Greg and Gretchen

Married Since: 2010

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We are true and genuine, open, honest and live by our word! We will never make a promise we can not fulfill. We will love you, we will love your child and we will truly honor you, your heritage and family.

Greg and Gretchen

from California

Greg

Ancestry: French

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Law Enforcement

Education: AA

Hobbies: Reading, Golf

Gretchen

Ancestry: German, English

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Executive Chef

Education: AOC

Hobbies: Gardening, Cooking

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: African American / Asian, African American / Caucasian, African American / Hispanic, Asian, Caucasian / Asian, Asian / Hispanic, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Indian, Caucasian / Middle Eastern, Caucasian / Native American, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Hispanic / Middle Eastern, Hispanic / Native American, Hispanic / Pacific Islander, Indian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, Native American Indian

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

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From Us to You

Hello,

It’s so nice to meet you, First of all, let us say thank you for taking the time to get to know our family. More importantly, thank you for being incredibly courageous on this journey through your pregnancy and the decisions you are considering making. We understand that this might be a very difficult time in your life. It would not be fair for us to say we understand what you are feeling at this time, but we do understand what it is like to be scared, feel pain and sorrow.

Our names are Greg and Gretchen. We have not met yet, but already we truly admire you and hope you are going to be a special person in our lives for a very long time, should you decide to pursue adoption with us. The strength you are showing right now speaks volumes of the kind and loving person you are. We want you to know our hearts are ready to love you and your precious baby if you choose to walk the path of adoption. We hope you have the love and support you need as you make a decision for your little one. Our prayer is that you know that you are loved, not only by us, but by God. We pray you find peace in whatever decision you make and find comfort. We hope to show you our love and dedication to one another and a glimpse into our lives.

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About Us

Greg about Gretchen: I am constantly in awe of how much Gretchen can accomplish. Besides being a very successful businesswoman and chef, she is an amazing homemaker, mother, wife and friend. She is the glue that keeps our family happy, healthy, loved and obviously WELL FED! The love she showers upon Harrison is inspiring. Gretchen makes everyone around her feel welcomed and loved. Her personality and smile will capture those around her and I have noticed that people are just drawn to her! She has created an amazing home for our family and I couldn’t be more thankful to call her my wife.

Gretchen about Greg: I admire Greg so much. As I write this, I can’t help but smile! He is funny, kind, loving and is always making sure our little family is safe and happy. He is very level headed and thinks everything through. I guess that’s what makes him so good at his job. Being a detective with the local police department, he loves working with the school children and helping them find positive influences and paths. Greg loves sports and reading. He is often out with Harrison playing football, catch, practicing his swing or shooting some hoops in the front yard. He is the assistant coach of Harrison’s team and is so great with all the kids.

Harrison: We have an amazing son named Harrison. He was born in January of 2013, a week late but he was so worth the wait. Harrison is currently in the 1st grade and loves math and playing soccer with his friends at lunch. He also enjoys playing little league baseball, legos, and riding his mini motorcycle. Harrison has a big personality, but some of our favorite qualities are how loving, gentle and kind he is with others. During any down time, he loves cuddling and reading books. Harrison is so excited that we have chosen to pursue adoption. He shares that he is most excited to teach a sibling everything he knows and to have a built in friend to play with! He is ready to hold the “big brother” status with care!

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How We Met

We met back in 2004. I, Gretchen, recall the day we met like it was yesterday. I was at a new restaurant doing a working interview, cooking away in a new kitchen trying to find my way around when I suddenly needed an ingredient I could not find. That was the exact moment that Greg, the catering manager, walked into the kitchen to say hello and save the day. He was able to find what I needed to finish the dish I was preparing! Everything worked out, and I was offered the job to be the executive chef. That day turned out to be the beginning of an amazing relationship. We both really enjoyed talking about food and trying new restaurants. I introduced Greg to dishes like uni and risotto. For the next six years, we dated and created an amazing foundation built on love and trust. During those years, we have had the chance to visit Beijing, China together. We climbed the Great Wall of China, visited the night market where we sampled some amazing food and really learned to work together as a team. Greg introduced me to the music of Garth Brooks, which we have such a good time listening to together. We were married in 2010 in a small ceremony at our favorite restaurant, we ate amazing food surrounded by our closest family and friends. Our marriage is strong and built on love, commitment, trust and honesty. We love spending time together and doing things as a family. Some of our favorite adventures are visiting the tide pools in Laguna Beach, golfing, playing in the pool at Palm springs and always finding new and different restaurants to eat at.

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Why We Want To Adopt

Adoption has been on our hearts and minds for some time. After we had our biological son, Harrison, we really desired to expand our family. Through many years of trying to become pregnant, we were unsuccessful. We saw doctors and specialists that could not explain why we could not get pregnant with a second child. Adoption is something that I, Gretchen, have always been comfortable with. My cousin, Kory, is adopted.

Adoption was always something that was part of my life and family. We are grateful to have people surrounding us who are a support system and have encouraged us through this process. We have learned a lot and are always absorbing new information on how to walk the adoption journey well.

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Our Pup

We have one very spoiled English Bulldog named Poppy. She is a big 60 lb love bug. We got her when she was a tiny 8 week old puppy and from day one, she had us wrapped around her little paw. Poppy loves rides in the car, short walks and chasing cars. She is great with kids and Poppy likes people better THAN dogs; she loves attention. Every year on Poppy’s birthday ,she gets her McDonalds Happy Meal, which she would eat in one bite if Greg didn’t hand feed her. We also have 3 gold fish that live in Harrison’s room. Bob, Lisa and Kobe.

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Our Home & Families

Our Home: We live in a very safe and diverse neighborhood filled with children and young families. We moved into our home about five years ago. It’s truly our dream home! I, Gretchen, had always wanted a single story house with a front courtyard. We were driving around one afternoon and that is exactly what we found. What we were not expecting is that it would be on a cul-de-sac with only eight other houses. It’s perfect for bike rides, baseball and playing with the other neighborhood kids. Before we moved in, we were able to renovate the kitchen and bathrooms. We have four nice sized bedrooms. Harrison’s room and the nursery are right next to each other. We have a nursery set up but we are waiting to put the final touches on until it’s time. The fourth bedroom we have set up as a playroom!

Gretchen’s Family: The example my parents set for both my sister and I are what I strive for as my family grows. My parents were married for just under 50 years, teaching me patience, love, compassion and to work hard. I have one sister, Jannette, who is a year and a half older than I am. She and her husband, Clay, have two boys. Jonah is eight and Micah is six. They live about fifteen minutes from us and we spend a lot of time together and are very close. We just completed an addition to my sister’s house that our mom moved into. It is perfect! They live on the street that we grew up on so it has made the transition for my mom very smooth. My dad passed away just over a year ago. He was the absolute best and I miss him dearly everyday. My mom, Sue, has one sister who also has two girls. We grew up very close to my cousins. We have so many great memories of Easter together, swimming, flying kites, and summers at the beach with our grandparents. Family means the world to me and I look forward to making and creating memories with my children.

Greg’s Family: I have four brothers. One full brother, Peter, who is also a police officer at the same department with me. He is married to Lauren and they have a son named Jaxson, who is four. I have two half brothers on my dad’s side. Wyatt and Cole, who are 24 and 22 and live in Oregon with my dad and step mom, Lynn. My other half brother is Matt on my mom’s side. He is 24 and lives a few miles from us. My dad and Lynn live in Oregon and we are very close. We see each other 4 or 5 times a year. We love visiting Oregon in the winter to sled and play in the snow and in summer we love tubing down the river and hiking the beautiful trails. My mom passed away 9 years ago. She would have loved being a grandma. We spend the most time with my brother Peter and his family, they live very close to us. They recently purchased a home with an amazing pool with a slide and rock waterfall. Harrison and Jaxson love playing and swimming, then eating a great BBQ lunch in the sun.

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Our Traditions

As a family, we really enjoy Christmas time. From Thanksgiving through New year is the best! We love cuddling up and watching Christmas movies every night. Decorating is a big deal as well. I take care of the inside and Greg and Harrison decorate the outside. Every year, we go down to the center of our city and take in all the Christmas displays. We also love to bake cookies and decorate them on Christmas Eve with family and cousins. For birthdays, the birthday person gets to pick a restaurant to eat at. Harrison always picks Korean BBQ where we get to cook meat at the table and Greg loves a tapas place where we all get to share small plates. My pick last year was a french bistro that we also really enjoy. A new tradition we love is the tooth fairy; Harrison has lost four teeth so far. He writes a note and then the tooth fairy leaves glitter and a $2 bill in return. We love finding new and fun ways to make our family traditions unique.

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Our Promise To You

If you choose to pursue adoption, our promise to you is that your child will live in a safe and peaceful home, surrounded by love. We have created an environment where kids can be kids, be messy, make mistakes and always know that they are loved and cherished. We will always say “I love you.” Harrison says, “I love you more” and we respond in silly ways like, “I love you the mostest!” Showing love and affection is so important to keeping a strong family bond. Your child will be provided opportunities, exciting experiences and education that will encourage them to do what they love. Whether that may be college or a trade school, we will encourage and embrace their decisions. Being open from the beginning regarding adoption is what we desire. I have a great role model in my life, my Aunt Tarry, that practiced this same mentality while raising my cousin. She has been such an amazing support through this process and I know she will be there to support me always! We have collected many books focused on adoption like, Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born and God found us you. We love reading these now to Harrison and can’t wait to enjoy them with a new little one as well. We feel talking about adoption from the beginning will help your child adapt and flourish as they navigate this part of their story. You are, and always will be such an important person in our life. We promise to always speak of you in the highest regard. We would love to form a deep and strong relationship with you, if that is what you choose. We desire to learn about you and your heritage, favorite recipes, and holiday traditions so we can include those in our lives. It is something we would like to fold into our family so your little one will know about you and where they come from. We hope we get the opportunity to get to know you soon!

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