Julius and Dora

Married Since: 2016

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We can’t imagine what you must be going through with this decision, but are so proud of you for having the strength and courage to consider adoption for your child.

Julius and Dora

from California

Julius

Ancestry: Filipino

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Graphic Designer

Education: Some college

Hobbies: Drawing, Gaming, Cooking

Dora

Ancestry: Filipino

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: IT Professional

Education: B.A.

Hobbies: Baking, Crafting, Event planning

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

First and foremost, thank you. Without your strength and courage to consider adoption for your child, we would be left with no options to grow the family we’ve both envisioned. Thank you for spending your time to read our profile and consider us as potential parents for your baby. We can’t imagine what you must be going through with this difficult decision, but please keep in mind that you give hope to couples like us.

Our names are Julius and Rhodora, but our friends and family call us Joe and Dora. We met online in early 2014 and after two years of cooking together, random adventures, and me showering Dora with love, she said yes to marrying me. Now it seems fitting that we might get a chance to be matched with our future child online as well.

One of the very first conversations when we first met was about adoption. Dora was very upfront about her intentions to adopt, with it being a deal-breaker when we first started dating. Early on in life, she found out that she may have complications giving birth. She was 18, pregnant, and contemplating whether she could provide the life she wanted for her child. Adoption was an option for her, but unfortunately, as fate would have it, she could not carry her son full term and lost him early in the third trimester. With that experience in mind, Dora knew adoption would be the best option to grow a family in the future. I, on the other hand, used to have recurring dreams of finding a baby on my doorstep. Little did I know that would be a glimpse into my future, in a sense. We tried to have children the natural way during our first year of marriage. After a year with no luck, we went through fertility appointments. I found out then that I am infertile and unable to father children myself. Although that news came as a shock and disappointment to me, it was just more confirmation of our path to adoption.

Amidst our time at home, self-reflecting, and patiently waiting, Dora dreamed up this poem that accurately depicts our enthusiasm and dreams of adoption to grow our family.

Adoption Dreams

Ten baby fingers and ten piggy toes,
With eyes so bright and your sweet tiny nose,
We love you already and just want you to know,
We can’t wait to meet you, in our hearts you have grown.

We have dreams of providing you fun, shelter and care,
While filling your belly with yummy food and laughter to spare.
We will fiercely protect you, but lovingly prepare
You to grow up courageous, smart, kind and always aware.

Your birth mom is welcomed here to share your family tree
With tons of stories and memories of how you came to be,
And you even have two fur-sisters waiting impatiently,
But you’re totally worth the wait according to your daddy and me!

Both of us come from large families that get together frequently for any type of celebration that we can come up with, or even just to enjoy each other’s company. We also have quite a blend of ethnicities. Our families have welcomed each person with open arms and take the time to appreciate the various cultures, which is what we will do as well with your child. We have well-bonded, deep roots all over California. We live in central California, along with Joe’s family, and Dora’s family is in Southern California so we go for road trips often. It takes a village to raise a child and we know we have a great, well-rounded village surrounding us and the future baby.

We will surround your child with love and support from not just us but our whole village, which includes several nieces, nephews and god-children. They will have fun playing and growing up with other cousins who are only a few years apart. Camping, hiking, enjoying the great outdoors, and cheering at sporting events are just some of the activities that we look forward to sharing. We all know that children are curious and eventually they will ask where they came from. We will make sure that they know they are loved not just by us, but by you, and that you made your decision with the best intentions.

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About Joe

Julius, my husband (aka hubs), has shown me what it means to be in a loving relationship. He definitely wears his heart on his sleeve, and I’m always trying to protect it. He matches my level of silliness, is an amazing artist, has elevated his cooking and gardening skills throughout the years, and is my rock who I know I can depend on. I’m the type to always be on the go and am very goal-oriented, and he’s helped me learn to slow down and enjoy the moments. He never fails to make me feel beautiful on the days I feel hideous, holds me tight when I need to cry, and always tells me he loves me. I never thought I could find another person who complements me in so many ways, so I am one lucky lady!

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About Dora

Dora is an amazing woman. I find myself in awe all the time from what she is able to do with her talents. She bakes, can draw, knows design, cooks like a chef from Chopped, a checkbook whiz, dog whisperer, and that’s just scratching the surface. What I love most is that she is so compassionate and caring. I can’t think of a time when she didn’t make time for family or friends when they needed a shoulder. Dora’s ability to put herself in someone else’s shoes makes her a master of sympathy and empathy. This is probably why so many people open up to her so willingly including myself. I am beyond lucky that she is in my partner for life.

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Our Home

Our cozy home is in a wonderful neighborhood, and we actually have Julius’ sister just a couple streets away. There are several trails nearby that we frequently take our two fur-babies around, where we can explore wildlife and beautiful hills. When staying at home, Dora often finds time to bake new desserts so it often smells like a bakery which always makes Joe happy. We both love to cook together and enjoy home cooked meals of various cuisines, from Filipino to Mexican to American, and everything in between. We tend to also be the home that our family and friends flock to for game nights, social gatherings, or just to catch up. We definitely have built a home that is full of laughter, life, and love, and cannot wait to share it with your special child.

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Our Families

We both come from fairly large families, so family gatherings are always big and fun. We both have a sister and brother, many cousins, and several nieces and nephews. When we come together, we all love to cook and eat, share stories, create and try out new games to play, and just enjoy being with each other. One of our favorite things to do together is going camping in the summer and renting cabins in the winter to play in the snow. Dora’s immediate family lives in southern California, so we frequently go on road trips to visit and explore. There is definitely never a dull moment with our family dynamics. We also have several interracial and blended families among us, so we embrace our differences and celebrate each culture that joins our family. Outside of relatives, we have a strong circle of friends that we’ve made throughout the years. We even have close friends from high school that we still keep in touch with. We know that it takes a village to raise a child and we have built an extensive one together, with each person being very supportive on our adoption journey.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

We are choosing to adopt because we love children and are excited to grow our family. We both grew up in homes with siblings and loving parents with close relatives and friends that would visit often. We spend a lot of our social gatherings playing with our nieces, nephews, and our godchildren. We want to pass down a life that we were both fortunate to have and help cultivate an amazing future for your child. We were both raised in loving families and our parents are still married. With those loving environments, we were given the opportunity to flourish in our personal lives and then together in marriage. When we are blessed with a child joining our family, it will give us the chance to share our love and be more of a reason to strive for an even brighter future. We have so much to offer with big dreams to accomplish and share with our future little, and are very excited to get the chance to.

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Our Sweet Pups

We have two adorable and loving fur-babies, we mean pets! Halle Berry is our oldest one, a five year old Shih-Tzu who is as quiet as a mouse, loves to cuddle all day, prefers being around people, and is always on high alert for any critter intruders in our backyard. Our newest addition is Georgia Skittles, a one year old Yorkie who loves to play fetch, play with other dogs, bark at the squirrels, sneak in kisses to let you know she cares, and is excited for a human sibling to have fun with. They both enjoy our walks around the neighborhood and hikes, but will knock out early in the evening to recharge each night. They are also the beloved grand-doggies in our parents’ eyes.

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Our Lifestyle

Our life pretty much revolves around family. We both come from fairly large families, so family gatherings are always big and fun. We each have a sister and brother, many cousins, and several nieces and nephews. When we come together, we all love to cook and eat, share stories, create and try out new games to play, and just enjoy being with each other. One of our favorite things to do is going camping in the summer and renting cabins in the winter to play in the snow. Dora’s immediate family lives in southern California, so we frequently go on road trips to visit and explore. There is definitely never a dull moment with our family dynamics. Outside of relatives, we have a strong circle of friends that we’ve made throughout the years. We even have close friends from high school that we still keep in touch with. We know that it takes a village to raise a child and we have built an extensive one together, with each person being very supportive on our adoption journey.

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Our Vacations and Leisure Time

For our vacations or leisure time, we typically do one of these things: go on a road trip to Southern California to visit Dora’s family, host a BBQ or game night, go camping, or we go explore a new area or activity. Our road trips to visit family and friends always end up filled with good times, and our fur-babies often come along to play with their fur-cousins. When we host a BBQ or game night, our home gets filled with some yummy food, laughter, and of course fun games that kids and adults can enjoy together. When we go explore something new, it’s usually a recommendation from someone or we randomly notice it driving by. This has included doing an escape room, golfing at a driving range, bowling for turkeys, finding hidden gem restaurants, and enjoying some live music at a local farmers market. One of our favorite travel destinations is Hawaii. We’ve gone a few times now and it never disappoints when we just need to relax and unwind. We also love going to Tahoe to play in the snow. We do find time to decompress from our regular work by playing card games, doing small projects like baking fundraisers, and listening to music/watching movies at home.

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Our Passions and Careers

We are both fortunate enough to have steady jobs that allow us to work from home indefinitely. Julius is a Graphic Designer, with the drawing skills and imagination to bring anything to life with just a pen and paper. His passion for art has fueled more appreciation for the arts at his job, which focuses primarily on technical content and training. In addition to having an artistic hand, he also has a green thumb! This is another passion of his that he is nurturing, and I get to benefit from all the live plants that surround our home. For myself, I am proud to be a strong female presence in healthcare IT, as a Release Manager. In a world that is primarily dominated by men, I am that leader that they all look up to, so I like to consider myself a unicorn in my profession. My own passion projects have been to explore my baking and crafting skills, so our home is typically filled with smells of oven-baked goodies and random DIY projects! If I can’t find a recipe for a particular craving I’m wanting to bake, I’ll try to make it up and have my fingers crossed that it turns out well. Our families are often my taste testers with my experimental bakes. Whether we are blessed with a son or daughter, they will know that the sky is the limit with their potential.

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How We Met

We actually first met online on match.com, so we feel like it makes sense that we somehow came full circle and can potentially connect with you online as well. Joe was at the end of his subscription, while I had just started mine. He was one of the first that I responded to, and we quickly began talking over the phone for hours, feeling like we’d already known each other for years. After a couple days, I gained the courage to ask him out, and the rest is history. We enjoy being outdoors, whether its among giant trees or near ocean waves. We’ve been together for about 7 years now and married for over 4. Early on, we realized that we have similar life goals and family values, which really helped our relationship flourish.  We’ve learned to really be open with each other, even with difficult topics, and this communication has been the foundation of our relationship ever since. There is also tons of laughter with our common sense of humor and silliness!

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Our Personalities

Between the two of us, I, Dora, am playful and outgoing with a positive mindset and always wanting to go on random adventures, whether it’s exploring new hiking trails, trying out various types of food, or hosting game nights. Although I may come across as super sweet, my fierceness appears when it comes to protecting my family. Joe is definitely more of a homebody, but is always willing to explore with me and always ensuring our safety. Together we are super silly, and always try to make each other laugh or smile, especially during rough situations. We have a ton of inside jokes and can be found randomly dancing to music that is only in our heads. Our creative minds complement each other,especially with art and food. We both love sports – baseball, basketball, football – and traveling when we can. Our faith in God grows stronger as our relationship matures as well.

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Our Family Traditions

The strongest traditions we carry are that of community and food, even in this time of COVID we are able to maintain our connections via phone calls and video chats weekly. Holidays and birthdays are especially fun to get together. We celebrate our Filipino heritage by having comfort food often but we also love exploring other cuisines through recipes found online. Other ways we celebrate our culture is through our home décor which has been described as “island life.” One of our most treasured décor items is a giant spoon and fork, which represent good health (food is the source of a healthy body) and family strength (togetherness at meal time). We’ve reached a point in our lives where we truly value time with family, which often occurs around the dinner table. A fun holiday tradition that we’ve recently reignited is the creation of parols (Filipino ornamental lantern in the shape of a star). This star lantern symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, as well as hope and goodwill. Considering how 2020 has gone for many people, bringing back this tradition seemed very fitting. We’re really looking forward to starting new traditions along with some of our existing ones with our future child.

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Our Faith

We are both active participants in our church with a strong foundation built upon our faith. After purchasing our house, we found a parish nearby that we just love because of the sense of community that is shared, and the openness of the congregation. We try to give what we can with our regular monetary donations, and supplies to the food pantry. We have only been parishioners there for a couple years now, but we look forward to becoming more involved. Recently, Julius has received confirmation from our church, taking him another step further in our spiritual journey. Our faith has definitely brought us closer as a couple and helped guide our journey to adoption.

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Cultural Diversity

We both come from Filipino backgrounds, but that in itself brings a ton of diversity, being that our culture has a lot of Spanish, Chinese, and American influences. With our generation, we have quite a mix of multi-racial families, blended with Hispanic, Black, Indian, White, and our circle of friends expands it even more so. With all the interracial and blended families among us, we openly embrace our differences and celebrate each culture that joins our family, and are always excited to experience and adopt new traditions. A lot of our celebrations incorporate various foods and garments, but at the heart of it all is love for family, whether blood related or not.

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Our Relationship With You

We are open to any type of relationship you are comfortable with, but we believe that it’s important for your child to know where they came from, what their family history and culture is, and know that they are loved by so many. If you would like an open relationship, we are happy to oblige. We also understand that children are naturally curious, so once they begin asking questions about you, it would be wonderful to have your information and stories to share. Either way, we will make sure to tell your child that you are a brave and courageous person for choosing adoption. It is not an easy choice, but it is a blessing for so many. Either way, as much information as you are willing to share with us will go a long way to help build a strong foundation for your child’s identity.

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When We Hold Your Child, these are Our Thoughts

A couple words that come to mind are Blessed and Grateful. We will celebrate our birth mother’s life on so many levels and in so many ways. This is going to be one of her most difficult decisions in life, and we want her to know that we will do anything in our power to give the life she wishes for her baby. We know that our faith will bless us with the right birth mother and baby, for which we will be infinitely thankful. For myself, I have lived life as a childless mother after having a late-term miscarriage and losing my baby at 18. My heart has so much love to give, which I freely share with all my nieces, nephews, and godchildren, but I know that I was meant to be a mother, with Julius as the awesome father by my side. We are patiently waiting with open arms and open hearts and will forever be grateful for our birth mom.

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Our Promise to You

Our promise to you is to provide the best future possible for your baby, in a very nurturing and fun-filled environment with a huge family that will smother them with love. We also promise to provide a loving and safe home full of faith, laughter, and knowledge. We both come from families with strong bonds, so when we say “family,” it does not only consist of our parents and siblings, but also our relatives, aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends. What we hope to teach your child is that family does not only come from blood relations but can come in many different forms. Each family is unique. We will teach them how to love themselves, respect others, grow strong family bonds, and to reach for the stars when something seems unattainable. No matter the situation we’re in, we will always be present and aware so that they feel secure and confident to explore life in all its wonder.

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