Hi! We are Nathan and Katie
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us through reading this book. We know that the process of adoption is incredibly difficult and we are so grateful for your bravery and perseverance. We hope that in the next few pages you might find peace and comfort in knowing that we are eager to provide a warm and loving home for your child. We believe that adoption is one of the strongest declarations of love a mother can make for their child. Please know that we will love and provide for your child completely and unconditionally.
Since we first started dating, we have wanted to be an adoptive family. This desire has only grown since a close family member’s recent adoption. Through the close connection of our family, we witnessed the joy and love that our adopted niece has brought to our family. This experience has cemented our passion for adopting a child into our own family. We know that we can provide your child with a loving and supportive home while building as open a relationship with you as you desire. We are so grateful that you would consider us to adopt your child.
We met in college at a student dinner for our church. Katie noticed Nathan immediately, but Nathan needed more convincing. Katie was attracted to Nathan originally because he had a great smile and loved God. As Katie got to know Nathan better, his determination, hard work, enthusiasm, and fun character made her fall in love with him. As we got to know each other, Nathan was attracted to Katie’s dependability, caring heart, and selflessness and fell in love with her. Katie pursued Nathan until, ultimately, he realized how amazing Katie was for him.
After dating for a few years, we were engaged and then married. We spent the first years of our marriage moving from Tampa, Florida, to Memphis, Tennessee, to Columbus, Ohio, for Nathan’s medical training. Finally, we have settled into our new home in Florida, and are thrilled to grow our family through adoption. We have been married for nine years and have two biological children: Gwendolyn and Oliver.
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Our Neighborhood and Community
When we moved to Jacksonville, Florida, a few years ago, we knew we wanted to live in a diverse neighborhood where the community lived actively together. We love being able to walk to several different parks and playgrounds, shops, restaurants, and our local library. One of our favorite activities is to walk to see the sun setting over the river. Another bonus to our area is our great neighbors. Our neighbors regularly host dinners or put on concerts for the whole community to come together. We love living in an area where our family feels known and loved. In addition to being active in our community, we are also active in our church. Our church community has been a huge support in our lives through weekly services, church picnics, bible studies, and play dates. After moving around for Nathan’s work, it has felt wonderful to put down roots in our community and church here in Jacksonville.
Some of our most treasured moments have been sharing new and old family traditions with our kids.
Growing up, Katie’s parents valued quality family time. They had a rule that Sundays were always family days. After church, Katie loved spending time with her parents and siblings playing board games and going on family walks. Holidays and birthdays were a big deal in Katie’s family. For their birthdays, they would get to choose the activities for the whole day, including the meals and desserts. Katie would love to pass that tradition and excitement on to her children.
Nathan’s family was very close growing up. Most of his traditions revolved around family gatherings. Whether it was an Easter picnic with his Lebanese and Greek family or Christmas Eve Ravioli making with the Italian side of his family, Nathan was always surrounded by family. Nathan wants to make this a tradition passed down to his children.
Through the traditions passed down from our families, we want our children to feel surrounded by loving family members who make them feel seen and known.
We want to thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We are honored that you are considering our family. We hope that this book has shown the love and laughter in our home. We promise to love your child unconditionally and fully. We promise to raise your child knowing that they are loved by God. We promise to raise them surrounded by family and friends who will love and nurture them. We promise to honor your child’s adoption story and your place in their life.
We know that this decision is hard and we will be praying for you and your baby. We know this book cannot possibly answer every question you have. As you think about our family, know that we value open adoption. If this is something you would want as well, we would be excited to have you remain part of your child’s life. We will make sure that your child knows their story and will remind them about their brave birth parents; birth parents who loved them so much that they selflessly blessed our family through adoption. We would love to connect with you and discuss any questions you still have.