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Tony & Shari
We have always wanted to adopt and we're so excited to begin this journey. We admire your courage and selflessness to commit to adoption and we're so happy you're considering us for this huge decision. We have so much love and happiness to provide a child and would be thrilled if you chose us.
What Makes Us Unique
We feel we're unique because of our commitment to adoption. We don't have fertility issues, but rather feel passionately about providing a loving family to a child who is already in this world. We will be very open and honest with our child about how much we wanted to adopt, and what his/her background is, as we strongly believe that honesty and committing to an open adoption is the healthiest and most appropriate option for our child.
In addition, we believe we're unique because despite being Caucasian, we want our child, regardless of his/her race and ethnicity, to be a "global citizen." Meaning we want him/her to go to a diverse school and we'll consistently live in an area where everyone looks different and there isn't one "accepted" way of looking or living. We love to travel and plan to expose our child to all different areas of the world.
We acknowledge our privilege with our education and socioeconomic status, and we are committed to using our privilege to help others through donating our time and money to those who need it most. We plan to include our child in our tradition of volunteering and giving back.
We both grew up in upstate New York (five hours apart from each other), where there are stunning, mountainous parks and lakes, so we've always had a very active lifestyle and we love to be outdoors whenever we can. That's why we escaped the winters in NY 8 years ago and have been loving the sunny warmth of Texas!
Tony is from Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains, so he was only a few miles from the prettiest lake (it looks like ocean water) and most phenomenal hiking in the Northeast. As a result, he has always loved to do anything outside, including biking, hiking, camping and fishing. He played all different sports (football, baseball, basketball, track and field) and continues to spend hours at the local YMCA playing basketball and running outside.
Shari grew up going to a local lake on the weekends, so she has a love for any water activity (water skiing, swimming) and she played competitive tennis her whole life. A year ago she became a certified group fitness instructor, and she teaches spin and circuit interval classes at a boutique fitness studio.
In addition to being active, we love to cook and bake, try local restaurants and coffee shops, and being from small towns, we especially love to explore Dallas's museums, landmarks and shopping.
Our focus will be to ensure that our children stay connected to their heritage. Dallas is a very diverse city, and some of our closest friends, doctors, and role models are of different ethnicities, races and socioeconomic backgrounds than ourselves. We plan to actively seek opportunities for our child to be exposed to cultural diversity by socializing with our diverse friends and their children, and enrolling him/her in a local multicultural school.
We will expose our child to topics of race and culture on a regular basis through books, play groups, toys, art and music, so he/she can relate to the stories and characters and he/she can learn about all different cultures, norms, beliefs, races and ethnicities. We will proactively celebrate traditions of our child's heritage and that of other heritages to highlight the positive attributes of people with different backgrounds, races and experiences.
Perhaps most importantly, we will seek adult mentors and role models for our child who share his/her culture like our pediatrician, athletic coaches, neighbors, and teachers.
Our House and Neighborhood
We're in the heart of a thriving, hip neighborhood in Dallas, with great schools and everything you need in walking distance. We have five parks with playgrounds, basketball courts and tennis courts within a 10 minute walk. We are steps away from several restaurants, coffee shops, shopping and more!
We live three miles from a paved trail and creek and about three miles from a lake with walking and biking paths. We love walking and running on the trails with our dog Bella. Our neighborhood is unique because we're in a safe, quiet area surrounded by trees and parks, and we're a five-minute drive from downtown Dallas - providing the best of both worlds.
We live in a 10-unit townhome community with friendly and social neighbors. We have happy hours, play games with our neighbors kids and get mail for each other when traveling. Our next door neighbor has a newborn baby, and another couple has an adorable 2-year-old with another on the way.
Our townhouse has a bright open floorpan downstairs, with a living room, fireplace, dining room, kitchen and half bath. The second floor includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with ample closets and storage. We have a small backyard that we use to grill dinners and play games. Our favorite parts of the house are the living room since we can watch our favorite football teams on the big screen, and the backyard since we love reading and hanging out on warm nights.
Our Extended Families
Our families have traditions that we share throughout the year. For example, every July 4th our parents, aunts and uncles, our niece, Shari's cousins and their significant others and our friends gather at Shari's parents' house for a big celebration on a small lake in upstate New York. We love to fish, swim, jet ski, canoe, water ski and eat fresh, delicious food. We finish the celebration watching fireworks and roasting marshmallows and lighting the "ring of fire," which are flares that each residence lights on the lake so it looks like a lit up ring. Shari's family has continued this tradition since her grandparents first began the July 4th parties before Shari was born. Our family is beyond thrilled to welcome our child into this tradition.
In Dallas, we have friends who we love to hike and swim with and explore the city's museums and restaurants. We have several friends with young kids who we babysit and have Super Bowl parties and dinners with. Our friends and family are beyond thrilled with our adoption plan, and already planning to welcome our child into our fun.
From Us to You
From the moment we started dating 10 years ago, we talked about growing our family through adoption. With Shari's adopted cousins and Tony's close relationship with his now 14-year-old niece, we always knew we wanted kids, and specifically through adoption so we could provide a loving, safe, open and honest experience for him or her.
We both love children. Tony's niece was born when he was 18 years old, so when he was home from college he loved babysitting her, reading with her and taking her to the local mall to buy her toys. Shari has worked with kids since she was 14 years old, including babysitting her neighbor's kids, coaching tennis, and now working at the largest children's hospital in North Texas. Now we love babysitting our friend's kids, including taking our friend's daughter to a local park.
We've been married 5 years (as of 6/27/20) and together for over 10 years. We have a very close, honest and caring relationship. We are best friends, as we love hanging out together by walking with our loving dog Bella, biking, trying new local restaurants and coffee shops, cooking and baking and running outside.
We also take time for self-care and our own individual hobbies. Tony plays in a weekly sand volleyball league with his friends and goes fishing at many nearby lakes and rivers. Shari enjoys going to the pool with her girlfriends and teaching and taking fitness classes at her favorite studio.
We consider our communication the strongest aspect of our relationship. We share our feelings openly and honestly, and address any conflict directly to move past it. We also balance each other out really well. Shari is more of a linear thinker as she is great at setting and reaching her goals, planning vacations, home decorating and maintaining our finances, whereas Tony is super patient and creative as he ties flies (for fly fishing), he's an amazing horticulturist (we have fantastic plants in our house and they keep growing!) and he loves to confront new challenges like baking bread and paddle boarding.
We also provide the love and support we need in times of little disappointments or tragic loss. For example, when Shari added too much salt to pancake batter and had to throw it out, Tony quickly stepped in to make scrambled eggs since he knew Shari was frustrated. Also, when Shari's co-worker passed away tragically, Tony offered to do more of the house chores so Shari could relax and take time for herself. As athletes, we learned at an early age the importance and value of being part of a team. Successful teams communicate and work together, sharing responsibilities. We bring that mentality to our marriage, as we celebrate wins and tackle obstacles together. We will bring that same mindset to being parents.
We can't express how excited we are to add a child to our active lifestyles and fun, loving home. We feel we'll be amazing parents with our healthy, close relationship, our compassion, flexibility, emotional intelligence, sense of humor and patience.
We are open to a lot of contact with our child's birth mother. We will send letters and pictures, exchange emails, phone calls and arrange visits if our child's birth mother would like to be engaged. We're committed to doing what's best for our child and birth mother long term.
Tony & Shari
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