David and Raphi

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Hello! We are David (on the left) and Raphi (on the right). Thanks for taking the time to learn a little more about us.

We met in July 2010 in New York City. Raphi was interning there for the summer while in graduate school, and we immediately bonded over our love for the movie “Mean Girls”, quality sushi, traveling abroad, and reading Harry Potter. Four weeks after meeting, Raphi returned to Boston to finish school and we began to date long-distance.

As we grew to know one another, we saw that we both cared deeply about education and social justice. We also found that we shared a love of family, tradition, and the transformative power of Bravo reality television.

David was initially drawn to Raphi’s easy laugh, snazzy style, and knowledge of all things science. Over the years, he has learned to love Raphi’s refusal to change out of his dress clothes until it’s time to go to bed and serving as the “sous chef” for Raphi’s culinary adventures (which mostly involve tasting the sauces and setting the table).

Raphi was initially struck by David’s clever wit, passion for both gossip magazines and Sports Illustrated, and his cadre of close, lifelong friends. Over the years, Raphi has learned to love cheering for the Cleveland Cavaliers, David’s insistence that sweat pants can be worn outside of the house, and David’s ever-growing sneaker collection (tolerated only because Raphi shares the same shoe-size).

Raphi returned to NYC in 2011, and for the next three years we began to build our life together. We left NYC in 2014 for Chicago so that David could complete his MBA. Those two years finished with a whirlwind week where David graduated from business school, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA championship, and we got married in Cleveland! From there, we packed our bags and moved to Portland, OR, where we have lived ever since.

We’ve learned to love the Pacific Northwest’s laid-back attitude and late, sunny, summer nights. On weekends, you will find us “urban hiking”, also known as walking to a new restaurant and exploring one of Portland’s many neighborhoods. We love to see movies at theaters where you can buy seats in advance and to take full advantage of the Portland Public Library system. Friends play an important role in our lives, and we regularly make time to connect with them. We finish up many evenings taking walks together in our neighborhood and sharing the most important moments from our day.

During our first date over mozzarella sticks and nachos, we discussed our parenting aspirations. Though David is now allergic to both gluten and dairy, our desires to become parents have not wavered. Open adoption is right for us because we want our child to understand why their birth family chose us and how we became one family.

Thank you for reading a little bit about us. We can’t wait to meet you!
David and Raphi

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