Soyoung & David

Hoping to Adopt (New York)

Letter

Our Story


We are each other’s biggest cheerleaders.


There is so much laughter when we’re together, and also lots of tears.
Like many modern-day couples, our story begins on a dating app. David was drawn to Soyoung’s genuineness, while Soyoung was drawn to David’s thoughtful responses. We had our first date at a pastrami sandwich spot where Soyoung worried that she would never be able to hear the very soft-spoken David (luckily the restaurant was just really loud), and David laughed that Soyoung’s backpack was half her size.
Through Each Other's Eyes

When you combine Soyoung's caring, her planning, and her career working with children, it seems she was designed to be a great mom.


When I think of David, the first words that come to mind are leader, thoughtful, and (dry) humor
Meet David When I think of David, the first words that come to mind are leader, thoughtful, and (dry) humor. David has a quiet strength that makes everyone around him feel at ease. You know you’re in good hands if David is around. David is the person who thinks of everything that no one else thought of. He asks incredibly thoughtful questions. His analytic mind always wants to understand the world around him. He is also a natural problem-solver. Any opportunity he has to think strategically – whether it be at work or while playing a game with friends – gives him genuine joy. When David is not in his intense logical thinking mode, he can be pretty goofy. His dad jokes are painfully cheesy, and he finishes each one with a boyish smile, a bit proud of himself when he makes me groan. He doesn’t show this side with everyone, but with me David is so warm. My favorite place to be is wrapped up in a David hug. Sometimes he’ll even start dancing while holding me and will whisper all the encouraging words I need to hear. With his gift with words, thoughtfulness, and dry sense of humor, I know that David will be such a fun, loving, and kind father. Meet Soyoung Soyoung is awesome. But if I need 3 words, she is caring, smart, and get-it-done. She is the person who remembers every birthday or anniversary for everyone and sends a card, and is the one who will take an emergency weekend call from a student to help them with a situation. She is always an advocate for the underdog. She is a planner and does everything to a high standard. She is the rare person where everyone she works with really likes working with her: she is loved by her adult students, the young children in their classrooms, and the other professors at her college. She is adventurous and is always learning. As an example, she had never camped before we met, and now we camp frequently and she has gone on a 4-day backpacking trip. I love to cook with her, where my role is DJ and assistant chef. She beats me when we play word games together. She has seen me cry more than anyone else. She frequently says “buggers” when something goes wrong, which always makes me laugh. When you combine her caring, her planning, and her career working with children, it seems she was designed to be a great mom.
The Rest of Us

We are close to our families.


We have a sweet, snuggly, food-motivated Norfolk Terrier mix named Ami.
One Last Thing

We are grateful for you, no matter where your journey leads.


We promise to provide a loving and safe home for your child, full of laughter, learning, and exploration.
In Korean culture, there are two terms that are considered central to the Korean spirit: han and jeong. Han is deep sorrow coupled with the hope of overcoming it. Jeong is loyalty and deep emotional connection to people and places. Our own journey to adoption has been filled with both han and jeong. The feelings of sorrowful hope, which you might be feeling, too, have led us to a deep sense of commitment and connection to you and your child, even though we haven’t met you yet. We know we are not perfect, but we promise to do our best to ensure your child knows they come from a legacy of courage, strength, and love. We want whatever level of “openness” is best for you and your baby. Even if we are the ones to raise your child, your story will always be an important part of their story. We promise to provide a loving and safe home for your child, full of laughter, learning, and exploration. We are excited for them to feel welcomed by our family and friends who are eager to shower your baby with love. Your child will have access to different cultures, adventures, and opportunities. We will support your child to pursue their interests, whatever they be, and will love them as they are. We promise to raise your child to have a strong sense of their own identity, as well as a desire to use their strengths to make meaningful contributions to our world. We are grateful for you, no matter where your journey leads. We hope to be able to work as a team so that all of us can show your child the jeong we feel for them. Thank you for reading our story. With love, David and Soyoung
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