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Joe & Mara
Being parents is something we have both wanted for so long. We have so much to offer a child. We believe that providing a home filled with love, respect, humor and integrity will help a child grow into the best well rounded human being possible. We so hope that you would consider us to nurture your child the rest of our lives.
Our Leisure Time
We both lead active lives. Joe is very routine with his daily cardio and weight training. He feels it’s a great stress reliever and helps to keep him focused. Mara loves to do any workouts that involve dancing or kickboxing as it helps with energy level and clearing her head. However, we do both know how to relax and have fun as well.
Some of our favorite activities include cooking, watching movies, visiting friends and family, taking walks in the neighborhood, listening to music, and attending local festivals. Mara enjoys taking pictures of nature and wildlife. Joe can be found playing in the dirt and beautifying the outside of our house. Most of all, just enjoying one another's company and sharing some laughs is what it is all about.
When possible, we try to take trips and travel. We’ve been lucky enough to explore such places together as Puerto Rico, Italy, Spain, and Mexico. There is just something about "getting away" whether a long weekend out of state or to different countries that refreshes the mind, body, and soul.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Joe About Mara:
Mara can make me laugh even on my toughest days. I’m grateful that Mara is so thoughtful and full of love. She tends to think of the little things to make my day shine regardless of what is going on. Seeing Mara light up when with children or speaking about them puts a smile on my face. Her 12-year career being an early childhood elementary teacher will definitely play a huge role in our lives and I can’t wait to see her interact with our own child one day as a mother.
Mara About Joe:
Joe puts me and family above everything. I admire how he sees the positive side in any situation. Joe’s caring ways such as simply making me coffee, picking up my favorite snacks at the store, or writing a quick heartfelt note in the morning is truly something special. He is my rock and is very supportive. It’s especially great how dedicated Joe is when he makes commitments or puts his mind to something. He will make a wonderful father and role model for a child someday.
Why We Chose Adoption
We both were married later in life, Joe was 38 and Mara was 33. When we finally decided to try to have a child, we ran into some roadblocks. Joe has had some medical issues in the past and they seemed to prevent us from having a child of our own when the time came to attempt. The natural next step for us was adoption. We both have so much to offer a child; a house overflowing with love, respect and understanding. Joe is a great Uncle and Mara a great Aunt. Living this life without a child to us would be unfulfilled. Even on our first date we discussed wanting children in the future and agreed that it was important that we were on the same page. We desire to have that missing piece of the puzzle and pray each and every day that he/she would be blessed into our family.
Our Extended Families
Family is EVERYTHING! We both enjoy spending time with our families and fortunately they aren't too far away. Joe's family lives about an hour away and all very close distances from each other. Mara's family is all within 25-50 minutes from us. Whether it's a holiday, birthday celebration, summer gathering, or "just because", we try our hardest to see everyone and stay connected.
Joe comes from a typical Italian American family. They love to cook, eat, laugh and get together. You'll usually find a homemade pasta dish to start off holiday meals. Mara's family is smaller, but they have big personalities and love any excuse to have cookouts and the whole gang in one place. It's common to find brisket, apple cake, and sweet tea when food is involved. Joe has a younger brother and sister and Mara an older brother. Ironically, each of our siblings have two children, a son and a daughter.
Ever since we started dating our families have been involved in each of our milestones. Adoption will be our biggest step as a couple and everyone is looking forward to having an additional child around to love, hold, watch grow, and to make memories.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in the beautiful state of Maryland. Our community is in a suburb not too far from Baltimore. Our neighborhood is a stone's throw away to a small, quaint town that is rich in tradition; we often take long walks there. The area is highlighted by a historic movie theater, seasonal street festivals, and well-known mom and pop restaurants. A cozy and charming location, though close to a big city.
Just five minutes up the road is a very large state park, which we often visit to go hiking. We also have several smaller parks within walking distance. There are plenty of families in our neighborhood, since we are situated close to the local elementary, middle and high schools.
Our home, built in 2014 is a four bedroom, two and half bath home. Our child will have their own room and bathroom. We tend to spend most of our time in the kitchen and living room. We love to entertain and Joe is quite the cook and Mara is a great conversationalist and hostess.
Joe is the "amateur landscaper". He provides our family with an annual vegetable garden, wildflower garden, potted plant garden and has planted just about every tree and plant on our property.
From Us to You
We can only imagine the feeling and emotions that you can be having now as you are considering placing your child for adoption. This is likely the hardest decision you will ever have to make. As hard as it is, adoption can provide your child with a loving home that can offer him or her with the best upbringing possible.
There is nothing we can say to help your feelings and emotions. However, please find comfort in knowing that we will always put your child first. We will provide him or her with the best possible life, from ensuring that they have the opportunity to learn both in school and at home. Mara is a former K-3 teacher and both of us have several current and former teachers in our families. Mara will be staying at home with your child for at least the first year to ensure we provide the love and attention needed for your child to thrive and to make sure your child has a solid foundation for learning.
Formal education is extremely important. However, we also believe learning outside of school to be just as important. We will make certain that your child will be able to connect with many different types of people, children and adults, to help them develop into a very loving and accepting child, teen and eventually adult. We will be very hands on at everything we do with the growth of your child. We will be able to focus solely on your child’s growth as this will be our one and only child.
We take life seriously, but we always leave plenty of room for laughter. Laughter provides us with the ability to get through the tough times in life. We generate laughter as a mechanism to move through the storms as sometimes it is the best medicine. Your child will certainly make us smile and we will bring him or her into our times of fun and belly busting laughter to make it through his or her tough times of just growing up.
We have dreams about your child playing outside in our yard and taking long walks with us in our neighborhood or hiking on the local trails. Dreams about your child helping Joe to take care of the gardens or other landscaping needs, or as Joe likes to call it “playing in the dirt.” Dreams about Mara teaching your child how to bring out their artistic side by way of dancing or drawing. Dreams about just being able to love and help a young child develop into an awesome human being.
We are open to communicating through email and letters which include pictures, as well as phone calls. We will certainly contact you if you wish with any important milestones. Please know that we are always here if you ever need to talk.
We are praying for you and your child’s health during your pregnancy. We want to thank you for reading about us and we hope that we can help you with the adoption of your child.
Joe & Mara
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