We hope our profile gives you a feeling of who we are and the love that we share for each other, our son Ian, and our community of family and friends. We would love to grow our family through adoption, giving us opportunities to share our lives and experiences discovering the world with another child. Thank you for considering us in your search! We want you to know that we will love your child unconditionally, teach them about who they are and where they come from, and give them the best life we possibly can.
Hello and Thank you!
We met in San Diego California, and grew to know each other during one of many outdoor dinners with neighbors organized by Susan. By our second date, people were asking how long we’d been married - the chemistry just clicked, and we were engaged a year later.
We share a passion for cooking and travel that has enriched the life we’ve built together. We return from our trips inspired to explore new recipes (French pastries! Cochinita Pibil or Paella on Sunday!).
We love to discover the ways our other hobbies like woodworking and gardening can support each other. This Spring, Susan and Ian started 10 types of vegetables from seed in redwood garden boxes that Brian built, andthe garden did so well that we were able to help our friends and neighbors kickstart their gardens with our extra seedlings.
Hobbies and Interests
As a couple, we continue to learn how to share our world together and recognize each other’s strengths. Brian says “It’s important to keep trying”, as a way of reminding us that our first attempts at new things are not always going to be an immediate success. We have applied this to things such as Brian’s recent attempts at learning guitar, Susan’s garment sewing, and Ian’s skateboarding. We hope to share this attitude with all of our children.
Traditions We Enjoy
- Making each other’s birthday cakes
- Celebrating the beginning and ending of the school year with ice cream
- Decorating our bikes with strings of lights for night time tours of Christmas decorations
- Wearing our family Halloween costumes on outings during the week of Halloween
- Building Ian’s birthday party piñata
Meet Susan, By Brian
Susan makes things happen - whether it’s an amazing Easter egg hunt for a big group of five year olds or a wonderful trip or just the day-to-day things that bring joy into our lives. She is the person you can rely on to have thought things through and make things happen. Lots of people talk about taking a trip or sewing family Halloween costumes, but Susan is the one who follows through on all the details. She approaches every challenge as an opportunity to learn and to excel.
One of the joys of the last few years has been seeing her apply that same approach to parenthood, and seeing how many amazing and creative experiences we’ve had as a family that started off as not much more than “maybe we should think about …?” Before becoming a Stay At Home Mom, Susan worked as a wildlife biologist and geographer. Susan has a passion for nature, and looks for something new to spot every day. Her experiences with teaching others about science have come in handy with our recent adventures in homeschooling!
Meet Brian, By Susan
Brian is the thoughtful person you want as part of your team; he will always show up and have ideas to share. He is a natural teacher.
He does everything he can to make sure that the people in his life are happy and feel supported. Brian is thoughtful and kind. He loves to entertain, and we frequently have friends at our house. Brian has a kind sense of humor. He will laugh at any joke told by a child, no matter how silly it is. He’s a great dad, I feel lucky to share my life with him.
Brian began woodworking around the time we met, and has such a knack for it. He quickly moved from creating toy vehicles and holiday ornaments to building Ian’s bedroom furniture. This summer, Brian began working more with hand tools so he can share this hobby with Ian.
Brian is Director of Product Marketing for an information technology security company. Brian has the flexibility to work from home, giving him opportunities to check in during the day, share lunchtime with the family, and participate in Ian’s school activities.
List of Favorites
Favorite Childhood Activity
Favorite Can’t Live Without
Susan: Red lipstick
Brian: A well-equipped kitchen
Susan: Bats and Dinosaurs
Favorite Children’s Book
Susan: The Jungle Book
Brian: The City Boy (Herman Wouk)
Favorite Children's Show
Susan: Voltron (the one with the lions)
Brian: Looney Tunes
Susan: Scavenger hunts
Brian: Trivial Pursuit
Our Home and Community
We live in an ethnically diverse neighborhood with many young families and active grandparents willing to share advice and lemons from their gardens.
Our neighborhood park is the center of many of our social activities. We host birthday parties there, an annual Spring egg hunt, and we attend weekly summer afternoon concerts. Our picnic basket gets a lot of use!
The best feature of our home is the living and dining rooms that face the street and front garden. It is where we play, read, and learn about the world! We shifted to homeschooling in 2020 and believe that all cultures and corners of the world are worthy of our curiosity.
With our flexible learning schedule, we go on hikes near our home, drive to beaches on the coast, and join friends for soccer games. Our backyard has a large play structure. We often “do school” while sitting in the second-story fort!
He cares deeply about his friends, and regularly meets them for soccer at the park or bike rides. They spend hours playing outside. You can always count on him to know how others around him feel.
Ian fills his quiet time reading or making things out of materials found around the house. When Ian was younger, he would spend his mornings in pajamas reading comic books. Now he draws and writes his own, taking inspiration from Marvel, Ninjago, and Star Wars. He is excited for the chance to read his favorite hero stories to a new sibling, or just advise on the best way to build a couch fort.
● Grew up in Texas with his mom, dad, and two brothers.
● Brian’s parents were married for 53 years, until his father passed away in 2017.
● Brian’s mother’s favorite holiday is Christmas. Several babies and toddlers crumpled wrapping paper at our last celebration. She cannot wait to have another grandchild join the fun!
● Has a small, but close-knit family.
● She is an only child who was raised by her mother in a small, farming community on the Central Coast of California.
● Susan’s mom is retired and has had the time to be spontaneous in her adventures with us. We will meet for lunch in Santa Cruz for pastries and beach time.
Our amazing friends are like family to us, not just in the Bay Area but in places like Houston, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Our families are growing; we share stories and have an amazing support network.
Things That Make Us Happy
- My son's laughter
- Cooking a fine meal
- Learning something new
- Camping in the woods
- Good cup of coffee
- Seeing family smile
- Blooming wildflowers
- Afternoon at the beach
- Listening to songbirds
- Freshly baked cookie
Ivan and Jasper want to be where their people are. They are gentle and patient dogs that are used to having small children in our home.
Teaching our children to be kind, loving human beings is our top priority as parents. We try to model the behavior that we want them to learn through conversation and empathy. We value education, building community, family, cooking for others, and spending lots of time outdoors. We want to encourage curiosity and exploration. Children should discover things at their own pace and be given safe opportunities to make mistakes. Discovering the world should be a fun and rewarding experience.
- To give Your child unconditional love and support
- To teach them empathy and kindness
- To guide them to become a good citizen in our community
- To help them develop the confidence to try new things
- To recognize their heritage and celebrate their culture and traditions
- To make sure they know their adoption story
Thank You for Reading Our Profile! We hope that we have shown you that there is a place for your child in our home and in our hearts. We admire your courage and strength that led you to choosing adoption. We respect your loving decision. We look forward to taking the next steps together.