We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to learn more about us. We are so grateful for the opportunity to give you a glimpse into our lives. We know you love your baby and want the best for he or she, and we truly admire and respect your incredible selflessness. We have wanted a baby for a while and are so excited to grow our family. We hope that through our profile you will be able to see the love we have for each other, our family and our future child. We are so excited to become parents and look forward to this amazing journey.
We met in 2010 through mutual friends and quickly became inseparable. Melinda knew from the moment she started dating Derek that he was going to be the one she would marry. We dated for two years, and got married in 2012 at a beautiful country club near our home. Our relationship is based on a foundation of love, communication, and respect for one another. We just celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary and we are more in love today than ever.
About Melinda, by Derek
When I met Melinda, the first thing I noticed about her (besides how pretty she is) is her sweet and bubbly personality. She can walk into a room and literally just smile and say a few words, and she will immediately brighten my day. There’s something about her that exudes warmth and kindness. Her positive attitude and optimistic outlook on life is extraordinary and I’m grateful that I have her in my life to keep me balanced. The more I got to know Melinda, the more I realized what a great person she is. She cares deeply about all living things and is a strong supporter of animal rights. This compassion and love is one the reasons I know she will be a great mother to our child. Melinda works as a Paralegal at a local law firm, and has developed close relationships with her coworkers. She has a great career, and likes her job, but her true passion is in helping others. When she isn’t working, she volunteers at an animal sanctuary that rescues farm animals. Sometimes I go with her, most recently we volunteered at a chicken rescue, clipping nails and giving medicine. I have been looking forward to seeing Melinda as a mother for a long time, because I know she will be amazing and give our child the love he or she deserves. She has so much love to give and we are grateful to you, for giving us the gift of life and the opportunity to grow our family.
Things I love about Melinda:
- Her love for animals
- She is a good cook
- Her sweet and bubbly personality
- Her positivity and optimism
- Her love for our family
About Derek, by Melinda
I am truly blessed to be able to call Derek my husband. He has so many amazing qualities that make him a great husband and will make him a great father. He is extremely generous and unselfish and always puts others first. Any time anyone needs him he is always there to help no matter what. His unconditional love and respect for his family and others is undeniable and I know he will be an incredible role model to our child. Derek is the smartest person I know and he is always teaching me new things. He is a Clinical Lab Scientist with a degree in biology from UC Davis. He is very driven and self-motivated. When he isn’t at work, he loves doing projects around the house and learning new things. He is an amazing handyman and can fix just about anything! Besides being so smart, he is also extremely funny. He has a great sense of humor and never takes himself too seriously. He is always the life of the party and making everyone laugh. Derek is always up for an adventure and makes everything we do in life so fun. I love that he continues to challenge me and pushes me to try new things. It doesn’t matter what we are doing, whether we’re camping at our favorite spot, at the beach, or just home on the couch, I always have fun with him and just being near him makes me so happy. Derek’s has a kind and loving heart. Derek is a huge lover of animals and nature. He respects all creatures and his compassion towards every living thing is one thing I love most about him. He is my best friend and my rock, and I can’t wait to see him as a father.
Things I love about Derek:
- He is funny
- He is considerate and understanding
- He is musical and loves to play the trumpet and guitar
- He is a family man
- He loves and respects all animals
Things We Love to Do
We are an active couple and love to be outdoors whenever possible. Living in California, we are blessed with beautiful weather and scenery. We love to pack up and take day trips to Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and Napa. In the summer we love to go camping with our family in our tent trailer. We enjoy hiking, kayaking at the local lake and taking long bike rides. In the winter we enjoy going to the snow and snowshoeing. We can’t wait to share our love for nature and adventure with our child. As much as we love taking trips, we equally love being home. Our days off together always include family time. We love waking up together and taking our dogs for a walk, exercising, and having breakfast. Melinda loves to cook and enjoys cooking for Derek and our extended family. We like to look at antique stores, go for coffee dates, and wine taste at our favorite local winery. Derek loves to work on projects around the house on his days off. Whether he is building something, fixing something or working in the yard, he loves to continue to improve our home. Melinda loves to cook. Cooking and creating new recipes is one of her favorite things to do in her spare time.
Home Sweet Home
We live in Roseville, California, near Sacramento with our two dogs. We live in a one-story home in a friendly, established neighborhood filled with the perfect combination of young families and elderly folks. Our community is beautiful and safe and the perfect place to raise a child. The school systems are great and there are always fun activities to do. We live within walking distance to parks and bike trails where we love to go on long walks with our dogs and bike rides. We love where we live and love having people over and spending time in our home. We are lucky to be within driving distance to both the beach and the mountains. If we want to get away for a day or two we often drive to Lake Tahoe, San Francisco or Monterey. When we are home, we enjoy relaxing in our backyard, watching our favorite TV shows (Friends, Seinfeld, and anything on HGTV and the Food Network) and playing board games. We also enjoy trying new restaurants, listening to live music and being outdoors.
Meet Our Family
Family is the most important thing to us. We share a very tight-knit bond with our family. Both of our parents live close by and we see them very often. Derek’s dad owns his own instrument repair business and Derek’s mom has been doing in-home childcare for over 35 years, which gave Derek plenty of practice helping take care of little ones! Melinda’s dad is a retired tile contractor and owned his own business for over 30 years. Her mom was a nurse, but became a stay-at-home mom when Melinda was born. We are so lucky to say that our parents are close friends so we get to all be together a lot, even on the holidays. We have long-lasting marriages in our family, with Derek’s parents married for 36 years, Melinda’s parents married for 35 years, Derek’s grandparents married for 65 years and Melinda’s grandparents married 70 years. We look up to them all and are fortunate we have such wonderful role models in our life. Derek’s grandparents live close by and we see them often. Although Melinda’s grandparents live in Southern California, we talk to them every week and visit them as much as possible. Melinda is an only child but is lucky to have gained two amazing sisters after marrying Derek, who has a young and an older sister, both who live close by. Derek’s older sister and husband have a daughter Charlotte (5 years old), and a son Weston (6 years old). We enjoy spending time with our niece and nephew, and can’t wait to have children of our own so they can grow up together and be close cousins. Derek’s younger sister Chelsea is an occupational therapist and enjoys working with special needs children.
Meet Bailey and Benji: We got Bailey as a puppy when we first moved into our home in 2011. She is a pug-Chihuahua mix who loves playing with her frisbee and is very outgoing and playful. We rescued our other dog Benji 4 years ago. He loves taking long naps and going on walks. They both love being around children and are very kind and gentle to people. They are a huge part of our life and truly members of our family who we love very much!
Our Promise to You
We will teach our child to be kind to everyone, to respect and love all living-things, to follow their dreams, to never be afraid to try something new, to always look for the positive in things and to remember to have fun and laugh every day. As parents we want to create a safe and loving home where our child can thrive. We want them to know we will always be there for them and they can come to us with any problem they might have along the way. We want to protect them and let them know that it is okay to be uniquely themselves.
One Last Thank You
We have learned that life doesn’t always go as planned, but what matters most is how you handle it. The unexpected challenges we have faced have made us stronger and we believe that adopting is the way we are meant to build our family. If we are so lucky to be chosen, we promise your child will have a life filled with love, laughter and adventure. We are truly grateful for considering us and are so thankful you took the time to learn more about us.