Corey & Leigh

We are a family of 3 (Leigh, Corey & Joseph), + 1 cat (Milo), + 1 dog (Bolt), + 1 leopard gecko (Baby Queena-named by Joseph) and we love to fill our days with dancing, pancakes, and playdough. We met in 2011 and dropped everything to create a life and future together, the true whirlwind NYC way. Joseph arrived in 2016 and has made our lives more exciting and joyful than we ever imagined possible. We do most things together – getting dressed, eating meals, brushing teeth, grocery shopping, and traveling the world together (Joseph’s favorite has been Morocco). We believe home is a thing you bring with you wherever you are. We’re always planning our next adventure, whether it’s a new museum or visiting our family in Australia. Joseph is always busy exploring outside or creating something new in our apartment (making a tower out of cans in the panty, or taking printer paper, cutting it into tiny pieces, and creating a collage on construction paper with glue, stickers and puff balls!).


ABOUT COREY

Individual Photo Papa

Job Description
Director of Data & Analytics

Hobbies
Exercising (Running & Yoga), Reading, Going to Plays/Artsy Events, Collecting Baseball Cards, Growing Tricky House Plants

Fun Fact
On our honeymoon in Costa Rica, Corey was bitten by a dog and had to get rabies shots!


ABOUT LEIGH

Job Description
Birth/Postpartum Doula & Executive Assistant at a Construction Company 

Hobbies
Exercising (Biking & Yoga), Cooking & Baking, Traveling, Arts (Scrapbooking, Knitting), Singing, Playing Guitar and Piano

Fun Fact
Leigh moved to NYC on a whim with two suitcases, nowhere to live and a dream. 10 years later, NYC has become her forever home.


ABOUT JOSEPH

Job Description

Explorer of All Things and Collector of Rocks, Sticks, Bugs, Seashells, Nuts/Bolts and Pennies!

Hobbies
Biking, Scootering, Playing at Beach and Playground, Visiting Family, Sending Pen Pal Notes, Painting, and Collecting

Fun Fact
I know how to do a 3-point turn in my Power Wheels Jeep on the sidewalks of Astoria!


OUR LIVES

Our lives are full of adventure and nearly every meal is home cooked. Joseph attends an independent school in Long Island City, where he learns and grows in a vibrant, urban community. After school, he loves to help Mama chop and prepare dinner (favorite meal is Lahanodomades) and loves to play cars and trucks with Papa. Whenever Joseph shows a curiosity about something, we try to explain it, demonstrate it, show how it works, or make a craft exploring just that. Did you know Tarantulas shoot their belly hairs at their prey?! Our day-to-day life is teaching, explaining, and answering all the “why’s?” – it makes for some very exciting meal-time conversations. We love our beach Saturdays in the Summer and hiking Saturdays in the Fall. Our lives revolve around our son, and we try to envelope him in love and confidence so he is free to be whoever he can imagine. After Joseph goes to bed, we like to watch trending shows on Hulu/Netflix or plan the next BIG thing!


OUR FAMILY

We love to be with family, near and far. We have an Aunt & Uncle upstate that love to bike, hike and camp with Joseph. Another Uncle lives in Brooklyn and comes over for dinner frequently. Both our extended families live in Virginia, which we visit as often as we can, making sure we explore the mountains, rivers, and lakes while we are there. Joseph’s favorite activity in Virginia is looking under the hood of his Uncle’s sports car or riding the lawn mower with Popsi. Leigh has family in Greece and Australia that we try to visit every few years. When we are local, most Saturday’s are for adventures – museums, a new park, scavenger hunts, or visiting our friends upstate to play with their two daughters and make a fire with s’mores. Joseph loves when we chase him around the playground or race him home on his scooter. We live in a co-op with a playground out front and walking paths to safely run around and play.


FINAL THOUGHTS

“We are deeply grateful to be considered during this difficult journey. We believe with enough love and support the toughest situations can be made a little bit brighter. We hope to be this to not only the baby, but you as well.”

-Leigh and Corey

To learn more about this Waiting Family or the adoption planning process, call us at 800-321-5683 or email us at helpline@spence-chapin.org.

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