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Travis & Carissa
We appreciate you for taking a moment to learn more about us. First came love, then came marriage, now we want to walk with that baby carriage. We are thrilled to begin our next chapter and become parents! This new child will be surrounded by love, support, and fun adventures. Hopefully you will be the one to join us on this journey.
What it Means to Become Parents
First and foremost, we are thrilled to become parents. How we reach that end goal is part of this journey. Carissa has always had a bit of a mom personality. During middle and high school it was babysitting, but later it was making sure friends got home safely. Travis, ever the strong, quiet, guardian type, is very much looking forward to filling our lives (and home) with children. Welcoming a child into our home would likely require lots love, patience, and strength. Fortunately we've got all of that! We have a general idea of what to expect, but we also plan to figure out what works best for our family as we go along. In addition to literary resources we also have plenty of friends and family we can go to for advice. We are looking forward to the rewarding experience of enriching a child's life and helping them to be the best version of themselves.
Just four months after we began dating, Carissa invited Travis to join her on a birthday trip to Costa Rica. Even if the relationship didn't last, at least we had the chance to go to Costa Rica! During that Costa Rica trip we found out that termites taste like peanuts, cashew fruit makes your lips numb, Costa Rican coffee is awesome, ziplining through the jungle is kind of scary, and the Costa Rican beaches and waterfalls are beautiful.
Well, the relationship did last, and we still like to travel together. Sometimes it's a trip to visit Carissa's mom in Florida, a quick trip to Philadelphia for the weekend, or a romantic weekend on Cape Cod.
We not only see travel as a chance to experience something new, but also to take a conscious break from work, doing laundry, cleaning the house, and cooking. Even scheduling a drive to a new beach or attending a local car show can be rejuvenating for the soul. We look forward to sharing our love of travel with a child and cannot wait to begin sharing our adventures as a family!
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Our favorite vacation spot has long been dear to Carissa, but only recently introduced to Travis. Carissa's family has been spending summers at a family cottage by the lake in Michigan for generations. Last year Travis got to experience it for the first time. We go there to unplug, unwind, and play. Early risers brew a pot of coffee and take the first cup out to the dock to watch the ducks and birds start their day. In the afternoon you can easily lounge around reading a book, go kayaking, or take one of the boats out. But don't be late for dinner — the grill gets lit right around 6:00 p.m. Congrats if you caught your own fish to cook up! After dinner we sometimes have a campfire and toast marshmallows under the stars. On a clear dark night you can even see the Milky Way galaxy.
Our House and Neighborhood
We recently moved into a wonderful 1920s tudor-style home. The house has been meticulously maintained over the years, enhancing it's charm. We love that it's not a cookie-cutter house that looks like any other. From most of the east-facing windows we have beautiful year round views of the bay. Inside there are four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a full unfinished basement, and an attached two-car garage. Most of the living happens in the gourmet kitchen and the cozy sunroom. Currently the sunroom is the only room with a TV, making it one of the more popular areas. One of the first investments we made after purchasing the house was to fence in the backyard for our two dogs. Our home is one of five houses on a tree-lined cul-de-sac off a quiet street. There are two families on our street with young kids under the age of five. We are looking forward to adding our own!
Ours is very much a family neighborhood. There's an elementary school within walking distance, and a typical New England downtown with boutique shops and restaurants about a mile down the road. Weather permitting, we love to eat at the local restaurants with outdoor seating on the water and then walk to the (best homemade) ice cream shop. Also nearby is a State park with beach access, wooded trails, horseback riding, and picnic areas. One of the best things about living in Rhode Island is being so close to the beaches, forests, and mountains!
Our Extended Families
We both grew up in close-knit families. Carissa's younger brother lives in New Jersey with his wife and two young girls. New Jersey can seem far, especially during rush hour, but we still find time to get together a few times a year. Carissa and her nieces (age 7 and 5) chat weekly on FaceTime. Right now we are trying to stump each other with jokes. It's getting harder and harder- these kids pick up all sorts of good jokes at school!
Travis's sister lives in neighboring Massachusetts with her husband and their 2-year-old daughter. Travis and Carissa see them at regular family gatherings (birthdays, Father's Day, Christmas, etc.). It has been fun watching "E" develop her own little personality and test her limits. We can just see those internal gears cranking as she navigates her environment.
Fortunately both of our mothers have already jumped onto the Grandma bandwagon and love their new roles. Just don't call Carissa's mom Grandma; she chose Lulu as her "I'm not old enough to be a grandma" nickname! Lulu (widowed) is enjoying life as a Floridian. At the very least it gives us a place to visit when we want to swap out winter sweaters for swimsuits. Travis's mother, who has embraced the "Grammy" moniker, still lives in the family home in Massachusetts. Grampy, although living in a local palliative care facility, cherishes regular visits from E, and the rest of our family.
From Us to You
Hello and thanks for considering us. We haven't met yet but can only imagine how difficult this decision is for you. Take a deep breath and remember that you are not alone. We respect you for your strength and courage to consider this decision for your baby. You may not have the answers today or tomorrow, but we hope that with some reflection and guidance, you will find an option that works best for you.
Please find comfort in the fact that we are here with open hearts and open arms to welcome a new baby into our family. We will provide a loving home and many opportunities for growth, education, and fun adventures. We have heard many wonderful adoption stories and are looking forward to sharing our journey with you.
We both grew up in close knit families but our official story as a family began in March 2018 at our wedding in Rhode Island. It was a wonderful weekend full of love, laughter, a few tears, and definitely cake! Seeing our families come together, both young and old, cemented our desire to grow our own family. We soon found out that it's easier said than done. After mourning three failed pregnancies, it was time to find a more successful route to parenthood. Adoption has given us hope to have the family we are ready for. A new child in our family will already have three young cousins to grow up with. The oldest, our 7-year-old niece, is super excited to be a babysitter when she gets older. Her younger sister wants to save all the animals in the world — we can't blame her! We've been taking copious notes on lessons learned from our siblings who have paved our way to parenthood.
Our child will grow up knowing that they are loved by you. We will teach them about respecting themselves as well as others. Families are made up of people that love each other- regardless of how they are related. We want them to know that in addition to the people we know as our family, that the child has people somewhere else that think of them often.
If you are interested, we would like to send you regular updates and pictures as the child grows. We would also respect your privacy if this type of contact becomes too difficult at any time. Regardless, your story is part of your baby's story and will live on with them in a positive light.
We are excited to take on the challenges and joys of parenthood. If this adoption journey brings us one or multiple children, we have ample room in our hearts and home for raising a family. We have been blessed to have the support of family, friends and our extended community. We will be forever grateful to the expectant mother with the courage to help us become parents.
Travis & Carissa
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