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Rahul & Priya
Adoption is something we have always wanted to do, as individuals before we dated and as a couple 10 years into marriage. We have a daughter who, like us, is ready to grow our family and welcome a new member soon. We understand this is a difficult decision for you, and while we hope you will select us to be your child's parents, we want you to make the right decision for yourself and your child.
What it Means to Be Parents
For us, one of the most important things we think about is setting up our child for success in anything they do. We want them to be proud of themselves, proud of the choices they make and the things they do. Whether it's painting, playing sports, or doing well in school, we feel that helping them find their own path and building their confidence will carry them far in life. We hope we teach them the importance of compassion and patience and being self-sufficient. And along the way, we hope we are providing them with every opportunity we didn't have, and even better versions of the opportunities we did have.
Watching them grow and evolve day-by-day is so incredible! They absorb information and process it in a way that adults have forgotten about. Watching them try, fail, try again, fail again, try yet again and succeed is amazing. Their faces glow with pride, and they carry that pride with them to the next thing and they build their personalities with Lego blocks made of confidence, fear, knowledge, and uncertainty. Through it all, we glow with pride. They may stumble along the way, but they learn from it and get better at it each time they try again ... until one day they don't need any help. And you miss when they wanted your help, but you're distracted by the next amazing thing they do.
What's being a parent mean to us? Everything.
Education We Will Provide
We place a great deal of value on education for everyone, especially children we are raising. We have both attended and graduated from college. And we believe that education is a fundamental right for all people.
We believe the first step to instilling a love of learning and education is to provide children with exposure to as much as possible. We will encourage your child to try new things, engage with them to see what their interests are, and encourage them to try more things. As they experience more, we will seek additional coaching from mentors that your child enjoys and responds well to, and provide them with the assistance they need to progress in their areas of interest.
Through regular monitoring and adjustments of your child's progress and interest in various activities, we hope to develop a lot of confidence, persistence, and appreciation for their teachers and coaches. With a strong foundation built, we intend to keep your child on a strong academic path that leads to college and other forms of higher study.
We also appreciate learning outside of the classroom. We hope that self-learning, specialized and fun activities with an educational twist, and playing games with your child ourselves will nurture your child's natural curiosity and desire to learn.
Education is important to us, and we hope we can show your child how valuable it can be for them personally and professionally as they grow.
We believe cultural diversity can only improve a person's perspective on the world, and more importantly, their own cultural identity.
We both were born in India, but spent our lives growing up in very different environments. Priya grew up in a big city in India where most people spoke the same language and looked more or less the same. Rahul grew up in a big city in America where most people spoke English, but did not look like him or speak the same language at home.
In raising a child of a different ethnic background, we plan to immerse ourselves, our family, and our friends in the culture of your child every chance we get. We also plan to teach your child about our own Indian heritage. And of course, growing up in America, your child will be very much an American first.
We will talk to your child about where both their biological and adoptive families come from. We also enjoy traveling, so visiting different parts of the country and world would include trips to show your child how places where their families are from are the same and how they are different. Talking to our existing friends, and making new friends who your child relates to will help us keep conversation about cultural diversity going. And hopefully, through it all, your child will come out the other side, confident and comfortable with who they are, where they come from, and where their families come from.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in Illinois, and we love it here. The winters are rough, but spring, summer and fall in the Midwest make up for the cold winters.
We have a five bedroom home with three bathrooms, family room, living room, dining room, kitchen, and a finished basement. Our front and back yards add up to half an acre, which is just under half a football field. Even better, behind the house is a golf course that gives us even MORE grass and space. It's a lot of space and a lot of grass with just the right number of trees; most importantly, it's great for kids and dogs to run around in. We have a swimming pool, but the local gym has both an indoor and outdoor pool that each have 2 giant twisting water slides. And it's heated, so you can swim inside while it snows outside. Kids enjoy swimming there more. We also have a big tree that's perfect for kids to climb, and in Spring we'll be adding a tire swing.
The area we live in is full of families with kids of all ages. Young families with small children, older families with no children, and everyone in between live on our street. There are colorful and vibrant public parks within walking distance of our home. Our street is tree-lined and neighbors are always taking walks and riding their bicycles. It's a very safe community where everyone waves "Hello" and stops by to chat regularly.
Our Extended Families
Our family is made up of aunts, uncles, and cousins scattered around the United States and the world. We have cousins 20 minutes away, one grandmother 15 minutes away, and the other stays with us. Sana's aunt visits from India every year, and we get together with other family friends every week and play board games, have video game tournaments and get every age group to mix it up together. Backyard games of cornhole, football and soccer make us think we are professional athletes, and then we head inside for more laughs and good food.
We had to say goodbye to our dog in 2017 due to cancer. Before putting our boy to sleep, we celebrated his life by having the first ever Fletcher Day. On Fletcher Day we invited all our family and friends to hang out, play with the dogs and kids, eat too much, and reminisce about the good times we had with Fletcher. This is a day we'll repeat every year to share good times with loved ones and remember our first puppy.
We have always wanted to adopt a child, and now Sana looks forward to being a big sister to your child. Friends and family are very supportive of our decision to adopt and keep checking in with us to see whether our family is growing soon.
From Us to You
We are Priya (mom), Rahul (dad), and Sana (hopes to be a big sister soon). We are a little nervous here because this process does not come with instructions or clear expectations, and we just hope you like us. Before getting into it all, we just want to tell you one thing: We appreciate you reading about us and would be over the moon to be chosen by you, but we only want what is best for you and your child. If that is not us, we understand and our thoughts are still with you; if you are comfortable with your decision, that is the most important thing. Opening yourself up to let another family parent your child requires more strength than we can imagine, and you have it. Stay strong and follow your heart.
As difficult as this process is, we genuinely believe the outcome will be something amazing; which is why we are here, writing you, hoping you will honor us by allowing us to be adoptive parents to your baby. If you were to choose us, we would be thrilled to share photos, videos, letters, emails, phone calls, and visits with you, throughout your child's life to any degree you desire.
We met in 2001, got to know each other really well in 2005, dated in 2006, and got married in 2007. Over the last 10+ years together, we've purchased a house, made the house a home, adopted our first kid (a puppy named Fletcher), had a daughter (Sana), and watched her grow and learn for nearly 5 wonderful years.
Professionally, we are both consultants of differing types. Priya works for a large firm and is currently helping clients improve how hospitals and businesses operate, making them more efficient. Rahul works independently on the I.T. side helping clients manage their data and computer systems. We realize these are not the sexiest jobs in the world, and sometimes we wish we were exploring space or curing diseases somewhere, but these jobs give us flexible work schedules and more family time.
Sana is very excited about being a big sister. She recently told us she plans to teach her new sibling to crawl, eat by themselves, play with dogs, and read. Sana does two things naturally: 1, she takes care of and empathizes with people; recently she couldn't sleep because she was worried about mom's cold. 2, she makes people laugh. Her latest joke: "What time is it when an elephant sits on your face?" Answer: "Time to get a new face."
Fletcher was a rescue mutt who loved to play and eat and eat and eat. He was very good with kids and the best friend we've ever had. Cancer took him from us too soon and we miss him dearly. We plan to adopt another dog or two soon, and would love to give your child a furry sibling, too.
We also enjoy traveling, seeing the world, and trying new things. We are planning a trip to Mexico this year, and Italy and Spain in 2019. When the kids are old enough, our bucket list includes an African safari, Egypt, Germany, Turkey, Peru, and many other places. Given Priya's desire to see the world, your child will be well versed in a few different languages and cultures. If there is something to learn about how something works, Rahul will stop to soak it up so he can teach kids about it and pretend he's smarter than he is. Through it all, we will read bedtime stories, warm up around a fire with hot chocolate, take bike rides along the lake, watch sports live and on TV, learn about current events around the world and how they impact us, and push ourselves to try new adventures.
Lastly, thank you for reading about us and considering us. And again, while we hope for the opportunity to enrich each other's lives, whether you choose us or not, we wish you all the best in the world in everything you do. Take the best of care.
Rahul & Priya
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