Thank you for taking time to read a little bit about us. We have great respect for the brave choice you are considering, we know your decision is based on love for your baby and wanting the best for them. If given the privledge of raising your child, we will ensure that your child is aware of the brave and loving choice you made on their behalf. You will forever have our respect and compassion. The adoption of our son has been the biggest joy in our life to date, and an incredible experience. We are so excited to welcome a second child into our open and loving family. If you desire, we will respect and fulfill your wishes for ongoing contact. We hope our profile offers you a glimpse into our family. We are easy to talk with and look forward to connecting with you soon.
Dear Birth Mother
Hello! We are Brendan and Mia. We have been happily married since 2008. We love spending time with our family and friends, trips to the beach, attending concerts and musicals, reading, and playing with our son Declan. We host theme-parties, and Sunday night suppers in our home. We enjoy movies, volunteering, skiing, and swimming and in our backyard. Since we adopted Declan, our favorite activity is being his mom and dad. Our days are filled with volunteering at Declan’s school, swim lessons, soccer camp, bounce house birthday parties, Children’s Museums, and finding any excuse for us to wear themed or matching outfits. We are a family that loves having fun. As a couple, we spent six years traveling the world, growing our careers, designing our home, going on dates, and spending tons of time with family and friends. As a family, we like to stay busy and create new experiences. From parading through Downtown Los Angeles with 20 friends dressed in Where’s Waldo costumes, to recently auditioning for a TV game show in Hollywood, we like to keep things positive and lively.
Declan is loving, curious, and high energy. He makes us laugh every day. He loves music, singing, reading, Lego’s, swimming, and dancing (he’s active in the Greek Dance program at our church). His laugh is infectious, and he’s a great playmate. He has many friends through school, church, our friends’ children, and in the neighborhood. He enjoys spending time at the park, driving his trucks through the sand (he comes home with SO MUCH SAND IN HIS SHOES!!), watching movies with a big bowl of popcorn, riding his scooter, running fast, mint-chocolate chip ice cream, and back scratches before bed. Declan has been in swim lessons since he was 10-months old and today is a fearless swimmer. We love watching his confidence and abilities grow in all areas of his life. Declan loves babies and little kids. He is very patient and gentle. We believe his sweet demeanor and willingness to always be a “helper” will make him a great big brother. At night, he frequently prays to God asking for a little brother or sister.
About Mia, by Brendan
Mia was born in San Jose, California and went to high school and college in Florida. She moved back to California to begin her career. Mia is Greek, which means she can cook! Mia puts the shine in sunshine and not just because she loves cleaning. Mia is hilarious, caring, organized and my very best friend. Mia has found time to volunteer for animal shelters and homeless shelters. Mia squeezes 25 hours out of a day – whether that includes baking treats featuring her special butter cream icing, or doing arts and crafts projects with Declan and friends. She makes friends and strangers laugh. It’s a blessing to be Mia’s husband and I am proud to be her partner in life. Mia is Declan’s favorite singer, frequently making up songs to keep him entertained and dancing. I love seeing the two of them cuddling and reading stories together. Mia knows all of Declan’s tickle spots and get huge belly laughs out of him. Mia has captured most of Declan’s life on film. She’s active as the room-mom in his preschool class, and serves as his social coordinator. Mia is Declan’s alarm clock and enjoys snuggling in bed with him before she gets him ready for school each day. Mia always likes to make sure that Declan is wearing a cool pair of socks. She closes each day with “Spa mama” by giving Declan a little back rub before he falls asleep. Mia works as a certified meeting planner, has a flexible schedule and is able to attend Declan’s various lessons, school activities, and special events. Mia has the ability to extend her time away from work when a second child is placed with our family.
- Cooking and Baking
- Game nights
- Chocolate ice cream
- Going to the movies
About Brendan, by Mia
Brendan was born and raised in Boston. He lived in New York City where he pursued a career in stand-up comedy. His years as a comedian have translated into lots of laughter in our home. Today, Brendan is a certified Financial Planner. Brendan is the best man I know. I am so thankful that he is my best friend and partner. His upbeat personality, and positive attitude have anchored our home with love and warmth. Brendan comes from an Irish-Catholic family that loves to laugh and hug. He’s a family guy and it’s evident in how he cares for Declan and I. After work, Brendan frequently gets down on the floor without changing out of his suit to play with Declan, look at his cars, build some legos, or read him a story. Brendan is our resident Saturday morning pancake maker, cuts up a great fruit salad, and has mastered how to make a perfectly grilled BBQ chicken. He’s a supportive husband, daddy, and best friend to those in his circle; always encouraging those around him with kind words. The morning that Declan was placed in Brendan’s arms was the happiest I’ve ever seen him.
- Boston Celtics
- Boston Red Sox
- Chipotle Chicken Burritos
- Oreo Cookies
- New England Patriots
Family and Friends
Our combined families live in San Jose, Boston, Chicago, Greece, India, Mexico, London, and Ireland. Our large extended circle of family, friends and community is comprised of many different faces, cultures, and religions – we are fortunate to share in diverse experiences that these connections have brought to our lives. Mia has two younger brothers, while Brendan has one older brother. ALL the brothers take their title of “Uncle” very seriously and spend hours of time working to entertain Declan. Warm, welcoming, and tight-knit, we are a family that is always in close contact; vacationing together as a large group, having a blast at sporting events, and keeping the ongoing tradition alive of a Thanksgiving “talent show”. We’ve also been blessed to form close friendships with other adoptive parents. We are in contact with our family on a daily basis through a lengthy text chain that started more than two years ago. These daily texts are check-in’s on everything from photos of our children, discussions about current events or sports, scheduling family get togethers, and even pictures of what we are all eating.
We have two dogs, Tug Boat and Taxi
Tug Boat is a Puggle. He’s got lots of personality and spends the morning barking at Pearl the squirrel (a visitor in our backyard). He enjoys “people food”, belly rubs, and snuggling. He frequently waits for Declan to drop table scraps. He’s 10 years old and when we leave the house, we always say “Tug Boat, you’re in charge!”. We rescued Taxi in 2014, a sweet shepherd mix. She loves to play with Tug Boat, have her ears rubbed, and will stretch out right next to you or happily sit on our lap. She is always gentle around children.
We live on a quiet street in a suburb of Los Angeles. Our city is diverse and our cozy home is surrounded by schools and parks. Mia loves decorating and has created an environment that is warm and welcoming. We enjoy playing in the yard, eating dinner together, laughing and discussing our day. If we don’t cook, it’s fortunate that our favorite Italian restaurant is right up the street. We know all of our neighbors by name and every few months, there is a pot-luck dinner on our street. This has been going on for decades. Our cul-de-sac and surrounding blocks make a BIG deal out of Halloween and the Holidays – decorations all over! It’s fun to walk around and see the creativity and the lights. Declan attends pre-school Monday – Friday at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox School, which is affiliated with our church. We are active members in both the church and school community (Brendan serves on the booster club to raise money for Declan’s school), giving of our time and resources whenever we can. Our very loving nanny, Alejandrina (who has been with us since early 2015), picks Declan up from school each day, and takes him on adventures to the park, library, shopping, and to the occasional museum or enrichment class. Alejandrina’s family has embraced our family. Declan recently served as the ring-bearer in her own son’s wedding. Alejandrina speaks Spanish to Declan and we look forward to him being fluent in English, Spanish, and Greek.
When We’re Around Town, We Love To
- Take Declan on walks around our neighborhood to collect sticks, rocks, and pinecones
- Drive to the Farmer’s Market
- Visit our many local museums
- Take in a great concert (bonus points for outdoor venues!)
- Pack a picnic and take it to the beach to build sand castles
- Host Super Bowl parties, pumpkin decorating parties, cooking challenges, and game nights
- Swim in our pool
- Curl up on the couch to watch a movie or read books
Our Values and Promise to You
We value family, learning, laughing, communication, hard work, and resiliency. We will devote all of our live, time, and resources to help your child achieve all that they possibly can. We believe that a child must feel loved, welcomed, and have a great sense of self-confidence.
We Promise To
- Provide a loving, warm, stable, and organized home
- Make them laugh daily
- Fill their lives with an accepting and diverse family and friends
- Teach them compassion
- Encourage them to try new things, follow their heart, and discover their unique talents
- Travel the world with them
- Decorate the house for holidays and create a festive environment filled with family traditions
- Instill the importance of education and discovery of their academic and social strengths
- Foster an awareness of the world and positivity that surrounds them
- Love them unconditionally, with all of our hearts for all of our days
We will love your child with all our hearts and will provide them with opportunity and security. We will work our hardest to help them accomplish their dreams. We will surround your child with positive influences and experiences. Declan’s birth mother is never far from our thoughts in any decision we make concerning his well-being. We promise to always keep you at the forefront of our minds. We look forward to growing a relationship with you. Thank you for considering us. May you find peace in your decision and a sense of security when you identify the ideal match for you and your child. We invite you to follow our day-to-day life on Instagram: @mcmahonadoptionplan or #mcmahonadoptionplan.
With Gratitude - Brendan, Mia, & Declan