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Manny & Brian
We are so excited to become parents! Thank you for considering adoption, because without people like you we would have little hope. We understand an integral part of adoption is finding the right family for your child, and we hope our profile begins to give you an idea of who we are and the life full of love and happiness we can provide for your child.
What it Means to Be Parents
Being parents means doing everything within our power to raise a happy child into a capable adult. Naturally, we’re excited about laughing and playing and doing all of the fun things involved in raising a child. But those fun times all aim toward a larger goal of this child growing into a person who is independent, adaptable, and resilient.
As a means to an end, we expect to really enjoy encouraging our child to play outside. The natural world has so many lessons to teach a curious kid they likely won’t learn in school.
We look forward to exploring the outdoors with our child, and we look forward to watching them gain the courage and confidence to explore it on their own, first in the backyard, and then beyond as they learn to be more independent of their parents.
Our Life Priorities
Brian has known he wanted to be a teacher since he was in 7th grade, and has been teaching in the classroom for nearly a decade. Manny is a first-generation college graduate. So it’s only natural that education is something we have both identified as being a high priority in our family. We have both personally benefited from high-quality public education, and we know that a good education opens doors for a child. We want to encourage our child to take every advantage of their education.
We also both really value health and fitness in our lives. We had a transformative year when living in North Carolina in which we gave up some vices and made a conscious effort to be more active, both in and out of a gym. We’re still committed to general activity, and we’ve also worked hard to improve our nutrition.
Of course, we still allow ourselves plenty of the foods that bring us joy, like pizza, ice cream, and potato chips, but we do our best to balance those out with more nutritious foods that allow us to feel healthy and perform better in the activities we enjoy.
Our Leisure Time
Generally, we just enjoy being active. In the city we like road biking, walking our dog, and skiing. But living in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we particularly enjoy being on the water during the warmer months. We like meeting our family on the lakes up north and spending time together swimming, boating, tubing and waterskiing. We enjoy taking a blanket and picnic to our neighborhood lake, where we’d usually relax with a game or a book, or occasionally rent a canoe or paddle board to get out on the water.
One of our biggest shared passions is performing arts. We’ve taken a few trips to New York City to see new shows, and this year we achieved a relationship-long goal of finally becoming season ticket holders to our city’s touring Broadway lineup. We’ve loved celebrating these special date nights together.
However, while an occasional night of Broadway is very special to us, we’re equally excited to raise this child to appreciate our more regular forms of entertainment such as cooking meals together, playing games with friends, and enjoying backyard campfires.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a charming three-bedroom home. The cozy upstairs living space has become our favorite room in the house to wind down with our dog and a bowl of popcorn at the end of the day. We try to cook together in the kitchen each night, but prefer to grill outside as soon as the snow melts each spring.
We have a fenced backyard where our dog, Lola, loves spending her summer afternoons basking in the sun, and where we love relaxing on the patio or around the fire. In the mornings, however, we prefer to sit in the front yard with our coffee to greet the early sun and dog walkers.
Though urban, our neighborhood is a residential gem. The streets are tree-lined and spacious, and they lead to all our favorite outdoor spaces. The big city park a few blocks from our home attracts wedding parties and family photographers taking advantage of its scenic landscape. It has a seasonal restaurant with live music throughout the warmer months, and the short hike from the waterfall to the banks of the Mississippi River is our go-to nature fix when we don’t want to leave the city.
Additionally, a small neighborhood park nearby has excellent playground facilities and a wading pool, and the neighborhood lake boasts two public swimming beaches, playgrounds, walking paths, and playing fields. We love taking Lola for daily walks around our neighborhood, and we’re eager to start sharing the walks and the neighborhood with our child.
Our Extended Families
Our families are very important to us. In fact, the largest driving factor for moving home to the Midwest from North Carolina is that we wanted to be a part of our nieces' and nephews' lives, and we wanted them to be a part of our child’s.
While each side of our family is equally important to us, our time spent with them looks very different. Time spent with Brian’s family tends to revolve around activities.
For example, over the past holiday season the family spent a weekend at Brian’s brother’s house, during which we exchanged gifts, watched a movie, spent an evening downhill skiing and an afternoon at an indoor waterpark.
Time with Manny’s family usually revolves around his mom’s elaborate and delicious home-cooked feasts. Whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, a birthday or a Tuesday, if we’re together, she is sure to go all out on a meal spent with her grandbabies. We’ll help in the kitchen if she’ll let us, but usually that’s time we get to spend just enjoying the company of his brother’s family.
From Us to You
We appreciate you taking the time to learn more about us. While we can’t begin to understand the magnitude of the decisions that lie ahead of you, we’d like to begin by simply and sincerely thanking you for considering adoption as an option. We also thank you for considering us as potential parents to your child.
When we met and started dating in 2010, Brian was teaching in a high school near Manny’s Wisconsin hometown. We moved away to take a six year adventure living in and exploring the mountains of North Carolina, where we married in 2015.
We considered starting a family there, but we knew we wanted our child to feel closer with their grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins, so we prioritized moving home to the Midwest where establishing these connections would be much easier. Now that we’re settled in Minnesota, we are so excited to add a child to our home and our extended family gatherings.
Over the past nine years together, our hearts have filled with love and our souls with laughter at the delight of our beautiful nieces and nephews. Our joy when spending time with them is what kick-started our journey into adoption. Their infectious smiles melt our hearts, and we’re ready to have our hearts melt from the love shared with a child of our own. We’ve been playing the role of uncles our entire relationship. We’re ready and excited to start playing the role of dads.
When we imagine life as dads, we picture taking our child on adventures and introducing them to all the wonderful things that bring joy to our lives. We picture bike rides and road trips, museums and water parks, board games and bedtime stories, family walks and family dinners. We’re thankful and happy with the modest yet comfortable life we’ve worked hard to have, and we’d be overjoyed to share it with you and your child.
While we enjoy our fair share of relaxation and downtime around the house, we find our greatest joy from being active, especially outside. Brian has a long history of both working and playing outdoors, and since we met, Manny has jumped in with both feet. From our home we can easily walk to parks and natural areas. And we regularly take advantage of the amazing system of bike paths around our city, which are also quickly accessed from our neighborhood. We like cross country skiing to get our outdoor fix in the winter, and in the summer we like escaping the city by going north to the lakes for swimming, canoeing, and camping. We’re so excited to capture these childhood moments on camera, and we look forward to sharing those pictures with you as the child grows.
We understand that nothing will fully prepare us to share a perfect relationship with you. However, we are fully committed to nurturing that relationship to the benefit of us all. It’s important to us that you feel a part of our shared child’s life, and that the child knows you are a loving part of theirs.
We will regularly send letters and photos to keep you connected with your child, and we are open to more frequent email exchanges and phone calls if that is something that can provide you comfort and peace of mind in the face of difficult decisions. It’s important to us that the child’s adoption story is never a mystery to them. As a history teacher, Brian knows how important it is to have a connection to one’s past, and we could never imagine denying that to a child.
Regardless of your decision, we wish you and your child all our best, and again, we thank you for considering us to be part of your extended family.
Manny & Brian
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