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Antone & Nicole
We admire your courage and selflessness in making this challenging life decision. Allowing us to adopt your child would be a remarkable gift. Our life is about adventure, love, family, and fun, and we can't wait to share that with a second daughter or son! We and our daughter Lily are SO excited to add another member to our family. Adopting our daughter six years ago was the best thing that's ever happened to us. We hope to now complete our family with a second child.
Adoption in Our Lives
We already have one six-year old daughter, Lily, who is also adopted. She is a smart, silly, adventurous kid, who loves to make her friends and family laugh. We want to encourage our children to explore their learning interests, whatever those include. Lily spends her summers swimming in the pool with friends and loves to play soccer, tennis, and basketball. She sings in our church choir, and her current life ambition is to become either a musician, an astronaut, a police officer, or an artist. At home, we do art and science projects together, and we are all always reading. We have set up a college savings fund for Lily and plan to do the same for our younger child.
More than anything, Lily wants a sibling. She is close to her cousins, and has also always talked about wanting a sister or brother. At our family dinners, she will point out the fourth place where she hopes a sibling will sit. She acts out taking care of a baby brother or sister with her dolls. It's easy to see what a loving big sister she will be, as she waits with us to welcome a new member of the family.
We spent time with Lily's birth mom and dad when Lily was born, and we now send them updates every month on how she's growing! We are open to having any level of relationship with you that you prefer.
We are already a multiracial family, and celebrating diversity is important to us. We want our children to learn as much as possible about their own cultural heritage, as well as other cultures. We both speak Spanish and French. Lily started preschool in a French program. Currently, she attends a public, bilingual English-Spanish elementary program. Since Lily was small, we have been reading her diverse children's books, including tales influenced by Latin American, Asian, African-American, European, and Native American history, culture, and stories. Because she is multiracial, we have dolls and toys that reflect her cultural heritage, as well as other cultures. Lily regularly has playdates with kids from varied language and cultural families, and she is accustomed to friends from different family structures and socioeconomic backgrounds. We also proactively look for positive role models, in history and in our lives, that Lily can relate to. We would follow all these practices with our second child, as well.
As a diplomatic family, we have also been immersed in different countries throughout the world and have traveled extensively around the United States. In our adventures, we have made friends with people from many backgrounds, ethnicities, and races. In northern Virginia, we live in a very diverse community, with people of every age, race, ethnicity, and background. By growing up with so many role models and friends, our children will learn to value cultural diversity and individuality.
Our Professional Lives
Nicole works for the State Department as a diplomat, in both Washington D.C. and in U.S. embassies around the world. This amazing opportunity offers us the chance to live in a different country for 2-3 years at a time and explore a different culture. Following the adoption, we plan to stay in the Virginia area for at least three more years. Ultimately, Virginia is our home, and we will settle down here after another few years.
When we live in a different country, it serves as a vacation spot for all our family and friends! We have been living in northern Virginia for two years, before which we lived in Madagascar for three years (nous parlons Francias!), Mexico for two years (hablamos Espanol!) Nicole was earlier posted in Guatemala. When we live in different countries, we travel back frequently to see family and friends. We've never missed a Christmas at home, and we have also spent more than half Nicole's career living in the DC area. Nicole plans to take 3-4 months of maternity leave from work after our adoption.
Antone has a background in the environment field. He recently decided on a career change and is becoming an primary school teacher. He just started teaching his first kindergarten class, and last year he taught in a public preschool. He loves seeing the kids develop, and they love him! He's a great teacher and a great dad!
Our House and Neighborhood
We own a condo in a lovely building in Northern Virginia, which we bought thirteen years ago. While we have served overseas during this period, we always maintained our primary residence and our strong ties to our Virginia community. We fell in love with it years ago because it's filled with light, with ceiling to floor windows throughout. Right across the street is a stream, bike path, and a park, so hopefully our child will learn our love of nature early on in life! We have a huge pool, community gardens, and tennis courts. There's a large library down the block, and we often take walks or bike rides there as a family. Our church is right up the road. Our building has a tremendous blend of individuals and families. Lily plays with several children from the building on playdates and at the pool. We plan to buy a house about six months after adopting our second child.
Our community is very diverse. Lily participates in soccer, gymnastics, and other community sports. We spend lots of time visiting museums, playgrounds, and cultural activities. We are also a transracial family, and it is important to us that we exposure Lily and our younger child to cultural activities.
We also often visit Nicole's parents in rural Virginia, where Nicole grew up, and this is like second hometown for Lily. Spending time in a blend of suburban and country will benefit our children.
Our Extended Families
We both have very strong relationships with our families, which we maintain through regular visits, calls, and emails with all members. When not living in other countries, we live in Northern Virginia, right down the street from our friends and family. All the grandparents visit often and are a major part of our lives, and all of our family is so excited about welcoming another child into our family.
Nicole's parents raised her and her two younger siblings in a small town in Virginia, as does much of her extended family. We get together for holidays, birthdays, and visits on a regular basis. In the summer, we all spend a week at the beach together. Nicole's mother is a retired teacher and her father a retired psychologist. We are close to her siblings and their spouses. Nicole's brother is a pediatrician, so we always have a family member to call with medical questions about our children! We have a young niece and a nephew, so our kids will have cousins about the same age. Antone's parents, brother, and cousins live a little further away, but we visit one another on a regular basis and maintain a close relationship by phone, skype, and email between visits.
Our parents instilled a deep love of family, nature, and education in both of us, which we share with Lily and look forward to sharing with your child.
From Us to You
Hi - Our names are Nicole and Antone, and we'd like to thank you for considering us as potential parents for your child. We truly appreciate you taking the time to get to know more about us. We understand that making an adoption plan is a courageous and selfless decision, and we admire the thought you have given this.
We met almost 13 years ago in Washington, D.C., and we have been married nine years. We bonded over our love of travel, art, culture, nature and hiking, soccer and racquetball. When we met, Antone was attracted to Nicole because she is empathetic, patient, and caring, all qualities that now make her a dedicated mother. Nicole is creative and silly and loves art, music, and photography. She is very adventurous and loves to travel the world. Nicole also has a life-long love of reading, which she has instilled in Lily already. After our new baby joins the family, Nicole will take several months of maternity leave to spend with our little one full-time. One of the first things that drew Nicole to Antone was his interest in trying new things. Antone is a amazing dad. He loves taking Lily on adventures of all kinds and showing her wildlife. Antone also loves to travel and experience new cultures. His career as a teacher will allow him a lot of flexibility to spend time with Lily and our new baby. Our little family has so much love to offer to your child, and we are so excited about having a second child join our family.
Family is everything to us. We spend many of our weekends with a large assortment of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Family beach weeks, Christmas traditions, Easter egg hunts at grandma's house, all of these are treasured occasions that we can't wait to share with a new child.
Nicole's favorite cousin is adopted, and she has known since growing up with her that she wanted to form a family through adoption. When we were first dating, we discussed adoption and agreed to pursue it later in our relationship. Originally, we also planned to have a family made up of children from adoption and through conception. Two years into our relationship, Nicole also found out that she would be unable to carry a healthy child to term without risks. We never explored concrete options for having biological children, because we had always felt strongly that we wanted to adopt and it seemed part of God's plan for us to adopt.
The year after we married, we began the adoption process that led us to our beautiful daughter Lily. We met Lily's birth parents at the hospital when she was born and have maintained contact with them regularly since then with monthly letters and photos. We have been completely open with Lily about her adoption since she was a baby, talking to her regularly about her birth parents and reading her children's books about adoption. We are open to having any level of relationship with you that you prefer.
We are already a multiracial family, and celebrating diversity is important to us. We want our children to learn as much as possible about their own cultural heritage, as well as other cultures. We have books, dolls, and toys that reflect her cultural heritage, as well as other cultures. Like your child would be, she is accustomed to friends from different family structures and socioeconomic backgrounds. As a diplomatic family, we have also been immersed in different countries throughout the world and have traveled extensively around the United States. In our adventures, we have made friends with people from many backgrounds, ethnicities, and races.
We are now so hopeful and excited to complete our family through a second adoption. Thank you for looking through our profile!
Antone & Nicole
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