Max and Claire
Hello! Thank you for reading our letter and getting to know a little bit about us, Team Max and Claire. We have been together since 2010 and feel extremely grateful to have found each other. We like to joke that what makes our relationship so wonderful is that we are 50% the same and 50% different. We share interests and ways of thinking that bond us tightly together, we are enough different to keep us growing, learning, and having fun.
Fun is an essential part of our life. This may seem simple, but we feel it is our superpower. We run a maker group where different types of people (ages 8 – 80) create art out of repurposed materials and a little bit of techno-bling. The group highlights our life philosophy: perfect doesn’t exist and you don’t have to know what you are doing – you just need to have the courage to try and to keep going when you fail.
Given our attitudes about experimentation, exploration, and fun, it makes sense that we met playing games. Games challenge the brain, make you laugh, and provide something to do in awkward social situations. We love collaborative games, competitive games, board games, card games, D&D, Magic: the Gathering, and video games. Playing games and exploring the outdoors was a big part of both of our childhoods. Currently, we spend many weekends at Lake Cushman, Washington hiking, kayaking, exploring, and of course playing games!
Fun is our superpower because it helps us keep perspective and think creatively during the hard times, including 100 foot trees falling on the roof, extended family addiction struggles, and loss to cancer and suicide. As a family we are deliberate with our lives, reflecting weekly and working together to find solutions. Many of our values come from our experiences as members of the Reform Jewish community. Our traditions include “wrestling with the concept of God” through learning and questioning, celebrating life events, and “Tikkun Olam” which is a commitment to
try to make the world a better place.
We live in Seattle with Hank McCoy and Jane (dog and cat) within walking distance of the Puget Sound. Our support network includes Sarah (Claire’s adopted sister), Tom (Claire’s dad in Olympia), Jessie and Mark (Max’s dynamic and involved parents), as well as a team of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends around the country. Max is an IT project manager and Claire is a professional educator. She is thrilled to be able to take a break from environmental outreach to stay home with baby for at least the first three years.
We are excited about adding another member to our team. We strongly support open adoption. A child wants to know to know their story, who they are, and where they come from. Open adoption can give the child the gift of self-knowledge and heritage. We are truly open to a spectrum of relationship possibilities with you and your family. We want to have a tiny human join us and explore the world. We would love to have you be a part of this team in whatever way is most comfortable to you.