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Alex & Kathy
We are so excited about adopting a child and introducing them to everything our family and community has to offer. We both love working with children and have hoped for a child of our own to share our lives with. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for considering us and reading our profile and we look forward to this upcoming amazing experience for all us.
What it Means to Become Parents
Kathy: I've always dreamed of being a mother. I look back and see how so many things I did were to prepare myself for giving this to a child. Books or games I kept that I thought my child might like; learning to play a musical instrument, because they might like to learn too; or learning different sports they might like. I feel as though we've been preparing so long – surely it must be our time soon! I coach high school sports and what I like about it best is being able to help children find their own inner confidence – help them achieve things they never thought was possible.
Alex: Being a father will be the most rewarding experience of my life. Teaching a child how to become a kind, decent human being is perhaps the most important task a person can do in this world. As a teacher, I have taught things to thousands of kids over the years and it would be really great to teach my very own child for a change. I also look forward to going on family vacations to places like Disney World and Universal Studio
Kathy: My parents had a lot of hobbies that they would share with my brother and me, but we never felt forced-upon and they let us be who we wanted to be. My parents loved sports and encouraged me to try any or all that I wanted (at various points in my childhood, I did gymnastics, tennis, swimming, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey). I learned to love the outdoors when we'd go hiking as a family and looking for wildlife. My parents also taught me how to play guitar and clarinet. Most of all, whatever we chose to do, they wanted me to love learning – and I hope I can pass that love on to my child.
Alex: I enjoy swimming, hiking, playing board games, and good conversation. I really love music and play the piano, guitar, and sing. It would be really fun to teach my child an instrument or two to play. Imparting them with a love for learning is also something I look forward to. As a middle school teacher I enjoy seeing the expression on kids' faces when they discover something interesting that they didn't know before. My motto as a teacher is "Make learning something new a part of every day."
Our Cultural Heritage
Alex's mother is American of European heritage, while his father is Mexican. Kathy's family is European. Alex grew up both in Mexico and in the United States and understands what it means to be of two different heritages. Since marrying Alex, Kathy loves having this background incorporated now into her own and we feel we can be supportive and truly understanding parents to a child who is either white or Hispanic or a combination. Alex still speaks Spanish and uses it sometimes as a teacher with students. We recently had our DNA tested to see our heritage which was a wonderful experience – or experiment, as it rather felt like. Kathy is 99.9% European and .1% Mongolian; Alex's heritage is all over the world – Northern and Southern European, Native American, and even some Asian.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our community is a relatively new subdivision so there are a lot of young families. The community was designed for this, so there are lots of playgrounds, pools, and top notch schools. There are many children around to meet and become friends with. The community hosts special events for families like camp-out night or outdoor movie night, concerts, and the yearly community fair.
Our house is an end-unit town house in an older part of the community. We chose this house because of the trees in the neighborhood that made it feel more secure and quiet. We also chose it for the big garden space in the back which Kathy has fixed up into a beautiful garden with a small lawn area, flowers and shrubs, and an upper and lower deck. We like to sit outside and eat dinner and watch the hummingbirds visit the flowers. The house has three floors, three bedrooms, and 3.5 bathrooms - we love the natural light on all three levels.Directly across our quiet street is a playground where people bring their small children every day - some people drive to our playground, but we can just walk over. Once our child gets older, we can walk to other community playgrounds and pools for more activities.
Our Extended Families
We both have family near our home. Kathy's mom lives in the next county; she visits regularly and her mom is excited about having a grandchild to spoil. Alex's mom and step-dad also live in the neighboring county. We go to family dinners at each of the mom's houses, and sometimes the moms meet up even without us to talk over lunch. Alex's brother also lives nearby and has two children of his own. Kathy's brother currently lives overseas but Kathy is excited to see how much fun he is going to have being an uncle when he visits.
For holidays, we usually meet up at a family house with extended family from in and out of town. Alex's family has a huge get-together the Saturday after Thanksgiving where everyone gets to catch up over the year. Christmas is done at Kathy's mom's house; Alex's mom's house; and a third, quiet Christmas is celebrated just between us and our cat, Athena.
Our families are very excited about us adding to the group with a child of our own.
From Us to You
Our hearts go out to you during what may be a very stressful time. We had initially thought we could have our own child, but over time we realized that it wasn't going to happen and we started to see other people going through the same thing. We think it's important for everyone in the adoption process to understand that they are not alone. There are so many others experiencing the same thing and who can help guide us through this if we are willing to be open to this. Years from now, we all may be sharing our experiences with others going through the same thing again, and we'll all be in a position to help that we couldn't have imagined 3 months ago. We have likely all grieved losses along this journey, but here is a new corner turned - what brings us together is an amazing opportunity to bring sunlight to all of our lives and, most importantly, to this new child.
We have just celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary so we are comfortable with one another and secure in where we are going. We can talk to each other about any concerns we have, although, since we so often agree, that there hasn't been much need to compromise or work out conflicts. Alex is a middle school teacher and Kathy coaches high school sports. We both love working with children and have already chosen to spend our lives doing so, but having a child of our own that we can share our daily lives with would complete our family.
We have lots of fun hobbies we try to keep up with. Kathy likes to garden and has transformed the backyard into a beautiful garden with a small grassy lawn and flowers and small trees. There are butterflies and hummingbirds and birds singing in the trees outside our back fence. We love to sit outside and enjoy one another's company. Kathy also likes to quilt. She is currently working on a quilt to be donated to the school where she works for the athletic department fundraiser. In her free time, she likes being active - hiking or playing soccer. We are both musical. Kathy plays piano and guitar and enjoys writing music. Alex also plays guitar and writes music. We have a small music studio in the basement where we can practice without waking up the neighbors!
Our families live nearby, and since we have both lived in the area most of our lives, we have friends and connections around that are excited for us to adopt a child. The grandmothers are ready and waiting to do their part spoiling a grandchild! Every day we hope to bring another experience for the child, whether it just start as a stroller walk around the block, or visiting a new playground, meeting another child, petting a dog ... We can't wait to share each of these little moments and help someone grow into a beautiful young adult.
You've come here, and read this far, because you love your child already and want to be sure that you are making the best choice possible. We promise to do our absolute best to teach our child to be caring, to love learning, and to appreciate all of life's tiny beautiful moments. We will be glad to exchange emails and photos and as we communicate over time, may be open to further contact. Adoption is new for us and probably for you too - we'll go through this journey together and learn how it works!
Alex & Kathy
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