Ari & Anna

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Ari

Caregiver

Age 42
Gender Female
Status

Religion Spiritual

Education Master’s Degree

Profession Educator

Zodiac Sign Sagittarius

Political Affiliation Very Liberal

Anna

Caregiver

Age 36
Gender Female
Status

Religion Christianity

Education Master’s Degree

Profession Educator

Zodiac Sign Aquarius

Political Affiliation Very Liberal

Toasting Thanksgiving

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We took this on our anniversary one year—while in the middle of renovating our house!

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My best friend would describe me as......

Brave, self-reliant, and a talented writer.

Ari

Our New Year's celebration last year—hours of feasting, laughing, and hanging out.

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Neither of us is super tall, so we work together to put our bikes up on the rack : )

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My neighborhood is a good place to raise a family because…

We live in a racially and culturally diverse neighborhood. And it's got several parks nearby, and lots of other kids.

Ari

Last Christmas, at Ari's parents' house, with the whole family!

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Favorite season and why?

Winter, because I love Nordic skate skiing so much! We have to drive a bit to get to the snow from here, but it's worth it!

Anna

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the night sky?

I wish I knew more constellations! : P

Ari

Building sandcastles at the beach this summer, with our nieces

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Our friends got married this summer—this was taken at their wedding

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Ari and a group of her best friends celebrating our wedding (Anna was the one taking the photo!)

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If you could choose one type of food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Tough choice! Spanakopita (Greek spinach and feta pastry) is what I always asked my mom to make for my birthday...I might choose that!

Ari

We are the best choice because…

We're both mature and adventurous, and are SO ready to give a little one lots of love, support their creativity, and help them learn to problem-solve and be curious and playful about the world.

Ari

If I could have dinner with anyone -- dead or alive -- I would pick...

I'd probably pick James Baldwin. He was such a visionary, with such sharp vision into our society...

Ari

Favorite season and why?

Autumn! I LOVE the changing of the leaves, how crisp the air gets, the angle of the sun when it turns everything gold...

Ari

Do you have kids? How would they feel about a sibling?

We don't have kids, but we have two little nieces, ages 3 and 5, who live nearby—they ask us every time they see us when their new cousin is going to arrive! They're so excited to have a new playmate!

Anna

When you argue, what’s it about?

Usually about miscommunications—I misinterpret something Anna said, and get upset. Then, eventually she says something funny and we both end up laughing.

Ari

Complete the sentence, “I can’t live without……”

Eurosport subscription, to watch soccer and cross-country skiing!

Anna

Do you consider yourself religious or spiritual?

Yes, I've studied Buddhism for a long time, and I do short meditations as often as I can manage it—it really helps me to be patient in challenging moments.

Ari

What scares you?

Something happening to the people I love.

Anna

My best friend would describe me as......

Curious, playful, and inventive—I love taking things apart + fixing them.

Anna

What scares you?

People I love getting hurt. Also, people doing bad things to other people, and the possible outcomes of climate change.

Ari

In five years, our relationship with you will...

Look the way we decide *together* it should look. We want to work with you to choose a degree of openness that feels comfortable to you.

Ari

Dogs or cats?

Dogs! We had a really wonderful dog who passed away last year, at the age of 15, and we still miss him SO much. We will get another dog eventually, but aren't quite ready yet.

Anna

If you could choose one type of food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food....I lived in Cyprus for years, and love the food from there! (Hummus, halloumi, cucumbers, tomatoes, grilled meat...so good!)

Anna

Dogs or cats?

Dogs, hands down! I mean, don't get me wrong, cats are weird & fascinating, but I've always been a dog person. I love hiking and running with a dog, and how smart and affectionate they can be.

Ari

My favorite place in the World is...

Up in the mountains! There's one high alpine meadow in the Pecos wilderness in New Mexico that is so beautiful—I saw a whole herd of elk running there once...hundreds of them. It was breathtaking.

Ari

My favorite place in the World is...

The Mediterranean! I love going to the beach, swimming, hanging out with friends, eating long meals together...

Anna

If I could change one thing about the World, it would be...

Less injustice + less inequality.

Ari

Do you consider yourself religious or spiritual?

I believe in God, though I don't go to church now. I grew up in the Orthodox church, which is a bit different because it's mostly singing and ceremony, and no sermon.

Anna

Three years from now, I hope our birth mom is…..

Happy, healthy, feeling supported and like she made a really good choice about her adoption plan.

Ari

If you had to live on an RV or sailboat for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Tough choice—I love camping AND the beach, so both of these would be pretty great! I guess sailboat, because then we could travel all around the world.

Anna

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