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Nick & Vivi
Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We have thought long and hard about the decision to adopt and we must confess that we are nervous as we are sure you are too about the process ahead. Now that we have begun the progress, we are truly excited, and we pray that you will see in us a couple that is worthy to carry forward what you have started.
Our Cultural Heritage
We are both first generation African American. Vivi was born in the Country of Burkina Faso in West Africa. Both her parents are Burkinabe and they still live there, as do her siblings, but they do visit us from time to time. We vacation in Burkina Faso generally once a year, and will continue to do so with the child, and the child will be immersed in the culture.
Nick was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. Nick's mother was born in the nation of Zambia but of Congolese parents. Nick's father is half Congolese (mother side) and half Italian (father side), but was born and raised in the Congo by an Uncle who's name our family carries. Nick maintains close ties to the Congo and although we do not visit much, Nick stays in touch with his extended family that still lives there. Nick's immediate family, including his parents and siblings all reside in the US and will play a big part in raising the child.
We are multi-lingual families, and the child will be taught to speak French in addition to English so that he or she will be able to communicate with ease with his or her family members in Africa since french is the language commonly spoken in Burkina Faso and the Congo.
Our Life Priorities
Our life priority is to make the best of the opportunities that were handed to us by God and our parents and improve the condition of ourselves and those around us. We focus first of all, on each other and on our families, to make sure that all of us have a happy and fulfilled life. We typically enjoy lazy days at home, watching a movie, working on small projects around the house, grilling in the backyard, or going out for a nice meal. We also enjoy concerts, sporting events, and entertaining guests at home. Whenever we can afford a few days off, we try to travel and visit family. During the summers our home is typically full of nieces and nephews, or our parents who come visit. Individually, Nick enjoys kayaking on our community lake or an evening out with friends, and Vivi enjoys a day of shopping and time at our church. We try to do things together but also allow ourselves some individual leisure time.
We also get a lot of joy out of helping others in various ways to see them improve their condition. We spend a lot of time developing project and investment ideas. We try to do our part to help Africa advance by offering small scholarships to kids who need the help, and by creating jobs through various projects and investments that we've made there.
Of course there is a void in our lives in that we do not yet have a child and this adoption process will help us fill that void. Once the child is with us, the child will be our main priority. We are going to invest all the time and resources that we can to make sure that this child gets the best upbringing that we can give him or her.
How We Met
We attended the same junior high school. Nick was two years ahead, so although we knew each other from the ages of 15 and 13, we did not really talk much or have anything in common. A common friend jokingly suggested that we should be girlfriend and boyfriend, we both laughed at the time, but we did begin hanging out and fell in love in high school.
When Nick graduated high school and moved to the USA, our long distance relationship fell apart and we lost touch for four years and did not speak except for the occasional letter (yes, social media, and even cellphones did not exist yet!) Then one day Nick called Vivi on her birthday and what was meant to just be a quick call turned into an hour-long conversation followed by many more phone calls and visits, which rekindled the flame. We then made plans to get back together and a year later Vivi joined Nick in the U.S. to start a life together. That friend who suggested that we should date was Nick's best man at our wedding.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our house is very cozy and warm. It has two stories and a finished basement used for entertaining. The fire place in the living room stays lit most nights during winter, especially around Christmas. We have five bedrooms. The room that we have set aside as the future nursery has a wonderful view of the lake.
We live in a family friendly subdivision in a suburb, in one of the best school districts in the country. Our community always has family friendly activities happening; there are swim teams, sail clubs, golf clubs, gardening clubs, outdoor movie nights, pizza nights, so on and so forth. The highlights of the year are usually a concert on the lake in the fall, and the 4th of July fireworks which are launched over the lake. We usually bring lawn chairs to watch but the lake is typically filled with boats of people having fun and playing music. It is a sight to see!
Our immediate neighbors have three young daughters for whom they have built a very nice playground, and anytime our young nieces and nephews come to visit, they are also invited to play along.
Our subdivision has three swimming pools, numerous playgrounds, tennis courts, and of course a lake which is good for swimming, fishing and kayaking. It really is a dream community.
Our Extended Families
We are both blessed to come from two very close knit, large families. We genuinely love spending time with each other and we do it every chance we get. Unfortunately no one lives nearby so we are only able to visit with Nick's family 2 to 3 times a year and with Vivi's family generally once a year as most of them reside overseas. As a family tradition, every 3 years we take a family trip to a new destination. Most recently, we, and all of Nick's siblings and parents took a trip to Italy to explore their Italian roots in a small village in Italy.
Our family is very supportive of our adoption plan. Both sets of grandparents have already offered to come stay with us to help us navigate the first few weeks with the child. Undoubtedly the child will be spoiled by the grandparents, 9 aunts and uncles, 20 cousins and dozens of other extended family members who will all be involved in raising this child.
From Us to You
Hello and thanks for reading about us.
If you are reading this and are considering placing your child with an adoptive family, we can only imagine the stress that you are under and how nervous you must be about the ongoing process. This can't be easy on you. We understand that this process is not about us, it is about placing a child in the best circumstances possible so that he or she can enjoy opportunities in life. We believe that by considering adoption you are putting the child's interests first, and that is already something that we have in common: we intend to always put the child first, too. We realize that you may have a desire to stay engaged in the child's life after the adoption takes place, and we respect that. Know that we will forever be bound together as an extended family, and you will receive information through pictures, texts, phone calls and letters on how the child is progressing through life. We can meet occasionally if you so desire.
We are Nick and Vivi. We have been happily married for 16 years. We have known each other since junior high school and consider ourselves to be best friends and soulmates. We are blessed to be surrounded by a loving family. All four of our parents are alive and well and looking forward to having yet another grandchild. As a matter of fact, both grandmothers have already volunteered to come stay with us for weeks following the arrival of the child to help us through the transition to parenthood. Our siblings are also very supportive of the process and are constantly inquiring on how the process is progressing. Rest assured that the child will be surrounded with warmth and love. Vivi has three living siblings and Nick has four, and between us we have over 20 nieces and nephews that we consider as our own children. We are also godparents to five children and mentor many more. Needless to say, our family gatherings are always exciting and fun filled.
Nick is a project manager with an engineering company. He manages engineering and construction projects for electric powerlines throughout the United States and Canada. Vivi is a registered nurse who works in the Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital. Education is extremely important to us, it is one of the greatest gifts that our parents have given us, and it has opened doors to opportunities and allowed us to enjoy a somewhat comfortable life. We intend to instill that same focus on education in our child. Whenever we are not busy at work, we enjoy spending lazy days at home, watching movies, going to shows or sporting events, but most of all we enjoy spending time with friends and family.
We have dreamed of being parents for as long as both of us can remember. Unfortunately we have endured multiple miscarriages, and even several failed attempts at in-vitro conception. In between every failed attempt at building our family we took long breaks because of the emotional toll that each failure took on us, and it has now been 16 years of waiting for that child to come into our lives. Over the last year and a half we have prayed long and hard about adoption, spoken to our family and close friends about it and we are now absolutely sure that adoption is what God has in store for us. We can see it so clearly. We are anxious but excited about the future and we hope that you will help us make our family whole.
Nick & Vivi
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