Our home is filled with peace, love, friends, family, flowers, and our little hamster and cockatiels. Often- times, it is a refuge for those needing a good laugh, a little TLC, or a nice home-cooked meal. Our door is always open.
Life is meant to be experienced, and there is no other person I would want to do that with.
We are dedicated to being kind, honest and openhearted, and we can’t wait to expand our hearts and devote our lives to a child. We are childless, and we look forward to the time when we are blessed to become parents together.
My husband John...
John is like the first day of spring. He brings warmth, happiness, and life to end the bitter cold. Just being around him imparts a sense of peace, protection, and acceptance. He is kind, patient, and can make anyone double-over from laughter.
I am convinced that he is part magic. I have seen wild dolphins and schools of fish flock to him. Once, when we were in the Ocean, he had an entire school of fish follow him everywhere he went. I think they thought he was the head fish. We’ve even had wild dolphins come up to him. He’s the only dude I know that gets free things and hugs from other dudes. He genuinely cares and is interested in all people. One time, we got a free taxi ride in NYC, just because the cab driver enjoyed talking to him so much. He is my best friend, and I love him more every single day.
John is magic with babies. Moms bring their babies in all of the time for colic or constipation and John has these babies laughing and cooing in no time at all. He’s magic with animals as well. I have never met a baby or an animal that did not love him.
My wife Veera...
Veera is my best friend. Everyday she teaches me what love and kindness really mean. Whenever she walks into a room, you can see people truly light up at her presence. She loves to teach, write and learn (which she calls “sponging”). She is hilarious, spontaneous and never stops moving.
Life is meant to be experienced, and there is no other person I would want to do that with. She loves the outdoors and traveling. She takes great pride in her garden and watching things grow. This probably explains why I love her more everyday. If I have had only one goal in life, it would be to make her as happy as she makes me.
Veera is wonderful with children. They are drawn to her and she is drawn to them. I feel completely confident that my wife Veera will make the most wonderful mother.
Family is huge to us! In terms of size and importance! We have over 16 aunts and uncles and over 30 cousins, plus their children. Our family is very diverse. We have cousins that are Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dutch, Australian, German, Indian, and Dominican, speaking over 8 languages between them. We have family that lives all over the world from New Zealand and Asia and Canada. In fact, just last week I met one of my cousins from Australia for the first time. We are even more blessed to have family nearby for support. Our families get along very well. We are extremely warm and friendly.
We have a leave no cousin behind policy. Since the cuzzies range from 22 to 56, we make sure where one goes, we all go. Our family is awesome in that we support each other. In our weddings, we all chip in. If someone doesn’t have money for a plane ticket, will buy it and have it mysteriously show up. Our weddings are super long, sometimes we celebrate for seven days. In those seven days, you feed all of your guests breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And since we’re so international, people may be flying in from all over the world. That means that we all take turns hosting events, housing people when they come over, and generally supporting each other. My favorite Uncle knew I might not be able to pay for school and was going to pay for it himself if I couldn’t come up with the money.
My family came to this country by working really hard. My first uncle helped my next uncle, who then brought my mom here. My mom then helped out her younger siblings. Now, all but one brother live in the United States and we cousins will always help each other out.
We go on tons of family vacations. My husband has three women to look after and he does it amazingly well. He calls my mom twice a day and cooks food with her for a whole day every week. The two of them watch sports together. My mom STILL calls my husband, thanking him for marrying me. He’s awesome- he always looks out for my sister and if she needs a date to an event, he always steps in.
My sister is the best sister in the entire world. She’s older than me and has shared everything she has with me since we were kids. She always tried to tell me that I am smarter or prettier than her. If I look at something she is wearing, she always asks me if I want to keep it. She is the most generous sister and I would be lost without her. Even though we are much older, I expect her to know the answers to life.
My momma may be cute and sweet but she is one tough momma. She once got held up gun point and told the guy “I don’t have time for this!” and waved him off. He actually left! In addition to being very cute and sweet, she is very brave. At present, she enjoys playing table tennis, cooking healthy organic food for us, and playing with her dog Ziggy. She supported her entire family and she was an ESL teacher and a retired computer programmer. More importantly, she is the BEST COOK EVER. She is a pillar of strength for the entire family. When anyone has a problem, they call mom for a solution.
We call my mom ghost rider because she has been known to drive 90 mph in the shoulder. That and she’s so tiny, you don’t actually see her driving the car. She told me the cops were picking on her, meanwhile, she invented her own lane.
During hurricane Sandy, we were worried about her and went to “save her” and when we got there, she had hot food and heat. She ended up saving us.
Babies love my mother and she just understands them. I have friends who bring their babies to mom when they don’t know what else to do. I think she speaks baby. My mother lives half an hour away and she is just waiting to be grandma so she can spoil a grandchild. She plans on being over all the time with her grandbaby and truly hopes to shower this baby with affection, home-cooked meals and presents.
Our nieces know their Uncle John will always look out for them.
Our niece Sasha has already figured out that I will take her to do whatever she wants. In this case, we were at a wedding and she didn’t want to be put down. Ever. So guess what? John and I carried her wherever she wanted.
My mother-in law Suzy is the bravest person I have ever met. She is a tough Wyoming Cowgirl who loves me like a daughter. The only time I have ever cuddled up in bed next to someone besides John in the last decade, it was her. She is my best friend besides my husband and she is intuitive, smart, funny, and has outlasted me at every party we have ever gone to for the last decade. I feel like I got a buy-one, get one free deal because she is just like my husband, but in female form. She and my father in law live in Ohio but they come and see us at least once a season. She promised me that she will stay for as long as we want when we adopt.
Nana, John’s grandmother was adopted. Nana was the kindest, sweetest person ever. In addition to being John’s grandma, she is the only grandma I ever knew. She treated me like another grandchild. My grandparents were not in the US and I only met them when I was four years of age. I remember them teaching me how to play soccer and being exceptionally kind, but I got to know John’s grandma for a whole ten years.