We've lived all over the country, and we chose to settle in Virginia for a reason. Between the great schools and many family focused activities, it's the perfect place to raise a family.
We have lots of children of different ages and different ethnicities in our neighborhood. The neighborhood is new and is still being built. We live in a cul-de-sac in a two story, single family home. We have four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Our favorite room is our family room, which has comfortable couches, toys and a TV. Although we regulate screen time, (about an hour per day,) we love to gather in that room a couple of times a month for family movie night, complete with popcorn!
We often go to the YMCA, where the kids can swim, climb a rock wall, splash in the splash pad in the summer, and run through the tunnels and slide room for 3-5 year olds. We also frequent a Lego activity center, bounce house, playground, and even the beach, which is about 30 minutes by car.
Our community is especially fantastic during the holidays. Families decorate their houses from Halloween through Christmas. The town has a traditional Christmas parade, and in the month of December, we take our children to ride the "Polar Express" train ride, where they can see holiday lights decorating a large botanical garden.
Our families are very different, but both are very involved in our kids lives! Marc comes from a very lively, loving, and large Hispanic family. They celebrate everything together! In fact, we recently got together with many of Marc's relatives for his father's birthday. His family loves to dance! We'll get together, dress up, share dinner, and dance to lots of popular American and Latin music. For kids birthdays, we have pinatas, themed cakes, and lots of fun decorations. Celebrations are very important to Marc's side of the family. Christmas Eve is especially exciting. We stay up late, eat a traditional meal of pork and black beans and rice, dance, and open gifts! Much of Marc's family all lives within 3-6 hours of us by car, so we try to attend what we can.
Sarah's family is smaller, but very loving. One of their favorite traditions is Thanksgiving. The meal is always extensive and takes weeks to prepare, but it's worth it when the whole family sits down at the table and shares in the feast. Cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents all gather around for this special holiday.
Our families are supportive of our adoption plan and are encouraging us to move forward. We would be so incredibly honored to welcome your child into this large and loving family.
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