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George and Daniel

THIS IS US

Since the day we met at a Starbucks in Santa Monica in September of 2014, we knew we were meant for each other. We can truly say that we are each other’s best friend. We were already a “family” within a few dates, and the thought of having children was second nature to us. Shortly after we met, we moved in together and filled our home with endless conversations of love, laughter and hopes for our future. We own a beautiful house and we love to discover new neighborhoods in LA, hike, cook and bike to the wonderful beaches nearby.

We are explorers too! Every year we try to go somewhere foreign and exotic. Together we have been to Australia, Italy, Japan, France, Costa Rica and the UK. We are fluent in 5 languages: English, Spanish, German, Italian, and Turkish (and some French and Chinese too!). This allows us to communicate comfortably everywhere we go. We lead an active lifestyle, that we love to share with each other: running, yoga and swimming are some of our favorite activities. George also loves to cook new healthy recipes and Daniel is the ultimate house keeper.

HOME SWEET HOME

We live in a beautiful duplex in Santa Monica which we bought with our future family in mind. We have 3 spacious bedrooms and 3 bathrooms ready to accommodate your child and his/her friends. The living room is spacious and bright with floor to ceiling windows. A nice patio with a fountain is in the back of the house, which creates a perfect hangout for summer lunches, barbeques and candlelit dinners. Our neighbors are all young couples with newborns or expecting. Your baby will be surrounded by a diverse and vibrant community with lots of children. We are a few blocks away from the ocean, a street away from one of the best schools in the Country, and a short walk from a children’s park with lots of playful activities. Every few weeks we like to host dinners with friends and coworkers: we cook family recipes given to us by our European grandmothers. We love to mix up our guests, entertain them, make new connections and simply laugh at the fun stories everybody shares at the dinner table. We also enjoy quiet times around the fireplace, with good books, a cozy blanket and Sophia wrapped around our legs. In addition to our place in Santa Monica, we have an apartment in Manhattan. We like to spend a few days there every year to visit friends, nurture our minds with art and culture, and absorb the vibrant energy of the city.

MEET GEORGE – by Daniel

George is one of the most courageous people I know. His commitment to live a truthful life and his pursuit of real connections has been inspiring. Behind a shy façade, he is witty, smart, cultured and incredibly well traveled. His calm demeanor in difficult situations is the perfect balance to my more emotional approach.
He is professionally terrific and highly respected in his industry. George melts my heart every time I see him interacting with kids. Fun fact about George: his birth name is Ufuk (/oofook/ which means horizon), but since its pronunciation can be tricky, his close friends named him George… after George Clooney!

MEET DANIEL – by George

Daniel is a true “people person” and is therefore very adaptable in every situation. His eye for detail is phenomenal and his taste is world class. He is very successful in his profession, and I admire him for that. Most importantly he has a good heart and the right values to be a great father to our children.
Daniel came to this Country with nothing but drive and ambition, and he made it. He has been instrumental in helping me adapt to my new life in America, and I trust him with my life.

OUR FAMILY

We are both fairly new to the West Coast and currently building lifetime friendships. The more we share that we are adopting, the more we’ve become friends with families who have gone through a similar journey. All of them have been incredibly welcoming and have made themselves available to be part of our support system. We also have amazing friends and family members in Europe, ready to get on a plane and join us in helping us. We probably may have to ask both our mothers to give us some privacy after we adopt, otherwise they will try to move in with us… Ha! We must also mention our dog, Sophia: she is our sweet and furry love bug. She is our everyday reminder that happiness is within reach and that simple unconditional love is real. Our brothers are now married and have kids with their wives (total of 3 boys and 2 girls). We can’t wait to have the cousins come together and play at our home with your child

OUR THOUGHTS ON PARENTING

Life is at its best when someone can share his/her gifts, talents and fortunes and we want to share the life that we have created for ourselves with your child. Love is the ultimate gift and reward. This and respect for all humankind are the most important things that we could teach our adopted children. Because of our diverse backgrounds, we believe that culture, empathy and kindness hold the keys to make the world a better place. Traveling has made us understand each other better, taught us respect, and made us appreciate differences in opinions. Together we embody a good balance of the southern European warmth and vibrancy, with the northern European appreciation for dedication and commitment. Both our sets of parents came from challenging backgrounds: they had to work hard to provide basic necessities to us and our brothers (one on George’s side and two on Daniel’s side) while securing a good education for us. They taught us to strive to perform at our best under any circumstances and to leverage the opportunities our lives presented to us. We inherited from them something that only later we learned how to verbalize, “success is when preparation meets opportunity,” for which we will always be grateful.

To a VERY special Woman:

First and foremost, thank you for considering us. Your interest in us gives hope that one day we will fulfill our dream to become a family with kids. What you would give us is the ultimate gift of love, life and laughter, and we cannot even start to express our gratitude to you for this opportunity. As adoptive parents, we promise to raise your baby in an environment surrounded by compassion, joy, and a sense of respect for all humankind. Love is what brought your baby to us and love is what we will nurture your child with.

With much respect and admiration,

George & Daniel

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