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Martin & Carmen
Thank you for taking the time to review our profile and getting to know us a little. We adopted our son Alexander about two years ago and have a wonderful relationship with his birth parents. We have so much more love and joy to share and want to welcome another child into our family. We would be so excited to share this journey with you.
Our Family Traditions
As it is in the States, Christmas is a big deal for Germans. Every year we have a real Christmas tree. The rule is: the tree has to be taller than Carmen but Martin has to be able to carry it by himself. We adorn the whole house with decorations that in large part come from Germany. Carmen cooks a special Christmas dinner while Martin makes sure the guests are entertained.
Another big celebration in Germany is Oktoberfest. Since we love to have people over to celebrate, we go all out for this one. The house is decorated in blue and white, we make all kinds of German food and of course have a variety of German beers. Guests are "required" to dress up in German attire and play silly games.
Game night with friends has also become somewhat of a tradition just because everyone has a ball. We meet at somebody's house, have food potluck style, play games and enjoy our conversations.
On a typical weekday Martin gets up a little bit earlier and takes care of our son Alex. Then we all have breakfast together and Martin is leaving for work, preferably on a bicycle if the weather allows. Carmen then takes Alex out for a play date with friends, going to the community center or to mother-child classes. In the evening Carmen cooks dinner while Martin takes care of Alex, playing in the living room or reading books. Dinner time is quality time and we make a point of enjoying the food and talking about what happened during our day.
In the evenings we play games with friends or just watch some TV by ourselves. You may also find us downstairs working on our projects. In our hobby area we have Carmen's sewing machine, her cutting table, Martin's model building workbench and all kinds of other fun stuff.
On the weekends we meet up with other couples and their children for brunch, playing in the park or taking a stroll downtown. We love to do day trips and explore towns and parks in our state. Before we had our son Alex we would go hiking or bicycling, but that has to wait until the kids are a bit older again. Same for skiing or snowboarding in the winter. In the meantime we both try to stay fit as good as we can. Carmen is doing yoga and Martin is working out at a gym.
Why We Chose Adoption
Right after we got married in 2010 we started trying to conceive knowing that it might take some time. After 3 years of being unsuccessful we started IUI treatments, always knowing that adoption was definitely an option for us. The doctors diagnosed us with "unexplained infertility." When IVF treatments were suggested to us we declined and decided to move forward with our plan to adopt.
We knew that we didn't need a biological child to love him or her and we wanted to start our own little family. Neither one of us could imagine not having kids.
Probably one of our most memorable events was the day our son, Alexander, was born in 2017 and he is the greatest joy in our lives. We have so much more love to share and want to provide a good home for another child. Alexander would be an awesome older brother and, apart from being close in age, they could create a strong bond knowing that they are both adopted and loved by so many people.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a family-oriented community in a large metropolitan area in Washington state. Our hillside neighborhood has lots of green spaces, parks, playgrounds and even a short hiking trail. A popular recreation club featuring a swimming pool is just a couple of steps down our street. The people living here have built a well-organized community with monthly get-togethers, clubs and holiday events.
Our house has high ceilings and lots of windows that flood the rooms with sunlight. We spend most of our time in the family room right next to the kitchen. A large deck spans around the house and in the summer we spend our evenings there barbecuing.
Our yard is like a small wildlife refuge with lots of birds, bunnies, and squirrels feeding on our fruit trees and blackberries. A deer family frequently camps on our lawn and we enjoy watching them from our deck. Keeping the yard in shape is quite some work, but gardening is a great way for Martin to wind down from work.
The area is rich with different cultures and traditions. We even have a bilingual German-English preschool close by. We live in an excellent school district with lots of modern schools in walking distance from our house. Downtown with all its attractions and activities is just a 20 minute drive away and it takes us just as long to escape into the untouched nature of the Pacific Northwest.
Our Extended Families
Since we both grew up in Germany we fly back once a year in the summer to visit our families and friends. We usually stay with Carmen's mother at their family winery where she grew up. Carmen's brother now runs the business and lives with his family right next door. We spend most of our time with our nieces. Together we visit nearby castles and museums, kick the soccer ball in the backyard or just play with Barbie and Legos. And every year we go to an indoor water park and splash around in the pools all day long.
Martin's mother lives about 2 hours away with his handicapped sister Doris. His dad passed away a couple of years ago. His older sister Sabine lives in Munich and she usually comes up to meet us there and the whole family spends quality time together. Or we'll keep driving south and visit Sabine in Bavaria and enjoy local Bretzln and Weissbier.
During the year we keep in touch with our family via social media & phone calls. Grandma now finally has a smart-phone and enjoys watching her grandson via FaceTime. And for Christmas we always get a huge care-package from back home with our favorite home-made cookies and sweets. We wouldn't survive the long winter without it.
From Us to You
Hello, we are Carmen, Martin and little Alexander, and we are excited to welcome another child into our family. We have been married for almost 10 years and our relationship grows stronger as time goes on and we face new challenges together. Alex has brought so much joy to our life, even more than we could have ever imagined. It is amazing to see him develop and grow, and to watch him become a little person of his own. We can't wait to see him share his joy and happiness with a sibling.
Having a family and raising children together was one of first things we talked about when we started dating. After several years of trying to conceive we started seeing a reproductive specialist but didn't get a firm diagnosis for our infertility. We always knew that adoption was an option for us and started looking further into it instead of going on with extensive fertility treatments. Once we started to talk about our adoption plans to friends and coworkers we were surprised how many had a family member or friend who was adopted. Hearing their stories just confirmed our thoughts and we knew we were on the right path.
After a lot of homework and reading up on adoption we entered the pool of waiting parents. We waited for almost 2 years until we finally got the call that a birth-mother had chosen us. We met the her soon after and everything felt just right. She was just as excited to meet us as we were to meet her. Being with her at the hospital and holding our adopted son for the first time was worth the long wait and one of the greatest moments in our lives.
Over the last year and a half we have seen Alexander's birth family multiple times and it is always a joyous occasion. We constantly share pictures and videos with them. Alexander is already aware of his adoption story and as he grows older we hope that these relationships deepen.
Like every parent we will strive to do the best job we can raising a healthy, happy, kind, well educated child. We want our child to know that we are always there to listen without judgement. We want to show our child, by being living examples, how important it is to have an open mind not only towards other people but also new ideas, experiences and challenges. We believe that raising our child bilingually and exposing him or her to many different cultures will be an important step in that direction. Through all this we hope our child will find their passion in life and by being on this planet make it just a little bit better place to live.
We will do our very best to let our child know that they are loved by us, by you, and by every member of our extended family. We hope that you would want to be involved in the child's life so he or she can benefit from what you have to offer. We will do our part in welcoming you into our lives and hope you'll do the same. Of course, there is no pressure and we will respect your wishes in regards to your degree of involvement. Openness is very important to us and we will have a relationship where we can communicate honestly and respectfully. We are excited and look forward to getting to know you.
Martin & Carmen
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