FC: Mario and Melissa
3: Hello! We are honored that you are considering us as adoptive parents for your child. We'd like to introduce ourselves to you; we are Mario and Melissa. We live with our four year old American Bulldog/Boxer mix named Lola. The difficulty of the decision you are making is something that we can only imagine. We truly admire, appreciate, and respect you. Your consideration of adoption shows your love for your child and your courage as an individual. We pray that getting to know us may grant you some peace and comfort as you plan for your child's future.
5: Our Home: We have owned our home for eleven years. | Our Home: We have owned our home for 10 years . It is a large two-story single family home with 4 bedrooms and plenty of yard space for children to run and play. The warm, tropical climate is conducive to lots of outdoor fun year round!! Our city has phenomenal schools that are consistently rated the highest in the state.
6: Mario through Melissa's eyes- Mario's love for life is tremendous. and infectious. The amazing aspect of his personality is that nothing ever seems to disturb him and he always keeps an open mind. One of my good friends describes him as having "dust" which means that Mario has a certain quality where everyone that comes into contact with him loves him. I think his sense of humor and big smile are part of that magic. Mario is the most caring, creative and generous person. He is great at putting things into perspective for me. He has taught me that things always happen for a reason, and at the right time. I feel that I am a better person for having him in my life. He is also the financial guru of the house, so he makes sure that we can enjoy all the good things while being secure for our future. I am a dreamer, so Mario keeps me grounded and I think we balance each other perfectly. Mario is just an inherently good natured person. His big heart and desire to support my beliefs are what I love about him most. Mario enjoys traveling, spending quality time and enjoying new experiences with family and friends. Mario is a sports fanatic and basketball is one of his favorite pastimes. I enjoy sharing that experience with him and we try to attend many NBA games each year. Mario has a strong, sensitive personality and so many admirable qualities that I feel lucky to have him by my side for this wonderful experience. He is also the financial guru of the house, so he makes sure that we can enjoy all the good things while being secure for our future. I am a dreamer, so he keeps me grounded and I think we balance each other perfectly. His big heart and desire to support my beliefs are what I love about him. Mario enjoys traveling, spending quality time and sharing new experiences with family and friends. Mario loves attending and participating in all sporting events. Basketball is one of his favorite pastimes. I enjoy sharing that experience with him as we try and see many live Heat games each year. Mario has a strong, sensitive personality and so many admirable qualities that I consider myself blessed and extremely lucky that he is by my side for this wonderful experience.
8: Melissa through Mario's eyes- Loving, curious, generous, talented. These are only four small words, but they describe Melissa so completely. I have learned so much from Melissa. Her generosity, both emotional and otherwise, is something to behold. She does not think twice about doing nice things for friends and family, even if these projects take a lot of time. Melissa is an intelligent, thoughtful and beautiful person inside and out. She always puts others above herself. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful wife! She is my best friend and has been supportive of me since day one. Few people are as fiercely loyal as Melissa is to her family and I know without a doubt that she will be our child's strongest advocate. I am awed by Melissa's dedication to her career and pursuit of fulfilling her bachelor's/master's degree in Criminal Justice, although being a stay-at-home mom is her greatest desire. She is a natural caregiver which will make her a great mother. As you can see she has a brilliant smile and it is not difficult to make her laugh - she can find humor in almost any situation. This ability has helped us in hard times to always find the good. I have a very empathetic and compassionate wife. She cannot see another suffer or go without, and not be deeply moved. Most of all, Melissa yearns for the chance to be a mom and our child will be fortunate to have so great a mother.
10: Our Life So Far: Mario and I met more than 15 years ago and dated for 5 years prior to getting married. We are a loving, stable couple and have based our relationship on faith, values and principles. We enjoy traveling, exercising, and spending time with our family and friends. Mario loves engaging in and watching all sports, especially basketball; and Melissa loves to shop, participate in spinning/cycling classes and Zumba and is an avid reader. | World Traveler's
11: Las Vegas, NV | Castries St. Lucia | Grand Cayman | Jamaica
12: Why We Want to Adopt: Mario and I have tried for many years to to conceive with no success. While we still have other medical options left, we decided not to pursue them. We have always talked about adopting, so it was obviously the next step for us. We were both raised in a loving, close nit large family with supportive parents who sacrificed for our future and success. Sharing that same type of love and support is our desire for our children.
13: Why we can't wait to be parents! Being parents have always been our life long aspiration. Not only being parents, but being really great parents! We are so excited to nurture and care for our baby, we are so excited to read to our child, help them get ready for the first day of school, help them with their homework, guide them through their troubles. There is nothing more we want to do in life than to raise a family. We are so ready for all the challenges and blessings and are beyond excited to watch our child grow up, get to know them as they develop their personalities and be there every step of the way. Our child will always know they are loved and are part of a forever family. We will cherish every moment, every tear, and every smile.
14: We have a tremendous family that is excited to share in our joy. Also, we have a number of friends whose children are always looking for a new friend so the addition to our family will be very welcome. Our family and extended family gather together a number of times during the year. Even though life can get busy, we always make it a point to be together and cherish the things we love. Our extended family is considerably large and very supportive. Any child will be welcomed into this family with open arms from 1 great grandmother, 3 great uncles and aunts, 1 grandmother and grandfather, 3 aunts, 4 uncles, 24 second cousins, 1 soon to be third cousin, and of course, our dog Lola. Every single one of them is as eager as we are. It is important for us to raise a child in a spiritual, honest, loving, peaceful home. We plan to raise him or her with the understanding of how they came into our lives. Any child that we adopt will know the special role their birth parent played in their life. Our journey together has been full of valuable lessons about building a family, and most importantly: love comes from the heart, laughs should come from the belly, smile everyday, and challenges bring us together.
15: Our niece 6mth old Naomi | Mario and his cousins on our wedding day | Mario and our niece Aubrey in Key West | Melissa's father and our nephew Alijah | Melissa's brother Andrew and Aunt Pearl | Mario's great aunt and uncle in Jamaica
16: Cousin Jermaine and his wife Chanell | Aunt Pearl and Uncle Rodrick | Mario and Cousin Gardy | Cousin Claude and his son Lil Boo (Phillippe) | Melissa and her brother Andrew | Melissa and her parents on college graduation day
19: We want to thank you for taking the time to learn about us and allowing us to open our hearts to you. Rest assured that we will raise your child in a peaceful household, with unconditional love, laughter, the best educational opportunities, financial stability, and a lot of fun filled adventures! We plan to share with your child the wonderful way God brought him or her into our family. We will teach him or her that adoption is something to be proud of because it shows HOW MUCH two families loved him/her. Your love for your child is evident through your consideration of adoption. We pray for you and your baby, and hope that you choose our loving family to raise your child. We look forward to spending a lifetime of cherished moments together. | No matter what choice you make, we hope only the best for you and your baby. All our blessings, Mario and Melissa