Glenn & Maurisa
Race of child interested in adopting:No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting:No Preference
Hello! Firstly, we just want to thank you for choosing to read our profile. We know you must have a lot on your mind and we can only pray you read something that touches your heart enough to allow us to get to know each other. Like many, we've tried to conceive and after unsuccessful IVF, our desire to love and cherish a few little humans is greater than ever!
For the past 10 years we have raised Maurisa's wonderful daughter, Mikayla together. Although Glenn is not her biological dad, his amazing instincts to love and provide for her regardless created a tremendous bond between them. This only intensified our desire to have more children. Perhaps this is why we may have waited this long to try for more children. Our family is now more emotionally and financially stable than ever and ready to unconditionally love a baby.
By now, I'm sure you've read about many people who just want to love a baby. Yes, we absolutley do, but we know loving a baby unconditionally is the easy part. We want the whole picture; the sleepless nights, the sickening worry when they get the sniffles, the rushing to the store because we ran out of diapers, the sometimes MESSY house. We are so ready for it all!
We are a playful, sporty family! We met as certified personal trainers at a gym and even took a couple of college courses together. We instantly bonded through mixed martial arts classes. Our first real date was going to the water slides with Mika. We both went away when we joined the U.S. Army Reserves. Throughout this time, we held on writing each other letters. The three of us moved into our first home in 2014 and we finally got married.
We have pets that we love very much. We are both active members of the crossfit gym across the street. We love to eat healthy and Alaskan caught salmon and spinach are staples in our household (Glenn and his father go on an Alaskan fishing trip every year). Mikayla is a starter on her high school basketball team and competes in track. As parents, we ensure at least one of us is at her games or meets. For fun, we frequent the trampoline place. We are so fortunate that Glenn's company affords Maurisa the ability to essentially be a stay at home mom and work 4-6 hours a week from home for his company.
We were young and didn’t have much when we first met, but 10 years later, Mikayla has blossomed into a capable, self-confident young woman. Maurisa has two college degrees and Glenn runs and co-owns a successful business. We are only longing for one thing: to love and cherish babies to add to our family!
We own a cozy home in the Bay Area. It is our first home and we really enjoy making it our own. We have an empty bedroom ready and waiting for a new addition. We live on a cul de sac in a neighborhood full of young children. There are 2 parks, an elementary and middle school within walking distance.
San Jose has a large convention center that hosts hundreds of events yearly, including tons of cultural amenities expected in a large, diverse city. Despite most of our time being spent on Mikayla and her athletics, we still enjoy knowing we can easily enjoy museums, theatre and ethnic dance events. There is always something going on! We are culturally aware because Mikayla is Hispanic-American. If we are lucky enough to be blessed with a bi-cultural baby, we live in the perfect city to explore and appreciate our baby’s heritage.
Our Extended Family
We are extremely close to Maurisa's half-brother and half-sister, Jeffrey and Shawna. Since Maurisa's upbringing was not conventional, her half-siblings became her world. Jeffrey and Glenn are the best of buds. We have get-togethers throughout the year, cooking up a storm and the boys (Glenn and Jeffrey) are inseparable.
Glenn's mom and stepdad are wonderful and have been accepting of Maurisa and Mika since day one. Glenn’s mom loves to take Mika school shopping and stays with us girls when Glenn is away for Army duty. Glenn's parents are a huge part of our future plans. Glenn’s dad’s family literally lives less than 5 miles away and we share so many family traditions with them. Glenn’s father started the very company that Glenn has recently become co-owner and now runs. Glenn and his dad go on an Alaskan fishing trip every year, since he was 13. Glenn also has a half-brother whose name is Jeffery, like Maurisa's brother. We are very close and appreciative of both Glenn's mom and dad. They will forever be a big part of our lives.
Our Family Traditions
Maurisa's Grandpa Wayne was a very influential member of the family. Even though he recently passed away, we have many fond memories of him from early on in our relationship. Before we were married, Glenn drove three hours to spend the weekends with Maurisa, Mikayla and Grandpa Wayne. These amazing weekends were to forecast the foundation of our little family’s habits. We’d loudly play movies like Jurassic Park or Pirates of the Caribbean on the big screen TV with Grandpa Wayne in his chair, Mikayla dressing Marley up in necklaces and capes, and Glenn and Maurisa cooking healthy meals. It was loud and fun and we did this every weekend!
As a family tradition, Glenn's parents take Mika to feed the hungry and pass out sleeping bags on Thanksgiving and Christmas. We’ve spent every 4th of July, since 2013, with Glenn's dad's family having a huge bar-b-que and climbing the mountain to watch the entire city’s fireworks. New Year’s Eve is even more significant as we have a home-made sushi making night together.
What Led Us To Adoption
We love our family and our life as it is now, but we deeply miss the “chaos” and noise of more than a few lives colliding, sharing space and truly witnessing little humans grow into their selves. We want to add more members into our small family that we can love, teach and watch grow.