Hi, we are Greg, Suezann, and, Alexa from Hercules, California.
We are excited to expand our family once again through adoption! We are honored and very thankful to have you read our letter. We respect and admire your courage and willingness to consider adoption for your child. Thank you for considering us as potential parents for your baby. You are doing something for us that we cannot do for ourselves. The grace in that act is so beautiful!
We are not able to naturally conceive our own children, but we are incredibly grateful to be given the opportunity to adopt. Being chosen to parent Alexa through open adoption has meant the world to us! We feel that becoming parents through adoption is a very special and unique calling. We know that we can be a strong, nurturing presence in a child’s life. We would love to be able to help, guide, and support your child in becoming the person they were meant to be.
We met on Valentine’s Day in 2007 through an online dating service. Greg was living in Washington, D.C., and Suezann was living in Florida. While dating, we were able to take advantage of the areas we lived in. We enjoyed our dates to the monuments, museums and parks in D.C., as well as the beautiful beaches and natural springs in Florida. Our relationship developed quickly and we were married in May of 2008. Our love and passion for travel, movies, sports, religion and laughter brought us together and continues to strengthen our marriage.
We were both raised Christian as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). We are very active in our church and enjoy the peace and joy it brings into our lives. We believe in serving others and finding the good in everyone and every situation. When Greg was nineteen years old, he served a two-year mission in Moscow, Russia.
In 2013, we were privileged to have Alexa join our family. She has been the biggest blessing in our lives. She has brought so much love and happiness into our hearts and home and we are incredibly grateful we’ve been entrusted to raise her.
As a family, we spend as much time together as possible. Greg usually works during the day, Monday through Friday and Suezann stays home with Alexa. Some of our favorite activities include: going on walks and to parks, playing games, having dance parties, watching movies, exploring the beautiful Bay area, hanging out with our friends, and relaxing with some books. We also have an annual membership to the Oakland Zoo.
We live in a Victorian style house situated on the beautiful San Pablo Bay. Our home has three bedrooms, and a bonus room that functions as our office and play room. There are several parks within a short walk from our home as well as a beautiful walking/biking trial that follows right along the bay. Our neighborhood is safe and child friendly and is a popular trick-or-treating destination. Our community center has a huge swimming pool that Alexa loves and offers an abundance of classes like: ballet, gymnastics, and karate.
We are also fortunate to live close to San Francisco, the ocean, Redwood Parks, and many children museums.
I fully admit that I fell head over heels for Suezann from the start. I can remember being nervous because she was so beautiful, and I felt like she was out of my league. With every passing day, I realized more and more how amazing this woman really is. She is kind, honest, sincere, funny, and caring. My love for her deepens immensely as I watch her interact with Alexa—she is so nurturing and patient with her.
Suezann was born into a large family in Pocatello, Idaho. She has a close bond with her sisters and she FaceTimes with them weekly. Suezann’s mother taught her how to bake (mmm, her homemade bread), and through delivering newspapers and babysitting, she learned at a young age how to budget money. Although I never had the privilege of meeting her father (he unfortunately passed away before we met), it is clear to me that she adored him. At the age of 16, Suezann was admitted into the hospital for an appendectomy. Complications arose and she ended up having to stay for 30 days. Suezann was scared, so her mother stayed by her side practically the entire duration. This experience has left a deep impression on her heart and the desire to be equally as loving and devoted with her own children.
Suezann has a great work ethic and fully dedicates herself to everything she does. When we lived in Washington, D.C., she worked a block away from the White House as an administrative assistant for several prominent lobbyists in the oil industry. Her employers constantly praised her for her work, and they were sad to see her leave upon us moving to California.
Suezann is fun and easy to get along with. She loves game nights, is naturally athletic and is an incredible cook. She is a fantastic mother. She is kind, loving, selfless, responsible and loves unconditionally. She is my dream come true.
Greg is the happiest person I have ever met. He lives life to the fullest and is always looking for the best in everyone. His most endearing quality is his ability to love unconditionally. He never says an unkind word about anyone. I feel blessed to have him as my best friend and husband.
As soon as Alexa was born, Greg felt an instant bond with her and he has loved being a dad ever since. Being a father is the most rewarding part of his life. His favorite part of the day is when he gets to come home and play with Lexi.
Greg grew up in a large family in the beautiful state of Colorado. He is very close with his parents, four brothers, and one sister. Although they all live in Colorado we make it a priority to visit them as often as possible. Our get-togethers are always fun and consist of delicious food, games, and lots of laughter. Greg’s parents often treat us to a day at a museum, or tickets to a play or a musical. We always look forward to our time with Greg’s family.
Greg is great at setting and accomplishing goals. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and Russian studies, and a master’s degree in criminal justice, graduating with honors. He now has his dream job of working as a federal law enforcement agent and is held in very high esteem. He enjoys going to work every day and loves knowing he is making a difference in the world. His jobs have enabled him to travel around the world and have given him the training and ability to protect us and keep us safe. Because of his passion and work ethic, I am able to be there to play, teach and care for our children as a stay-at-home mom.
I feel so lucky and blessed to be married to someone who loves me unconditionally and never fails to tell me and show me this each and every day. He is an amazing father and shows Alexa the same love and support that he shows me and she totally adores him!
Alexa is her full name, but we like to call her Lexi. She is full of adventure, loves to laugh, and is pretty fearless too! Lexi likes to climb onto anything and everything and explore every nook and cranny. She typically has two modes, fast and super fast. She is an active, happy, loving little girl that has a lot of personality. She randomly sings songs throughout the day and watching movies with her is quite fun as she has to act them out. It is especially fun to watch her act out Anna from the movie Frozen. She gets in front of you and leaps backwards into you while quoting, “the sky’s awake so I’m awake so we have to play!”
She loves to play with her friends, and is great at sharing her toys. We have several playdates a week with her closest friends: Eli, Charlie, Aaron, Teo, Anne, and Blake. Her current favorite things are Legos, Play-Doh, princesses, and watching the movies Monsters Inc. or Monsters University as well as Tangled.
Lexi can be shy when first meeting someone, but quickly opens up and becomes her usual playful self. She is also a quick learner, great at memorizing, and is quite the puzzle enthusiast. Lexi really is a joy in our home. Our favorite is when she initiates family hugs. She yells “want to hug” with her arms wide open—then we all hug! She is such a sweet little love bug and we think she is going to be a fantastic big sister.
We strongly feel that an open adoption is best for everyone, especially the child. We hope that together we can teach our child about their beginnings—about where they were born and who you are. We hope that you can be there to answer their questions and by chance you are not available, we promise to answer them as truthfully and lovingly as we can. We also want you to know that we will teach respect to your child by showing respect for you in all of our discussions.
We have such a high regard for birth parents and we are happy to talk more about the future openess between us all.
We want you to know that we are open to sharing pictures, sending letters, creating a blog, visits, and just talking together to help you before and after the adoption. We promise to raise your child in a home filled with all of the love we possess and create an environment where they can blossom. We will help them learn with both their heart and mind. We hope you feel our love, support, and prayers. We are excited to get to know you and share this experience with you.
We would love to talk to you about your plans and desires.
Please contact us anytime through Adoption Connection’s Phone/Text line at 415-355-4636
Greg and SueZann