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Nick & Elora
All paths in our life have brought us to this moment in time to adopt. We are in full appreciation, respect, and awe of this beautiful gift to raise our own child. All parts of our lives are complete - we are a happy, fully-engaged-with-life couple, and we feel prepared to share our love with a child. Thank you for considering us to be parents - this is truly an honor.
What Makes Us Unique
What makes us unique is that we will have the option to be home with our child. As a couple, we have always talked about and envisioned that we were going to be that rare couple - not just one husband OR wife - but BOTH parents will be home and available for their kids. That is the reason we have worked early in our lives to create the opportunity to be present for our future family. We want to enjoy them, and comfort them, and have fun with them, and witness all the “first-every things” as a couple, and we want us to be the primary adult influences in their lives. We will be the parents showing up on school trips, getting involved with activities, helping with homework, and having the energy to simply be present.
Even though we have the opportunity to be home to raise our child, he/she will see us as active parents living and working from home. We want our child to have their parents as daily role models -to observe their parents working together, respecting each other, discussing topics, talking and negotiating with people, building relationships, and enjoying life. We would like our child to learn that you do not have to separate work from your life, but rather incorporate it as a lifestyle, and find it as a joy through out your day, if they choose to.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Elora About Nick: Nick is the most determined human I have ever known. If there is something he wants to accomplish, no matter how big it is, he will go after it with full force, until he gets it. Some people call it drive or ambition, but I call it passion! His main drive has always been to build a beautiful life for his own family, his kids; the next generation - that’s something I’ve heard him talk about since I’ve met him 13 years ago. His daily example of responsibility, honor, and true work ethic sets a high standard for me, where I want to be better too. Although he sounds serious - he’s far from it. This man makes me laugh those ugly laughs where you end up snorting! He’s just a big kid himself.
Nick About Elora: Elora is the most generous and patient lady I know. She is caring and understanding with her family, friends and new people she meets. If she does not understand or know something, she always asks the right questions or finds a book to learn from. Elora’s special traits includes her calmness during challenges / crisis, establishment of a warm home environment, thoughtfulness towards her community of friends and family, and her generosity which surges from her heart. She is our biggest cheerleader in praise and patience. She expresses genuine confidence in others in an extraordinary way which contributes to growing our home environment and the quality of our community.
Education We Will Provide
If there is one area that we are prepared to spoil this child in, it is education! We both have had completely different experiences with education growing up. Nick grew up primarily going to private schools all his life, while Elora spent her whole life going to numerous public schools.
We both feel education extends far beyond just school. For us, education also means self development - learning about people, emotions, real-life situations. Schools teach the basics and various topics, but we will be traveling with our child and visiting the places that they are learning about. There is a big difference in reading about the aqueducts in Rome vs actually seeing the aqueducts in Rome!
Education also means positive role models and people. Our child will be exposed to many different friends and family with a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, who will help support his/her dreams, questions, and ideas as they grow into the person they want to be. We surround ourselves with people that are well-rounded, of good character, and trustworthy.
Our House and Neighborhood
Florida is home and it’s beautiful! We are so fortunate to be surrounded by palm trees, local man-made lakes, tropical flowers, and all different kinds of birds - ducks, cranes, and even peacocks! On a side note, we have 10 generations of ducks that have laid their eggs in our back yard, and constantly come back to do it again the next year. It is the funniest scene to watch Nick try to battle our ducks off the patio (lol).
Our home is a special, cozy, beautiful space. We have taken a lot of pride into turning a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom, house into a warm, colorful, and delightful home, where everyone is welcome, and feels welcomed. Most importantly, we have a single bedroom ready for our child, which we plan on setting up as a nursery, and then decorate it together, as he/she becomes bigger. Our favorite room is the family room, where we sit on the sectional and talk, eat, watch TV, and love to hang out.
We live in the suburbs of Florida. Our neighborhood is safe, happy, and a close community, where we are good friends with our neighbors on both sides, and even have a local handy man. There are kids everywhere! In fact, my Husband has been asked by the neighborhood kids if we have any kids that they can play with? We have a large park nearby, with walking paths, gardens and kids that play soccer or football. There are also several great schools nearby.
Our Extended Families
We have family and friends scattered all over the USA, India, Bangladesh, Guyana, UK, and close by in Florida. It is extremely important to us that we keep in touch with them - our friends are like family.
One of our favorite things to do is cook! We love to have friends and family over for dinners, games, and talking. Recently, we had two fun dinners - the first was a “1st Cousins Dinner,” where my Nick's first cousins and their kids came over to just talk, catch up, eat, laugh, and most importantly, connect. We have tons of aunts, uncles, and cousins that live nearby - some in walking distance, or just a car ride away.
The second dinner was all local friends, all diverse in cultures, that wanted to experience some Indian food, henna, good wine, and music. We love, appreciate, and draw strength from the diversity of friends and family we have in our lives. The best part is listening to stories, talking about ideas or travel, family, and work, etc. Quite simply, we also just love to have fun - that is the basic theme for ALL of our close family and friends.
Everyone is THRILLED about our adoption plan. We all cannot wait to welcome him/her into all of our lives, and to love them.
From Us to You
So, here we are - you and us, at one of the most pivotal moments in our lives, connected, and we haven’t even met yet. We don’t know if you believe in God, but we do believe that if you are the one reading this, that some force and power more intelligent than us and this universe, brought us to this point in decision, with direction and purpose. We choose to believe that.
First, thank you for being so brave, thoughtful, and kind enough to consider us as parents. This is probably one of the hardest decisions you have ever had to make. It was also one of the toughest for us as well. Originally, we had wanted what only you can now offer - a baby of our own. We had a lot of obstacles in the way - two very busy professional lives, stress-related health challenges, and numerous family circumstances that delayed us such as the death of my youngest brother. By the time we were physically and mentally ready to really pursue parenthood, we encountered a failed IVF. What has proven to be the beauty in this situation is the strength of our marriage. During the last 11 years of our marriage, we have become each others greatest friend in all circumstances, created beautiful memories with our friends/family, who have loved and supported us through these times, and secured a titanium-strength foundation as a couple in our marriage.
There comes a point where spirit, energy, and time meet and makes a decision for all of us, which is what led us to this moment - adopting a baby. It’s something we were always open to, but it wasn’t until this last year, that we understood and accepted that adoption is our path. Trust us, when we say this was not a spontaneous decision. We put very careful thought into every possibility of whether or not we were truly ready to commit to even being parents. As a couple, we discussed some very real questions - can we love a child that is biologically not our own? - absolutely. Why a newborn and not an older child? - because we want our child to attach to us and us to them, and we have always wanted the experience of raising and loving a newborn. Can we support a child mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially? - yes to all. Most importantly, are we willing to love them unconditionally for their entire lives? - yes, with all our heart and soul. These are only a drop in the ocean in terms of the number of questions we discussed together as a couple.
We respect the fact that there will always be a biological connection between you and our child. This will never go away, and even we cannot replace that. We respect that connection and are open to providing photos, letters, and visits.
We have a full, peaceful, and loving home and life. But what you, as the birth mom, are doing for us...honestly, no one else can. This is a rare and unique moment where you are helping us go from Husband and Wife, to an actual family. Thank you for that. And may you find peace and hope in any decision that you make.
Nick & Elora