Hi! We are Chris and Amanda. Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about us and our story! 

We met online in 2008. Chris is a chef and at that time Amanda was a pastry chef, so we quickly bonded over delicious food! We were married in 2011, in an eclectic wedding with our closest loved ones. Our ceremony was held in a local historic church where multiple generations of Amanda's family have been married, then we hosted a vintage garden party reception at a historic inn. It was a magical day! 

Our road to parenthood began shortly after our wedding. After countless rounds of fertility treatments, an ectopic pregnancy, and loss, we eventually came to realize that we might not be able to have biological children. After fostering, we realized that private adoption was the best option for our family. We want so badly to share our lives with a child, showing them unconditional love and guidance, and helping them grow into the amazing person they are meant to become.

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Financial Support

Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.

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FAQ’s about placing a baby for Adoption

I'm considering giving my baby up for adoption. How much does that cost?

It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.

I'm experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and don't know who the birth father is. Can I still place my baby for adoption?

Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.

When is the right time to talk with an adoption professional?

You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.

When I create an adoption plan, will I get to choose who is in the room with me during delivery?

One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.

How much contact will I have with the adoptive family after I place my baby with them?

As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.

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Thankful Together

11/23/2022

Last night we attended a beautiful Interfaith Thanksgiving service in our neighborhood.  People from Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Jewish, Muslim, and Roman Catholic faiths gathered together to promote understanding, cooperation, and give thanks together.  It was so touching to experience everyone joining together in unity to really appreciate eachother and all that we have.

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Craft Night with our Niece

11/19/2022

Last night we had our niece over for an autumn crafts night.  We collected colorful fall leaves and stray acorns for various crafts including these cute leaf bowls made with layers of tissue paper, leaves, and a homemade version of "Mod Podge".

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This Pottery Is for the Birds!

11/15/2022

We love watching the wild birds and local wildlife that inhabit our neighborhood.  Amanda hand-built a pottery bird feeder (one of a few in our yard) for our winged friends.  She loves making pottery, but this pottery really is for the birds!

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Chris' Famous Tomato Sauce

11/14/2022

The house smells amazing each Fall when Chris brews up his giant pot of homemade tomato sauce with the garden tomatoes.  It's a lot of work to get it canned, but then we get to enjoy delicious chef-made sauce all year long!

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Amanda's Pottery Pumpkins

11/12/2022

Amanda loves the fine arts!  She is currently studying pottery at a local arts center.  These hand built pottery pumpkins just made it out of the kiln in time for Thanksgiving.  So excited to share creating art with a child!  

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Carrot Harvest

11/08/2022

We harvested our garden carrots!  Another fun surprise task!  You can never tell how they grew until you pluck them from the ground.  Mommom's rabbit Peter will have a feast eating all these carrot tops!

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Potato Treasure Hunt

11/03/2022

It's potato harvest time!  At our house we definitely aren't afraid to get messy.  Digging up the garden potatoes is always a fun surprise because you have no idea how they did until you start digging.  It's like a little treasure hunt!  

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Halloween Fun

11/01/2022

Hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween!  We love dressing up for the festivities and passing out candy to all the adorable kids in our neighborhood. Love seeing their creative costumes & the joy on their faces.

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Cozy Fall Cuddles w/ the Pups

10/26/2022

One of the best things about crisp autumn nights are cozy cuddles on the sofa with a throw blanket and our two loving dogs.

Painting the Nursery

10/23/2022

We took advantage of the rainy weekend to start painting the nursery.  We chose a sunshiny pale yellow paint color with white trim to keep things cheery and gender neutral.  Hoping to fill the room with love and joy sometime very soon!

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Our Baby Pumpkin Patch

10/20/2022

In our garden this year we planted a little pumpkin patch.  The baby-sized pumpkins did the best, with so many to harvest.  They're so cute and fill our house with little doses of home-grown autumn cheer.  We can't wait to teach a child about the fun of growing your own food.

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Goats! Farm Fun with Niece

10/17/2022

This weekend Amanda visited a nearby farm with our niece and her brother's family for their Fall Festival.  The best part of the day was playing with the adorably inquisitive goats! 

Autumn Walks in the Park

10/11/2022

We are fortunate to live nearby so many beautiful park systems.  Yesterday we went for a walk with the dogs in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.  Such a gorgeous autumn day to be outside!

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Kayaking in Delaware Bay

10/06/2022

We recently had a fun afternoon kayaking in the bay areas of Delaware.  We both love to find fun ways to stay active and look for new adventures (with safety precautions of course!).  Looking forward to sharing our adventures with a child as they grow.

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September Family Beach Weekend

10/01/2022

We had a wonderful long weekend at the shore this September with Amanda's family.  Here's a photo we snapped at the Ocean City, Maryland boardwalk of us, Amanda's parents, and Amanda's brother with his wife and daughter.  So many great family memories were made that weekend!  

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Sandcastle Building with Niece

09/26/2022

We recently took a trip with Amanda's family to the shore.  Beautiful weather allowed us some beachtime to build sandcastles with our niece.

Outdoor Fun on Vacation

09/23/2022

We stopped for an outdoor lunch at a cute spot on our daytrip to St. Michael's, MD.  Had some fun attempting to play Jenga while we waited for our food.  There's always room for a little fun in daily life! 

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Family Visits w/ a View

09/20/2022

Here's another family photo we snapped with Chris' parents on our recent visit.  Chris' parents live next to a nature preserve so there's always beautiful scenery and wildlife to watch and learn about when we visit. 

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Boating Fun

09/14/2022

A visit to Chris' parents in the Chesapeake region always includes a little sunshine, fresh air, sea spray, and boating! 

Visiting Chris' Parents

09/12/2022

We just got back from visiting Chris' parents who live in the beautiful Chesapeake region.  We had such a lovely visit! 

Niece's Birthday Celebration

09/08/2022

We had a wonderful time celebrating our niece's 7th birthday.  Her party was held at a local children's amusement center.  Such a fun time!

Making Niece's Birthday Cake

09/05/2022

Amanda made our niece's 7th birthday cake for her mermaid themed party this weekend.  It was a treat to get to bake and decorate a cake again, especially for someone so special. Looking forward to baking lots of birthday cakes.

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Tomato Season Is Here!

09/01/2022

We have sooo many tomatoes from our garden!  Pretty soon Chris will be brewing up a huge batch of his tomato sauce.  In the meantime, we are enjoying lots of fresh caprese salads!

Picking Grapes at Grandparents' House

08/29/2022

The deliciously juicy grapes growing at Amanda's parents' house are ready for harvest!  We can't wait to teach a child the simple joys of growing some of your own food and the amazing burst of freshness from eating just picked produce!

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Our Delicious Summer Sweet Corn Has Been Harvested!

08/25/2022

Chris harvested our sweet corn today.  It was our biggest corn harvest ever.  And it is delicious!  Just had some for dinner tonight.  The freshest possible corn you can get.

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Pop Pop's Birthday Dinner

08/22/2022

Last night we celebrated Pop Pop's birthday with dinner and his favorite dessert: Amanda's homemade key lime pie!  We are all so eager to welcome another grandchild into the family!

Vacation Adventures in WV

08/19/2022

We look forward to so many new adventures with a little one!  We recently hiked up to the Cranny Crow Outlook on a recent vacation to rural West Virginia.  What a view and so much nature to explore on the way!

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Wild & Wonderful West Virginia Trip

08/17/2022

We recently had an amazing trip to West Virginia with some of our oldest friends and the dogs.  We found an adorable log cabin near a lake in the Blue Ridge mountains to spend a few days.  We can't wait to share our family vacations with a little one.

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Thanksgiving Gratitude

11/30/2022

We host Thanksgiving dinner every year at our house (our family thinks it's kinda mandatory with a chef and a former pastry chef in the house).  We are very grateful to be able to have all of our parents and some of our siblings' families join us for this special meal.

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