Married Since: 2019

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

You are making a brave and courageous decision to find the best opportunity for your child and even yourself. We will strive to become the best of ourselves as good parents to your child, providing a fun, loving, and secure home alongside all our friends and family.

Nicholas and Aiza

from California

Nicholas

Ancestry: Swiss, Welsh

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Software Engineer

Education: B.A.

Hobbies: Running, Computers, Reading

Aiza

Ancestry: Filipino

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Preschool Teacher

Education: BA, ECE

Hobbies: Running, Hiking, Cooking, Traveling

Baby

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

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

Hi! We are Nick and Aiza. We admire your strength and your bravery for considering adoption for your baby. We respect your choices and appreciate that you are taking your time in finding the right family for your child. We are excited that, one way or another, this letter has reached you. We thank you for considering us, as well as giving us an opportunity to introduce ourselves. We hope that this letter will offer you a glimpse of who we are and the loving family waiting for your child.

Our story begins as two friends who eventually became roommates for the next three years. As roommates, our friendship became closer, we enjoyed cooking and eating out, hosting get-togethers, playing video games and the old fashioned board games, as well as staying active. Our first memories together are mostly watching series of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and other Netflix shows, StarCraft game nights, as well as skipping gym to go on hikes or nearby restaurants. We eventually started attending events together, concerts together, seeing movies together, and even enjoying a day in the city together. We ended up being the best of friends and soon a couple. As a couple, we enjoyed a lot of traveling, running and hiking, eating –from cooking, picnics, trying new food and restaurants, barbecue, hotpot, etc., and most importantly enjoying each other’s time. Fast forward nine years after knowing each other, we got married and are now celebrating our first anniversary.

Nick grew up in a small suburb of San Francisco. Growing up, he had fond memories of spending time with his sister, playing together, particularly with video games as well as watching movies. He was in the Boy Scouts during his youth and stayed active in his community as he grew older. He volunteered at various local festivals and supported many local charities and fundraisers. He graduated with a degree in Computer Science and loves his job in the city. He is fortunate that he can bring his office home so that he can actively juggle between work and family time. In his free time, Nick loves to stay active by running, hiking, walking, and lifting weights. Equally enjoyable, he also loves reading, learning new things, and staying up-to-date with not only current events but what’s new in technology. Nick enjoys his time off traveling and seeing new places, alongside trying new food and experiences.

Aiza was born and raised in the Philippines in a large – and loud – family! Her family does not stop from her parents, sisters, and relatives, but also stretches to her friends and their families. After finishing her degree in the Philippines and, at a young age, she bravely moved to the United States and lived independently together with her cousins. Even with a business degree, Aiza enjoyed teaching as one of her first jobs and ended up as a preschool teacher. She is very grateful for her time with the children and has been a preschool teacher for the last twelve years. Today, she’s leading a Montessori preschool as an Assistant Director of the facility and shares her knowledge with her staff and the parent community. On Sundays, she leads a group of children at the church teaching them about the Christian faith through various activities like music, arts, and crafts. Aiza loves to also stay active, from hiking, cycling, to running which is her favorite. At the same time, she also loves to stay indoors and host get-togethers with her friends and family. She loves to cook, trying new recipes, and even recreating dishes she tried at restaurants. Lastly, Aiza loves to travel to different places, from around the country and the world. She enjoys learning from different cultures, and seeing places that she has seen in books or TV.

Having a child in our arms will mean the world to us; we will be so grateful if chosen to be adoptive parents. We look forward to going to parks for a hike or picnic, visiting zoos and space centers, watching the latest Star Wars or Disney cartoons, being silly and weird, playing video games and board games, going on family vacations, and, most importantly, making new experiences. With the love and support of our friends and family, your child will grow up celebrating what life has to offer: family events and holidays, birthday parties, long weekends, school breaks, and even everyday life. We are so grateful for the happy and wonderful life we have built together and cannot wait to share this love with your child.

The range of emotions you are feeling is probably overwhelming, but trust yourself in this situation. You are making a brave and courageous decision to find the best opportunity for your child and even yourself. We will strive to become the best of ourselves as good parents to your child, providing a fun, loving, and secure home alongside all our friends and family. Thank you for your time in reading our letter and considering us as adoptive parents. We look forward to hearing from you, learning more about you, and your dreams for your child. We wish you and your baby all the best in life!

Sincerely,
Nick and Aiza

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About Aiza

I first knew Aiza as a friend and roommate. I am always inspired by how Aiza pushes herself. She is never idle and is always making the most of her life. We got annual passes to go to a nearby national park when we found we both loved hiking. When we started jogging as our hobby, she quickly outpaced me. She pushed herself to run a half-marathon and is already dreaming of her first full marathon. When we have guests over, she is always prepared with a good idea of something to cook, an activity to do and play, and a just-in-case giveaway toy or goodie bag for little ones. I love being with Aiza because she also pushes me to be the best that I can be. She’s very encouraging of my successes and very understanding of my failures. I feel her love for me when we talk all night and make each other laugh by being silly. I feel her love for her future child when she tells me about all the cute interactions she has with her preschool students. I have confidence in our future together because I know I have her support and love.

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About Nick

Nick was a wonderful friend and roommate even before we started dating. Nick is very close to his family and it reminds me of my family in the Philippines. His family lives close by and they see each other often for dinners and weekend barbecues. They also plan year-round family trips and get-aways. Like his family, Nick has been very active in his community. I was invited to volunteer and participate in a number of events like the fall festivals, pancake breakfasts with the first responders, restaurant walk, and church events. As a roommate, I got to know Nick more (and started falling for him) with what he enjoys doing during his free time. We both enjoy playing video games, going for a hike, as well as eating out. He also enjoys traveling like I do, as well as trying new food and experiences, even if they’re outside his comfort zone. I always pictured Nick to be a great dad someday; he is close to his niece and nephews as well as to our friends’ children. In many Christmas events in our family and even at my work at the preschool, Nick has always been invited to become Santa!

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Our Families

We are very fortunate to live surrounded by many members of our families, relatives, and friends who we consider part of our extended family. Nick’s parents live a few houses down from us, while his aunt and sister live a few more blocks away. Although most of Aiza’s family lives in the Philippines, she has a lot of relatives locally, particularly her cousins and their families, who live just a few minutes’ drive away. Aiza is also very close and keeps contact with her family and relatives in the Philippines, as well as most of her high school friends who we consider family. We treat our friends like our cousins, while we address their parents as our aunts and uncles and children treat each other as brothers and sisters. Many of us enjoy road bikes, running, and hiking. We often spend our holidays and weekends having a get-together at someone’s house for a potluck, picnic or barbecue with lots of food and stories to tell. We also plan group reunions weekend getaways together or a simple couples’ night out in the city.

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Our Puppy, Banshee

We are both in love with our sweet and beautiful dog, Banshee. She is a nine-year-old chihuahua-terrier mix. She is very energetic and enjoys long walks. At home, she loves to play fetch with her ball as well as tug-of-war with her rope. She enjoys lots of belly rubs and is great around any kids who come over. She fills our life with a mix of laughter, weirdness, unconditional love, and endless puppy kisses.

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On a Typical 3-Day Weekend

We plan our breaks and long weekends months in advance, depending on the occasion and time of the year. We plan to spend as much time with friends and family as we can, either by hosting or attending get-togethers, taking a hike or bike ride, attending running events, sleepovers with our niece and nephews, and the like. We also enjoy traveling to different places and cities as well as a simple drive to the mountains up north or to the beaches down south. During the major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, we visit our families from both sides of the family as well as find time to host Friendsgiving and early Christmas parties with friends in between.

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Our Last Vacation

Our last vacation was in New York for our honeymoon. We first went to upstate New York to see Niagara Falls for the first time. We were so much in awe as we stared at its beauty and magnificence. Even from afar, we could hear the falls’ roar with a calming yet powerful presence. We stayed on the American side most of the time and had the opportunity to spend one day on the Canadian side to see and experience Niagara Falls from many beautiful angles. During our week-long stay, we had the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds from attractions, food, downtown area, parks, amenities, and the like. Each view of Niagara Falls is breathtaking from whatever side you go to. We had an opportunity to get close to the falls through its series of tunnels, caves, and man-made bridges. Our favorite is the Maid of Mist that lets us ride a boat and gets close enough to the falls to feel its crashing waves and its powerful, windy roar, leaving us soaking wet and speechless from what we had just experienced. Each morning, we enjoyed taking a jog and exploring a nearby State Park with fantastic views of the autumn trees and landscape alongside hearing the gush of the lake leading to the falls.

We spent another week visiting New York City. We spent our time doing all the touristy activities like visiting Times Square, enjoying rooftop city views from The Empire State Building, taking a ferry ride to see the Statue of Liberty, getting lost just trying to find the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. apartment building, and riding a double-decker bus to see different neighborhoods and get a close look of the Brooklyn Bridge. We were also lucky to visit during the biggest marathon event in the country. As avid runners, we had the chance to visit not only their running festival but also their set-up at Central Park and feel the energy of elite athletes and locals alike. It was such an inspiring experience for us. In New York City, we also got lost -and got a lot of walking- trying to find various establishments, restaurants, food carts, and landmarks that we’ve read about and seen on TV. We had a great time trying various thin-crust pizza and street hot dogs from places who claimed to be number one, as well as other ethnic food from Malaysia, Singapore, and Uzbekistan. Towards the end of our vacation, we had a chance to finally see the hit musical Hamilton for the first time and enjoyed the Broadway production so much! This was such a perfect trip for us on our honeymoon and starting our life together.

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Our Home

We recently moved to the beautiful, small town where Nick grew up. We are closely surrounded by our friends and family who live just a few minutes’ walk or drive away from us. We both enjoy hosting get-togethers and having people over, so it’s a plus having an open spaced area for all our guests to mingle while their kids run around and play. We chose this home because we always pictured ourselves with children with lots of room to grow as a family. The main house consists of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms which can accommodate a growing family, an open layout where a child can explore the space freely, a family room to watch movies and play games, a yard to play catch and play with the dog, and, most importantly, an additional in-law apartment to welcome not only visiting friends, but also Aiza’s family who also long to be a part of our new addition. Our home is tucked in a quiet street where Nick’s parents are just a few houses down and where children run and ride their bikes freely on many warm afternoons. We love our home because of its closeness to almost everything we need and want, like the church, groceries, movie theaters, downtown, great restaurants, and even fantastic schools! Our favorite is its closeness to running and hiking trails which we both enjoy with amazing views of the water and tall towering trees followed by a nice picnic at the park.

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Our Faith

Nick grew up active in his community, supporting various events and fundraisers. One of them is our local church. Ever since we started dating, we’ve been actively attending our parish as well as participating with their annual festivals and volunteering in various fundraisers. On Sundays, Aiza also leads the younger group of children and teaches them about the Christian faith. She teaches by telling stories, role playing, question and answer, music and movement, and also arts and crafts.

Our Childcare Plans

We both enjoy our jobs very much. When a child enters our life, we have generous maternity and paternity leave options for quality bonding time. Our house has an in-law apartment and we plan for Aiza’s parents to live with us to help care for your child. Down the street is Nick’s parents who will also be helping with daily child care when needed. As a preschool teacher, Aiza will be able to accommodate our future child as one of her students upon reaching the age of two.

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What We will Teach our Children

We hope to teach our children values that are very important to us: love, honesty, and finding their own happiness particularly with life experiences. We will lead by example by following Christian teaching and values. We will also teach them to place a high value on respecting themselves as well as the people around them. Lastly, we would like our children to understand that family will always be the priority and it is more than just being blood related. Family could be anyone we value and it could stretch out to friends and their respective families.

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Why We Want to Adopt

We are both the eldest in our families and were raised to be good examples to our younger siblings. We both had a great experience with our own families with lots of adventures and misadventures to tell. Our siblings are our best friends and keepers of secrets while our cousins are our first playmates. These happy memories created a strong and positive foundation for both of us to long and dream of a family of our own. However, at an early age, Aiza already knew that she would not be able to conceive a baby on her own. Adoption was in her mind as a way to have a family and ever since we started dating, Nick has been very supportive and open about going that route.

We want to adopt because we are ready and longing to share more love and add more happy memories into our lives. We are ready to give, open our hearts, and share our wonderful life with your child. We cannot wait to begin the path of parenthood along with all its ups and downs as well as begin our own family traditions and create our own adventures and misadventures. Most importantly, we want to have our future child to experience the same love, happiness, and acceptance our own family brought to us growing up.

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What We will Tell Our Child about Their Birth Mother

We would tell our child how strong and brave their birth mom is. Our child will grow up knowing that their birth mom made a hard choice and a huge sacrifice to share the love of their child to a family longing for one. Your child will also know how forever grateful we are for your decision to trust us as adoptive parents. We will be happy to share what we know about her and her dreams for her child.

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When We Hold Her Baby in our Arms, We will Think about the Birth Mother

Holding a child in our arms will stand as a symbol of our growing family, our love for each other and, most importantly, the great sacrifice of their birth mother. We will only have thoughts of gratefulness and respect for the birth mother who chose us, who impacted our life so dramatically. We will be moved by the difficulty of her decision and ever thankful that we got the honor to raise her child.

Message Nicholas and Aiza

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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 Nicholas and Aiza

  • 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!