Rashmi & Stephanie
Rashmi & Stephanie
Race of child interested in adopting: Caucasian, Caucasian/African American, Caucasian/Hispanic, Hispanic or South/Central American
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: TX
Dear Expectant Mother,
The path you have chosen is selfless and incredibly courageous; we can’t begin to imagine what you must be feeling in this moment. We consider it a great honor that you have chosen to read our profile and get to know us. Thank you for considering us as your baby’s adoptive parents!
We are truly grateful to you for making this decision. Your decision is a difficult one, but it’s giving us the opportunity to start our family—something we’ve wanted for a very long time. Although the world is unpredictable and the path can sometimes feel unstable, we want to assure you that we will do our very best to control the things we can. We promise to provide opportunities, fun, laughter, education, and plenty of experiences that will help your baby grow into the most awesome, well-rounded person they can be. We promise to always protect and provide stability for them while at the same time allowing them to express themselves authentically. We promise to always better ourselves throughout this journey of motherhood because we know there is always room for growth. Above all, we promise to love them unconditionally, always. We have been waiting to welcome this baby into our family for a long time. Thank you for giving us that chance.
We can’t wait to hear from you.
We met through an online dating site nearly 10 years ago, and the rest is history! We dated long distance for 1.5 years; Stephanie was in Tennessee, and Rashmi was in Brooklyn. It wasn’t easy, but our commitment to each other made it work! Stephanie moved to Brooklyn in 2012, and in 2015 we got married and had an epic dance party with our family and friends. Stephanie grew up in Washington, went to college in Wisconsin, and attended graduate school in Tennessee. Rashmi grew up in Texas, went to college in Connecticut, attended medical school in the Caribbean, and did her medical training in Brooklyn. As college athletes, Stephanie played basketball and Rashmi played tennis. Stephanie is the founder and CEO of a startup beverage company, and Rashmi is a doctor. When we’re not working, we like to travel, explore local happenings with friends, eat at new restaurants, and cook together.
We live in a new home in a mid-sized city in Texas. We built our house with a family in mind, so we have a big yard and lots of space for playtime. We have one dog (a Havanese named Albie) who loves kids, cuddling, and hiding his toys (and our socks) under furniture. Our community is very diverse, and there are many families with small children that live in our gated subdivision. Our neighborhood is safe and close to the best schools in the city, and there are many parks nearby.
Our Extended Family
We are both close with our families, and each of us is the oldest of two siblings. Rashmi lost her younger brother to cancer in 2014, and although this was a terrible tragedy, his death made us certain that we want to adopt at least two children. The bond shared between siblings is important to us, and we want that for our children.
Stephanie grew up in a Christian household and has a large, extended family. Her parents and brother live on the West Coast, and she has extended family in Texas that we see often. Rashmi grew up in a Hindu/spiritual household and has family in Texas and California. We have many second cousins who are under the age of five, so there will be lots of cousins for your child to grow up with. Because family traditions are important to us, we love creating new ones for our family-to-be while appreciating the similarities and differences in our cultures.
What Led Us To Adoption
From the beginning of our relationship, we always knew that we wanted to have kids together. Stephanie found out in her twenties that she is unable to conceive, and Rashmi recently learned that pregnancy through IVF would be extremely difficult. This was a huge blow to both of us, but it didn’t take long to determine that adoption was the right path. Stephanie has always wanted to adopt a child, which could be partly due to growing up with a handful of adopted cousins. We strongly believe that our journey has led us here for a reason, and we can’t wait to grow our family.