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Shiva and Dante

List of Favorites!

  • Favorite Hobby:

    Dante: Eating out

    Shiva: Movies

  • Favorite Food:

    Dante: Steak

    Shiva: Chicken and waffles

  • Favorite Holiday:

    Dante: Halloween

    Shiva: Thanksgiving

  • Favorite Movie:

    Dante: The 5th Element

    Shiva: Lord of the Rings

  • Favorite Animal:

    Dante: Dogs

    Shiva: Cats

  • Favorite Vacation:

    Dante: St. Augustine, FL

    Shiva: St. Augustine, FL

  • Favorite Actor:

    Dante: Keanu Reeves

    Shiva: Ryan Reynolds

  • Favorite TV Show:

    Dante: Bob’s Burgers

    Shiva: Anything on Bravo

  • Favorite Band/Singer:

    Dante: Anything 90’s

    Shiva: Lady Gaga

Dear Birthmother:

Thank you for viewing our profile. We are so thankful that you may consider us as a potential match for your child. Our names are Dante and Shiva. We’ve been together for almost 11 years and have been married for 6 years come December. In that time, we have forged a life we are thankful for, and we are so excited to share our love, and make memories with your special child or children. We want you to know that we honor your amazing bravery and would love the chance to connect with you. We are both working professionals, we own our own home, and we have three animals who are well-behaved, loving, and playful. Dante comes from a very large close-knit family that is eagerly awaiting to love little ones, and Shiva has a sister that is simply giddy about the thought of being an aunt. We pledge that your child or children will never want for love, caring, understanding, and that we will work tirelessly to provide every opportunity we can for them.

Our Story

We first met through mutual friends in our hometown during the summer of 2007. We became fast friends and then, when we fell in love, we dedicated ourselves to create a great relationship built on communication and trust.  A year and a half into our relationship we were engaged and after a three-and-a-half-year engagement we got married. We have now been together for over a decade and are very excited to take this next step as a family.

Fun Facts About Us:

  • We love animals. When we explore a new city we often try to visit the local zoo if there is one
  • We love to cook together. Food is our love language and we feel that it brings us closer together
  • We love to travel and try to have vacations semi- annually. Internationally, we have been to Mexico, The Grand Cayman Islands, Honduras, Belize, Peru, and Turkey. Nationally, we have visited or lived in 7 US States.
  • We are very close to our families and often spend the holidays with them
  • We like to walk our dogs to the local farmers market down the block from our house on Saturdays and have breakfast/brunch
  • We are “foodies” and we love to try different local restaurants
  • We love having picnics in the park with our dogs

About Dante

I grew up in Georgia living with my mother, grandmother and younger brother. My mother is a single mother and worked two jobs, and long hours to provide for my younger brother and me. She is also one of eleven children, and I have many cousins, nieces, and nephews that I am very close to. I have been fascinated by technology since I was young, and my interest really took off in the early-90’s, when the internet took off. After graduating high school, I took some time to work and narrow down a field of study. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Healthcare IT from a University in Georgia and earned my Master’s in Business with a focus in Information Technology Management while working nights. Now I work in Business Intelligence managing a team of 13 analysts for an online travel company. My company gives us amazing benefits and lots of vacation time that we use to visit our families and friends.

More on Dante, by Shiva

Dante works in business intelligence and is a very smart man. He’s a considerate tech nerd who always makes sure to buy tech that makes life easier for me, which I secretly love. Dante believes in hard work and putting family first. He works tirelessly to provide for me and our family, but always makes time to be present during the important moments. Dante is a very funny and is often the life of the party telling funny jokes or stories and entertaining guests. He is also very handy around the house, performing repairs on appliances, our cars, our computers, printers – not just for us but for my family too. He has a heart of gold and children naturally gravitate towards him. When visiting his family, he will usually have at least two of his young cousins or nephews/nieces in tow. Seeing how gentle he is with children is how I knew he would make a great father.

About Shiva

I’m the oldest of three girls and am very close to my sisters because both my parents worked long hours. I would often take them to the bus stop and make dinner, which is how I honed my cooking skills. My family moved frequently, so I wouldn’t say I grew up in any one place. Places I have lived include California, Iran, and Georgia but I consider Georgia to be my home. I grew up in a low-income family, so I understand what it’s like to struggle. I believe it’s important to volunteer and give back to the community that gave so much to me. One of my goals for raising a child is, when age appropriate, to teach them compassion and humility. I am certified as a family practice nurse practitioner but the field I work in is called Palliative Care. Palliative care focuses on making people comfortable and providing emotional support to those who are dealing with end-stage or terminal disease. I love that I get to be a source of support for my patients and their families during difficult times. I love taking walks on the nature trails near us and spending time with our pets. Every Saturday, Dante and I visit the farmer’s market that is walking distance from us because they often have live music, food trucks, and lots of locally produced goods.

More on Shiva, by Dante

Shiva is possibly the best person I have ever met in my entire life. What struck me the most about her during our time as friends was how brilliant and nurturing she is. Lucky for me, we met at the exact right time and fell in love. Shiva and I have been together for just under 11 years and in that time,  she completed her nursing degree, moved halfway across the country with me to start our careers, purchased a house, and she’s now graduated with her Doctorate as a Nurse Practitioner. She’s managed to work so hard and achieve so much all the while still taking care of me, our pets, and making us all feel extremely loved. Shiva is intensely loving and generous with the resource she has the least of: time. Somehow while working full-time and going to school full time she still managed to volunteer for local causes. Shiva is very handy and creative! Shiva refurbishes old pieces of furniture, repairs and paints walls in what seems to be the blink of an eye and is a whiz in the kitchen. She prefers to serve healthy but tasty meals made from scratch. She has even managed to learn a number of recipes from my parents and has tweaked them to be healthier for us. She says she wants me around for a long time 🙂

Home & Community

We live in a very close-knit community in the mid-West. This is a community where people still don’t lock their front doors at night, and you can see children safely play in the street. We purchased our first home three years ago in a very well-known neighborhood that is close to everything. We live in a nice 3-bedroom ranch with a large fenced in back yard and mature trees. Within one mile of our home we have all the shopping you can imagine, two large playgrounds, our community pool, a wildlife conservation area that has beautiful walking trails and streams, two doctor’s offices, the hospital Shiva works at, and one of the highest rated public elementary schools in our city. It really is a wonderful place to rear children and the cost of living is very low, which makes it easier to provide a variety of opportunities and experiences for kids.

About Our Pets

Nikita is our first pet together. She is a 9-year-old Chihuahua and Yorkshire Terrier mix we rescued when she was about 4 months old. Even as a puppy, it was evident that she is an old soul. She is the smallest couch potato you have ever met with the sweetest personality. Teddy is our second pet together and came along about a year after we rescued Nikita.  He is a Pomeranian-Jack Russell- and Beagle mix. Teddy was only a couple of weeks old when we first met him. We knew he was destined to be a part of our family when his first instinct was to kiss Dante on the nose. He is now 8 years old and still loves to give kisses, when excited. He and Nikita are around kids in our families all the time since we take them on vacation with us every year. Boo Bradley is our third pet. He is a handsome barn kitten and was about 4-months old when we found him and brought him home. He is now a dapper 5-year-old gentleman. He is protective of all children that he meets, especially babies, and will not leave their side. He is the a super cool cat and gives hugs when he wants to show affection.

Our Family and Friends

We are both very close to our respective families and have close circle of friends that we are in constant communication with. Dante is the oldest grandson and is a mentor to his little nephews and nieces. He has had the same group of five friends since he was twelve years old, and he’s known his best friends for 10+ years. We typically spend major holidays with his family (his father, uncles, aunts) since several them get together and we can see the largest number of people that way. Shiva is the closest with her middle sister and her father. We go visit her sister and her husband often because they live a few hours away. She also has a best friend that is like a sister to her that lives in our home town. Visiting her also gives us a chance to visit Tony, Shiva’s father.

Holidays & Traditions

We typically celebrate a wide range of holidays. We primarily celebrate holidays of the Jewish faith, but we also celebrate Easter, the Persian New Year, Thanksgiving, and regular New Years. We believe in being inclusive and celebrating variety. If our birth mother was of a particularly faith and wanted the child to celebrate certain holiday(s), we would be happy to oblige and preserve that part of the child’s heritage.

Why We Want To Adopt

Adoption has always been a part of our plan for our family. We have seen first-hand what adoption can do since some of Dante’s childhood friends are adopted. We both feel that every child deserves unconditional love and we are eager to give that love. Before we got engaged, we made a deal with each other that we would both complete degrees and get married before we would pursue adoption because we wanted to make sure the child we adopt would have our undivided love and attention. We’ve have waited 10 years to look for that special child to complete our family and are very thankful that you would consider us for the opportunity.

Our promise to you and your child:

  • We promise you that your child will be fiercely loved and protected.
  • We will take every opportunity to mix education with play.
  • We will expose them to diverse experiences through adventures and travel.
  • We will teach them love and acceptance for themselves and for others.