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David & Whitney
We are a family of three who are excited to welcome another child to our home through adoption. We enjoy going on adventures, traveling, and spending time together. We can't wait to open our hearts to a new member of the family. Thank you for considering us and taking the time to read our profile.
Adoption in Our Lives
Whitney's brother was adopted at birth. This experience significantly shaped her childhood and led to a strong desire to adopt from a young age. Ever since she was twelve, Whitney has told relatives and friends that she planned to adopt when the time was right.
When David was ten, his family welcomed two foster kids into their homes for a couple of years. As an only child, having a foster sister and brother was quite a change for him, but it was a positive and memorable experience. His foster sister is still a part of our lives today, and she joined us in the U.S. Virgin Islands for our wedding celebration.
We are both looking forward to this next chapter in our lives and the challenge of expanding our family and raising a second child. Just as was the case for Whitney's brother when he was growing up, we plan to share with our child their adoption story. They will know details about their birth, you, and what a precious gift they are to us.
Our Life Priorities
We prioritize travel in our lives. David traveled overseas extensively growing up and is grateful for the first hand exposure and increased understanding of different cultures and people. Both of us studied abroad during college. David spent a year studying Physics in France; Whitney spent a year during undergrad and a summer during her Master's degree studying International Politics in Australia.
As a family, we have started a tradition of traveling outside of the United States at least once per year. We alternate each year going to a place neither of us have been, followed by a place we've previously traveled to and loved the following year. Our favorite travel destinations are Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Mallorca, Spain; and Paris, France.
Often our family will try to join us on our trips. Whitney's siblings enjoy adventures and experiencing new cultures and countries almost as much as we do. David's parents are world travelers themselves and will often join us overseas at whatever location we're in just to experience a new adventure together. We are grateful for these opportunities to enjoy these trips with the people we love.
Cultural diversity is something we value highly in our lives and in the lives of our children. Both of our families come from an amalgamation of different religions, cultures, and backgrounds. The community where we live is very diverse; our neighborhood has a variety of house sizes, languages spoken, and ethnicities. We also strive for diversity in the types of books we read for ourselves and to our four-year-old; reading about the experiences of others different from ourselves has opened our eyes to many ways of thinking.
Through our travels, we also get the opportunity to see and experience cultures that vary from our own. From music and art to food, history, and languages, we strive to continually learn new things about the people and world around us, and we want to instill that openness in our children.
We strongly believe that in opening our hearts and minds to new people and other ways of living we can be better individuals and help to make the world a better place.
Our Extended Families
We are blessed with involved and engaged families! Our son, Colton, is the first (and so far, only) grandchild on either side of the family, and we're all eager to welcome a new child.
Whitney's parents, Nana and Papi, live a seven hour drive away, and they are frequent visitors to our home. They love children and can spend hours reading books, pushing swings, or just chatting with a toddler about their interests. David's parents, Grandma and Grandpa, live a short flight away. They are both retired and travel frequently. One of their favorite destinations is our house. They frequently share stories and lessons about everything from how to ride a bike and swim to the best ways to enjoy life.
David is an only child, and Whitney has three siblings, with whom we have close-knit relationships. We see our families regularly and spend holidays together. Every year Whitney's family plans a beach trip together. We take turns cooking dinner for the large group of 11, enjoy walking on the beach, going swimming, building sandcastles, and playing board games. We are lucky to have a close, loving, and involved family that cannot wait to open their hearts to the new child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. This is a great place to raise a child! Every weekend, we find a new activity to keep us busy, including visiting museums or the zoo, hiking in national and state parks, attending plays, going to the farmer's market, or checking out one of the many parks and playgrounds in the area.
We live in an older neighborhood, one with tall trees and big yards. Many families with kids live nearby, and Whitney frequently sees older kids riding down the street on their bikes while she walks around the neighborhood.
Our house was built in the 1950s and has all the charm of an older home that's been added on to several times and loved by several families. We have four bedrooms - one for us, one for our son, one for guests, and one for the new baby. The kitchen truly is at the heart of our home, and David spends many hours there cooking delicious meals for us all to enjoy.
We have a spacious backyard with a swing set, play house, and jungle gym. We spend many evenings in the spring, summer, and fall on our back deck, eating, playing, and enjoying each other's company.
From Us to You
Thank you for considering us; we are grateful that we may have a chance to be a part of your child's journey. We know that you have a very difficult decision ahead of you. Our hearts go out to you as you plan for your child's future and try to figure out what you want for him or her.
We are both enthusiastic for the opportunity to guide and parent your child, ensure they develop independence and strength, teach and encourage them to believe in themselves, and make sure that they know they can turn to family for unconditional love and support.
We are fortunate to be in a situation in which we can adopt and provide an amazing home to another child. Your child will receive encouragement, support and loving care throughout their lives. We share a strong relationship with each other and our families, and have incredible support in our dream to adopt. We assure you that we will love your child with all of our hearts and care for them as much as we care for our four-year-old, Colton. We have known for a long time that we would expand our family through adoption, and we are excited to take this next step.
We have been together for seven years and married for five. Only two weeks after meeting each other, we were both confident that our relationship was something special. We make a great team, and our parenting strengths complement each other. Whitney is compassionate and detail oriented. She researches every stage of childhood development, and she helps us both to be as prepared as possible for each milestone as it comes. David is fun, patient, and kind. He knows how to relate to kids and adults of any age and does an awesome job teaching new skills. Colton is brave, responsible, and caring. He is fascinated by dinosaurs, animals, and bugs. He cannot wait to be a big brother!
All three of us are excited to welcome another kid into our family. Colton's already been telling us how he plans to take care of his little brother or sister - feeding, playing, and even changing diapers.
Whitney's brother was adopted. From that experience, we learned that knowing where you come from and your birth parents can be such a blessing for an adopted child. We will share letters and pictures with you throughout this child's life. We are also open to exchanging emails, phone calls, or even yearly visits if that's also what you desire. We want you to have the opportunity to engage as much as you'd like.
What we learned from having Colton is that every child is special. Having started the job of raising one small human, we know what a hard job it is. But, we are committed to creating a fun, safe, and happy home for all of our children. We look forward to all the challenges an addition to our family will bring, and we cannot wait to have him or her join us on our adventures.
David & Whitney