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John & Greta
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at our profile and consider us as parents for your child. We have wanted to have children for as long as we can remember, and are ready to provide a loving, supportive and joyful home to a child. We know that you have a difficult decision ahead of you and wish you peace and strength in making it.
Our Family Dream
When we dream about our family in the future, we imagine so many things. We hope to read and sing to this child every day in early childhood. We plan on family bike rides, picnics by the river, trips to museums and plays, summer nights catching fireflies at dusk and winter nights bundled up under blankets watching movies in the dark. We plan on supporting our child's interests through lessons, camps and good mentors and teachers, and also by simply being there to cheer the child on and listen to their thoughts. We see lots of family dinners, and getting spoiled by the grandparents, and friends coming over for play dates. We hope to share our interests, but we are also so looking forward to learning from this child, and discovering what their unique passions, ideas and opinions are. We hope to give this child a strong sense of wonder and awe at all of the beauty this world holds. We look forward to traveling together and exploring the country and the world outside our borders. We will talk about fairness, compassion and right and wrong and help guide him or her through difficult or scary situations. We hope to instill pride and self-confidence, and a sense of responsibility and caring toward other people. Our biggest hope is that this child will look back on childhood and feel secure and loved, and will have a store of happy memories to draw on throughout life.
Our Life Priorities
Our first priority in life is our family. We love spending time together and work to create a home that feels like a haven from the outside world. We also value our extended families and friends and are always ready to lend a hand when needed, or get together for a fun evening of hanging out. We value creativity and like to make our own fun. We have art and craft supplies, electronics kits, musical instruments, gardening tools and a pantry full of baking supplies ready to go. We value learning and education. We have a home full of books and like to read about all sorts of things from fiction to history to art. We've spent time reading about how kids learn, and the best ways to help them develop, and are looking forward to helping our child grow and discover the world. We value staying active and healthy and get outside for some exercise each day. We value nature and beauty and seek them both out often. We feel refreshed and restored by being outside or listening to a great piece of music. We value being true to oneself, and appreciate each other's unique strengths and personalities. We treat our loved ones and each other with respect and affection. We try to make the most of every day we have.
Our Family Traditions
We have many traditions that bind us together and make each season of the year special. When the evenings are dark early in winter, we like to have a game night each weekend. We play our favorite wintry music and light a candle to make it cozy. In the spring when things are just starting to grow again, we hunt for bluebells at a nearby park. They are some of the first flowers to bloom and our sign that winter is over. Around midsummer, we like to have a backyard bonfire and burn the previous year's Christmas tree. It's a good way to mark the middle of the year, and reminisce about what has happened in the last six months. In August we try to catch the Perseid meteor shower. We pack snacks and a blanket and go to an open field where we lay on our backs and watch for shooting stars. It's magical to see them streaking across the sky. When the weather cools in September, we go to a local orchard to pick apples. When December rolls around, we make sweet saffron buns and eat them by candlelight in the early morning. We also like to go and cut down our own Christmas tree. We ride a wagon out to the field and then wander around looking for the best one to bring home. Adding a child to these traditions will make them even more meaningful and rich.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a cozy and sunny suburban home in Pennsylvania, about 15 minutes away from the city. The best thing about our neighborhood is the walking trail two minutes from our house. It goes past a wildflower meadow and an alleyway lined with stately old catalpa trees. We've seen many animals there including owls, deer and once, a fox. Each season there is beautiful and we walk through it almost every day.
We are lucky to have friendly neighbors who we see out and about walking their dogs or playing with their kids. Close by are schools, stores, restaurants and parks. The schools in the area are highly rated for academics, and are also strong in the arts which we really like. The city we live by has history and art museums, theaters, a zoo, an aviary, restaurants with cuisines from all over the world and a really cool children's museum. We love living in an area that experiences all four seasons. Greta especially loves the snow in winter and we both think that fall is beautiful with all of the leaves changing colors.
Our shady backyard is a great spot for hanging a hammock and settling in with a book, or grilling and eating on the back deck. We usually have a small garden in the summer and grow different things like tomatoes, pumpkins, herbs and flowers. It's a very child-friendly area and a nice place to grow up.
Our Extended Families
Our extended families are so excited at the thought of a new baby joining our family! We live close to John's parents and one of his sisters and her family and we see them often for Sunday dinners and other get togethers. The kids enjoy running around outside and playing with all of the toys that Grandma and Pap keep around for them. We have vacations with John's siblings and parents a couple of times a year. John's extended family has a big Christmas Eve party with several generations of aunts, uncles and cousins all celebrating together. We also get together for a Memorial Day cookout with everyone, and have a doughnut making party and dinner the week before Lent begins.
Greta's parents are absolutely thrilled at the thought of welcoming their first grandchild. They live in a house on acres of land surrounded by beautiful mountains. There are fields and wooded areas and a small stream in the back of the property- the perfect place for a child to explore. They live about five hours away, so we are able to see them often too. We enjoy making big breakfasts and sitting around to talk when we go to visit, and also like to go to concerts and shows together.
From Us to You
We are very grateful for your consideration as you seek the best place for your baby. Our thoughts are with you as you are making this decision. Thank you for letting us tell you about ourselves.
We've been married for three years and met about seven years ago when John came to Greta for cello lessons. From the start, Greta thought that John was interesting and smart, and also one of her most talented students! John was struck by how much joy Greta takes in everyday things, and thought she was genuine and easy to talk to. After awhile, we decided to stop lessons and start dating instead. We spent that first summer exploring all of the parks in our area and getting to know each other better. We soon realized that we wanted to get married and spend our lives together. We began talking about our desire for children and eagerly looked forward to having a family to take on our adventures. After several years of fertility treatments, we realized that we were not going to have grow our family that way, but we still felt a deep longing for children. We are so grateful for the opportunity to adopt and will cherish any child that comes into our lives.
John is a computer programmer and works from home. He's been into computers and coding since he was a boy and most enjoys the puzzle solving aspect of his job. Greta is a cellist. She is a part time university professor and also teaches lessons at home. She enjoys playing with orchestras and quartets in the area as well. She went into music and teaching because she's always loved working with kids and she also wanted a job that would give her plenty of flexibility to care for her own family. We feel fortunate that with our work schedules we will not need to rely on daycare, but can keep our children home with us.
Before doing music full time, Greta spent a number of years working one-on-one with children who needed extra help in their preschools, homes or daycares. That experience with children taught her a lot, and will be so helpful in raising our own children. Greta loved reading books, doing art projects and especially connecting through music with those kids.
Our day to day lives are relaxed but full. When we are not working, we might be working on a hobby or making something. Right now John is restoring his old remote control car for two of our nephews, and learning jazz piano. Greta usually has several craft projects going. She's working on finishing up a quilt and knitting some socks. We like to cook together and try out new recipes. Zucchini bread has been on the menu this week. We've gone for runs and walks and gotten together with John's parents. We both love to read and always have a book going. Greta's recent book is The Night Circus and John is working through a science fiction series. We've both played our instruments and we've watched shows together at night. It's been a happy, busy week. We can't wait to fold a child into this life.
We know this is a hard decision, and hope to make it easier by being open to whatever sort of communication you would like, whether that is texts, letters, photos, or emails. We would also be happy to set up visits at a place and time convenient to both of us. We would tell the child about the adoption right from the start, and would always let him or her know how much we respect and admire you. You will always be an incredibly important person in your child's life and we understand and honor that.
Thank you again for reading and best wishes to you and your baby as you go forward,
John & Greta