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Vini & Joy
To be parents is to be given the greatest gift one can receive. Our desire to adopt has been in our hearts since we met. Our lives are weaved together by love and laughter. It is this love that we want to share with a child. We look forward to meeting you and are praying that God will give you the wisdom to make the best decision for you and your child.
What It Means to Become Parents
To become parents would mean that the purpose and desire that was placed by God in our hearts would be fulfilled by giving us the gift of nurturing and embracing a child. It is not of importance to us if this child shares our genes. Joy has been told many times in personal and professional roles, that she was put on earth to become a mother. That desire has been a part of Joy's existence since her childhood. Since, childhood she has surrounded herself with ways to engage her maternal instinct. Joy's whole life has been caring for children and continues to be as a licensed clinical social worker. We long for every aspect of being parents. The special events of Christmas morning, birthdays, trick-or-treating, but also the everyday things such as bedtime stories, Saturday morning snuggles and chasing a laughing toddler after bath time. We even long for the hard times of sleepless nights, diaper changes, nights up with a sick child, worrying for teenagers to come home at curfew and kissing a million boo boos. Children require unconditional love to thrive and we want to give a child this unconditional love not only by us, but by all our family members who desire us to adopt as much as we do.
We are grateful that we have flexible work schedules that allow us to have leisure time during the evenings and weekends. A leisure time activity that is a must every evening for us is having dinner together as a couple. This is a tradition we want to instill for our children.
When relaxing at home we love to watch the playful antics of the pets (we have three cats and a dog), listen to music, cook on the deck, or read to each other on the back patio. Vini loves playing guitar and woodworking. Joy loves scrapbooking, gardening and photography.
Our weekends are mostly spent either spending time with family/friends, attending mass, going to a cultural or community event (like the museum or opera) or traveling to nearby mountains. We try our best to spend time with Vini's family once a month. This is commonly done by having a Guatemalan version of a "barbecue" while enjoying each other’s company. We also enjoy weekly family dinners with Joy's family.
When we need to "get away" we most commonly will be found on some remote mountain trail either with a tent or by a nearby cabin enjoying the solitude of the mountains and each other's company (as well as Jackson's company). Another common place we will be found to "get away" is Joy's parents lake home about 1.5 hours from our home. Joy has many wonderful childhood memories at the lake and Jackson loves chasing the ducks. Vini enjoys paddleboarding and Joy enjoys water skiing during the warmer months.
Being an American and Guatemalan family, we welcome and embrace cultural diversity. The D.C. area is a melting pot for different cultures and ethnicities. Our own cul-de-sac is a blend of immigrant families from different countries. We have countless opportunities to attend some of the best cultural events and festivals in the United States. During February, Black History month is celebrated throughout the D.C. region with theatre, dance, music, visual arts, and the spoken word. There are a variety of cultural events commemorating, honoring and focusing on the history and contributions that Black Americans have made to the United States. Washington, D.C. is also booming with free museums and festivals that embrace history, cultural heritage and diversity. These nationally recognized museums also provide a variety of programming for children to widen their horizons through education. Education is a very important value we want to instill in our child, as is learning to accept and embrace different cultures and ethnicities.
Our House and Neighborhood
We enjoy living in a townhome, on a quiet cul-de-sac, in a suburb of Virginia near Washington, D.C.
A frequent scene from our living room window is children riding their bikes, building snowmen or having water gun fights.
We love living within walking distance of restaurants, parks and our home parish. We have one of the top public school districts in the nation. We especially enjoy the local parks, where we walk our dog, Jackson, or go on bike rides. Behind our home is a stream that runs along a nature trail. Jackson loves exploring the woods and drinking from the stream on hot summer days.
In our home, our favorite places to be are in the living room listening to music or reading to each other. We also love spending time eating dinner on our deck or roasting marshmallows in the fire pit on the back patio.
We love the "small town" feel of where we live. There are a variety of events that occur in the "downtown" area. In summer, we love packing a picnic to listen to live music on Friday evenings. We love setting up our lawn chairs in front of our church on the fourth of July for fireworks and watching children have their faces' painted. Our favorite community tradition is the carnival in June including games, rides and food for the community to enjoy. We especially love the funnel cakes and the caricatures drawings.
Our Extended Families
We are both extremely fortunate to have Joy's parents, Vini's mother (his father is deceased) and our siblings in our lives. They all live nearby and we see each other often.
We relish having weekly family dinners with Joy's parents and older brother. In the fall we cheer for our local football team with Joy's father, who is an avid football fan. In the summertime,we love to spend time at Joy's parents' lake home, where Joy has many pleasant childhood memories.
Vini is the youngest of five children. He was born and raised in Guatemala and moved to the United States with his family when he was 12 years old. Among his four siblings, Vini has two nieces and three nephews. We enjoy spending time engaging with them in their hobbies and interests. We frequently get together to enjoy time as a family, which can be a large event with thirteen people involved.
We are both very blessed to have been born into supportive families that have helped us pursue our passions and dreams. Our childhoods were peaceful times full of laughter and love. It was our parents who instilled in us the values that we want to instill in the children we hope to adopt.
From Us to You
We know it may be overwhelming to read so many profiles of individuals who all would make wonderful parent(s) to your child. We do not want to try and guess how you may be feeling at this point in time. We hope that our profile has shown you a glimpse of us as individuals, as a couple and our shared values. We want to take this last chance to paint a picture for you of what type of home your child would be raised in and make you aware of what you can be assured of by us, if we are chosen to adopt your child.
It took years of arduous searching for us to find each other, but our search was greatly rewarded. We meet in 2016 and were married in 2017. We bonded over our shared values and love of the Catholic faith. We are grateful for the gift we have found in each other and the life we have started to create together. Our life is one of trust, loyalty, and encouragement. According to Vini, Joy has a heart of gold. Her personality is very bubbly and she exudes with happiness and well, JOY. She will be a wonderful mother to any child. Vini states, "Joy just bursts with love, and anyone lucky enough to experience it is truly blessed and lucky." According to Joy, Vini is a very loyal, wise and affectionate man. He had positive values instilled in him as a child which he hopes to bestow upon his own child. Vini is very responsible, honest and has high integrity. He will be a great father. These are some of the main reasons of why Joy chose to marry him.
We are open to whatever comfort level you have in terms of ongoing communication. This could include emails, letters, photos, phone calls and yearly visits. Our intent is to be very open and honest with our child about their adoption story and your courageous decision in that journey. If you are comfortable, we want to create an "adoption book" to include their birth story, pictures of you, your family, the city where your child will be born and anything else you want to us to share with your child. We will explain the story of their adoption to them at an age-appropriate level as he or she grows and develops.
When we think about the character traits that a woman must have to consider adoption, the words strength and bravery are what come to mind. We can imagine that you may be scared and nervous about the unknown during this process. However, let us assure you that if you choose us as adoptive parents, we will be fully dedicated to supporting cherishing, loving, educating, and guiding your baby to become the individual that God means for him or her to be in this world. Your child would be surrounded by love, not only by us, but also by his or her aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents who live close by and are as excited for us to adopt as we are.
We greatly admire the selfless decision you are considering by placing your child with another loving family to raise and care for. We would be eternally grateful for considering us for this gift. We would make sure that your child is aware of the courageous woman you are and selfless decision you made. Having a family has been something that we have been dreaming about since the beginning of our relationship and even before we met. We would be honored to have a baby become part of our family and would be appreciative for allowing us to realize our dream.
Vini & Joy
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