Hello & Welcome! We are Maria and Mike. Dear Birthparents: Thank you for considering adoption and thank you for considering us. You must be a very courageous, generous, and loving person to make this decision and we are grateful. A Little Bit About Who We Are: We have been married for nine years and six years ago we moved back to our home town in upstate New York to be surrounded by friends and family. Our family is, and always will be, the most important thing in our lives. Completing our family. While we feel blessed that we have three amazing children, we know we want one more to complete our family and that adoption is the right path for us. You can reach us toll free by calling 1-800-626-4324.
Here’s Our Story
As a couple: We met in high school, have been together for 16 years and have been married the last 9 years. Our high school prom picture (in its cheesy original frame) is next to our wedding photo in our bedroom. We’ve lived in 4 different states together but couldn’t be happier that we are back in our hometown to be close to family & friends. We are equally happy trying a new restaurant in town or sitting on our couch, drinking coffee and chatting.
Our Story as Parents: We are very affectionate parents. Not a day goes by when each of our children aren’t hugged, kissed and we tell them we love them. In the next few pages you’ll learn more about Michael (5 years old), Vinny (3) and Caterina (2) and how we strive to make each of them feel special.
Why Adoption is Right For Us
We had many fertility issues when conceiving our children and cannot be more excited about having a new child become part of our family. Since we have been blessed with two important people in our lives who are adopted (Maria’s cousin and her closest friend), we know that family doesn’t require a common bloodline.
Introducing Maria by Mike
Family is everything to Maria. She grew up in a close family where her parents and brothers were her best-friends and seeing grandparents every week was a way of life.
Like most stay-at-home moms, she does the hard stuff. Maria is a superhero. She does everything from cooking to homework to changing diapers, often before 10 AM.
Maria makes the people around her better. Her unconditional support gives me the confidence to push myself professionally. Our kids are more confident to try new things like Spanish or lacrosse, as they know their mom is waiting to give them a hug, no matter the outcome.
Maria does have a life outside being a mom! She loves cooking, but loves baking even more. Whether it’s a small dinner party or a kids’ birthday blowout, Maria loves entertaining. She is passionate about traveling too, every year for her birthday we visit a new city.
Introducing Mike by Maria
Mike takes care of us. While Mike supports our family financially, he also supports us emotionally. Whether it’s listening after a tough day or giving our son a “pep talk” before his first day of school, Mike is always there for us.
He’s the fun one. Our kids adore Mike, probably because he is still a kid-at-heart. He loves creating silly games with the kids and always finds ways to make them laugh.
Mike puts other first. For example, even though Mike works from home his job can be demanding. Mike will work before everyone wakes up so he doesn’t miss out on family time.
Mike is well-rounded. As an undergraduate Mike was a Division 1 athlete, as a graduate student he earned two master degrees from MIT. He also presented at the United Nations, but some of my favorite things about him are his corny jokes and homemade Christmas ornaments.
About Our Home and Community
We live in a five-bedroom home in suburban upstate New York. Our neighborhood is filled with young families and in a great school district. If you asked our kids what they liked best they’d probably say our pool in the backyard where Mike takes them swimming just about every free day in the summer. We also have a swing set and plenty of space for impromptu games of tag and soccer, which happen often.
Introducing the Future Big Brothers and Big Sister
We know our children would lovingly welcome a new baby into our family just as they have welcomed each other and each one of their cousins.
Michael is five and prides himself on being big brother. He loves coloring and playing outside. He goes to public school kindergarten the first half of the day and then spends the second half at bilingual Spanish school. Michael enjoys playing police with his brother, if Vinny plays the robber.
Vinny is three and is happy-go-lucky. He loves pirates, Legos and anything Michael does. He goes to preschool twice a week. Vinny is our charmer, making friends everywhere. His best-friend is Michael, but has a special bond with Caterina and is the first one by her side when she cries.
Caterina is two and fiercely independent. She loves Elmo, taking care of her doll and her new baby cousin. She does a “Mommy-and-Me” class at the local library once a week with Maria and started preschool in January. She tries to keep up with her big brothers and usually succeeds.
Meet Our Family
Family is the most important part of our life. Here are two sets of people that play a pivotal role in our children’s lives and why our large family is so close-knit.
Grandparents: We live within twenty minutes of both sets of our parents and see them every week. Nana & Papa D and Mema & Papa are very involved grandparents; attending every school event, hosting regular sleepovers, and taking the kids out individually for some special one-on-one time.
Cousins: On Maria’s side there are ten cousins, ages eight and under. The kids are all best friends and are often happiest when they are together, which is at least every month. Their favorite time is “cousins week”, a week-long sleepover at Nana’s house.
Like all families we see each other for major holidays however, these family events are not why we are so close. Instead, it’s the fact we see each other every few weeks that creates an atmosphere where our children are growing up with uncles and aunts that are second sets of parents, grandparents that adore and celebrate them, cousins who are built in best-friends, and where there is never a doubt of how much they are loved.
Our Thoughts on Parenting
Understand what makes each child an individual and cultivate it. Michael loves numbers so we play card games like “War” with him, Vinny loves to build & be creative so we set him up a Lego station. Caterina is independent so we let her make choices on what she wears, eats, etc.
Spend time as a family. Every week we do Friday pizza night, Saturday morning pancakes, and church on Sunday. We have lots of annual traditions too like visiting a local farm and cutting down our Christmas tree.
Ensure our kids are well-rounded. Over the past year we have exposed our children to Spanish, hip-hop dance, soccer, cooking, and weekly trips to the library.
Give lots of hugs and kisses. We are a very affectionate family. While we tell each of our children we love them multiple times a day, we also reinforce it with hugs, kisses and plenty of snuggling.
Our Final Thoughts
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We hoped we have shared enough to help you decide if we are the right kind of people to raise your child.
We appreciate the bravery it takes to make this decision and will share it with our child from the beginning. We would love to share with you photos and updates throughout your child’s life.
Our home is filled with love, laughter and happiness and we know that bringing another child into our home will only increase this. We are grateful and honored that you are considering us.