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Adrian & Joanna
Thank you so much for reading our profile and for considering us for this great responsibility. We are a devoted couple, happily married and deeply in love with each other. We know with all our hearts that we are meant to be parents and to create a strong and loving family together. Choosing us to take care of your child will be an immense gift. We will forever be thankful to you.
What it Means to Become Parents
For us, being parents will be the greatest privilege and the biggest responsibility of our lives. As parents we must always make the choices that are in the child's best interests. It means first and foremost being a caregiver and protector – the ultimate responsibility for the safety, health and welfare of a life. But it means a whole lot more than that. It means we take responsibility for the future life of that child, for nurturing a life's possibilities and opportunities, for creating an environment in which that little person feels safe and confident to grow and explore the world around them. It means providing the freedom for that exploration, while also protecting against the dangers that can come with exploration. It means protecting, but eventually finding a way to help them build their own strength and resilience to meet life's challenges. It means giving comfort and confidence while also building independence and strength. And beyond that still, it means being always there for that person throughout their life; to be the people who, come what may, will always be there to help and advise, support and rescue, unconditionally.
What we're most looking forward to as parents is to introduce this little character to the amazing world we live in, and to share our delight and excitement about the world. Every day is an opportunity and an adventure, and we can't wait to share that adventure.
Our Leisure Time
Joanna is an award-winning artist, and in her free time works on illustrations and children's animations. Adrian likes to work on the house at the weekend, and also enjoys nature photography and drawing.
Adrian is a volunteer with the Red Cross in central Florida, and Joanna has worked with the Creative Clay charity organization on creative projects with autistic children.
We both love nature and the great outdoors, and we've certainly settled in the right place for that! In our free time we love to go to Florida's beautiful beaches and parks to run, kayak, swim, paddleboard, cycle, and go sailing.
We're also big game players, and enjoy family board games gathered around the table in the evenings, lots of laughter and healthy competition.
We regularly attend and support cultural and creative events. We like to go to the movies, the theater, arts and craft events, the opera, and art shows. This year we had a wonderful time attending the International Theater Festival here in Tampa Bay.
We can't wait to share our love of creative activities, adventure, exploration, and the outdoors with a child. We know that our love and passion for these activities will create many wonderful opportunities for a child to explore and have fun in this wonderful world.
Education We Will Provide
We believe that education can be a life-changing experience and has the power to open doors for personal growth, career success, and life achievement. Our parents helped us to realize our educational potential and supported us as much as they could along the way.
Because of our belief in the value of education, we will support and provide opportunities for any child in our family to achieve educational success, to whatever level they want. We remember the support and tutoring our own parents gave us to make sure we were prepared for tests and could be successful at school and college. We will provide the same level of support to ensure that any child in our family has the best possible opportunity to succeed at the highest level.
At the same time, we believe in supporting a child in whatever path they want to take. Higher education is not the path for everyone. We'll be sensitive to the interests, passions, and life goals of our family members. Ultimately, we will support every member of our family in their chosen path, whatever that may be, and we'll do everything in our power to help them in the realization of their dreams.
Our House and Neighborhood
We're very proud of our beautiful historic home. We've worked hard to restore and enhance the spirit of this wonderful place, and we think we've done that! We have three bedrooms and two bathrooms with plenty of room outside for everyone to run around and enjoy themselves. We often host picnic parties, Easter egg hunts, and bocce games on our lawn. We like spending time in our living room most of all, with the traditional fireplace and the big porch out front.
We're on a quiet road in a family neighborhood, streets lined with big old oak trees draped in Spanish moss. It's very safe and quiet. People walk, jog, and cycle with their kids and pets. In this day and age, we feel so fortunate to know all of our neighbors; we all look out for each other. Just across the road live our friends Matt and Christa, who have a 4-year-old daughter with another on the way, due in August. There's a little park within eyesight of our home and a family-owned seafood restaurant two minutes' walk away. The nearby church has an annual winter festival with a fun fair, rides for kids, live music, and food stalls.
Tampa Bay has all the amenities a family could need, including the Florida Aquarium and a really cool children's museum. Not to mention the theme parks including Disney, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Legoland. Plus we're right on the Gulf of Mexico, with beautiful sandy beaches and tons of nature preserves.
Our Extended Families
We have a very big, loving, and diverse extended family, both here at home in the U.S. and all over the world, and everyone is super excited and supportive of our adoption. We live right around the corner from Joanna's parents, so we get to spend a lot of great quality time with them. We also regularly visit family in California (Jo's sister Alex, her husband and our two adorable nephews). We're very excited that they'll be moving back to Tampa Bay in July of this year, so we'll get to spend even more time with the whole family together. Adrian's family lives in both England and Australia, but despite the distance we keep in close contact with everyone using the latest technologies like Facetime, Skype, and Whatsapp, plus they come out to visit us here in Florida. Last year we had a wonderful time visiting Adrian's family in Manchester, England (his brother Joel, sister-in-law, and their three children). And also last year we visited Jo's aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces in the beautiful historic city of Krakow, Poland. This year we traveled to Sydney, Australia to visit with Adrian's extended family. They're surrounded by breathtaking national parks, ancient aboriginal art sites, and places of incredible natural beauty. We feel extremely lucky to have close family right here in Florida as well as extended family we can visit in such amazing vacation spots. And they all can't wait to come and visit our new family here in Florida.
From Us to You
Hello, we're Adrian and Joanna!
We want first of all to thank you for taking the time to get to know us more. We understand this is a huge decision for you, and it must have taken immense courage and a lot of strength to take this step, in the face of a lot of uncertainty. But we can tell you that we're a strong and loving, happily married couple and we will devote ourselves completely to the safety, happiness, and success of your child. We fell in love the moment we met, and we've been in love ever since. We want to share this love and build a family in which every member feels safe and confident that they are unconditionally loved, and where everyone feels free to express themselves, explore their potential, and live the greatest life they can possibly live.
Joanna is an Artistic Director for a tech company. She's also an accomplished artist and animator. She has created and produced many animations for children. Adrian is Vice President and Program Manager for a media company that develops educational multimedia products. He designs and produces educational products including language and math courses for high school kids, educational websites and video games, and interactive training for the U.S. military.
We're both fortunate enough to work from our home office most of the time, which is great because we love our home and we love spending time here! We have a lot of flexibility in determining how and where we work, and we travel to our company offices only when we need to. This means we can control our daily schedules, and we're able to work our job commitments around our family activities.
We understand how incredibly important this decision is for you, and that you want the very best for your child's future. We are equally serious about our family, and we take the responsibility of raising a child very seriously. We believe in the importance of education, and the value of providing opportunities for a rich and joyful life experience, and we truly believe we can provide that. We both come from big families, so we know the hard work and devotion required to raise a family and to keep that family together, healthy and strong. We are so looking forward to this opportunity and we see it as an honor.
We both love the incredible diversity of this world ?" the different histories, cultures, environments and lifestyles within the USA, and also of the many great cultures around the world. We believe the USA is the greatest country in the world to live. We also love to travel, and truly believe it broadens the mind to see how other people live, their cultures, histories, and experience of life. It's a wonderful big world out there, and we really want to share that world with a child, and to provide the maximum opportunities for the child to live the life they want and pursue the dreams that will make them happy.
If you would do us the great honor of choosing us, we want you to know that you will be part of our family and our life, as much as you choose to be. We will regularly send you letters and pictures of the child and the family, so that you can always keep up with what's happening. We will stay in touch with you however you would like, including regular phone calls, emails, and visits. We want you to be a part of our treasured family, as much as you would like to be.
Once again, thank you for considering us.
Adrian & Joanna
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