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Rick and Sakena

Things That Make Us Happy

Sakena:
  • 1. My goofy dog, Cricket
  • 2. Writing
  • 3. Dancing
  • 4. Cooking for loved ones
  • 5. Genealogy research
Rick:
  • 1. My crazy dog, Cricket
  • 2. Jiu Jitsu training
  • 3. Watching interesting shows
  • 4. Cooking
  • 5. Hiking

Hello:

Thank you for taking the time to review our family profile. We are humbled that you might consider us to raise your child. The adoption journey is one that we are fully committed to and are we excited to raise our first child. We promise to create a loving home for our child and make sure that he/she knows that their adoption story is one founded in courage and love.

As parents, we promise to teach our child:

  1. Compassion
  2. Unconditional love
  3. Self-love and respect
  4. The importance lessons of love and forgiveness in the Bible
  5. To always love learning
  6. To appreciate differences in others regardless of race, gender, culture, or religion
  7. Grace and empathy

Our Story:

We met seven years ago on an online dating site. After several days of getting to know each other, we decided to meet in person at a local coffee shop. We connected with ease and were delighted by the flow of our conversation. We found ourselves to be two quirky, artsy, African-American foodies navigating single life in a (biggish) small town that’s known for being family-oriented and tech-driven. We shared a number of uncanny coincidences and mentioned just as many things that made us different. Three years later, we got married in a small AME church in the Hill District— a historic black neighborhood in Pittsburgh, PA.Rick through Sakena’s eyes:

  • Rick is generous and selfless – he will drop everything to help a friend in need.
  • Children are drawn to Rick because he is nurturing and patient.
  • He’s a gentleman in every way – chivalry is not dead with this man!
  • Rick keeps me active. He enjoys jiu jitsu, lifting weights, taking long walks, running, and playing tennis. He takes care of his body, mind, and soul.
  • He’s a natural born teacher – making complex topics easy to understand.
  • Rick is an artist behind the camera and in the kitchen. He captures beautiful landscapes with his camera and invents new dishes on a weekly basis.

Sakena through Rick’s eyes:

  • Sakena is resilient and strong in the face of any adversity, yet sensitive to the needs of others.
  • She is smarter than she gives herself credit for. She is a talented writer. She taught herself to code websites.
  • She is emotionally open and accepting. She loves to share what she is feeling.
  • For Sakena, the holidays are special times of generosity and love in a deep and genuine (not commercial) way.
  • Sakena enjoys making others happy with generosity and care. She knits scarves for me and hats for babies of relatives and friends.
  • Sakena is a person who is all about selfless care and love for her friends and family.

Our Travel Adventures

Since we tied the knot, we have traveled every year for our anniversary and sometimes just for fun. We’ve been to Montreal, Ireland, Berlin, Amsterdam, Savannah, Santa Fe, New York and Ann Arbor. We love exploring new cultures and trying new foods.

Our Families, Our Squad

Sakena and Rick both come from loving homes. Sakena’s mother retired in North Carolina and is very excited about becoming a grandmother for the second time. Rick’s parents live in DC, and are looking forward to packing up their SUV to welcome their second grandchild. Both Sakena and Rick have brothers who are both excited to be uncles for the first time to their siblings. Their 8-year-old niece and 2-year-old nephew are already talking about their future cousin. We are fortunate to have friends across 13 states and two continents, a good number of them have been in our lives since childhood. We also have a group of close friends and colleagues in Pittsburgh who we hang out with regularly. Our squad runs deep and they are so excited to welcome a new baby into our extended family!Meet Cricket

He’s affectionate, energetic and beloved by our neighbors. He earned his name because when he’s excited he jumps in place on his hind legs with his paws perched in mid-air. He snuggles on the couch with Sakena and plays tug of war and fetch with Rick. He’s tender with children and when our niece and nephew come to visit he follows them everywhere they go.

Thank You

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We hope we have provided you with a better picture of our lives and the life that your child would experience. We look forward to meeting with you and talking to you soon. We promise to honor your wishes of communication, to teach your child to explore, learn, be patient, and embrace life fully.