We love the outdoors and hiking, traveling, meaningful time with friends and family, and entertaining ourselves with our endless supply of inside jokes. Our faith and commitment to justice are central to our lives - we met at a faith-based organization, and we’re active in our church, where we teach children’s Sunday school, and while we’re no longer coworkers we both have chosen careers where we can make a difference. Liz works for an environmental nonprofit and Danny’s organization helps build playgrounds.
We’ve been together for a few years now. The question of kids came up on one of our first dates, and we realized we both had thought about adoption since we were teenagers. Finding out we had this in common was one of the things that made Liz realize she'd found the right person to spend her life with!
We became friends at work, and then Liz asked Danny out after a World Cup match watching party in summer 2014. Danny didn’t quite realize what was going on, but after the initial awkwardness from him when he realized he was on a date a few days later, things eventually worked out. A year later, Danny proposed to Liz in the park where we decided to start dating.
We have lived in D.C. for a combined 15 years. While we’ve moved a few times, we have always lived in multicultural, kid-friendly neighborhoods full of parks, schools, community centers, local bookstores, and libraries. We love finding fun ways to spend quality time with each other and our friends and can’t wait to enjoy the city with a little one. We like to visit the farmers market, pick up local coffee, cook, and read at the park. Being in DC, we try to always take advantage of the amazing museums and gardens, as well.
We love city life AND being in nature - as parents, we'll give our child exposure to the rich multicultural diversity of the city AND make time to get out of DC, hiking in the area and traveling the world.
On a typical day, we wake up at the same time (Danny's more awake than Liz) and make coffee. We make a point of always eating breakfast together before work. We are blessed to have jobs that don't keep us working after 5, so we have time for the things we love - fun with friends, cooking dinner together, being active in our church.
We live in a spacious townhouse with a front porch and a little backyard in a diverse neighborhood in DC, with friendly neighbors and a great pediatric office nearby. We're walking distance from the library and we've got a playground, basketball court and family pool just a couple of blocks from our house.
Building a family through adoption is something that we have always been excited about as a couple. We have birth moms, adoptive parents, and adopted children in our families and friend groups, and their loving examples have been huge learning opportunities for us as we have taken steps towards becoming parents.
As adoptive parents, we envision an unconditionally loving home where our child is brought up with a healthy awareness of their unique story and continues to stay rooted in the culture and heritage of their birth family. They’ll know that they are extra loved-- by their birth parents and by us! We want to grow a family that has a passion for serving others and making the world a better place.
If it works out, we’d love an open adoption, not only for you but because we believe, from relationships we’ve seen close up, that a child needs to know where and who they came from and that the more people who get to love a child, the better.
Whoever we are lucky enough to be parents to, they’ll have a dad who can teach them Spanish, a mom who can teach them piano, and parents who are committed to doing what is in their best interest. We are frugal people and are blessed with financial stability, so we’ve been planning for their education and care. We’ll nurture their talents and interests, and we’ll teach them how to be kind, inquisitive, critically thinking people who treat everyone with dignity. They’ll be surrounded by a big, loving extended family that includes other adoptees, as well as our many dear friends, and role models who look like them.
I'm in my early 30s, and I’m at a job I love - but I will be excited to take maternity leave! I am outgoing and goofy and love spending time with friends and family. Like Danny, I love the outdoors, running and hiking, but I am also a secret homebody who loves a good sci fi marathon. I also love teaching Sunday School to the many kids at our church. I love music, sing in an international choir, and recently started playing the piano again. I grew up in upstate New York, but DC has been my home for 10 years now.
I like to make people feel at ease and welcomed. I like trying to be everyone’s friend. I grew up in a number of different places, but am really happy to call D.C. home at this stage of life. I'm in my late twenties now - I moved to DC not long after college. My parents have been Christian missionaries for a long time, so growing up I spent about 7 years in Colombia and 8 in Panama. I speak Spanish and enjoy when I get the chance to use it to be helpful or to connect with people! I enjoy pretty simple things- hiking and being outdoors, reading a lot, and spending time talking with friends on the couch! But, I do also love when Liz and I get the chance to travel somewhere outside the country for a little adventure.