Hi! We are Julie and Jonathan. We admire your incredible courage and selflessness and we can't begin to imagine how difficult this process must be for you. We know you’ll have a lot of great families to choose from when deciding what's best for your beautiful child. Our hearts have always longed for a child and adoption was always a part of our plan to grow our family. Then in February 2017, we were blessed to adopt Oliver (Ollie). Becoming parents has been the best experience of our lives: Since we both grew up with siblings, we knew soon after adopting him that we would want to add a precious little one to complete our family. We are very close with our siblings and we want Ollie to be able to experience the same connection with his future sibling. We thank you for considering us and invite you to learn a little more about our family.
Hello and Thank You!
Getting to Know Us, by Jonathan
We met in 2007 when we were working in the same hospital: Julie as a nurse in the pediatric unit and I as a doctor-in-training. I saw Julie in the elevator, and she caught eye. I also happened to be related to Julie’s best friend’s husband and after getting a formal introduction through them, I asked Julie out on a date. We had a cheesy night out with dinner and The Lion King musical. I was immediately drawn to Julie’s joyful and happy spirit and she always made me smile. After 2 years of dating, i knew she was THE ONE. I proposed at the Balboa Pier at sunset in front of our family and friends by singing “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles.
Because Jonathan worked as a doctor in the US military, we had the opportunity to live in a lot of different places like Hawaii, Texas, and South Korea. In each city, we had the pleasure of hosting lots of our visiting friends who stayed for weeks to months on end. Some of our best memories include hanging out with our friends and family, eating copious amounts of food, and just watching Netflix into the wee hours of morning. Since Jonathan has gotten out of the Army, we have settled down in Southern California, and have been able to put down roots to raise our family.
Meet Julie, by Jonathan
Julie is all giggles, smiles and sparkling eyes. I couldn't help but fall in love with her ever present positive energy. She has the strongest group of childhood girlfriends that she is constantly hanging out with. As the "planner" of her group, every birthday, holiday, and anniversary is made special with her attention to detail and her incredible loyalty to her friends and their kids. She has dreamt of being a mother ever since she was a little girl, and has shown what an amazing mother she is with Ollie. On her days with Ollie, she loves to treat him to all his favorites. She is so thoughtful and, more importantly, she showers us with her laughter, grins, and hugs every waking moment so that love is always felt in our home.
Facts About Julie, by Julie
- I like sweating it out in hot yoga and step aerobics.
- Baking is my REAL passion due to my famous sweet tooth!
- I am a pediatric nurse and work with kids recovering from surgery.
- I work part time so I can spend time with Ollie.
Meet Jonathan, by Julie
When I think about Jonathan, I feel very well taken care off. He is a loving and selfless man who not only makes sure I'm doing okay but also cares about everyone else's well-being and happiness. He is such a people person and loves to be surrounded by friends or family. He is also very hospitable and enjoys hosting his friends over and cooking his famous Korean barbecue. He is also one of the smartest people I know, who has earned the nickname of "Fact Man" because he always spouts off random facts such as... "Armadillos get Leprosy.” It really has been amazing to witness Jonathan being a father. All of our nieces and nephews love "Uncle Jon" because he loves spending quality time with them. He uses his free time to take them fishing or to the movies. He takes all his love, compassion, and selflessness and devotes himself to being the best father possible.
Facts About Jonathan, by Jonathan
- I am a psychiatrist.
- I always have 3 day weekends!
- I am dedicated to working with an organization that helps young poverty stricken mothers.
- I’m pretty extroverted and love to have fun.
- Trying new food and re-visiting my favorite foods with friends and family brings me tons of joy.
- I spend a lot of time outdoors fishing and doing archery.
- We love curling up on our couch binge watching entire seasons of our favorite TV shows.
- I prefer Star Trek over Star Wars and anime over Marvel comics.
Meet Big Brother, Oliver
We have been blessed by adoption when our son Ollie came into our lives at 5 days old. Ollie is 3 years old and he is the light of our lives. He is such a happy child with lots of smiles and laughter and really does bring joy to everyone around him. He can’t wait to become a big brother because he loves babies and other children. He loves giving his baby cousins kisses and hugs. We know he will be the best older brother to his future sibling and always asks “When is baby coming??”
Facts About Ollie
- He loves being outside and going to the park.
- He loves looking at airplanes in the sky and trucks that pass us on the street.
- He loves playing with toy buses, cars, and animals.
- We love going to Disneyland and the zoo!
We love to travel and whenever we do, our favorite thing is to get out and explore on bicycles (Ollie in the bike trailer)! Some of the places we've biked are NYC, Boston, Canada, and even around a volcano in Hawaii!
One of our favorite vacation spots is Lanikai Beach in Hawaii, where you can swim, snorkel and then pig out on spam and pancakes with "secret" macadamia nut sauce. This year, we brought Ollie to Lanikai and it was amazing to see him touch sand and the ocean for the first time.
Where We Live
We live in Southern California in a safe and comfortable town, only a short driving distance away from the mountains, the beach, and Los Angeles. The weather is always nice so we like spending time outdoors. We never lack for weekend BBQs, parties, and get togethers with the dozens of friends and family, so our children will grow up with the love and devoted attention of many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The People We Love
We are both close to our families. Julie is a middle child and has one older brother, Daniel, and younger brother, Mike. Jonathan is also a middle child. He has an older sister, Elena, and younger brother ,William. Both of which have 3 kids each (!) so Ollie has many cousins to play and grow up with. Our immediate and extended families are either a short drive or short flight away so we see them often to celebrate birthday parties, holidays, and other special occasions. With the love and support of our families, they made us into who we are today and we are so happy because of them. Both our families have been very supportive with the adoption of Ollie and are also excited that we are hoping to grow our family through adoption again.
Thanks for taking a brief glimpse into our lives! Should you choose us, we promise to raise your child in a home of unconditional love and support. We would set high expectations and provide them with every possible resource and support to achieve their dreams. Nothing would bring us more joy than instilling that same passion and love for others and watching our children grow up and do bigger and better things than we could ever imagine. We've had a blessed life so far and now we're ready to complete our family. Once again, thank you for your consideration.