Robert, Nathan and Virginia’s Adoption Profile
HELLO!We’re Robert, Nathan and Virginia and we are so glad that you’re taking some time to read about us. Through the gift of adoption, we were blessed with our wonderful, beautiful daughter who has brought incredible joy to our lives. We’re all ready to share our lives and adventures with another special child and hope that from reading our adoption profile, you’ll learn what a caring, loving and fun family we are. We gratefully welcome the chance to meet you.
Virginia came home to us through the gift of adoption in 2010. She transformed our lives more than we ever expected. We truly appreciate every day as parents. Our easy-going nature and ability to adapt to the challenges of life have helped us make a home that encourages creativity, joy, compassion and an abundance of love.
Nathan on Robert
When I first met Robert, I knew immediately that he was someone very special and unique. He’s so gentle and caring and has a sense of adventure — always willing to follow my whims and travel the world, but also perfectly content staying home tending to projects around the house and in the garden or cooking up one of his truly scrumptious meals.
His commitment to his work as a teacher gave me insight early-on into the patient and attentive “Daddy” he would become. He’s always been a favorite among his students, showing them some cool, new piece of technology or science equipment to help them learn.
Robert has never had a shortage of hobbies. He’s run many marathons and loves photography and gardening. I’ve always admired his desire to immerse himself deeply in his interests and share his joy of learning. I’m constantly amazed at the wealth of information Robert stores in his brain. It seems he has a scientific explanation for just about anything you could ever ask him!
Robert spends lots of time nurturing Virginia’s many interests, from building block towers, to baking, to mastering the playground equipment. He’s also a fabulous photographer, who carefully documents every phase of her life.
Robert on Nathan
Nathan and I were meant to be together. Before our first date, we agreed that friendship was the most important quality we both valued above all other things. When I first saw Nathan, I was immediately struck by his smile and his natural charm. While the movie we saw on our first date rated two stars, Nathan was Oscar-worthy material!
He is a post-production manager on a national television series, which perfectly ties into his childhood interest in video. He manages our life at home too, planning all sorts of activities for us as a family. Nathan has a great sense of humor and loves comedy. I cherish the many laughs we have shared together.
Nathan has a remarkable ability to tune into the lives of his family and friends. He’s a warm, honest and kind soul who is always willing to listen or help someone in need. Nathan has a big heart that he freely shares with everyone. His incredible capacity to show affection for all living creatures brings a smile to my face.
Nathan is a very loving and caring “Papa.” He enjoys telling stories and reading books to Virginia. He also has a great recall of music and lyrics. Often, I find him singing and dancing to music videos with Virginia. It’s one of the many carefree, happy moments that make our life together fun and exciting.
As Parents of Virginia
Virginia has an amazing capacity for observing her world. We’ve nurtured that natural interest by exploring our city of Boston on foot or by train. Riding the subway is a favorite activity and Virginia always insists on standing when she rides!
AS A TODDLER, we spent hours with her outside investigating playgrounds, kicking a ball around, collecting rocks and twigs, and meeting new friends. As she’s grown, she adores riding her bike and scooter around the running track across from our home and learning how to cross the monkey bars.
AT HOME, she enjoys all sorts of fun activities, from brushing her dolls’ hair to designing and building Lego train track routes, to playing in her play kitchen that Nathan’s dad built way back when. She also loves caring for our cats Tiger and Blizzy and hosting play dates with friends.
WE’VE ENCOURAGED EXPLORATION by taking her to Boston’s art and children’s museums, on long distance airplane adventures, enrolling her in swim classes and later dance classes, and visiting the library together to find new books.
VIRGINIA IS FASCINATED WITH BABIES so we know she’ll adore when her younger sibling arrives – especially when she offers to push the stroller around!
WE KNOW SHE’LL LOVE BECOMING A BIG SISTER!
Our home has a fenced-in yard containing a beautiful garden with lots of space where Virginia plays. We live right next to Boston, with a lovely arboretum, zoo, wooded walking trails, ponds, and a lively town center within walking distance.
Just across the street from our home is a very large park with a jungle gym, swing set, running track, and playing fields where Virginia spends much time. We’re proud that our neighborhood school is rated one of the best in the state.
Family and Friends
We are fortunate to have most of our immediate and extended families close by. We have large, regular family gatherings to celebrate holidays and birthdays, many of which are organized around Nathan’s amazing 100-year-old grandmother.
Friends play an important role in our life together, both at home and away. We’ve met many new friends since Virginia arrived. We often organize weekend play-dates for her, but also for us to visit with the parents. Virginia’s friend Lucas, who’s close in age, lives right across the street and her “bff” Sachi from school lives a 5-minute walk away. We have a regular playgroup with other kids Virginia’s age so there’s no shortage of social activity in our lives.
We both feel that it’s important for our children to be surrounded by a large, fun-loving community of women. Nathan’s mother, who we see often, lives just 10 miles away from us. Robert’s mom is about 2 hours away in Connecticut, and we regularly take trips to visit with her and Robert’s sister, Aunt Stacey, who lives near their mom.
Our Life Together
In our years together, we have seen the world, traveling around Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, the United States and South America. Sharing our interest in the world has continued into our marriage and parenthood. Virginia has traveled with us on multiple California trips, to Mexico and to Hawaii when she was 11/2 and 21/2.
We both manage our professional lives so that we have ample free time. As parents, we don’t over-program Virginia’s life, understanding from our own experiences as children the need for downtime and free play. We make every effort to nurture her natural interests, which is also the educational philosophy at her preschool.
Thank you for reading our family adoption profile.
We promise and pledge that our children’s lives will be filled with so much love, support, opportunity and of course, fun! Should you choose us to parent, please remember that your child would grow up knowing how brave you were in making such a selfless decision. And should you choose an open adoption, we would be thrilled to nurture our relationship with you. We believe openness in adoption can be a wonderful experience for a child and the birth and adoptive parents. We understand that this may not be an easy decision for you, and we will respect your choices. As you choose which road to follow, we hope you’ll think about us.
We hope to meet you on this journey,
Nathan, Robert & Virginia
FAMILY FUN FACTS
|Hobbies||Photography, running, gardening||Biking, video editing||Scootering, reading, drawing, swimming|
|Favorite Place||Hawaii||Sonoma, CA||Our neighborhood toy store|
|Favorite Music||Anything by Beck||Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young||The Daniel Tiger CD|