Paul and Mariza

Married Since: 2010

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We cannot imagine what you must be going through considering such a selfless option for your precious child. We cannot thank you enough for taking the time to consider us and getting to know us as potential adoptive parents.

Paul and Mariza

from North Carolina

Paul

Ancestry: Italian, English, Irish

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Sales Specialist

Education: High School

Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Refinishing and building things, Playing with the dogs

Mariza

Ancestry: Guatemalan, Hispanic

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Nanny

Education: BA

Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Kayaking, Painting

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

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Dear Expectant Mother,

As we write this letter to you, we find it difficult to find the words to say to you. We cannot imagine what you must be going through considering such a selfless option for your precious child. We cannot thank you enough for taking the time to consider us and getting to know us as potential adoptive parents.

Our names are Paul and Mariza. We met in 2003 at college. We both knew from the beginning of our relationship that we wanted to spend our lives together and start a family. We got married in 2010 and began trying for a child right away. After numerous and heartbreaking pregnancy losses, it became evident to us that we were unable to naturally have a child and know that our hearts are being called toward adoption.

Our home is situated in a beautiful safe suburb of North Carolina, in a neighborhood where everyone is friendly and familiar with each other. Our neighborhood is filled with wonderful families and a lot of children of all ages. We have a big backyard and are surrounded by a creek and woods that we love to explore and hike with our two dogs, Ginger and Dixie. They absolutely love children and the children in the neighborhood love to visit them frequently.

Mariza has spent her entire life caring for and raising children. She is a very loving aunt to all of our nieces and nephews. She has been a professional nanny for most of her working life and has helped raise, educate and take care of newborns and has stayed very active in all their lives as they grow. We are fortunate enough that Mariza could stay home with the baby but has also been reassured by the families she works with that they would be delighted if the baby would come to work with her. In either situation, we would be attending various activities such as music class, gymnastics, story times, etc.

As an Eagle Scout, Paul has always been very driven and hardworking. He started his career with seniors in High School volunteering at a local senior living community. Today, he is an advocate for seniors by traveling around the US and training and showing other senior living communities how to better serve the needs of the seniors in their area. At home, he loves spending time with his nieces and nephews where he is the goofy uncle everyone loves to joke and play with. Our nieces and nephews that don’t live close by frequently FaceTime with him and are always so excited to see him. Paul will be such an amazing father. Your child will always be laughing and will feel so loved with him by his or her side.

We love spending time together at home and cannot wait to welcome your baby with us. It sometimes is as simple as curling up together in front of the fire or taking part in some of the numerous events our neighborhood and town frequently host. Luckily, family is close by and we get to see some of our nieces and nephews a lot. They cannot wait to welcome a new cousin into the family. Hopefully, they’ll all be going to the same amazing Charter School together where they will be encouraged to excel in academics and if they would want in community service and athletics. Together, we love to travel. One of our favorite vacations has been going to Guatemala to see Mariza’s very large extended family. We cannot wait to get another passport for your baby and show them many different cultures and customs around the world.

Our families are so excited to welcome another child into their lives. We can assure you that we will all love and adore this child with all of our hearts, passing on to them all of our family traditions and values, sharing stories and embracing him or her with lots of kisses, hugs, playtime and laughter.

Thank you for taking the time to consider us,
Paul and Mariza

Q&A

Tell us about your home and neighborhood.

We live in a beautiful, established neighborhood in a suburb of North Carolina. The neighborhood is filled with families and children. Our neighborhood and town frequently have family events around the seasons and holidays. Our home is spacious with a large fenced yard. Surrounding us are the woods and a stream that we love exploring. Our neighborhood has many fun amenities including playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, a swimming pool, vegetable garden and fishing pond.

When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?

We like to take a mini vacation or road trip to either the mountains or beach. We love to spend our free time outdoors hiking, kayaking, swimming and just enjoying the beauty of nature. We cannot wait to share our love for the outdoors with your child.

Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.

We have two adopted dogs. Ginger and Dixie are a mother and daughter set that we immediately fell in love with when we saw them. They are very sweet and loving dogs who love other people and animals. They are really good with all the children in the neighborhood. We also have an adopted cat, Ali. We have had her as our pet for twelve years. She loves snuggling and ear scratches.

What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?

We want to raise our children as very happy, confident and loving individuals. We hope to encourage them to treat everyone as equals, to love themselves as they are and to apply themselves in whatever it is they decide to do. We want to encourage them to pursue their dreams and to work hard to pursue their passions. We hope to teach them to love nature through camping, hiking and kayaking and to teach them about other cultures by traveling with them.

What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?

We would tell them about your courage and unconditional love for them. We would tell them anything that you are comfortable with us telling them. We would answer any of their questions.

Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.

We love attending Catholic mass on Sundays and contributing to our community through charitable donations as well as fulfilling yearly Christmas present wishes to children in need. We also sponsor a young mother in Guatemala who takes care of her siblings as well.

How will a child enrich your life?

We have always envisioned our lives with children and always knew that we would want to adopt eventually. A child would fill our hearts with so much warmth, snuggles, kisses, tickles and hugs. But most of all a child would complete our family.

Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.

We went camping with Mariza’s brother, his family, and our dogs to the mountains in NC. We had a great time camping, telling stories, teaching our niece and nephews how to kayak, making s’mores and hiking.

When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?

We can't imagine what you are thinking or going through, but we know you are courageous and strong. We also know that you only want the best for your child. We are so thankful and humbled that you have given us the opportunity to love your child unconditionally and to fill our lives with so much love and joy.

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