We met in the summer of 2013 while Dan was visiting friends and family in Western New York. Now it may not have been "love at first sight" but we figured out early on that we were meant to be together.
Dan is originally from Italy and was a foreign exchange student in the are in 1996/97. Since then he kept close ties with the "host family". His frequent visits allowed him to establish a community in the area and we actually had a few common friends before we met. We started dating immediately and after several months it was obvious that we were serious about each other. Later that year we married with the love and support of our family. Since then we would have to describe our relationship as loving and caring with an ultimate dream to build a family.
In 2018 we started the adoption process that brought us Joslyn. It was a beautiful journey that began with meeting her mother, being there for her birth and finally taking her home. We have so much gratitude for Joslyn's Mother. Our relationship has always been open with her and we continue to keep contact with and share our daughter's growth and development with her Mother.
We live in a modest three-bedroom home in Western New York. We purchased it in 2017 when we knew that we were ready to grow our family. There are several beautiful parks near-by as well as top rated schools. Our home will always keep our children warm in the winter and safe at night. There is also plenty of space for Dan's mother to stay with us during her extended visits from Italy. This charming home is the perfect place for us to raise our children.
Joel was born and raised in the Buffalo area. He is the product of his parents, Bob and Lynn. He has a brother and a sister who he remains very close with. Most Sundays his family will gather at his parent's house for a nice home-cooked meal and some laughs. He went to school in the area where he earned a Bachelor's Degree and then a Masters degree. He currently works in healthcare at a local hospital. Joel loves being around his family, getting outdoors, and experiencing new things. Joel also loves being a daddy; Joslyn brings him so much joy. Being part of something much bigger than himself, such as raising a child, is truly rewarding.
Dan was born in Modena, Italy, where he had a wonderful childhood surrounded by family and friends. Dan's mother, Pina, was a single parent and is still very present in his life. She always comes to visit in the spring and we usually go see her in Italy during fall. The first time Dan came to the States was back in 1996 as a high school exchange student but he didn't permanently move until after meeting Joel in early 2013. Dan and Joel then got married and in 2017 Dan was naturalized as an American citizen. While living in Italy, Dan was a flight attendant and flew all over the world. After seeing much of the globe, Dan has now settled down with Joel and works for a non-profit. One of Dan's strengths is his patience. He can spend hours playing with Joslyn and never gets tired. He enjoys cooking and baking healthy and fresh meals every day and he is committed to raising their children bilingual.