Lauren & Gerard

Facts Mother-to-Be Father-to-Be
First Names Lauren  Gerard
Religion Catholic Catholic
Ethnic Background German, Italian Irish, English, Italian 
Education/Degree Masters of Arts in English Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts
Profession Test Developer  Dean of Students 
 
Our Story

Hello, we are Gerard and Lauren, thank you so much for looking at our profile.   We met while teaching together in an elementary school, and from our first conversation, we knew there was a profound chemistry between us. Since then, we have been inseparable, and we were engaged after a month of dating. We have been married for over six years, and we cannot wait to grow our family together! From the beginning of our relationship, we’ve been talking about the kind of parents we want to be: warm, nurturing, open-minded, and generous in spirit, intellectual curiosity, and affection. We are eager to welcome a new life into our family!

 
Family Life

Working together at a Catholic school, we saw firsthand that character and values are primarily taught by a child’s parents. While we do plan to incorporate some Catholic traditions in our child’s upbringing, we believe that people from all walks of life have the capacity to act with compassion, kindness, and empathy.  We plan to both actively discuss and practice these values with our children on a daily basis.

 

 
Lifestyle

We live in a lovely small ranch home in New Jersey, in a pretty neighborhood that is full of children. Our neighbors are very diverse, and there is a strong sense of community. Aside from that, Lauren's mother lives around the corner, so Grandma's house is only a few doors away! We also live close to Gerard's parents, who are eager to begin their roles as grandparents.  We love to cook, go for walks, and play music together.  One passionate interest we have discovered together is our love of travel. We travel both locally and globally, and we plan to share our sense of discovery and adventure with our child.

 
Adoption

We have done extensive research and counseling on open adoption, and we believe that regular contact- phone calls, emails, and visits- will enrich our child’s family life, as well as our whole family’s. We know that each birth mother’s set of circumstances is unique, and we will work to develop a plan that ensures the emotional health of the child, birth mother, and our family.

We have thought deeply and discussed freely our thoughts and feelings on transracial adoption. We truly believe that a diverse society is a thriving society, and while we know that transracial adoption will bring a unique set of challenges, we know in our hearts that we could love a child of any race.  If our child is not of our race, we will go to great lengths to seek cultural educational opportunities and experiences, as well ensure that our child is routinely exposed to peers and role models of his or her race.
 
Favorites Father-to-Be Mother-to-Be
Genre of Music All kinds of rock, pop, funk, R&B. I have over 8,000 songs in my iTunes!  All types of music - I LOVE MUSIC!
Childhood memory Vacationing at the beach with family.  Family vacations
Quote “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view,until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." Harper Lee “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” ~Willy Wonka
Subject in school English, History  English
Magazine Cooking Magazines Cooking magazines
TV show Simpsons, Seinfeld Sherlock, Dr. Who, Miss Fisher’s Mysteries, Project Runway, Top Chef
Movie Ghostbusters  Anything originally written by Jane Austen
Hero Lauren Gerard, my mom, my sister, Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Holiday Christmas and Thanksgiving  Halloween
Bedtime story Goodnight Moon  Mother Goose stories and rhymes
Dessert Treats from our local bakery  Oreos or cupcakes
Actor SNL alumnis  David Tennant and Colin Firth
Video Game Classic Nintendo  NY Times crossword app
Sport to watch or play The Olympics  basketball (only to watch)
Author Elena Ferrante Jane Austen, Arundhati Roy, Mark Twain
Gadget iPhone Iphone
If your life was a theme song what would it be? The Entertainer by Scott Joplin  Unstoppable by Sia
Mac or PC? Mac Surprisingly, no preference
Coffee or Tea? Coffee iced tea
Eat in or Dine out? Both dine out, but I like cooking with Gerard
Early Riser or Night Owl? Early riser  night owl
 
Best Wishes,

Thank you for taking the time to explore our profile and consider open adoption with us. We sincerely admire your bravery and selflessness, and would be so lucky to hear your vision for the future. We are eager to share our loving, vibrant, laughter-filled home with a child.

We promise to provide your child with a safe and happy home full of love.

We promise that your child will be surrounded by many family members and friends who will also love him or her.

We promise to provide many opportunities for your child to explore his or her talents, and to encourage him or her to achieve his or her potential.

We promise your child's life will be full of adventure, music, good food, good education, and plenty of laughter.

Sincerely, Gerard and Lauren

 


 
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