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Sebastian & Jen

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our profile and meet our growing family. We made a promise to each other to be completely ourselves throughout this process and have worked hard to give you a glimpse of our life, just as we are. We hope that our love for each other shines through! Our hearts are open and we look forward to this journey together!

About Us

Sebastian
Jen
Job
Director of Corporate Finance
Part-Time Spanish Teacher
Education
Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration
Master's Degree in Education
Children
Henry, Anna
Relationship
Legally Married

Why We Chose Adoption

The Four Musketeers

When we married in 2015, we knew that we wanted to have a family. Adoption was a part of the discussion from the start. We both have first cousins who are adopted, and we believe that adoption is a beautiful and important way to build families.

We were blessed to get pregnant quickly and have our son, Hank, in 2017. Surprise, 8 months later we were pregnant again, and our daughter, Anna Joan, entered our lives! It was a whirlwind! We loved being parents and, despite being up to our eyeballs in diapers and toddler toys, we knew we wanted to continue to grow our family.

Trying to have a third child naturally was very difficult for us. We lost a baby in January of 2020 and a daughter, who was Downs Syndrome positive, in July. After these difficult and painful losses, we decided the time was right to more actively consider adoption.

We have made the space in our hearts and our home for more children, and the more we have learned about adoption, the more confident we are that it is a good fit for our family. We are in awe of the special bond already formed in our hearts with you and mothers like you who can love so deeply and give so generously to families like ours.

Our Family Traditions

Movie Night

We both come from families with many special traditions. Since getting married and starting a family we have incorporated many of them into our daily lives and special celebrations and have even started some traditions of our own, just the four of us! Jen grew up in a large Italian-Portuguese family that embraced many cultural traditions. One special tradition has always been the celebration of the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. Each year Jen's family shops and prepares a special Christmas Eve dinner the same way her grandparents did 70 years ago! Although these days, it takes some coaxing to get all of the young cousins to try squid and scallops. We attend church together, listen to Christmas music, and open gifts that night with everyone at Gigi and Papaw's house. Sebastian's family is of Irish and Italian background. His parents prepare Hoppin' John, a traditional meal for New Years. One lucky family member will find a penny hidden in his dish bringing prosperity for the new year. On a more regular basis, we enjoy Pizza Friday, a throwback to Sebastian's childhood and use a special birthday plate each time someone celebrates a birthday. Our little family of four has built some traditions of our own as well. We love having "Movie Night" together where we turn off all the lights and eat snacks on our trays. Hank and AJ love to yell "movie night" to start the festivities.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

Just Married!

Jen About Sebastian: Sebastian is the best person I know. He grew up playing sports with his brothers and "make believe" with his sisters. He is the perfect mix of strong and sensitive – a steady, calm, and respectful man. Anyone who knows Sebastian would tell you first that he's kind. He cares about other people. He goes out of his way to help everyone, whether that involves simply being a good listener or buying a meal for someone in need. His coworkers know that he is hardworking and isn't afraid to ask for help. He's trustworthy. Each of these qualities helps to make him a wonderful partner and father. Sebastian is also musical and very silly. He has been singing and playing piano with our children since birth, and they both love having dance parties with Dad.

Sebastian About Jen: Jen has many qualities that I absolutely love about her. She is a deeply caring person, and her words and actions consistently show this. I can think of many times where she's either been called on by a friend or initiated action when she knew she could help someone. She'll stop at nothing to make it happen. Everyone that knows her would say the same thing. Jen is also very funny and can relate to people very easily. One reason for this is her ability to truly listen to others. We have deep, mutual respect for each other and that is another reason our bond is so strong.

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College Football Game
College Football Game
Piano Man & Piano Girl
Piano Man & Piano Girl
The Four of Us
The Four of Us
Weekend Getaway to Greenville
Weekend Getaway to Greenville
Reading With Mom
Reading With Mom
Our Family
Our Family
Dance Party!
Dance Party!
Downtown Boston
Downtown Boston
First Half Marathon for Jen
First Half Marathon for Jen
Colorado Mountains
Colorado Mountains
Fun With Cousins
Fun With Cousins
Water Play!
Water Play!
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First Half Marathon for Jen
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Colorado Mountains
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Fun With Cousins
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Water Play!

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

Welcome to our home! We live in a mid-sized city about two hours from Atlanta – a friendly town that feels small but has lots of big-city amenities. Our neighborhood is just outside of downtown. It's filled with historic homes and diverse, active, young families. Kids in our area walk to the neighborhood elementary school during the week and visit its playground on weekends. The school playground is just one of many great play spaces nearby. We have been lucky to visit almost all of them during the pandemic. Hiking at the Botanical Gardens is our favorite outdoor activity.

Our city also boasts museums, historical sites, and a children's science center. The theater puts on many children's shows, and there is a farmer's market every Saturday. The kids loved seeing their first drive-in movie downtown this winter! Because Atlanta is just a couple hours away, we also visit often and have access to the zoo, aquarium, and other fun activities!

Our house itself has plenty of space for our children to play and be active. When the pandemic moved preschool home, Jen was able to teach the kids each day, doing crafts and learning letters in the kitchen and playroom. The kids have been able to play with a few close friends in the driveway, where they are becoming experts at bike and scooter, and our dog patrols the yard. We might be a little bit messy at times – but we live here, and we have lots of fun doing it!

Our Extended Families

Jen's Family

We both come from large and close-knit families, and honestly, they are what make us great! We truly value our family, and name our siblings and parents among our best friends. We are lucky that both sets of grandparents and many aunts, uncles, and cousins live nearby in Atlanta. We are able to visit them often, and they are active in our children's lives. In fact, Hank and AJ would rather visit their grandparents and cousins than do just about anything else. They love to play piano with Grandma, eat donuts with Papa, build forts with Gigi, and hear Papaw tell stories. It is wonderful to watch them sit and play with our old childhood toys and make up games with their cousins. Because Sebastian and Jen's brother went to school together, our parents have known each other for years and enjoy being together. Whenever our extended family is together, we usually have members from both sides, and a very large, over-the-top meal. Our families both love to cook and eat. We watch football, play outside, and visit fun sites around Atlanta together. Both Jen and Sebastian's families take a family trip each year! We love going to the beach! During the pandemic Hank did his first solo sleepover at Grandma's. It was his idea, and off he went – no fear. Our families are very supportive and excited about our plan to adopt, and we are grateful to be able to welcome a baby into a big, loving group!

Christmas!

From Us to You

We don't know how to begin without first thanking you -- for your strength, for your heart, for your openness in choosing adoption. We are so respectful of and deeply grateful for that choice and all that came before and will come after. If our role in that journey is nothing more than your reading of this profile, we want you to know this: You have support beyond measure! We are one of so many families ready and willing to share our lives and our love with you and your baby. We hope you can feel that support and that meeting our family through this profile helps guide you to the right adoption opportunity. We are immensely thankful for you and your story.

The beginning of our story took place at "the singles' table" at a mutual friend's wedding. At the time, Sebastian had been working in finance and Jen was teaching high school Spanish. We began talking, became friends, and, in no time at all, were a couple. While dating, we loved taking trips together, running, and being with our friends and family. It was an easy and fun courtship - it just seemed to fit. In 2015 we planned a low-key, family-only, elopement because we just wanted to be together without all the fuss. It was the calmest day of our lives!

Our journey as parents began in 2017, a little more than a year after getting married, with the arrival of our son, Hank. Despite having many nieces and nephews, we were unprepared for the total and complete way that being parents would change our lives. Hank and Anna Joan made our hearts grow and filled them with great joy! They also created a great desire and sense of responsibility within us to do right and teach them right. Yes, sometimes we still get it wrong. But, simply by their existence, they have made us more patient, more kind, more eager to serve each other. They have strengthened the already strong relationship between us as spouses. They've made us a better team.

Being parents has also made us more resolved in our values as a family as we strive to raise children with kind hearts. Jen's background in Spanish and our mutual love for travel were fueled by our need to expose Hank and AJ to the world around them; to have them know and appreciate different cultures, races, and religious experiences; and to celebrate what makes people different and the same.

Parenting, perhaps more than anything, has been a lesson for us in unconditional love. We support who our kids are as individuals and are so excited to watch them grow and develop their unique and special personalities. We make every effort to create a safe and secure environment where they can flourish and be who God made them to be. They know that they can tell us when they make mistakes, are unhappy, or are in need of help - just as we can share moments of joy.

When we found ourselves struggling to grow our family in 2020, it was easy to come to adoption in part because of the many ways our children helped us grow and love as individuals. We also know from our personal experience that adoption is a beautiful way to make a family what it is supposed to be. We are so excited to have another child and experience wonderful moments as parents, children, and siblings. We have abundant love to give.

We are in awe of the choice you have made to consider adoption. We support you and promise to make the same decision you have made today every day going forward - to do what is in the best interest of our child. This means that we welcome you and your love into our lives, just as we welcome your child into our family. We promise to speak lovingly of you; to openly communicate with emails, pictures, and special keepsakes from your child's life; and to make arrangements for visits when the time is right. We look forward to meeting you and to building a healthy relationship together.

Sebastian & Jen

Favorites

Sebastian
Jen
Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio
Tom Hanks
Actress
Tina Fey
Amy Schumer
Animal
Dog
Dog
Author
C.S. Lewis
Book
Man's Search for Meaning
The Shadow of the Wind
Candy Bar
Snickers
Milky Way
Cartoon
Winnie the Pooh
Rugrats
Childhood Memory
Playing sports
Ballroom dancing on top of my dad's feet
Childhood Toy
Basketball
Roller Blades (It was the 90s)
Children's Book
A Love Letter from God
Goodnight Moon
City
New York
Madrid
Classic Movie
On the Waterfront
White Christmas
Color
Green
Purple
Day of Week
Saturday
Saturday
Dessert
Ice cream
Apple Pie
Disney Movie
Big Hero 6
Moana
Dream Car
Corvette
Mini Van (So many gadgets!)
Dream Job
Using my skills to help others
Teacher/Travel Photographer
Dream Vacation
Anywhere with family or close friends
Tropical Island
Family Activity
Playing outside
Going to the pool
Flower / Plant
Oak tree
Hydrangea
Food
Cheeseburger
Big Salad with Chicken
Form of Exercise
Running
Running/Walking
Fruit
Apple
Grapes
Game
Bowling
Catch Phrase
Hobby
Piano
Reading
Holiday
July 4th
Christmas
Holiday Song
Silent Night
The Christmas Song
Holiday Tradition
Big meals
Feast of the Seven Fishes
Ice Cream
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Strawberry
Junk Food
Chips
French Fries
Leisure Activity
Reading
Napping
Magazine
Sports Illustrated
People Magazine
Memory with a Child
Indoor trampoline park
Hearing their first words
Memory with Spouse
Traveling to places we've never been before
Trip to Canada in 2014
Movie
The Great Debaters
The Princess Bride
Movie Munchie
Starburst
Popcorn
Movie Quote
"Hello my name is Inigo Montoya...."
Movie Type
Based on true stories
Rom Com
Musical
The Greatest Showman
Hamilton/Sound of Music
Musical Group
Warren Haynes
Dixie Chicks
Nursery Rhyme
Down by the bay
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Olympic Event
Soccer
Curling
Personal Hero
My grandfather
MLK or RGB
Play
Hamilton
Hamilton/Sound of Music
Quality about my Spouse
Empathy
Calm nature
Quote
It's hard to beat a person who never gives up
Restaurant
Chipotle
Panera
Sandwich
Bacon egg and cheese biscuit
Chicken Salad
Scripture
Be not afraid
1 Corinthians - Love is patient, love is kind
Shopping Store
Walmart
Target
Song
Soulshine
Sweet Melissa (and many others that Sebastian plays and sings for me)
Sport to Play
Basketball
Basketball
Sport to Watch
Football
Football
Sports Star
Lebron James
Lebron
Sports Team
Atlanta United (Soccer)
Eagles
Subject in School
Statistics
History
Superhero
Iron Man
Batman
Thing to Cook
Hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken on the grill
Baked Ziti
Time of Day
Morning
Morning
Tradition
Family gatherings around holidays
Cupcake breakfast for Valentines Day
TV Show
The Office
Schitt's Creek
TV Show Character
David Rose
Type of Music
Blues/Soul
Country
Vacation Spot
Beach
Beach
Video Game
FIFA or Madden
Super Mario Brothers

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