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Letter of Introduction
Hello, Привет! (Privet - “hello” in Russian) What are the odds that a girl from Russia and a guy from Texas would meet in Atlanta, fall in love, and get married in Kansas? We ask ourselves that every day. Despite coming from different countries and cultures we feel like we have known each other our entire lives and have fought to stay together through immigration battles and from incredible distance.
We are grateful for caring people like you, who want the best for their child and decide that adoption is the best path. It must be an incredibly emotional, trying time for you, but we hope you will take comfort in the fact that we will provide a loving home surrounded by family, laughter and lots of love. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and we hope that you find peace wherever this path takes you and your child.
We hope that after reading this you will gain an understanding of our lives, our relationship, and how we will be loving parents.
Masha and Alex
Masha was born in Sverdlovsk, Russia. She is the only child of Alexander (Sasha) and Helen Shinder. Her mom speaks english fairly well but her Dad speaks very little. Despite a small language barrier, we have a great time when they visit us. We love to play soccer in the backyard with Sasha and cook delicious food in the kitchen with Helen.
Masha is fun, adventurous, and spontaneousness. Masha loves to stay active and healthy. She teaches yoga on the weekends and enjoys cooking a new healthy recipes and experimenting in the kitchen. My personal favorite dish are her Thumb Print Cookies with fig marmalade filling.
One of things I admire most about Masha is her determination. After moving to America in 2010, so that we could be together, she flawlessly navigated the maze of immigration paperwork. I tried to help as much as I could but it was very overwhelming. It took a few years, but throughout the process she remained determined. We were so excited when she became a US citizen in 2016.
I also love Masha's fun and silly side. She makes me smile and laugh with her dancing. She can lighten any mood with her sense of humor and sarcasm. Her personality really shines around kids. Kids love her. In fact, our friends love having us over as often possible because Masha leaves their kids exhausted and ready for bed after playing for hours.
Masha currently works at a major name brand dessert food company as a Customer Relations Specialist. She ensures that customers, like groceries stores, receive their delicious treats on time.
Alex is from Texas. I was surprised to learn this because he does not have an accent, but sometimes he does say "y'all". His parents and younger brother are very talkative, Alex is the quite one in the family. He grew up drawing, playing sports, and helping his parents in the garden.
Alex is the most patient person in the world. He is my anchor. He is honest and tries his best to make me happy. I remember when we began dating I would get nervous meeting his friends. I was afraid that my english was not good enough and that I would not be able to keep up with the conversation or say something wrong. From the beginning, Alex was patient and would explain jokes, slang, or special phrases. He made sure I was involved in the conversation and having fun.
I love his desire to try new things with me. He introduced me to jet skiing, hiking, and snowboarding. I always wanted to learn how to snowboard but never had someone to go with. I remember our first time snowboarding, we went to the small local ski resort in Weston, Kansas called Snowcreek. We both fell countless times but laughed and loved every second of it.
I like to ask his advice before making a decision because he will be honest and look at the situation from another point of view. For example, when I decided to invest in yoga teacher training I was afraid that I would not be able to keep up with the classes and that it would be a waste of money. However, Alex encouraged me to keep with the program and to not give up. With the help of his encouragement I graduated from the program and now teach yoga on the weekends.
Alex turned his love of drawing into a career. He is a designer at a Kansas City based design firm. He uses his drawing and art skills to design camping equipment. We love testing out the new products Alex designs when we go camping.