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Cecilia and Nathan

THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS FOR CONSIDERING US AS A FAMILY FOR YOUR CHILD.

While we do not know what you are going through, we respect what a challenging time this must be for you. We admire the strength and courage it takes to decide what is best for your child. Whatever you decide, we hope that you find the support and care that you deserve right now. Adoption was our first choice as a couple to grow our family. We are grateful that you decided to get to know us better and consider our home for this wonderful child. Please read on to see a snapshot of our life, who we are, and how much space we have in our hearts for your child.

OUR ADOPTION STORY

Several years into our relationship, our desire to grow our family stopped us in our tracks and we never let go! We chose adoption to have a child because it truly felt right for us. Nathan has several extended family members who are adopted or adopted a child and so adoption felt pretty natural from the start. Also, as a multiracial couple we are excited about potentially embracing a different culture into our family.
Over the course of our seven year relationship, we have barely spent more than two weeks apart and we are still not bored of each other! We have found balance and strength in our partnership. Cecilia is more organized and analytical and while Nathan gets the job done, he has a noisier, messier way of doing it. Over time, we have learned to read one another and find ways to support each other when we are not at our best. We are excited about adding a new member to our team!
Our jobs are family friendly and we plan on taking several months of parental leave. We have a lot of love to give and your child will have the support and guidance of our families and friends.

OUR PROMISE TO YOU

We promise to be advocates for your child. Our priority is to provide your child with a safe, nurturing home where he or she can become their own person and define their own happiness. Their adoption story will always start with you. We will tell him or her about the love and courage it took to make an incredibly difficult choice. We promise to give your child all that we can offer. We will celebrate your child's heritage and practice traditions that embrace his or her culture and our own. We promise that fostering his or her education inside and outside of the classroom will be greatly important to us. We will encourage your child to be curious about the world and to find their place in it.

About Us

We have a typical modern love story: we met through online dating. As Nathan likes to mention, Cecilia messaged him first, and we met up to share a meal shortly after. Cecilia likes to add that she was interested in talking to Nathan because he had just completed a fellowship that she was familiar with and they had shared career interests. As we spent more time together, we realized that for a time, we had lived blocks apart in DC and our paths had probably already crossed through the same networking events that we attended. We felt that even if we had met earlier, the time was right for us now to be with each other. We moved in together and took a longer road to marriage, but we enjoyed taking our time learning about each other and our life goals, which later on included becoming parents through adoption.
We moved from DC to Maryland a few years ago and our lives have been filled with exploring our community and meeting new people in our neighborhood. We enjoy meeting new and old friends at our local coffee shop. We also like taking advantage of the many parks, trails, and scenic areas that are close to us. If we are not outside, we are probably at home reading, cooking, or working on a house project.
We would describe ourselves as bookworms. Although Nathan enjoys reading on a tablet or phone and Cecilia prefers paper books, we both get sucked into our stories. We look forward to reading with your child and hopefully fostering a lifetime of literary adventures. Books have played an important role in our lives and we will cherish sharing the joy of reading.
Some people eat to live and we would describe ourselves as living to eat. We are really good eaters and decent cooks in our kitchen. We are just as happy eating simple homemade food as we are eating a fancy meal. We don't have a favorite style of food but we get excited about food that is well prepared and interesting. Our best meals at home are those that we put together without trying too hard. We enjoy blending foods from our different heritages. For example, our matzoh ball soup with miso ginger broth is a hit!

Meet Cecilia

My idea of a great day is to enjoy my morning coffee outside on our balcony, water the plants, cook or bake, and cuddle up with Nathan while watching something on TV. I would describe myself as a deliberate, thoughtful person. My voice is not the loudest one in the room but I value meaningful conversations with my friends and family. I like to think through decisions and I care a lot about those around me feeling heard and appreciated.
Two things have really shaped who I am: being Chinese American and growing up in New York City. Although it wasn't always easy, my experiences have allowed me to identify with different cultures, made me stronger as a woman, and also challenged me to figure out what I stand for versus what society thinks. Being a native New Yorker and attending public school, I have always been surrounded by a lot of diversity, in all senses of the word. It has helped me to be open-minded and always ask good questions, something that has come in handy on a personal note and when it comes to my work too.
I work for the federal government and the challenge has been amazing. I get to be really analytical (which might sound boring but it is what I enjoy most!) and I love the challenge. I get to work in small teams and help new employees when they first start out. My desk job may not sound very exciting but I get to make a small impact on the world in my own way!
Music and books are my escape. My parents gave me an appreciation for all types of music. I am happy listening to Miles Davis, Nina Simone, or Nirvana, anytime, anywhere. Exercise gives me confidence and makes me mentally and physically stronger. My mom and I started practicing yoga together when I was sixteen. Now I do yoga but also add in strength and flexibility training which helps me stay happy and healthy.
Although I am not a parent yet (our plants don't really count!), I already feel a lot of gratitude for this opportunity. I know that being a mom will be the most fulfilling and challenging experience in my life and I cannot wait to shower your baby with unconditional love.

Meet Nathan

If my friends and family had to describe me in a single word, they would probably say that I am passionate. I care deeply about my family, the arts, public service, and experiencing all the diversity that our planet has to offer. I hope that in the long run, I am able to leave the world at least a slightly better place than I found it.
I grew up in a south Florida home that was full of love. Looking back, it is very clear that my parents made my brother and I their top priority. I realize now how much my parents sacrificed for us, in every sense of the word, all so that we could have every opportunity possible. It would be my absolute honor and plan to pay it forward with your child; to teach them the meaning of service and thinking of others, giving them every opportunity to succeed, and supporting their needs and dreams.
Some of the highlights of my childhood include learning how to play multiple brass instruments, earning a spot in the Florida State geography bee in 7th grade, and becoming the captain of my high school debate team. I had two categories of childhood loves: the performing arts, and maps/traveling. I also have some amazing memories of summers spent at an art camp in Michigan, surrounded by people who looked, thought, and sounded very different from me, but who were contributing to the world in their own unique way and I loved (almost) every second of it!

WHERE WE CALL HOME

We live in a diverse community in Maryland. Our neighborhood has couples and families of all different backgrounds - African American, Asian American, Latino, and Caucasian. Diversity is important to us not only because we are a multiracial couple, but because we also want your child to experience that people exist in a variety of different identities, abilities, and appearances. We want to help your child embrace their own heritage and gain different perspectives about the world.

Living close to Washington, DC is a huge perk of living in Maryland. We are close to city activities but can still enjoy the space and quieter pace of suburban life. We enjoy exploring our favorite lesser-known museum exhibits, outdoor spots, and local events in the area.
Our neighborhood has close access to trails and parks to experience the outdoors. We enjoy walking to our local town center and being close to nature (there is no shortage of birds, insects, and sometimes a groundhog along the way!). Experiencing nature is a gift that we hope to share as parents.
We have really enjoyed turning our house into our home. There is nothing better than spending time on our balcony and relaxing on the roof deck when the weather is warm and the sun is shining. We are excited to continue to create memories in these spaces and share lots of stories, laughs, and conversations with your child.

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

For us, holidays are a time to relax, travel, and spend time with loved ones. We don't have a set holiday tradition but we take advantage of opportunities to see our families. In the end, family bonding moments are everything. We expect your little one to guide our holiday plans in the future. We will cherish incorporating new holidays and cultural traditions into our lives to celebrate your child and their heritage. It is normal for us to celebrate more than one culture because that is who our family is and we want holidays to be about love and acceptance.
We are not religious but Nathan identifies as ethnically and culturally Jewish so we celebrate some holidays with his family over meals. We do not prescribe to many of the traditions and rituals that observant Jews might. Instead, we foster the connection to his extended family and a sense of community during major holidays. We also honor Cecilia's Chinese heritage by making dumplings for lunar new year and moon cakes for the mid-autumn festival. In our home, food brings people together.
One informal tradition we have is pizza night, which usually occurs on Fridays. We either make or order pizza from one of our favorite local places.
For us, pizza night is not only about savoring a great slice but also taking a moment to slow down, reflect on the week, and check in with ourselves and each other. Over the years, we have gotten pretty good at making dough and we are now working towards making our own sauce!

OUR LOVED ONES

We are both very close to our families and friends. We were both lucky to grow up in loving and supportive homes and we maintain close connections to our loved ones, even though many of them are located outside of Maryland. We both talk to our parents at least once a week and visit them multiple times every year.

Cecilia is a single child from a small family and has a tight-knit relationship with her parents. Although her parents are divorced they still maintain a solid relationship and see each other regularly for meals and to watch movies. They are beyond excited that we are growing our family through adoption! Her dad is an artist and her mom also went to art school so they will be excited to help nurture your child’s creativity and expression.

Nathan has a younger brother who is currently a medical resident in pediatrics. Nathan’s dad is also in the field, focused on the medical care of newborn infants. We feel blessed to have their expertise as additional guidance to answer our kid-related medical questions. Both of Nathan’s parents are incredibly happy that they will be welcoming their first grandchild. Nathan also has a large extended family of both sets of grandparents, many aunts, uncles, and first and second cousins who are thrilled that we are expanding our family. Our year is punctuated by various birthdays, holidays, weddings, and other family events where we gather with some, or all, of our large tribe.

We count our close friends and neighbors as family because we support each other in the same ways as our relatives. We have a solid support system of friends with young kids—including other adoptive parents—who look forward to sharing advice and future playdates with us.

TRAVEL & ADVENTURE

We promise that your child will share adventures with us where we can share new experiences and create memories as a family. Travel has played an important part of our lives and our relationship. We visited, studied, or worked in 12 different countries before we met and traveled to another eight as a couple. While we expect to move slower and more deliberately with your child, we hope to travel with them when they are older. We have enough frequent flyer miles to provide more than a few long distance trips!

CONCLUSION

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and our dreams to become parents. Thank you for considering us and our home to make these dreams a reality. Thank you for hopefully entrusting us to care for and raise your child. Thank you for keeping yourself and your baby safe over these nine months. If given the opportunity, we will continue to love and cherish your child for the rest of our lives.
We hope to meet or speak with you someday and if not, we hope to stay in touch through letters and photo sharing. Whatever level of openness you prefer, we will always tell your child about the selflessness you showed to make your adoption plan.

With Love and Gratitude,
Cecilia and Nathan
Cecilia and Nathan

THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS FOR CONSIDERING US AS A FAMILY FOR YOUR CHILD.

While we do not know what you are going through, we respect what a challenging time this must be for you. We admire the strength and courage it takes to decide what is best for your child. Whatever you decide, we hope that you find the support and care that you deserve right now. Adoption was our first choice as a couple to grow our family. We are grateful that you decided to get to know us better and consider our home for this wonderful child. Please read on to see a snapshot of our life, who we are, and how much space we have in our hearts for your child.

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We have a typical modern love story: we met through online dating. As Nathan likes to mention, Cecilia messaged him first, and we met up to share a meal shortly after. Cecilia likes to add that she was interested in talking to Nathan because he had just completed a fellowship that she was familiar with and they had shared career interests. As we spent more time together, we realized that for a time, we had lived blocks apart in DC and our paths had probably already crossed through the same networking events that we attended. We felt that even if we had met earlier, the time was right for us now to be with each other. We moved in together and took a longer road to marriage, but we enjoyed taking our time learning about each other and our life goals, which later on included becoming parents through adoption.
We moved from DC to Maryland a few years ago and our lives have been filled with exploring our community and meeting new people in our neighborhood. We enjoy meeting new and old friends at our local coffee shop. We also like taking advantage of the many parks, trails, and scenic areas that are close to us. If we are not outside, we are probably at home reading, cooking, or working on a house project.
We would describe ourselves as bookworms. Although Nathan enjoys reading on a tablet or phone and Cecilia prefers paper books, we both get sucked into our stories. We look forward to reading with your child and hopefully fostering a lifetime of literary adventures. Books have played an important role in our lives and we will cherish sharing the joy of reading.
Some people eat to live and we would describe ourselves as living to eat. We are really good eaters and decent cooks in our kitchen. We are just as happy eating simple homemade food as we are eating a fancy meal. We don't have a favorite style of food but we get excited about food that is well prepared and interesting. Our best meals at home are those that we put together without trying too hard. We enjoy blending foods from our different heritages. For example, our matzoh ball soup with miso ginger broth is a hit!

Meet Cecilia

My idea of a great day is to enjoy my morning coffee outside on our balcony, water the plants, cook or bake, and cuddle up with Nathan while watching something on TV. I would describe myself as a deliberate, thoughtful person. My voice is not the loudest one in the room but I value meaningful conversations with my friends and family. I like to think through decisions and I care a lot about those around me feeling heard and appreciated.
Two things have really shaped who I am: being Chinese American and growing up in New York City. Although it wasn't always easy, my experiences have allowed me to identify with different cultures, made me stronger as a woman, and also challenged me to figure out what I stand for versus what society thinks. Being a native New Yorker and attending public school, I have always been surrounded by a lot of diversity, in all senses of the word. It has helped me to be open-minded and always ask good questions, something that has come in handy on a personal note and when it comes to my work too.
I work for the federal government and the challenge has been amazing. I get to be really analytical (which might sound boring but it is what I enjoy most!) and I love the challenge. I get to work in small teams and help new employees when they first start out. My desk job may not sound very exciting but I get to make a small impact on the world in my own way!
Music and books are my escape. My parents gave me an appreciation for all types of music. I am happy listening to Miles Davis, Nina Simone, or Nirvana, anytime, anywhere. Exercise gives me confidence and makes me mentally and physically stronger. My mom and I started practicing yoga together when I was sixteen. Now I do yoga but also add in strength and flexibility training which helps me stay happy and healthy.
Although I am not a parent yet (our plants don't really count!), I already feel a lot of gratitude for this opportunity. I know that being a mom will be the most fulfilling and challenging experience in my life and I cannot wait to shower your baby with unconditional love.

Meet Nathan

If my friends and family had to describe me in a single word, they would probably say that I am passionate. I care deeply about my family, the arts, public service, and experiencing all the diversity that our planet has to offer. I hope that in the long run, I am able to leave the world at least a slightly better place than I found it.
I grew up in a south Florida home that was full of love. Looking back, it is very clear that my parents made my brother and I their top priority. I realize now how much my parents sacrificed for us, in every sense of the word, all so that we could have every opportunity possible. It would be my absolute honor and plan to pay it forward with your child; to teach them the meaning of service and thinking of others, giving them every opportunity to succeed, and supporting their needs and dreams.
Some of the highlights of my childhood include learning how to play multiple brass instruments, earning a spot in the Florida State geography bee in 7th grade, and becoming the captain of my high school debate team. I had two categories of childhood loves: the performing arts, and maps/traveling. I also have some amazing memories of summers spent at an art camp in Michigan, surrounded by people who looked, thought, and sounded very different from me, but who were contributing to the world in their own unique way and I loved (almost) every second of it!

WHERE WE CALL HOME

We live in a diverse community in Maryland. Our neighborhood has couples and families of all different backgrounds - African American, Asian American, Latino, and Caucasian. Diversity is important to us not only because we are a multiracial couple, but because we also want your child to experience that people exist in a variety of different identities, abilities, and appearances. We want to help your child embrace their own heritage and gain different perspectives about the world.

Living close to Washington, DC is a huge perk of living in Maryland. We are close to city activities but can still enjoy the space and quieter pace of suburban life. We enjoy exploring our favorite lesser-known museum exhibits, outdoor spots, and local events in the area.
Our neighborhood has close access to trails and parks to experience the outdoors. We enjoy walking to our local town center and being close to nature (there is no shortage of birds, insects, and sometimes a groundhog along the way!). Experiencing nature is a gift that we hope to share as parents.
We have really enjoyed turning our house into our home. There is nothing better than spending time on our balcony and relaxing on the roof deck when the weather is warm and the sun is shining. We are excited to continue to create memories in these spaces and share lots of stories, laughs, and conversations with your child.

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

For us, holidays are a time to relax, travel, and spend time with loved ones. We don't have a set holiday tradition but we take advantage of opportunities to see our families. In the end, family bonding moments are everything. We expect your little one to guide our holiday plans in the future. We will cherish incorporating new holidays and cultural traditions into our lives to celebrate your child and their heritage. It is normal for us to celebrate more than one culture because that is who our family is and we want holidays to be about love and acceptance.
We are not religious but Nathan identifies as ethnically and culturally Jewish so we celebrate some holidays with his family over meals. We do not prescribe to many of the traditions and rituals that observant Jews might. Instead, we foster the connection to his extended family and a sense of community during major holidays. We also honor Cecilia's Chinese heritage by making dumplings for lunar new year and moon cakes for the mid-autumn festival. In our home, food brings people together.
One informal tradition we have is pizza night, which usually occurs on Fridays. We either make or order pizza from one of our favorite local places.
For us, pizza night is not only about savoring a great slice but also taking a moment to slow down, reflect on the week, and check in with ourselves and each other. Over the years, we have gotten pretty good at making dough and we are now working towards making our own sauce!

OUR LOVED ONES

We are both very close to our families and friends. We were both lucky to grow up in loving and supportive homes and we maintain close connections to our loved ones, even though many of them are located outside of Maryland. We both talk to our parents at least once a week and visit them multiple times every year.

Cecilia is a single child from a small family and has a tight-knit relationship with her parents. Although her parents are divorced they still maintain a solid relationship and see each other regularly for meals and to watch movies. They are beyond excited that we are growing our family through adoption! Her dad is an artist and her mom also went to art school so they will be excited to help nurture your child’s creativity and expression.

Nathan has a younger brother who is currently a medical resident in pediatrics. Nathan’s dad is also in the field, focused on the medical care of newborn infants. We feel blessed to have their expertise as additional guidance to answer our kid-related medical questions. Both of Nathan’s parents are incredibly happy that they will be welcoming their first grandchild. Nathan also has a large extended family of both sets of grandparents, many aunts, uncles, and first and second cousins who are thrilled that we are expanding our family. Our year is punctuated by various birthdays, holidays, weddings, and other family events where we gather with some, or all, of our large tribe.

We count our close friends and neighbors as family because we support each other in the same ways as our relatives. We have a solid support system of friends with young kids—including other adoptive parents—who look forward to sharing advice and future playdates with us.

TRAVEL & ADVENTURE

We promise that your child will share adventures with us where we can share new experiences and create memories as a family. Travel has played an important part of our lives and our relationship. We visited, studied, or worked in 12 different countries before we met and traveled to another eight as a couple. While we expect to move slower and more deliberately with your child, we hope to travel with them when they are older. We have enough frequent flyer miles to provide more than a few long distance trips!

CONCLUSION

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and our dreams to become parents. Thank you for considering us and our home to make these dreams a reality. Thank you for hopefully entrusting us to care for and raise your child. Thank you for keeping yourself and your baby safe over these nine months. If given the opportunity, we will continue to love and cherish your child for the rest of our lives.
We hope to meet or speak with you someday and if not, we hope to stay in touch through letters and photo sharing. Whatever level of openness you prefer, we will always tell your child about the selflessness you showed to make your adoption plan.

With Love and Gratitude,
Cecilia and Nathan
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