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Mario & Stacy
Individually we have always known we wanted to be parents, and together we know we can provide an amazing life for a child. We could not be more excited to be on this journey and to have our dreams of parenthood become a reality. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to view our profile and for considering us to be your child's parents.
What It Means to Become Parents
For us, it would mean so much to be parents. We participate in many activities and events with friends, family and their children. Being involved in their lives has given us a decent understanding of the responsibility, challenges, memories made and most importantly, the unconditional love parenting brings. Becoming parents would mean we would have the opportunity to teach our child what we have learned and share our life experiences. At the same time, we also believe our child will teach us so many things, and we will create new experiences together. We also feel that we can guide the child by exposing him/her to our culturally diverse group of friends and family. We believe the comfort we can provide the child, along with all the adventures we take, and memories that we build together as a family are what will bring us the most joy in being parents.
Our Leisure Time
We are very active and social people. We love exploring, experiencing new things, and taking advantage of all that life has to offer. In our spare time, we often venture out to try new restaurants, pack a picnic and head down to the local waterfront park, meet up with friends, take a stroll through the farmers market, walk our dog to the ice cream shop, or go to a movie. Often times, the weather and/or season helps us decide what new adventure we are going to get into.
We also love to travel. Every year we take at least one big trip. We have gone to places like London, Ireland, Croatia, Italy, Costa Rica, and Aruba. We have even been to Puerto Rico to explore some of Mario's heritage. We also often take quick getaways to places such as New England, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. Boston and California. The most important part to us is that we are together, make the best of every moment, connect with friends and family, as well as meet new friends.
In addition, together we volunteer once a week at the local hospital. We spend every Wednesday night serving dinner to oncology patients and their caregivers, which is just as rewarding to us as it is to them.
How We Met
Our lives seemed destined to collide from the beginning. The two of us grew up just a few blocks from each other, hung out sparingly as kids, and had many mutual friends. In addition, our mothers also grew up close together, and knew each other as teens and young adults.
After high school, Mario moved out of the neighborhood. Then about 17 years later, while out with friends, we ran into each other. We talked for the rest of the night, reminiscing about old times, until our friends had to separate us. Of course, Mario asked for Stacy's number in hopes to continue catching up and asking her out on a date. A few days later, Mario called Stacy and we continued from where we left off. We talked for hours on the phone and in person, until the late hours. The rest is history — a few years later we were married and officially started our journey as husband and wife!
Our House and Neighborhood
We still live in the same neighborhood that we grew up in as children. We often walk our dog, Vida, through the neighborhood and past our childhood homes. Much like when we were growing up, you see children playing ball, riding bikes and walking to the local snowball stand. We also frequently walk to neighborhood restaurants for brunch or dinner. There is a real sense of community here.
We are on the board of the neighborhood association, and we're very involved in the community. We help to put on events that support our local businesses, local clean-up events, and we personally started our annual block party about five years ago. Each year we bring all of our neighbors together for fun games, good food, great company, and even hold a fundraiser for local charities.
There is always something for families to do, such as outdoor concerts and movies on the water, pumpkin patches, seafood festivals, carnivals, and Christmas Tree lighting events. Santa even comes through the neighborhood on a fire truck! Our neighborhood is very popular on Halloween, with a couple hundred children coming through for trick or treating. We are also known to have "Stoop Nights" where neighbors join together on their front steps (stoops) for children and pets to play, get to know each other, and share their favorite dishes.
For all these reasons, we choose to remain in our neighborhood, and hopefully raise our future child here.
Our Extended Families
We are so fortunate that our immediate and some extended family live close by, and play a huge role in our lives.
We live very active lives. Stacy enjoys yoga, while Mario plays football. Together we enjoy taking our dog, Vida, for nightly walks along the waterfront, kayaking, as well as outdoor movies and concerts. We take advantage of family being so close. Our moms, brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews often join us for these activities.
We are incredibly grateful that our lives are so full. The one thing we, together with our family, can hope for, is a child to join us in these adventures and experiences!
From Us to You
First, allow us to take a moment to thank you, in advance, for considering us as potential parents of your child. We're sure it has been quite the journey that brought us all here, and we would welcome the opportunity to share ours.
Individually, we have had many things happen along the way, which convinced us that everything happens for a reason. Together, life has continued to show us that this holds true. While we grew up in the same neighborhood, we believe fate brought us together again after not seeing each other for almost 20 years. During an evening out with friends, we unexpectedly ran into each other. We began dating and a few years later, we were married. As of today, we have been married for over 6 years and together for 11 years.
We both have always wanted children and spoke often of also adopting. We started pursuing our dream of becoming parents shortly after being married. After a couple years of trying on our own, and two miscarriages, we went to see a fertility specialist. We were assured this is common and would most likely just need a little help. We began the IVF process and month after month, we were told, "Let's try one more cycle." Hearing the doctors hadn't given up on us kept us motivated and hopeful that each month that past would be the month it would happen for us. However, after 11 cycles of unsuccessful IVF, we finally had to come to terms that we were not going to get pregnant and have a child.
Fortunately, we have the best support in each other. And while we took time to grieve, we quickly reminded one another that our dream of becoming parents is not over, as we have always wanted to adopt. We believe we are destined to become a mom and dad to a beautiful baby boy or girl. There is not a moment that passes that we don't think about the impact we could make on a child's life and the impact a child will have on ours. Daily, we take our dog for a walk through the neighborhood, stopping along the way to chat with neighbors, play with their children, and pet their dogs, and we say, "One day soon, we will be making play dates with those same neighbors." Throughout our travels, we laugh about how Mario will have the baby in one of those front carriers, carrying the baby close to his chest while Stacy takes a million photos of the three of us. Our friends and family's children always surround us whether it be a birthday party, holidays, games or cookouts. Needless to say, these are just some of the moments that bring us joy and look forward to sharing them with our child.
We can only imagine what you are going through, and cannot begin to tell you how much we admire your strength. Considering adoption must be incredibly difficult. Putting your baby's needs in front of your own and ensuring he/she is given the best life possible, is admirable to say the least.
Please understand, should you choose us, your child will be loved beyond words. We will shape the foundation for them to build upon, help he/she follow their dreams, and become whatever they desire to be. We will provide endless support in wherever life takes them. We can only dream of being there every step of the way, and providing you with photos and letters to follow along in their journey as well. We are open to keeping in contact through email and phone calls if you should so desire and we will always make sure your child knows how much you love them and what an amazing gift you provided to us.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us a little better and for that we are already grateful. We ask that you trust in the love we will have, and the ability to provide an amazing life for your child, and choose us to be their mom and dad.
Forever grateful for fulfilling our dreams,
Mario & Stacy
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