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Manny & Brian

We are so excited to become parents! Thank you for considering adoption, because without people like you we would have little hope. We understand an integral part of adoption is finding the right family for your child, and we hope our profile begins to give you an idea of who we are and the life full of love and happiness we can provide for your child.

About Us

Manny
Brian
Job
Revenue Cycle Analyst
Teacher
Education
Bachelor's Degree in Biology
Bachelor's Degree in History
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

What it Means to Be Parents

Winter Sunsets Are so Peaceful

Being parents means doing everything within our power to raise a happy child into a capable adult. Naturally, we’re excited about laughing and playing and doing all of the fun things involved in raising a child. But those fun times all aim toward a larger goal of this child growing into a person who is independent, adaptable, and resilient.

All Smiles!

As a means to an end, we expect to really enjoy encouraging our child to play outside. The natural world has so many lessons to teach a curious kid they likely won’t learn in school.

We look forward to exploring the outdoors with our child, and we look forward to watching them gain the courage and confidence to explore it on their own, first in the backyard, and then beyond as they learn to be more independent of their parents.

Our Life Priorities

Simple Joys

Brian has known he wanted to be a teacher since he was in 7th grade, and has been teaching in the classroom for nearly a decade. Manny is a first-generation college graduate. So it’s only natural that education is something we have both identified as being a high priority in our family. We have both personally benefited from high-quality public education, and we know that a good education opens doors for a child. We want to encourage our child to take every advantage of their education.

We also both really value health and fitness in our lives. We had a transformative year when living in North Carolina in which we gave up some vices and made a conscious effort to be more active, both in and out of a gym. We’re still committed to general activity, and we’ve also worked hard to improve our nutrition.

Of course, we still allow ourselves plenty of the foods that bring us joy, like pizza, ice cream, and potato chips, but we do our best to balance those out with more nutritious foods that allow us to feel healthy and perform better in the activities we enjoy.

Our Leisure Time

A Beautiful Day in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Generally, we just enjoy being active. In the city we like road biking, walking our dog, and skiing. But living in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we particularly enjoy being on the water during the warmer months. We like meeting our family on the lakes up north and spending time together swimming, boating, tubing and waterskiing. We enjoy taking a blanket and picnic to our neighborhood lake, where we’d usually relax with a game or a book, or occasionally rent a canoe or paddle board to get out on the water.

One of our biggest shared passions is performing arts. We’ve taken a few trips to New York City to see new shows, and this year we achieved a relationship-long goal of finally becoming season ticket holders to our city’s touring Broadway lineup. We’ve loved celebrating these special date nights together.

However, while an occasional night of Broadway is very special to us, we’re equally excited to raise this child to appreciate our more regular forms of entertainment such as cooking meals together, playing games with friends, and enjoying backyard campfires.

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A Walk to the Park with Our Nieces and Nephews
A Walk to the Park with Our Nieces and Nephews
Getting Started Young on the Slackline!
Getting Started Young on the Slackline!
It Lived Up to the Hype!
It Lived Up to the Hype!
Outside and in His Element
Outside and in His Element
Snuggled Up with Lola and a Book
Snuggled Up with Lola and a Book
Preparing the Thanksgiving Feast
Preparing the Thanksgiving Feast
A Special Night on the Town with Mom!
A Special Night on the Town with Mom!
Jenga!
Jenga!
Story Time!
Story Time!
Feeling Relaxed in Uncle Manny's Arms
Feeling Relaxed in Uncle Manny's Arms
Smiling Through Rainy Day Backpacking
Smiling Through Rainy Day Backpacking
Having Fun Downtown
Having Fun Downtown
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A Walk to the Park with Our Nieces and Nephews
A Walk to the Park with Our Nieces and Nephews
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Getting Started Young on the Slackline!
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It Lived Up to the Hype!
It Lived Up to the Hype!
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Outside and in His Element
Outside and in His Element
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Snuggled Up with Lola and a Book
Snuggled Up with Lola and a Book
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Preparing the Thanksgiving Feast
Preparing the Thanksgiving Feast
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A Special Night on the Town with Mom!
A Special Night on the Town with Mom!
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Jenga!
Jenga!
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Story Time!
Story Time!
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Feeling Relaxed in Uncle Manny's Arms
Feeling Relaxed in Uncle Manny's Arms
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Smiling Through Rainy Day Backpacking
Smiling Through Rainy Day Backpacking
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Having Fun Downtown
Having Fun Downtown

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a charming three-bedroom home. The cozy upstairs living space has become our favorite room in the house to wind down with our dog and a bowl of popcorn at the end of the day. We try to cook together in the kitchen each night, but prefer to grill outside as soon as the snow melts each spring.

We have a fenced backyard where our dog, Lola, loves spending her summer afternoons basking in the sun, and where we love relaxing on the patio or around the fire. In the mornings, however, we prefer to sit in the front yard with our coffee to greet the early sun and dog walkers.

Though urban, our neighborhood is a residential gem. The streets are tree-lined and spacious, and they lead to all our favorite outdoor spaces. The big city park a few blocks from our home attracts wedding parties and family photographers taking advantage of its scenic landscape. It has a seasonal restaurant with live music throughout the warmer months, and the short hike from the waterfall to the banks of the Mississippi River is our go-to nature fix when we don’t want to leave the city.

Additionally, a small neighborhood park nearby has excellent playground facilities and a wading pool, and the neighborhood lake boasts two public swimming beaches, playgrounds, walking paths, and playing fields. We love taking Lola for daily walks around our neighborhood, and we’re eager to start sharing the walks and the neighborhood with our child.

Our Extended Families

Family Gathering at the Lake House

Our families are very important to us. In fact, the largest driving factor for moving home to the Midwest from North Carolina is that we wanted to be a part of our nieces' and nephews' lives, and we wanted them to be a part of our child’s.

While each side of our family is equally important to us, our time spent with them looks very different. Time spent with Brian’s family tends to revolve around activities.

Family Hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains

For example, over the past holiday season the family spent a weekend at Brian’s brother’s house, during which we exchanged gifts, watched a movie, spent an evening downhill skiing and an afternoon at an indoor waterpark.

Time with Manny’s family usually revolves around his mom’s elaborate and delicious home-cooked feasts. Whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, a birthday or a Tuesday, if we’re together, she is sure to go all out on a meal spent with her grandbabies. We’ll help in the kitchen if she’ll let us, but usually that’s time we get to spend just enjoying the company of his brother’s family.

From Us to You

We appreciate you taking the time to learn more about us. While we can’t begin to understand the magnitude of the decisions that lie ahead of you, we’d like to begin by simply and sincerely thanking you for considering adoption as an option. We also thank you for considering us as potential parents to your child.

When we met and started dating in 2010, Brian was teaching in a high school near Manny’s Wisconsin hometown. We moved away to take a six year adventure living in and exploring the mountains of North Carolina, where we married in 2015.

We considered starting a family there, but we knew we wanted our child to feel closer with their grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins, so we prioritized moving home to the Midwest where establishing these connections would be much easier. Now that we’re settled in Minnesota, we are so excited to add a child to our home and our extended family gatherings.

Over the past nine years together, our hearts have filled with love and our souls with laughter at the delight of our beautiful nieces and nephews. Our joy when spending time with them is what kick-started our journey into adoption. Their infectious smiles melt our hearts, and we’re ready to have our hearts melt from the love shared with a child of our own. We’ve been playing the role of uncles our entire relationship. We’re ready and excited to start playing the role of dads.

When we imagine life as dads, we picture taking our child on adventures and introducing them to all the wonderful things that bring joy to our lives. We picture bike rides and road trips, museums and water parks, board games and bedtime stories, family walks and family dinners. We’re thankful and happy with the modest yet comfortable life we’ve worked hard to have, and we’d be overjoyed to share it with you and your child.

While we enjoy our fair share of relaxation and downtime around the house, we find our greatest joy from being active, especially outside. Brian has a long history of both working and playing outdoors, and since we met, Manny has jumped in with both feet. From our home we can easily walk to parks and natural areas. And we regularly take advantage of the amazing system of bike paths around our city, which are also quickly accessed from our neighborhood. We like cross country skiing to get our outdoor fix in the winter, and in the summer we like escaping the city by going north to the lakes for swimming, canoeing, and camping. We’re so excited to capture these childhood moments on camera, and we look forward to sharing those pictures with you as the child grows.

We understand that nothing will fully prepare us to share a perfect relationship with you. However, we are fully committed to nurturing that relationship to the benefit of us all. It’s important to us that you feel a part of our shared child’s life, and that the child knows you are a loving part of theirs.

We will regularly send letters and photos to keep you connected with your child, and we are open to more frequent email exchanges and phone calls if that is something that can provide you comfort and peace of mind in the face of difficult decisions. It’s important to us that the child’s adoption story is never a mystery to them. As a history teacher, Brian knows how important it is to have a connection to one’s past, and we could never imagine denying that to a child.

Regardless of your decision, we wish you and your child all our best, and again, we thank you for considering us to be part of your extended family.

Much love,

Manny & Brian

Favorites

Manny
Brian
Actor
Tom Hanks
Edward Norton
Actress
Meryl Streep
Anne Hathaway
Animal
Zebra
Hippopotamus
Author
Christopher Rice
Michael Pollan
Book
Euripides Ten Plays
The Story of B
Candy Bar
Kit-Kat
Snickers
Cartoon
Animaniacs
Simpsons
Childhood Memory
Staying overnight at grandparents' house with cousins
Family camping trips
Childhood Toy
Skip-It
Wooden toy
Children's Book
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
The Giving Tree
City
New York City
Asheville, NC
Classic Movie
Misery
A Few Good Men
Color
Blue
Green
Day of Week
Friday
Thursday
Dessert
Apple pie
Ice cream
Disney Movie
The Mighty Ducks
Homeward Bound
Dream Car
Tesla
Honda Element
Dream Job
Broadway actor
National Geographic photographer
Dream Vacation
Male, Maldives
New Zealand
Family Activity
Camping
Evening dog walks
Flower / Plant
Azaleas
Magnolia
Food
Jambalaya
Pizza
Form of Exercise
Weightlifting
Crossfit
Fruit
Grapes
Passionfruit
Game
Monopoly Deal
Trivial Pursuit
Hobby
Puzzles
Cycling
Holiday
Christmas
Thanksgiving
Holiday Song
Underneath the Tree
All I Want for Christmas
Holiday Tradition
Making ebelskiver
Making ebelskivers
Ice Cream
Strawberry Cheesecake
Cookies and cream
Junk Food
Potato chips
Cool Ranch Doritos
Leisure Activity
Watching television
Reading
Magazine
HGTV
Outside
Memory with a Child
Babysitting nephew
One of my students telling me she read her first book ever
Memory with Spouse
ATVing around the island of Aruba
Bike riding home during a torrential downpour then putting on sweatpants and spending our evening at a coffee shop
Movie
Connie and Carla
V for Vendetta
Movie Munchie
Raisinets
Popcorn
Movie Quote
"As far as I'm concerned, a swimsuit body is a body with a swimsuit on it." -Dumplin
"Just keep swimming" -Finding Nemo
Movie Type
Drama
Pixar
Musical
Dreamgirls
Come From Away
Musical Group
Destiny's Child
Steep Canyon Rangers
Olympic Event
Track and field
Gymnastics
Personal Hero
Ellen DeGeneres
Play
A Raisin in the Sun
The Humans
Poet
Maya Angelou
Shel Silverstein
Quality about my Spouse
His integrity
His contagious laugh
Quote
"There's a little bit of truth to everything said in jest"
"Anything worth doing is worth doing well"
Restaurant
Parlour-Mlps
Himalayan Restaurant
Sandwich
Chicken Pesto
BLT
Shopping Store
Express
REI
Song
A Song for Mama-Boyz II Men
Rise Up-Andra Day
Sport to Play
Volleyball
Ultimate frisbee
Sport to Watch
Tennis
Sports Star
Serena Williams
Sports Team
Wisconsin Badgers
Wisconsin Badgers
Subject in School
Math
Social Studies
Superhero
He-Man
Wolverine
Thing to Cook
Potatoes
Ebelskiver
Time of Day
Sunset
Sunrise
Tradition
Christmas decorating with cookes, eggnog, and meatballs
Cooking ebelskivers on "Little Christmas Eve"
TV Show
Will and Grace
Simpsons
TV Show Character
Karen Walker-Will and Grace
Groundskeeper Willy
Type of Music
Soul
Bluegrass
Vacation Spot
Mexico
Aruba
Video Game
Crash Bandicoot

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