Let us start by saying THANK YOU for taking the time to read our story.
We’re hoping after you read our story and see our family embracing and loving each other, it will bring some comfort and peace in your decision on adoption and choosing us for your baby. We welcome and embrace all individuals and we would embrace you too and your baby into this amazing family.
We are Tony and Diane. We come from big European Families and believe that love has no bounds or limits. We both say our home is so full of love but we still have so much more love to give. Allow us to give our love to your child for there is no limit!
I am the only child born to Portuguese parents. My parents worked hard towards every milestone in our lives. I quickly came to realize that achievements can only be accomplished by you and you should never believe that you can’t do something. I always tell my children the sky is the limit and do what drives you. Believe in it and believe in yourself, for you can do anything. These same beliefs would be shared with your child as well, with a huge family supporting them.
I am one of four kids born to Italian parents. We are loud, enjoy our pasta and nurturing. My parents told me to never take things for granted and always work hard for what you need. The most important thing is family for they are always there for you through the good time and the hard times in your life.
Tony and I first met in high school and became high school sweethearts. What attracted me to Tony was his personality. He was funny, loud and always smelled good.
What attracted me to Diane was her kindness, smile and dimples. We were always together—inseparable. Four years later we graduated high school. That year, I proposed to Diane and of course she said YES!
After high school, Tony decided to pursue his dreams and open his own business with his brother- A Pizzeria. The success of the pizzeria helped open a second business in Landscaping. I was accepted to College into the Legal Assistant Program. The next few years, we worked hard and pursued our dreams.
In May 1995, we married. It was a beautiful ceremony with many family and friends supporting us.
In 1999 we were blessed with our first child, Antonio. We were excited and scared for our new adventure as a family of three. We quickly learned and adapted to all the diaper changes, feedings and many sleepless nights. In 2002 we became a family of four and welcomed the new edition to the family, our daughter Cristina.
After having our first two children, we were told by a doctor that it would not be safe for me to get pregnant due to a medication I was taking. Once it was safe, I became pregnant but lost the baby and haven’t become pregnant since. It has always been a dream of ours to have a large family.
Today, Tony and I are self-employed and owners of our own businesses. It’s a blessing to work for ourselves and enjoy all the flexibility which comes as being your own boss. It’s also very beneficial when raising your family. You have time for the important people in your life.
We actively participate in our children’s lives in their sports activities. We are a huge soccer family and volunteer as much as we can for them while helping to support the local sports clubs.
Whether we coach or manage a soccer team or two, those are the best moments–the time we get to share with our children and family friends
We also enjoy travelling. We have traveled to many beautiful places and countries. We’ve been to Italy to visit many relatives and friends and to Portugal. Spending time with family and friends have left some great memories.
Disney World was the most magical place to visit. Who doesn’t love Mickey Mouse?
Mexico was EPIC! Where could you swim with the dolphins, snorkel though the caves and repel down a wall into an underground cave. The kids can`t still stop talking about it.
We have also traveled to places like Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Cayman Islands and Bahamas.
We would like our children to enjoy and experience different places and cultures so they can appreciate it all.
We feel very blessed with all the family and friends in our lives. Tony and I have so many friends we are proud of. Some of our friends are from elementary and high school. We grew up together and now our children are growing up together. Funny thing, we also travel together. Whether it’s either going to Mexico, snorkeling in the lagoon or a fun action-packed week at the cottage with all the families, we always seem to be involved in each others lives in some shape or form. A true blessing!
We have been truly blessed and fortunate for all that we have and worked for. We live in a lovely two- story home with plenty of room for the kids to run around, a pool to cool off in and a backyard to practice their sports in. There is more than plenty of room for our family to grow. We hope that you will feel the same if your child were to join our family.
Adoption is not new to us. Tony’s sister was fortunate to adopt her third child, Adriana, from Africa. We were thrilled and blessed when we were asked to baptize her.
Two of our closest family friends have adopted either privately or through Children’s Aid Society. We are hoping to be blessed with same way through adoption. We hope you strongly think about our loving family for your child.
We are experienced parents, but we can honestly say we have an amazing support system of family and friends who will be there for us in our adoption.
Open adoption is new to us. To be honest, we don’t know what to expect. In the end, we should all try to figure out something that will benefit everybody’s needs and comfort levels. Most importantly we should all try to figure out something that will benefit your child.
We imagine keeping in touch through emails, texts, Facebook and/or a private Instagram account where we can share pictures with you. We would also be open to some visits throughout the year if possible.
They say “a picture is worth a thousand words.” If that is true, our pictures say it all. Love, family, support, fun and memories. They also say “it takes a village to raise a child.” We can say your child will be in great hands with this huge village of ours.
Thank you for looking at our family. This is only a glimpse into our family and its funny, happy and special moments. We are hoping we have a chance to meet with and you and share more of these crazy moments with you in person.