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Ty & Virginia
We believe in the sacred role of parenting a child in a safe, nurturing environment filled with love, trust, and respect which encourages him or her to develop into a well-balanced, intelligent, and loving individual. We are so excited to begin the adoption journey and grateful for the opportunity to share our world with you and your little one!
Our Leisure Time
We have spent the last 7 years living overseas, and like to spend our free time exploring new places and environments. In particular, European culture and history. In addition, we are enjoying meeting new people and making friends from different cultures, as well as spending time with close friends and family. When we are back in the U.S. we spend time in Philadelphia with Ty’s family (his two sisters can’t wait to spoil a future niece or nephew, while his mother looks forward to her first grandchild), or in Southern California, where Virginia’s extended family has many kids of various ages who would welcome another cousin to play with.
When we’re not traveling, we love to take walks through London’s numerous parks, explore the British country side, attend a play or musical in the theatre district, or enjoying a rainy Sunday afternoon at home, playing games or watching movies. Many of our friends have children, and we look forward to the time when our child can play with them.
Our Pet Cockatiel
We are both pet lovers and have always had pets as part of our lives. Ty still remembers the joy he experienced when his parents brought home the first family dog, and has been a dog lover ever since. Virginia has had cats since she was a young girl, but she also grew up with horses. For us, the sheer joy that pets have in simply being alive remind us to enjoy life to its fullest, while their unconditional love teaches us the positive force that love can be. Above all, the care and love we provide to pets reminds us of our humanity and teaches children about empathy and selflessness. We currently have one chatty cockatiel bird from Australia who often fills our home with birdsong and likes to fly around and sit on our shoulders, nibbling our earlobes. When we move back to the US we will no doubt add to our family by getting another dog and cat at some point.
Adoption in Our Lives
One of Virginia's closest friends for 25 years has turned out to be a special example of the power of love. She had her first biological child at a young age and raised her as a single parent. Many years later however, she met her husband and although they tried to start a family naturally, it didn't work. As a result, they turned to adoption and took in 2 young siblings. After that, every time we visited them we were amazed at the beautiful circle of love and the strength of their bonds as a family. It was this example of profound acceptance and affection that demonstrated to us that adoption would be a wonderful path to grow our family.
Our Extended Families
We come from large, extended families. Whenever we are in the U.S. we spend our time either with Ty’s family on the east coast or Virginia’s family on the west coast. Ty’s family all live in Philadelphia, and maintain a tradition of getting together for Sunday dinner, an important and lasting memory from Ty’s childhood. Ty’s mother is a retired administrative assistant, and eagerly awaits the arrival of this grandchild. Ty has a young niece and nephew who look forward to having a cousin to play with.
Virginia’s family is based on the west coast and often come together at her brother’s house in Southern California to celebrate family events or just to have a barbeque. When Virginia's father was a young child, he lost his mother. His best friend’s mother, who was named Virginia, took him under her wing and stepped into the role of mother and made him feel a part of her family. As a result, Virginia was named after her and grew up calling her ‘Grandma Gini’, calling her kids her aunts and uncles, and their children her cousins, despite not being biologically related. Her ‘cousin’, Cathy, is her closest friend. This has been a lifelong lesson for Virginia on the power of the heart in how we form ‘family’. Now, Virginia has two nieces and three nephews who are ready to welcome a new playmate into the extended and loving family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a sunny house on a quiet street in central London. Our house is a lovely 4-story townhouse with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, and the nursery overlooks both our private backyard and terrace, as well as a communal greenspace behind our house. Our street is very diverse, with a mix of young and old, singles and couples with children. Speaking of children, there is a small secluded park and playground just across the street, and when the weather is nice the air is filled with the laughter of children. In fact there are so many children who come to the park that our neighbor opened a children’s clothing store right next to the park, and she does a booming business! Our neighborhood is very popular with both British and Americans because of the American International School (only two blocks from our house). Recently the neighborhood has become the center of London’s Halloween festivities, as all the Americans decorate their houses and hand out candy, while the rest of London comes from miles around to see this great American tradition!
From Us to You
Our journey to adoption began when we first met each other in Northern California. From almost the first moment we met, we talked about family and the importance of having children in our lives. When we got married a few years later, we began our effort to expand our family. Unfortunately, despite nearly 10 years of trying, we were unsuccessful in carrying a child to term; however, this did not dampen our enthusiasm and desire to have children, so we turned to adoption.
For us, raising children is a sacred responsibility and the ultimate expression of our love. We both remembered the good times we had as children and the lessons we learned from our parents about what it means to be good, kind, and courageous. We want to create similar experiences and pass on those important life lessons to our children. In both our families, the importance of education, exploring the world, and developing strong morals and a solid work ethic were paramount and these are ideas that we want to pass on to our children as well. In addition, our parents instilled in us a sense of imagination and wonder through reading and writing for pleasure, and this is something that we will also encourage. Finally, we have a love for arts, crafts, and sports, so we plan to share these interests with our children in hopes that they may find their own passions in life.
Even after 13 years of being together, our love for each other grows stronger with each passing year. While we enjoy our life together, we very much look forward to bringing a child into our lives and making them the focus of our family. It is the one missing piece of our marriage that we yearn to be fulfilled. Both Ty’s mother and Virginia’s mother are also eager to embrace a new grandchild and spoil them rotten! And our extended family and friends have also been with us on this journey and eagerly await a new member of our close knit circle.
We understand this will be a difficult decision for you to make. Please be assured that if you choose us as the adoptive parents, we will provide your child with a safe and loving home in which they will thrive. We will raise this child as our own, and give them every advantage we can to have a happy and fulfilling life.
You don’t need to worry that you will lose touch with your child. We promise that you will be able to see your child’s progress through letters, pictures, and stories. Our intention is to be open and honest with them about adoption and to make sure that they know how much you love them and how hard this decision was for you so that they are reassured and never feel that something is missing in their story. The emotional welfare of your child is just as important as their physical and mental needs, and we will take great care to ensure they are cared for, in every way.
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Ty & Virginia
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