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Andy & Maria

It is our greatest hope to become parents, and we are very grateful that adoption makes this possible. We are honored that you are considering us to be your child's parents. There are so many beautiful things in this world we want to share with a child, and we have so much love to give. Through our profile, we hope you will understand how much we look forward to welcoming a child into our home.

About Us

Andy
Maria
Job
Computer Scientist
Pediatrician
Education
Doctoral Degree
Doctor of Medicine
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

We love being outside together. We started off our marriage with a honeymoon to the Grand Canyon, and we have been to many national parks together since. We are excited to continue this tradition as our family grows. We also like to visit local parks and have spent many weekend afternoons leisurely strolling around a nearby lake or riding our bikes along local bike paths.

At home, Andy enjoys reading science fiction stories, solving crossword puzzles, entertaining our cat Luna, and playing Nintendo. Maria enjoys playing the piano, reading, and watching cop shows. Cooking is another interest we share. Maria has helped Andy learn to be a much better cook than he was before they met, and now Andy likes picking out new recipes to try together. His favorite recipe is a chicken and sausage jambalaya from a Cajun cookbook given to them by a friend when they got married.

How We Met

So Happy Together

We met at a young adults group at our church. As we went around in a circle introducing ourselves, we found out that we were actually living next door to each other, even though neither one of us had happened to see the other coming or going before. Andy remembers thinking that Maria was smart, funny, very pretty, and that she was special - he knew immediately that he wanted to spend time getting to know her better. We went out for brunch together after a service event a few weeks later, then had a lunch date, then finally had our first “real” date - dinner and a movie. Maria remembers that talking with Andy felt easy and natural right from the beginning. She talked to him for almost thirty minutes about coffee, which he didn’t drink at the time, while waiting for the movie to start. That first impression has held true over the years - he is still her favorite person to talk to. We had such a wonderful time together while we were dating, and we were married three years later in Maria’s home town.

Cultural Diversity

We are open to adopting a child of a different background than either of ours. In making that decision, we have thought about how we would work to make the child’s cultural heritage a part of our family life, hoping that the child would grow up feeling proud of who they are and where they came from. One idea we have is to try to find a church in which many of the people in the congregation share the same background as the child. We are lucky to live in a fairly diverse area, which is evident in our current church’s congregation, but we would be willing to drive farther so that a child might more easily find community role models and friends who understand what it means to have a certain background. We would try to incorporate the child’s heritage in smaller ways as well, perhaps in the foods we prepare or the toys we buy or the books we read together. We know that we might confuse people as an adoptive family in which parents and child do not look alike, but we would like to raise a child to embrace both their place in our family and their own unique background through birth.

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Out for a Hike Near Home
Out for a Hike Near Home
Hiking with Friends
Hiking with Friends
Running a Half Marathon Together
Running a Half Marathon Together
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
Picking Delicious Strawberries
Picking Delicious Strawberries
Amazing Waterfall View
Amazing Waterfall View
Beautiful View in Ireland
Beautiful View in Ireland
Time to Relax
Time to Relax
Snuggles with Luna
Snuggles with Luna
Exploring Arches National Park
Exploring Arches National Park
Decorating the Christmas Tree
Decorating the Christmas Tree
We Can't Wait to be Parents
We Can't Wait to be Parents
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Out for a Hike Near Home
Out for a Hike Near Home
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Hiking with Friends
Hiking with Friends
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Running a Half Marathon Together
Running a Half Marathon Together
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Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
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Picking Delicious Strawberries
Picking Delicious Strawberries
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Amazing Waterfall View
Amazing Waterfall View
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Beautiful View in Ireland
Beautiful View in Ireland
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Time to Relax
Time to Relax
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Snuggles with Luna
Snuggles with Luna
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Exploring Arches National Park
Exploring Arches National Park
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Decorating the Christmas Tree
Decorating the Christmas Tree
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We Can't Wait to be Parents
We Can't Wait to be Parents

Our Extended Families

Andy's Family

We live within driving distance of both of our families. Maria’s parents and sister live nearby, so we often go over for dinner. Both of Maria’s parents are excellent chefs - Maria loves her mom’s Filipino food and pies, and Maria’s dad is great at barbecuing. Maria’s mom also likes to send us home with vegetables from their backyard garden. Christmas is a special time for Maria’s family. When we go to their house for the holiday we enjoy attending a Handel’s Messiah sing-a-long and Christmas Eve wreath bread after midnight Mass.

Maria's Family

Andy’s parents and two sisters live a little farther away, so we usually stay for at least a weekend when we visit. Andy looks forward to running in the mornings with his mom while we are there. Because they live so close to the ocean, we try to go spend time at the shore at least once each summer. Another highlight of our visits to Andy’s family is dinner at his grandma’s house, with meatballs to bring home.

Both families were very excited when we told them of our plans to add a child to our family through adoption. Maria’s sister works at a pool, and she has already volunteered to help us out when it is time for swimming lessons. One of Andy’s sisters went on a trip just after we told her the news, and she came home with a pair of tiny booties for the baby.

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Apartment Courtyard

We live in a two bedroom apartment in beautiful Northern Virginia that we moved to in anticipation of growing our family. Our apartment has a balcony overlooking a courtyard full of trees, and our cat likes to watch the birds from our living room window. There is a pool in our apartment community, along with a small playground that is popular with the many other young families that live here. Our apartment’s playground doubles as the school bus stop, and we see children of all ages waiting with their parents for the bus every morning.

One exciting feature of our apartment is that it is within walking distance to the Washington, DC metro. This makes it very easy for us to get downtown, and we hope to take many family trips to see all of the museums and historical sites, just like Maria did growing up. We also live near many parks. One nearby park used to be a railway, and now has a straight path perfect for learning how ride a bike. Our favorite park has a four mile trail that loops around a lake, along with a train for kids that takes another path through the woods.

From Us to You

We are Andy and Maria, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to look over our profile. Hopefully it has helped you to get to know us a little better! We have been married for four years and are very much looking forward to adding a child to our family.

We have been sharing with each other our dreams for children since before we were married, both in lighthearted ways, debating names and music lessons and family vacation plans, and in serious discussion of what kind of parents we want to be, what kind of life we would hope to give our children. It was devastating to learn, after several years of trying, that we are unable to have children of our own. The idea of adoption had been a part of our discussions as well before marriage, but we hadn’t yet really fleshed out what the details might look like. Now as we came back to consider it more concretely, the how and the when and the where, we realized that being an adoptive family felt like the right choice for us. We trust that God’s plans are better than ours could ever be.

We strive to keep God at the center of our lives, and through the traditions and sacraments of the Catholic church, we draw closer to him. If we are blessed with a child, we will do our best to raise them to know and to love Jesus from their earliest days. We were both baptized and brought up in the Catholic church. In planning for the future, we have talked about how best to incorporate our faith in the rhythm of our day to day lives as our family grows. We hope to make family prayer, acts of service, participation in the sacraments, and involvement in our church community a priority.

We know you are planning for the future just as we are, and this must be a difficult time for you as you consider placing your child for adoption. We can’t begin to understand all that you have to consider as you make your decision, but please know how much we respect your strength and courage. Although so much must be uncertain right now, we hope you find peace in your choices and a clear path forward.

It is our promise to you that we would raise your child to know from the beginning the love you have for them, the sacrifice you made for them. If you are willing, we believe that maintaining a relationship with you would be one of the best ways for us to convey that to the child as they grow up. We have talked over together how we would help you and the child remain connected over time, whether that be through letters and pictures, emails, or yearly visits, and we hope to decide with you what is best.

As you can see from our profile, we will be new parents, and we are sure that we will have a lot to learn about parenting as we grow our family. Right now, however, parenthood means to us providing unconditional love and support to a child. It means helping the child grow into the best person they can be. We want to be there for the ups and downs of everyday life, to share the excitement of the child’s successes, and to help them through their challenges. There are so many amazing things in our world to do and see, and we are excited to share these things with a child. We can’t wait to see them see the world through fresh eyes.

Thank you,

Andy & Maria

Favorites

Andy
Maria
Actor
Chris Pratt
Colin Firth
Actress
Frances McDormand
Kiera Knightly
Animal
Shark
Cat
Author
David Foster Wallace
Jane Austen
Book
All The Light We Cannot See
Jane Eyre
Candy Bar
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Twix
Cartoon
Fantastic Mr Fox
Didn't watch a lot of cartoons, but I did like Arthur
Childhood Memory
Going to the church carnival
Reading the Harry Potter books
Childhood Toy
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Our dollhouse
Children's Book
Harry Potter
Anne of Green Gables
City
Baltimore
Baltimore
Classic Movie
It's A Wonderful Life
The Princess Bride
Color
Yellow
Purple
Day of Week
Friday
Sunday
Dessert
Anything with peanut butter
Cookies and Milk
Disney Movie
Toy Story
Mulan
Dream Car
BMW
Toyota Prius
Dream Job
Astronaut
Paleontologist
Dream Vacation
The Moon
To go back to Ireland
Family Activity
Cooking dinner together
Hiking
Flower / Plant
Cactus
Rose
Food
Bagels
Mac and Cheese
Form of Exercise
Running
Running
Fruit
Clementines
Strawberries
Game
Cranium
Taboo
Hobby
Hiking
Playing the piano
Holiday
Christmas
Christmas
Holiday Song
Good King Wenceslas
O Come O Come Emmanuel
Holiday Tradition
Putting a Stegosaurus on top of our Christmas tree
My mom's Christmas wreath bread
Ice Cream
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Maryland Mud (chocolate, chocolate chips, brownie chunks)
Junk Food
Chili Cheeseburger
Potato Chips
Leisure Activity
Playing Nintendo
Watching cop shows or mystery shows
Magazine
Wired
People
Memory with a Child
Hosting a pumpkin carving party with our friends and their children
Riding the escalator at the mall up and down, over and over, just for fun
Memory with Spouse
Road trip to Dinosaur Land
Spending Halloween together waiting out a hurricane
Movie
The Prestige
Pride and Prejudice
Movie Munchie
Peanut Butter M&Ms
Sour Patch Kids
Movie Quote
You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the Twilight Zone!
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means" - Inigo Montoya
Movie Type
Science Fiction
Romantic Comedy
Musical
Musical episode of Community: 'Regional Holiday Music'
The Sound of Music
Musical Group
They Might Be Giants
Matt Maher
Nursery Rhyme
Humpty Dumpty
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
Olympic Event
Speed skating
Gymnastics
Play
Shear Madness
Cyrano de Bergerac
Poet
Edgar Allen Poe
Wendell Berry
Quality about my Spouse
Her kindness and her wittiness
His patience and generosity
Restaurant
Red Robin
Chick Fil A
Sandwich
Peanut Butter Sandwich
Reuben
Scripture
If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Psalm 51:10.
Shopping Store
Amazon.com
Wegmans
Sport to Play
Soccer
Enjoyed Tae Kwon Do when I was a kid
Sport to Watch
Football
Occasionally football or swimming
Sports Team
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
Subject in School
Math
English
Superhero
The Doom Patrol
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Jambalaya
Dry-rub oven baked ribs
Time of Day
Evening
Morning
Tradition
Maria making chocolate peanut butter cake on my birthday
Trying our hardest to carry everything up from the car in one trip (groceries, leftovers, cat in her carrier, etc.)
TV Show
Fargo
Bones
TV Show Character
George Michael Bluth from Arrested Development
Mal from Firefly
Type of Music
80's rock
Contemporary Christian
Vacation Spot
National Parks
National Parks
Video Game
The Legend of Zelda
I'm terrible at video games...

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