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Enrico & Jamie
We believe that adoption is love, and love is the greatest of all things. We have been blessed with so much, and the only thing we're missing is a child with whom to share it all. We are incredibly honored that you are here, reading our profile. We hope you will consider choosing us to be your child's parents, and we look forward to the journey yet to come.
We both love to learn, so we enjoy traveling together and experiencing new things. For example, when we went to New Orleans, we took a cooking class together. We have also traveled overseas extensively, to Europe and Asia, and hope to take the family to more new places in the future. We're big Kings' basketball fans, and go to as many games as possible. When we're at home, we enjoy being outdoors, whether hiking, snowshoeing, or just taking care of our property.
We are resilient and resourceful, and when we dream big, we don't just dream - we set goals, make a plan, and work toward it. We learn from our mistakes, appreciate imperfection, and keep going. We have been blessed with an amazing life together that is missing one very important part…children with whom to share it.
Enrico has worked full time at a large tech company for 21 years. Jamie is a trained lawyer and life coach, but she is also an entrepreneur, independent writer and artist, and looks forward to being the "stay-at-home" parent. Enrico loves to cook, and we typically sit down for dinner at home. We love to end the day on our porch, watching the sunset, and listening to the crickets and frogs.
Our Individual Strengths
Jamie is outgoing, creative, analytical, and intuitive. She is sensitive to the plights of the world, and channels that into productivity and creativity. She loves life, and the many beautiful and wondrous experiences it offers. She would rather dabble in many things than to focus only on one, but when it needs to be done, she does it. She has eight years of college education, including a law degree. She spent years working in law, real estate, research, and coaching before deciding to start an online boutique and do more with her creative side, art and writing. She is great with kids, and spent several years teaching pre-K Sunday School. She has a variety of life experiences upon which to draw.
Enrico is a goal-oriented, dedicated, and determined person who values hard work and commitments. He likes to focus on a goal and drive it to completion before setting new ones, and has utilized his two college degrees in engineering as a loyal employee in the high tech industry. He's also a kind, open-minded person who strives for balance between family, work, and volunteering. Enrico has great teaching skills, and has experience as a math and science tutor. He is also a valued member of our church, where he has applied his technical and leadership skills on behalf of the community for over a decade.
Our Family Traditions
We love to entertain, and usually host at least one event for every season. But the star is Christmas! Jamie goes all out with decorations (…stockings on the mantel, mistletoe by the door…), music (we love Nat King Cole), planning parties, organizing presents, menus, and activities. We both make lots of Christmas goodies, including cookies like jelly sandwich cookies, thumbprint cookies and more, baklava, and made-from-scratch pies like pumpkin, apple, and pecan. We take a family trip into the snowy mountains to cut down the tallest Christmas tree we can get, and stop for hot cocoa and yummy treats along the way. And don't forget the traditional Christmas movies - Elf, A Christmas Story, and It's a Wonderful Life are our family faves.
Summer barbecues are also a big tradition for us! Enrico loves to smoke ribs on the grill for all our friends, and a chilled berry pie or apricot cobbler, that Jamie learned to make from her Grandmas, hits the spot.
Beyond these big celebrations, we attend church weekly, and once a month we have a date night out, and then also a game night at home. Most months, we also have close friends or family over for dinner.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a rural community in California, just outside of a major city. There are lots of farms and ranches in our neighborhood, which we enjoy visiting. It's peaceful and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but close enough that we have access to everything. We are near several state parks, as well as museums, and other cultural centers.
The school system here includes access to several Montessori preschools, a highly-rated elementary school, and our choice of high school programs. Education is very important to us, not just formal education, but life, and our community provides a safe place for children to learn and to play outdoors, as well as inside.
We recently built a big, beautiful home, on several acres of land. It is three stories, has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a library, a game room, and more. We designed it with family in mind, and the kitchen, living, and dining areas are all spacious enough for everyone to be together. The nursery is next to our bedroom. We have begun to set it up with an outer space theme - stars, sun, moon, planets and more.
But the most fun spaces are probably outside of the house. Our property is full of grassy meadows and oak trees perfect for tree swings and treehouses, adventures, and dreaming. We have several porches where we love to sit and relax. For little ones, we have a small swing set.
Our Extended Families
Our families are very supportive of our adoption plan. They are hopeful for us that we will finally have the family we've always dreamed of. We lost both of our dads several years ago, so we have been through a lot together, but both of them had been divorced and remarried, adding more wonderful people to our family. Our extended family is vast and covers the entire continental United States! Enrico has brothers, a sister, and uncountable numbers of cousins on the west coast, east coast, and in the south. Jamie is very close with her sister. Despite living a state apart, nothing can separate these sisters! They have traveled the world together, and always support one another.
We also enjoy spending time with her sister's kids, making pizza together, celebrating the holidays, playing Mario Kart, chasing bubbles, or just generally being silly! Jamie's mom, and her dad's second wife, Shelley, both live less than an hour away, and are very excited to have a grandchild close by for lots of spoiling. They always spend the holidays with us, and will have lots of opportunities!
Enrico's mom is excited to become a "Yiayia" (Greek for grandma) for the first time. She can't wait to come visit us for Easter and celebrate with egg hunts and Easter baskets full of goodies, as well as the Easter lamb feast! Our Greek Easter traditions also include children decorating their Easter candles, and everyone getting a new favorite outfit for church.
From Us to You
Thank you for spending the time to learn more about us. While we know that we cannot totally put ourselves in your shoes, we admire you so much for your courageous decision to explore adoption.
In our profile, you may have already noticed that we have been together for quite some time. Our first date was seventeen years ago, and we began living together sixteen years ago. Living together showed us that we were truly committed to one another and to creating a lifetime together, so we married each other about fourteen years ago.
We're not going to pretend that those were all easy years. We experienced a lot of loss together, and overcame a lot of challenges. Finishing law school wasn't easy. Neither was paying for it. We helped our parents and grandparents through illness, and lost many of them. We struggled with unresolved infertility, and when the pregnancies did happen, we experienced the highs…and then the blow of another loss, every time. Meanwhile, we supported loved ones through divorces and losses of their own. But through all of it, we have had each other.
We took what God put in front of us each time, and learned from it. Hopefully, we learned the lessons that He intended. We organized the resources we need, and built not only the house, but the life of our dreams…yet there is still a big piece missing. When we finally realized that adoption would be our only path to parenting, we knew that God must have someone incredible in mind, to help us with our missing piece. Someone like you.
You may have picked up that we love to travel, and experience culture and food. This will include whatever heritage a child brings with them. We are excited to learn about their inherited culture alongside them, and will always support them in that exploration. If we cannot be the resource they need for that cultural role model, we will make sure they have people who can. Our community is diverse in every way.
A loving, supportive community surrounds us, and so many have been on this journey along with us. A child entrusted to us would never lack - not for love, comfort, stability, or any resources they need. They will have every opportunity for their own dreams to come true.
For us, being a parent means being a child's nurturer, guide, and soft place to land. To be their teacher, comforter, provider, to wipe away their tears and help them learn resilience and compassion. To be a calm port while they learn how to weather life's storms. To love them unconditionally for who they are.
Part of who they will be is you. If you would like, we would be happy to send you emails and/or letters and photos marking milestones as they grow. We would very much like the child to know about you, to know how much love you have for them, and hope we can share your name and picture with them. At the same time, we know how unique and difficult this process can be, so we respect your decision either way. But whatever your decision, we would instill the child with knowledge of your existence, and how brave you are. If more connections can develop between us all, we are open to that, too. We want you to know how important you are to us.
Our promise to you is this: we can and will provide comfort, stability, unconditional love, and all possible resources to your baby, given the opportunity. If you would like to connect and learn more about us while we continue to wait for our missing piece, we would love that.
Enrico & Jamie
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