MORE ABOUT MANNY: GROWING UP
Manny was born and brought up in Dallas, Texas. He is the youngest of 3 kids. His sister, Irma, is the eldest, and then his brother, Mo. His parents, Don & Sonia, have been married for over 54 years! They originally immigrated to America from India. They are very healthy and still live in the Dallas area. They absolutely love being grandparents. They are VERY excited to be grandparents again when we adopt and are very supportive of our adoption plans..
For sure, Christmas is a favorite of ours. We love to put up a large tree and host a small “tree-trimming” party with friends who help us decorate the tree. We love it when our friends bring their children to join along the fun. Manny usually goes up the ladder to decorate the top of the tree–since Andy can get a little scared of heights! Christmas morning is a real joy when everyone gathers – kids & parents together in our matching Christmas pajamas. Aidy is really starting to love Christmas–he sure does believe in Santa!
After spending time in the South (including for college), Andy moved to New York City, where he met Manny and made a home.
From a young age, Andy loved everything about airplanes! He knew that one day he wanted to work in the travel industry – which he accomplished!
We can’t wait to expose your child to all the interests and activities that we enjoy. We also hope to expose your child to as many different things as possible until they find what interests them the most. Whatever excites him or her, we will do everything we can to foster his or her interests and help him or her achieve his or her dreams.
We’re a happily married, same-sex couple living in New York, NY. We have been in a loving, committed relationship since 2008 – for just over 15 years! We got married in the Fall of 2014 & will soon celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary.
When we were lucky enough to become fathers last year, we were excited to make new family Christmas traditions–like leaving cookies & milk out for Santa. We will always allow the youngest children to open their presents first! For us, there is nothing like the joy of a child during Christmas and we truly understand what a gift your child would be for us.
Andy & Manny yearn to give a baby a wonderful life filled with unconditional love, opportunities galore, NYC home & beach house, excited grandparents, loving cousins, world travel and so much more!
Hello! We’re Manny & Andy!
Thank you for taking the time to read our story as you consider making such an important decision for your child, your family, and yourself. As you consider adoption and what might be best for you and your child, we are excited to introduce ourselves and tell you a little more about us, in case we might fit into your plans and your child’s life. We would be honored to be considered as adoptive parents of your child. We love children!
We both dreamed about becoming fathers for a long time . Ever since we got together 15 years ago, we knew that one day, we both wanted to open our hearts & devote our lives to children. We would talk about it longingly and lovingly. Sometimes when we’re out shopping, we’d see things for our future child and get so excited!
WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE BEING FATHERS TOGETHER
While we met Aidy when he was 1 (and he’s just over 2 years old now), we always expected to adopt a newborn. It has been a great joy to have Aidy join our family, but we would be equally thrilled to adopt a child that is not yet born or as a child who is already here. One thing is for sure: we’re ready to adopt again and Aidy is so excited to be a big brother! Aidy loves babies.
Everyone in our family has embraced Aidy and they are excited for us to adopt again…as soon as possible. Also, all 4 of our nieces and nephews are obsessed with Aidy and they are SO excited to have yet another cousin (they ask us about it all the time), especially another young one that they can dote on and play with. They are ready for a new addition to our family!
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OUR FAMILY & FRIENDS
Right now, we are literally surrounded by children, and we love it! So many of our friends already have children–ranging in ages from newborns all the way up to teenagers. Our nieces & nephews are very close to us. Last summer, both of our nieces did their first-ever trip alone to New York City to spend a week with us! We had so much fun spending time with them and showing them around NYC in the summer. We tried to take in the view from as many rooftops and parks as possible!
After spending 15 years strengthening and solidifying our relationship, we are now SO ready to welcome a second child and complete our family. The time has never been more perfect! :)
Manny went to public schools around the Dallas area for his entire education. He’s always loved to help others and did a lot of volunteering at the local hospital. He is very close to his older sister, Irma. She is married to Martin, and they have a daughter, Rena, and a son, Rob. Rena is 18 years old, and Rob is 16. Manny was at the hospital when Rena was born! He has always been very close to both. He especially loves going shopping and playing outside with both Rena & Rob. He never forgets their birthdays and calls them all the time just to catch up.
Oh, we love ALL the holidays. If it’s a holiday, we’re into it.
From exchanging Valentines to wearing red/white/blue every July 4th, we are always up for celebrating a holiday! Also, we never miss a birthday–especially for all the children in our lives. We keep a calendar by our desk that helps us track the birthdays of all the kids in our lives. We love sending something to every kid to remind them of just how much we love them!
In terms of work, Manny is a very successful entrepreneur and has built several companies. He loves to start with an idea and see where it can go! Andy is more of a corporate guy and has worked at big brands in both retail and travel. Together, we balance one another with our approach to life and life’s decisions – big and small. We are fortunate that we are successful in our careers and will have the flexibility to take time off and be with a child when the time comes. We did this with Aidy and are ready to do it again!
Manny loves to entertain and bring people together. He finds joy in setting the table for a meal – whether just for him, Andy & Aidy or a larger group of friends & family. He believes there is so much to be gained in the world by bringing people together around the table for a meal.
Andy loves to travel and play tennis with friends. He’s the cook of the family – and enjoys preparing meals for friends on Saturday nights. Some of his favorite dishes to cook are lasagna, enchiladas and even pizza. He has a lot of fun in the kitchen! He generally likes to follow a recipe to make sure he doesn’t mess up!
A SPECIAL THANKS TO YOU
When we first met online, Andy was very outwardly excited, but Manny was trying to “play it cool”. We had our first dinner date at a casual French restaurant called “Paradou”. By the end of dinner, we both had a feeling that something special was starting to happen.
After meeting in January, we knew by March that this was a serious relationship. And we’ve been together ever since!
While Manny is a few years older than Andy, many of our friends & family laugh that no one can tell who is older. We guess that means that we’re the perfect balance of mature and silly!
We would like to acknowledge how brave, strong and courageous you are as you consider what may be best for your child. It certainly takes a very loving person to consider making a couple like us, who can’t become parents on our own, into parents! We are so happy and feel very fortunate that you are reading about us. We promise you, that should you choose us, we will honor your gift to us, every moment of every day. Thank you!
So, shall we start telling you more about us to help you make such an important decision? Let’s do it!
About Andy – (as written by Manny):
“He is a gentle teddy bear. His hugs are legendary…and make you feel so comforted. He is loyal and kind. He is always thinking of others. He is a real family man. He’s like a gentle giant (since he’s over 6’ tall!) He is very smart and always thinking. He is, without a doubt, my best friend.”
We feel so fortunate to be in a loving relationship–we are a unit! That said, we each have our own strengths. Here is what we have to say about each other:
About Manny – (as written by Andy):
“He is unconditionally generous–always thinking of others and how he can help. He has a real unique ability to make people smile, especially me. He is so warm, welcoming and jovial. He is an eternal optimist. He loves people – and always looks for (and finds) the best in them. He’s always in my corner, just as I’m in his.”
Thanksgiving too is a real special holiday for us. Every year, everyone meets at Manny’s parents’ house. It is so nice to have the house full of kids & adults—all running around! There is so much cooking–and eating! The kids always get their plates first–it’s our family tradition. When it’s his turn, Andy’s favorite dish is spinach casserole–he could have 3 helpings of it! Manny loves all the veggie sides and piles up his plate high every year!
For sure, both of us are so looking forward to enjoying holidays all year long with a special focus on your child, creating new traditions all along the way.
OUR SON, AIDY
We have always known that we wanted to adopt and were so excited when we started the process in 2021.
In May of 2022, we got the best call ever from Aidy’s amazing birth mother who was making an adoption plan for him. Aidy was almost 1 year old. We remember the first time we FaceTime’d with Aidy and his birth mother – our hearts almost burst! We were so excited.
We met Aidy’s wonderful birth mother and Aidy in person about one week later. After a period of getting to know one another, Aidy came to live with us in June 2022…and we have been a family ever since!
MORE ABOUT ANDY: GROWING UP
Andy is the proud only child of single Mom, Carol Ann, who brought him up with the love and support of her extended family, especially Andy’s grandparents, Marilyn & Rod. Andy was raised in South Carolina, where his mother still lives today.
We are both taking time to work from home to be very involved parents for Aidy and your child. It’s very important to us that we spend as much time with this child as possible as we all become a family together.
Our extended families too are so excited for a second adoption and will be coming to spend time with us when we are fortunate enough to be blessed. Thank heavens for grandparents! It’s a family affair, from the very start.
BEING FATHERS IS OUR CALLING
We’ve worked very hard to make a welcoming home for children—one that is full of love! We are ready and excited to adopt again!
We talk a lot about how we want to raise a family. For us, what’s most important is to build a family on a foundation of honesty, communication, and support. These principles will always guide us with our parenting!
OUR LIVES NOW
We have loved creating a life together in New York City. We own our home in NYC and our beach house. We live in a friendly, diverse neighborhood and have lived in the same neighborhood ever since we met! We are very friendly with our neighbors.
There are families and kids all around our neighborhood. Aidy has so many friends already. We just know he’s going to be a very loving and caring big brother.
Our neighborhood at home has a nice, safe, bustling atmosphere. Our homes are full of pictures of our friends & family…we can’t wait to add more photos as our family grows!
We both are strong believers in education. Manny has a Master’s Degree and Andy has a Bachelor of Arts College Degree. We will provide lots of great educational opportunities to your child and Aidy.
Manny also has a brother named Mo who is married to Ana. They have a daughter, Leah, and a son, Michael. We feel very close to our niece & nephew. Leah loves to talk about everything happening in our family. And Michael is obsessed with sneakers…so we are usually talking about the latest sneaker! We also enjoy long talks with our sister-in-law, Ana. We especially love it when Leah & Rob come to visit us in New York City. One of our favorite things to do with them is to find different places to try ice cream. One day we went to 4 different places! When we’re together, we can never have enough ice cream!
Thank you for reading! We are so grateful that you have taken the time to read this and get to know us better.
We hope that you have enjoyed learning more about our values and the kind of life we hope to offer your child. We are so excited to welcome a new addition into our home.
Please know that whatever ever decision you make, we both genuinely wish you comfort & peace. We admire your courageousness and are so grateful to have met you this way. We hope to learn more about you and, most importantly, your hopes and dreams for your child.
With Love, Manny + Andy
We would be thrilled to learn more about you, your dreams and your aspirations for your child!
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