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Shirley & Marta

Family Type: Lesbian Couple
State we live in: Illinois

dear expectant mother

Dear Expectant Mother,

We want to thank you for opening your heart to adoption and considering us to raise your child. As mothers, we recognize your selflessness and will always have profound respect for you. Your sweet baby will know how they came into this world, and of your strength and courage. The love you have for your child will forever remain in our hearts.

We vow to love and nurture your child throughout their milestones, support them through the challenge’s life brings, and guide them as they live their dreams. They will grow to value themselves, family, cultures, education, the world, all people and animals. We are excited to raise your child to realize their fullest potential and encourage them to be a thoughtful, kind, and generous person. Without a doubt, their life will be filled with everlasting love, fun, compassion, creativity, and humor. As the kids become adults, they will have a deep connection as siblings and friends, always caring for one another.

Our hearts are open, and your precious baby would complete our family. We are eternally grateful to you for considering blessing us with this gift.

Our hearts are open, and your precious baby would complete our family. We are eternally grateful to you for considering blessing us with this gift.

-Shirley & Marta

About Us

Eleven years ago, a mutual friend introduced us, and from that moment on, we’ve been inseparable. With each passing year, as our family has grown, so has our love and respect for each other. We feel extremely fortunate to share this life journey with each other as best friends and partners. Shirley is a compassionate person who loves art, music, and cooking for family and friends while making everyone laugh. She has dedicated her career to helping others as an executive director at a nonprofit. Marta is multifaceted with a career as a photographer and educator. She is one of the most generous people you’ll ever meet and loves to garden and take on DIY projects. Along with our son, Luca, we love to travel, hike, sing, and dance. Luca is a wonderful, kind-hearted, sweet, and funny little boy.

Our Home & Pets

Our home is a safe haven filled with music, art, and laughter. We love to entertain, cook amazing meals, play games, and watch movies in the backyard. Family and friends are a constant fixture in our home during the holidays or on a sunny day. We adore our neighborhood, which has plenty of children playing, beautiful trees, and green space perfect for long walks with our two dogs, Biggie and Inca. Both pups keep active with our sweet kitten, Miso. We were drawn to our neighborhood by the diversity of people who make up this beautiful community. Most days you will find us on the front porch enjoying the weather or in the backyard gardening or cooling off in the pool.

Our Extended Family

Family means everything to us, and we value their endless encouragement as we embark on this adoption journey. It goes without saying that the 22 cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents are over-the-moon excited to welcome a new member to our large, loving family. We are so fortunate to live near family who are present in our everyday lives. Our friend circle is also part of our extended family, and along with their kiddos, there is never a dull moment.

Many of our family traditions derive from our Cuban and Peruvian backgrounds. We are a bilingual household and believe learning languages is a wonderful way to open oneself to new cultural experiences. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and every year we go all out with decorations and costumes. Christmas isn’t too far behind as a favorite. We spend much of our time baking, decorating, and sharing our blessings by volunteering in our community. Every year we take a trip to a new city where we can explore the culture and food and take in the beautiful landscapes. It is a tradition we have had since we met, and we plan to continue it as our family grows.

What Led Us To Adoption

We absolutely love everything about being parents! When we met and discussed having children, we both wanted to grow a family through adoption. We have family and friends who’ve adopted, and seeing how beautiful it is to build a family through adoption truly inspired us. We also desired having a biological child, which we did five years ago when Shirley gave birth to Luca. He craves being a big brother and having a sibling to share his life with. More than anything, we’d love to share our world with another child and complete our family.

more about Shirley

more about Shirley

Occupation:
Nonprofit executive director
Religion:
Spiritual
Race:
Hispanic
Education:
Master’s
Food:
Indian, vegetarian
Hobby:
Cooking, dancing, running
Movie:
Anything funny
Favorite Tradition:
Traveling to new places, baking holiday cookies
Sport:
Running, tennis, gymnastics
Holiday:
Halloween
Music Group:
Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Amy Winehouse
TV Show:
Insecure, Schitt’s Creek, The Great British Bake Off
Book:
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Subject in School:
Art, history
Dream Vacation:
Fiji, South Africa

more about Marta

more about Marta

Occupation:
Photographer, educator
Religion:
Catholic, Spiritual
Race:
Hispanic
Education:
Bachelor’s
Food:
Stone crab, sushi
Hobby:
Gardening, photography, DIY projects
Movie:
Contact
Favorite Tradition:
Traveling, decorating the Christmas tree
Sport:
Basketball, skateboarding
Holiday:
Christmas
Music Group:
Prince, Jennifer Hudson, Radiohead
TV Show:
The Office, Atlanta, Dateline
Book:
Into the Wild
Subject in School:
Science, history
Dream Vacation:
Maldives

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Call/Text 224-410-0522

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