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Mayur & Leigh
How do we introduce ourselves in a few short words? What if Mayur starts to ramble like he does with his storytelling? Or Leigh starts to repeat herself like she does when she is nervous? Then we take a deep breath! We want to share with you an honest glimpse into our hearts and hope it will speak directly to yours. So here goes!
One of our greatest shared values is diversity. We would take very seriously the responsibility to help your child embrace and celebrate their racial and cultural heritage. This includes ensuring a child has many meaningful relationships and a sense of community with people who share their identity. Luckily, we have a wonderfully diverse circle of friends to help us do that and desire to continue to grow our circle. Rather than being “colorblind” we often look around at friends and their kids and feel grateful for the differences.
We look forward to exposing a child to Mayur’s Indian culture and a big world of diversity. Leigh lived in India for a time before she met Mayur. Her work in international education took her around the world where she worked alongside people from a range of cultures. Mayur grew up the son of immigrant parents. He spoke Marathi at home and English in school, and he visited extended family in India every summer for months at a time. His childhood blended Indian and American cultures, and to this day, he fully embraces both. He understands how important culture and cultural identity are for children and is especially sensitive to prejudices and stereotypes that a child of color may face, just as he has.
Our Leisure Time
In our leisure time, we like to travel and experience new things. We've seen Broadway shows in New York, visited Yosemite National Park, spotted koalas in Australia, and surfed in Hawaii. We also love hosting gatherings for family and friends. The annual pumpkin carving contest for Mayur’s players is always great fun and fierce competition! Our friends and family also look forward to our Christmas party and especially our tradition of providing a range of festive Christmas socks for guests to pick out and wear. We like to have people over for chili in the Fall or BBQ in the summer. Leigh likes to experiment with exotic new recipes. Mayur assumes grill duty and spends time perfecting his marinades and smoking techniques. He is also famous with family and friends for his fried Thanksgiving turkey every year! But we also enjoy just spending time together doing simple things like taking our dog to the park or settling in to watch a movie with a bowl of popcorn.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Hawaii is a place that is special to both of us. It’s really more of a home-away-from-home than just a vacation spot. We got married in Hawaii and lived there for some time as well. There is so much about Hawaii that we love and look forward to sharing with a child. There is the beauty, of course, but we also appreciate the mix of Asian and Polynesian influences and warm “aloha” spirit of the people. On vacations back to Hawaii, we like to catch up with old friends. We always plan for a drive around the island with stops at our favorite shrimp trucks and for shave ice. We love to spend a day at Lanikai Beach where the water is warm and so clear that you can see your toes! Mayur would like to teach a child to surf and we both like to paddleboard. We will also introduce a child to our favorite spots for hikes to waterfalls and for watching humpback whales.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our wonderful little neighborhood is built around a large community park. Our neighbors are diverse and friendly. We love hearing squeals from the park from kids cooling off in the splash pad or playing soccer. The park is buzzing with Friday night Food Trucks, Saturday morning Farmer’s Market, and lots of other events for kids and families. We often pack a picnic and walk our dog over to enjoy movies in the park, music concerts, and festivals. Just recently there was a theater production of Aladdin for kids!
We have a three-bedroom home with a family room and big porch where we like to sit and relax at the end of the day. We also have an office that doubles as Leigh’s art and crafts room and is stocked with paint and canvas, yarn, felt, glitter and more. A child’s dream! There is also a bedroom waiting for a child and already filled with books we can’t wait to read together each night.
From our house, it’s just a two-minute walk in one direction to the park and a greenway walking trail in the other. The eleven-mile trail through wetlands and forests is filled with families riding bikes, moms pushing strollers, and even the occasional box turtle crossing the path. In addition to having some of the best public schools in the state, our town is often voted a great place to live in different polls, including one of the nation's 10 Best Towns for Families by Family Circle.
Our Extended Families
We are not the only ones waiting for a child. Our extended family have been waiting too! We’re blessed with very close family on both sides who are beyond excited for a little one. Our parents are exceedingly patient, adoring, and incredibly involved with their grandchildren.
Holidays are big in Leigh’s family. She and her niece decorate holiday cupcakes together. Their Halloween owls were especially festive! Her whole family also participates in an annual Christmas cookie-decorating contest. For the recent Fourth of July, Leigh organized a family tubing trip down a local river followed by BBQ, games and sprinklers!
Mayur is favorite “Uncle Mayur” not only to our nieces and nephews but all of our friends’ kids. He is the fun uncle that makes up silly songs and tall tales, builds elaborate forts of blankets, and wrestles for hours on the floor. Mayur’s mother is famous with friends and family for her delicious Indian cooking, so a lot of family time revolves around big meals and lively conversation at her kitchen table.
Finally, because Mayur is a football coach, a lot of our family time also involves tailgates, practices and football games. Mayur’s players become like family too, so your child will have many big brothers!
From Us to You
We cannot imagine the emotions you must feel as you read this letter. We know it takes unspeakable strength and true love for your child to consider adoption. If you select us to adopt your child, we will be sure that he or she is regularly reminded of your love, of the selfless choice that it led you to make, and of our deepest gratitude for that choice.
We have experienced our own emotions on a very long journey to parenthood. For nearly seven years, we tried, cried, and prayed for a child while enduring multiple miscarriages and failed fertility treatments. We made the decision to adopt without hesitation. Both of us have spent our professional lives in service of other peoples’ children. In our day-to-day work with children and young people, we’ve worked with full hearts to ensure that other people’s sons and daughters have all that we would want for our own. And then it clicked for us in such a profound way! This is not just the purpose of our work, this is the purpose of our lives. This fact sustains us now through our anxious wait. We hope it might bring some comfort to you as well. We have no greater purpose in our lives than to love and adore your child.
We’ve been happily married for seven years and live together with our dog, Norman. There is plenty of green space for a child to run and throw the ball to Norman. Inside our home, it’s not uncommon for spontaneous dance parties to break out in the kitchen. Mayur is often found in the living room wrestling with our nieces and nephews or building a fort of blankets for our friends’ children. Leigh can often be found decorating holiday cupcakes with them in the kitchen or working on some creative art project in the art room. We would like to do all of these things together with your child.
Our life in sports is unique. With Mayur’s role as an assistant coach, we spend a lot of time at tailgates, practices and games. Imagine your child with a whole team of big brothers! We love the sound of our home filled with their boisterous laughter. One of our greatest shared pleasures is entertaining them, and all of our families and friends, for summer BBQs, our annual cookie decorating or pumpkin-carving contests, or just a simple dinner and good conversation. We are very lucky to have family and friends that surround us with encouragement and support. They are beyond excited to do the same for a little one!
But what would we share about you? We can make a promise that your child will grow up hearing a very loving story of their adoption. They will always know their happiness and health is not only our priority, but yours as well. And we will ensure you watch your baby grow into a happy, healthy child through regular letters and pictures. We also assure you we will take seriously the responsibility to help a child embrace and celebrate their racial and cultural heritage. We have a wonderfully diverse circle of friends and family to help us ensure that, and we will continue to actively grow our circle so that your child is surrounded by both many people that mirror their identity as well as people of many different backgrounds that don’t. All of whom will love your child.
We would be honored if you chose us for your child, but even if you don’t, we wish you peace in whatever decision you make and blessings of joy as you will bless others. We send prayers to you and your sweet baby.
Mayur & Leigh
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