Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: Our home really has everything we need to raise a family. We have a spacious house and big, open lawns in the neighborhood. At our house we party and celebrate birthdays or dinner events with our friends. When our family visits, they typically stay overnight as we often entertain a large, breakfast group on the weekends. The house is very near to a daycare, kindergarten and primary school. Kids on our street range from toddler to college age. As there are 2 club houses, we also love to join parties over there as well as take full advantage of the pools, tennis courts or the gym. Our house is a great place to relax and re-energize once the work is done and we come home.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?
A: We like to travel to see friends, family and awesome places. Three days is enough time to fly to Germany to catch up with Norbert’s family. We can reach the West coast to reconnect with friends and family of Sonali, or we can just drive on the East coast to chill with Sonali’s family. We can explore another city with restaurants or an aquarium/zoom (our son loves animals) too!
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: Love and compassion. Everything else can develop on this foundation. Once you feel loved, you feel empowered to learn and accomplish anything. Once you are compassionate, even your mistakes will be forgotten so much easier.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: Everything we can get to know! We will tell them that she is a very special person, who made our little family possible! We want to be very open about the fact that we adopted and believe this includes speaking very positive about their birthmom too.
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: When it comes to religion, we truly exercise tolerance. Sonali is Hindu and Norbert is Roman-Catholic: we both believe in God, we just look at God from different angles. Trust me, this makes for even more fun with religious festivals, as we try to observe all of them to get together with our friends and families on such occasions.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: We intend to see our child grow up similar to the way we did: in a home filled with laughter, lots of love, affection and stimulating discussions to become a respected individual. We aim to pass on some of our core values and believes to our child and with time foster the child to be successful on their own. And all along the way we build common memories that we all will share for the rest of our lives.
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or day trip.
A: We flew into Berlin (Germany) and spent a few days there before flying on to Vienna (Austria). After some time here, we rented a car and drove through the alps to Salzburg. The trip was a nice mix of city touring by bus or boat, cultural attractions like palaces or concerts, visiting a zoo and finally a few days on a lake that had boats and a train ride up the mountains. Of course it included lots of ice cream for our 4-year-old son.
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 think about how much love for this baby she feels to make such a difficult decision as well as how much opportunity this decision can offer for this precious baby, the adoptive parents as well as the birthmother. Most of all, we feel extremely thankful for the trust she has in us to raise her child.