Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. I’m glad that you found my book. I can only imagine that this is a challenging time, as you figure out what makes the most sense for you and your baby. I am inspired by your strength and courage in considering an adoption plan for your baby – it is clear to me just how deeply you love them and care about their future.
I hope, after reading about me, that my book speaks to you in some way. Should you choose me, I promise to dedicate myself entirely to making sure that your baby has a happy, secure and fulfilling life, filled with unconditional love and happiness.
I am here to answer any questions you have and would love to learn more about you too, if that is something you are open to.
My Adoption Story
I have always wanted to be a mother. I love children and I love caring for others, and I am so excited to have a family through adoption. My original life plan was to meet a man, fall in love, and have a baby, but life is what happens when you are busy making other plans. I am holding out for that kind, best friend who will be an amazing partner. In the meantime, I have a happy, financially secure life that will allow me to be a full-time mother. I am lucky to be surrounded by a large group of family and friends, many of whom have children. Everyone is thrilled about my adoption journey and cannot wait to love (and spoil!) a new baby.
I hope to be a mom like my mom. She was so supportive and encouraging, and she would drop everything if I needed her. When I was about eight years old and my guinea pig died on my lap, she immediately left her important business meeting for the family emergency. Encouraging of all my creative dreams, she fought for my best interests and to get me into a wonderful school that nurtured my creativity and individuality. She made sure I attended camp and art, acting, writing, swimming, and horseback riding classes and was incredibly proud of me. Sadly, she passed away about 12 years ago. She wanted very much to be a mother and said that aside from my father, I was the best thing that ever happened to her. She had a beaming smile, and I practically felt like she was singing Hallelujah when I walked in a room. I will make sure your child feels that way too.
My Promise to You
I will provide your child with unconditional love, comfort, and support. I will learn what makes your child feel happy and inspired, and provide them with the education and resources that can help make their dreams come true. I will teach your child kindness and empathy for others, and to help those in need. I will provide them with a life filled with love, laughter, opportunity, stability, and joy. I will make sure that your child knows how they came into the world, and that you love them deeply.
I am committed to sharing with your child their birth family’s culture and, if it is your wish, to have an open relationship with you, so that your child can feel more connected to their roots. You will always be an important part of your child’s life, and I would love to learn more about you and your wishes for the future.
Friends would describe me as caring, kind, generous, joyful, funny, and fiercely loyal. I do not back down from my promises, and I am committed to my friends, family, and the communities I teach.
Reading and writing are passions of mine, and I have spent the past 10 years teaching creative writing to high schoolers and seniors in nonprofits and volunteer programs around New York City. My students find writing therapeutic and freeing, and I love hearing their ideas and helping them develop their work. I cannot wait to read to your child and pass along my love of reading to them. Some of my favorite books from when I was young that I am most excited to share are Harold and the Purple Crayon and Charlotte’s Web.
I think of myself as a happy person who lives life pretty enthusiastically! I love to dance – bachata, merengue, salsa, and swing are a few of my favorites but you might also find me on the dance floor making up my own moves. There is an area of Central Park where people get together on roller skates to dance their hearts out and it is a lot of fun!
I love to get outside and do anything in nature, even if it’s just going to relax at a nearby park. In my free time, you will find me biking and swimming (during the spring and summer months) and cross-country skiing (during the snowy months).
Some of my closest friends are from a hiking group I joined 15 years ago. On a trip this summer, we biked along tree-lined trails to swim in a lake and swing in hammocks, before biking back for a shared delicious dinner.
I absolutely love trying new foods, and sharing good food with friends. One day, my friends and I were so excited by the unique gelato flavors at a nearby shop, that we decided to share sixteen different scoops between the three of us. Some of our favorites were grapefruit, fresh mint, salted caramel, chocolate mint, and Thai tea!
Charlie & Jameson
I can’t imagine life without them. Charlie and Jameson are sweet, gentle 8-year-old rescues who are best friends. It brings me so much joy to see them grooming and snuggling each other, their paws interlocked. They were affectionate with each other almost immediately, which I am told is rare for cats, so I feel really lucky.
Jameson is a bit like a dog – he runs to greet me when I come home, and Charlie likes to sleep against me in the morning, and sprint throughout the house playing. They provide endless entertainment, love, and snuggles, and I know they will be loyal friends to a little one. I think growing up with pets is so special!
Home Sweet Home
I was born and raised in New York City – a great place to grow up because of its diversity and unlimited opportunities. Anything you want, you can find here. My neighborhood is one of the best in Manhattan where it is laidback, very safe, and in a wonderful school district. There are many playgrounds, restaurants, and supermarkets (including Trader Joe’s, my favorite!). Nearby are walk and bike paths along the Hudson River and a community pool, where I swim in the summer with my friends and their kids. A short walk away is a park with plenty of trees, green space, a beautiful fountain, and musicians who play for crowds.
I own my home, which is sunny, filled with books and plants, and has another bedroom ready for your baby. The kitchen opens to the living room so I can talk with my family and friends as I prepare food. This is also a great feature to keep an eye on kids! There are a lot of families in my building, which is friendly and community-oriented. One of the best parts of the building is the large, private garden (rare in Manhattan!) for families to hang out together. There are flowering trees, rocking chairs, tables for meals and games, and space to run around and play.
My dad and his girlfriend, Inge, live nearby in my childhood home which is right next to beautiful Central Park. As a child, I enjoyed going on the carousel, playing frisbee in the grassy fields, and running through sprinklers in playgrounds. I loved visiting the Museum of Natural History (the one with the huge blue whale suspended from the ceiling!). My favorite exhibit was on sparkling minerals and gems, and IMAX movies that transported me to the Grand Canyon.
We also own a family country house less than a two-hour drive away in the peaceful Hudson Valley, where I spend time outdoors swimming, biking, and hiking. My favorite spot in the house is the covered porch that overlooks a weeping willow down a hill, and our pond that my dad and I used to ice skate on when I was younger. We have been going to our country home since I was a baby – I learned to swim in the lake down the road! Recently, my friend who lives nearby had a bonfire party for all of our friends and their kids. I still love making s’mores
I love to travel and have been very lucky to be able to visit some amazing places. I am so excited that one day I can share some of my favorite moments with your child. I want your child to experience many of my favorite moments around the world: hiking in Iceland by blue glaciers and waterfalls and some of the most unique and beautiful scenery I have ever seen; feeding kangaroos and wallabies in Australia; watching dolphins and whales in Hawaii; snorkeling with sea turtles in Curaçao; swimming in the seas of Greece and Italy; and eating delicious tapas in Spain. I recently traveled to Japan, where I met some of the kindest people. I want to show your child how beautiful it is to connect with others, even if we don’t speak the same language.
As much as I love to travel, it is really the people that make the place. Recently, I went to a holiday party and had so much fun with my friends and their kids. The little ones put on a fabulous magic show and lots of “how did you do that?” was heard around the room.
My friends are extremely important to me. They are my support system and my chosen family. Many of my friends have children, and I feel lucky to have them as role models. They and their children call me Auntie Lizzy or Fizzy (rhymes with Lizzy and a nickname I was given because of my bubbly personality, like fizzy water!).
Brianna, one of my closest friends for fifteen years, is like a sister to me. I was honored to be in the delivery room with her during labor. I got to meet her daughter Josephine when she was just born, and I have seen her grow from an infant to a bright, curious child. And now she has a baby brother! I met Andrea and Jason through the same hiking group. Their daughter Lelle is a hilarious, energetic 8-year-old. I have so much fun spending time with my friends’ kids. I join them for trips to beaches, movies, and parks. In the summer, we share cabins by a lake in Maine and by the ocean near Cape May.
I often see one of my dear childhood friends and her family for home-cooked meals and trips to playgrounds and Coney Island. One of my favorite memories with their little boy is running through the sand to play a game he calls wavy-chasy.
My oldest friend Alex and his parents are like family to me. They all live in New Paltz, a beautiful part of New York with plenty of families and artistic and outdoor opportunities.
All of my friends are beyond excited for me to be building my family through adoption. They can’t wait (and their kids are pretty excited too!).
My dad and I are very close and see each other once a week and talk on the phone together every few days. We like to take walks in Central Park, where we hear musicians and see the fountains, lakes, and flowering trees (cherry blossoms in spring and lilacs in summer). My dad is practical, thoughtful, has a great sense of humor, is playful with children, and is eager to help in an instant.
My dad and his longtime girlfriend Inge laugh a lot together and clearly love each other very much. She cooks and bakes delicious food and goes out of her way to try to make everyone happy. Inge has a daughter and three grandchildren and is looking forward to more. Both Inge and my dad are thrilled that I have decided to adopt, and they will without a doubt love and spoil your baby.
My extended family – my aunt, uncle, cousin, second cousins, and my aunt’s side of the family are warm, loving, and welcoming. We see each other for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, and sometimes in between holidays, for dinner at a halfway point between our homes. They are all absolutely thrilled about my decision to adopt. I am so happy that your child will be surrounded by so much love in my family.
Holidays & Traditions
I like to celebrate the holidays with my family and friends, food, and the outdoors. For birthdays, we like to picnic or do a local trip biking or swimming (or both!) before getting dinner at a favorite restaurant, or at someone’s house for a home-cooked meal.
Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter are spent with my extended family. On Christmas, we meet in Lake George at my aunt and uncle’s house. We sit by the Christmas tree and exchange presents, eat for hours, and play games. On Easter, we meet on my aunt and uncle’s deck for a hearty, homecooked buffet brunch, games of badminton in the yard, and a walk to the beautiful lake. When my second cousins were younger, they hunted for candy-filled eggs in the yard and we exchanged Easter baskets with chocolate bunnies.
For Thanksgiving, if we meet upstate, we gather for a feast that includes turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mashed sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows. If we meet in New York City, we have a clear view from my dad’s windows of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. It is always fun to hear (and feel) the drumbeats of the bands, and to see Spiderman and other floats right out of the window.
Thank you again for taking the time to read about me, and for considering me as the adoptive mother for your child. No matter what you decide, I am so inspired by your strength and dedication.
After reading about my life, if you feel a connection or are unsure and want to know more about me, I am an open book – literally! I would be honored to talk with you and would love to hear from you.