Monica & Jared

 

Dear Expectant Parent,

576-monica-jared-profilePeople never expect to spend the rest of their lives with someone they met on the first day of school, but, luckily for us, that’s exactly what happened. We met on the first day of college. Despite our young age, after a year of friendship, we knew we had found our future in one another. Now, we’ve been married for almost 10 years and the only thing that would make our lives more perfect would be the sound of a child’s laughter, the small pitter patter of happy feet running through our house, the carefree moments we will spend tumbling in the grass with them, and the joy of loving and being loved by a child of our own.

We are Monica and Jared, and we are both honored and excited for the opportunity to be considered as adoptive parents to your child. Thank you for being so brave, so courageous, and so selfless and for giving life to this child. It may be frightening, and certainly one of the biggest decisions you will ever face, but, we hope you will find strength and encouragement in the fact that choosing us would be the most precious gift we could ever hope to receive.

Over the years, we’ve seen examples of adoption that have changed the lives of our various friends and acquaintances, we’ve seen how beauty can arise from sorrow, and we’ve seen incredible healing and happiness. Their examples have given us the opportunity to learn from their experiences and have given us the hope we’ve needed to be patient, as we wait for our child to come to us through adoption someday.

Although it seems like not long ago, we met on our first day of college, 16 years ago. We developed an instant friendship and over the course of our first year as friends spent a lot of time together. During this year, we often listened to a David Gray album while driving. The song “Sail Away” was one of our favorites and we would listen to it in silence, each time wondering what the other person was thinking. The following year, Jared won Monica over when he finally took the leap and decided to express his deeper feelings for Monica; his grand gesture involved hanging a huge banner outside her dorm room asking her to the Winter Ball. Once things changed between us, we were finally able to admit how much that David Gray song had meant to us and how much we secretly loved one another. Fast forward four years later and we found ourselves on a sailboat in the Hyannis harbor at sunset. The sky was bright orange, there were seals popping out of the water, and it was there that Jared proposed we sail away together. We were married a year later and we can hardly believe that so much time has passed. Soon we will celebrate our ten year anniversary and we can’t think of a more joyful or meaningful way to celebrate the milestone than by realizing our dream of starting a family.

After getting married, we purchased a typical New England style house and spent a few years renovating almost every room, putting in a patio, and landscaping. Because of our hard work, we had a beautiful place to call home, in which we could enjoy making memories and hosting family and friends on a number of occasions. As we made preparations for our growing family, the time came to move to a bigger home that we could grow into over time as we raise our family. The home we live in now is large enough to host both sides of our family during the holidays and boasts a big, beautiful, and private backyard, with plenty of room for a swing-set, and a game of chase, catch, or wiffle ball. There is a long driveway to learn to ride a bike, along with woods to explore and to someday build a tree house. Our new home is in a beautiful, historic seaside community with good schools, and it is just minutes from our favorite beach, state parks for hiking, and local farms for berry picking and corn mazes. We are so excited to have found a place where we are still able to enjoy everything we love doing together locally, and also give our children a place to run, play, and explore at home, just as we did when we were growing up.

The two of us come from similar families; we each have a younger brother and we grew up in similar households with Christian values, good manners, and encouraging, loving parents. Our faith has not only enabled us to handle our challenges with grace, but, from a young age, has also shaped us into the people we are today. We find strength in our church community and hope that our child may benefit from the same loving support system that we had growing up, as a result. We are warm and inviting, not quick to judge, empathic, and positive people. We are always willing to lend a hand, provide encouragement and help those in need, all traits that speak to our character, which we hope will inspire our child’s actions as he or she grows older.

Our families can’t wait to help guide and love our child as well. Because we are the oldest in both of our families and the first to hopefully welcome a child, everyone is beyond excited to meet this little one once he or she arrives. Jared’s family currently lives in Pennsylvania, but is eager to move closer to us upon retirement to be near their new grandchild. His brother has special needs, which gives us experience with his set of challenges and has made us sensitive to him and the needs of others with similar difficulties. We feel we’ll be prepared to parent a child with a disability or another special need given our and our family’s experience embracing and meeting the daily challenges firsthand.

Monica’s family lives in New Hampshire, with extended relatives in Spain (which is where her mother is originally from). We see her younger brother and parents frequently, as the distance between us is close enough to spend weekends together or meet each other halfway for dinners. Monica grew up in a bilingual household, and we plan to also educate our child in both English and Spanish. We would like our child to have the benefit of speaking another language and plan to encourage the same cultural exposure and awareness that Monica has always experienced. Because we are fortunate to be able to visit her family in Spain from time to time, our child will be able to take advantage of this exposure to another culture, history, and way of life. We would welcome and love a child of any race or heritage; we also look forward to celebrating the richness of their personal history with them and helping them explore and learn more about their own cultural background.

If you are open to this, we feel that it would benefit your child to stay in connection with you at whatever level with which you would be most comfortable. At the very least, when you are ready, we would love to be able to share information about you, speak of you fondly, and let them know about the incredibly selfless gift you gave us by placing them with us. If your child has or might someday have biological half or full siblings, we would certainly encourage contact with his or her brother(s) or sister(s), as kinship is a special bond we believe should be nurtured as well.

We enjoy looking back upon the activities of our childhoods and our experiences with our parents and siblings. Jared grew up playing multiple sports, while Monica enjoyed the arts. Jared excelled at swimming and swam competitively from the age of eight all the way through college, including multiple years participating in national competitions. Although he was a talented swimmer, he favored basketball and his other favorite team sport, water polo. Monica on the other hand, enjoyed dance. She participated in tap, jazz, and ballet for 11 years and also participated in musical activities, including playing the bass clarinet. Jared grew up in Florida, where he spent his time at Disney, boating with friends and family, and playing AAU basketball. Much farther north, Monica, grew up in New Hampshire, where summers were usually spent climbing a tree, reading a book, and enjoying the lake. Though we sometimes picture our future child twirling around in a tutu or backstroking through a pool, we can’t wait to see and support whatever types of activities our child will discover they personally love.

As we’ve grown older and time and circumstances have changed, our pastimes have also changed and merged, but our general interests are still rooted in the activities we enjoyed in our youth. Together, we enjoy watching football, spending summer days at the beach, and enjoying critically acclaimed films, music, and theater. But, most of all, we love being outdoors. We often remark at how we are looking forward to watching our child grow and become interested in their own set of skills and abilities. We are interested in educating him or her based on our own strengths and experiences, but also learning new things alongside them so that we can participate in things together. Much like our own parents were there for us growing up, we, too, plan to attend every soccer game, debate meet, and school play and can’t wait to be proud parents cheering loudly and beaming from ear to ear.

Because of our love for the outdoors, we can often be found in the woods on weekends with our sweet, comical, and affectionate six-year-old English Bull Terrier, Penny. We invite our friends and their little ones to join us sometimes and it’s a beautiful thing to see their children exploring the trail with Penny. The kids get such a kick out of watching her racing through the woods, sailing over fallen logs, running around trees, and racing up hills. It’s easy to imagine our own child someday laughing with them, learning to catch their footing, climbing over rocks, and marveling at nature.

Our favorite place to take in the beauty of the outdoors is at Jared’s family vacation home in Maine, near Acadia National Park. For many years, it has been one of our favorite places to visit, as it is on the ocean and has a beautiful beach for swimming, kayaking, digging for clams, and simply soaking up the sun. We live close enough to Acadia that we have thoroughly explored all the beauty that it has to offer, including miles upon miles of carriage roads, hiking trails, and incredible views. Between the comforts of having the home in such an idyllic location and having Acadia so close by, the house is the perfect family getaway. We are looking forward to watching our child grow and enjoy this vacation spot with us. It would fill us with so much joy to see them waddling across the front lawn for the first time, and, before we know it, skipping rocks and collecting shells on the beach.

Camping is another one of our favorite activities, something we love to do as a couple or with friends. One particular highlight was our trip to Hawaii where we camped on the beach and woke up to a gorgeous Hawaiian sunrise every morning. Most of our other camping adventures have been with dear friends and those stories include some hilarious misfortunes, which we reflect back on as some of the best times we can remember. We also love to travel, with trips including getaways as short as long weekend trips to Vermont, Montreal or Niagara Falls and as long as weeks in Spain, California, or the Caribbean. One of our favorite trips was a Caribbean cruise we went on last year that included snorkeling off the Honduras island of Roatan, exploring the Mayan caves in Belize, and lounging on the beach in Cozumel. The more we reflect back upon past travel, the more we can’t help but think about the memorable vacations we went on with our families when we were younger and the trips we hope to one day take with our child. We are so excited to share the world with our child and create beautiful memories with them.

Vacations and family time is possible for us, because we are both blessed to have stable jobs in which we are appreciated in our positions. Monica works in the brokerage industry and has worked closely with the same colleagues for over ten years. We often spend time outside of the office with them and are involved in each other’s families, getting together for dinner or celebrating their children’s milestones. Jared works as a Senior Financial Analyst at the corporate headquarters for a large national retailer and also has wonderful co-workers, who are close in age to us with similar interests. He enjoys spending time with them over dinner meetings, company bowling outings, or fantasy football drafts. We are both fortunate to work only a few miles from home, which gives us the flexibility to stop at home during lunch and to be available within a few minutes’ notice if our child should need us. Jared can also work from home if he needs to and Monica’s job is very flexible and considerate of families, including paid maternity leave upon the arrival of the child, which will give us quality time to bond with our child for the first several months. Both of us enjoy our careers and are appreciative that our employers are generous, understanding, and excited for us in our plans to adopt. It is a blessing to know that we have their support and the flexibility to make our family a priority. We are also fortunate that our careers have given us the financial wisdom to make sound decisions and because of this, we are responsible with our spending and will place our child’s health and education before all else.

Overall, our love for one another is rooted in friendship, and we will always be best friends first and foremost. We confide in one another, support one another, challenge one another to realize our full potential and live selflessly. We make each other laugh, are considerate of one another in things both great and small and we treat each other with honor and respect. And while we consider ourselves extremely blessed to have one another, we know our family is not yet complete. We have struggled with infertility, which have made having children of our own difficult. Despite this and through faith, we have endured the past few years with hope in our hearts and smiles on our faces, knowing someday we will be given the opportunity to become parents.

We have a close community of dear friends who began having children around the same time we also looked to start a family. They have each just recently all had their second child and we consider these precious little ones to be wonderful gifts in our lives. We’ve grown very close to their children and have had the opportunity to become more familiar with parenting. We’ve witnessed their children’s blossoming personalities, had a ball being goofy and silly with them, and felt truly blessed to earn their love and trust. Though we are very blessed to have these children in our lives, spending time with them has made us more eager to become parents ourselves.

About Monica by Jared: Simply put, Monica is an amazingly unique person, which is what originally drew me to her. It was immediately clear that she was one of the most fun and down to earth people I had ever met; it speaks volumes when spending time with someone comes so easy that talking to them feels effortless. No matter the company or function, she never fails to be charming, charismatic, and engaging, all the while having a fantastically silly sense of humor. It is breathtaking to see her silly dancing with a gang of children all playing copycat, and will be even more amazing when one of those children is ours. Monica never fails to put a smile on your face, especially when it’s most needed, and she always seems to have exactly the right words and heart for a situation. Everything from mending a kiddo’s wound, to consoling after a loss, to celebrating a success will be met with the most appropriately honest, joyful, and overall perfect response.

The joy she brings others extends far beyond her demeanor and more to the core of who she is. There is a selflessness about Monica that, those who know her, have all undoubtedly experienced firsthand. This selflessness currently manifests itself daily, whether it’s planning a surprise party, preparing meals, or taking on any other project where help is needed. This is where Monica’s love for others and her gifts of hospitality, organization, thoughtfulness and common sense come together. I can only imagine how epic our child’s birthdays will be with her at the helm. And I just know that field trips, school projects, recitals, sports, or anywhere else she can lend a hand, she will be there to help, guide, and support.

About Jared by Monica: My partner in everything and my source of daily laughter and joy, Jared is my best friend and companion above all else. A few of my favorite things about him are his constant cheery demeanor and his ability to always see the positive side of things even in tough times. He is also a wealth of knowledge and has always impressed me with random interesting facts. He is objective and practical in his thinking and considers all points of view before reacting. His versatile interests include everything from wakeboarding, golfing and cooking delicious Asian meals, to collecting vinyl records, renovating our home and reading. Jared is selfless, gentle, kind, and a true gentleman – all things I love very much about him and which will make him an amazing father and example for our child.

From early on in our relationship, we have always discussed raising children, the approaches we would take, and hypothetical examples of how we would handle future situations. We’ve always agreed on these things and more importantly, I could see how much thought he gave to all the considerations that go into parenting. In more recent years, as our friends have all had children, it’s been wonderful to see him naturally blossom right before my very eyes. One of our best friends’ daughters has a special place in his heart, and he is also one of her favorite people. It’s such a treat to see them together and my heart just melts when she runs into his arms, beckons him when she cries or gives him a sweet hug and a kiss. When with some of the other friend’s children we know, he becomes a jungle gym and loves making them laugh. It’s moments like these when I can visualize the family that we will become someday and when I know, without a doubt, that Jared will be a loving, fun, interesting and supportive father to our child.

576-monica-jared-profileWe do not take this decision you are faced with lightly, realizing that this is a great sacrifice on your part. We know that the choices you are faced with are weighing on you heavily right now. Thank you for bravely taking these first steps and we hope to have the opportunity to introduce ourselves to you further. We are anxious to tell you more about ourselves, share with you the experiences that have led us to adoption and answer any other questions you may have about us. It is our hope that we can not only meet, but exceed your expectations as adoptive parents, giving your child the home that you envision for them, the unconditional love that every child deserves, and the future that they will dream of. If you would like to learn more about us or speak with us directly, please call Full Circle Adoptions at 1-800-452-3678.

We’ll be thinking of you and praying for you.

Warmly,

Jared & Monica

Lisa & Devin

Dear Birthparent(s),
578-lisa-devin-profileWe are Lisa and Devin and together we have created a very fun-loving, warm, and nurturing home, which we hope to share with your child. Though we are already parents to our son, Isaac, we wish to become adoptive parents and grow our family further. When we learned we would not be able to naturally conceive a second child, we knew adoption was the path we wanted to take. Since Devin was adopted by his Dad, and we have close friends and a cousin who have adopted, we have always been open to the idea of adopting. Devin’s experience and their inspiring stories have brought us comfort in the aftermath of our infertility issues and the decision we have made to adopt. We are now waiting with open arms and hearts to begin our journey, hopefully with your help. But first, you should get to know a little more about us. Here’s our story.

Lisa (via Lisa)
I, Lisa, grew up in an Italian-American household where we always centered our holidays and celebrations on food. My grandmother, who we called Noni, lived only two houses away from my childhood home and would take care of my older brother and I while our parents worked. She was a fantastic cook who taught us the importance of growing our own food and cooking, using fresh and whole ingredients from our large garden. She passed her passion for cooking on to my Mom, who has shared that passion with me. Homemade bread, pasta, wine, and pizza with fresh fruit and vegetables were plentiful at our house and shared with everyone in the neighborhood. My Mom and Noni also taught us the importance of taking the time out of our busy schedules to share a meal and stories with one another. Our celebrations included extended family, friends, anyone who wanted to pop in for a visit, and, of course, great food.

Now, I feel just as strongly about the importance of mealtime and family gatherings today, as my grandmother did many years ago. Although, we do not have a garden in our home, as of yet, we plan to grow one soon. We shop at local markets or farms, make many meals at home from scratch, and enjoy cooking with one another. We often have friends and family over for gatherings or holidays and love sharing our meals with them. Our son, Isaac, loves making up his own recipes and packing picnics for all of us to enjoy. He loves getting tips from the Food Network as well! He is very excited to teach his younger brother/sister everything he has learned about cooking and gardening, as are Devin and I.

Devin (via Devin)
I, Devin, am the oldest of three. The first four years, I was an only child who was raised by my Mom and Grandmother. At the age of three my Mom met and married my stepfather, who I simply call Dad, as he legally adopted me when I was younger. From very early on, my Mom was open with me about the details of my adoption. As I got older, she also made sure to answer any questions I had about my Dad and birthfather.

Shortly after my parents were married, we welcomed another baby boy and girl into our home. I loved having siblings to play with and care for. My Mom was a stay-at-home Mom who raised the three of us in our small cottage-like house on a lake. We often spent the entire day playing outdoors with neighborhood friends and cousins: building forts, fishing, swimming, playing sports, and going for long hikes in the woods. My parents were especially fond of the beach and we spent many days on surf boards, building sandcastles, and playing volleyball in the sand together. Grandpa and Grammie cannot wait to do the same with their new grandchild.

Family
We feel blessed to still be close to our families who love and support us very much. We both feel it is very important to maintain a close relationship with our families, so we make time to visit with them often. We are lucky to have them nearby, as they are always there when we need them. They are proud grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who are excited to welcome the child we adopt into our lives.

Devin’s parents, also known as “Grammie and Grandpa” often host Walsh family gatherings and holidays, St. Patrick’s Day being one of our favorites. Traditional Irish meals are made, such as Devin’s infamous Guinness beef stew, served with Irish brew and soda bread. Green clothing is a must, along with St. Patrick’s Day trivia. After dinner, Isaac and our nephew, who are similar in age, like to take walks with Grammie to feed the ducks and enjoy cuddling with Grammie and Grandpa’s cats, “Guinness” and “Killian”. Grammie and Grandpa look forward to having another little one to celebrate with and to take on their duck walks.

Many of Lisa’s family gatherings are spent at her brother’s house. On Christmas, everyone brings their favorite dish to share and accompany the traditional orange glazed ham, a childhood favorite. Lisa’s mom, also called, “Grandma”, begins preparing for the festivities many days prior. She loves to bake traditional Italian cookies and treats, which she makes by hand or with a special cookie iron. She makes hundreds to share with everyone – relatives, neighbors, and friends. After dinner, everyone gathers around the Christmas tree and Lisa’s brother picks one child to play Santa’s helper and hands out gifts to everyone. We are eagerly awaiting another little helper to join in our Christmastime celebration.

Lisa’s Dad, also known as “Pepa” to his grandchildren, will be living with us in our new home. “Pepa” is a great storyteller, loves to go for long walks, and has a knack for gardening. We are all excited to have “Pepa” living with us. He is very excited to be able to experience this journey with us and is eager to welcome a new grandbaby into our family.

Traditions
We cannot wait to share our traditions and celebrations with your child. One of our favorite holidays is Halloween. Every year we host a Halloween party for adults and children, and costumes are a must! We have a wardrobe of costumes (from traditional, like werewolves, vampires, and ghosts, to stilly, like clowns and The Peanuts). Devin grew his beard really long one year and participated in a Halloween race as Forest Gump. The neighborhood was cheering him on screaming: “Run Forest, Run!” Lisa tried to keep up with him, dressed as an old woman, Forrest’s “Mama”, carrying a box of chocolates in hand. To get ready for the big day of trick or treating we carve pumpkins, make caramel apples, and, of course, squeeze in a visit to some haunted houses. We can’t wait to watch our adoptive child, your son or daughter, pick out their first Halloween costume or bite into their first piece of Halloween candy.

Home Sweet Home
We live in a beautiful cape house in a quiet neighborhood in a small coastal city in New England. Our house has four bedrooms, along with a spacious kitchen and living room. Our living room has a large cozy fireplace that we enjoy sitting around in the evening for story time. Devin also has a workshop/art studio in the basement. Oftentimes, Isaac and Devin will spend hours in the workshop painting together. Isaac especially enjoys painting pictures and cards for birthday celebrations and holidays for our extended family who live far away. Isaac has set aside his toddler easel for his younger sibling and Devin looks forward to sharing his love of art with another son or daughter.

We love the outdoors and find ourselves outside a lot throughout all the seasons. In warmer weather, we love playing water games in the yard and sitting on a nearby seawall to watch the sunrise. Grilling is another favorite pastime for us all year round and when it’s not too cold we usually enjoy our favorite meals outside on the deck. During the colder months snowshoeing and making snow angels in the back yard are a couple of ways we enjoy the outdoors. We can’t wait to watch another child see their first snowfall and help them build their first snowman.

Close to us is a city that has so many wonderful things to offer: museums, beaches, parks, hiking/biking trails, along with a wide variety of stores and restaurants. We live within walking distance to all of these interesting places. Although it took us two years to find the perfect home for us, we have been living in this community for almost 12 years and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. We have formed strong relationships and a support network with neighbors and friends here, who are all excited to welcome another child into the fold.

Two of our closest friends live a few blocks away. They adopted two boys, one of whom attends pre-school with our son, Isaac. They have been a great resource and an inspiration to us throughout our adoption journey. We are comforted knowing your child will have friends, like our friends’ children, who are also adopted and may have similar adoption stories and experiences to share.

Falling In Love
Prior to forming our community of friends, we both lived in the Boston area and met at work. Devin was in art school part time and was bartending at night at a local restaurant. Lisa was working full time at a university, while taking classes, and waitressing part time at the same restaurant as Devin. We met at the restaurant and immediately hit it off; we had this connection, as if we knew one another forever and knew we were meant to create a family together one day.

Shortly after we started dating, Devin, a true romantic, asked his Mom for his grandmother’s ring. He waited until the perfect moment and proposed at the top of a mountain while we were hiking the Canadian Rockies. It was a complete surprise! In fact, Lisa was so shocked she doesn’t even remember saying “Yes!” We both felt higher than the mountain we were standing on. In that moment and ever since, we knew, without a doubt, we would build a lifelong friendship and raise a beautiful and happy family together.

A year and a half later we were married in front of our close friends and family. A mix of Italian and Irish families gathered for great food, drinks, and a night of dancing to “That’s Amore” and the Irish Jig, each family teaching one another the traditional steps and laughing a ton! Lisa’s Noni, who was 92, at the time, even got on the dance floor and danced to an Italian classic with her 91-year-old brother. Twelve years later we are still reminiscing about that day and how our two families became one. We hope to be able to grow our family with your help and share our story with your child, our adoptive child.

Our Work & Passions
During the few years following getting married, we focused on settling down and establishing our careers. Devin decided to pursue art as a hobby and moved on to graduating with a degree in horticulture. Having always loved the outdoors, trees and plants, he knew gardening was the path he was meant to take. He has been a gardener for close to ten years and hopes to launch his own gardening business someday soon. Gardening is not just a profession for Devin, though; it is also something he likes do with Isaac and hopes to do with any other child we welcome into our family.

Devin loves sharing his passion and knowledge of trees and plants with Isaac and Isaac loves taking care of the yard and mowing the lawn with Devin. They often go on long walks in the woods and try to identify new trees and flowers together. Isaac tells us how he wants to be a “tree doctor” like Devin and build the biggest tree house ever! Isaac can’t wait to share this pastime with a little brother or sister and Devin can’t wait to teach another son or daughter all of his horticultural knowledge.

As a child, Devin loved being a boy scout. In particular, he loved camping outside in the woods or in his own backyard with a group of friends. He was especially known for telling spooky ghost stories by the campfire. Now, Devin goes back to the woods by planning hiking trips in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. On these trips, he enjoys writing in his journal and noting seasonal changes in the landscape, such as new tree or plant growth. He loves being adventurous and insists on trying out a new trail each of year. In the fall, a group of friends join in the fun and everyone brings their mountain bikes along for a downhill ride! Devin cannot wait to teach Isaac and the new baby all there is to know about camping and survival in the wilderness.

During the wintertime, Devin has a lot of free time to practice drawing landscapes and gardens for customers. He continues to educate himself about the ever changing world of trees, plants, and landscapes through books and classes. But, what he enjoys most during his off season, is spending extra time with Isaac, sledding, building snowmen and forts, and watching movies while drinking warm cups of hot cocoa. Devin and Isaac are anxiously waiting to share winter fun with a new baby.

Lisa grew up listening to her Mom and Noni speak Italian with each other and with extended family. Though Lisa was never formally taught a second language, she always had the desire to become fluent in one. Because of this wish, she took Spanish in high-school and was immediately drawn to the language and culture. After learning the language, Lisa wanted to learn all she could about the Latin American way of life and history of their native people, so she majored in Spanish in college. Her junior year she even took the opportunity to live in Mexico with a host family.

The host family was more than Lisa could have asked for! They were very welcoming and treated her as if she was one of their own children. Their family was very similar to Lisa’s and loved to cook and eat. Lisa’s host mom taught her all there is to know about Mexican cooking (except for a few secret recipes) and their culture. Many of Lisa’s host mom’s recipes are a staple in our home today. We can’t wait to have another child to dance around the kitchen with us on taco night, when we crank up the mariachi music while cooking and eating one of our Mexican favorites.

Although Lisa went on to pursue a career in Administration for non-profit organizations – first a university and now a small museum – the Latin American culture remains near and dear to her heart. Most books she reads are by Latin American authors, or about the history of Latin America. Luckily, we live in a very diverse community where we are exposed to many different races and languages so Lisa has close friends with whom she can practice speaking Spanish. She also practices Spanish at home with Isaac and has been trying to teach him the basics. She hopes to do the same with our new family member, your child.

Lisa is lucky to have a career at a small museum that allows her to spend free time during the work week with Isaac. Lisa breaks up his preschool week by spending Wednesdays with Isaac, oftentimes going on little adventures – picnics at the park, walks on the beach, and trips to the museum. The fire station is also a popular destination for us, so much so, that we are on a first name basis with many of the local fireman. And, every so often, Lisa even gets to take Isaac on the train for a fun day at her work. We often daydream about our future adventures with a second child, hopefully your little girl or boy!

Becoming a Family
Five years ago we decided we were established enough in our careers that it was time to expand our family. We had our son Isaac, and he has filled our home with more joy than we ever imagined possible. More than anything, however, the amazing experience we have had raising Isaac has shown us that we want to experience the ups and downs of life with another child.

Every day we learn something new about parenting – from how to comfort Isaac when he is sick, how to celebrate certain milestones with him, or how to understand his four-year-old frustrations. We realize all of the challenges and celebrations we experience as parents are an important part of growing together as parents and a family. We are the first to admit, we have not mastered parenthood and we are not perfect parents. We are real parents who over the past four plus years have been faced with many challenges, from Isaac not sleeping through the night to him going through a biting stage in daycare. These experiences have only worked to make us stronger as a couple and prepared to raise another child and help them through any challenges they may face.

We truly enjoy all of the aspects of parenthood, challenges or celebrations, and look forward to continue to learn as parents with another child. We are ready to take on any new challenges that a new child may send our way. Just the same, we are excited to celebrate all of their milestones and share all of our love and joy with your child.

578-lisa-devin-profileNow We Need You
We hope our story will give you comfort and affirm your decision to place your child up for adoption. We’d also like to say that having gone through a pregnancy already, we know, some of the emotions you are experiencing during this pregnancy. So, if we can provide additional emotional support, or comfort, to you during this time we are more than happy to do so. We would be honored to meet you if you are open to meeting us and, if you’d like, we are open to staying in touch with you through letters, photos, and visits, so you can stay updated on your child’s growth, life, and our adventures as a family.

Thank you so much for looking at our profile. We admire the courage and strength you are displaying by considering placing your baby for adoption. It is a selfless decision and we would be honored to be considered as a family for your child. It is our hope that through this letter we have given you a better understanding of who we are as a family and that we have given you confidence in our capabilities to raise your child with the unconditional love and support they need to succeed in life. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to tell you a little about our family and we hope you choose us so we get to meet you and your baby someday soon. If you would like to learn more about us or speak with us directly, please call Full Circle Adoptions at 1-800-452-3678.

Warmly,

Lisa and Devin

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Jen & Mike

 Dear Expectant Parents,

When we think about adoption, we do not only think about the joys we hope to know as parents. Your experience is upper-most in our minds. We imagine that considering an adoption plan is likely a very difficult decision for you to consider. Our hearts are full of respect for you as we think about this path you are considering. 555-Jen-Mike-profileWe want to assure you that, if chosen to be the adoptive parents for your child, we would enthusiastically welcome your child into our lives and hearts. We would welcome staying connected with you over the years, if this is something you would like. We want you to be able to know your child growing up, if this is comfortable for you. We think it’s important for children to know everyone who loves them. We also want you to feel reassured that you made a good decision, a choice that will bring your child happiness and the support you want them to have to fulfill their dreams. We will make sure to raise your child with love for you and a deep appreciation for your selfless choice. We look forward to knowing the joys and responsibilities of being parents and we are grateful to you for considering us.

Both of us love children dearly and we have been trying to conceive a child with no success. Unfortunately, due to infertility, we are unable to have a child through our own efforts. We have both always loved being around children. Mike worked as a camp counselor before college and we both have been active, as aunt and uncle, to our niece and nephew as well as to the children of our friends. While these times have brought us great joy, we have also wanted to be the one to read bedtime stories at night, pack their favorite lunch for school in the morning and to be the one to introduce them to the beauty of the world.

For years, we’ve been preparing to be parents. After finding a wonderful home, which we chose with having children in mind, we decided we were ready for a baby.  A frustrating year passed without any luck and we decided it was time to see a fertility specialist. We went through numerous rounds of infertility treatments with little success.

Jen: Our final failed effort at fertility treatment took place the same week that my grandmother passed away. While traveling to attend her funeral, I stopped in the bathroom while waiting to board the plane. I saw a woman looking blissfully happy, holding a newborn baby. I felt especially sorry for myself when I saw her. Then, another woman asked the new mom if the baby was her first. The happy mom explained that she had actually just been blessed with a child through adoption and they were on their way home for the first time. She was so excited to finally be a family. It was a little surreal, but, I suddenly stopped feeling sad and angry as I listened to her and, instead, I felt peace. Mike and I had talked about adoption before, but, it was at that moment that I realized that adoption was the path I wanted to take. I knew, in my heart, that I would be just as happy as the mom I had seen that day. I felt hopeful, for the first time in years, about what the future would bring.

Mike: Jen is a very nurturing woman. I see how great she is when we are with her sister’s daughter and son. Our niece loves her Auntie and attaches to her hip whenever Jen is around, begging for one more story or to color one more picture. Jen absolutely adores our niece and nephew. When I see their interactions, it makes me realize over and over how wonderful a person Jen is and how great a mother she will be.

Jen: I am certain that Mike will be an amazing father. One of the first moments that made me realize I wanted to marry him was seeing him lay on the floor to play with his young cousins at a family party. He was happy to play with Legos with them rather than watch the football game with the other men. His cousins are now teenagers and still look up to him. I know he will be a father who will always put his child first and be very involved in all aspects of his or her life.

We would love to share more information about us and about all that we hope to offer to a child.

Mike
I was born in Boston and grew up about 30 minutes south of the city as an only child. My childhood was filled with a lot of love and happiness as I was very lucky to be a part of a large extended family that got together often. There were also about twenty other kids in the neighborhood who were within two to three years of my age. There was always something going on.

My dad was a third generation Boston firefighter and my mother worked for the transit system; I have great memories of spending time with both parents at their respective workplaces. My parents were very loving and caring for me as a child; I couldn’t have asked for better parents.

Growing up, sports and being active were a large part of my life. I was always outside, no matter the season, playing some sort of sport or game with friends. The love of all the sports teams (particularly the Red Sox) has really been a big factor in my life. It really started when I was about 8 when my father bought us season tickets to the Red Sox.  We still have this tradition to this day. The bond and cherished memories of going to the Fenway Park for a Sox game with my dad is something that I will hold with me forever.

If our child has any interest in sports, I’d be happy to share that love and passion for the game (and for the Sox) with them.  And if they’re interested in something completely different, something that is uniquely their own passion, I will be excited to share that with them as well. It’s the sense of support you can give a child and having fun with them doing so that is such a lifelong gift.

When I was ten, my mother, who’d been ill for several years, died of breast cancer. I think of her every day and miss her terribly. What I learned from this sad loss is how precious life is, that it’s important to cherish each other every day; I also learned how important both parents are to a child. I hope to be as loving a parent as my mother was and as loving as my father continues to be and to pass on the love she gave to me by being the most loving dad possible. My father remarried a few years after my mother passed and I have been very lucky to have a caring step-mother, Patti, who, together with my father, made sure I had all the love, support and encouragement I needed to pursue my dreams.

I attended high school in Boston and then attended college in Pennsylvania. I graduated with a double degree in Finance and Management. I’ve been in the banking and finance industry since graduating from college. Once I moved back closer to home, I also managed to complete my Master’s in Business Administration degree. This was a particularly proud achievement of mine as I put in a lot of hard work and effort to complete my degree while working full time. I have a position that provides the security with which to support our family and the flexibility to enable me to be an active dad and involved parent with our child.

Jen
I grew up in a quiet small town in Maine.   I have amazing and supportive parents and one younger sister who is now a nurse practitioner. My growing up years were shaped in a significant way by the fact that our family had a home on a lake in Maine where we gathered as a family. The camp has long been a big part of my family and is a tradition we continue today. We can’t wait to bring our child to the camp so they can know their cousins and enjoy all the fun that the surroundings have to offer.

Many weekends in the summer and fall were spent at camp over the course of all my growing up years. Swimming, fishing, waterskiing and tubing and kayaking are a few of the activities we enjoy there.  Cribbage and other board games and camp fires are frequent activities at night. In the past few years, it has been fun bringing my young niece and nephew up there and I know that they will soon enjoy the same activities that my sister and I did as children. I can’t wait for the day that I can spend time with our own child there as well.

My grandfather was a physician and, upon retirement, set up a small nonprofit scholarship foundation that provides scholarships to students enrolled in nursing school. Many of these students are single mothers who are working full time while pursuing their nursing degree. When not spending time with Mike or working, I enjoy helping the family foundation by sitting on the Board of Directors.  It is very rewarding to be able to make a small difference in someone’s life and I hope that our child will be interested in becoming involved in the foundation one day.

I attended college in Vermont where I studied Fine Arts and Journalism.  I currently work for a large financial company and still enjoy the arts in my free time. I am excited for the chance to nurture our child’s creativity through the arts starting at a young age. I often enjoy activities such as painting and creating various craft projects with my young niece and nephew. I also love to teach them songs that I remember from my childhood and watch them clap and sing along. I look forward to spending time doing the same activities with our child.

Relationship
We met in 2002 while working for the same large financial services company. Jen was new to the company and started within the same department as Mike. Mike would think of excuses to come ask Jen questions at work so he could talk to her. Several months later, during a work outing for drinks, we talked more and both realized that there may be more of a connection than just associates at work. Our first date was at a nice restaurant where we sat and talked for quite a while. Even though we had known each other for a couple months through work, it was great to finally get to know more about each other. It must have been fate that brought us together at our company because Jen had been an art major in college living in Maine when she needed a change. A friend was able to help get her a job and a place to live in Boston. Even though it wasn’t a field she was initially interested in, she took the job and made the move. As things turned out, she really enjoyed the job and we ended up meeting not too long after she moved to the Boston area.

Jen: Mike proposed after five years together. He asked me if I wanted to go for a walk in the park near our apartment. This was something we liked to do often on evenings after dinner when the weather was nice. I thought nothing of it and tried to invite our roommate along for the walk. Luckily she saw Mike waving and saying no behind me and declined. About halfway around our usual loop, Mike said he was tired and needed to rest in an open clearing with a beautiful view. It was there he took out the ring and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I was surprised and excited,  and I said, “yes!”

Mike: Our wedding was a special time in our lives. We were blessed to be surrounded by all of our family and friends in a beautiful ceremony. Even though it was in the middle of Tropical Storm Hannah, we couldn’t have imagined our wedding day working out as great as it did.  It was an unusually warm September evening and the air conditioning at the venue was not working, but we danced the night away with our wind swept and rained on guests. No one let the weather dampen their festive mood and it has only added to our wonderful memories of the day.

Jen:  I love Mike for his sweet and caring nature and sense of humor. Mike is the kind of person who gives what he can to charities and helps elderly ladies get cans that are out of reach at the grocery store.  I appreciate all the little things he does each day at home, like always washing the dishes after I cook dinner and making me tea before bed. Mike can always make me laugh to cheer me up when I might be having rough day. I love that when we visit my family in Maine, Mike is often seen playing hide and seek or helping our three year old niece color in her play tent.

Mike: I love Jen because of her kind, honest and selfless nature. She is the first one to offer friends and family her time and help whenever needed. Jen also has a great sense of humor and can drop a quick little one liner that will have both of us cracking up with laughter nonstop. She is quick to cheer me up during any rough patches that I may have. I can come home from work after a bad day and she’ll be there to greet me with a big hug and make me smile within seconds.
A very important and large part of our relationship has been our shared passion for traveling. Before we were married, we traveled around Ireland with friends and spent time in the Caribbean. After we were married, we went to Hawaii for our honeymoon. It was incredible trip as we were starting our married life together. It was truly unforgettable.

Jen: For our fifth wedding anniversary, Mike wanted to do something special and romantic so he surprised me with a trip to Sedona, Arizona. He knew this was one place I had always wanted to travel and had never been. He planned hikes, a jeep tour and a hot air balloon ride over the scenic red canyons. It was an amazing trip to a beautiful part of our country and even though the balloon ride was ultimately cancelled due to weather; this just gives us a reason to return in the future. We hope that, in the future, we are able to continue our travels, not only as a couple, but, with a child, to explore other cultures and historical place throughout the world.

Jen and Mike love the outdoors and being with nature. We enjoy going on walks around the neighborhood and hikes especially in Maine in the fall. We both enjoy being on the water as well whether it’s relaxing at the beach or Mike’s parents’ pool or the numerous activities at the lake in Maine. We both love to go skiing with friends and family and Mike loves to golf with friends around home or in Maine with Jen’s parents.

We love to spend time in the kitchen together as well. We both really enjoy cooking and coming up with new recipes or twists on one of our favorites. We enjoy having our families over for a dinner or making some special meals for a Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Christmas Eve. Our love for the kitchen and cooking is something that we would love to share and enjoy with our child.

Home and Neighborhood
We bought our home 6 years ago in a great, safe and family-friendly neighborhood in hopes of starting our family. Our four bedroom colonial is a great size with a screened in back porch and a farmer’s porch.  The spacious and private back yard is great place to relax or play catch. There are always children playing and running around or families walking their dogs through the streets of the neighborhood. Our house is surrounded by conservation land so it can be very quiet and peaceful at times as well. The town we live in can feel like we’re in the middle of the country at times especially when the horse show is in town and there are also a couple of farms that are close by. Our town has a real sense of community and togetherness. Whether it is the town fields that are always filled with children playing soccer, softball or baseball or people coming together to enjoy the Veteran’s Day or the July 4th Parade through the center of town there is always something going on.

Family Times
We live within a half hour of Mike’s parents and his large extended family. Being so close allows us to spend quality time with them whether it’s a Sunday dinner or swimming at Mike’s parents’ pool on a hot summer day. Mike grew up as only child however it always helped that he had such a large extended family with many aunts and uncles and cousins of a similar age. Holidays and family parties are frequent in Mike’s family. There’s always a great excuse to get together whether it’s a graduation, a birthday or someone feels like having a big family dinner. Jen’s family is smaller but very close knit. They live about two hours away in Maine and we visit about once a month.

Jen has one sister who is married and has two small children; they live close to Jen’s parents. Our three year old niece Zoe loves to color and play make believe. She often gets the whole family to hide under the blankets on the sofa when she says “Oh no! The bears are coming! We have to hide!” Zoe and her Grampy also have an ongoing argument about who is the silliest goose (we think it’s a tie). We look forward to seeing what her baby brother Emmett adds to the conversation when he gets older.  Zoe adores her Gramma as well and loves to help her in the kitchen.  Both of our families are very supportive and excited to for us to start our family. Adoption is not a new concept for either of our families. Mike’s dad has two cousins who were adopted and fully supported by the entire family. Jen also has a couple of second cousins who were also adopted. Our child would have family with whom they could share that bond with as well as people they could turn to for advice.

Parenting
Our foundation for parenting comes from how both of us were raised. We were raised to be honest, kind and respectful. Mike was always taught by his dad and grand-father the “Golden Rule” –to treat others the way you would want to be treated and to be respectful of other people, property and cultures. Everyone in the world is different somehow and we should embrace those differences, not judge them. Education is also a very important factor to us as future parents. We have started an education fund for our future child’s choice of college or vocational education and will provide for every educational opportunity possible for our child. Whether our child attends college or feels that another path would help them pursue certain goals, we will support them in pursuing and engaging in the opportunities that will fulfill their dreams. We will offer our unwavering support in their pursuit of whatever passions and interests they discover whether it is through art, music, science or sports. We want to provide them the same support and opportunities for education and training that both of us had in our lives.

Over these past few years we have been preparing ourselves to become parents. We both have stable jobs that provide a great deal of flexibility to enable us to be active parents. We both are fortunate that we have the ability to work from home 2-3 days per week. We have also discussed the possibility that Jen might switch to part time as well in the future. For the few days when we’re not home, our plan is to have our child go to a small very family-friendly day-care center very close to home that focuses on early education and creative learning.

We want you to know that our plan, from day one, is to talk warmly and lovingly about adoption. We want to be open and honest with the child from the start so they will always understand and appreciate their story. Depending on your feelings, we are open to you having a warm relationship with your child as they grow up; our understanding is that children are not confused by this and, instead, feel great relief over knowing the truth of their situation. They feel more “whole” by having the ongoing opportunity to know everyone who loves them.
555-Jen-Mike-profileThank you so much for taking the time to read our letter and consider us as possible adoptive parents of your child. We truly admire your strength and courage with these difficult decisions – the first, whether or not to proceed to make an adoption plan and, the second how to provide your child with the adoptive family that you feel will be the best choice. If chosen as the adoptive family for your child, please know that we would provide a loving, supportive and healthy home.

We wish nothing but the best for you as you go through this difficult and emotional time. Thank you for reading our letter and considering us to be the adoptive parents to your child. We would love to hear from you. Please call Full Circle Adoptions at 1-800-452-3678 if you would like to learn more about us or speak with us.

Warmly and with respect,
Jen and Mike

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Rob & Alex

 Dear Expectant Parent:

Our names are Rob and Alex. We are very excited about becoming parents, and are ready to provide a very loving and nurturing home for a child. We have been together for over 15 years and have always dreamed of fatherhood. We are very established in our careers and feel fortunate to be able to focus our attention on building our family. Thanks for considering us!

Rob is a teacher and Alex is a medical physicist. When we welcome a daughter or son into our family, we will both be able to take parental leave from our work and spend a lot of time with our child. Rob will also take an additional parenting leave from his teaching position so that our daughter or son will have a full-time stay-at-home parent when they are young.

544-Rob-Alex-profile-2015In our years together, we have been surrounded by many loving, caring, and thoughtful friends with whom we have deep connections. Our families and friends are very excited about us becoming parents. The support is overwhelming! We are fortunate to have many friends with young children –, not only is there a built-in support system, but there are also many playmates for our child. It is exciting to think about the joy and support our child will experience.

As part of the process of preparing for adoption, friends and family wrote letters to our agency. We thought you might enjoy hearing some of these. Our friend, Sarah, wrote to the adoption agency, “Rob and Alex have a warm and inviting home where they cook, garden, host friends, laugh lots, and work hard. They will be wonderful parents – expressing patience, love, care and a lot of joy. I can picture them dancing with their children in the living room before making homemade pizza. They are very conscientious about commitments and are absolutely reliable. They will absolutely be able to provide security and stability for a child.”

Another of our friends, Renee, wrote, “It is an understatement to say that Rob and Alex will be extremely committed to their child. They are precisely the prospective parents who I imagine your agency is looking for.” We are very grateful to our friends for their commitment to supporting us as dads. Sarah, Renee and other women friends will also be a wonderful resource to turn to for advice in any situation, and as well as being wonderful role models for our child.

Depending upon your interest and comfort level, we want you to know that we’re very willing to help create an open adoption relationship with you. Whether now or in the years ahead, if you are interested, we’d like you to feel comfortable being a part of your child’s experience growing up. We think that this connection is very important. It can be helpful for a child to know everyone who loves him or her.  To encourage these relationships, we are open to visits, video conversations, exchanging letters and photographs, and phone calls. We will always speak positively about you to your child.

Our Home

We live in a diverse, urban neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. We moved into our home a bit over three years ago. It was important for us to find a place that was close to our jobs and the attractions of the city, yet we also wanted to feel surrounded by nature.  Our home is all that! We are just a short walk from the major landmarks such as Fenway Park (the oldest ballpark in America), the world-famous Museum of Fine Arts, as well as the beautiful chain of parks known as the Emerald Necklace, complete with a river and a few ponds. Some of the highest-ranking colleges and hospitals are just a few miles away.

Our neighbors hail from all around the world. Walking down the street, we easily find many international restaurants, grocery shops, bookstores and other businesses representing all continents. There are many families with children, and many playgrounds where one could hear English, Spanish, Creole and other languages. As an interracial couple, with cultural heritage both here and abroad, we feel that we fit right in. We are incredibly excited to introduce our child to this community that will welcome her or him with open arms and open hearts.

Whenever family or friends from out of town visit, we love to take them to our favorite neighborhood spots: a beautiful pond where we can take a ride on a row boat, a bakery with the best croissants and cinnamon buns, outdoor festivals with live music and street fair snacks. There are two big events that the neighborhood children enjoy in particular. One is the spring festival with a parade of bands, puppets, face painting and other outdoor fun activities. The other is the fall festival where the children make lanterns and bring them to the pond in the evening. We are looking forward to raising our child in this community with so much to offer.

About Us

When we met more than 15 years ago, we immediately recognized how wonderful the other was and we have been inseparable ever since. It all began on a warm spring evening, when a friend introduced us to each other at a roof-deck party.  We started our conversation by commenting on the beautiful Boston skyline, but quickly moved on to other topics telling each other about our lives and interests. There were immediate sparks. Both of us knew that there was something very special about the other. Rob saw kindness, humor, intelligence, and compassion in Alex from the start. And Alex was drawn to Rob’s confident, caring, sincere, and outgoing personality.  Many years have passed since then, but our relationship is as full of love and fun as ever.

Together we have had a great time traveling, hanging out with friends and family, and sharing our favorite things with each other. We have also been there for each other when either one of us needed support. Rob kept Alex’s spirits up through his graduate school studies, which culminated in a doctorate in Physics. In his turn, Alex helped supported Rob when he decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Education, while continuing to teach at elementary school. We believe that the strength of our relationship is that it has been built on mutual respect, and genuine caring for the wellbeing of each other. We are very much looking forward to welcoming a child into this environment of love and respect as parents.

Rob grew up in Philadelphia with his parents and an older brother, and a large extended family of cousins, aunts, and uncles. Rob’s family connections kept strong with weekend visits to grandparents’ houses and gatherings to celebrate birthdays, holidays, or “just because” get-together days. Growing up, Rob was a caring and responsible kid, and was often called to look after neighbors’ younger children. He would spend some of his babysitter earnings on comic books, and also save some for a future world adventure. While a high school student, Rob had a chance to use some of those savings to spend a semester in Mexico, learning how to speak Spanish, and how to be an independent young man away from his family. After graduating high school, Rob moved to Boston for college. He was the first in his family to leave the state to pursue an education. This drive to know the world outside of his community led Rob to many adventures, new jobs, and friendships.

Knowing that he had a passion for teaching young people, Rob chose a career in the classroom.  He now works at a public elementary school teaching 10 and 11 year-old students. His school district is considered one of the top educational leaders in the state of Massachusetts. And his students come from many cultural, racial and economic backgrounds. Having worked with children from newborn through young adults in his jobs and personal life, Rob has gained a breadth of knowledge of and experience with various developmental stages. He holds an unwavering respect for each individual child’s personal learning style. Rob is also incredibly patient, allowing time for young people to find their own way with some adult support.

As a teacher, Rob places high importance on education and the opportunities that it opens up to an individual. We both will provide our child with the encouragement and support to become a confident person who will pursue her or his dreams.

Alex grew up in Ukraine. He was the younger of his parents’ two sons, but he often took care of his older brother, who was born with special needs. Growing up, Alex enjoyed being independent and taking on responsibilities, and would try to help his parents in their errands whenever he could. In his spare time, he was a bicycle racer and an avid reader. His favorites were science fiction and adventure books. Always a curious and inventive person, Alex was drawn to study the sciences.

After finishing college with a degree in physics, he moved to Boston to continue his education at a graduate school.  Alex now works as radiation physicist at a hospital, where his job is to ensure the quality and safety of radiation therapy for cancer patients. Besides daily work on patient treatments, Alex is also involved in clinical trials and research aimed to improve the results of therapy. Alex is very happy in this role, as he feels that his work and research are rewarding and important, and that he is making a positive impact on the lives of many people affected by cancer.

Just like Rob, Alex believes that education is essential and opens many great opportunities for a fulfilling life. We both are committed to providing the time and financial resources needed for our child’s education and training. We know that every child is different, with a unique soul and interests, and we will be fully supportive of our child developing her or his individuality and provide them with opportunities to follow their passions.

Both of our families live out of state, but there are many traditions that bring us all together. Rob’s father and step-mother come every year to spend Thanksgiving with us and our friends. Everybody gets a chance to cook their favorite dish: Rob’s father is in charge of the turkey and the greens, Rob makes delicious sweet potato mash and mac-and-cheese, and Alex cooks mushroom soup and baked salmon.

Other friends and relatives come to visit us often. Rob’s cousin (now about to enter college) has stayed with us every summer for the past 10 years. We like taking our guests around and enjoying the great parks, museums and historical sites, and of course the eateries of Boston. We like to visit family and friends whenever we have a chance to travel. Alex’s family lives in Ukraine, including his father and step-mother, two step-brothers, aunts, uncles, and ten cousins with their own families. Even with such great distance, we make it a priority to keep connections strong. Even if we can’t travel to them as often as we wish, with internet and video apps, we have been able to talk to our families and see them face to face more often.

Our interests

Both of us enjoy cooking for each other and friends. We look forward to cooking with our child as well – we’ll start with the small things and work our way up, assuming our child enjoys this as well. Alex’s specializes in “uncomplicated” comfort foods: soups, fried potatoes and cauliflower, baked fish, rice and fresh salads.  Rob enjoys cooking sophisticated meals from a recipe, involving dozens of ingredients and hours of preparation – and the result is always worth the wait. Rob is also the grill-master, while Alex is great as a sous-chef marinating meats and stuffing kebab skewers.

We always enjoyed travel, and together we visited more than half of the US states, and a dozen countries in North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. We like road trips and nature hikes, and always have a great time visiting friends and making new ones during our trips. Alex is a native Russian speaker, and Rob is fluent in Spanish. Every time we travel, we try to learn a few phrases in the language of the country we are going to. We like trying food from different regions and cultures, and we also enjoy finding out about diverse traditions, music and history.

544-Rob-Alex-profile-2015We both agree that activities and exercise help us stay healthy and full of energy for our busy lives. Alex enjoys swimming and working out at the gym after a day at work. And Rob finds that practicing yoga helps him stay focused and stress-free. We both enjoy bicycling, and often go for a ride in the park or to run errands around the city. If not walking around the ponds, or biking in the park, we might as well be relaxing at home catching up on movies, reading books, or trying out some new recipes.

It is our hope that we have the chance to enrich our child’s life through our experiences. We look forward to taking our child to quiet national parks and beaches, meeting our many good friends and their children, and learning together about the wonderfully rich traditions of the world, near and far.

If you would like to find out more about us, please contact A Full Circle Adoptions: 1-800-452-3678. We wish you the best in your decision.  We can only imagine how difficult this decision of choosing an adoptive family might be. And we hope that you will find us to be a wonderful adoptive family for your child.

Sincerely,

Rob and Alex