We met fourteen years ago in Namibia. Maria was working in development projects, while David was writing and traveling through Africa in an old pickup. After a few years dating long distance, David moved to Brazil with Maria. We’ve lived, worked, and visited nine different countries together, and hope to continue our travels as we try to make the world a better place.
We’re the perfect team - exact opposites!
David’s head is in the clouds, while Maria’s feet are planted in the ground. Our combined strengths and shared values have helped us to overcome many obstacles, and we hope to share those values with our children: education, honesty, and the rights of others. We’re a multi-lingual family, speaking English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Culture, values, and roots are very important to us, so we want to make sure that our children are aware of his or her own.
Maria is an engineer who devotes herself to helping others have better lives. She currently works with the United Nations in New York. She is very passionate about her job and she also volunteers with nonprofits.
David was a management consultant, but now offers consulting services to international organizations. In his free time he writes. Because he works from home, his hours are flexible and he devotes lots of time to our children
Although Maria works in an office, the United Nations’ flexibility allows her to be an attentive mom as well, and she will be able to enjoy a long maternity leave as she did with the arrival of our first son. Oscar is currently attending daycare at the United Nations and "commutes" every day with Maria. The nursery's close proximity to her office and its open doors policy allows her to visit him often.
We love traveling around the world, and we value being a part of the cultures and communities where we live. We’ve learned Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art); played drums; and taken language classes to avoid living inside a “bubble” and only relating with other foreigners. Oscar's little brother or sister child will get the chance to learn different languages and become a global citizen! We also love the sea, and hope to also share our love of sailing, snorkeling, and scuba! Our son Oscar, and our foster daughter Skyla are already taking swimming lessons and love to put their little toes in the sand!
At home, we like to search the city on our bikes for new secret spots. Maria likes to discover the world from behind the camera and talking with people, while David observes the things a lens can’t capture, like the way people relate to each other. We both enjoy opening the doors of our home to friends and receiving guests from around the world. We cherish hospitality, family, and friends.
Our home is even more full of light, smiles, and laughter since the arrival of our son Oscar and our foster daughter Skyla. Both came into our lives nearly three years ago, and in that brief time, we've had such wonderful experiences and adventures! We're all looking forward to welcoming another child into our home to share our love and amazing experiences.
We live in Brooklyn, with our son Oscar, our foster daughter Skyla, and our cat Luna and dog Yinga. For years, our neighborhood has been the home of artists, and has recently been revitalized, and filled with lots of new families, parks, local markets, and activities for children. This summer, we're looking forward to enjoying the summer film festival with the kids, and going to the park next door to play with the other children in the neighborhood! We are also close to the zoo, the botanical garden, and even the beach!
Our work with international development and the United Nations has made us part of an international community that values education and cultural diversity. Because of this, and all the places we’ve lived, “home” has a broader meaning to us.
Our house has mementos from all over the world — reminders of our adventures together.
Maria, my Sunshine
Maria is the most caring person I know. She is considerate of other people’s needs, putting them ahead of her own without thinking. She’s a city girl at heart, but also likes occasional trips to the country.
She is very hard working, and a natural leader. When we take on a big project, she immediately identifies everything that needs to be done. She has a wonderful rapport with children, and they’re always smiling around her. She loves photography, and our child will be the focus of her camera’s eye, recording every important moment of life.
She is a wonderful mother to our son and foster daughter. They are both growing fast, and are healthy and happy babies thanks to her loving heart and watchful eye.
David, my Angel
David is my friend and my love. He is a caring, supportive, and loving husband and father. He’s very analytical, and a great observer, who loves exploring and learning new things.
He’s also loves exercising (running, hiking, and tai-chi).
David is a loving and caring dad who is fully involved in all aspects of parenting of both Oscar and Skyla. He has been a stay-at-home dad since Skyla came to live with us. It melts my heart the dedication and love he puts every morning in preparing the children backpacks for the day or when he is reciting poetry to the children before going to bed or dancing with them. He is very sweet with the kids and has since their arrival learn how to engage with all children, even older ones.
David is eager to share his love of reading and build Lego models together with our children, and I can’t wait to continue building our family together and seeing that light in his eyes when holding our baby!