Meet Vinnie & Dana
A video message from Vinnie & Dana
A Letter from Vinnie & Dana
Hello from Alabama! We are thrilled to continue growing our family through adoption. Currently, we are a family of 3 and all of us have the unwavering desire to expand our family. We adopted our daughter at birth and she has given us such joy. We have grown stronger as a couple and as parents and we are eager to share our love and adventures with your child! Thank you for taking a sneak peak into our lives & considering us to be the adoptive parents of your child!
We met through work in early 2007 and had an instant connection. After dating for 3 years, we “tied the knot” and we have been married now for almost 10 years. When we found out that our dream of starting a family on our own wasn’t possible, we decided to make a change and start exploring adoption. This decision changed our world and we were quickly blessed with our daughter, Ari Jane, through the gift of adoption.
Some of our favorite family adventures include swimming at the pool, lake or beach, taking our dogs to the park, visiting the Aquarium or Zoo and digging into some frozen yogurt at Yogurt Mountain. We are always looking for fun ways to create life-long memories and are excited to share these adventures with your child!
Vinnie is one of the most charismatic, fun-loving people I have ever met. He has a huge heart that he wears on his sleeve and he always makes others feel loved and valued!
If you were to ask him what he enjoys most in life, he would tell you that he loves art, music, hiking and vacations to the beach, but when you get to know Vinnie, you quickly see how much he loves playing Barbies with Ari, chasing her around the house pretending to be a “daddy-saurus”and making up silly songs to make her giggle! Vinnie is a constant reminder that life is better when you are laughing and he looks forward to sharing his positive outlook on life with your child!
Dana is the love of my life. She is determined, dedicated and radiates confidence. In the last 4 years, I have seen Dana grow from a wonderful wife into an amazing mother. I have watched her patience, caring and love expand; and I have seen the pride in her eyes when she looks at our daughter. I see the hope she has for the future and her determination to provide our family with an incredible life.
She is unbelievably creative and loves woodworking, creating home decor, painting and a multitude of other artsy projects. Dana enjoys finding simple crafts to inspire creativity and looks forward to sharing her passion for art and imagination through S.T.E.A.M activities and explorative play with your child.
Ari has a special way of adding color to the world around her. Every time she sees a family member or friend, she greets them with an excited squeal, a “squeezy-hug” and a smile that lights up the room! She’s a natural leader with a soft, compassionate side. Some of her favorite activities are gymnastics, playing with Barbies & stuffed animals, making up silly dances and going on adventures as a family. She also loves playing dress-up and often includes our cats and our dogs, giving them only the “fanciest accessories”!
Ari is excited to be a big sister! She plans to give one of her favorite stuffed animals, a soft, fuzzy lemur named Larry, to give to her sibling when he or she arrives.
Family is very important to us and we enjoy spending time with them on a regular basis. We are lucky to have Dana’s mom & brother just 2 blocks away in the same neighborhood. They join us for dinner and game-night a few times a week and Ari is always delighted when Nana invites her for a sleepover!
Vinnie’s parents live a couple of hours away and we enjoy taking day trips to grill out with them poolside!
All of our friends and family are looking forward to welcoming your child into their hearts and into our home!
Our 3-bedroom home is part of a very family-oriented community that regularly hosts fun festivities- like outdoor movies on a giant inflatable screen, complete with food trucks and the company of our neighbors and their children!
We have a large playroom upstairs between the nursery & Ari’s bedroom, plus there is a swing set with a clubhouse in our backyard. We often have family and friends over to play board games or relax around the fire pit!
We promise to love your child unconditionally, in an environment full of laughter and love. We are looking forward to opening our hearts to your child and helping them grow, dream, and live life to its fullest. We are eager to learn more about your hopes and dreams for your child so we can provide those opportunities and we will be open to contact throughout your child’s life, based on your level of comfort!
Learn More About Vinnie & Dana
|Our Education||Bachelor of Arts||Bachelor of Arts|
|Our Professions||Financial Services Specialist||Operations Manager for a Corporate Interior Design Company|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Caucasian|
|Some of Vinnie & Dana's Favorites|
|Favorite Family Activity||Movie Night- with POPCORN!||Anything out on the water! Paddle boarding, Swimming, Snorkeling|
|Favorite Vacation Destination||Disney World||The Beach|
|Current iTunes Obsession||Pop Goes Punk Collection||Taylor Swift's new album, Lover|
|Favorite Indulgence||Key Lime Pie||Chocolate Creme Pie Milkshake|
|Favorite Animated Film||Lion King||Lion King|
|Favorite Hobby||Camping||Designing & Building Furniture/Decor|
|Favorite Quote||"...the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do." - Steve Jobs||"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." - Ralph Waldo Emerson|
|More About Our Family|
|We live in the state of...|
Alabama. We are surrounded by lush, green, rolling mountains and breath-taking views. We have so many options for nearby adventures such as hiking trails, petting zoos/farms, parks with playgrounds, a kids discovery and science museum, local zoo, botanical gardens, orchards, pumpkin patches and lakes!
We also enjoy day trips to the Aquariums and extended weekends at the beach!
We have 2 lovable, spunky husky/lab mix pups, Griffin and Waffles. Griffin loves giving kisses and Waffles is always happy to play dress-up with Ari. We also have 3 cats- Spike, the leader of the pack, Bailey, our lap-cat who always wants snuggles, and Loki, Ari's playful kitten who absolutely adores her. The most recent addition to our family is a beta fish named Marshmallow Pancake!
|Our Favorite Family Traditions|
In honor of Ari's birthmother's birthday, we celebrate "Family Date Day"! We always want Ari to know how special her birth mother is to us, so each year we plan an extra-special adventure that allows us to celebrate and enjoy the gift she gave us- our family!
|Holly Jolly Holidays|
Black Friday kicks off a variety of magical Christmas activities! We start by putting up the Christmas Tree and decorating it with twinkling lights, trains, teddy bears and characters from all of our favorite Disney movies. Every year, each one of us selects a new ornament that defines that year for us. Last year, we gained a Batman ornament (Vinnie's favorite superhero), a pink flamingo pool float (for the phenomenal summer we had) and Moana (Ari's most requested movie in 2018)! And of course, it wouldn't be Christmas without hanging stockings, decorating Gingerbread Houses, Christmas cookies, and writing letters to Santa!
Since our family loves adventure, we always take a train ride to the "North Pole" to visit Santa and Mrs. Clause and drive through Christmas Wonderland! This is a spectacular drive-thru light show that mixes holiday music with thousands of lights depicting the magic of Christmas!
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...|
|Age of Child|
Newborn to 3 years old
|Ethnicity of Child||Caucasian, Caucasian-Hispanic, Caucasian-Native American|
|Future Contact with Birth Family|
We believe open adoption is such a blessing, so we are open to letters, calls, texts, and visits based on your preferences!
Thank you for taking a sneak-peak into our lives and for considering us to be the adoptive parents for your child. We promise to be kind, compassionate and supportive to your child so he or she can grow into their best self.