I have always loved being around children and I’ve dreamed of growing our family through adoption. After college, I chose to expand my horizons by moving to London, England for graduate school. After that, I returned home to America and enlisted in the military as an Infantry officer. The military taught me values and the importance of teamwork. After serving my time in the military, I decided to move home to New York City. I currently have a successful career as an Executive in Public Policy.
I met my wife Leigh, the love of my life in New York. Everyday I realize I am blessed to have my family close and to be in a city Leigh and I love.
Of course though, our travel never gets in the way of celebrating with family. Leigh’s side of the family always hosts large gatherings for every holiday and special occasion (sometimes Nate even feels like Leigh’s family makes up reasons to celebrate). There is no bigger gathering in Leigh’s family than for Christmas Eve, where the Italian side of Leigh’s family celebrates by making seven different fishes!
Vacations Before Miles Was Born
We Love Being Parents Together:
Both Nate and I have always wanted to adopt. We were lucky enough to meet a wonderful birth family who were courageous and kind. We have so much respect for them as we were along this journey with them. Through that special connection we were blessed to adopt Miles at birth.
Our Adventure Continues...
We are proud that we have always been in a serious relationship and devoted to one another. We were very honest with each other when we first met and shared what we both wanted in life. Right from the beginning, we had a deep connection and so much in common. After the first dinner, we made a date for another dinner one week later and we continued to discover each other and fall in love. We have been two peas in a pod ever since. Traveling, hanging with friends and family, moving in together, celebrating our engagement then becoming husband and wife. The adventure of life continues.
I am the first of two children born to my parents Lisa and Hal. My younger sister, Maya was born five years later. From the time she was born, Maya and I were inseparable. We were each other’s best friends and playmates and I always considered myself her guardian. As children, we loved to play sports outside and we were always reading. Growing up surrounded by family, I developed a deep respect for the importance of caring for your loved ones. I have wonderful memories of my childhood...family vacations…being coached in soccer and baseball by my father…holidays with my grandparents. After going to local schools for both elementary and high school education, I then went to a liberal arts college in Connecticut where I majored in History and graduate school in England where I majored in Public Policy.
Nate on Leigh:
Leigh is the most caring, thoughtful and creative person I have ever been blessed to meet. She views everything in the world through an unbelievably artistic lens. Every color is brighter, every image more original, every thought more poetic, when she touches it. I’m not just a better person because of Leigh, I am new person: someone I can be proud of. Leigh puts both sides of our families before everything else, she is a strong and kind person. Her amazing family supports us, solves challenges and will love this child should you choose us to welcome them into our home. Leigh is a wonderful partner to me, she is my yoda and evens me out when I’m stressed. I can feel the love she will have with your child.
How We Met:
Nate and Leigh first “met” at a dinner in February 2016. Leigh’s sister Megan had started dating Nate’s best friend Reid (they are now married!) Nate was invited to a dinner by Megan, Leigh’s sister and Reid. Nate was Megan’s favorite of Reid’s friends. Leigh crashed the dinner and the rest has been history! Soon after Leigh sat down at dinner that evening, Nate was mesmerized by her beauty and charm. They hit it off and ignored everyone at the dinner for the rest of the evening.
Nate was preparing to go on a trip with the National Guard. The military gives you get a detailed packing list, so you don’t forget anything. Nate’s plan was he was going to read off the list, and ask Leigh to pack and then at the end he was going to say, “and one ring.” Then she’d look up and he’d be on his knee. Great plan! Unfortunately when Nate suggested this, like any rational human being, Leigh said, I’ll read the list, you pack.
So instead Nate packed and Leigh oversaw the check list. After packing, Nate held me in his arms and we slow danced in our living room. We do this very often. Then the next thing Leigh remembers is Nate’s on one knee and he had proposed! Thankfully… Leigh said yes!
Miles Loves To Travel - We AlwaysTravel As A Family
Thanksgiving is a hugely important holiday for both sides of our families. We definitely come from very different families. While Leigh hails from a large Italian and Irish family with so many combined uncles, aunts and cousins that Nate will never learn all of their names:). Nate’s family on the other side is smaller and super eclectic. Together they are a wonderful combination and there isn’t any shortage of love and laughter. Leigh and her sister Megan make homemade ravioli for the second course of Thanksgiving dinner every year. While Nate’s family makes a macaroni and cheese with more cheeses than they can count! The conversation at Thanksgiving is always free wheeling and the meal lasts hours on end! After all the courses are finished, the football comes on the TV and everyone enjoys each other’s company (some either nap or take a walk!) depending on if they have to make room for dessert.
Fashion Stylist & Executive, who adore children, yearn to give your baby a loving, nurturing home & a fabulous future, world travel, New York City cultural activities, outdoor adventures, family celebrations and so much more.
Birthdays are also special in our family. We always mark each other’s in unique and thoughtful ways, either with a dinner with family and friends or even trips, on occasion. We also always celebrate with our families.
I was born to my Mom, Linda and Dad, Luke. My brother Tom is the oldest of us three. My sister Megan came 4 years after me and like Nate and his sister Maya, we all are so close. I grew up in Brooklyn which is one of the five boroughs of New York City. I was fortunate to live very close to my grandparents ( Nanny and Grandpa), many aunts, uncles and cousins. While Nate was being coached by his father Hal in Brooklyn I was heading to Queens NY to hang out with my grandparents and cousins. Nanny and Grandpa both taught me how to cook homemade pasta and I helped my grandpa prepare and roll the dough for homemade bread. Growing up I spent just about every summer at summer “sleep away” camp in Connecticut. I always loved being surrounded by nature, sleeping in tents and making lifelong friendships. This is where I met one of my life long friends Julianne. I enjoyed camp so much that I went every summer, and eventually became a counselor the summer before college. I really hope our kids will someday go to the same camp, although I know Nate is convinced that he won’t want our children away from us for the entire summer.
In high school, I discovered a love for visual arts and photography. When it came time for college, I decided I wanted a different experience and headed to Boulder Colorado. I received a degree in Journalism from The University of Colorado at Boulder.
After college, I moved home to Brooklyn. Family is important to me, like Nate. I was fortunate that my mom Linda, dad Luke, grandparents Nanny and Grandpa, aunts, uncles and cousins had the wonderful idea when deciding to settle down in New York! I pursued a career in fashion that I love and own my own business as a freelance fashion stylist, which allows me a flexible schedule and plenty of time with my family.
Greetings from Nate and Leigh!
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at our website and for considering us as the potential adoptive parents for your child. We have no doubt that the decision to place your baby for adoption is a difficult one and we want to be as supportive as we can as you make this courageous decision. From our earliest memories, both of us have wanted to become parents through adoption. We love children and we feel such gratitude and joy at the prospect of adopting your child. Our hearts are full with love and we cannot wait to share that love. We are a committed married couple and are so excited about welcoming you child into our home. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read our story and again, we very much appreciate your time and consideration.
Both Sides Of Our Family Love Miles & Embraced Him With Open Hearts:
We feel such gratitude, love and respect towards Miles’s birth parents. They trusted us to raise Miles and made our dreams come true. They helped us become a family. As Miles grew we knew we wanted to adopt a second child to devote our lives to and give Miles a sibling as we both cherish our relationships with our siblings so much. We have such love for Miles’s birth parents and we want to share this experience with another birth family. We hope that is you.
We had a low-key wedding at a local family owned establishment we love to hang out at which has a wonderful and large event space. We wanted a celebration, without stages to it. We asked Nate’s best friend Dan to marry us. We stood in front of the room so that everyone could gather around. There wasn’t a bad seat in the house. Leigh remembers standing there saying our vows — and that Nate was a little nervous! Nate hardly ever gets nervous. It was perfectly us, together with family, friends a simple celebration where everyone had a blast.
Leigh on Nate:
Nate is hands down the most incredible man I know. He is thoughtful, selfless, loyal, kind….and brave. I respect Nate immensely and if there is one word I had to use to describe him, I would say, “courageous”. He is the best partner I could ever ask for and I both admire and love him more and more, each and every day. It’s a bit corny I know but Nate makes me feel like all my quirks make sense. His love for me makes me more confident in myself and my abilities.
Nate has so much love to give and, as a parent, will be the greatest teacher and guardian your child could ask for. He will share his knowledge of the world with your child. He will raise her/him to not only be confident, but charismatic and silly. He doesn’t take himself too seriously and his guidance will have our child skipping down the street with joy in their heart.
I constantly pinch myself to make certain the life I’m living …is actually happening! Nate is more than I ever hoped for in a partner…and I’m thrilled to build a family together, with him.
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Why We Yearn To Adopt Your Baby
This is probably the easiest things to write about. Both of us have always felt a strong calling to be parents and now that we have been so lucky to adopt our first child we would like to add to our family. We all have so much love to share and our hearts are bursting! We want to share that love with your child and to share our lives with him or her.
How We Plan to Nurture and Grow our Family
The easy answer is with love. We intend to show this child all of the love that we already feel for him or her every single day! Of course we know there will be tough days and challenges, but we have learned, over the last six years together to rely on each other when difficulties present themselves. When one of us needs help, the other has always, and will always, be there. We also want to mention that we hope to raise our children in a very open way. Let’s face it, your child will eventually understand that he or she is not our biological child, given that we plan on sharing that with him/her from the time they arrive in our home. We intend to always help him or her to know that you love him or her completely. In an ideal world, we’d love to have an on-going relationship with you if you would like. We are open to having a relationship with your family as well, if that is something that you would like. Most of all, we want what’s best for your child, which we know you do too. Hopefully this book gives you a little window into who we are as a family and what your child’s life might be like if we were his or her adoptive parents. We are so eager, excited and anxious to meet you and get to know you.
If you are comfortable you can also reach out to our attorney, Suzanne Nichols. Suzanne is great and has been a fabulous resource to us throughout our journey of adoption and would be most willing to help you answer any questions you might have as well.
Whatever decision you make…we wish you peace.
Nate and Leigh
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