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Erin and Nattan

HI THERE!

We’re Erin and Nattan from Los Angeles, California. We’ve put together some photos and stories to share with you.  Thank you for taking the time to learn about us!  What we most want you to know is:

We love each other very much. (We’re mushy lovebirds).

We met in 2006, fell head over heels and built a strong relationship.

We believe that adoption is a brave, healthy, bad-ass act of love.

We were not able to have biological children, and came to adoption with the belief that love is what makes a family. Right now, even as we write this, we have a feeling that our future child is being brought into the world and we cannot wait to love them. We are meant to be parents and we know it is the most important thing we will ever do.

We are so ready to be loving, nurturing parents (we’re over the moon excited).

Our future child will feel loved, safe, and respected. Really, we want to make sure nothing gets in the way of our future child growing up proud of the person that they are.

We respect you.

We won’t presume to know what you’re going through, and we wish you peace with your choice. If our profile makes you think “Who are these cool folks?” we would be delighted to get to know you as well.

HOW WE MET

The first thing you’ll notice about us is how much we love to laugh. And we do, a lot.  But when we met we weren’t laughing. In fact, we first spent several days together without talking in a Zen meditation retreat. During the retreat, we were both asked to prepare lunch for the group and we spent hours in silence, side by side in the kitchen. (Already the sparks were flying!) We had instant chemistry and quickly bonded over our shared passion of making art, spending time in nature and our shared spiritual practice.

THIS IS US

Even though Erin was raised in Tennessee and Nattan grew up in Israel, true love found a way to bring us together. After ten years of love and friendship, we take good care of our marriage by being compassionate and kind to each other. We are both the kind of people that you want in your corner, and that makes us great partners and one day – loving parents.

SOME OF OUR FAVORITE MEMORIES

  • Waking up with sunshine streaming into our tent in the middle of a redwood forest.
  • The first morning of our honeymoon when we had breakfast at a cafe that promised a surprise pastry at the end of the meal (Nattan loves pastries, especially surprising ones).
  • The afternoon we spent in Zurich, Switzerland when a woman rode by on a bicycle with a basket full of flowers that she gave to us as good luck on the day before her wedding. (This is a Swiss wedding tradition).
  • The Hollander Foosball tournament (we played for dignity!)
  • Erin introducing Nattan to red and green chile at the Frontier restaurant in Albuquerque.
  • Seeing our moon shadow for the first time on a desert hike in Joshua Tree, California
  • All the days we’ve ended by dancing in the living room together.
  • We can’t wait to make more favorite memories as a family!

MEET NATTAN – WRITTEN BY ERIN

I love this man!  Nattan brings joy to everything he does.  On the day he asked me to marry him, he had big plans of taking me on a long, scenic walk to the Chinese Tea House in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature had different plans and the sky opened up and poured rain on us.  With my umbrella turned inside out and both of us soaked to the skin, Nattan stopped and got down on one knee on the wet street and asked me to spend my life with him.  No matter what storm life brings, Nattan always shows up with love.

One more story!  Nattan is very loyal.  On one of our first dates, he took me to meet his Grandfather.  Each week, Nattan took his Grandfather out and treated him to his favorite chocolate donut and hot coffee. Week after week, I could see then how kind, patient and devoted Nattan is and I know that he will be an amazing, always-there-for-you kind of dad.

ABOUT ME – WRITTEN BY NATTAN

I was born in Israel – my mom is American and my dad Israeli. I moved to the States after my army service to go to school (I studied art, and then psychology). I met Erin during that time and soon knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. I work as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and really give my heart and soul to it! I’m a little shy, but when I get comfortable, my sense of humor starts coming out. I love painting, taking nature trips, and spending one-one-one time with friends and family, especially Erin.

5 places I want to visit with my future child:

  1. The movie theater in our neighborhood – can’t wait to see them experience a 3D movie for the first time.
  2. My parents’ backyard – just hanging out with my parents and sisters.
  3. Disneyland – We’ll compete to see who get more excited (probably me…)
  4. Any national park – I want to nurture their wonder of the world.
  5. Our porch on a rainy afternoon – just to look at the rain and daydream together.

Secret things about me that I want you to know: 

  1. I love road trips so much.
  2. I was a huge Dungeons & Dragons fan as a teenager.
  3. I hate root beer.
  4. My childhood hero was Albert Einstein.
  5. I can sing entire U2 albums, but only to Erin.

MEET ERIN – WRITTEN BY NATTAN

When I first met Erin she told me about her love of flamenco (She dances!). She told me that her favorite flamenco dancers have “Duende” and explained that this is a Spanish word that means something like passion, soul, and character. Erin has so much “duende” I can’t even convey it in words. It means she’ll be the kind of mother that loves her child with her whole soul – tender when our child needs soothing, fierce when they need protection, silly when they need to laugh. She was born to be a mother – I can’t wait to see her in action!

ABOUT ME – WRITTEN BY ERIN

I was born in Charleston, South Carolina and raised in Nashville, Tennessee.  Early in life, I knew it would be important to me to travel this big beautiful world we live in and learn everything I could. I joined Volunteers for Peace and did an archeological dig in Poland and then lived in Mexico and Guatemala for a season studying Spanish and art.  I am a very curious person and I gravitate towards wonderful people, places and things.  I am a natural storyteller (Clarissa Pinkola Estes is my idol), I have a background in art, theatre, dance, gender studies, meditation and spiritual care. For moolah, I work in an investment firm where I help turn problems into creative new ideas. One of the things I value most is balance, and when I imagine being a mom, I know that I will bring balance to everything my child experiences. For better and for worse, I know that life is not always easy – but I know when you are loved, everything is possible.

Secret things about me that I want you to know:

  1. I have an intuitive sense when people need a hug.
  2. Sometimes when I cook, inexplicably, food ends up on the walls and sometimes the ceiling.
  3. I have strong beliefs about fair and equal treatment for all people
  4. I dress up in costumes every chance I get.  I don’t wait for Halloween.
  5. I don’t wanna brag, but I do a pretty mean Christopher Walker impersonation.  No big deal.
  6. I have a foolproof solution for hiccups that I will share free of charge.*

*Take a deep breath as if you’re sucking in through a straw.  Hold your breath.  Sip in a little more air.  Hold your breath.  Sip in a little more air.  Hold your breath and let your arms relax.  Blow out the air very slowly as if you’re blowing it out through a straw. Breathe normally. You’re welcome. 

5 places I want to visit with my future child:

  1. Introduce them to the magic of nature, explore the redwood forest and howl at the moon.
  2. To the beach in South Carolina to make sand castles and swim in the warm water.
  3. To discover lightening bugs during a visit with the cousins back home.
  4. To dress up however makes them feel fancy and sit in front row seats in the theatre.
  5. To go with them to explore and learn where their ancestors are from.

OUR FAMILY

We are family folks.  We love our families and we’re grateful to have close relationships with them.

Erin’s Family

Erin’s family lives in Nashville, Tennessee but we get to see them often as they love visiting us and we go back home every year for Christmas. Erin’s huge extended family lives in North Carolina and everyone is waiting with excitement to welcome our new baby with full hearts and open arms. Erin’s family could best be described as a “sitting around the table telling stories and talking into the night” kind of folks. Her family taught her the importance of being honest, keeping your word, and how to belly laugh.

Nattan’s Family

Nattan’s Mom, Dad and sisters live in Israel and they come to stay with us for a month twice a year.  Nattan’s aunt, uncle and cousins live here in Los Angeles and we love to hang out, go to movies, have dinner and celebrate Passover and Thanksgiving together. Nattan’s Grandfather once said, “The most important thing is to love each other,” and this describes Nattan’s family’s values. His family taught him the importance of being loving, putting family first and always arriving at the airport at least three hours before a departing flight (Erin hasn’t missed a flight since we met).

FINNEGAN THE GREAT

Finnegan is our orange tabby cat with an IQ of over 200 (okay, he’s never been formally tested, but he’s really smart).  He is gentle and loves people, loves to have his feet rubbed, sits in sinks to cool off, and watches movies facing the screen.  Wherever we are in the house, he comes to be with us and falls asleep. When we move, he wakes up, moves to us and falls asleep again.  He’s our best friend. Finnegan is a gentle, people-loving cat and we imagine he will be a great snuggler and buddy for our future child.

Inexplicable Nicknames We’ve Given to Finnegan

  1. Finni-Beani
  2. Beans
  3. Bean-chook
  4. Chukah
  5. Manook
  6. Bubaloobah 

OUR HOME

Our home was built fifty years ago by Nattan’s grandparents who moved to America to start their family.  We love that we get to live in the same place where Nattan’s mom and uncle grew up, and where Nattan spent summers playing as a child. It is a beautiful, comfortable 3 bedroom condominium that is full of love, memories, and the past and present smell of yummy cooking.  We know Nattan’s grandparents would have been delighted to know that their great grandchild will be raised here.

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

We live in a family-friendly neighborhood in Los Angeles, California with great schools; we’re across the street from a huge park with a playground, pool and community center that offers kids dance and drama classes, sports and other cool kid activities. We’re 15 minutes from the beach, and we enjoy walking to our favorite restaurants and movie theatres. We can’t wait to see our future child’s face as we show them all the fun things Los Angeles has to offer, like the dinosaur exhibit at the Natural History Museum, a picnic in the woods at Malibu Creek State Park, or Universal Studio’s Harry Potter theme park! 

OUR VALUES AS PARENTS

  • Love is the most important thing. No matter what happens, love is always the answer.
  • To honor your child’s uniqueness, their culture, their ancestry, and their birth story.
  • To protect them and provide a safe and nurturing place to grow up.
  • To find out what inspires your child, and nurture their passions so they can become the wonderful person they are meant to be.
  • To believe in them no matter what.
  • To really listen.
  • To be honest, trustworthy and guide by example. To walk the walk.
  • To be there for them when they fail and when they succeed.
  • To enjoy life together. To be silly and have fun.
  • To nurture curiosity, wonder, and excitement. To try new things.
  • To make sure they know their adoption was an act of love by both their birth and adoptive parents.

 

Thank you so much for reading our profile!

We wish you peace of mind as you make the choice that is best for you and your baby. We believe adoption is a loving choice and we are so excited to begin this journey!

With Love,

Erin and Nattan