Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: We live in a gorgeous, 100-year-old, craftsman house, in a historic district in California, just a few blocks from the beach! The moment we laid eyes on it, we knew this old house would be perfect for a family. There's so much space, with so many old secrets to explore! We love this area for its walkable neighborhoods and its amazing diversity. It has all the amenities of a big city (museums, theater, amazing restaurants), while maintaining a laid-back friendly beach-city vibe. The weather is near perfect year-round, letting us spend time in the garden or going for walks any time of year. We love showing our city off to out-of-towners, and we can’t wait to share our home with your son or daughter.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what do you like to do?
A: We love to take road trips to small towns up the coast or bigger cities throughout the West. We get a chance to hike and explore unfamiliar scenery, try new restaurants, or find a local bookstore. Or we may pick a destination where we can catch up with old friends and meet their growing families. It’s all about discovery!
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: Education is important to us. We hope to nurture your child’s natural curiosity and imagination, letting them identify their own interests and passions. We plan to teach them the same values we aspire to, emphasizing kindness, empathy, and caring for others. We want to make your child feel secure in their identity, so they can engage with the world with a strong sense of confidence. We can’t wait to teach them the value of learning and imagination. We plan on teaching them the same values that we have learned. We hope to teach them to be kind to everyone regardless of their ethnicity or religion or economic status. We plan on teaching them how to have fun and enjoy life, but also the value of family and friendship.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: That his or her birth-mom wanted the best for her child, and she is entrusting us to give the best care we can. We will let our child know how thankful we are for the opportunity she gave us, and we will show our thanks by providing a loving home where he or she can feel safe and happy. We hope that our birth mom’s background, combined with our own, can be part of the heritage we share with our child, but we respect her right to determine the level of contact she wants.
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: We are not active but both grew up in religious households. We have many friends and relatives that are more active in their church and synagogue. We plan on sharing both our religious backgrounds with your child and letting them decide what they want to become. We will be celebrating all holidays will your child including Christmas and Hannukah. We will also be teaching them the traditions we grew up with and celebrating holidays like Easter & Passover.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: We already have a great life. Some friends have actually asked us why do you want a child when you already have such a great life. But we know that a child will only make our life together better. We can’t wait to share all that we have learned in this life with your child. We can’t wait to introduce them to all of our amazing family members and friends. We have many friends with kids who are so excited for us as well. We can’t wait to introduce him or her to the joys of music and our favorite movies we grew up with. But more importantly we can’t wait to teach them the joys of learning and reading. We plan on taking many visits to the local library with your child. This is something we did growing up and we know how important it is. We also can’t wait to foster your child’s imagination by exploring our neighborhood, parks and nature! We plan on taking them to the local Aquarium and the Nature center very often. We also can’t wait to find out what excites your child and engages their imagination. Whether it be crafts, cooking, hiking, exploring, board games, puzzles, seeing a movie, musical theater or live music. We plan on doing it all with them.
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.
A: Our last vacation was up to Portland, OR. We have many really good friends in cities all over the country. We visited 3 sets of some of our best friends up in Portland. One couple has recently adopted a child and another couple recently had their own biological child. We hung out with both of them and learned all about the adoption process and what it takes to raise a child! Many of our trips around the country involve visiting old friends and relatives. We spent our free time in Portland hiking and going to museums and exploring the culture of Portland. And eating many donuts. We can’t wait to go on our next trip with your child!
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: No. But Brad already has one week day off a week and is planning on taking another. Rafi will most likely work from home on one weekday a week.
Q: Will you be returning to work? If so, describe your day-care plans.
A: We plan on sharing the duties of raising our child. Both of us will have a couple of days off during the week and plan on spending as much time as possible with our new addition to the family. We both will be working, but with a schedule that allows one of us to be home all day with our child at least 4 days of the week. We plan to use day care close to our work place so we can check in on our child whenever needed. We also are considering sharing a nanny with a neighbor who is having a baby this year. We have family in town (Brad’s brother’s family and his two step-brothers' family) who are excited to help us take care of our child as well.
Q: 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?
A: We are so grateful for the hard decision she has made. We know that we will give the baby a fantastic life and so much love and joy. We hope that the birth mother will feel confident in her choice to allow us to raise her child. We look forward to not only having a lifelong relationship with our new child but also with the birth mother.