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Andy & Maria
Being parents has been the greatest joy of our lives, and we are very grateful that adoption makes this possible. We are honored that you are considering us to be your child's parents. There are so many beautiful things in this world we want to share with children, and we have so much love to give. Through our profile, we hope you will understand how excited we are to grow our family.
Adoption in Our Lives
Our daughter, Ada, joined our family through adoption. She brings us so much joy, and we couldn't imagine our lives without her! Because she was delivered by planned C section, we knew exactly when Ada was going to arrive. The day before she was born, we were able to meet up for lunch with both of her birth parents. It was really special to have that time in person together before the birth, after several months of emails with Ada's birth mother. At the end of the meal, we took a picture of the four of us outside of the restaurant that now hangs in our home, right next to a picture of just Ada and her birth mother together. We talk to Ada about her two mommies and two daddies when we look at pictures together, and we pray for her birth family by name every night. We send letters and a large stack of pictures to Ada's birth parents every few months, so that they can see how much she has grown and how much this amazing girl is loved by everyone around her.
Our Leisure Time
We love being outside together. We started off our marriage with a honeymoon to the Grand Canyon, and we have been to many national parks together since. Now, with Ada, we enjoy visiting local parks as a family and have spent many weekend afternoons watching geese at a nearby lake or leisurely strolling the botanical gardens near our house.
At home, Andy enjoys running, teaching Ada new games, and reading science fiction stories. Maria enjoys playing the piano, reading, and watching cop shows. We also love spending time in our backyard together. This past spring, Maria went with Ada to the garden store and picked out roses. She and Ada then planted them under the windows and have been taking care of them together - Ada loves watering with the big grown up watering can. Andy pushes Ada around the yard in a little pink car and they pretend to go on a road trip together to imaginary destinations of Ada's choice, which can be anywhere from the mountains to Target.
We are open to adopting a child of a different background than ours. In making that decision, we promise to do everything we can to help them grow up feeling proud of who they are and what they look like. Our daughter is Black and Latina, and we have started making her cultural heritage a part of our family life in the books and toys surrounding her. We love to read in this house! As a baby and toddler she enjoyed books such as "Peekaboo Morning", "I Love Myself", and "Green is a Chili Pepper". Now that she can follow more complex stories, we have fun reading "Ada Twist, Scientist" and "Your Name is a Song," to name a few. We were so happy that the grandparents chose to join our efforts and have picked out diverse baby dolls for her. The pandemic hindered our early plans to alternate Sundays at our neighborhood church with another church a short drive away with a strong African American community, but we hope to begin soon. In the future, Maria would like to learn Spanish together with Ada, perhaps starting with a Mommy and Me class when she gets a bit older. We know that we may turn some heads as an adoptive family in which parents and children do not look alike, but we would like to raise Ada and her future brother or sister to embrace both their place in our family and their own unique background through birth.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a four-bedroom house in Northern Virginia, in a wonderful neighborhood with old trees and sidewalks. Our favorite room in the house is our sunroom. It's right next to the kitchen, making it the perfect playroom while we are cooking. Ada loves it for Play-Doh, our cat Luna loves it for lying in sunbeams, and we love it for reading while Ada is napping.
There is so much to do in our neighborhood - we live within walking distance of our church, two big playgrounds, a wooded hiking trail, and the library. We enjoy sitting in the town square to eat ice cream and watch the people and cars go by. Although we live in a small town, we are also very close to Washington, D.C. This makes it very easy for us to get downtown to take family trips to the museums and the national zoo, just like Maria did growing up.
Our Extended Families
We live within driving distance of both of our families. Maria's parents and sister live nearby, so we often go over for dinner. We love Maria's mom's Filipino food and pies, and Maria's dad is great at barbecuing. Christmas is a special time for Maria's family. They have traditionally participated in a Handel's Messiah sing-a-long, and Maria's mom makes a special Christmas wreath bread for after Christmas Mass.
Andy's parents and two sisters live a little farther away, so we usually stay for at least a weekend when we visit. Andy looks forward to running with his mom while we are there. Because they live so close to the ocean, we try to spend time at the shore at least once each summer. Another highlight of our visits to Andy's family is dinner at his grandma's house, with meatballs to bring home.
Our families were both very excited when we adopted Ada. Maria's parents have a lot of fun picking fruits and vegetables from their large backyard garden with Ada, and Maria's sister has serious plans for Ada's swim lessons. Andy's parents drive down to visit us every month so that they can spend a weekend visiting with Ada, and his sisters show their love from afar with toys by mail and Spotify playlists even though they live out of state. The grandparents and aunties on both sides are thrilled that we are hoping to adopt again. We know they can't wait to help us welcome another child.
From Us to You
We are Andy and Maria, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to look over our profile. Hopefully it has helped you to get to know us better! We have been married for seven years, we became a family of three in 2019 when our daughter Ada came to us through adoption, and we are very much looking forward to growing our little family.
We shared with each other our dreams for children before we were married, both in lighthearted ways, debating names and music lessons and family vacation plans, and in serious discussion of what kind of parents we wanted to be, what kind of life we would hope to give our children. It was devastating to learn, after several years of trying, that we are unable to have children of our own. The idea of adoption had been a part of our discussions as well before marriage, but we hadn't yet really fleshed out what the details might look like. When we came back to consider it more concretely, the how and the when and the where, we realized that becoming adoptive parents felt like the right choice for us. As we prepare to open our hearts again to welcome another child, we trust that God's plans are better than ours could ever be.
In Ada, the greatest blessing we have ever received, we see what beauty God can draw out of difficulty and pain. We know you are planning for the future just as we are, and this must be a tremendously hard time for you as you consider placing your child for adoption. We can't begin to understand all that you have to consider as you make your decision, but please know how much we respect your strength and courage. Although so much must be uncertain right now, we hope you find peace in your choices and a clear path forward.
It is our promise to you that we would raise your child to know from the beginning the love you have for them, the sacrifice you made for them. If you are willing, we believe that maintaining a relationship with you would be one of the best ways for us to convey that to the child as they grow up. We have talked over together how we would help you and the child remain connected over time, whether that be through physical letters and pictures, texts, emails, or yearly visits, and we hope to decide with you what is best.
The work we do as parents is the most important part of our lives. Parenthood means to us providing unconditional love and support. We aren't perfect, and we find ourselves learning and changing as our daughter does, but we would do anything needed to help her grow into the best person she can be. Our prayer at night is for her to be happy and kind, loving and loved. If you choose us to be parents for your child, we choose too to give them our whole selves. We want to be there for everything. We want to be there for the ups and downs of everyday life, to share the excitement of the child's successes, and to help them through their challenges. There are so many amazing things in our world to do and see, and we are excited to share these with your child, to see the world through their eyes.
Andy & Maria