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Hello! My name is Diane and I am so thankful that you've taken the time to learn more about me.

The choice to explore adoption for your baby is incredibly loving and brave, and one that I wholeheartedly admire and respect. It speaks volumes about who you are and I hope you will get a sense of who I am, too, by reading more about me. I live a very healthy, happy, grateful life and I can't wait to share it with a child. Family has always been the most important thing in my life and I have always known I wanted to be a mother. Your child will be raised in a safe home, surrounded by love, with lots of supportive male and female influences to help him or her grow into a healthy, happy person. My family and I are so excited to welcome a new child into our lives!

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Who I Am

I was born and raised in New Jersey, in a small town only thirty minutes away from where I live now in New York City. I still have strong ties to New Jersey, as I spend a lot of my time visiting my father in the childhood home I grew up in. Some of my best friends still live in the area, as well as my sister and other family members. I'm so lucky to still have my "home away from home" and get to experience a mix of city and suburban life this way.

The most important thing in my life is my relationships with the people I care about-- and first on that list is my family. My parents, Antonio and Antonietta, were both born and raised in Italy. After they got married, they immigrated to the U.S. to start their life together. They celebrated 53 years of marriage last fall, three months before my mother passed away. Their relationship was truly a "till death do us part" kind of relationship, because nothing else could've separated them. My sister and I saw them go through life's ups and downs together, as a team, our entire lives. They instilled so many important values in us, but in particular a very traditional Italian culture of hard work, education, and love of family.

My parents taught us that nothing comes before family. They worked so hard to give us a good life, and no matter how busy they were, we ate dinner together as a family every night. Our door was always open to friends and family, and our home was a favorite for the neighborhood kids. My mom was warm, loving, and nurturing, and I'm so grateful to have had this
role model for motherhood.

I have one sibling-- my sister, Roseann, and she is one of the most important people in my life. She's my best friend and I look up to her in so many ways. She is married to a wonderful man, Matthew, who I love dearly and is truly the brother I never had. He is a loyal, honest, hardworking family man. Roseann and Matt are amazing parents to my beautiful niece and nephew, Deanna and Andrew, and I couldn't ask for better role models for my future son or daughter. I cannot imagine my life without the four of them!

My niece and nephew mean the world to me. They call me "Didi" because when my niece Deanna was a baby she mis-pronounced the italian word for aunt, "Zizi", and it stuck all of these years!

I have many wonderful extended family members and friends, too, that are a big part of my life and will be a big part of my child's life. They say it takes a village and I believe this is true- and I have a wonderful one! I consider myself truly blessed to have the friends that I do. We love and support one another through all of the ups and downs in life. They are so excited to be a part of this adoption process with me and I couldn't be more thrilled to share it with them!
We are all so excited to welcome a child into our lives!

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Excited for parenthood!

I think this picture is so adorable! I was visiting my friend while her son had some friends over to play, and this happened!

This picture captures part of why I want to be a parent – yes, there are stressful days and long nights, but these moments of pure joy and sweetness make my heart sing. I can’t wait to hold and talk with my own child, to rock them, feed them, listen to their sweet little voice mispronounce spaghetti as “pusketti”, and to watch them run all around the playground. I want to watch them eat half their dinner, declare themselves “full”, and then claim that their “dessert tummy” still has room. I want to read them stories, cuddle them on my lap, help them brush their teeth, and tuck them in at night. I want to help them learn to ride their first two-wheeler bike, and then have them beat me in a race.

I want to watch their little minds grow and develop, and listen to them as they tell me about the imaginary world they created in an afternoon under their pillow fort. I want to help them with their homework, and reassure them that they’re still smart even if subtraction is tricky. I want to take them on playdates, and learn which of their friends are true-blue and which leave them when the class bully starts teasing. I want to be there through that first crush… and help them through that first broken heart. I want to teach them that they’re precious, they’re lovable and loved, and anyone who doesn’t appreciate them as they are isn’t worth their time. I want to shepherd them into and through those scary teen years, and trust that they will come out on the other side as a capable, responsible adult, who will follow their dreams and become their best self.

I can’t wait to become a parent – it’s a great big world, and I can’t wait to show my child the beauty and excitement that awaits them!

Sunday framily time

From the MacMillan Dictionary:
Framily [fram-uh-lee]
noun, plural framilies
1. people who are not related to you but are your very close friends and are as important to you as your family.

Seems there are too many new words and phrases popping up than I can keep up with, but this one I love.  Framily is a way to describe the concept that good friends are the family we can choose for ourselves.  Framily are our closest, hand-picked friends that we choose to make family.  My actual family is always a number one priority for me, but the older I get the more I realize that family is not just biological.  It is who you let into your heart, experience life’s ups and downs with, it is who you call during your darkest times and most celebratory moments.  They know you better than you know yourself.  I consider some of my most special friends to be as important to me as my actual family, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

I’m visiting my dad this weekend and was so glad to squeeze in some time with my childhood friends, Lauren and Nancy, and Lauren’s children.  We had such fun!  To me, this is what Sundays are all about.  It’s a family day.. or framily day :)

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