I grew up in upstate New York and Jeremy grew up in Chicago so our idea of the best pizza is not the same. But since Chicago style pizza is not really available by us I win when it comes to ordering pizza. My family ordered pizza for take out usually once a week. We always ordered pizza with buffalo chicken wings for Sunday night dinner so my mom got a break from cooking. When Jeremy and I started dating I quickly learned that Thursday was his pizza night. So we have made Thursday our pizza night with leftovers for Friday lunch (or sometimes breakfast for me).
Thursday Night is Pizza NightJan 22, 2021
Jeremy is CoolJan 17, 2021
Jeremy has volunteered as an advisor for a local chapter of a teenage youth group for almost 20 years. He spends most Saturday nights at programs the kids create. Some serious while others are fun. Recently some of the group had an outing at Top Golf where Jeremy proudly announced he won the first round. This past weekend they had a regional convention where all the chapters in the Maryland, DC and VA came together for a weekend for a convention. Normally it is at a hotel, but this weeks it was over Zoom. They dealt with serious issues such as teenage depression but also had a dance party. Jeremy and I chaperoned the dance party. At the end of the party two of the boys in Jeremy’s youth group coordinated a dance to Single Ladies for Tik Tok. The boys were goofing off and one of the girls said you might want to be careful Jeremy is here. Without missing a beat one of the boys said “That is ok Jeremy is cool.” I found that statement so touching. Last year his chapter nominated him for and he won Advisor of the year. To hear directly from one of the boys in his chapter on how Jeremy has made an impact on him check out our recommendations page.
What’s for Dessert?Jan 16, 2021
Tonight after dinner Jeremy asked what I wanted for dessert. I was full so I said I’m ok now. He was surprised because he offered to make his famous apple crisp or anything I wanted. I asked what he wanted and he said nothing. Apparently nothing is an ice cream sundae with some frosting. The blue on his lips gave him away.
Zoom Cocoa BombsJan 11, 2021
I’ve joined the cocoa bomb craze in our area. Today my friends daughter taught me how to make them over Zoom. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. And we finished just in time for Jeremy to have a cup of cocoa after his run.
Merry ChristmasDec 24, 2020
Merry Christmas from our family to yours. Stefanie is looking forward to our traditional pancake breakfast while watching the Disney Christmas Show. We hope you have a Merry Christmas and would love to hear your Christmas traditions.
Holiday CheerDec 21, 2020
We like to drink hot Cocoa during the Christmas season. Today Stefanie brought home a few hot cocoa bombs which have been very popular in our area and are hard to get. They only had the dark chocolate ones but they did not disappoint. Next time I hope we get to try the unicorn one with the rainbow marshmallows.
Happy HanukkahDec 18, 2020
Tonight was the last night of Hanukkah. I think this is the first year we we have been home every night to light the menorah. Jeremy made latkes (potatoe pancakes) three different nights. We also made Hanukkah sugar cookies. We look forward to celebrating Hanukkah with a child.
Hiking Away Our Thanksgiving FeastNov 29, 2020
If I’m being honest we ate our way through Thanksgiving weekend and the French toast breakfast this morning did not help. We like walking and nature hikes so today we decided to take a hike on the trail that has an entrance outside our house. It was nice to get outside and enjoy nature.
Happy ThanksgivingNov 28, 2020
Jeremy’s parents and my brother Adam were supposed to come to Maryland to celebrate Thanksgiving at our house with Stefanie’s mom and cousin. But no one wanted to travel this year so our Thanksgiving was smaller than expected with just us and Stefanie’s mom. Our Thanksgiving traditions involve waffles and bacon while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and then a traditional dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole and homemade pecan pie. Jeremy does most of the cooking and although it was a little smaller than usual it was delicious. Here he is getting the turkey ready. Looking forward to future Thanksgivings with a little one.
Cooking ClassNov 23, 2020
Our community was hosting a virtual cooking class. I jokingly told Jeremy we should do it. He did not realize I was joking. Today after breakfast he said, by the way our cooking class was moved to 5. I’m so glad he signed us up as we had a great time. I’m also glad we did it together as there is no way one person could have kept up with this chef. Who knew home made biscuits were so easy to make. And lucky me, Jeremy cleaned up the kitchen afterwards.
Happy HalloweenOct 29, 2020
Halloween in our neighborhood is a big deal. People come from other neighborhoods in our area to trick-or-treat. This year people really went all out to decorate and we created a video of some of the houses. (Check our our video page). We can’t wait to have a child to trick-or-treat with.
This Is UsOct 11, 2020
As you are trying to decide what is best for your baby it is not lost on us that there are many thoughts and questions running through your mind. To help understand who we are we created a video about us. So if you are curious about who we are and what it would be like to be a part of our family please check out our video. If you have any questions or just want to start a conversation please click on the contact button located on the main page and/or email us at Stefanieandjeremyadopt@gmail.com
Sunday’s Are For BaseballSep 20, 2020
Sunday’s in our house are family time. During baseball season we spend most Sunday’s at Nats Park as our season tickets include all Sunday home games. Our seats are covered and in the shade so we are there rain or shine. We can’t wait until next season when we are able to attend in person and hope to have a little one to share America’s favorite pastime with.
Dinner With FamilySep 16, 2020
Stefanie’s mom lives a mile from our house and usually comes over once or twice a week for dinner. She is so excited to be a grandmother and can wait to play with her first grandchild.
Baby NurseyFeb 27, 2021
As you look through our photos you may notice there is no picture of a baby nursery. Although we have an empty room waiting to be decorated we are waiting to see if the expectant mom wants to help with this. Even if we are matched after the baby is born there will be time before we need a crib. We know we want a rocking chair to read to our child, rock him or her to sleep and just snuggle but in terms of color and theme Stefanie has some ideas in mind but we are open to doing this with you.
CelebratingAug 22, 2020
On Monday Jeremy and I celebrated our seventh anniversary as well as almost 28 years of friendship. Normally we go out to dinner by ourselves or with our parents but this year we celebrated at home. Jeremy surprised me by making ice box lemonade pie which was my favorite pie from our trip. We are looking forward to the year ahead and hope to celebrate next year with a child.
Video FunAug 19, 2020
Jeremy has been hard at work making a video of our trip to Michigan. If you want to learn a little bit about what it’s like to travel with us check out Jeremy’s video.
Organ MusicAug 16, 2020
Jeremy loves the sound of organs music. He can spot the sound of an organ anywhere. Here he is in front of an old street organ. Check our our video page for Jeremy’s organ lesson on the very old organ at our temple.
Pictured Rocks National ParkAug 06, 2020
Today we went to Pictured Rocks National Park and did a hike around the lake where we saw the beautiful shoreline. There were so many rock formations and breath taking views. We could not get over the color of the water and how clean it is. Our country has so many beautiful national parks and we look forward to exploring them with our child someday.
Vacation TimeAug 02, 2020
We wanted to escape the DC summer heat so we decided to spend a week in Michigan. Jeremy used to visit Michigan on his way home from summer camp so he was excited to plan this trip. First stop Grand Rapids. We went to a beautiful sculpture garden with a Japanese garden. They also had a section for kids which we look forward sharing with a child. We ended the day with a historical walk in the city. The owner of last house in the tour was outside and he said we should look at the garden out back.
Celebrating Jeremy’s BirthdayJul 05, 2020
Yesterday, in addition to July 4th, we celebrated Jeremy’s birthday. Most years, we are either traveling or at a July 4th party, but this year we had a relaxing day at home where Stefanie prepared chicken kabobs for Jeremy to grill and baked a homemade cake for Jeremy’s birthday and the holiday. Stefanie’s mom was able to join us and we FaceTimed with Jeremy’s family in Florida and California when it was time to sign happy birthday.
Flowers from Our GardenJun 23, 2020
Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers. We have three hydrangea bushes is our yard. This year we have had so much rain that our hydrangea bushes are large. Today I cut some off and brought them inside to enjoy.
Grouch WeekendJun 07, 2020
Jeremy’s youth group ends in June. The last “event” starts on Friday with the election of new officers for the next semester and ends with a canoe adventure and camping trip. The weekend is intense as Jeremy and his co-advisor are chaperoning 60 teenage boys which includes cooking burgers at the camp site. Jeremy does not get much sleep so I call Sunday grouch day. This year was a bit different as everything was over zoom. I participated in heavy metal yogo. I wish I had saved a picture of Jeremy and his yogo posses. Jeremy participated in Apple or Potatoe art where he used a potatoe to make a PAC Man board. He won the contest and here he is with his chapter and master piece.
Hike on a Civil War BattlefieldJun 01, 2020
This weekend we have had nice weather and we wanted to get out of our house and neighborhood. Jeremy found a civil war battlefield not too far from our house that we were able to drive to. It must not be very well known as we did not have any issues social distancing. We did two different hikes and one took us to a beautiful overlook of the town. We had a really nice day which ended with having my mom visit for dinner for BBQ chicken on the grill in our backyard.
Our new backyard guestMay 29, 2020
With so many cars off of the streets in our neighborhood we have seen a lot more animals in our neighborhood. It has been very playful squirrels, chipmunks, all types of birds, foxes and deer. For the past few days we have had a frog who likes our back porch and comes and goes as he pleases. He is keeping us entertained checking to see if he is back.
Memorial Day WeekendMay 26, 2020
Memorial Day weekend is usually the first long weekend we both get. Usually we start the weekend off at temple with a religious ceremony remembering our fallen troops. On Saturday we usually spend the day at the pool that is part off our community and spend the evening at Hometown Holidays an event in the town center with bands playing on several stages and food for sale. Sunday we usually have tickets to a Nats baseball game. On Monday we usually attend the county’s Memorial Day parade and have a BBQ in the evening. This year our Memorial Day weekend was very different as we spent most of the weekend at home. Luckily the weather was nice and we were able to sit outside in our backyard and go on walks. A friend was in town so she picked up take out food from one of our favorite restaurants and we sat in our backyard and caught up. The one thing that was consistent is that we took time to remember all of our troops who died while serving our country. This photo is from last year’s Memorial Day Parade.
Advisor of the YearMay 19, 2020
Jeremy has volunteered his time as as teenage youth group advisor for many years. During the school year he spends most Saturday nights we are in town with the boys in his chapter and an hour on Monday night. The youth group is made up of many chapters all over Maryland, DC and Virginia. This past weekend was the virtual council convention which ended with an awards ceremony. Jeremy was nominated by the boys in his chapter for Advisor of the Year and won. The boys taking the time to nominate Jeremy means alot to him. Here is Jeremy with a few of the boys in his chapter on a trip to Pittsburgh which we chaperoned with another parent.
Morning WalkApr 24, 2020
While working from home I have started my morning with a thirty minute walk. Usually I walk around the lake a two minute walk from our house. Today I decided to go for a hike on the trail with an entrance right across from our house. When you enter the trail you have a choice of going right or left. We always go to the right. It’s a much longer walk and you can go over six miles each way. Today I decided to hike the other way. I was treated to a beautiful trail filled with nature and animals. I saw blue jays, red robins, bunnies, squirrels and a wood pecker. At the end of the trail I reached a stream where two geese were starting their day. I can’t wait to share this hike with a child.
Bear HuntApr 08, 2020
Our neighborhood is full of families. To make everyone’s walks a little more interesting our community association asked everyone to place a bear in their window or on their porch for people to look for on their walks. Here are the bears we added to our window. We live on the corner so our bears are seen a lot. The Super RA bear was a gift to Jeremy in college from the resident’s on his floor when he was a Resident Assistant (super RA).
Opening DayApr 03, 2020
Jeremy loves baseball. He went with his family to Chicago White Sox games and fell in love with America’s past time. Yesterday was supposed to be the Nationals home opener. We have a tradition of going to the game with our friends Ross and Cynthia and had tickets to go yesterday. The game was obviously cancelled but to celebrate what was supposed to be our first baseball game of the year Jeremy wore his Strasburg jersey. We have a season ticket package and as a result are at every Sunday home game. We look forward to sharing our love for baseball with our child. Here is a photo of Jeremy at the Nats victory parade. It was a great day.
Our new normal for nowMar 31, 2020
The past few weeks have been interesting. Jeremy and I both have jobs that we are able to do from home and it has been fun to see how each of us spends our days at work. I have always planned to work from home more when we have a baby and this has proven to me it will be possible. We have fallen into some habits already. Tuesday’s Jeremy walks to Panera for our breakfast and Thursday he does grocery shopping and picks up a pizza at our local pizza place. Jeremy does all the cooking and he has done a great job making sure we eat well. To keep busy I have done a few Zoom happy hours with my girlfriends and Jeremy’s youth group keeps him busy with various contests over Zoom. Jeremy is very proud that he won the dinner cooking competition. He made london broil on the grille. He won based on presentation but it tasted great. We are enjoying spending time together and our evening and weekend walks. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom last weekend in our neighborhood. We hope you and your family are safe at home as well.
Sunday night dinner with familyMar 02, 2020
My mom lives less than a mile from our house so we have her over for dinner a lot. Tonight she came over with one of her friends. Jeremy does most of the cooking in our house and he loves to try new dishes. I asked Jeremy to try to make a cannoli cake we tried in San Diego. He did a great job. It was better than the one from the bakery.
Saturday Night FunMar 01, 2020
Jeremy volunteers many Saturday nights as a teenage youth group advisor. But this past Saturday night he was free and we decided to go bowling. We had not been bowling since the night of the 2016 election when we went bowling for an election night results party with Jeremy's youth group. We bowled two games and Jeremy won both. Here is a picture of his victory smile.
An Enjoyable Weekend With FamilyFeb 25, 2020
Presidents Day weekend we flew out to San Diego to spend time with Jeremy brothers, their wives and our niece and nephews for a fun weekend of boating, hiking and quality family time. Everyone is excited to have a new cousin to play with.
This Is Our Happy Place.Jan 13, 2020
We live in a family-centered planned community in the suburbs about 25 miles from DC. The community has the atmosphere of a small town. Our street has only 8 houses on it and we enjoy having grocery stores, restaurants, walking paths, a farmer's market, a basketball court and numerous parks all within easy walking distance of our house. Across the street from our home is a small park with swings, bridges, slides, a teeter tooter and an entrance to a public walking trail. Within walking distance of our house is our community clubhouse, 3 pools, lighted fields for baseball, softball and soccer, and a picnic pavilion. During the summer, many of the children participate in the community's swim team. The team puts a fish on the door of all the kids on the swim team. We enjoy walking around the neighborhood and seeing the homes with children on the swim team. Our community sponsors many events for residents to participate in to create a feeling of community, such as outdoor movie screenings, pool parties, musical events, a 4th of July community parade hosted by the neighborhood kids, a community dinner and an Oktoberfest with hay rides, games for the kids and food vendors. Halloween is very popular in our community. Families pull out all the stops to decorate their houses and kids come from all over the area to Trick-or-Treat. In December, the community also has a house holiday decorating contest. The elementary, middle school and high school are all less than 2 miles from our home and the middle school is within walking distance of our home. All 3 schools are rated above average in school quality compared to other schools in the area. The schools are also ethnically diverse which is very important to us!
Why We Want To AdoptJan 13, 2020
We have always wanted to become parents. We tried to become pregnant, and were unsuccessful in conceiving biologically. Although our doctors have not found anything medically preventing us from doing so, we realized that having a child biologically may not be in the cards for us and have accepted that. We decided that adoption would be the avenue that we wanted to pursue to grow our family. Our extended family and friends know that we have started our adoption journey and they are very excited and supportive of us. In addition to our five nieces and nephews, we consider many of our friends' children as family and know that we can love a child that had not come to us biologically. For us expanding our family is a natural next step and we can't wait to become parents.