Robert and Karen

Married Since: 2006

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We know that happy childhoods don’t just happen by accident and we are committed to doing everything we can to make one for your child.

Robert and Karen

from California

Robert

Ancestry: Irish, English, Scottish, French

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Self-employed

Education: BS

Hobbies: Surfing, Skateboarding, Camping

Karen

Ancestry: Dutch, French

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Office Manager

Education: BS

Hobbies: Sewing, Reading, Crafting

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Robert

Animal
Cat
Family Activity
Playing Games
Food
BBQ
Hobby
Camping
Holiday
Halloween
Leisure Activity
Watching movies
Sport
Skateboarding
Thing to Cook
Enchiladas
TV Show
The Simpsons

Karen

Animal
Cat
Family Activity
Cooking
Food
Green Chile Enchiladas
Hobby
Paper crafting
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Leisure Activity
Reading
Sport
Swimming
Thing to Cook
Gumbo
TV Show
Parks & Recreation
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From Us to You

The definition of Hero is a person who is admired for their courage and noble qualities. Considering an adoption plan for your child makes you a Hero to us as it takes a considerable amount of courage and love to place a child for adoption. Should you decide that we are the ones you would like to raise your child, your child will know how courageous, loving, and noble you are and that you are the Hero of our story.

Our story began in 2001 after Rob moved from New Mexico to California. After four years of dating, he surprised me with a trip to Hawaii and a marriage proposal at sunset on the beach.

We have always known we wanted to be parents and it has been devastating to have that dream crushed time after time as we struggle with infertility and failed pregnancies. So we made the decision that adoption was going to be part of our story of becoming parents. With the love and support of family and friends, here we are hoping that you will join us in creating the story of how our family came to be.

As parents, we look forward to providing your child with unconditional love, a stable home, and a pretty mellow life filled with love. We try not to take ourselves too seriously and enjoy laughing on a daily basis. With that being said we plan to teach your child to value manners, kindness, and compassion. We will instill a belief in giving back and helping others and will support and encourage your child to be who he/she wants to be.

We look forward to watching cartoons after school homework, family camping trips, and a house full of laughter. We will make sure your child’s days are filled with skateboarding, bike riding, playing in sprinklers, listening for the ice cream truck, or whatever brings her or him joy. We want to create a life where your child can dream, whether that means going to college, becoming an artist, an astronaut, or teacher, playing professional sports, or simply working enough to live a happy life. We will be there to support and do everything we can to make those dreams come true. We wholeheartedly know that parenting will have its challenges, and we plan to face them head-on and give your child an environment that prepares him or her for life and gives him or her a strong chance for success and happiness.

We grew up in close-knit families that included grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins that lived close by. Life for your child will be no different. Weekends, vacations, and holidays filled with family and laughter are a fond memory of ours and something your child will experience. Karen’s siblings and parents live near us, and Grandma (Karen’s mom) will be on hand to help out on a daily basis. Rob’s mom lives in San Diego along with his sister and her family (2 young boys/future cousins). We live in Southern California, in a culturally diverse neighborhood where we watch children of all different ethnicities playing and growing together.

Your child will always know their story of adoption and that you loved them very much. We understand that this is a very difficult decision for you to make, and it’s a decision you make out of love for your child. Should you feel that we are the family you are looking for we are open to having an ongoing relationship with you if that is something you are considering. We extend our hands and hearts to you and offer our love and support to you to continue on this journey together.

Love,

Rob and Karen

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Our Lifestyle

Our lifestyle is deeply influenced by our families and upbringing. We are both close with our families and see them often. We both like to cook and love exploring new recipes and old family traditions. We try to focus on being grateful for what we have. Our families instilled in us the importance of helping others and whether that be small random acts of kindness, Rob running a skate league for kids to skate and make friends, or our participation in the Angel program, we all need to be looking out for each other. We also love to be creative, whether that is the crafts that Karen makes, or the ad campaigns that Rob comes up with, we love the creative process and it is something we will always encourage. We also try to stay active. That is one thing we love about Southern California; it is easy to be active when you have the ocean and the mountains nearby. Lastly, we try not to take life too seriously and love to laugh.

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About Rob

I never thought I would meet my future husband at 21, and in a club no less. Once you meet Rob you will see why I knew he was the one for me. Rob is one of the most patient, kind, gentle, and strong men I know. There is no doubt in my mind that he’s going to be an amazing Dad. Rob is a kid at heart and I know he and your child will have a lot of fun together. Rob is smart, calm under pressure, and a social chameleon. He gets along with almost everyone and people find it very easy to open up to him. He’s just really easy to be around. One of the things that crack me up is the songs he makes up on the fly or the “Rob” songs he makes by inserting his name in the place of the artist’s lyrics. For instance, instead of “who let the dogs out”, it’s “who let the Robs out” and he has done this with a million songs. You’re never quite sure what he’s going to say next…that’s probably why the past 20 years have just flown by. He always has me laughing and reminding me not to take life so seriously and to enjoy the present moment.

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About Karen

Growing up in New Mexico I always knew I wanted to move to California, learn how to surf, and meet a “California Girl.” In January of 2000, I moved here and in just over a year I met Karen, my “California Girl.” She was beautiful, easy to talk to, fun to be around, and we instantly clicked. We started spending time together almost every day, and it has been like that for almost two decades. I could not have picked a better partner in life. She is down to earth and somewhat laid back, although not as much as me. She has an unbelievably kind heart and I know she will make an amazing mother because she is always thinking of others and putting others’ wellbeing in front of her own. In her spare time, I find her doing paper crafts or sewing. It is always some project that she plans to give to someone else, like treat bags for every child in our extended family and our friends on Halloween, or the hundreds of blankets she and her mom sewed for the senior center during the holiday season. Her kindness and thoughtfulness make me look forward to the day she is a mom. I know she will instill these qualities in your child, and she will raise an amazing human being.

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How We Met

We met 20 years ago in a club of all places. Interestingly enough, neither of us were supposed to be there that night. Rob approached Karen on the dance floor and there was an immediate spark. We danced and talked all night. At the end of the night, Karen asked for Rob’s number but he insisted on getting hers instead. Needless to say, there was an instant connection between us. It felt comfortable from day one. Within a week we were hanging out almost every day and we’ve been together ever since!

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

I know our story is not unique. After years of trying on our own, including seeing a fertility doctor, it just doesn’t look like conception is part of God’s plan for us. Even so, there is no doubt in our minds that we are meant to be parents. We have the most amazing parents that have taught us what it means to love someone unconditionally. We have a very close family that is waiting for this new addition in our lives to love, support, and encourage as they grow up. Our family is not new to this adoption process. Karen has 2 cousins that were adopted and Karen’s parents were open to adoption when they experienced fertility issues of their own. We know that to love someone they do not have to share our blood.

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Our Home and Neighborhood

We live in a three-bedroom home that has an enclosed backyard with plenty of room to play. We are in a neighborhood comprised of mostly single-family homes like ours. It is an incredibly diverse neighborhood and your child will grow up with children of just about every ethnicity and background. He/she will have the advantage of exposure to almost any recreational or cultural activity he/she may have an interest in. Just about any sport, class, hobby, etc. can be found in this area. We are in a unique area of the world…The beach is 30 min away and the mountains or the dessert are only an hour or two away.

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Our Pet

We have a cat named Maximillian Collaroffski. He is a 14-year-old fluffy Maine Coon which means he has a lot of fur and is super soft! Max has been with us since he was about 6 weeks old. We got him from a friend whose cat had kittens. He is pretty laid back and spends most of his time napping in different areas of the house. He is friendly with everyone including kids and he loves to sit in laps or be near the group. He’s a very talkative cat and even likes to chime in when we are on phone calls, especially when Rob is on a work conference call! He recently got the last name Collaroffski because now that he is older he has decided he does not want to wear a collar anymore. He is an indoor cat for the most part. Once in a while, he will go out into the backyard with one of us, but he is never out for very long, and never unsupervised. So, if he refuses to wear a collar at this point, it’s not that big of a deal.

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Our Hobbies

Karen: I come from a very creative family. My mom is quite the sewer-extraordinaire and my dad is a second-generation wood artisan. I found my passion in paper crafting. Paper crafting is a broad category that includes card making and 3D projects. It brings me such joy to create something and then be able to give it to others. This year I’m focusing on making 25 small 3D projects a month to give to strangers, friends, and family for my random acts of kindness or R.A.O.K for short. I have also made cards for troops overseas to send to their loved ones at home. Most recently, I made 50 little treats for people who work at our local Sprouts grocery store as a small thank you for being there during this pandemic. It just makes my heart happy! Along with paper crafting, I also really enjoy sewing. Mostly grocery totes, makeup bags, and pj’s. I tried to make a dress once and that went horribly wrong. My Mom and I ran an Etsy store for a couple of years selling grocery bags we sewed. Also, I am an avid reader. I like to read about personal growth, motivation, and business. Lastly, I love to cook. Cooking brings back a lot of great memories of holidays with family or trying to recreate something we’ve eaten at a restaurant. My current obsession is making different barbeque sauces, but my roots bring me back to comfort food. I learned the art of making Louisiana gumbo from my Nana and mastered the skill of “stirring until you cannot stir no more, and then stirring more.”

Rob: My main hobbies are skateboarding, surfing, and watching movies. I also go to the gym a few times a week. Along with those, I really enjoy snowboarding, camping, and fishing. Recently I have been getting into barbequing and wood smoking different meals. I have been a skater since I was 10 years old, maybe even earlier. I have always been attracted to board sports so when I moved to California, surfing was a must-do. Growing up I spent a lot of time camping and in the outdoors, hiking, fishing, etc. I have always been a movie buff as well, including making my own productions, editing video, and writing. That background is a big part of how I got into the creative field I am in today.

Shared Hobbies: Our hobbies together include going on walks (usually in nature), gardening, and going to the gym together. Since we’ve gotten our BBQ smoker, Rob has become quite the pit master and Karen has really gotten into making BBQ sauces from scratch. We are always interested in learning new techniques and recipes from either classes we attend or from YouTube/Pinterest. We also watch movies, hang out with friends, and go out to eat often.

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Our Traditions

We celebrate a lot of the typical holiday traditions. We are really looking forward to trick or treating on Halloween, Christmas mornings, and Easter egg hunts. Along with the holiday traditions, most of our traditions center around time with our extended family, and FOOD. We love to barbeque, feast with the family, and play cards or some type of game. Karen’s side of the family loves a certain card game called Zioncheck which is similar to Rummy. This game has been passed down through generations of her family. With Rob’s family, it is trips to the beach with Mom and our nephews (Rob’s sister’s kids) and walks down the pier. We will usually eat breakfast and then watch the surfers, or check to see how the fishing went. We also make regular trips to Texas with Rob’s mom to work on the family land. It is a piece of land out in east TX that has been passed down through Rob’s family for 4 generations. We are growing long needle pine trees which will be sold as lumber to make furniture. It can be hard work, but it is very rewarding and fun. It is also nice to escape city life for a while and enjoy the quietness of the forest.

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Our Relationship with Our Parents

Karen: My parents live about 20 minutes away and I visit them every Saturday. Sometimes we run errands, sometimes we just sit and talk, and other times we are “getting crafty”. Food is usually involved too! And maybe that’s going out to eat or other times it’s making something at the house. I know I can always count on my dad for solid, logical advice. He doesn’t tell me what to do, he just helps me see things from all angles. My mom has always been the generous and creative one. An example would be the hundreds of masks she’s made, no joke, for anyone that needed one during this pandemic, even strangers. She never asked for a dime, she just wanted to make sure everyone who needed one, had one. My family did not have a lot of money growing up, but I never felt poor. The only exception was when I wanted all the cool clothes in junior high and high school that my parents couldn’t afford. My parents taught me that I wasn’t always going to just be given things and I had to work for them. I bought my first car with babysitting money in high school and I was able to buy the clothes I wanted. My family always focused on being grateful for what we did have. They are just as excited as we are in deciding to adopt! The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” comes to mind and your baby will definitely be the center of attention.

Rob: My father passed away 21 years ago, but my mom and sister’s family live about an hour away in San Diego. We’ll get together for family dinners or hang out with our nephews who are 5 and 7. When we don’t get to visit in person, we get on Google Hangouts to get some face time. We make it a point to hang out together at least once a month, if not more. In addition to that, I go down to spend time with just my mom a couple of times a month. We also take trips out to Texas together (most of the time, just my mom and I) to work on our family land. This always includes visiting with aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. My mom and I usually make 2-4 trips per year to Texas. Both of our families are pretty laid back and we love each other. For the most part, we even enjoy each other’s company (haha!).

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Our Vacations and Leisure Time

Vacations are a pretty important part of life for us. We try to take at least one vacation each year. We tend to take trips where we spend a lot of time outdoors. Whether that be hiking in a National Park or laying on a beach somewhere, we find it important to unplug, relax, and get back to nature. Along with that, one of our favorite things to do on vacation is visit new restaurants to try dishes that are local favorites. We enjoy vacations with our extended families, but also go on vacations for just the two of us. It helps us reconnect and strengthen our bond.

Over the past few years, it has become a tradition for us to go on a road trip to explore somewhere new with Karen’s siblings. A few years ago, we went to New Mexico to explore the Rocky Mountains and see where Rob grew up. Karen and her sister took a road trip to The Grand Canyon, Utah, Wyoming (Yellowstone National Park), and Idaho a couple of years ago. Last year we, along with Karen’s brother and sister, took a trip around California, starting with Yosemite National Park, then Lake Tahoe, over to Santa Cruz, and then down the coast. We truly value that time away to spend with family and reset, taking a break from our day to day life. On top of enjoying time away, we end up with inside jokes and memories that will last forever.

Along with one long vacation per year, we also try to spend a lot of time with our respective families. This usually includes going down to San Diego to see Rob’s Mom, as well as his sister’s family (your child’s future cousins). Time spent with Karen’s side of the family involves delicious family dinners. As far as leisure time, we generally try to spend it outdoors. We both enjoy going for walks, visiting the beach, and going to see movies.

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Cultural Diversity

People are people. It sounds cliché, but we truly believe we were all meant to love each other and live in harmony together. Karen’s grandparents are from Louisiana and both came from bi-racial Creole backgrounds. Rob’s mom grew up in Louisiana and was involved in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, going into disenfranchised neighborhoods in the evenings and signing people up to vote. Rob has been a diehard skateboarder since he was 10 years old. Many people don’t realize that skateboarding is made up of one of the most culturally diverse groups in the world. If you skate, you skate. Ethnicity plays no part in acceptance. Our lifelong friends are people that we love and they come from all walks of life including Caucasian, African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latina, gay, Muslim, etc. We look forward to raising a child to respect and want to learn about every culture, especially their own. We will encourage them to have friends of all ethnicities and backgrounds because we are all equal and deserve to be respected and loved.

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What We Will Share with Your Child

We can only imagine what it will be like to be looking down at the precious miracle you have given us. Even thinking about it, we get a little teary-eyed. The gratitude is not going to be able to be contained. We plan to be open and honest with your child about you. About how much you love him/her and how you want the very best. We will constantly remind your child what a selfless, strong, and caring person you are, and how in our story, you are the hero. If you would like, we can have a friendship and get to know each other as only people that share something so incredibly personal can. For the rest of your child’s life, he/she will know that none of this would be possible without you, and if you want, we would like him/her to know you.

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Our Promise to You

Ultimately, we want to be in this together. We would love to be as much a part of the birth and lead up to the birth, as you are comfortable with. We promise to be there for you however we can. We are very much in favor of an open adoption. We will constantly tell your story to our child. We will look to you to decide the closeness of this relationship. Whatever you are comfortable with, we will be comfortable with.

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