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David & Aly
Hi, we are Aly and David and we live in Maine. One of our greatest desires is to become parents. It would be a blessing for us to be able to raise a child with love and support as they grow into a unique individual. We hope you will consider reading our profile to find out more about us.
When it comes to adoption of any race, we think it is important to learn about both ethnic traditions and family traditions.
Aly's maternal Grandmother was Polish and her Grandfather's family was from Czechoslovakia. They lived for a while in a logging camp with people from quite diverse ethnicities. Family holidays were filled with traditional Eastern European foods as well as Finnish tarts, Italian Pizzelles, etc. David's maternal side of the family is Polish and Italian and he grew up with many of their traditional foods. When we got married, we melded our traditions (including regional differences such as whether or not hot dish is served at Holidays).
We think it is important to find out as much about the birth family's traditions as well as doing research into ethnic/racial traditions. We can incorporate those traditions into our family. As the child gets older, things will meld together based on which traditions they find important.We also know that it is important that a child have opportunities to interact with people who have similar backgrounds as they do. We have a quite diverse church population. Many of the ethnic populations have celebrations throughout the year. We would develop friendships with people who have a similar heritage to the child and help them participate in activities with people from a similar background.
Our Leisure Time
Together we enjoy hiking and camping. We also enjoy gardening and exploring botanical gardens and nurseries. We have both a vegetable garden and flower gardens. We like to have friends or family over to play board games and card games. Several times a year we try to go to choral concerts, the symphony, or plays. We love exploring museums of all kinds- railway, science, history, art, etc. We both enjoy running. Some sporting events such as baseball and basketball, we prefer watching in person, but there are many sports like college and professional football, golf, and tennis that we watch on TV when we can't go in person. We have a family-wide fantasy football league every year. The winner has to proudly display a plastic penguin trophy in their home.
Aly enjoys knitting and crocheting. She loves to read cozy mysteries or light-hearted novels, but will usually listen to them on audio book so that she can knit while she listens.
David enjoys reading, mostly non-fiction or history books. He builds electronic hobby projects. He has recently discovered America's Test Kitchen and loves to find new recipes to experiment with. His favorite so far is Ratatouille. David also enjoys playing the piano and singing. He sings in our church choir.We look forward to sharing our hobbies and interests with this child, but also finding out what interests them.
Education We Will Provide
We were raised in families that exposed us to many activities (sports, music, art, theater, games, etc.) but we were allowed to develop our own identity and pursue our passions. We were taught the value of hard work, discipline, and persistence. It is important to us that the child have ample opportunities and we will support them in growing their interests, whatever they may be.
Our town has a wonderful school system. All the schools have excellent test scores and parent ratings. There are also private schools in a nearby town for Kindergarten through high school. If the child is interested, there is also a possibility of a technology and science high school in a nearby town. Ultimately our school decisions will be based on which school is the best fit for the child. We will also need to take into account what types of extra curricular activities this child is interested in and which schools provide those activities.We both look forward to helping with homework. We also look forward to also providing hands on education through visits to museums and historical sites in the area. We are within driving distance to so many interesting places, such as the Freedom Trail.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our house is in a semi-rural area in Maine. We have over an acre of land with a pond. We have a large, grassy yard with beautiful stone-walled gardens throughout the property. A forest surrounds our yard. On one side of our yard, we can see a grassy field peeking through the trees. We love sitting at our dining room table for breakfast and watching the sun rise over the field.
We have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. This child's bedroom will overlook the pond and gardens. We have two living room/family rooms. One upstairs and one downstairs.
It is about 10-15 minutes for us to get to our local beach. We frequently go for evening walks along the beach with our beagle, Sadie. The beach is a wide, sandy beach. The water is shallow for quite some distance from the shore, which makes it ideal for children to splash around. There are quite a few city parks, hiking trails, and fishing spots within a short driving distance. We are also close to shopping areas and other amenities.
Our community has an excellent, highly-sought-after school system. There are also good private and STEM schools close by that are options depending on this child's interests.
Our Extended Families
David's Family: Most of David's family lives only a few hours away. We get together frequently. This child will be their first Grandchild. David has an older sister and a younger brother. When we all get together, we go to sporting events, attend concerts, cookout, go to the beach, or put together puzzles. Food tends to be a focal point of all our gatherings. David's maternal Grandma lives close by and makes sure we have Polish kielbasa, golumpki and other traditional foods.
Aly's Family: Aly's family lives farther away, but we talk frequently and visit several times a year. Aly has an identical twin sister and an older brother. Aly's Dad and Step-Mom, brother, and sister all live in Minnesota. Aly's Mom lives in South Carolina. Aly's brother is married and has two sons. When we are all together we spend as much time with our nephews as we can. We all play board games such as Scrabble, Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, or Ticket to Ride. Some of the games get very competitive but we always have fun!
Both of our families are excited to welcome a child into the family!
From Us to You
We wanted to start by letting you know that we are thinking of you and praying for you. We don't know your situation or feelings right now, but we hope our prayers support and encourage you as you continue to make decisions about your child's future.
We have been married for a little more than 5 years and have known each other for more than 7 years. We discussed having children before we were married and were excited to be parents. We wanted to share our faith and our interests with children and also discover our children's individual personalities. Would they like dance or soccer or reading? Would they like to be dressed up or play in the dirt? Maybe all of the above? Would they want to play the clarinet like Aly, the trombone like David, or would they want something completely different?
After several years and many doctors appointments we realized that we were not going to conceive a child. We started talking about adoption. We prayed to God for help in discerning His will. Were we mentioned to raise a child or did he have other plans for us? We really felt that we were meant to have children.
Aly has always loved children. She started babysitting when she was in high school. She volunteered in her church's nursery. She has a minor in Child Development. She has spent many hours helping with her friend's children, and tries to spend as much time with nephews as she can. David loves children too. He has always loved teaching, and he loves helping children learn. He has helped Aly in the church's nursery, and mentored children at an elementary school to help them with their science fair projects.
We want to share our lives with children and nurture and support them as they grow.
We both grew up with a stay-at-home mother until we went to school and we both felt that we benefited from having a parent stay home with us. We are blessed that Aly will be able to stay home to care for this child. Aly looks forward to taking a child to parks and children's museums, going to the beach, and story time at the local library during the week. We look forward to family dinners and time spent together as a family. We look forward to taking the child to church with us and passing on our faith in God. As the child grows, we look forward to attending the child's after school activities and encouraging them in their interests.
Should you choose us to raise your child we will send letters and pictures to you. We would also be open to phone calls and emails if you would prefer. We would also be interested in a visit with you while this child was still under 5 years old. We want them to know that you love them and want the best for them.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us.Best Regards,
David & Aly
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