Thank you for
devoting some of your time to learn about our family. We thought the best way for
you to get to know us and the type of family we are is to take you through a
typical day. But as we write this, there are no typical days since we are in
the middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic, so below are our family highlights.
The Basics: There
are 3 of us: Luis, Paige and Natalia (Nat).Luis and Paige have known each other
for over 15 years and
been together as a couple for 5 years. Nat is 11 years old and is Luis’ biological
daughter. Our family unit isn’t created out of biological ties, and we wouldn’t
have it any other way.
Sunday Family Dinners:
Every Sunday night we go to Paige’s
parents’ house for family dinner with her parents and brother. Even during COVID-19
stay-at-home, we have maintained video conference dinners. It is important for
us to minimize the impact on Nat that 3 months of staying at home has.
Cartwheel Room: We definitely have a couple unique features of our house. When we were buying
our house, we made sure to include Nat in the selection process. We wanted to
help her develop long-term thinking and opinion-forming skills. She said she absolutely
needed a room to practice cartwheels. So, we made sure our house had a room
with no furniture to practice cartwheels (carpeted of course). We bought a house that created future flexibility for our growing family.
Reading Tent: Sometimes reading isn’t a kid’s favorite
subject. When we encountered this with Nat, we had to get creative. Our solution
was to put a tent in the house and we called it the Reading Tent. Now reading
seems more fun to Nat, plus having a dedicated space helps her to focus on the
book she is reading.
Walk Wednesday: After dinner every Wednesday, we go for
a walk as a family around the neighborhood. We have been doing this so long, we
don’t even remember why we started.
Night: Family game night started as a way to prepare Nat for her Friday
spelling tests. As she got older, we expanded it to any subject that she was focusing
on in school at the moment. We create a game where she competes against Luis or
Paige to spell the most words correctly or get the most math problems correct.
Every summer we take some dedicated
family time to go on vacation with Paige’s parents. We have seen the Grand Canyon,
state capitals, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City, and Dominican Republic. We try to
pick places where we can learn new things or be exposed to new cultures. Last
Christmas we got a world map and US map where we can mark the places we have
A Note from Nat: Hello, my name is Natalia. I’m very active, very playful, and very helpful if anyone
needs help. When I was about 6, Paige came along and we grew a great bond and I
grew to love her. So, Paige and my dad are great parents and love everybody. I’m
excited to be a big sister to a little brother or little sister and teach him
or her everything I know.
Views: Whether we struggled with infertility or not, adoption was always part
of the plan to expand our family. We want you to know that we value you and we
acknowledge that you are making the most important decision, and a difficult
one that takes strength and love. While we can't ever imagine the extent of how
you feel right now, we do want you to know that we are grateful to have the
chance to be part of your experience and hope that you can become part of ours
Not every day
is perfect in our house, especially during non-pandemic times. Shoes get lost
and time gets rushed, but we figure it out together and get creative. We are excited
to continue our family traditions and develop new ones with our expanding family.