During the winter holidays we travel to see our families in the Carolinas, California or Oregon. Spending time with our nieces and nephews, Zappa, Zola and Isis, during Christmas is always a magical way to hold on to the spirit of the holidays! Usually an escape from the cold winter of the northeast, a trip to the coastal waters of South Carolina or the beaches of Southern California brings a warmth to our holiday season. But no Christmas would be complete without tradition! So our favorite holiday cookie recipes are never forgotten. We love to spend time with our nieces and nephews baking and of course eating these cookies as we decorate our tree. And the rest of our family is never far thanks to the wonders of modern technology! A FaceTime cookie making session or gift opening Christmas morning helps us stay connected even across the country. But the true gift of these times is spending time with family and catching up on each other’s lives as we share stories and memories. We look forward to it every year!
CHAPTER 1 - HELLO
Hi: Our names are Ashley and Sage.
We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to share with you a glimpse into who we are as a family. We want to acknowledge your bravery and compassion in considering an adoption plan for your baby. Should you choose us to parent your child, please know that your child will grow up in a home filled with unconditional love, support, encouragement, laughter, adventure and opportunities. And we will do our best to honor you in whatever way you choose.
We both love children and are completely ready to become parents. Our lives and our relationship are stable and secure in every way so we are ready to make your child our focus and priority.
We'd be honored to give your baby a bright future, New York City & country homes, music, art, travel, great education, creativity & loving extended family & friends.
I learned a lot from my mother, Fran and believe that my life has been filled with opportunity and love because of what she taught me. I have always dreamt of someday passing down these lessons to my children. I welcome the day when my dinner table is full of children and their good company.
CHAPTER 2 - ABOUT ASHLEY
I grew up in Chapel Hill, NC, in a community that I am still very connected too. At least once a week I have dinner with my childhood friends. Lucky for us, we all ended up in NYC together. When I was growing up, one of my moms rules was that my brother, Jason and I had to be home for dinner every night but everyone was always welcome at her table. My mom, Fran believed in creating lasting friendship and building community. I carried those young life lessons with me over the years and into my adult life.
From early on in my childhood, dancing was a huge part of my life. After I graduated from college my dancing led me to NYC where I began a professional career as a dancer / choreographer and movement educator. The arts have always been an important part of my life. They have allowed me creative expression, travel and community where ever I go. I now share my love of movement through education. I own and operate a successful Pilates studio in the diverse neighborhood of Fort Greene, Brooklyn which allows me to have a flexible schedule so that I can be with a baby and I am thrilled.
Our Thanksgiving table of twelve stretches long with room for everyone, kids and parents side by side Alec & Joanna, Whitney & Chris, Brady & Jess, Kumi & Bryan. It is lined with a bounty of traditional dishes as well as exciting new recipes and of course the center piece, a turkey that always offers leftovers! This relaxing time at the table is spent eating and sharing. As we go around the table talking about all the things we are grateful for. After the feast we indulge in the many different pies from pumpkin to chocolate caramel tart, and break out the karaoke machine! All ages singing together, young and old. Music is always a big part of our holidays. Over the years Thanksgiving has become a tradition for us to bond with friends, cook and rejuvenate. We look forward to this special time every year to eat and enjoy the company of close friends. Our entire group of friends are excited to embrace your child.
CHAPTER 4 - ABOUT CLYDE
“Truth is, one of the things that I love most about Sage is that he is a loving, present, wonderful father.” -Ashley
I, Sage, was married once before and was fortunate to have a son, Clyde who was born when I was in my 20’s. His arrival opened up my world to the incredibly enriching feeling of parenthood. Being a parent taught me patience and gave me a rewarding sense of responsibility and stability. I loved seeing the world through Clyde’s eyes and I knew that being a Papa was the most important role I could have in my life. So much love is born out of that relationship! He is a young adult now and spends most of his life living with his mother and stepfather in Upstate New York. Our visits are frequent and we love to travel together during his spring and summer breaks from school.
From the moment we decided to adopt, Clyde has looked forward to his new role as big brother! At 17 he’s had plenty of experience filling those shoes with his five cousins. As he’s grown we’ve watched him become a steadily determined, kind and gentle human being. We love and trust him deeply and look forward to seeing him develop a life long relationship with his little brother or sister. We know he will be an amazing big brother. As Clyde leaves for college in the fall of 2022, he’s excited to visit regularly as our family grows!
We put our story and pictures together for you so that you can start to get to know us better. We look forward to getting to know you too and spending time with you in person so you can really see who we are in order to trust us with this most cherished gift.
Every year we spend Thanksgiving in upstate NY at our friends’, Arianne & Shamim and their two daughters, a 3 year old named Noor and a 1 year old named Niaz, country home. We are really close with them. Their home is always bright and lively, with adults cooking and children playing. This magical holiday weekend is filled with lots of outdoor adventures, boardgames, singing, bonfires and of course s'mores.
CHAPTER 8 - THANK YOU
We hope this brings you a little closer to who we are as a family. Our journey thus far has been long and hard but we believe we have arrived exactly where we are supposed to be. We have waited so long to meet you and your baby and we promise your child will grow up surrounded by love, warmth, trust and creativity. With patient and kind parents who will do everything we can to educate and empower them. That is our promise to you. Our family will always provide a home of happiness.
Thank you for considering us for this incredible gift and the strength you have shown to get to this point. We look forward to getting to know you and hearing about all of your dreams that you wish for your child. We hope to continue down this path with you and create a life long relationship together. As we share a love for this child and their journey through life, we will forever honor your wishes and hold you in the highest regards. We would be honored to learn more about you, please feel free to reach out anytime at our toll free number 800-966-3065. You may call or text us. If you prefer you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding legal matters our attorney Suzanne Nichols will be happy to speak with you.
Whatever decision you come to during your journey we wish you peace and comfort.
With gratitude & love, Ashley & Sage
CHAPTER 5 - OUR HOME
Both of us have lived in NYC for the better part of two decades. Over the past 8 years, we’ve lived together in a beautiful neighborhood in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. A culturally diverse neighborhood, surrounding a beautiful park with historic streets lined with classic brownstone homes. On halloween our neighborhood is a destination for families to come from all over NYC and see the festive decorations, trick or treat and mingle. We love to dress up, sit on our brownstone stoop with friends and hand out candy to all the trick or treaters. We look forward to sharing this experience with your child someday soon!
Sage and I met through our mutual friends, Greg & Jade in Austin, TX on a sunny spring afternoon in 2013. We were both visiting from Brooklyn, but had never met before then. We spent that whole first day together exploring the city with a group of mutual friends. But our eyes or conversation never left each other. That was the start of our life together. The importance of family, friends and community says a lot about who Sage and I are as a couple. Our love is big and brings lots of people together. From early in our relationship we decided we wanted to devote our lives to raising a child together. We struggled for 6 years with infertility and ultimately realized that our dream for a family didn’t require a biological connection, but more importantly a child to love. Our journey has been long, but we believe we are right where we are supposed to be and we trust that everything happens for a reason. Our gratitude for you considering us is more tremendous than we even know how to put into words.
CHAPTER 3 - ABOUT SAGE
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved bringing people together. Creating and being a part of a community was so important to me. From my early years skateboarding and connecting with friends over art and music in California, to my career in the hospitality industry building “families” in restaurants and music venues. I’ve always found my strength in the love community can bring.
We’re also very fortunate to have our “chosen family” so close by. Our friends have young children of varying ages and we all care for each other greatly. We spend a lot of time with each other, so there’s always a sense of trust and security between us all. Your child will be surrounded with children of all ages. And they’re collectively excited for us to bring another child into the family!
Successful business owners, happily married, excited at the possibility of being at-home parents.
My father, Richard, passed away when I was very young thus leaving my sister, Misty and I to be raised by our very strong and loving mom. Growing up surrounded by women has taught me the best lessons for successful parenting. My Mom, Tamara has since remarried and has found love again with a good man named Sherwood who cares for her deeply. They look forward to another grandchild to add to my sister, Misty’s three amazing kids, our two nephews and one niece. Zappa 13, Zola 9, Isis 12.
Now that I own my own successful, established restaurant, I use everything I’ve learned from my life to respectfully and lovingly manage my staff. I love the sense of community I’ve helped to create through my neighborhood corner restaurant. The appreciation I’m shown through my staff and neighbors speaks volumes to me. As they say, the more love you show, the more your love grows!
Please call or text Ashley & Sage 1-800-966-3065 anytime.
CHAPTER 6 - OUR FAMILY
With our families on both sides of the country, the excuse to travel is always present and the time we spend with them is cherished. Sage’s side of our family brings us to the coast of California and the woods of the Northwest. With my side of our family spread across North and South Carolina. We’re always up for a Christmas inspired road trip or a cross country flight. Not to mention living in NYC has it’s perks for visits from family as well. We’re in constant contact with each other, regardless of the distance. And of course the Grandparents on both sides are eager to have a new little one to spoil and cherish!
We are lucky to live in a spacious 3 bedroom, beautiful brownstone. We are just three doors down from the park! Fort Greene park has become our second home, as we spend many hours a day walking our sweet dog Lucille, running and hanging out in the grass with friends. Our home is always full of light, music and a nice breeze in the spring through the fall.
Many of our closest friends and their families live within a few blocks of us. We are always gathering on our stoop for coffee after a trip to the farmers market or meeting for picnics in the park. We love being so close to our friends, as we’re always helping each other out with babysitting, errands or home projects. Ashley also runs her business in our neighborhood, which is convenient and brings us closer to our neighbors. The community in Fort Greene has always been a tight knit one that we feel fortunate to be a part of.
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CHAPTER 7 - OUR LIFE
Throughout our lives we have both been passionate about all things creative and expressive. Art and music fills our home and we are constantly learning new things about the world and its wonders. We both love to cook and care deeply about nutrition and physical well being. Our life at home is always accompanied by music and conversations on current events. Sage has a vast record collection and we both read and follow the news and discoveries of the day.
We love to see live music and explore new restaurants in our city as well as when we travel. Living in NYC offers us the opportunity to take advantage of so much great theatre, museums and dance performances. During the summers we often rent a house outside of the city with friends and enjoy hiking and swimming with our dog in the beautiful Catskill mountains. The winter is our time for travel. Getting away from the city to warmer climates and exploring new cultures is something we look forward to sharing with a little one.