We just got back from 2 weeks in BEAUTIFUL Ecuador. We wanted to go someplace warmer and very different from DC, but not on the other side of the world, and relax a bit and enjoy nature. We also chose a Spanish speaking place since Danny is fluent - it’s easier and fun for him to be immersed in the language and Latin@ culture he grew up around.
It was beautiful. It was also VERY high - Quito is about 11,000 feet above sea level, and DC is about 200 feet so….... we had to really take our time and adjust to the altitude. We couldn’t hike and explore all day, every day - instead we relaxed, enjoyed the birds visiting the lodge we stayed at, read our library books, played card games and had random conversations at the pool. It’s also a place where children are treasured, so nobody minded us smiling and laughing at the adorable babies and kids we saw all over the city of Quito.
Some highlights: we made friends from the UK, and now we have people to visit when we eventually go to Scotland! Liz studied abroad there and one day she’ll take Danny to see what’s so great about Edinburgh and the Highlands.
We slept in a Hobbit hole! For two nights we rented an honest to goodness HOBBIT HOLE, a cozy cabin in the ground. And when we woke up with the sun each morning we had a perfect clear view of Cotopaxi, the snow-capped volcano.
So much fruit! We had fresh cheap fruit juice every day and ate fruit you can’t find here, like guanabana, granadilla (looks like an orange, but it’s similar to passion fruit), and taxa (a sour relative of passion fruit). We miss that fruit…..........
The people were friendly and warm. And every time we took a taxi, Danny was complimented on his excellent Spanish by our driver.
Birds! Liz totally nerds out about birds. She had a bird guide handy at all times, and we saw hummingbirds of every size, one with a tail feather 8 inches long! Some of these birds have FANTASTIC names, like the yellow-rumped tanager, Bananaquit, and the Squirrel Cuckoo.
Danny’s work is all about helping kids play, and when we travel together we stumble upon epic playgrounds EVERY time. This time we found a big park in Quito that had playgrounds everywhere you looked. We tested out some swings and bikes.
We worried we might miss a phone call from an expectant mother or father, but it was good to get away from work and life and reconnect with each other. And daydream about our next vacation, which we hope will involve a little one. We both grew up traveling with our families - such a gift. We’re always saving up for our next adventure and we want to show our kids the world and give them the same opportunities that we had - a loving secure family that explores, grows and enjoys life together.
Now that we are back we’re back to the search for an adoption match. If you are making an adoption plan for your baby we would LOVE to hear from you. You can call us toll free at 866-377-0265, which rings to our cell phones, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find out more about us on Instagram at @LD_adopt. We wish you well in your journey and we’d be so glad to hear from you if you think we might be the right people.
We both have a lot of personal connections to adoption. We have cousins and siblings who were adopted, and we have birth mothers among our family and close friends. Some of those adoptions are closed, and some are open. In addition to reading all the books we can get our hands on and seeking out advice from other couples who have adopted, we have listened to our friends and family talk about how adoption affects them.
We would love an open adoption, which can mean anything from annual letters in the mail, to texting you pictures so you can see how much they look like you, to regular get-togethers. Until we get to speak with you, though, we don’t want to assume what feels right to YOU. But our biggest priority is doing what’s best for the child we raise and also keeping your needs in mind. If it’s what you want, we would love a close, open relationship where our child knows one or both of their biological parents, and even their extended biological family.
We know every situation is unique. You might or might not be comfortable with an open adoption relationship, which is why we aren’t set in stone. But we know from the birth moms in our lives that they never stop thinking about, or loving, their child. And we know from the adoptees in our lives that they always wonder about their family of origin. Whatever works out we will, as parents, never let the adoption be a secret. We will teach our child that they are doubly loved - by us, and by the person or people who brought them into the world and made an adoption plan for them.
If it feels right and the timing works out, we love the idea of meeting up and getting to know each other before the baby comes, hearing your hopes and dreams for your child, and even going along for doctor’s visits. We want you to feel you know us and feel peace about the decision. We consider this the start of a lifelong relationship, of a team of people dedicated to giving this child what they need in life, making sure they feel loved and supported as they grow and feel secure in their identity. We would work with you on the story we tell them about how they came into the world, and always speak about you with respect.
Before the baby is born, our hope is that you can ask us as many questions as you need, to know us well, to be comfortable being real with us. We can only put so much on a profile, so please reach out - you can send us an email at LizandDannyAdopt@yahoo.com. We’re doing an independent search because we want to have a personal connection with the person or people who choose us!