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Alison and Pete

Things That Make Us Happy

Pete
  • 1. Family
  • 2. Traveling to National Parks
  • 3. Coffee
  • 4. Walking the dogs
  • 5. Listening to music
Alison
  • 1. Baking
  • 2. Waterskiing
  • 3. Family bicycle rides
  • 4. Disneyland
  • 5. Reading in bed

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Hello!  We’re Alison and Pete.  We just want to thank you for taking the time to get to know us.  You have already impressed us. Considering adoption means you have an amazing amount of courage and kindness. We are so grateful that you chose life for this little one and grateful that you are thoughtfully considering choices for his or her future.  After having our daughter we were unable to have any more children, so we are fortunate that adoption is an option for us.  We promise that if we have the chance to add another little being to our family that he or she will know that you made a loving, selfless, and brave choice.  We have an intelligent, playful six-year-old daughter, Madeline, who can’t wait to be a sister!  We love spending time together as a family.

 

The Happiest Place on Earth

Alison through Pete’s Eyes

When I first met Alison, a feeling came over me that I was meeting someone that was going to have a life changing effect on me.  When I looked in her eyes on one of those first smiles I was privileged to see, there was a warmth and sweetness that made that voice inside my head say “She’s the only one for me. “  Lucky for me, over ten years of marriage has passed and I still think she is my perfect match.   Alison is an amazing Mom to our little girl.  Being a Mom is truly what she was meant to do.  Whether it’s dressing Madeline up in cute little outfits with the matching hair bows, of course, or doing creative little arts and crafts projects with her, Alison’s#1 concern is always our daughter’s happiness and her overall development.  She’s been reading to her since the day she came home from the hospital (Ok maybe the second day) and is always making sure that we are getting outside to do something physically active as a family.  Alison is a very generous, compassionate, and selfless person, always putting our family ahead of herself.  I love her and I know she will welcome our next child into her heart with as much love and affection as she has for Madeline and me.

 

Pete through Alison’s eyes

Pete is warm, generous, funny, and upstanding.  I fell in love with him and knew I wanted to be his best friend for eternity.  He is super-supportive, always encouraging me to reach my goals, and celebrating those accomplishments, too! Not only that, he makes me laugh daily with his corny jokes and sarcasm.  When we had our daughter, I fell in love with him even more!  Just watching him with her makes me a better mom.  He is incredibly patient, loving, and very protective.  He is the kind of dad I dreamed of for our child and he and Madeline have a very special bond.  I love watching him play dolls, pretend to be zoo animals, sing silly songs, and tell her jokes.  They are always having fun together, especially on “Daddy Maddy days” when they get father–daughter bonding time.  Pete is just an exceptional guy, which makes him a great dad and a family man, through and through. He is completely devoted to us and will be to our next child, too!

 

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Meet Madeline

Madeline is a very happy, smart, loving, and kind little 6 year-old. Madeline is always drawing pictures to give away to Grammy and Grandpa, or dancing her way through the house in her ballet or tap shoes.  She loves to jump rope, build forts, play school, and be a “mommy” to all her little dolls. She enjoys playing outside with our dogs and trying new sports. She loves to snuggle with us on the weekend and read stories at night. She has brought such joy, happiness, and humor to our lives!

Meet Penny and Tucker

Penny and Tucker are our energetic 2 year-old pups. They love going for walks and running around our backyard.  Penny is sweet and loving, always rolling over for a belly-rub, while Tucker is gentle and friendly, always looking for a treat or wanting to play fetch.

 

 

Chillin' on the boat

Our Careers

Alison is a 2nd grade teacher at the elementary school she attended as a child.  She has been teaching there for 14 years.  She loves working with the students and has an endless amount of energy, working all day, then coming home to play with Madeline and walk the dogs.  A great benefit is she can bring our children to school with her. Madeline just loves running to Alison’s classroom at the end of the school day!  One of the perks of her job is having plenty of vacation time, especially having the entire summer off!

 

Pete is a police officer, dedicated to protecting and helping others.  Most recently, he has worked as a Training Officer for new officers and a Bicycle Patrol Officer.  He works longer hours during the day, but winds up with more days off during the week.  When Madeline was a baby he was able to stay home and care for her 3 days of each week! He’s looking forward to that bonding time with a new little one, as well.  Now with his schedule he is able to volunteer in her classroom every week and looks forward to doing so with the child we adopt, too!

 

A Family Grows…

Let’s start with us.  We’ve been happily married for 10 years! We both came from great families.  Pete is the youngest of 5 siblings and his parents have been married for 52 years!  Alison is the middle child of 3 girls and her parents have been married for 44 years.  Our parents are such amazing role models for us!  We get together often with both sides of our families.  We have a blast playing games, hanging out, and vacationing together! We share our love of big families and know we want that for our daughter.

 

Mammoth Camping Trip

As a Family we love: bike rides, gardening, days at the beach, walking our dogs at the park, boating, playing board games, boating and skiing, going on picnics, and playing soccer and baseball.

Our Neighborhood

Welcome to sunny Southern California!  We bought a large home on a cul-de-sac. There are nearby parks, community pools, and walking/biking trails all over our hometown. Our home is also within walking distance of a nature preserve where we love to take little hikes and feel like we are away from the city.  We are a short drive from the beach in the summer and from the mountains.

On Parenting

We believe each child is a unique individual.  Our goal is to enrich our children’s lives by providing them with opportunities to explore and learn. We want our children to grow into self-reliant, responsible, resilient, fun-loving, and warm-hearted individuals.

Thank you for learning about our family’s life story.  Our hearts are overflowing with love as we wait for God to bless our little family once again.  We are excited for our family to grow!  We respect you and admire your strength as you travel on this selfless path.  Making the hopes and dreams of others come true is incredibly admirable.  For this we are eternally grateful.  We hope to be the family that is right for you.

If you would like to speak with us about adopting your child, please contact your case worker at AdoptHelp toll free at 1-800-637-7999.