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Eric & Sara
We feel so lucky to be here! We view adoption as a privilege, and the best path for us to start our family. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us. We consider ourselves an easy going, down to earth couple, and we have a life that's already filled with warmth and love. We can't wait to share our love, traditions and time together with a child.
Our Family Traditions
We have a lot of family traditions! Not only are we super close with our families, we are also lucky enough to have friends who we consider family. Sara is often referred to as the "glue" in our circle, since one her strengths is staying connected with friends and bringing people together.
One of our favorite traditions is an annual camping trip with friends, which we organize every year for Eric's birthday in the summer. The days are hot and long, and we spend the days swimming and floating in the lake, and the nights making 's'mores around the campfire. The campgrounds offer a movie under the stars (we have seen Cars, Toy Story and others over the years). We are in charge of preparing a carne asada dinner one of the nights, where Sara heads up the guacamole department, and Eric is the barbecue and salsa master. Over our 13 years together this trip has gone from a group of young people hanging out, to now including several families with babies and kids. We can't wait to experience this 13-year tradition with a child of our own one day.
Our Pup, Frijolito
The real star of show is our dog, Frijolito. He is our little sidekick, who is almost always found trotting a few steps behind Eric, sunbathing by the pool or snoozing in our bed. We got Frijolito about a year after we moved in together, so he has been with us for the majority of our relationship, and has been a loyal friend to us through all of life's ups and downs. He was a baby when he came to us, but he is now 11 years old. We often call him "tata" (which means grandpa in Spanish) because he's gone pretty white in the face, and has lost multiple teeth over the years, which is why his tongue is always hangin out these days. Even though he's aging, he's as spunky as ever, and like most small dogs, he seems to think he's big enough to take on the world. Eric and Frijolito are pretty much inseparable, and it's kind of a running joke amongst our family and friends that it's Frijolito, not Sara, who is Eric's best friend.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Eric About Sara: One of the things I love about Sara is her ability to support me through the hard times. We have good communication, she always takes care of me, she has a way of being able to understand me without me having to explain myself. She always makes me feel loved and supported. Another thing I love about her is how much she loves my family, she's always looking for ways to learn about my culture, understand and connect with my family, even though it's foreign to her. She is so loving and supportive, and makes me a better person.
Sara About Eric: The best part about Eric, is that he is just a genuinely kind-hearted and good dude. Even if I were not married to him, he is the type of person I would seek out as a friend. He is reserved, and it can take some time to draw him out, which is why it's so special to hear his take and perspective on the world. He's incredibly smart, resourceful and observant. He moved to this country when he was in high school, without knowing how to speak English and was able to earn a master's degree in counseling, where ironically, he now talks to people all day for a living. He always makes me feel loved, cared for and supported (even in the tough times), and I can't WAIT to watch him just be the best, most supportive dad.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in the hustling, bustling Bay Area of California. We were lucky enough to be able to purchase an awesome ranch-style home a few years ago, in a quiet little neighborhood, tucked into the hills. We love living in the Bay Area not only because our families are here, but because of the culture. The Bay Area is known for it's diversity, and we love the general vibe of openness and acceptance we feel here. We know this would be a safe and welcoming place to add a child of any race to our (already diverse) family.
Our home is close to all the big city perks, but our neighborhood is intimate, and safe enough to let your kids play catch in the street. We live on a cul-de-sac, which is connected to other streets by well paved walking paths. From our home you can walk to our local elementary and middle school, up the hills for a hike, or to a Starbucks.
Our home is three bedrooms and two bathrooms, we have taken a lot of care to make it a place that feels relaxing, peaceful and happy. Sara has an eye for decorating, and Eric is quite handy with projects around the house. We spend a ton of time in our yard, where we have a pool (complete with a pool fence to make it safe for kids). We love to spend weekends swimming or lounging on floaties, barbecuing, gardening and reading in the shade.
Our Extended Families
We are both very family-oriented people, and we spend time with our families (who live nearby) almost weekly. Sara considers Eric's family her own, and vice versa. Eric has 5 siblings and they have always been close. In fact, about a year and a half ago, Eric was able to donate one of his kidneys to his little sister! This was an incredible act of sacrifice and bravery, which allowed him to literally be a life saver to his sister. It's amazing and touching to see both of them healthy and thriving just a short time later.
Another way our family is special, is that we are a biracial couple (Eric is Mexican, born and raised in Mexico, while Sara is Caucasian, born and raised in California). While Eric is fluent in both Spanish and English, there is a significant language barrier for Eric's parents and Sara. Much of this family relationship has been forged with non-verbal communication, siblings helping with translation, fumbling through bits of Spanish and English, smiles, hugs, and a good sense of humor! Both families have welcomed each of us with open arms, and are so supportive of our plans to adopt.
Fun fact: "baby" is one of the first English words Eric's mom learned how to say to Sara!
From Us to You
We want to start this letter to you by thanking and acknowledging you. We realize that there are a variety of choices you may be faced with moving forward, and we are so grateful that you have considered adoption as a possibility. We recognize that deciding on an adoptive family may feel like the most overwhelming and impossible task someone could be faced with, and we thank you for considering us as an option.
We consider ourselves to be a very close and connected couple. We started dating in our early 20's, and have been together for 13 years (married for 5). We are from two different backgrounds and cultures, but really feel we were drawn together due to our similarities and shared values, especially our close connections to our families. We have had so many wonderful and joyous moments together, and we just love hanging out with each other. We love to do fun and new things, but are also happy in our everyday routines together (coffee in bed on the weekends, cuddling with our dog Frijolito, or watching a movie together at the end of the day).
Over the course of our relationship we have become Tio and Tia to 8 nieces and nephews, which has only strengthened our desire to have a family of our own. Like many other couples, and part of how life goes, we have also suffered great losses together. We have tried for 4 years to start a family, and sadly, have lost 5 pregnancies along the way. While this has been hard, we have been gifted the opportunity to really see what our relationship is made of, and we are proud to say we have turned toward each other in our times of need. While this part of the last few years has been difficult, it is due to this we would never, ever take the privilege of having a child to love for granted. We would welcome a child into our home and hearts with open arms, and our promise to you, is that we will adore, support and cherish every part of the child that comes to us.
We would like to raise a child with the knowledge of their adoption and their birth parents. Our hope is for us to have a close connection with you, and be able to share as much or little information as you feel comfortable with. We feel it's important to help a child have a full understanding of their story and identity, which includes their adoption story, and an open dialogue about their birth family. We are open to sending emails, pictures, having phone calls or even having regular visits (if you'd like to) as the child grows.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read through our profile and getting to know us. It is hard to try to convey who we are in this kind of format, but we hope you have a sense of our hearts, our hope for a child, and our respect for you in this process.
Eric & Sara