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Mike & Johanna
Hello there! Thank you for taking a look at our profile and considering us as adoptive parents for your child. We are incredible excited to pursue adoption and experience the joys of parenthood. Hopefully, our profile will give you a glimpse into our lives and help you envision the loving and supportive home that we would raise a child in.
How We Met
We originally met in third grade when Mike's family moved to El Paso, Texas and we attended the same elementary school. In seventh grade, even though she was extremely shy, Johanna asked Mike to the Sadie Hawkins Dance (well, her mom called his house, asked for him and then threw the phone at her!)
After seventh grade Johanna's family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and a year later Mike's family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma and we lost contact with each other.
Fast forward 18 years and Mike reconnected with Johanna on Facebook. We had a little contact over the next two years but, then one day Mike made a Facebook post about being in Oakland, California. Johanna lived in San Francisco at the time so she commented on his post asking what he was doing. Mike replied that it was a port of call and asked Johanna to get together when his ship was in Oakland again in 43 days. Johanna thought about it, she hadn't seen him in 20 years, so why not?
The next time Mike was in Oakland we caught up and had a great time. At the end of the evening, Mike asked Johanna out to dinner when he returned in 43 days, and the rest is history!
Our Leisure Time
Our favorite leisure time activities are ones we do together. We both grew up playing soccer and enjoy watching matches at home, at the stadium, or even at our favorite English pub. We both enjoy taking care of things around the house and DIY projects.
We love to get out and explore the history and quirks of our city or other places we visit and take day trips to find unique spots.
We both love being outside hiking, sailing (we are both learning), or playing with our dogs in the snow.
Food is a big part of our life and we like to cook together or go out to try new cuisines. Each year we plant a vegetable garden with at least one unique vegetable. Last year we grew Fairy Tale Eggplants.
We also like to explore local farmers markets, art fairs, music and cultural festivals.
Our favorite thing to do on a nice evening is to sit outside around our fire pit enjoying conversation while the dogs play and Mike practices his mandolin.
Cultural diversity is a daily aspect of our life as an interracial couple. Each of us, through our upbringing, carry a unique cultural heritage which we have merged together. Our lifestyle reflects our diversity from the foods that we eat to the activities we enjoy. As a couple we also enjoy exploring and learning about other cultures. We plan to incorporate our child's culture into our lives and learn together about their heritage and cultural traditions that may differ from ours.
Mike was born in the Philippines to a multi-ethnic Filipino woman who raised him as a single mother until they immigrated to the U.S. when Mike was 6 years old. Mike's biological father is also multi-ethnic. While in the Philippines Mike's mother met an American Marine whom she married shortly after moving to the U.S. Mike's stepfather immediately adopted him. Mike's adoptive father comes from a traditional Midwestern family. Mike has experienced many cultures worldwide through his time in the Navy and working as a Merchant Mariner aboard research vessels and container ships.
Johanna's mother is second generation Polish American and her father was of German, Scottish, and English descent. Johanna was raised with a strong knowledge of both Polish and German cultures through food, language, and traditions. She was raised in the American Southwest where Mexican and Native American influences shaped her upbringing. Johanna has had the opportunity to live in many regions of the U.S. and immerse herself in a wide range of cultural traditions
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is located in a great neighborhood with a lot of families, children, and pets. There are walking trails and parks and even a hill to sled on when it snows. We are located within half a mile of the elementary school, middle school, and high school. Our neighborhood has annual events and family friendly block parties.
Our house has plenty of space with three levels to live on. The lower level is Johanna's mom's domain, the main level is the common living space, and on the third level is our room, a guest room, and the nursery.
Our house has lots of windows which let in fresh air and natural light. We have a large yard with plenty of shade trees and a patio to relax on.
Nearby there are several large parks with walking trails, sports field, and an ice skating rink. We are also close to a new library branch.
Our Extended Families
Johanna has one sister who lives outside Dallas with her husband and two children. We talk and Facetime with them regularly and see each other a few times a year. Johanna's mom recently moved in with us after her father passed away. Her mom is excited to welcome another grandchild into the family especially since she will be around on a daily basis.
Mike is an only child but comes from a large extended family. His mom and dad were divorced several years ago but both live nearby. Mike sees his dad on a daily basis since they own a business together. Mike has five younger cousins on his dad's side, all of them girls who treat him like their big brother.
We don't just consider relatives family, we have several close friends who are part of our family too. They have been there with us through all the fun and not so fun adventures. They are spread out across the country but we talk frequently and visit when we can.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking this time to get to know us a little. We are humbled to be considered as adoptive parents for your child. We can only imagine what an emotional whirlwind this time may be for you. We hope that this letter may bring you a better understanding of who we are and the life we would like to share with a child.
We are an inter-racial couple who come from diverse backgrounds. Johanna's mother is Polish and her father was German, English, and Scottish. Even though Johanna was born and raised in the USA she has been influenced by many different cultures that she grew up in and around. Mike's mother is Filipino and his biological father is Black and Sephardic Jew, his adopted father is of Irish and Scottish descent. We both grew up with an understanding of our cultures and heritage and were encouraged to explore the cultures of our friends and extended family. As a result, our household and by extension larger family gatherings, is a medley of cuisines, languages, and cultural whimsy.
We are coming up on five years of marriage and have been a couple for more than eight years. We first met in elementary school, but lost touch later on when both of our families moved to different states. We reconnected as adults via social media and the rest is history!
Adoption has always been an option for us, however between Mike's career as a Merchant Mariner (which had him out to sea for months at a time), and Johanna's career in hotels (which had us moving regularly), we didn't feel that we were ready to have a child. Three years ago an opportunity came up which allowed Mike to partner with his dad in ownership of an industrial sandblasting company. This allowed Mike to be at home every night and Johanna to explore career opportunities and for us to settle in to one location. With this new found stability we decided it was time to start thinking of a having a child, knowing that if we were not able to have a biological child we would consider adoption. Having a biological child was not as easy as we thought it would be, and after failed fertility treatments, we decided to pursue adoption.
We look forward to sharing our lives with a child and cannot wait to be parents! We will provide our child with the opportunity to learn and grow while finding something they are passionate about. We both believe that a formal education is important but don't believe that a college education is required for success. Both of us were provided with hands-on experiences while growing up which made us into who we are today. Johanna has fond memories of learning how to change radiator hoses on a Jeep and building a table with her father. Mike learned basic handyman skills at his adopted father's elbow. We treasure our relationships with our parents and know they will also be amazing grandparents!
As prospective first-time parents, we have experienced our own bouts of emotional chaos but throughout the ups and downs we have always been there for each other. We are excited to welcome your child to our family and to share them with you through photos, emails, and visits. Wherever you are in the process please know that we are appreciative of the time you took to read this letter and thank you for your consideration of us as parents for your child.
With gratitude and good wishes,
Mike & Johanna