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Aaron & Cristina

Thank you for taking the time to view our profile! We have one happy and active daughter and are excited to bring another child into our family through the gift of adoption. We are ready to continue sharing a life of love and laughter, and are grateful to you for considering us.

About Us

Aaron
Cristina
Job
VP for Public Policy
Senior Attorney
Education
Juris Doctor
Juris Doctor
Children
Cecilia
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Favorite Vacation Spot

Always a Good Time at the Lake

We love taking vacations as a family! Our favorite regular spot is Cristina's family's cabin on the northern shore of Lake Superior. We head up there each August to relax, enjoy the beautiful scenery and weather, and catch up with extended family who vacation in that area at the same time - including people who watched Cristina grow up there. We also have traveled to beaches with Aaron's extended family, playing in waves, collecting shells, and collapsing happily at home after long days in the sun.

But we are also eager to explore new places. Before Cecilia was born, we traveled a great deal - some favorite spots have included Sevilla, Dublin, and Hawaii. More recently, we were lucky enough to travel to Italy and share a house with four other families (our college friends). We loved visiting historic towns, while Cecilia remembers the highlights of eating apricots right off a tree and playing with the house-owner's puppies.

This year's favorite vacation was visiting friends who are currently living in the Netherlands. Cecilia loved playing in waves of the North Sea with our hosts' three children, Aaron enjoyed sampling mussels and local beers, and Cristina appreciated visiting museums and hearing a new language. Though we don't always get to plan big trips like this, we can't wait to include another child in our future travels.

Our Daughter, Cecilia

We Love Mini Golf!

Cecilia is our happy, healthy, active, smart, silly, inquisitive, and sometimes stubborn 7 year-old daughter. These days, she especially loves reading books to herself, climbing on rocks and jungle gyms, learning about animals, playing very detailed make-believe games, and swimming. Cristina enjoys playing board games and cards with Cecilia, as well as doing puzzles and reading books. Aaron is a great teammate in her sports adventures and make-believe play, and is an incredibly supportive father. We love that Cecilia is still at an age where she welcomes hugs and cuddling, and hope it lasts forever!

Cecilia was a blessing after several years of fertility struggles. We hope to be blessed again with another child through adoption, and know Cecilia will be a wonderful big sister, able to protect, care for, and love a sibling unconditionally. Like us, she is eager for our family to grow, and is excited by the very idea of another child joining our lives.

What it Means to be Parents

Being a parent is the most important role in the world to us. That's not an unusual feeling among parents, and it's not a surprise to us after so many years of trying to overcome fertility obstacles. What has been more of a surprise are certain elements of parenting on each of our parts.

For example, Cristina wasn't surprised to see what an excellent, engaged father Aaron is. But until Cecilia was born, she hadn't realized how much he had learned from his mother, a former kindergarten teacher. Like Grandma, Aaron comes up with new, inventive games all the time, can creatively guide learning new things, and is incredibly patient. Aaron knew how devoted to children's issues Cristina is and her years of experience babysitting and caring for friends' kids, but he didn't anticipate how great she would be playing, teaching, and caring for Cecilia. We are so excited to add to our family!

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We Love reading Together
We Love reading Together
Enjoying an Anniversary Dinner
Enjoying an Anniversary Dinner
Happy Family
Happy Family
Tea Party with Dad
Tea Party with Dad
Our First Family Trip to Disney World
Our First Family Trip to Disney World
Exploring Belgium
Exploring Belgium
Feeling Fancy!
Feeling Fancy!
Enjoying a Family Hike
Enjoying a Family Hike
We Can't Wait to Grow Our Family!
We Can't Wait to Grow Our Family!
Fun in the Ball Pool at a Nearby Museum
Fun in the Ball Pool at a Nearby Museum
Cheering On Our Favorite Team
Cheering On Our Favorite Team
Weekend Trip to Play in the Snow
Weekend Trip to Play in the Snow
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We Love reading Together
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Enjoying an Anniversary Dinner
Enjoying an Anniversary Dinner
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Happy Family
Happy Family
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Tea Party with Dad
Tea Party with Dad
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Our First Family Trip to Disney World
Our First Family Trip to Disney World
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Exploring Belgium
Exploring Belgium
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Feeling Fancy!
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Enjoying a Family Hike
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We Can't Wait to Grow Our Family!
We Can't Wait to Grow Our Family!
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Fun in the Ball Pool at a Nearby Museum
Fun in the Ball Pool at a Nearby Museum
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Cheering On Our Favorite Team
Cheering On Our Favorite Team
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Weekend Trip to Play in the Snow
Weekend Trip to Play in the Snow

Our Extended Families

Christina's Aunts

We are both very close with our extended families and see them often. We live in Cristina's hometown, and her parents are about 10 minutes away. They're both retired and love babysitting their grandkids! Cristina's sister lives across the country with her husband and two children. We visit with them about twice a year, including every summer at the family cabins. Cristina's great-grandfather built the cabins, and we've been spending time Up North ever since! We get to see Cristina's BIG extended family (including her three cousins who were adopted), and we love passing on traditions of hosting beach picnics, eating s'mores, hiking, and more to the next generation of visitors.

Aaron Golfing with Family

Aaron's parents and one of his two brothers live about 4 hours away; his other brother isn't far away either. Both brothers have three kids, and we love gathering Cecilia and her cousins at their grandparents' place a few times a year. Aaron's mother was a kindergarten teacher, and is still an expert on entertaining kids of all ages! She keeps a full playroom of games, toys, and craft supplies - some are new, some Aaron played with when he was little. Aaron's dad is a college professor, and is also skilled at giving piggy-back rides and making pancakes. They have a pool where we all love swimming and splashing around.

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We love our neighborhood! We live in a safe, tree-filled area of a big city that's full of families. It feels like every week we cross paths with neighbors with new babies, older kids returning from college, and everything in between. Cecilia loves running into friends from school on our walks and bike rides around the neighborhood.

We live in a cheery yellow house that was originally built in 1915, but has been updated very recently. It has five bedrooms, a finished attic and a finished basement, but we tend to spend most of the time in our family room, which is surrounded by windows. It's a cozy spot for meals, games, books, and TV.

Playground Near Our Home

Two blocks away are the outstanding local elementary school that Cecilia attends, playgrounds, parks, and tennis courts. Across from the school is our favorite market, which serves delicious ice cream and other treats, and is a local gathering spot for kids and families. The neighborhood library and community center are just a few more blocks away, near a theater that offers kids' programming. It's a wonderful place to raise children!

From Us to You

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to read our profile and get to know us. We admire your courage and thoughtfulness for considering adoption, and know the decision is not a simple one. If you choose to move forward on this adoption path with us, please know that we will support you and respect a level of involvement that you’re comfortable with. We will commit to maintaining connection with you, both before and after the baby’s birth: by sending letters and emails with pictures of the child’s growth and milestones, and by arranging in person meetings if you’re interested in those. We promise that the child will know their adoption story from the very beginning, as a story of love and commitment that emphasizes both the vital role you played in creating their life and how special the child is. And we look forward to creating and continually adding to an adoption book for the child with photos, correspondence, and other memorable pieces of the child’s life.

Our own story so far involves being friends from college for about 10 years before we started dating. After beginning a committed relationship while living in different cities, we’ve been very happily married (together in the same town!) for 11 years. We are each other’s best friend and supporter, and our relationship continues to strengthen with each passing year. Aaron is a smart, funny, hard-working person who is very loyal to his family and friends. Cristina is warm and generous, and is quick to laugh at a good joke and to think the best of people.

The absolute highlight of our years together is our 7 year-old daughter, Cecilia. After years of infertility struggles and losses, we were blessed with Cecilia’s arrival and continue to feel incredibly lucky that we’re her parents. Our fertility challenges continued when we tried to have a second child, and we eagerly turned to adoption to complete our family. We actively look forward to the next highlight in our life, becoming a family of four.

A child who joins our family will have extremely loving, committed, nurturing parents, and a very eager and adoring big sister. Cecilia shares our love of travel, playing games in the house, watching movies with popcorn, reading, and exploring our city’s best playgrounds and activities. She is very curious and has an incredible memory for storing away the facts she learns. We love responding to her (sometimes very numerous) questions and watching as she absorbs new information. Cecilia is very kind and considerate to friends and classmates, and warmly responds to younger kids’ interest in playing with her. We can’t wait to see her in a new role as big sister, guiding and entertaining a younger sibling.

A second child in our family also will have two sets of very active and engaged grandparents. Both sets of grandparents love spending time with Cecilia and visit with her as often as possible. There are many cousins to visit and play with, either in one of our hometowns or out of town during an extended family adventure. We are lucky to be surrounded by such a loving and generous family who would immediately welcome a child who joins us through adoption.

Thank you again for getting to know more about us. We truly appreciate the thought, time, and energy that you’re putting into this consideration, and are so grateful that you’re considering adoption. We wish you all the best along this path and in the future.

Much love,

Aaron & Cristina

Favorites

Aaron
Cristina
Actor
Jimmy Stewart
Chris Hemsworth
Actress
Sarah Chalke
Jennifer Lawrence
Animal
Wolf
Koala
Author
Kurt Vonnegut
Ian Rankin
Book
Slaughterhouse Five
Pride and Prejudice
Candy Bar
Milky Way
Three Musketeers
Cartoon
Phinneas & Ferb
Doc McStuffins
Childhood Memory
Disney World with family
Going to the county fair with my family
Childhood Toy
Star Wars action figures
Slinky
Children's Book
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Bear Snores On
City
Charleston, SC
Sevilla, Spain
Classic Movie
It's a Wonderful Life
The Sound of Music
Color
Blue
Blue
Day of Week
Thursday
Saturday
Dessert
White chocolate mousse
Vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting
Disney Movie
Lion King
Moana
Dream Car
Lamborghini
Bentley
Dream Job
Chef
Pilot
Dream Vacation
New Zealand
Fiji (with a room over the water)
Family Activity
Mini-golf
Card games
Flower / Plant
Orchid
Tulip
Food
Hamburger
Shrimp cocktail
Form of Exercise
Basketball
Running
Fruit
Blueberry
Peach
Game
Stratego
Uno
Hobby
Cooking
Crossword puzzles
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Christmas
Holiday Song
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Silent Night
Holiday Tradition
Noche Buena
Noche Buena
Ice Cream
Mint chocolate chip
Strawberry
Junk Food
Plantain chips
Cracker Jacks
Leisure Activity
Cards
Reading mystery novels
Magazine
The Economist
People
Memory with a Child
Swimming at the Jersey Shore with Cecilia
Cecelia's First Trip to the Zoo
Memory with Spouse
Anniversary trip to Charleston, SC
Trips to Spain
Movie
The Sixth Sense
Hunger Games
Movie Munchie
Popcorn
M&Ms
Movie Quote
"No one can eat fifty eggs"
"I have a bad feeling about this"
Movie Type
Drama
Tie between science fiction and romantic comedy
Musical
Les Miserables
Hamilton
Musical Group
Zach Brown Band
U2
Nursery Rhyme
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Olympic Event
Speed skating
Gymnastics
Personal Hero
Paternal grandfather
Miep Gies
Play
The Bacchae
Midsummer Night's Dream
Poet
Walt Whitman
Emily Dickinson
Quality about my Spouse
Sense of humor
Sense of humor
Quote
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." Aesop
Restaurant
Black Salt (in DC)
Sonoma (in DC)
Sandwich
Italian
Tuna salad
Scripture
"For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his soul." Mark 8:36
"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25: 40
Shopping Store
Patagonia
Target
Song
"Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen
"Hello" by Adele
Sport to Play
Basketball
Tennis
Sport to Watch
Baseball
Baseball
Sports Star
Vince Carter
Ryan Zimmerman
Sports Team
Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals
Subject in School
Math
English
Superhero
Superman
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Chili
Picadillo
Time of Day
Dusk
Lunch
Tradition
Friday movie night
August in Minnesota with family
TV Show
Westworld
Modern Family
TV Show Character
Ron Swanson (from Parks and Rec)
Castiel from Supernatural
Type of Music
Acoustic rock
Pop/rock
Vacation Spot
Any beach
North Shore of Lake Superior
Video Game
Space Invaders
Pac-Man

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