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Richard & Margarita
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us by viewing our profile. We admire you in your selfless consideration of adoption. We completely understand that it is a tremendous decision and does not come without many concerns. We hope that our profile answers some questions you may have about us as potential adoptive parents.
Adoption in Our Lives
Our daughter Victoria came to us through adoption. We got the placement call in May of 2019 and we have never felt so lucky. We hopped on a plane the next morning and that evening we laid eyes on our daughter. It was then we understood the meaning of love at first sight. From start to finish, we have never felt God's hand so strongly as we did through our first adoption. The amount of gratitude we have for being selected to be her parents is immeasurable.
What we have enjoyed the most about parenting is all the special moments and watching our little one grow in size and personality! We make sure to stay present and soak in all the snuggles and giggles while we can. Struggling with infertility made parenting even sweeter. We understand how very blessed we were to have been chosen to parent her. We relish every memory we get to make with her.
We are very blessed to have open contact with Tori's birth mother as we get to include her in all of the family's special moments. We understand that every adoption experience is different. If you are willing and comfortable, we hope to develop a healthy, friendly relationship and keep in contact post-placement. We would love for the child to grow up knowing who their birth mother is and where they come from. If you would find this too difficult, we understand and respect that as well.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Margarita About Richard: I love seeing Richard in the father role. He's so dedicated and involved. He loves Tori so much and will do anything to make her smile! His sense of humor makes me laugh every day. Whether it's his killer dance moves, or he's hitting every high note to a Whitney Houston song, he's always making us giggle. He's so dedicated and such a loving husband. He works really hard and it shows in his growing success. He's "Mr. Make-it-happen," doing all the research and planning to create the beautiful memories we have on our vacations. He's been my rock through the some of the hardest parts of my life, each day reminding me he loves me more than he loved me the day before.
Richard About Margarita: I love Margarita's selfless nature. The sacrifices she makes to care for others comes so naturally to her and is obvious in motherhood. I love her strength, determination and commitment to everything she does. Whether it is painting, playing a video game or most importantly being the best mother to Victoria, she does it with pure passion and authentic love. I also love her positivity, open-mind, and worldly ways. She has taught me so much about culture, food, exploration, and emotions; things of which I probably would have never experienced without her. I love the way she motivates me not only to be the best husband and person I can be, but also inspiring me to be the best father to Victoria.
As a multiracial couple from very different backgrounds, we have learned a lot about each other's culture and have gained a greater appreciation for those differences. As avid travelers, we have been witness to the different perspectives and traditions of other cultures and it's one of the reasons we love to travel so much. We plan to ensure the child grows up with plenty of exposure to the all the beautiful characteristics that diversity brings.
While we embrace those differences, we are aware that unfortunately, there are those who do not. When the time is right, we are prepared to have those sensitive conversations and plan on instilling in our child a strong sense of self-worth and pride in where they come from. We believe that showing our child the beauty in diversity will be important in creating an unwavering self-confidence in him/her.
Our House and Neighborhood
The house we live in is a lovely four bedroom, two-bath home in an up and coming suburb very close to the beaches in Florida. We have owned our home for almost five years and it is very special to use as we renovated the whole house after purchasing. We are lucky enough to live a few minutes' drive to some of the most beautiful beaches in the nation!
Our city has a budding art scene with museums, shops, and even murals on business buildings. The downtown area is constantly growing with fun, local business shops and artisan restaurants. There is a farmer's market every Saturday that we love to shop at for fresh produce and to support our community.
Our neighborhood is great for families as its central to a few schools, the mall, and several parks that are walking distance. We love being so close to the parks and pool as they are the perfect place to enjoy the sunny outdoors.
We are also an easy drive away from Orlando's various attractions like Disney, Universal Studios, and Adventure Island! We're planning Tori's first trip to Disney for this winter and we couldn't be more excited! It's the perfect home and neighborhood to raise a child.
Our Extended Families
We both are very close to our families although not all of them live near us. Rich's whole family lives less than 15 minutes away. His brother Brad is the handyman of the family and can play any song on the piano after listening to it. His two sisters, Angie and Brandy, are always jumping at the opportunity to babysit our daughter, Victoria, if we want to go on date night. Victoria has 6 cousins that she loves to play with. Rich's parents are both retired and love spending time with all their grandkids.
Margarita's family lives in Chicago, where she is originally from. We make an effort to spend as much time as possible together despite the distance. Morris, the older brother, just planned a family trip to France and Spain. Unfortunately it was cancelled due to the pandemic but another trip will be planned in no time as we love to travel as a family! Carlos, the younger brother, is the karaoke king and dancing queen. Margarita's mom is retired and is always busy always cooking or baking something. She has a home in the Philippines but has been visiting much more often since we were blessed with our daughter Victoria.
Victoria is our first child through adoption. She has been our biggest blessing and our families absolutely adore her! They have been extremely supportive on our journey through adoption and can't wait for another child to become a part of our family!
From Us to You
We understand what a rollercoaster of emotions you are going through. We admire your strength and courage in considering adoption. While it will most certainly be the greatest gift to welcome another baby to our family, we know that's not what is on your mind. Your focus in considering adoption is gifting the child a home and family that can provide the life that you believe the child deserves. We are grateful for the time you have spent considering us, getting to know us, and while we don't know you yet, should you decide to pick us, we would like to get to know you. We are open to contact through phone or email, before and after placement it it's something you are comfortable with.
Adoption comes with a lot of questions for both sides. We hope that in developing a healthy, supportive relationship, we can get through this process with honesty and transparency together. Besides sending updates through letters and photos, we would also like to send regular texts and pictures if that is something you are open to. We promise to dedicate our lives to the child, to put their needs before ours, and to make their happiness our priority. We have a life full of love, laughter, and adventures and we can't wait to bring another child into our family.
We're so excited to proudly introduce the child to our family, to beam with pride as he/she meets everyone. To see Tori's reaction to her new sibling and witness the lifelong bond they will have. We can't wait for that first trip to Disney World, to see the child's face light up with wonder at all the sights and magic that come with that first visit. To see their smile and hear their laughter as they interact with their favorite Disney character. We can't wait for the child to be playing with their big sister Tori and to hear their giggles over some mischief they are getting into. We're looking forward to helping them excel in school, putting in the extra time to make sure they are succeeding and getting what they need from their teachers. We're anticipating their first trip to soak in the gorgeous views on the first of many hikes all over our great country.
We believe adoption is one of the greatest, most selfless acts of love a mother could choose. We will forever honor that huge act of sacrifice and love by giving the life his/her birth mother dreamed they would have. As we pray for a baby, we also pray for their birth mother to be supported and well taken care of. We are not pursuing pregnancy or any other way for a biological child so the adopted baby would never have the wonder of if they're loved "as much" as the biological children in the family. This will be our second child through adoption and we will shower him/her with love and affection so that their adopted status never makes him/her feel like he/she was a second choice. While we are overjoyed with how adoption made us parents, we understand that our child/children may have mixed emotions about how our family came to be. We will do all we can to show them what a beautiful path to becoming a family it was and is. While we as parents will be an open door for them to confide in about anything they would like to talk about, we know from experience that sometimes you just want to talk to your brother/sister. We feel like having siblings through adoption is a great way for them to have someone who really understands their emotions about adoption as they grow up.
We've been together for nine years and married for four. Although we previously considered other options, we are committed to the adoption process and believe that this was God's plan for us. We have faith that He will bless us with a baby and we hope that he blesses the birth mother with peace in her heart when she makes her decision.
Richard & Margarita
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