Married Since: 2018

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

As your baby’s parents, we promise this – we will provide infinite love, support, guidance and compassion to your baby! Your baby will never want for what he or she will need to grow up to become an amazing human. Not for what we will do but for what you have done.

Donavon and Enriqueta

from California

Donavon

Ancestry: Western European

Religion: Nondenominational

Occupation: Probation Officer

Education: M.P.A.

Hobbies: Time with Family, Fishing, Bike riding, Reading, Camping, Football

Enriqueta

Ancestry: Native American, Mexican

Religion: Nondenominational

Occupation: Compliance Investigator

Education: J.D.

Hobbies: Time with family, Running, Cooking, Camping, Writing, Volunteer work

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nonpracticing

Favorites

Donavon

Animal
Manatee
Childhood Memory
Summer in Michigan
Color
Blue
Family Activity
Camping
Hobby
Grilling
Holiday
Christmas
Movie
Top Gun
Quote
"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least."
Sport
Football
Subject in School
Economics
Thing to Cook
Ribs

Enriqueta

Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
7th Birthday Party
Color
Red
Family Activity
Camping
Hobby
Running
Holiday
Christmas
Movie
The Jungle Book
Quote
"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible; the fear of failure. So I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you."
Sport
Football
Subject in School
Language Arts
Thing to Cook
Enchiladas
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

We never imagined writing this letter, and can’t imagine your experience reading it. While we don’t know you, we already feel as if we know some things about who you are! Your willingness to consider this option tells us you are brave, selfless, courageous, and compassionate. We know that whatever you decide, you will do so with great consideration, great care, great promise and even greater hope!

We would feel absolutely so fortunate to be chosen to raise your sweet baby. As your baby’s parents, we promise this – we will provide infinite love, support, guidance and compassion to your baby! Your baby will never want for what he or she will need to grow up to become an amazing human. Not just for what we hope to do, but for what you have done. We will always make sure that your baby knows love, experiences joy and laughter, and forever has their place in our hearts and our family.

Each day when we part from our children, we ask, “Where are you always?” They respond, “Heart!” This is the same place your baby will reside, not only in your heart, but always in ours, right next to you.

We don’t know that we can adequately convey the depth of our gratitude, but know that we will return the gratitude with daily acts of love and kindness bestowed upon your precious child! Your child will know that he or she was brought into this world and our lives by a brave, caring, selfless person who put her baby’s needs above all else.

A typical day in our home is nothing short of busy. We have school, little league, Karate and all sorts of activities that we participate in. We have an amazing park across the street where we often run, roller skate, play Frisbee and friendly games of badminton. That’s just in walking distance and within a few miles there are even more parks with Frisbee golf, trails and a dog park we hope to soon explore with our pup. We have a wonderful neighborhood for riding bikes and more recently, the hover boards that Santa brought the boys! We love to cook and try all kinds of food. Donavon has spent his time perfecting some of the yummiest BBQ on one of the three of his family of BBQs! We even started perfecting our own special BBQ sauce. Just recently the Pandemic has given us time to learn how to can lemons, lemon marmalade and yes, BBQ sauce. When we weren’t canning or cooking up new recipes, we took off to remote places to camp. When we are blessed to welcome your little one to our home, we plan to spend even more time enjoying camping and cook-outs with friends and family, all of whom are SO excited to welcome a new baby!

The love for your baby will know no bounds! We both come from large families and they continue to grow! Your baby will have dozens of aunts, uncles and more cousins than they can ever imagine. And then there’s our boys, Brodie and Joey. Rest assured; your baby will have two of the BEST big brothers in the whole world. Our sons are kind, funny, loving and so excited to be big brothers to a baby. Funny thing, they have been practicing holding our puppy like a baby; it’s very heart-warming! They have also been seen providing guidance  and showing great care to their younger cousins. When they have spent time with our great niece, you can hear them teaching her children’s life lessons, such as how to safely ride a scooter. The boys are natural big brothers!

Queta is the youngest of ten children and Donavon is the second oldest of five, so we know family, we love family, we honor and cherish family! We believe that it takes a village to raise a child, and we would love to bring your child into our village where they will know and experience even more love, compassion and guidance. They will be welcomed with thousands of open arms and raised by the most amazing village!!

We can never ever thank you enough. Words will never express our gratitude for this gift. And never will there be a greater gift. So simply, let us close by saying, thank you for being brave! Thank you for being selfless! Thank you for being courageous! Thank you for the  opportunity to be parents to your precious child!

Donavon & Queta

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About Queta

Queta is an amazing mother. The boys have loved her from the day they met her. She came into their lives and assumed a loving, nurturing motherly role and never skipped a beat. The boys love her silly side, where she will randomly sing out loud and tell a Mom joke at the dinner table. But they also have come to rely on her to share their fears, hurts, dreams and to heal their “owies.”

Aside from being an awesome mom, Queta is an amazing woman, and it’s difficult to capture who she truly is in words. She is one-of-a-kind. Queta is compassionate and empathetic in her approach to people and our community. She is patient and takes time to get to know the real person. She is determined and courageous. She worked hard to get to where she is today, overcoming challenges big or small. I admire Queta’s follow-through and determination to reach her goals. I also very much love Queta’s magnetic personality. She is able to draw those around her in with  humor and her outgoing personality. I always see her smiling, laughing and bringing smiles and joy to others. She is supportive and encouraging. I love how she walks with me in life and how we have experienced life events together. Queta is also very loyal and dedicated to her family and friends. I, of course, think she is nothing short of amazing and feel fortunate that we found one another.

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About Donavon

Donavon is an amazing person. He’s kind, thoughtful, loving, loyal, compassionate and tenacious. He’s an incredible husband and an -absolutely one-of-a-kind father. He always welcomes an opportunity  to spend time with the boys, i.e. being a Cub Scout leader and more recently they all joined karate. Donavon can often be overheard talking to Joey about ships, trains and Star Wars or engaging Brodie with phones, IP systems and technology. His love for the boys is infectious.  He’s even been overheard taking our great niece on a Lion hunt and singing the Shimmer and Shine theme song, and doing it even better than me! So much so that our great niece said that her Auntie Queta  does not do it right! Donavon has a big heart and a lot of love to give and I can’t wait to watch him grow with another child and share that infinite amount of love he has with a baby.

While Donavon and I found one another later, more importantly we found one another! He’s a generous soul and loves learning! You can always find Donavon reading, learning and applying his new found knowledge to everything he does in life. He actually studies all things BBQ and boy are we lucky for that. His commitment finds him up at all hours of the night smoking a brisket for a family get together.

I can’t imagine anyone else that I would rather share the joy and challenges of parenting with! Donavon has brought out the best in me and has held me up during tough times! He complements me and has made me a better person, wife, friend and mother. Each day with Donavon is a blessing. In our wedding vows I said to him, “Each day with you is my favorite day, so today is my new favorite day.” and every day since we have been married has been my “new favorite day.”

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Our Home

Our home is ready to welcome another child. Not only has our backyard served as a place to entertain and feed families some of the best BBQ, it has also been a place where the boys have learned how to roller blade/skate, ride  scooters, navigate hover boards and engage in Super Soaker water wars!! Occasionally, our pup, Cagney gets in on those. We can visualize this space for teaching a new little to walk, ride and climb and eventually participate in those water wars.

We live in a small town in Northern California. Our neighborhood has a community park where the neighborhood and our own children play. It’s not unusual to see many families enjoying the slides, basketball  court and swings on any given day. We live within 30 minutes of a city and within driving distance of the mountains and many lakes where we have recently taken out our stand up paddle boards. We have explored some of these places, but have so many more to see and can’t wait to experience those with another child.  As children, these opportunities were not always available to us, so we are committed to making as many opportunities available to our children that we did not have. So, for us that means traveling to places near and far as a family. Our home is also within walking and biking distance to shops and restaurants. We feel like we have the best of both worlds. We can drive to a minor league baseball game to root on our team, enjoy a Dawg and fireworks! Or we can drive to one of dozens of places to camp. And in all this, we live in a place with the best schools. Our community is welcoming, family friendly and diverse. We believe that the community we have chosen will provide our children and yours with lots of opportunities socially, culturally and educationally.

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Our Families

We both come from large families.  Queta is one of 10 children and Donavon is one of five. As children we weren’t financially fortunate but we were still able to make memories that lasted a lifetime. We both camped and had many other homemade adventures! We both were instilled with a hard work ethic taught to us by our parents. Queta’s indoctrination to hard work began with joining her dad at the dairy to milk cows. Donavon’s was in the woods where he worked long days laboring in the lumber business. It was  through those lessons of hard work that our  parents encouraged and supported our education!

We grew up in small, rural towns always surrounded by family. We still spend time with family, but have added our extended family, our friends! We love to host our friends and families for holidays. It is not unusual for us to make space for others at our table for another guest. In fact, because we entertain so much, we made sure our house had plenty of dining space. Now Queta has multiple tables to do up her table-scapes. Our boys have come to expect that there will always be someone else coming to dinner! Their openness to sharing our home is something that is uniquely them. Together we have merged our respective families traditions into our own. We hope to pass on a sense of family to our children and to another child that we hope to be blessed with. Our families and friends have openly supported and welcomed our adoption journey. We can honestly say that the universe has had a lot more prayers since our journey began.

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Our Sweet Pup

We have one pup, Cagney, our Belgian Malinois puppy. Cagney is a little over a year old and is as active as she was from the day we brought her home. Cagney has a curious sense about her, is incredibly smart, and very motivated by anything that looks like a ball or tastes good. She is incredibly loyal, and since we got her just before the Pandemic, she is our favorite officemate and the boys’ remote learning school mate.

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What We will Teach Your Child

We will teach our children to be responsible, kind, compassionate, loyal and resilient. We will teach them that the world and its resources are precious. We will teach them to respect themselves and one another. They will learn to be strong, determined and to stand up for their convictions. We will encourage them to ask questions and wonder! We will teach them the meaning of hard work and the importance of being present. And we will always encourage them to find joy and to leave the world just a little bit better than they found it!

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On a Typical 3-Day Weekend

We have often been inclined to hook up our tent trailer and head to one of many campsites in our area for a long weekend, even if that’s the KOA across the river. When we can’t go camping, we will organize the impromptu dinner party, BBQ or get together with family and friends. Otherwise our long weekends are an extra day for enjoying each other and just getting an extra day to relax or pay a board or card game or two. The boys have recently been teaching Queta how to play Minecraft. I think their response was, “You are terrible!” We were fortunate that COVID still allowed us to camp and to make Pandemic memories. While life may have handed us lemons, we made lemonade! We hope that our “new to us trailer” will soon have another little in it who can share in the occasional  impromptu adventure or just the occasional lazy day weekend.

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Family Traditions

We both come from large families, so traditions were aplenty. While we grew up in two different cultures, we brought from each of them and blended them to create our own. Queta’s traditions included making tamales at Christmas, large family gatherings, Easter Egg hunts and lots of TORTILLAS.  Donavon’s, on the other hand, included family game nights, Christmas Eve picnics, and camping travels across multiple states.

From these traditions, we found and made our own. A daily dinner tradition is what we call the “Rose and Thorn” talk, which is our time to ask one another what one their “rose” was from the day and what their “thorn” was. It’s the space where the only thing that matters in that day is each other. We can’t wait for that day when we get to ask your child those questions. Where we get to take time out of a busy day to share in your child’s best and not so best parts of their day and to let them know that no matter what, we are there for them!!

You can always find our home decorated for the latest holiday. You name it, Queta has a decoration for it. From the red and pink hearts that adorn the outside of the house for Valentine’s Day to clover on St. Paddy’s and bunnies for Easter. If there’s a holiday, we see that as a reason to cook!  Every year before Christmas, we go to a place to cut down our own Christmas tree. And undoubtedly we find our “perfect” tree! Afterwards, we bring the tree home, Dad trims it to fit our space and on goes the Christmas music. It’s not unusual to hear Queta and Joey singing and bopping around the tree as they hang the ornaments. Brodie, our junior electrician will make sure the lighting works, but the piece de la resistance, is the front yard. This is the family passion, or as the boys’ describe it as “extra.” We recently added another 10 foot blow up decoration to our super big polar bear; he needed a friend! Each year, we pick out another decoration that adds to our “extra” décor and each year, we return home in awe! We can’t wait to share this tradition with your child.

But of course, Christmas is not Christmas until our extended Elf family  (Athena and Percy) joins us for Elvan shenanigans. Maybe a third elf will join us? To cap off part of our Christmas tradition, we opted for socks over PJs. Every Xmas  Eve brings a new pair of Xmas socks for the family and tamales! We can already envision picking out the next pair of Christmas socks for your child and adding two tiny feet to our Xmas selfie😊.

Finally, because of our real love of cooking, we have made cooking the focal point of most of our traditions. Every year we try a new dessert, and at least one has to be some sort of pumpkin pie. This past year banana cream pie made it on the menu and looks like it’s a keeper.  And for the past few years, we added a traditional, New Year’s Eve camping trip with our friends. We love ringing in the New Year as a family and looking forward to what our new year will bring. This year it brought a “new to us” tent trailer with extra room for a new little!

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On our Last Vacation

Our last vacation was trekking across multiple states to visit friends and family. We hooked up our new-to-us trailer and road tripped. By the time we reached our destination, the kids were tired of hearing Holiday Road sung off key. We camped along the way and continued making our memories and learning the ins and out of our trailer. We all got to ride quads. The boys proclaimed, “best vacation ever!” As always, it was an adventure that we will always remember. In fact, we are planning our next. We feel fortunate to be able to have shared that experience as a family. The travel time gave us an opportunity to get to know one another even more. It was a priceless family experience and we hope to make more memories with your child.

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Our Faith

We are not active in any particular church, but we were both raised in religious families. As a result of that, we both regularly draw upon faith to help us manage times that are trying. We raise our children by the most basic religious tenets of most religions. We plan to instill those same fundamental values of faith, hope and fairness in your child.

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What We will Tell Your Child about You

We will tell your child that their mom has an incredibly generous heart, loves them unconditionally and considered their needs above her own. That she is brave, courageous and selfless. We will tell your child that while it might be difficult to understand, you gave a gift to our family that no words of gratitude could convey just how grateful we are! We hope that in you, we can create a sense of peace in your heart in deciding to select us to raise your precious baby. We hope that in this process, we can earn your trust so that you can feel that your decision was the right one for you and your baby. We welcome your desire to have a relationship with us that you are comfortable with.

We want to share the parts of your life that you would like your child to know, so they grow up with a sense of self and knowing how incredibly loved they are by so many people. We welcome your desires on how you feel best to share your history with your child, which we envision happening in a way that you are comfortable with. We want to share one of the most important aspects of your baby’s birth with them through your eyes. We also will respect any decision you make about your involvement. We can only know these things through knowing you. We hope that through careful consideration, you will come to know that our love for your child is and will be as great as yours. We hope that you will trust that while being strangers brought together by fate, we are a family created by love; the love you have for your baby and the love we will have for them.

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

We both came from blended families; while not adopted, each of us shared the experience of having significant family members in our lives be an “adoptive” parent and/or sibling. Donavon’s bonus mom came into his life when he was a toddler and Queta is a half-sister to nine (9) brothers and sisters. These blended families just simply became “family.” So, when we decided to pursue adoption, we recalled how these life experiences for us, created family. Family simply became family, despite last names, titles or appearances. Family is, after all, the people who love us and those we love. So, when the time came to discuss expanding our family, we did not hesitate to pursue adoption. We felt it was important to include the boys in these discussions and without skipping a beat, the boys welcomed the idea. Of course as kids they have lots of questions, but mostly wondering when it is we can pick up their new sibling. To  say they are excited and anxious is an understatement. We know that the love we have for each other as a family is the love we are ready and able to share with your baby.

Our family constitution is very similar to adoption. If  there was ever anything that seemed like pseudo-adoption, it was Queta’s adopting the boys into her life. The boys have been adopted in the sense that they are “adopted” into the family that we share. We know that aside from the parenting challenges, bringing another child into our home and lives is simply what we want to do.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to give unlimited love, support and guidance to your child. We promise to instill values of compassion, respect and dignity.  We promise to share culture, values, and traditions. We promise to teach integrity, responsibility, wisdom and accountability. We promise to provide joy and to share laughter. We promise to provide comfort and to console pain. We promise to always do our best and to always give the best parts of ourselves. Your child  will know love beyond word and always have a place in our hearts, right next to yours.

Message Donavon and Enriqueta

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Donavon and Enriqueta

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!