Donavon and Enriqueta

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

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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mom,

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, and great promise.

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 will 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.

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 woman who put their needs above all else.

A typical day in our home is nothing short of busy. We have school little league, Cub Scouts and all sorts of activities that we participate in every day. We have an amazing park across the street where we often run and play. That’s just in walking distance and within a few miles even more parks. We have a wonderful neighborhood for riding bikes and more recently, the new hover boards that Santa brought the boys! We love to cook and try all kinds of food. We plan to spend time enjoying camping, cook-outs, friends and family all of who 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!

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 woman, and one paragraph is not enough to capture who she truly is. Queta is one-of-a-kind. She 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 a one of a kind father. We found one another later, but 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. 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

We live in a small town in Northern California. Our neighborhood has a community park where the neighborhood and our own children play. We live within 30 minute of a city and within driving distance of the mountains and many lakes. We have explored some of these places, but have so many more to see. We are walking distance to shops and restaurants. We feel like we have the best of both worlds. We can drive to a minor league baseball game or 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 with lots of opportunities both socially, culturally and educationally.

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Our Families

We both come from large families.  Queta is one of 10 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 as children and had many other homemade adventures! We both were instilled with a hard work ethic taught to us by our parents. 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. Together we have merged our respective family’s 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.

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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 and is incredibly smart, and motivated by anything that looks like a ball and tastes good. She is incredibly loyal to a fault and since we got her just before the Pandemic, she is our favorite office-mate and the boys’ remote learning school mate.

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What We will Teach Your Child

We hope to 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 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.

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On a Typical 3-Day Weekend

We are often inclined to hook up our tent trailer and head to one of many campsites in our area for a long weekend. 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! We were fortunate that COVID still allowed us to camp. We hope that our “new to us trailer” will soon have another family member in it.

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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. You can always find our home decorated for the latest holiday, you name it, Queta has a decoration for it. From the hearts that adorn the outside of the house for Valentine’s Day to the clover on St. Paddy’s. If there’s a holiday, we are celebrating. What we have come to realize from our Ancestry profiles, is that there is SO much more culture that we did not know about, that we want to learn and celebrate as much of who we are as we can and share that with our children.

Our Christmas Holiday includes our annual Xmas tree cutting trip up the hill. It ends with tree decorating, popcorn and hot chocolate. Then our extended Elf family joins us for Elvan shenanigans. Christmas Eve brings a new pair of Xmas socks for the family and tamales! We both have a real love of cooking and have made cooking the focal point of most of our traditions. A recently added tradition is our annual New Year’s Eve camping trip. We have continued our camping tradition despite COVID by adding a larger, “new to us” tent trailer.

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On our Last Vacation

Our last vacation was in a rented RV. We drove to visit friends and along the way camped at various places. It was an adventure to say the least, but a memory of a lifetime. We felt fortunate to be able to share that experience as a family. It gave us an opportunity to get to know one another even more. It was a priceless family experience.

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Our Faith

We are not active in any particular church, but 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.

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What We will Tell Your Child about You and How We Feel about You

We will tell your child that you have an incredible heart, love them unconditionally and considered their needs above your own. That you were brave, courageous and selfless. We will tell your child that while it might be difficult to understand, you gave a gift to us that no words of gratitude could convey just how grateful we are that you chose us!

Our initial thought is GRATITUDE! How do you ever express to a stranger how grateful you are for enriching and changing your life for the better and forever!? How do you thank someone for the opportunity to experience the joy of parenthood?! Every precious moment that we hold that child, we will forever be grateful to you beyond words and expression. As we hold your baby, we feel love, we feel thankful, we feel blessed and we feel SO incredibly lucky!

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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 was 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 decided that the love we have for each other is the love we can share with a child.

For Queta, that experience carried over to parenting Brodie and Joey. That transition from Donavon’s fiancée to the boys’ bonus mom was seamless. 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.

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