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D'ror & David
We have been dreaming of welcoming a second child into our family and we are filled with joy as we begin this process. Our home is filled with lively music, delicious food, and abounding love. We value and respect your courageous and loving decision to consider open adoption- our hearts truly go out to you. We look forward to meeting you, learning about your dreams for your baby, and welcoming you into our family.
Adoption in Our Lives
Our precious son, Matan, came to us through the incredible blessing of open adoption. The relationship with Matan’s birth family felt like magic from the start. As we talked with his mother and her family, even before his birth, we felt that we had so much in common and we knew how this baby was already so deeply loved. Matan’s family has become our family and we have become theirs. We exchange messages on social media, skype, talk on the phone, exchange gifts, and enjoy visits. He cuddles in the blankets his grandmother knit him and revels in their affection.As a family, we believe in openness and honesty. No secrets. We speak to our son openly about his adoption and make sure that he knows that this decision was made with love and courage. We let him know, often, that it was his mother’s unending love which enabled us to become a family. It was because she loved him so much that she made this choice. In the past we know that adoptions were often shrouded in secrets, but we feel no such need. Children thrive on honesty and love. The more love the better.
We are parents of an African American son and take seriously what it means to raise a strong Black man. Certainly we provide our son with the same experiences we would want any child to be exposed to: art and music, education and spirituality, family and friends, sports and fun. And, at the same time, as a interracial family, we understand an extra layer of responsibility to ensure that our son is mentored by Black adult role models and is in community with other African American friends and classmates. In addition to taking delight in our own Black friends and family members, we have taken care to choose our neighborhood, our schools, and our leisure activities in a manner which ensures that we are integrated into a diverse environment.The truth is that we believe all children thrive when they are surrounded by people from different backgrounds, races, cultures, etc. The way we grow best as humans is to befriend and learn from many different people. As an interracial family, we take that value and live it each day, consciously choosing the paths which will give our son a sense of rootedness, pride, courage, and hope. We look forward to providing our new son or daughter with those same values, experiences, and vital relationships so that s/he too can thrive.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
D'ror About David: I fell for David the first time I heard him sing a prayer. The beauty of his voice and the power of his spirituality moved me then and still does. Matan adores his Abba (Daddy in Hebrew). David and Matan sing together, cook together, and pretend to be dragons storming a castle of blankets. I believe David will become an even more amazing Abba as we welcome a new baby into our hearts!
David About D'ror: D’ror is the most thoughtful and considerate person I have ever met. D’ror brings his open heart to every encounter. D’ror is an incredibly devoted Papa. He is the first to get down on the floor with Matan to make a parade of animals, race cars, or bang on his piano. He is a gentle nurturer, a fierce advocate, and endlessly patient. Seeing the two of them laugh, cuddle, and play together is the greatest joy of my life!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a “walking” neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois: everything we need is within a few blocks. The streets and nearby parks are full of parents with children. We know our neighbors by name, and our best friends live five minutes away. Our friends come over often to share a meal, take an afternoon stroll, or arrange playdates. Every morning, as we walk Matan to his pre-school, we pass by our best friends’ homes, the neighborhood pool, the synagogue where D’ror works, and we even swing right past Wrigley Field - home of the Chicago Cubs! We are committed to raising our children in a lively and diverse community filled with music, spirit, and joy.We love our cozy home. The open kitchen allows us to entertain friends and family while bustling around with generous dishes and delicious aromas. The living room includes a comfy purple couch and fire-place for the grown ups as well as a fantastic play-area for Matan and his friends complete with toy kitchen, train table, endless dinosaurs and dragons, oodles of stuffed animals, etc. The wooden roof-top deck of our condo has a fantastic view of the city- you can even hear the concerts from Wrigley!
Our Extended Families
We both come from big, loving families. David’s parents live in Chicago and his sister, her husband, and his nephew are in Minnesota. Grandma and Grandpa come over to share meals, to babysit, and to have special outings with Matan at least once a week. Matan especially loves baking cookies with Grandma or taking a special trip with her to “the ice cream store.”
D’ror’s parents, sisters, and twin nieces live in L.A. Between visits to California and their frequent travels to Chicago, we see them at least 5-6 times a year. Matan is so close with his Bubby, Zaydie, aunts, and cousins: he uses Skype and phone calls to stay connected to them all the time. Matan especially loves building forts, hunting for bugs, and blowing bubbles with his cousins!
We are so blessed to have welcomed Matan through an open adoption process- which means that his birth family is an invaluable part of our lives. Knowing the family he came from and how much they love him is a precious gift for our son. Just recently Matan’s birth-grandparents, his Sabba and Savta, came to visit us in Chicago: we enjoyed a weekend of dinners, playground time, and quality family time.
In our diverse families some are biologically related, others step-family, and others adoptees. We all know that love makes a family; our children will be surrounded by unconditional love and laughter.
From Us to You
We are so grateful that you have chosen to learn more about us. It would be our honor and privilege to learn more about you. Our hearts are open to you. Whatever you decide, we have absolute respect and admiration for your courage, love, and integrity.
We first met in 2004 (in Israel) and we were married in 2008 (in Los Angeles). D’ror was immediately swept away by David’s laughter, singing, and kind heart. David fell instantly in love with D’ror’s listening ear, sensitivity, and zeal for life. In 2012, we welcomed our son Matan into our family through an open adoption process and then we all moved together to Chicago in 2014.
We are driven by the same values: strong family, deep faith, thirst for learning, and dedication to justice. We are voracious readers and passionate cooks. We love hosting dinners, picnics, and holidays. We are happiest spending family time: a day at the zoo, the science museum, or the swimming pool with Matan, our friends, and our family. Nothing gives us greater joy in our lives than parenting: from building forts to reading books, from playing guitar to baking cookies, from hunting for ladybugs to riding a scooter down the street, being parents is the greatest honor and happiness we could have ever imagined.
In our vocations, we are dedicated to guiding people towards spiritual fulfillment and making the world a better place. We both teach and model that family comes first. We are blessed to enjoy careers with flexible hours and family-friendly work cultures. David is a cantor, the leader of Jewish worship. He leads prayer and song with his voice, his guitar, and the fullness of his spirit. D’ror is a rabbi, a Jewish spiritual leader. He teaches religion to children and counsels adults through their emotional and spiritual needs. We have shared our music, our teaching, and our passion for giving with Matan and look forward to doing the same with our new child.
Our son came to us through the blessing of open adoption. We speak to our son openly about his adoption and make sure that he knows that this decision was made with love and courage. We let him know, often, that it was his mother’s unending love which enabled us to become a family. It was because she loved him so much that she made this choice. We promise to let our new son or daughter know the same.
Moreover, we want you to know that your love and affection would be welcome in our home, and blessings to our child. As a family we believe that children thrive when they are loved by as many people as possible. We know that Matan is blessed to feel our love AND the love of his birth family. To the extent that you or your family feel comfortable, we know that our child will be so privileged to receive your affection and love. That can include pictures, letters, phone calls, Skype, social media, visits, etc. No child can be loved too much.
Everyone in our family is overwhelmed with joy at the thought of welcoming a new child. David can’t wait to sing with the baby, D’ror dreams of rocking and cuddling, and Matan (who LOVES babies) can’t wait to give his new brother or sister a big hug and kiss.
Our promise to you is this: We promise to let our new baby know every day how much he or she is loved. We promise to raise our children in a home filled with music, learning, and faith. We promise to teach and model the values of hard work, honesty, kindness, and respect for all people. We promise days filled with smiles and laughter, fun and games, hugs and celebrations. When tough times come, we promise to hold a hand, dry away tears, and tackle challenges head-on.Thank you for taking this time to begin getting to know us, we eagerly await the chance to get to know you.
D'ror & David
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