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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
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. We are so excited to share our interests with a child, while also developing new hobbies with him or her as they grow into their own personality. 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. It would mean the world to us if we could share our adventures in travel with a child. 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.
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 her energy level and clearing her head. However, we do both know how to relax and have fun!
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 are going through right now. This is likely the hardest decision you have been faced with, and we want you to know that you are amazing! There is likely nothing we can say to help your feelings and emotions; however, please find comfort in knowing that if given the opportunity, we would always put your child first.
We are so ready and excited to provide a child with the best life possible, by ensuring that he or she has the opportunity to learn both in school and at home. Mara is a former elementary teacher and we come from a family filled with former teachers, with a strong value in education and the importance of always learning and growing in life! Mara is lucky that she will have the ability to be a stay-at-home mother, and will be able to focus solely on providing all the love and attention, as well as a solid foundation for the future ahead!
While formal education is important, we also believe that learning outside of school is just as important. We plan to explore the world and ensure our family experiences connecting with people from all backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities to ensure our child grows into a loving and accepting child, teen, and eventually adult. We are excited to see a child grow into their own person, whatever that might look like, and to take that adventure with them. Whether it leads to art school, theater classes, sporting events, we will be there and ready to cheer them on! While we take life seriously, we leave plenty of room for laughter and feel it is the best medicine to help weather any storm that might come our way. We are excited for all the smiles and belly busting laughter we will share with a child and plan to ensure he or she grows up knowing that while life can be hard at times, there is still so much beauty and fun within it as well!
We have dreamt of being parents since even before we were married and cannot wait for our dreams to come true! Joe cannot wait to have a little helper when he is out “playing in the dirt,” gardening and landscaping the yard, and Mara can’t wait to share in her love of dancing and photography! We envision us playing in the yard together and exploring both close to home and all over the world! We dream about just being able to share love as a family and to help our child grow from a sweet, tiny baby to an amazing human being and for every step and milestone along the way.
Throughout this journey, we also look forward to being open about this child’s adoption to ensure they grow up being proud of where they came from and who they are, and being open to staying in touch with you should you desire as well! We look forward to sharing emails, connecting on the phone, and sending pictures and updates on how baby is doing. We even would welcome the opportunity to see each other again in person someday should you prefer. We want you to know that we would be honored to keep you a part of this child’s life, and are so excited to share with you in all the wonderful milestones.
We are praying for you during your pregnancy. We want to thank you for reading about us, and wish you the best in your journey! You are an amazing person for considering adoption, and we hope for greatness for both you and your baby.
Joe & Mara
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