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Sofia and Leo

Things That Make Us Happy

Sofia
  • 1. Time with family
  • 2. Taking photos
  • 3. Going to the beach
  • 4. Planing fun weekends
  • 5. Going to antique stores
Leo
  • 1. Playing with Alice
  • 2. Reading and writing
  • 3. Playing piano
  • 4. Going to bookstores
  • 5. Hiking/Nature activities

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Hello!

We are Sofia and Leo. We want to sincerely thank you for wanting to learn about us. We know that your decision is very difficult, and it is impossible for us to imagine everything you must be going through, but we know that your desire is that your baby has a warm, loving family to grow up with. If you choose us, we promise you that we will give your child a nurturing, loving, and supportive family.

We have been blessed with warm and supportive families, strong friendships, and with our daughter, Alice. When we were told that a pregnancy would carry life-threatening health risks, we knew in our hearts that adoption was the right path for us. As both of us are very close with our siblings, we want Alice and our future adopted child to have a similar experience.

We have family and friends with adopted children and we know that is very important for a child to have true answers and understand where he or she came from. We would be delighted and grateful to share our love, support and home with your child.

Sofia and Leo

Our story begins with a cake!

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Not just any cake, but a very special one that brought us together at a New Year’s Eve party in 2000. At the time, we were college students and had never met. Sofia brought the cake to the party. Leo noticed Sofia at the very beginning of the night and tried a slice of the cake to have an excuse to go and talk to her. The moment was magical and we instantly connected and have been together for the past 16 years.

We have been married since 2006 and nurture our relationship with love, friendship, loyalty, laughter and learning. Our relationship is important so we make sure we spend quality time together. We enjoy date nights, seeing movies, or just spending a quiet night at home. We are best friends and love being together!

SO TRUE FACT: We love to travel and we speak English, French, Spanish and Portuguese!

Sofia’s story

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I remember growing up with my close family of parents, uncles and cousins. We used to take family trips every year and would go camping close to the beach and to the mountains. I was into sports and participated in swimming, soccer, volleyball and basketball but gymnastics was my passion. I even participated in a competition in Germany.

CAREER: I am a pharmacist. I love my job but family always comes first and I am fortunate to work for a company that allows me the flexibility to work from home.

Meet Sofia {by Leo}

Sofia is such an intelligent, loving and caring person. She is very dedicated to our family and always concerned about the well-being and happiness of others. She is the family planner and enjoys organizing events, weekend activities, and holidays. There is never a dull moment around Sofia! She has a social consciousness and believes in the importance of social values such as equality and justice. She tries to make a positive impact on the world around her. Sofia also has an artistic side and she enjoys interior design and photography. She is especially good at capturing candid pictures of people doing their daily activities.

SO TRUE FACT: Sofia was elected “Best smile of the year” in her college.

Leo’s story

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I grew up with my parents and younger brother. I have always been very curious – wanting to know more about people, animals and nature. I guess I was the shy, weird kid who spent hours looking at ants, frogs, butterflies, and birds. Music was one of my first passions and I learned to play the accordion and the piano from an early age. I went to graduate school to study psychology and philosophy.

CAREER: I am a psychologist. I work with children and teenagers at a community center close to home.

Meet Leo {by Sofia}

I feel so lucky to have found someone in my life like Leo. He is very patient and a good listener; I always feel better after talking to him. He is respected by people around him and he encourages them to follow their own paths in life. Leo enjoys reading, listening to music, and seeing movies. He also has a great sense of humor and is always able to put a smile on my face at the end of the day. He is the best dad ever! I know how suspicious this might sound because it is coming from me, but it is true! It is very common to see him acting out characters from Frozen with Alice. He is generous and always there when it comes to his family. I believe that much of Leo’s incredible parenting skills come from his training as a psychologist. I cannot wait for him to share all of these amazing things with the newest member of our family!

SO TRUE FACT: He reads more than 1 book at the same time and still remembers the books he read 10 or more years ago.

Meet Alice, big sister to be!

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Alice is a very smart and creative four-year-old girl. She enjoys dancing, singing, reading, and telling stories. Her favorite cartoon characters are Ana and Elsa from Frozen. Alice loves to dress up like a princess, make up plays, have tea parties with her dolls and go to the Build-a- Bear workshop.

Alice is very caring; always taking care of her friends and making sure they are happy. Alice constantly asks about her new baby brother or sister and already is saving a seat for the baby at the dining table! She even wants to save her toys for the new baby. She will be an excellent caring sister.

Home Sweet Home

Our house is located in a beautiful and peaceful valley surrounded by mountains. We get a sea breeze from the Pacific Ocean! We live about 20 minutes from the beach and the city. The place where we live is considered one of the safest places to live in the country. The majority of our neighbors are families with young kids and there are playgrounds, community centers, pools, a YMCA, and some great local stores and hiking paths nearby. Disneyland is a short drive away. Since we value education, we moved to this area because of the great schools nearby. We are lucky to say that we have found peace and stability in our wonderful home.

Things we like to do together:

*Going to theme parks like Disneyland and Universal Studios

*Outdoor activities like camping and hiking

*Going to the mountains to enjoy the snow

*Spending time with family and friends

*Travel to new places

A Special Message to YOU

We are confident that we can provide a loving and stable home for a child where he or she can grow up, learn, discover and enjoy life. Your child will grow up always knowing that he or she is loved unconditionally by each one of us. And we are sure that Alice is going to be a wonderful and caring big sister. It would be an honor to take this journey with you.

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