Hello from Anchorage, Alaska! We are George, Jaren, and Asa. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for considering our family in this important journey for you.
Dear Birth Mother...
Made to Be Dads
We love being fathers more than anything. We work every day to create a warm and supportive home for our daughter, Asa, and our future children. We want our future children to look back on their lives with the best memories: meals together as a family, green outdoor summers camping and hiking, and of winter snow making snowmen and sledding. Most of all, we want memories of an accepting, supportive home where they can grow, learn, and become anything they wish.
We lived in two different states when we matched on social media. George was working in Northern California as an attorney, while Jaren was finishing medical training in Hawaii. There was something very special about our relationship from the start, but dating was difficult living so far apart. We made it work, because that’s just how love goes. We traveled, vacationed, facetimed, and texted with each other nonstop while we dreamt of our life together. A year later, George was able to move to Hawaii so we could be together. We lived in Hawaii for more than two years with our dogs before moving to Alaska. In Alaska, Jaren proposed to George in front of a beautiful glacier while camping. Our shared love for nature and outdoor adventures made this a perfect spot to commit to a continued journey together.
Why We are Choosing Adoption
We have both always wanted to have children. We are both loving and caring by nature, and we love being dads. We want to grow our family, and continue to share our family’s unconditional love. We look forward to adopting another child—and to celebrate and share our future child’s unique story with them.
I had a fun, loud childhood in Colorado. I was constantly with my brothers and friends playing outside. I remember being so curious about the world. I loved exploring the neighborhood, learning about nature, and drawing. Coming from a big family, I have always dreamed of having a family of my own. My dad is a great role model of fatherhood—I have learned from the best. George and I have built a home and relationship together specifically to raise a child. I want to be there to love, guide, support, and learn along the way. I can’t wait to help a little one learn, grow, and carve their own unique path in life.
Jaren’s Education and Career
I love learning and worked very hard in school. I earned a degree in sociology, went to medical school, then trained as a radiologist. Now, I am a medical doctor for Alaska Native people. I interpret medical images, like ultrasounds, x-rays, mammograms, and MRIs. My job is challenging and fulfilling—I get to help people through some of their most difficult moments and celebrate with them during some of their happiest moments. I have a flexible work schedule and am lucky to have a full week off of work every month to focus on family.
George Says Jaren Is...
- Patient, loving, and kind
- Supportive and selfless
- Always helping others
- Super intelligent
- My best friend
- Great at making dad jokes
I had a happy childhood in sunny Southern California. I was surrounded by family, friends, and lots of pets! I raised chickens, fish, hamsters, parakeets, and dogs. I was also that happy, hyper, funny kid at school with a promising academic future. I’m excited for round two of fatherhood!
My mother raised me to have a strong moral center and commitment to family; she taught me to love deeply above all else. I grew up feeling plenty of love and knowing I was supported in whatever I wanted to do. As a father, I am doing the same. I look forward to spending time with our children reading books; listening to music; travelling to see diverse places around the world; discovering new foods; cooking together at home; exploring nature; and making memories filled with laughter and love. I cannot wait to cheer them on at every game, concert, school event, or whatever they choose to do. I look forward to hearing their laughter and giggles throughout the years.
George’s Education and Career
I am a curious person and loved school. I attended college at UCLA and then went to law school. I am now an attorney for the United States Government and love what I do. I’m fortunate to have flexibility so I can be present as a father for Asa and our future child. When our next child is born, I will take a year-long leave of absence to be fully present during that formative first year. Afterwards, I have the opportunity to maintain a flexible work schedule and can often work from home.
Jaren Says George Is...
- The most nurturing
- Extremely loyal
- A fierce advocate for people in need
- Adorably funny
- A great cook
- An amazing, thoughtful dad
Meet Asa Mai
We just celebrated the first birthday of our daughter, Asa Mai, who was born in July 2021. Jaren and George’s parents were there, plus Asa’s birth grandmother came to Alaska to celebrate! Asa is a happy, energetic, good-natured kid. She is part Filipina and part Mexican—which fits our racially-diverse and vibrant family. She loves being outside eating fruit smoothies, having story time, petting her dogs, and playing with other kids. She has a fun personality and loves to laugh. She loves to be with all of her cousins and visits them often.
Asa’s Birth Family
We stay in close contact with Asa’s birth family, including her birthparents and extended family, through video calls. We have plans to meet her Aunt, Uncles, and cousin in person soon! They are all part of our big family now!
Anchorage, Alaska is an active outdoor community year-round. We have so much fun hiking, camping, fishing, and watching the wildlife. In winter, we ski, ice skate, and sled. The views here are absolutely breathtaking. Anchorage is also very diverse, culturally rich, and friendly. It is a great place to raise a family.
Meet Our Dogs
Gunther is a super cuddly, 9-year-old pointer/beagle mix that George rescued from a shelter. He loves playing fetch and snuggling. He has the sweetest disposition and is great with kids.
Heathrow is a fluffy, confident 3-year-old Bichon/spaniel mix. He is super playful and loves to chase Gunther during fetch. He loves to go camping, roll around in fresh snow, and nap.
Meet Our Family and Friends
I am the middle child of five brothers. I have two older brothers (Tyler and Eric) and two younger brothers (Austin and Benton) who have already proven themselves as amazing uncles. They live across the country in Virginia, Colorado, and California. We visit each other often, which makes for lots of fun family trips! We now have 5 nieces!
My parents, Becky and Kenny, still live in my hometown in Colorado. They are lots of fun and LOVE being grandparents. Each summer, my mom, hosts “Grammy Camp”—a week long summer camp filled with activities, games, and outings for all of the grandkids. She prepares for it all year!
We always look forward to Christmas together as an extended family. We spend the week playing board games, doing outings, cooking, and exchanging gifts. We enjoy our family tradition of Christmas brunch with caramel-apple French toast and egg casserole.
I am the youngest of two sons. My older brother (Dwight) and my parents
(Phuong and Nguyen) live in California. I also have a large extended family. We love to spend time and take trips together. My parents are both immigrants from Vietnam. We grew up speaking Vietnamese. We learned about our Vietnamese-Chinese heritage and were raised Buddhist. As a family, we still celebrate holidays such as Lunar New Year (called “Têt”) where the adults give all the children money in red envelopes. Delicious Vietnamese cooking happens between all the aunts and uncles! Our children will get to experience this very fun time together!
One Last Thank You!
Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about us. We promise to give unconditional love to your child forever. We promise to support your child’s interests to help them follow whichever life path is fulfilling to them. We promise to give your child an exciting upbringing full of fun and cherished memories. Your child will definitely be loved and spoiled by our parents and extended family, too!
With love, George and Jaren