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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.
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
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.
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.
Our Extended Families
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.
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
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.
Andy & Maria
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