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Takashi & Li
The opportunity to grow our family through adoption is a gift for which we are deeply grateful. We have known for a long time that we wanted to be parents, and are committed to making that responsibility throughout our lives. As you get to know us a little bit, you will see a loving, mature, stable and committed family ready to give unconditional love, cherish and support - a family which your child can explore his/her dreams!
Why We Chose Adoption
From day one, we discussed the importance of having children in our lives. We grew up in large, loving families and we dreamed of becoming parents to pass on the value of family. Early on, we knew the parent/child relationship does not have to be strictly biological, as one of Li's cousins was adopted and we have many friends who have adopted children. As we tried to have children, we realized it wasn't happening for unknown reasons. We pursued IVF, but it was unsuccessful. To us, it's not about being pregnant, what is the most important to us is becoming parents. We know that adoption is the way we are meant to build our family and we are so excited to be on this journey.
We have many friends who have adopted children and all of them are having a life we would love to have or dreamed of. We want to take care of a child, give a life filled with love, knowledge, and joy, and grow with the child to become the family we have always dreamed of. When we discussed our plans of adoption with our families, relatives and close friends, the support was overwhelming. One of our top objectives as adoptive parents will be to inform our child of the loving and selfless decision that you made in order for him or her to be with us. We look forward to raising our child in a manner that would make you proud.
Our Leisure Time
Spending time with our family and friends is one of our biggest priorities. We join our friends for several hiking trips every year, and it's one of our favorite weekend activities of the year. We also spend our free time going to museums, zoo in D.C., aquarium and inner harbor in Baltimore, baseball and basketball games in the area, and traveling around the world. Last year, we made a trip to Belgium and Netherland, where we learned the history as well as enjoyed the famous Belgium chocolates and the cheese from a Netherland cheese farm. This year, we travelled to Asia where we visited our parents and families in China and Japan. During our stay in China and Japan, we visited temples and shrines as well as the national gardens and museums.
We also enjoy having family and friends over for barbecue throughout the summer, and party for holiday seasons. Li knits a lot, and children of our friends all love the baby blankets we gave them. We both enjoy working on our flower garden and yard. All our neighbors love our flower garden and beautiful yard.
We cannot wait to share our daily life, all the fun we have, our hobbies and what we enjoy with our child. We would love to bring our child to the various activities and various places we enjoy, and would love to cook and bake with our child, and share the different cultures we have experienced with our child.
Our Family Traditions
We are very big on family traditions, for us it's something that binds our family together and allows for family stories to be passed down. Takashi has grown up with several traditions that were started by his parents. Since the year of his birth, his parents bought Christmas tree ornaments annually and marked the year they bought it. We have inherited all of his Christmas ornaments and have continued this tradition by getting new ornaments every year. Now our Christmas tree is filled with ornaments that date all the way back to Takashi's birth through this year. Takashi has a collection of pictures his parents took from the day he was born with remarks on the picture, and we have a collection of pictures we took with remarks since we started dating. When we travel, we buy collectable spoons that represent the place we went, and now we have many of them displayed in our house. Even though Takashi was born and grew up in America, and Li has lived in America for many years, in addition to the American holidays, we also celebrate both Chinese and Japanese holidays with the traditional food for those holidays. Traditions are very important to us and when we have a child, we will make sure we create special memories with him or her as well. We are so excited to share our traditions and have new ones with our child as the years go by!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a wonderful community that has recently been ranked the #1 best place to live by CNN Money. It is one of the most successful planned communities in the country and is about 30 minutes from Baltimore and also near Washington, D.C. Our village includes a mix of residences from apartments, townhomes, as well as single-family houses. Individual homes don't have mailboxes; they're collected in groups on each cul-de-sac or block to encourage neighborly mixing. We chose this city for the schools, which are among the state's best, as well as for small-town feel. The elementary, middle school and high schools are within two miles of our home. Our neighborhood is great for active families.
We feel our home and neighborhood provides a peaceful, secure, and fun place for the child, as well as being close to modern medical, educational, and care facilities.
Our Extended Families
Takashi was born and raised in New York City. Takashi has one younger brother. Takashi also has six aunts and uncles, and several cousins. After retirement, Takashi's mother has moved back to Japan. Takashi's brother and his wife are currently living in the San Francisco area.
Li was born and raised in China before coming to America for school. Li has one younger sister. Li also has five uncles, and seven cousins. Before moving to America, Li spent a lot of time with her cousins. Even after moving to America, Li and her uncles' family and cousins' family remain in very close relationship.
We love, respect, and care for each other's family very much. Although we live far away from Japan and China, we never feel distanced from them since we contact each other by phone, email, skype and visiting regularly.
Finally, our friends are also our extended family. Many of them have children and we enjoy spending time with them and their children. We know our child would be accepted by their families, as we have been.
From Us to You
We know that our opportunity and excitement about becoming parents will come from the gift of a woman like yourself, who is strong and determined to find all the best for your child. There is no other act that matches the gift you are giving to us and we promise to guard, protect and love this gift throughout our lives.
We know you are reading about many families and we know it's important to find the family that you feel as the right and best fit for your child. That's why we have tried to give you a look into our daily life, our love for each other, and our commitment to family.
We met in Boston while we were doing our postdoctoral training. We worked side-by-side in the same room during work hours, so we got to know each other very well. We dated for about three years before Takashi started his first job in a biotechnology company in New Jersey where we subsequently got married. We always wanted to have children in our life. After years of trying to have a child we realized that we may not be able to fulfill our dream of being parents. Through all of our infertility struggles we became stronger as a couple. We never gave up on our desires of having children and talked about adoption.
During our years together we have traveled the world and also have been all around the U.S. Meeting new people and experiencing different cultures are very important to us, and we plan to continue to travel and have new experiences with this child. We also love outdoor activities like hiking ?" things we can't wait to do with this child! Our house is always filled with love and joy.
Education is also very important to us. We understand the value of education in today's world. We feel that education open doors to everyone, and should be available to everyone. We want this child to have every opportunity he or she wants to explore new learning opportunities and follow his or her interests. We also realize that a child's talent and natural gifts may not lead himself or herself to a four-year university education. This child maybe a gifted artist, chef, dancer, or maybe technically gifted. We will encourage and help guide this child in whatever direction his or her talents and dreams take.
Both of us work for the federal government which allows great stability, flexible working hours and generous leave. Li works full-time from home with a very flexible working schedule. She can drop her work whenever this child needs attention and/or care. Li's job also allows her to work at any state in the country. So even if we need to move to a different place, she will still have the same job and same type of flexibility. Takashi also has a job that has flexible hours and works from home 3 out of 5 days every week. Our flexible jobs allows us to work around the child's needs.
Adoption is a precious gift that we want to honor by being the absolute best parents we can be. We will tell your child that being adopted means that you loved him or her from the very beginning of his or her life, and that you took the time to consider this difficult decision due to your love for him or her. Your child will always know he or she is adopted. Our marriage is built on honest communication, openness, and accepting different cultural backgrounds. We want your child to grow up trusting us to always talk openly about adoption. If you are willing, we would love to learn about your family's traditions and holiday celebrations, and make these into part of our lives. We are supportive of open adoption and are eager to work together to create a plan that will honor and respect the level of openness you choose for yourself, your family, and your child. Please know that whatever you choose we will honor and respect your wishes.
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Takashi & Li
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