Benjamin and Elena

Married Since: 2011

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Your baby will be so loved, and we can’t wait to share life’s experiences with them and nurture them to the best of our ability.

Benjamin and Elena

from Indiana

Benjamin

Ancestry: Swedish, English

Religion: Lutheran

Occupation: Software Developer

Education: B.S.

Hobbies: Soccer, Gardening

Elena

Ancestry: Mexican, Puerto Rican

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Business Owner

Education: M.S.

Hobbies: Travel, Cooking, Salsa dancing, Reading

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: African American / Caucasian, African American / Hispanic, Asian, Caucasian / Asian, Asian / Hispanic, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Indian, Caucasian / Middle Eastern, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Hispanic / Middle Eastern, Hispanic / Pacific Islander, Pacific Islander

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Benjamin

Color
Blue
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
Food
Baby Back Ribs
Hobby
Travel
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Leisure Activity
Tennis
Movie
Indiana Jones and The Raiders of The Lost Ark
Subject in School
History
Thing to Cook
Pancakes
Vacation Spot
Europe

Elena

Color
Blue
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early Bird!!
Food
Spaghetti
Hobby
Cooking or Travel
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure Activity
Swimming
Movie
Star Wars
Subject in School
Math
Thing to Cook
Pizza
Vacation Spot
Disney or Puerto Rico
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From Us to You

Hello Friend,

Even though we have not met yet, we already have so much respect for you and value your decision to choose life. We don’t know where you are in your journey, but we feel it’s no mistake that our paths have crossed. Our Journey has led us here after many failed fertility treatments, surgeries and sadly, loss. We are on a search for a new beginning, filled with unconditional love and hope. This is all because of your heart, your love, and your strength of sacrifice. So just for that small bit of hope, we already say thank you for this incredible opportunity to embark on a new journey…with us, together. One filled with joy, kindness and most importantly peace. Peace in the knowledge that your child will be loved, cherished, and well cared for.

We are Ben and Elena and we live in a wonderful small town in Indiana. We are blessed to have a beautiful home on a lake. Although we graduated from the same high school in the town that we currently live in, we didn’t meet until we were in our late 20s. This is when we fell in love and became best friends.

We live one minute away from our parents who also live on the lake and have access to swimming, boats and kayaks. Our community is known for having some of the best schools and parks. Our house is centered between two large parks that also have water near them and loads of fun activities for families. The community is known for being an active one and has bike and walking paths throughout. We also love culture, history and travel, and while we live in Indiana, we are just an hour from Chicago and the museums and arts that can be found there. We are also close to Michigan for apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. Occasionally, we leave the area to learn about other cultures by traveling to places like Copenhagen, Puerto Rico, Mexico and New Orleans.

We can’t wait to add to our family and can’t wait to show your child what lake life is all about and to appreciate nature by learning more about birds, deer, fox and bunnies. We are avid bird watchers and love learning about the trees and flowers in the area.

Although we don’t have any children currently, our family motto is, “We will figure it out.” This motto has been a staple in our marriage and is something that we hope we will get the opportunity to teach to our children. Life gets so unpredictable sometimes, we feel that we can always figure out a way to get through any storm while providing a safe and healthy environment… together as a family.

We have strong family values based on joy, kindness and curiosity. We chose joy as a value in order to practice compassion and to overcome the fear and anxiety that might get in the way of finding and having happiness. Joy also gives us the constant reminder of positivity and how we can have an effect on others. This brings happiness to not only ourselves, but to others as well. Lastly, joy reminds us to be courageous and diligent in our pursuits and allows us to find peace in the outcome.

Another value we live by is kindness. In our household we value this as a strength as it is sometimes hard. Be kind to yourself to turn around any negative self-talk, be kind in the face of someone who is un-kind and wish those well who face difficulties or are in need.

The last value we hold dear in our house is curiosity. This value encompasses our love of learning and finding interest in everything we do. It also helps to diffuse difficult situations by wanting to understand other people’s point of view. This helps us learn new skills and knowledge while enjoying the process.

Although this is just a brief insight as to who we are, please know we already think that you are such a selfless and strong person for giving us the opportunity to turn us from a married couple to a family. Your baby will be so loved, and we can’t wait to share life’s experiences with them and nurture them to the best of our ability.

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About Ben & Elena

Elena has two younger brothers. She not only works in business analytics but has also created and runs her own food blog. Elena is a Disney nerd, even going so far as to work there for a time. Elena loves to cook, garden and travel. She is the organizer in the family and makes sure that everything runs smoothly and gets done. She is always looking to help and show kindness to others. Elena has been a great role model for our goddaughters and I know will be one for your child as well. She is my best friend and the love of my life.

Ben has one younger sibling. He works as a software engineer and enjoys gardening, soccer, solving complex problems, traveling and being with nature. He is a true engineer at heart. Ben is amazing with kids; anytime he’s near a group of kids, it doesn’t take long for him to jump in and start playing tag. There have even been occasions where a child has come up to me and pleaded for Ben to stay and play. Ha! Ben is also the most patient and kind person I know. He knows how to keep a level head, even when faced with unkindness or frustration. He’s just the best person I know.

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About Us as a Couple

We are best friends who have so much love and respect for one another. It is as simple as that. We work well together and, although our approach many times differs, we are able to compromise and find balance. We’ve always been able to find balance in things and bring our unique strengths to solve problems. Communication has been one of our greatest strengths. We can still talk for hours after 13 years of knowing each other and can especially come together in a crisis. We always try to figure out a way to function better as a team even when we feel things are going well. We are both big goof-balls and try to find fun in everything we do.

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Our Family and Friends

We are blessed to have a large, multi-cultural, blended family. Ben’s family is of Swedish and English descent and a few members have married people of Asian descent. Elena’s mom’s side of the family are proud Puerto Ricans and we come in all colors, shapes and sizes. On her dad’s side of the family we are of Mexican descent and she has 8 aunts and uncles most of whom have children. We are always busy because each side loves to get together to celebrate their traditions.

We are also blessed to have two distinct groups of friends that we’ve had for 20+ years. They are all from the same town, but one group still lives near us and the other has moved to places far and wide. The group of friends that live near us get together often for BBQ’s, big life events and fantasy football. We are involved in their lives and we have been there for the births of their children and have seen them blossom into beautiful parents.

The second group of friends live all over, Connecticut, South Carolina, Texas, South Korea and Oklahoma. We make it a point to stay connected and once or twice a year plan a “family trip” where we all rent one big cabin or house and stay for a week to play board games, go fishing and have cook-offs. Most of their kids are older, but it is always fun to get together to play pool, board games, do puzzles and gather round the kitchen.

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Our Home and Neighborhood

We live in a tri-level, 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom home on a small lake with tons of windows. We have two balconies and a small backyard on a private drive. Our view of the lake brings us peace and gives us the advantage of doing plenty of bird-watching as well as finding other animals at play like ducks, frogs, fox, deer, groundhogs, and chipmunks. It has always reminded us of Snow White’s house as far as how comfortable the animals feel playing near the lake. Our next-door neighbors are physicians and have a 1 year old little girl. Our neighborhood is filled with young families or retirees. The lake culture is fun because there is a peaceful, nature-loving, animal loving, hiking sense that everyone shares, and we love to come together for BBQs and celebrations. While we have a beautiful view, our parents, who live within walking distance from us, have access to kayaking, paddle boarding, pontooning, fishing and swimming. Our neighborhood is amazing as well, because we live sandwiched in between two large parks. One provides a child’s playground, walking paths, hiking, and water activities. The other provides a large walking path and holds concerts, festivals, and marathons. We are definitely park people and are blessed that there are 13 unique parks throughout the town.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

Adoption was more of a calling to our hearts, partially inspired by our love for our goddaughters. After infertility, we were not sure what we wanted our next step to be. So, we had many discussions and really took the time (about 4 years) to think about what life would be like with children or without children. Our godchildren are 1.5 and 5 years old. They have created such a big place in our hearts, despite the fact they are not blood related to us. They have reignited that yearning to parent and, in turn, to receive love. We feel that we are now in a strong and stable environment that will allow us to give a child all of our attention and love and be the best parents that we can be. For these reasons, we knew adoption was the right path for us and this is the best time to move forward.

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Our Lifestyle

We are lake people through and through. We both love being by the water and all the fun activities that it brings. We love our local parks and enjoy visiting them often, sometimes even for a festival or a concert. We love nature, whether it’s trees, birds, woodland creatures or simply gardening. We love being able to grow our own tomatoes and peppers and just watching something grow from seed. Culture and Arts are also a part of our lifestyle, we enjoy watching plays and listening to symphonies even while at home. Food is a big part of our lives, whether we are hosting a big dinner or making meals at home, it isn’t a means to an end for us, we like to put on some music and really enjoy cooking a good meal.

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Family Traditions

We enjoy a homemade pizza night every so often, but really enjoy it when we can teach others how to make it. When Elena was younger and her brothers were little, it was fun to let them pick their own toppings and let them watch the dough rise through the oven window. It created memories that will stay with them forever. We also love hosting an annual Swedish meatball dinner. We make them from scratch and use our own recipe to share with family and friends. It is kind of our kick-off to the holiday season. Our favorite tradition is getting new pajamas and opening them on Christmas Eve. We get to cheat and open a present the day before Christmas and the goofier the better! We also love to go to a Cubs game once a year. We love, love, love the stadium and history and it’s always a fun day in the city. We totally love going to Walt Disney World and plan to make new traditions when our child gets old enough.

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Our Vacations

We love to vacation. We’ve been to places like Copenhagen, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and New Orleans and are soon planning to visit friends in South Korea! We love to get together with family or friends and vacation together or explore new parts of the earth on our own. Getting away and learning something new is always fun for us. If we aren’t able to go anywhere far, we make do with what we have, whether it’s camping in the back yard or visiting a close friend. One time we even rented a hotel room in our home town and just ordered room service. We feel it’s important to get out of the day-to-day grind for a different perspective. Our love of different cultures also keeps us on the move to learn about different parts of the country. We are huge Disney fans and have aspirations to visit all of the parks, we would love to share that joy and see it through your child’s perspective if given the chance.

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A Typical 3-Day Weekend

Our 3-day weekends usually go one of two ways. Either we go on a small vacation which many times includes visiting friends and family that we have not seen for a while. Or we do more of a staycation that includes finishing home projects, reading a good book or jumping in the kayaks for a leisurely paddle on the lake.

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Education

Education is a priority in our home. We both had very different paths that led us to our degrees. Ben had the typical journey of high school, then immediately attended college and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in computer engineering. For Elena, college after high school wasn’t an option. So, she worked for seven years until she was able to return to school and finish both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Business Intelligence and analytics. This allowed her to gain a whole new perspective of school and the opportunities that it can provide. We plan on instilling a love for learning in your child and will give them every opportunity to succeed.

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Our Careers

We both have a love for education and Math which is why we chose engineering and analytics. We both love to solve problems in an organized fashion and try to bring those same principles to our personal life. Elena has a side business that is a small food blog. It’s a hobby that allows her to use her creative side by learning food photography, writing and creating her own recipes.

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Cultural Diversity

Cultural Diversity is something that we hold dear to our hearts. We love learning about new cultures and meeting new people while learning their story. It’s our differences that make the world such a wonderful place and that is one of the reasons that we love to travel so much. We get to experience new cultures, even if only for a short time and expand our view of the world. We would honor your child’s culture and look forward to teaching him or her about their culture.

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Our Promise to You

We can promise your child a safe and peaceful environment filled with joy, kindness and fun. We promise to always communicate to your child about where they came from, and how our paths connected to one another to become family. We also promise to value education and teach your child to love learning and to always stay curious and thirsty for life. We hope to teach a hard work ethic but to learn to enjoy the process and make time for fun and relaxation whenever possible. Most importantly, we will love your child unconditionally and share many hugs and cuddles so that they will always know love.

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