohio. We are equally as happy just going for a drive with no destination in mind, taking in the sites, enjoying each other’s company and discovering new things. More locally, we enjoy trying new restaurants, shopping at farmers markets and bakeries, exploring neighborhood festivals and events, and going to museums. We also love going to concerts and sporting events when we can. We enjoy spending time with family and friends, from a night out with dinner, to a night in around the fire. Lastly, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention our cats. Much of our time is spent tending to their needs, playing with them, cleaning up after them, cuddling and napping! For so long we have dreamed of the day that we would be able to take a child with us on all these adventures. We often have discussions of what it would be like to be able to experience nature with your little one and teach them about it and see the look on their face the first time they get to go kayaking with us. We look forward to all of the places we will travel to with your child and we are excited to see his/her face with they see the ocean or a waterfall for the first time. We have talked about traveling more abroad once your child is a little older so that they can experience many cultures and take in the whole world around them.

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Our Hobbies

We have many hobbies, most of which involve the outdoors. We love to go kayaking on the local rivers or at one of the many lakes in the area. As we paddle along, we look for wildlife such as birds and turtles. As a break from paddling we enjoy tying up our kayaks and looking out over the water or having a picnic together. Hiking is another activity we enjoy, and we love venturing off into the woods to find waterfalls and soak in the serenity of the forest. When not on foot, we also appreciate a good bike ride. During the winter months we can be found hitting the ski slopes and often go on family ski trips. When we can’t make it outside, we watch for and identify the birds in our yard. Other indoor activities include playing board games, putting together puzzles and baking/cooking tasty treats to enjoy with a good movie.

Education

We value education very highly. We both went to college and will offer that same opportunity to your child. We live in a great school district and can’t wait to help with homework, science fair projects and extra curriculars. Outside of traditional education, we plan on teaching them many life skills and embracing any passions they may have, perhaps educating ourselves along the way! We have already started setting money aside for your child’s college education should they decide to go that route. We will support your child any way that we can no matter what or who they choose to be in life.

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Our Promise to You

It is our promise to you to raise your child as our own, with unconditional love and support no matter what life throws at us. We pledge to teach them about the beauty of life, to be open to love, to laugh and to find joy in each day. We will encourage them every day to be a good-hearted person and to be themselves and not feel that they have to change who they are for anyone. We will let them know that we will love them no matter who or what they decide to be in life. While we know it won’t be all sunshine and rainbows, we will be there every step of the way to teach them, nurture them and console them. We promise to give them the world and support them along whatever path they choose.

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