We are both California Natives. Elke is from Southern California. Malcolm is from the Sierra foothills.
We both work in Education. Elke as a tutor. Malcolm as an Instructional Aide.
Elke can remember EVERYTHING. Malcolm can remember FOOD.
We have several...the boardwalk, the beach, and the pier.
Elke enjoys scrap booking & organizing photos. Malcolm enjoys making things out of wood.
Hello & thank you for reading about us. We are Elke & Malcolm, a happily married couple from Gilroy, CA, which is halfway between the Silicon Valley & the Pacific Ocean. We both work as educators, and as such, Elke will be a part time stay at home mom & Malcolm has a traditional school schedule with weekends, holidays & most of the summer off. Our hope is that by reading our profile, you will come to learn a little bit about us. We realize that open adoption can mean many different things to many different people & we welcome the opportunity to explore open adoption with you.
Elke is the most caring, considerate person I know. She always puts the needs of someone else before herself. She comes off as a shy person, at first, but once you get to know her, she opens up & will become the best person that you have ever known, which is why Elke has so many friends that she has known for many, many years.
Elke works part time as a one to one tutor with students in the areas of reading, math, social studies, science & special education, which works well with her caring & nurturing side of herself. She is able to work with students either during the school day or after school. The flexibility with her schedule makes it an ideal situation for raising a child because she can work when she wants to.
Elke is very family oriented & is very close with her own family. She communicates with them on a daily basis, sometimes 2-3 times a day, especially during baseball season. Elke loves to bake, especially around the holiday time. She sets aside one weekend in November every year, where she does all of the baking for the holidays. She would love to share her love of baking with a child, even some of her family recipes, which have been passed down from her grandmother.
Malcolm is funny, nurturing, outgoing, & always has a positive outlook on life. He always has a smile on his face, which is contagious & makes people laugh & smile when they are around him. With his outgoing personality, he isn’t shy about meeting new people or being in a crowd of people. Like me, he puts the needs of other people before himself.
Malcolm works as an instructional assistant for students who are in Special Education, which also works well with the nurturing side of himself. Malcolm loves his job. He loves just being around these students & giving them a smile & the help they need every day
Malcolm is very family oriented, spending time with & seeing his parents at least once a month. He enjoys working with a piece of wood & creating wood projects. Malcolm would love to teach our child to love the great outdoors. He would love to teach our child how to swim, ride a bike, kayak, fish, & enjoy the outdoors. He would also teach our child how to do home projects both inside & out. Having our child involved in social activities, such as Boy / Girl Scouts or little league is very important to Malcolm, so our child can form bonds & friendships with children of their own age.
Our love story began very traditionally – we met online on eHarmony.com. At first, I wasn’t so sure about responding to Malcolm’s request to the questions he had asked me. I went ahead & responded to his first level of communication & he responded to mine. Within 2 weeks, we had reached the 4th level of communication & we were communicating 2-3 times a day. A month after our 1st contact, we spoke on the phone for the 1st time. It was then, that I knew there was something special about him. We had our 1st date 2 weeks later & without knowing what the other person was going to do, I brought Malcolm a box of cookies & Malcolm brought me some fudge. Two months after we met, we were discussing getting married. We got engaged after knowing each other for only 6 months. Malcolm designed my engagement ring to be in the shape of Cinderella’s carriage, one of my favorite Disney movies. We got married 1 year later & have been happily married since 2009. Our love story has begun….
Like every love story, ours is no different, we have had our ups & downs. After years of unsuccessfully trying to have a baby on our own, we are looking forward to completing our family through adoption.
Oldest sibling of 2 girls.
Loves to watch baseball on TV & also in a ball park – Chicago Cubs & Angels fan.
Fluent in American Sign Language – also knows a little bit of Spanish & a little bit of Hebrew.
Loves to make digital scrap books – makes one every year we have been married.
Loves to make cards for special occasions for family / friends’ birthdays, weddings, births, adoptions, etc.
Can remember EVERYTHING – dates, events, what happened at the event, etc.
Loves to bake – loves to bake many of her family recipes, but also enjoys trying out new recipes.
Huge extended family.
Youngest sibling of 2 boys.
Loves to work with a piece of wood – either burning it or carving in it.
A former boy scout.
Loves to watch baseball on TV & also in a ball park – Oakland A’s fan.
Can remember FOOD – when we attend an event, Malcolm can remember what was served there, what he ate, what I ate, but he will not remember the date of the event, that will be my job to remember the date of the event!
Loves to cook – makes many of our home cooked dinners.
We live in Gilroy, California – the Garlic Capital of the World. We live in a quiet, kid friendly neighborhood in Gilroy. We are within walking distance to the park, restaurants, shopping, and the library. We are fortunate to live in an area with terrific schools, where it is safe to ride your bike, take long walks and just raise a family. Elke works part time. Her job is very flexible so she will be home with the baby during the school day, while Malcolm is at work, then when he gets home, she will go to work for a couple of hours. So there will always be one of us at home to watch over the baby full time.
Our home is very warm and comfortable with lots and lots of family pictures on the walls, however there is still room to put some more with our child. We enjoy decorating our home to go with the different seasons / holidays. The outside of our home has a child area to play in, as well as, an area for growing our own fruits and vegetables. We are looking forward to sharing many indoor / outdoor activities with our child.
We believe in family dinners. We always have dinner together every evening. During our family dinners, we discuss how our day went.
There is so much that we would love to tell you about us, but most importantly is that we have more than enough love for your baby. We want you to know that words cannot express how very grateful we are that you are considering our family. We know that we can provide a child everything they need and we can’t wait to welcome this new person into our family and help guide and support them as they grow into the person they were meant to be.
We have had the opportunity to see open adoptions happen firsthand because we have many friends / family members who have been adopted or who have adopted children themselves. We have seen our family / friends connect with their birth families. Each situation is different, but being open is the key. We feel that being honest and loving with any child is paramount. We will embrace the situation that works best for all of us. Our adopted child, in our home, will be loved and will always be an important, integral part of our family.
We’d love to learn more about your hopes for your child, so if you’d also like to learn more about us too, please feel free to contact us through Adoption Connection.