Where do we begin? First of all, let us introduce ourselves. We are Jason and Diana and Eli (5 years old). But before we get ahead of ourselves, we want to thank you for taking the time to look at our profile at what must be an overwhelming time in your life. We really admire you for having the courage and strength to consider choosing an adoptive family for your baby. And we want you to know that if you choose to entrust us with your child, we’d love to send you pictures and letters over the years so that you can see him or her grow. But before you decide, we should tell you a little bit about ourselves. You can reach us toll free by calling 1-800-626-4324.
When Diana was in college, one of her roommates was Jason’s sister. They became dear friends who were both passionate about working with children with disabilities and other challenges. Diana and Jason crossed paths a few times over the years but a fabulous New Year’s Eve party at Jason’s place in 2006 was when they really met. And the rest, as they say, is history. Soon after they met they surprised themselves by starting to daydream together about potential baby names. In the summer of 2009 they got married on Diana’s grandmother’s farm in upstate New York. Our dreams of becoming parents happened sooner than expected and we learned we were pregnant with our son, Eli. He surprised everyone arriving three months early the year after we were married. As soon as the shock of Eli’s early appearance wore off, Diana and Jason started thinking about having a second baby. Here’s a little bit about each of us to round out the picture:
• Diana is a special education professor at a small college. After teaching children with autism for many years, she loves teaching college students who are training to be teachers themselves. Diana’s schedule at the college is very flexible which give her lots of time (especially in the summers) to do art projects with Eli and his friends or to take them swimming or bike riding. Diana’s job also appeals to the intrepid traveler in her, because it allows her to take students abroad to study schooling in different countries.
• Jason is a writer and editor. He works from home, which is extremely convenient. It means that if Eli (or another child, hopefully!) ever needs to stay home from school, he’s there. And it also means that he can sneak out during his lunch break to play a game of basketball with friends or take a run to the stream for a quick swim.
• Despite his early arrival, Eli is a happy healthy preschooler. He loves “writing letters” to his grandparents, and aunts and uncle. Diana’s sister just sent him a return address stamp, which has taken his letter writing to a whole new level. Eli loves his preschool, which is just a two-block walk from our house. He can’t wait to ride the bus to kindergarten in the fall! He’s an extremely gentle child and when we see him with his friends’ younger siblings, it’s clear that he’d be a great older brother.
Our Community and Home
We reside in the State of New York and are very lucky to live in a community that we love. Our house has lots of character. It also has more room than we need for the three of us. We have a perfect little room that is just waiting to become a nursery. We love our fenced-in backyard, which has a huge oak tree with a swing in it and a little garden. We also have a great upstairs playroom that is lined with toys and has windows all around. When kids come over to our house, they run upstairs and are surrounded by toys before we even notice.
But what we like most about our house is its location: right downtown. That means that we can walk to playgrounds, stores, the public library, an ice cream shop, and even a waterfall where we have picnics on summer evenings. It’s also the community where Diana’s family has lived for many generations. On the weekends we often bring dinner to Diana’s grandmother who at 95 still lives on a farm with orchards for apple picking in the fall. Diana’s aunt and uncle live on the lake just outside of town. It’s a perfect place for swimming and boating.
Why we’d be good parents (and big brother!) to your child.
Diana and Jason have complementary strengths as parents. Diana is very organized and is always on top of the details – pediatrician’s visits, preschool registration, etc. She is also trained as a special educator and is well equipped to make sure that each child gets what he or she needs. Jason, for his part, is an incredibly nurturing father. He’s never too tired to soothe a crying child, to sing made up songs and tell silly stories. And they have shared values about parenting that include supporting children in finding their own strengths and passions, allowing them to make mistakes and helping them to become independent free thinking people.
Why We Want to Adopt
Ultimately, we’ve learned that it is not safe for Diana to carry another child. And yet, we yearn to have another baby. We have many friends who are adopted themselves or who have adopted children. We’ve heard so many different and beautiful adoption stories; including the ways in which some children have developed relationships with their birth parents. We feel very lucky to have these role models and know that adoption is the right path for us.
We are so honored that you are taking the time to read our profile and to consider us as a family for your child. We have so much respect for the thoughtful decision that you are in the process of making and hope that we will have the opportunity to meet you one day.
With great respect,
Diana, Jason, and Eli