Gloria & Efrain
Race of child interested in adopting:No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting:Girl
We are Efrain, Gloria and our 12-year-old son, Edward. We have built a wonderful life together and have been blessed in many ways. The greatest blessing is our son, Edward. He makes us laugh, cry, and act like kids again. We love spending time together as a family. We know the meaning of unconditional love, as we were blessed to have twin boys 12 years ago. When our twins were two, we experienced a great tragedy when our baby boy Ethan passed away. Since 2013, we have struggled with infertility. We immediately decided that adoption was the right path for us. At the very beginning, the thought of adopting was an exciting idea. Little did we know how difficult it really is….for us and for you. We have learned a great deal as we have been preparing for this little life to enter the world and join our family. More than ever, we have a great deal of respect for you and other birth parents that sacrifice so much so that their children can have what they cannot provide.
We promise to provide a loving and supportive family to your child. We will keep our promise in respecting the level of openness you would like to have with your child. We promise to speak to your child about their adoption. Most importantly, we promise to love, cherish, respect and honor your child each and every day. All of us are extremely excited and eager to have a baby in our arms!
Our house is welcoming and comfortable with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and a big size backyard with a gated swimming pool. We are in walking distance of two parks and two elementary schools. Our neighborhood is very quiet and peaceful. We have wonderful neighbors who look out for one another. We are also near a library, the Zoo, museums and the shopping mall.
Our Extended Family
We are very close knit with our extended family. We enjoy family gatherings and we get together as often as we can. We try to never miss important events. When we do get together, it's always a great time. We have learned to cherish our time together. No matter what, we can count on family to be there for us at the drop of a hat.
Efrain’s parents were married for 26 years, unfortunately his mother passed away a little over 12 years ago and his father never remarried. They had Efrain, his twin bothers and his youngest brother. One of the twins recently married and has one child. Efrain’s youngest brother has been married for 6 years and has three children. Gloria’s parents were married for about 9 years, unfortunately her father passed away very young when Gloria was only three years old. Gloria’s mother never remarried and passed away 9 years ago. They had three children and Gloria was the youngest. Gloria’s father was previously married and had one daughter, but adopted two girls with his first wife. Gloria’s oldest brother is married and has 5 children. Her other brother is married and has 4 children.
Our Family Traditions
Our favorite family traditions are celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas. Gloria loves to cook for the family and have them over for Thanksgiving dinner. The most important part of this day for us is to be able to have most of our family together and give them thanks for being there for us during the toughest times. We love Christmas because we celebrate Jesus and his birth. Every year Gloria bakes a cake and has the kids sing, “Happy Birthday, Jesus”. We love to see the joy in the kids’ faces when it’s time to open up their gifts. We leave out milk and cookies for Santa and reindeer food for the reindeers. Once our son is off to sleep we make a trail of presents throughout the house, empty Santa’s glass of milk and leave cookie crumbs on Santa’s plate. Our son would find all of the cookies eaten up and a letter from Santa saying, “Thank you for the reindeer food and cookies”.
What Led Us To Adoption
We have talked casually about adoption for many years, but never seriously considered it until one day when Gloria was at work. Gloria felt a tug in her heart when a new project was opening up at work, “Foster Care”. Gloria felt this tug as if she should apply for a new position in that department. Gloria applied for the position, but didn’t get it. Then Gloria would hear announcements about families who adopted. There was that tug in her heart again. At that point, Gloria knew she wanted more children and what would be best was having their son grow up with a sibling.
We began the process of trying to have another child. Unfortunately, Gloria had some health issues that made it impossible for her to have any more children. Upon learning the news, she decided that was the reason her heart was feeling a tug! It was clear that adoption was the path they were to follow. That was nearly eight years ago. At the very beginning, the thought of adopting was an exciting idea. Little did we know how difficult it really is….for us and for you. As we mentioned we have learned a great deal as we have been preparing for this little life to enter the world and join our family. More than ever we have a great respect for you, and other birth parents that sacrifice so much for their children.