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Nick & Alvin
Do you hope to connect with a happy and loving family who values education, and can provide a child with a lifetime of opportunity? Then look no further! We are Alvin and Nick, a caring couple who cannot wait to share our lives with a child. We thank you for taking some time to review our profile and for considering us as new parents. Will you join us on this adventure?
Our Individual Strengths
Nick grew up in a tight-knit, two-parent family in a small town. He is well-educated and well-traveled. He has musical talents that he has been using since he was young. He plays the piano, guitar, sings, and writes and records his own music. He is committed to education, having taught elementary school for fifteen years. His personality is calm and patient. He is kind, empathetic, and an excellent listener. He loves gardening, tending to plants, and watching things grow and change. He has a curiosity about the world and different cultures and loves participating in cultural events. He is very aware of his goals in life and has a strong desire and commitment to reach them.
Alvin grew up in a tight-knit, two-parent family in a suburb of Houston. He also is well-educated and well-traveled. He has an artistic side that enjoys interior design, modern furniture, and gardening. He is committed to education having spent his whole career teaching and leading in urban schools. He is very organized and efficient with his time and money. He works hard and achieves success at his job. He has a passion and talent for cooking. He has a strong desire to take care of his family and make sure that their needs are met. Socially, he is very outgoing and personable. He will always be a strong advocate for his children. He has very high expectations for his quality of life and that of his family.
Even though we are a mixed-race couple, we know that adopting a child with a different ethnicity may present challenges for our child and our family. However, our experience living in a large city and working in diverse schools has us feeling confident in our ability to approach those challenges head-on. We want our child to feel extremely proud and informed of their heritage. We do not want to pretend that we are just like them, or that they are just like us. Race carries some heavy baggage sometimes and we do not deny that.In order for our child to truly understand their ethnicity, we want to surround them with positive aspects of their heritage. We want them to have friends and mentors who look like them. We want to read stories to help educate them and help them understand their cultural past. We want them to participate in camps and activities where they can learn about their culture. We want to expose them to music and food central to their heritage. We would even like to travel to important places of meaning and history from their culture. We want to celebrate where they came from and talk about it in a positive way. We believe that our cultural differences will only strengthen our family.
Adoption in Our Family
Adoption has affected us personally on both sides of our family. Nick's grandma was a birth mother in the 1950s. This was a time when many pregnant girls were sent away from their homes in secret to have a baby. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl who was quickly taken away and placed with an adoptive family. For 45 years she wondered about her daughter and what had become of her.
In 2000, the daughter used some key information to reach out and find her mother. They were reunited and we have all be growing our relationship with Aunt Jan ever since. This long period of wondering has really encouraged us to seek out a more open adoption where everyone can find peace in the process and feel included and informed along the way. Nick's grandma is still alive and is very curious and supportive of our adoption.Alvin's brother and his wife had a biological son and then adopted a daughter from foster care at age 5. She has quickly found her way into everyone's hearts and has been embraced by the family since day one. We are inspired by the success stories we know of adoption and feel very lucky to be a part of this process.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood in a suburb of Minneapolis. Our house is built on a forested hill and overlooks a lake that bustles with fishing, boating, and swimming. A busy downtown area is only fifteen minutes away, so sporting events, theatre, and great restaurants are not far. A five minute walk down the trail will take you to a neighborhood park with basketball hoops, playground equipment, barbecue pits, and a beach with lifeguards.
We chose to move to this neighborhood because of its access to nature as well as closeness to the city. It was also very important to us that there be great schools nearby. Our home is zoned to one of the best public school districts in Minnesota - one known for its excellent academics, tremendous community support, and high-quality teachers.
Our house is a contemporary style home with 5 bedrooms. Our favorite room is the kitchen, where we spend almost every evening cooking a meal together and discussing how our days went. There are large open spaces for kids to play and for us to host family and friends. Design is important to both of us, so we enjoy keeping the inside and outside of our home looking nice.We love our home and neighborhood and cannot wait to share them with a child.
Our Extended Families
We are fortunate to have grown up in families that were kind, hard-working, spiritual, and generous. Our parents instilled strong values in us and we aim to grow our family on those same values.
Nick grew up in a small, lake town in Northern Minnesota. His parents and sister still live there and run their own businesses. We go up north to visit them at least four times a year. Highlights of our trips include pontoon boat rides on the lake, playing with our nephews and niece, picking fresh food from the garden, and trips to the coffeeshop where everyone knows your name.
Nick's brother lives in a suburb near us in Minnesota. He has young children and we love spending time with them on the weekends. Being uncles has been an important part of our lives, and has fueled our own desire to become parents.
Alvin grew up in a suburb of Houston, Texas to parents who immigrated to America from India. His parents are retired and still live there. They travel all over the word as retirees, but their favorite thing to do is spend time with their grandchildren. His sister also lives in Houston with her young son. Alvin's brother lives near Orlando, Florida with his family. We visit Houston at least three times a year, and Alvin's family visits Minnesota, too.
Our families are looking forward to meeting and embracing a new baby into their lives.
From Us to You
"Love the people with whom fate brings together, and do so with all of your heart."
It is with this approach in mind that we want to connect with you. The two of us have learned through life's joys and disappointments that it is your relationships with others that make life interesting, exciting, and worthwhile.
One of the most exciting relationships that we're seeking right now is one with a child. We long to love, nurture, and inspire our child to be confident in themselves and be a change maker in their community. Every one of us has the ability to use our gifts and talents for good, and to make the world a little better. But we cannot do this alone.
We also long for a relationship with you. You are the one who so lovingly cares for your child as it grows inside you. You are the one who imagines what your child will look like, or be like, or grow up to be. You are the one who is searching for a family who could possibly care about your child as much as you do. We want to be that family for you. And we want you to be a part of our lives.
You would be sharing your journey with a loving multi-racial family. Alvin is South Indian and he grew up in Texas. Nick is Caucasian, Irish and Ukrainian, and he grew up in Minnesota. We both graduated from college and became teachers. After fifteen years of working, Nick continues to teach elementary school and Alvin works at a local university as an administrator. When we are placed with a child, Nick will be take a few years off from work to be home with the baby.
Our story together began five years ago when we were both working at schools in Minneapolis. Having been in the education field our whole careers, we discovered a shared commitment to making urban schools better for students of all backgrounds. We started dating about three years ago and are now happily married, and living in a beautiful home that we absolutely love.
We are lifelong educators and we promise to give our child the best possible education in order to maximize the opportunities they will have in their life. Alvin nurtures his creative side through gardening and interior design. His talent always keeps our home looking spectacular on the inside and out. Nick is a singer and a songwriter. He plays the piano and guitar and has a home recording studio. That means many lullabies and fun songs for the baby! We have both traveled to many places in the United States and to other countries. We hope to make trips a priority for our family, showing our children the beauty and diversity in this world. Alvin's cooking skills take dining at our home to the next level. Whether he is cooking traditional Indian food, or a regular American meal, his food is full of flavor, spice, and his love for cooking comes across in the taste.
We are ready to take our love, our talents, and our resources and put them to use in raising a child. Our extended families are thrilled for us and cannot wait to welcome a new little one to the family.
There's no real formula for how modern adoptions are supposed to look. But, we want our child to know that they have two dads who will do anything in their power to protect them and give them an amazing life. We also want them to know that they have a birth mother. A birth mother who loved them so much that she made a choice for them. A choice so big and powerful that it will change everything, for all of us.
If you choose us as a partner in this adoption, we are open to continuing the relationship with you after the child is born. Emails, phone calls, or visits can help you find comfort and peace in your decision, as well as provide the child with a valuable piece of their life's puzzle.Thank you for your consideration,
Nick & Alvin
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