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Angelica and Eric

Dear Birthmother

Hello, we are Eric and Angelica. Thank you for taking a moment to get to know us. We hope to share the warmth and love that we have to offer, and how truly important family is to us. From the time that we began dating, we dreamed of having children together and growing a family of our own. We both have incredibly loving and supportive families, and they (along with our pups, Buster and Piper) are all excited for the possibility of a new addition to the family. We hope this process brings us together, but whatever your decision may be, we wish you all the love and support that you need. We have so much respect and admiration for the courage that it takes to consider adoption for your child.

Our Story

We first met at work when Eric began a new position as a financial advisor, where Angelica was executive assistant to the company president. We began by spending time as friends, going jogging along Santa Monica beach and eating lunch together at the office. We connected over our shared love of family, desire to travel and try new foods. Our friendship quickly grew into a relationship. We tried to keep our new relationship a secret at work, but Eric was so obvious – always hanging around Angelica’s desk and bringing her lunch in tupperware with his last name on it!

Four years later, we got engaged in Santa Monica, right along the same beach where our love first blossomed. And two years after that, back again in Santa Monica, surrounded by our family and closest friends, we became husband and wife. We fulfilled many of our travel desires (although there are so many more places to see!), bought a house in a lovely community directly across the street from the elementary school, and now we hope to fulfill our dream of becoming mom and dad.

Our favorite travel activity is to take cooking classes to really learn the local food. The most memorable was in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where we learned to make pad thai, tom yum soup and sweet mango with coconut sticky rice. So good! Making us hungry right now!

At home, we love to walk Buster and Piper to the local farmer’s market, which is at a beautiful park. Everywhere we go, they make friends of both the four legged and two legged variety! We are excited for the day that, along with the leashes, we have a stroller to prepare for a day at the farmer’s market.

Our journey to become parents hasn’t been without challenges. We both feel that facing those challenges together has only brought us closer, and clarified our feelings and confidence that being parents is the most important in the world to us.

We are fortunate to have many close friends who have adopted children, including Eric’s cousin. Also, the daughters of the family that Eric grew up next door to were both adopted. Growing up, that family was like a second family, and still today we are very close to them and are always included in each other’s family gatherings. The love and close bond that we see in their family has served as part of our inspiration to pursue adoption.

About Angelica (Through Eric’s Eyes)

Angelica is the most caring, thoughtful person I have ever known. She has always dreamed of being a mom. Whether it’s our nieces or nephews, or friends’ kids, they are always drawn to her. Kids just somehow know that she’s someone who care for them, play with them, and teach them.

She is very smart and hard working, which has served her well in her career, but she has chosen to put family ahead of career ambition. While we were dating she advanced to become a Senior Equity Trader at an investment company. It was an impressive and coveted position, but it required a long commute and stock market hours. After we married, she left her career in finance and attended nursing school.  She was always drawn to nursing, plus she felt that it is a career that would offer a much more flexible schedule to care for children. She is now a Registered Nurse at a highly regarded hospital less than ten minutes from our house! It couldn’t have been a better decision. She is such a natural nurse, combining the understanding of the science with her tremendous heart and passion for helping and teaching her patients.

Angelica was born in the Philippines, the youngest of four kids. Her mom was still pregnant with Angelica when her dad passed away. Suddenly faced with the reality of raising four kids by herself, Angelica’s mom made tremendous sacrifices to ensure that all of her kids could attend good schools. She moved the family to southern California when Angelica was 12. That Angelica and her three siblings are all successful and happy shows what an incredible mother and role model Angelica’s mom continues to be.

One of the things that I love about Angelica is her desire to learn all of the family recipes, both my family and her’s. Her mom’s desserts are legendary among family and friends. Angelica has perfected her mom’s leche flan and pecan tarts. Also, there’s a Japanese dish that is not well known, even in parts of Japan, called chawan-mushi. It’s best described as a savory egg custard soup. It’s my dad’s favorite dish. It’s delicate and flavorful. It also takes a long time to make because each bowl is separately prepared and steamed. My mom makes this dish for my dad two times a year, on his birthday and Father’s day. Recently, Angelica learned to make chawan-mushi, and prepared it for my birthday. It was easily the most memorable gift I have ever received. I can’t wait to introduce traditions like these to our children.

I can’t wait for Angelica’s dream of being a mom to come true.

About Eric (through the eyes of Angelica)

Eric is easy-going, has a sense of humor, and a great cook; but what I admire most about him is his intelligence, sensitivity, loving, and caring qualities that he has for his family.   He is always there to help anyway he can in times of need.  I am grateful to his parents for raising a wonderful son whose number one priority is his family.

As a baby, Eric had the cutest chubby cheeks and baby fat folds in his thighs.  He also had an infectious smile.  He loved playing with his incredible hulk toys and enjoyed playing with dogs.  When Eric was 5 years old, he had a dog named Coco.  It was shortly after that his parents realized he was allergic to it.  It was a sad moment for Eric because Coco had to be given away.  Years later, when we met, Eric had still not outgrown his allergies to dogs.  Big problem!  I had 2 dogs: Brandy, a Golden Retriever, and Cowboy, a German Shepherd.  Despite his allergies to dogs, it didn’t stop him from seeing me.  For years, he struggled with his breathing.  His sneezed and wheezed a lot.  It was true love!  As a bonus, being around my dogs has helped him overcome his allergies.  Now we have 2 loving dogs (Piper and Buster) and he is breathing normal!

Eric has always loved reading and is very particular with English grammar.  He also became interested in finance as a teenager.  When he was in high school, he started subscribing to The Wall Street Journal.  Really…how often do you hear a freshman reading such a grown up finance paper?  It is no wonder that his career as a financial planner is a perfect fit for him.  He enjoys teaching people how to manage their money and retire comfortably.

Eric is also a gentleman and has not stopped opening the car door for me even after 13 years!  He is also amazing with our nephews, always available to build legos or play catch.  But I am especially impressed when our niece, Racquel, looks forward playing dolls with him.  When we met, he always envisioned himself as the father who drove the van and took kids to their sports activities and counting off the kids as they get in the van.  He is a great uncle and will be a wonderful father to our children.

Eric has supported me throughout my career change decision and going to nursing school full time.  He has also been my rock during our times of unsuccessful attempts to conceive.  It’s a journey that we have gone through together, which has made our relationship even stronger.  Together we are a good team, but I know that he will be an incredible dad to our child and I could have not asked for a better life partner to share this new chapter in our lives.

Hobbies & Interests Section

Things We Love to Do

  • Cooking classes. It’s our favorite activity when we travel, especially overseas. We love to learn about the regional food from a local expert. The most memorable was Thai food at Chiang Mai Thailand where we learned Pad Thai, Tom Yum Shrimp Soup, and Sweet Mango with Sweet Coconut Rice. We also took classes in Barcelona where we learned Gazpacho, various Tapas, and of course, Paella!
  • Hiking: there are tremendous local hikes in the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Santa Monica Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains. We love to explore the nature right here in our city. Also, we often seek hikes when we travel, especially through the gorgeous forestry terrain in Thailand or Kauai, or the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Musicals/Theater: Early in our relationship, we found that we both enjoyed seeing plays and musicals. One of our first trips together was to Chicago to catch a showing of Les Miserables, Eric’s all time favorite. We have season tickets to the Ahmanson Theater where we have seen some amazing shows, including War Horse, Matilda, Peter and the Starcatcher, and The Trip to Bountiful.
  • Home Decor & Remodeling: We love to do small DIY projects to our house. We recently added decking, a pergola and new furniture to our backyard so we can enjoy it more with family and friends in the beautiful Southern California summers.
  • Watching Sports: Eric is the real sports fan, but we both graduated from USC and are big fans of Trojan Football! We don’t have season tickets, but typically make it to a game or two every season.
  • Caring for and playing with our dogs: On a typical weekend, we can be found taking our dogs to the Farmer’s Market, out for a hike or at the dog park.
  • Planning family gatherings and dinner parties: We love to host dinner parties and family gatherings. They’re always full of laughter and great conversations. We feel that sharing our home and preparing a meal is our favorite way to express love and appreciation to the people in our lives.
  • Vegetable Gardening: Eric’s dad is a gardener by trade. After we bought our house, Eric’s dad came over and helped us set up a vegetable garden. Each year we enjoy amazing home grown tomatoes, squash, beets, salad greens, and other fresh vegetables directly from the garden!

Our favorite tradition: After we bought our house, we began hosting our families and friends for New Year’s Day. Japanese New Year’s Day traditionally means opening your house to guests all day, and preparing an intricate feast of foods that all have symbolic meaning. The centerpiece is a soup called Ozoni, which symbolizes strength, prosperity and good fortune. Eric’s dad had always prepared a large pot for the family and neighbors. After we began hosting New Year’s Day, Eric learned how to prepare the soup. The third year that we hosted it, Eric’s dad tried the soup and declared that he no longer needs to make it. It was a remarkable moment. The passing of the torch. We also incorporated Filipino New Year’s dishes such as Pancit noodles, which symbolizes long life. We spend the better part of three days before the end of the year preparing for this feast. Starting the year off surrounded by family and close friends well makes it all worthwhile.

Our Day Jobs

Angelica:

Angelica is very smart and hard working, which has served her well in her career, but she has chosen to put family ahead of career ambition. While we were dating she advanced to become a Senior Equity Trader at an investment company. It was an impressive and coveted position, but it required a long commute and stock market hours. After we married, she left her career in finance and attended nursing school.  She was always drawn to nursing, plus she felt that it is a career that would offer a much more flexible schedule to care for children. She is now a Registered Nurse at a highly regarded hospital less than ten minutes from our house! It couldn’t have been a better decision. She is such a natural nurse, combining the understanding of the science with her tremendous heart and passion for helping and teaching her patients.

Eric:

Eric is a partner at a firm that provides investment and financial planning services to families who want to plan for their futures. Eric’s office is in nearby Redondo Beach, and has very family friendly policies, including the flexibility to work from home. While Eric’s academic interests were in finance and accounting, he has a strong desire to help and educate people. Eric loves helping families organize their financial lives, and learn to make good decisions with their money.

Our home

We live in a quiet residential neighborhood in a suburban area of Los Angeles known as the South Bay. This is the community where Eric grew up, and his parents still live just two blocks away. We’re directly across the street from the local elementary school, which is part of an award winning school district. We recently remodeled our backyard, adding wood decking, a pergola and new patio furniture. Our house is a charming mid-century remodeled home. When we bought our house, it was important to us that we didn’t overextend our budget. We wanted to make sure that we had the freedom to grow and enjoy our family.

Meet our family

We are lucky to have all of our immediate family right here in Southern California. Eric’s parent’s are just two blocks away, and his sister, along with her husband and two boys, are a few blocks the other way. For over ten years, our family has had a tradition of Monday dinners at Eric’s parents’ house. Even though we see our nephews virtually every Monday night, it feels as though they are growing before our eyes!

Though not quite walking distance, Angelica’s family are all nearby. We make it a point to get together with them at least once a month, along with special occasions such as birthdays and holidays. Angelica’s brother, Dan, and his wife have a son and a daughter. We are extremely close with their family and especially our niece and nephew. We love to play legos with our nephew, Daniel, and Barbie with our niece, Racquel.

Our families are very excited for the possibility of a new addition. They are all loving and supportive.

Meet Buster and Piper

We were both dog lovers since we were kids. One of the first things we did after buying our house was to rescue Piper from the Long Beach animal shelter. She is an adorable sixteen pound terrier mix. A year later, we brought home Buster, a playful, gentle golden retriever. Piper is the smallest member of the household, but she knows that she’s the boss! If you have treats, she will shake your hand, roll over or give you a high five! Buster loves attention! He will follow you around the house and nestle at your feet when you sit down. He loves ice cubes and will come running across the house when he hears the ice maker in the kitchen.

Both dogs love kids, are gentle and playful. Our niece, Racquel, calls Piper her dog, and named her stuffed animals Piper and Buster! They bring tremendous joy to our house. No question, they will be companions, playmates and guardians over our baby.

Our Hopes and Dreams

We dream of having a large family. We were both the youngest of multiple siblings and cherish the relationship that we have with our brothers and sisters to this day. Our siblings were our playmates, babysitters, back to school shopping fashionistas, and fellow mischief makers. We want our kids to have that same type of relationship with their siblings.

Things we will teach our kids:

  • Love of reading, learning and exploring. We will read to them,
  • Appreciation of a variety of music, arts, theater
  • Enjoyment of watching and playing sports, but always be a good sport. Win with class and lose with dignity.
  • Enjoyment of an active, healthy lifestyle. Playing sports, jogging, hiking, swimming. Eating healthy, nourishing, flavorful foods.
  • Kindness and love to animals
  • Table manners: May I be excused, please and thank you