We recognize how brave, strong and courageous you are. The love you have for your child is awe inspiring, and we are grateful that you are considering us as part of your adoption journey. By choosing us, you will help fulfill our dreams of becoming dads. As you read our profile, we hope that you will see that we can provide a loving and supportive home for your child. We promise to offer your child the opportunity to pursue their passions. Along the way, we hope to travel the world with them and introduce them to various cultures. We thank you for considering us, and we look forward to meeting you!
Hello! We are are Richard and Piyush from Los Angeles!
We met 14 years ago, when Piyush showed up at one of our running club’s weekly runs. We connected over stories about our travels at a potluck after the run. Richard was training for his first marathon, and Piyush had some travel plans, so our first date was six weeks later. We knew were a good match, when we both fell asleep during the movie :) Over the years we got to know each other, supported each other’s professional goals as well as running goals and bonded over our shared love of languages. We bought our first house together 6 years ago. We got married 3 years ago. Even though we both work, we make it a point to have dinner together as a couple every day. We start our weekends with a trail run together. We are fortunate to live near a lot of Richard’s family. We get together with them almost every other weekend for a meal or celebration. We also regularly go for a hike, visit local museums, or go to the beach with our friends on weekends. We take at least 2 big trips each year, one to visit Piyush’s parents in Zambia (a country in southern Africa), and another someplace fun! Recently we have been to Canada, Hong Kong, and Hawaii. We are really excited to begin our adoption journey and can’t wait to share our lives with our child!
A Little About Richard by Piyush
When you meet Richard, you can tell how kind and caring he is. Richard and his twin brother are the oldest of 4. Richard used to look after his younger sister, and help her get ready for school. You can see Richard’s love for children when we spend time with our nieces and nephews. When they are around us, he is usually engaged in a conversation with at least one of them. Richard works for a medical device company as senior manager of technical communications. He loves his job because he gets to interact with people all over the world. Richard can take 18 weeks of parental leave, and is looking forward to using this time to get to know our child. Richard enjoys trail running and working out. Richard speaks English, French, Italian, as well as some Spanish, German and Swedish. He has a network of friends all over Europe, including a god-daughter in France. Richard plays the violin, and loves to show our nephews how to play. Richard is also an artist, he loves to do drawings and water-colors in his free time. Richard is very passionate about desserts. Richard can’t wait to share chocolate, cookies and ice cream with our child, even though he doesn’t always share with me!
About Little About Piyush by Richard
Piyush has a playful spirit and a true love of life. He is anxious to share his zest for new experiences with our child. Piyush has a kind heart. He places a high value on helping others through his actions. Piyush volunteers frequently for charity events. He enjoys seeing others succeed in their endeavors. Growing up in Zambia, Piyush had the opportunity to learn about different cultures first hand. Piyush is an extraordinary cook. He tries his hand at various types of cuisine from around the world. He is also the “lead chef” for our Thanksgiving dinner every year. He enjoys going to local farmers’ markets every week and bringing new types of food home for us to try. Piyush enjoys speaking various languages. He is fluent in English, Hindi and French. Piyush has a great appreciation for music, dance and theater - attending concerts and musicals regularly. As a musician himself, Piyush plays a traditional Indian drum instrument called the tabla. Piyush is an avid runner having completed multiple marathon races. Piyush's dedication to his family and friends will make him an excellent dad for our child. According to our niece, Piyush is “the one who comes with me to parties.” Piyush really is the life of the party. All of our nieces and nephews enjoy spending time with him at events or on excursions. Piyush has access to up to 12 weeks of parental leave which he plans to take as we introduce our child to the family.
Did You Know
- One of our wedding vows was to run together as long as we’re able to
- Between the two of us, we can speak 8 different languages
- We speak both French and English to each other
- Piyush has run 9 marathons
- Piyush and Richard have run from the north rim of the grand canyon (temperature 32F), down to the Colorado river (temperature 110F), and up to the south rim for a total of 23 miles
- We enjoy visiting islands on vacation. We’ve been to a different island in the Pacific each year for the last 4 years
- Richard has visited 6 continents (Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America)
- We enjoy taking our nephews and nieces to local museums
Where We Live
We live in a beautiful hillside home in Los Angeles. There are 14 schools within 3 miles of our home. There are 2 large parks a short drive from our home. We are also about 20 minutes away from the beach. Younger children love our house because they have plenty of room to run around and play hide and seek. We have hosted Richard’s family Seder, a meal eaten on the Jewish holiday of Passover, at our house several times. We have also hosted 2 birthday parties for our youngest nephew.
List of Favorites
Richard: Matt Damon
Piyush: Hugh Grant
Can't Live Without
Piyush: Fresh Fruit
Favorite Board Game
Favorite Historical Figure
Richard: Abraham Lincoln
Piyush: Mahatma Gandhi
Richard: Chocolate Shake
Piyush: Banana Pudding
Favorite Sports Team
Richard: UCLA Bruins
Piyush: Manchester United
Favorite Vacation Spot
Richard: Santa Barbara
This is Our Village
We are fortunate to live close to Richard’s parents who have been married for 52 years. They are excited to welcome their 7th grandchild to the family. Piyush’s parents live in Zambia, and have been married for 37 years. They are looking forward to becoming grandparents for the first time! Our child will have 4 uncles, 4 aunts, and 6 first cousins.
Our child will have many more uncles and aunties. We are active members of our running club. In fact, some of our friends who are adoptive parents helped us get started on our adoption journey. We both have a network of childhood friends that we see frequently, and who live nearby. We cannot wait for our child to join our friends’ kids at our get togethers.
We celebrate Thanksgiving every year with Richard’s family. We also celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah with Richard’s family. We visit Piyush’s parents once a year. We celebrate Holi, a Hindu festival of color, and Diwali, a festival of lights, at our home.
Our Thoughts on Parenting
We both knew we wanted children early on in our relationship. We both love being uncles, and can’t wait to have our own children. Our child will have our unconditional love and support. We will help them discover their passions and talents. We hope to give them the educational tools to meet life’s challenges. Along the way, we will share our love for the outdoors with them. We are excited to travel with our child and make new memories in places near and far. We promise that our child will know about you, and how we became a family because of the incredible love you have for them.
A Special Message to You
Thank you for learning about us! We wish you peace with your decisions about the best path for you and your baby. We have seen how adoption has allowed our friends to have a family, and look forward to having your child be a part of our family.
If You Choose Us, We Promise:
- Your child will know about your immense love for them
- To teach your child about their culture, and story
- To fill their lives with learning, laughter, fun, and smiles
- To give them our unconditional love and support
- To include your child in our large network of family and friends
- To help your child become a kind, generous, caring and loving person you will be proud of