We are Allison, Brian & Hannah from Northern California. We are so excited and honored that you are reading our profile! We have the utmost respect for you and the process you are enduring and we want to assure you that your child will always know you as a selfless superhero. We hope you will learn more about our family and that we can be a part of your journey. We do not claim to be perfect people, but please know that we are fully committed and without a doubt will unconditionally love your child forever.
Dear Birth Mother
Hello from Northern California! We met in 2005 in San Francisco and have been best friends ever since. Brian followed his heart from Denver to San Francisco and we began our lives together. We dated for 1.5 years, were engaged on the shores of Lake Tahoe, and married a year later surrounded by family and friends. Since then, each day has just gotten better. We welcomed our first child, Hannah, in 2012 and have enjoyed being a family for 8 years now. Some things we enjoy together are spending summers at the family cabin at the lake, trying new cuisines in the city, going to musicals, cheering on the SF Giants and Niners, gathering with family and friends, and sitting down to dinner together each evening.
5 Things We Will Teach Your Child
- Unconditional love
- Importance of education
- Value of friendship
- Be true to yourself
About Allison, By Allison
I grew up in a small town in Northern California in a house that was bursting with love. My parents always showed unconditional love and stressed the importance of faith, family, and gratitude.
Education has always been an important part of my life. I have been an elementary school teacher for 14 years and not a day goes by where I don’t learn something from my students. My favorite part of teaching is working with students with challenges. They are the bright lights that I show up for every day and they teach me so much more than they know.
I love spending my days outdoors, swimming, biking, and playing with Hannah. Seeing her grow and thrive is such a blessing. Our family enjoys spending time together and especially enjoys cooking, baking, and having BBQs. Making people laugh is what makes me happy and I try not to take myself too seriously.
About Allison, By Brian
Allison embodies the word “love!” She is the most patient, honest and giving person I have ever met. Watching her bring joy to our daughter makes me step up my “Dad Game” every day! She is incredibly strong and always puts others before herself.
As a teacher, she is able to translate her joy into learning and encourages her kids to be the best that they can be. I am so lucky and blessed to be married to my best friend and such a wonderful, loving and strong woman!
- Can’t Live Without: The ocean
- Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake
- Game: The Oregon Trail
- Hobby: Swimming
- Ice Cream Flavor: Mint
About Brian, By Brian
I was an only child and my parents stressed the importance of having a good education and a really strong work ethic. As a kid, I loved being a cub and boy scout and learned many life lessons that I continue to appreciate to this day.
After learning the benefits of being able to help others with their computer problems, I’ve worked my way up in the IT world to being a senior network engineer. Even though I don’t get to help one-on-one as much as I’d like to anymore, now I get to help more people at once by ensuring that all of the computers in our company are talking to each other. One of the awesome benefits of working in IT is that I can usually work from home and help out with Hannah if our usual routine changes.
I love spending time with Hannah. Seeing her brings me so much joy and helps me to remember what it is like to be a kid again! I love reading books and playing games with her. Even though I can’t compete, I love being part of her passion for dancing, including having family dance parties in our living room. I love being a father to Hannah and will always bring the same amount of love, care and affection to the table for your child as well.
About Brian, By Allison
Brian would give you the shirt off his back and the shoes off his feet. He is a “diamond in the rough” whom I am blessed to share life with. He is the most selfless person I know. He is strong in his faith and demonstrates kindness to all. Brian is a hard worker, a dedicated father and husband and a very involved dad.
- Can’t Live Without: My family
- Dessert: Tiramisu
- Game: Pedro/Euchre
- Game: Pedro/Euchre
- Ice Cream Flavor: Cookies n’ Cream
Meet Hannah – The Big Sister to Be
Hannah is a gift and a joy. She is a strong, spirited, smart, and super imaginative eight year old girl. Playing with her cousins and dog, eating pasta with meatballs, and swimming in the lake is her idea of the perfect day. She is the number one snuggler and is so excited to be a big sister.
A Note from Hannah: Hi. I’m Hannah. I love to dance! I love to play soccer, paint, and go shopping. I really like pasta and cucumbers but not together. That would be gross! I like playing with my dog Freddy. I’m excited to have a baby brother or sister because I have been waiting a long time. I can’t wait to play with them and teach them to dance.
Our Home is A Happy Place
We live in Sonoma County, in Northern California. In our small city there is a lot to do and a lot of different people. It is the place we always want to return to and the place we miss when we are away on the tail end of a vacation. We have a 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath open home with a front and back yard. Our neighborhood is filled with children and there are many bike paths, grassy fields, parks, and playgrounds to enjoy. We enjoy sharing our home with our family and friends and hosting gatherings and BBQs.
We really love that our city has the perfect balance of suburban and rural areas. You can’t go far without seeing cows and sheep grazing in the fields in one area, and a hopping downtown in another. We are blessed to have some of the best schools in the county and a city that offers a lot to kids and grown ups alike. We are just a couple hours away from everything!
We are lucky to call Freddy a member of our family. He is a sweet and cuddly 7 pound chihuahua mix that loves all of his people. He was rescued from a local shelter and has fit right into our family. In fact, he thinks he’s the “King.”
So gentle and loving with even the youngest members of our family, he is looking forward to being a “big brother”’ as well. He loves to run and play and pretend he is a big dog!
Our Family and Friends
We love our family and friends and are very fortunate to have their love and support! We live close to Allison’s parents, sister, cousins, aunts and uncle, and spend a lot of time with them celebrating birthdays, holidays, and anything in-between. We have established a diverse group of close friends who have introduced us to new and exciting adventures, hobbies, and cuisine! We also make each other laugh, even when the jokes aren’t funny :)
5 Super Fun Family Traditions
- Summers at the lake
- Christmas wind-up toy race
- Stories before bed
- Drives through the countryside
- BIG family/friend celebrations
One Last Thank You
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our family. We know the choices you are facing are incredibly challenging. We respect you and can assure you that your child will always know unconditional love. We hope we can join you on this journey.