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Jonathan & Erika
We humbly thank you for considering us as potential parents. We have so much respect for you and your choice. We believe adoption is a gift and becoming parents would be the greatest role and adventure of our lives. We are excited to welcome your child into our lives and give them the most wonderful and loving life that we can.
Our Leisure Time
We enjoy travelling (both domestically and internationally). We look forward to making family trips with a child and exploring what different cities have to offer. Jonathan loves to plan our travels and is always thoughtful about our safety, expenses, and how our dog, Lulu is able to travel with us. We often explore hiking trails and enjoy nature walks in our own town. We often take Lulu with us and hike a local trail 10 minutes away from our home. On the weekends we are often entertaining guests with a home cooked meal and connecting with old friends. We enjoy serving others and spending quality time with family on a monthly basis by having barbecues, going to restaurants, and spending the day at various theme parks such as Disneyland, Universal Studios and LegoLand which are only 45 minutes away from us. We look forward to participating in church activities with a child such as volunteering in the community. In addition, taking the child to the children's ministry on Sundays that is offered by our church.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Erika About Jonathan: Jonathan was like none other that I have ever met but have always prayed in my heart. I was surprised by his kindness and gentlemen like qualities when we were first introduced at a church retreat. We had similar values and priorities of placing God first in our lives. Jonathan is not only just kind but has good character with a determined and adventurous spirit. I admire his heart to lead his life with love and servitude. He is my best friend, my love, and the best partner I can ask for. I have no doubt that he will be a wonderful and loving father that is present and fun! I cannot wait to see him fulfill his desire to be a dad.
Jonathan About Erika: Erika is genuine, intelligent, selfless, creative and has a strong admiration for God. Erika has always been there for me on a daily basis, and I love spending time with her especially on the spontaneous adventures we go on. She always puts others before herself and has a huge passion for children. This passion for children will make her a loving mother and I cannot wait to share this desire with her. She has many amazing qualities that will make her the best mother to a child. I am excited to see her become a mother.
Fun Facts About Us:
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a cozy two-bedroom apartment home in the suburbs. We are close to the mountains and only one hour from the beach and a major metropolitan city.
We love spending time together, whether it be eating a homemade dinner or snuggling with our fur baby (Lulu) while watching the cooking channel or something that makes us laugh!
There are many young families that live next door to us plus a playground where all the families meet and greet.
We enjoy spending time in our town and going to the farmers market just down the street in the town's historical village. We enjoy watching movies in the park each summer and attending the annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the university just 10 minutes away. The university near us consists of four distinct private colleges, making it a very educational town for a child to be raised in. Our city is also known to be very environmentally conscience with many local parks and a botanical garden, which we look forward to sharing with a child.
Our Extended Families
We come from close knit and supportive families. We often visit on a regular basis and do spur of the moment dinners and house gatherings throughout the year. It has become tradition that we attend an annual Ugly Christmas Sweater party with family and friends. The day starts by eating tamales and pozole then playing games like the white elephant gift exchange to end the night. We can't wait to add a child to this important and fun family tradition.
Jonathan has one sister who is expecting her first child. Erika has two sisters. We have five nieces and nephews ranging in age from 4 months to 21 years old in which we spend as much time as possible. Erika's sister lives within 15 minutes from our home. This allows us the opportunity to celebrate and share in special moments with her niece and nephew. We enjoy being able to cheer on our niece in her dance performances and support her getting awards in school.
Both of our families are so excited for our adoption plan and cannot wait to be a part of this child's life.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking this time to review our profile, it means the world to us. We've been together for ten years and married for seven. We want nothing more than to welcome a child into our lives and provide a child the most wonderful life we can offer. We promise to love unconditionally, provide safety, and delight always in your child.
Our decision to begin a family started several years ago, but we were unable to conceive. We were devastated and challenged in our faith to trust in God's plan for our future family. We held tightly on to hope and prayer for direction and sought much counsel by others on similar paths. We realized our greatest joy was not just to experience pregnancy and have a biological child, but it was the greater calling in our lives to live out the role of mother and father.
We believe in honoring God through our life and marriage. We have set values based on the word of God and hold tightly to our faith. For a future child we will lead by example in love and faith. We value building good character and pursuing education. We love culture, travel, and will encourage a child to love God and live life to their fullest potential. We are excited to be an active family and do all the things we've dreamed to do as a family such as serving the community, travelling together, going on hikes, and taking trips to the beach.
Our biological family and church family are both very supportive and excited we are on this path to adopt. They know the struggle of our journey and act as our biggest support and cheerleaders. We are grateful to have a network in our church of families who have adopted and could offer support and wisdom. We look forward to maintaining this resource of knowledge as it is our belief that it takes a village to raise a child.
We realize the sacrifice you are making and can not even imagine how difficult this decision must be for you. We want to ease any fears you may have and promise that we will share with you your child's growth and life experiences. We would love to send you photos and updates on a regular basis so you may see how deeply your child is loved and cared for. We look forward to developing a healthy relationship with you and having open communication. We want you to know how important we believe your role is and how deeply we respect and honor your decisions and choices in this matter. We will always speak of you with high regard and share with your child about your great act of sacrifice and love.
Becoming parents is the one desire of our heart. We recognize your strength and courage and we admire your selflessness to consider adoption. We understand that all of this would not be possible without you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
With love and respect,
Jonathan & Erika
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