We love family time!
Together we look at picture books, we go for walks to one of the surrounding parks or vineyards to meet other children at the playgrounds or to observe birds, butterflies and dogs.
...we enjoy also:
reading detective stories, watching movies, cross-country-skiing, swimming in lakes and the seaside, a lot of mountain-hiking in the Alps, gardening in our back yard (Caroline has a green thumb) and visiting castles and ancient churches.
On weekends and free days, we like to relax at home, reading, gardening, hiking in the nearby mountains or swimming in the river Danube in the summer.
With Josef being from Italy, we like to cook Italian food – especially with vegetables from our garden (tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, pumpkin, chard...) and organic products. Caroline is proud to be able to cook excellent curry-dishes... Josef´s speciality is preparing pancakes and pizza.
With Caroline being a musician, our house is often filled with music, we love to sing together!
Rosmarie knows already many songs by heart and sings them out loud at every occasion (also when we are on the street and in the metro:-). On our piano, we play together bird- and thunder-stories.
We love travelling! We have travelled in Italy, Turkey, France, Switzerland, Africa, Israel, Greece - and will love to travel to the USA often in the future to spend our holidays there and to meet you, if you would like.
This is our story...
We met at the birthday-party of Caroline’s cousin in Italy and felt sparkling, but lived in different countries - and became a couple ten years ago when we met again at the wedding of Josef’s cousin in Portugal, when Josef asked Caroline to join him on a tour through this country.
After two years of a long-distance-relationship (Josef working in Italy, Caroline studying in the Netherlands), Josef proposed by buying Caroline a nice sculpture showing a family (which Caroline found very special and dear)...and our wedding followed in July 2008 in Austria!
We have a relationship based on humour, tolerance, stability and patience during stressful times.
In difficult times, we learned the advantages of openmindedness, humbleness and of accepting and supporting one another.
Our Daughter Rosemarie:
Rosmarie was born in Vienna and came to join us when she was 5 weeks old. Her birthmother chose not to be in contact with us, but we have a picture of her in Rosmarie’s photo-book and look at it often and speak with Rosmarie about her.
Rosmarie is very friendly, easy-going, lively and cheerful. We talk with her about what it will be like to be a big sister. She is always curious to meet other children - and she is already good at sharing her toys.
Our families & friends support us, our parents love their grandchildren. We are very close to them and they are very excited about our adoption-plans.
Her 14 cousins dote on Rosmarie at our family gatherings and they are already looking forward to having another cousin to love and spoil!
Our Life in Vienna:
We live in Vienna, the capital of Austria, Europe. It is a wonderful and safe place to live and raise children. It is a city surrounded by hills with woods and vineyards, and the big river Danube where we swim in the summer.
We are blessed with a stable government that cares for making life good and safe for every citizen. Austria has an old culture of health insurance for everybody with a very good health care system, an equally good education-system and a long tradition of music and art.
We are Catholic and attend mass evers Sunday in our parish nearby and celebrate Christmas and Eater with traditional Austrian customs.
Adopting from the USA:
Josef has two aunts who married Americans and live with their families in the USA. Caroline´s aunt lives in Florida and many of her cousins and relatives live throughout the USA and Canada.
Caroline has travelled several times in the USA, including a road-trip from the east-coast to the west-coast and as a student at Amherst College, Massachusetts.
We love the USA, particularly the American way of freedom, and that people there seem very friendly, open and active. We are excited to get to know the United States better!