Dear Expecting Mama/Parents,
I want to thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about us. You have our utmost respect and admiration for being so selfless and choosing adoption for your child. We pray for your peace of mind; and please, do not hesitate to ask us ANYTHING.
My name is Valentine and my husband and best friend of 9 years is Nick. We have always known since we were together that we wanted to adopt. We have a 3 1/2 year old son who is so sweet and he cannot wait to be a big brother.
We live on a 3 acre farm and raise alpacas and chickens! We live 15 minutes from the beach and love to go there and out on our canoe whenever we have free time. Our location is pretty unique - We're on a farm so it's nice and quiet, yet we're only 5 minutes from the center of town and right over the causeway to the beach.
We are Christians and have a big family who support our decision to adopt. They will shower so much love on any child God brings into our lives ❤
Nick and I met back when we rode the same school bus in elementary school (and I had a BIG crush on Nick, a "cool" skateboarder, a year older than me) and we attended the same high school AND college! BUT, it wasn't until after college that we re-connected, and as soon as we saw each other again we knew we had found "the one." After 13 years we are best friends and truly enjoy doing everything together.
We moved to Florida from New Jersey in 2015 and started a landscaping business. We came here on vacation a few years prior and knew that this was where we wanted to live - A beautiful beach town where everyone you meet is so genuinely nice - What's not to like?!! In addition to the landscaping company, we also have a house flipping business as well. Being self employed allows us to make our own hours and allows me to be home as much as I want/need to care for our family. We welcomed our son Ian in 2017 and he has blessed our lives in so many ways.
For fun we love to go to the beach, go out on our canoe, travel, get together with friends and play and see live music at many family friendly restaurants in our beach town!
Nick was raised by his stepfather and mother and has a younger brother and sister. They lived on a few acres in South Jersey (right outside of Philadelphia). His step dad had a landscaping company and that is where Nick learned all of the tools he needed to start his own company one day. He has found memories of adventures with his brother exploring the woods behind his house and taking their canoe on the creek that ran alongside their property. He had a huge family closeby that would get together every Sunday for dinner. There were always badminton and football games outside followed by lots of laughs and good Italian food at dinner. His family supported all of his interests growing up and he loved playing baseball, football and skateboarding.
He is very close with his siblings and his brother (who lives in NC) has a 1 year old daughter. They try and meet up as much as possible, usually in New Jersey for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. His sister is our son's Godmother and is a beautiful person inside and out.
He went to Art school and got his Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design. He worked in this field for 10 years before him and Valentine decided they wanted to be entrepreneurs and start their own business in Florida. Now their business is established and thriving!
*Written by Valentine About Nick*:
Nick has a heart of gold and is loved by everyone he meets. He loves spending time with his family more than anything - Whether it be going to the beach or just lounging in the backyard. He is a hard worker and would do anything for us. He even wakes up when the rooster starts crowing and makes breakfast for us every morning! He is the sweetest and kindest man I've ever met. He loves unconditionally and I have loved seeing him blossom as a father with our son. He was born to be a dad ❤
Valentine grew up in the same town as Nick, but in a neighborhood on a cul-de-sac. There were so many kids in her neighborhood and there was never a shortage of adventures to be had. Her father owned a gas station and was a mechanic and her mother was a stay at home mom. She had a wonderful childhood and filled with lots of love. Her parents supported all of her passions which included soccer, jui jitsu and music. Her mom would drive her and her friends into Philadelphia every weekend to see a different band that was playing. Some of her fondest memories were their yearly summer vacation down the shore, where they'd rent a house for two weeks. She would go crabbing with her brother and they'd do the boardwalk rides on the weekends. They'd get fresh pastries in the morning and go to the beach all day. Valentine aspires to be the mom to her children that her mother was for her.
After deciding Art School was not the right fit for her, she decided she wanted to travel to Brazil to meet her dad's side of the family and learn Portuguese. Valentine's dad moved to the US when he was 23 but all of his siblings and mother were still there. What was originally supposed to be a 6 month visit, turned into a year and 3 months! She got a job at a hotel in the recreation dept and translated for all of the foreign guests.
When she returned from Brazil she ran into Nick while out with friends, and the rest is history!
*Written by Nick about Valentine:*
It is hard to imagine a more loving and caring person then her; She always puts others needs before her own and is a natural at being a mom to both our son and assorted farm animals. She can go from doing farm chores in wet boots and a cowboy hat to a dress and heels to go out to dinner, seamlessly. She is a hard worker with an infectious smile. I'm blessed to share my life with her and look forward to our many adventures yet to come."
We hope this give you a glimpse into our lives and personalities and please feel free to ask us anything you'd like to know!
We are so hopeful to grow our little family through the blessing of adoption❤ Since we've met, adoption has always been in our hearts and we've always known we wanted to grow our family in this way. After we had our son, Valentine developed an issue that makes pregnancy a lot more complicated and she also carries a genetic blood disorder that she can pass to our children. After much discussion we feel like this just solidified the path we had always felt compelled towards...