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Julio & Tasha
We have been waiting for an opportunity to bless a child with the love from a family that he/she deserves. There is absolutely nothing else in this world that could be more rewarding then the opportunity to provide a loving home for a deserving child. We know that we are ready to be parents, and the decision to raise a beautiful child together into our family is the final piece of the puzzle! We hope you consider us, we will not let you down.
What it Means to Become Parents
For us being parents means that we will have the honor and responsibility of developing and molding a young child into an adult that will be productive in the world. Ultimately, it has always been our dream to raise a child to make a difference in the world, no matter how small that may be. Our goal is to help our child realize a passion, a goal, and/or a purpose in life, and help our child be the best person possible. For many, images of diapers and cribs come to mind when they think of parenting, but for us, what we think about is watching our child walk the stage one day or reading their first book. We want to be the parents that a child will always be able to count on, and we want to be the force that drives them to reach milestones they never thought was possible. One day, our future child will encounter a situation so difficult that he/she will not know what to do or how to react, and we want to be the support behind our child that results in a successful outcome in the darkest of times. Finally, we want to provide all the resources that parents should provide their children to keep a smile on their face! We will devote our lives to the happiness of our children, and their smiles will drive our happiness.
Tasha is an early childhood bilingual teacher, and Julio is a Captain in the United States Army. Despite working in very different fields, we enjoy a very similar lifestyle that has allowed us to sustain a healthy marriage. We both find joy in things such as fitness, family, travel, education, culture, and church. Our lives are built around these items and they allow us to find happiness in our chaotic careers. Our desire to maintain healthy lifestyles is something we share in common, we have both grown up in families that promote and support active lifestyles through sports and dance. Our cultural influences have also allowed us to grow stronger in the form of dancing, allowing our minds to rest while our bodies are active. Many of our fondest memories as a married couple and with family revolve around music, culture, and dance. Travel is also a major part of our current lives and how we have grown up. As military dependents we have been fortunate enough to see the world from many different angles, and this opportunity to see things from different perspectives is something we would want to share with our children. Finally, we both value education and see it as paramount to success in life as well as mental fitness. In our earlier years, we spent many hours studying together in libraries of universities, discussing our future goals that we dreamed achieving. To this day, we enjoy the opportunity of learning together when possible.
Cultural diversity is a topic that is no stranger to our family. With both of us being military brats, we have learned to meet people who come from all walks of like from different cultures around the world and the United States. Tasha, is of biracial decent having a mother of Hispanic origin and a father who is African American. In our community, it very common to see mixed families with children and parents that represents all ends of the race spectrum. Julio's brother recently married a woman of African-American descent with whom he birthed a beautiful biracial child. His brother went further and decided to adopt his wife's child from a previous marriage, creating a very diverse and mixed family. For us, diversity is an opportunity to bring people together and celebrate each other's differences and even more so, our similarities. Should our child appear to be very different physically, we will work hard to educate him/her that race and physical complexion is what makes him/her unique, but will make no difference on how we will love him/her. We will help our child feel the love that cannot be altered by any physical trait or characteristic. Our child will learn that what's on the outside is what makes us unique, but what's on the inside is what makes us who we are.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a nice community that favors families. Many of our neighbors work in the military and/or government. Our community is family friendly and the neighbors communicate through a local community group chat that keeps us abreast of what's going on. On any given day, children are seen playing sports and running in the streets. It is a safe and vibrant community. The neighborhood is tucked in nicely behind the main streets so vehicles passing through tend to be local residents coming home from work or school. Almost every resident within the neighborhood has children of all ages, and many of our closer neighbors are expecting children soon. This community has amenities nearby such as a swimming pool, parks, and a recreation center.
Our house has four bedrooms and a bonus room. On the first floor is our formal dining room, a recreation room, and the main living room. We also have a kitchen and dining area within the main kitchen room. We have a very large yard and patio deck where we like to have barbecues and play outdoor activities. Our garage has been converted to a gym to that we are able to maintain our fitness without having to leave the area. Upstairs we have the master bedroom and three guest bedrooms. Further, we have a large bonus living room that resembles a second upstairs living room. The house feels very homey and comfortable. It is a happy place to live.
Our Extended Families
We have an enormous family between the two of us! Julio's father comes from a family of 17 brothers and sisters while his mother comes from a family of 11. Tasha's family is smaller but more spread out. Julio's family is heavily concentrated in the Florida, New York region as well as outside the nation in the Caribbean islands. Tasha's family is primarily concentrated on the east coast and in Texas. Where we currently reside, we are very close to Tasha's side of the family who live in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Virginia. Tasha's brother comes with his children to visit us in the area often and we enjoy the company of family at our house. When our families get together, it is always a large celebration with children running around, music playing, and food from different regions. It is truly beautiful to see us all together enjoying the one thing that brings us together and that's family. Since we are a biracial couple we tend to enjoy Christmas and other holidays in a way that accommodates everyone. For instance, on Christmas we celebrate "Noche Buena" which is more of a Latin Christmas tradition in which family gathers to celebrate at night, and then the very next morning we celebrate Christmas in the morning which accommodates the American side. Our families are excited to welcome a new addition in the family and look forward to blessing whomever that may be with all the love in the world!
From Us to You
We are Julio and Tasha, we are both 30 years old. We met eight years ago while we were both in college pursuing our dreams. First off, thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to introduce ourselves to you. We know that this a difficult time for you while you are trying to make the best possible decision for yourself and your precious baby. We admire you so much for considering adoption.
From the very beginning, we always knew that adoption was an option we would take in our lives. We come from a family that has seen more than one successful adoption, and we truly believe that the opportunity to adopt a child is a blessing from god. We decided to conceive a child naturally earlier in our marriage as we had dreams of raising many children together in a house and family full of love. Unfortunately, we were unable to conceive naturally which was upsetting, but through our faith in god and desire to share our love with a child, we realized that our dream to adopt would finally be realized sooner then we expected.
We are excited and anxious for the opportunity to begin building our very own family. We come from a very large diverse family rich in heritage, culture, and traditions. Our child will be emerged in a world full of love and acceptance. We have been sharing our desire to continue to honor of adoption in the family, and our family is beyond excited, ready to greet a new addition with open arms! You can always be assured that your precious child will be in the care of a loving family. We will not let you down.
Our future child will live in a household help up by strong values and morals. We believe that our child should learn about life through real life experiences and not through a television screen. We value education and will teach our kid to love and crave knowledge and opportunity. We will ensure our future child is equipped with the resources to succeed in life even during the most difficult of situations. We will teach our child to love, to respect, to forgive, and to understand. Most importantly, we will provide our future child with all the tools they will need to make the best possible decisions for themselves in life that will lead to happiness.
We want you to know that you will become a very significant part of our lives should you decide to bless us with the opportunity to love your baby. We welcome the opportunity for you to continue and invest your interest in your child. We can send you emails, pictures, and videos of your child during the most important milestones in their lives so that you can always share those moments. We will always honor your name through the words we share with your baby, this is our commitment to you. For us, it is very important to maintain a healthy relationship with you should you desire this, and we know that it is in the best interest of your precious child. From our perspective, you have demonstrated ultimate selflessness and bravery when you chose life. Our gratitude for your courageous decision will always be honored in our home.
Julio & Tasha
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