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Dana Lurie and Dalila Vargas

Woodside, CA

Hi, We are Dalila and Dana. We appreciate your courage to chose open adoption and are truely thankful for your consdieration. We are excited to begin our journey into parenthood and hope that you will be a part of that journey. We look forward to hearing from you.

Hola, somos Dana y Dalila. Queremos agradecerle por la valentia de considerar "open adoption", Nosotros estamos muy felices de empesar una nueva vida como madres y deseamos que usted sea parte de esta. Gracias por la oportunidad y estaremos en contacto.

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About Us

We met in June of 2006 in the Galapagos Islands. We have created a strong relationship over the years built on honesty, love and respect. Family is very important to both of us, and we place a tremendous amount of value in our families. Without it, we would not be where we are today. We both knew we wanted to be parents, the question was how. Open adoption is our answer. We want our child to know his/her biological background and know first-hand how much they are loved. We love to spend time with our friends and family. Those times are always filled with laughter and fun. Our love and respect for each other keeps our relationship strong and our thirst for life keeps it growing. We love to travel and explore which keeps life interesting. We are a balanced couple who love each other and want to share that with a child. We both have bachelor degrees from well respected universities. Dalila has a degree in Tourist Administration from Universidad Espiritu Santu in Ecuador and Dana received her degree in Sociology from San Jose State University. Dana also attended the University of Oregon. We own and run a small travel company specializing in travel to Ecuador, Galapagos and Peru. We are lucky because this kind of work can be done from home where we can set our own hours and work side by side.

About Dalila (By Dana)

Dalila is an amazing woman. She is strong, kind and is my best friend. I am more comfortable with her than any other person on this planet. I draw strength from her every day. One of the main things about Dalila that I love and admire is her deep devotion and loyalty to her family. She is the youngest of 8 children and is close to all her siblings. Even though she is now living in the United Sates and her family is all in the Galapagos, she makes it a priority to call or Skype with them every week. I have seen her with her nieces and nephews and it brings such joy that I can only smile and think about what a wonderful mother she will be. Education is very important to Dalila. She is smart, logical and filled with common sense! Dalila is also calm cool and collected. Dalila loves the outdoors and spends a lot of time participating in activities like biking, hiking and camping. She has a wonderful sense of the natural world and profound respect for nature. She enjoys photography and has a fantastic eye for it. Our lives are enriched by her interests on a daily basis.

About Dana (By Dalila)

Dana is the most incredible woman I have ever met. She is honest, loyal and true. Every day she makes me smile, even on the bad days. One of the things I love most about Dana is her patience. She is especially patient with me. She takes the time to understand and not jump to conclusions or to make snap judgments. Dana has a passion for life, which I love. One thing that made me fall in love with her was her respect for other people. She is also the sweetest person I know. Friends are an important part of Dana’s life and she has kept many of the same friends for over 20 years. Dana is a teacher, not only by trade but also by nature. She is incredible with children. Her face lights up when she gets the chance to spend time with her nieces and nephews. Dana is also a believer and has a great faith in people. That is hard to find in the world today. Dana loves to travel and explore new places and people. We have been very lucky to have traveled together to some very interesting places in the world. My life is better since I met Dana and I am the happiest person in the world.

Dana's Adoption Story

I am very familiar with adoption and all the ‘issues’ that surround it. I was adopted at birth by my parents. I bonded strongly with my mom and she and I are two peas in a pod. I even look like her. I never felt lost or out of place in my family. When I met Dalila and got to know her family, I felt it was time to look for my biological parents. Over the past 2 years I have met and am developing relationships with my uncle, aunt, cousins and sister. I wish I had the chance to thank my biological mother, to tell her that the choice she made to let me be raised by another family was the BEST decision she ever made. She loved me. She loved me so much that she gave me a better life. I want you to know that I understand the depth of this process and am forever thankful for your decision to be considering open adoption. It is the hardest and most selfless thing you will ever do.

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