We have been to 18 different National Parks together!
Hiking, Being Outdoors, Spending time with friends/family
"The Office" and "Parks and Recreation"
Jason: Mom's themed Christmas dinner
Hi! We have dreamed of being parents for so long and are excited to start our family through open adoption. We hope this will give you a chance to see how important family is to us and how much love we have to give to a child. We are honored to be considered as an adoptive family for your child and admire the courage involved in making this decision. We look forward to meeting you!
We have been together since 2011 and married since 2013. In 2013 we purchased a house located on a small court in a quiet residential neighborhood in Martinez, CA. Less than a mile away, there is an elementary school along with a large park that has a huge grassy area and play structures.
We love hiking and outdoors activities and feel fortunate that where we live has many beautiful hiking trails to explore on the weekend and that the United States is filled with National Parks to hike through on vacation. Our house is decorated with scenic photos that remind of us of our favorite trips. We can’t wait to fill up the rest of our walls with more pictures of trips and adventures we take with our child.
On the weekends we also love spending time with friends and family, whether it’s visiting Lauren’s mom in Novato or having a bbq with Jason’s family and swimming with his nieces. We also have very close friends (cousins to Lauren) that have two young children, and we often hang out with them – in our home, on a hike, at our nearby park picnicking. In the evenings we can be found relaxing on the couch watching a TV show or a Warriors game!
I work in San Ramon, CA as a Clinical Data Manager working with Clinical Research Trials. I have been at my current job for the past 8 years and feel very lucky to have a job that I enjoy going to every day. It also allows me flexible working hours and some work at home capabilities which will be so helpful when we have a child.
I have always been interested in math and science from a young age, and one of the things I like about my job is that I am always working with different kinds of medical research and learning new things.
Also from a young age, I have always had a love of sports. I grew up very athletic and sports were always a big part of my life and brought me a lot of joy, especially soccer. I hope to pass down my love of sports and physical activity to our child.
I know I will have so much fun helping our child with homework, working on science fair projects, and learning about whatever topics spark their interest. I can’t wait to watch our child participate in activities they show an interest in and are passionate about.
Lauren has many great attributes, but the one that stands out is her loving and caring nature. My entire family and all my friends loved Lauren instantly upon meeting her. Children seem to be drawn to Lauren. One of my best friends has a little boy who called Lauren his girlfriend since the first time he met her and still adores her to this day. My two nieces love when we come visit so Auntie Lauren can play games and read books to them, or go swimming in my parent’s pool. I can’t wait until we have a child so Lauren can teach him or her how to kick a soccer ball, ride a bicycle, and read books to him or her. Lauren is going to be an amazing mother and I long for the day when she can share all of her amazing gifts with our child.
For the past 15 years I have worked as a Cardiac Rehab Exercise Specialist for John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek and Brentwood. The job is very rewarding since I get to help patients with their exercise rehab programs after life changing heart events. I get to work with amazing coworkers and the patients we help all have great stories and life experiences to share.
As a child I always went on lots of camping vacations with my family in Yosemite and McCloud. The first trip that Lauren and I went on when we started dating was a camping trip in McCloud up near Shasta. I was so excited to share this with her since it was a place that brings me so many happy memories from my childhood. I can’t wait to take our child on camping trips and outdoor adventures like I went on with my parents when I was young.
One of my favorite things about Jason is how great he is with children. He was born to be a dad, that’s for sure. He loves spending time with his nieces and they all adore their Uncle Jason. Whenever we are hanging out with my cousin’s kids or our friends’ kids, the kids all glom onto Jason, especially at the park where he likes to play the role of ‘chaser’ in any game of tag. Seeing the kids giggle and try to outrun Jason makes me smile and is so fun to watch. Jason loves to bake, and one of my fondest memories was watching him bake his famous Snickerdoodles with his nieces, them standing on little stools next to him and helping measure and pour ingredients. He will be such a great dad and will be so active with our child. I know he can’t wait to teach him or her to ride a bike, shoot a basketball and teach them to swim in grandma’s and grandpa’s pool.
We are so happy to live near both of our families. Jason’s family is all in Livermore, CA and Lauren’s family is in Novato, CA. Because of this, we are able to spend time with both families around the holidays.
Jason’s mom has a tradition at Christmas where Christmas dinner has a different theme each year. She will pick a theme and research the foods of that area and the meal will include different dishes from that area. This tradition has been going on for over a decade and different themes have included French, Italian, German, Cuban, Greek, Swedish, Czech, and Cajun.
Every year regardless of the theme, his mom always makes tons of Christmas cookies. We have started making Jason’s family’s traditional cookies when we get together with Lauren’s family, and Lauren’s parents and relatives now request “Jason’s cookies” each year.
We so look forward to our child being able to play with their cousins and experience all of the holiday traditions with family!
We can only imagine what a difficult decision this is, and we thank you for taking the time to read our letter and get to know us. We are committed to open adoption and promise that your child will always know the story of where they came from and will always feel how many people love and care about them. If you would like to learn more about us, please contact our adoption agency Adoption Connection at fa[email protected] or text/phone 415-355-4636.
Lauren and Jason