Jose and Cynthia

Married Since: 2014

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

You would be giving us a life to cherish, someone to create memories with, and the opportunity to be a complete family.

Jose and Cynthia

from California

Jose

Ancestry: Mexican, Spanish

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Business Owner

Education: Contractor's License

Hobbies: Golf, Grilling, Listening to music

Cynthia

Ancestry: Mexican, Spanish

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Clerical

Education: M.S. M.F.T.

Hobbies: Sketching, Poetry, Gardening

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Hispanic

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

We met at church when we were just teenagers. We remained friends for two years before Jose asked Cynthia to be his girlfriend. We dated until our early twenties and then decided to end the relationship due to our different lifestyles and busy schedules. However, we remained friends and communicated on a regular basis.

In the time that we were not together we dated other people. However, it didn’t work out. No man could give Cynthia what Jose did, which is love, understanding, and laughter. In the same way, no other woman could give Jose what Cynthia did, which is love, support, and affection. After years of being apart, we contacted each other and decided we were happiest when we were together.

Days after our decision to reunite, Jose took me on a date to one of my favorite restaurants and to my favorite city, Los Angeles. That night, he took me on a helicopter ride where he proposed in the sky above the beautiful lit city of downtown Los Angeles. We got married five months after he proposed. We had a big beautiful wedding with three hundred guests. To this day, we love to celebrate our marriage by renewing our vows or having family gatherings on our wedding anniversary. We have been married for six years and are very happy. Thank God. We are looking forward to continuing building our lives together as a family.

The only thing missing is a child to love and care for. Unfortunately, we cannot have children, which is something that we never imagined. We found out we couldn’t have children shortly after our wedding. It was extremely difficult for both of us since we love children and we had often dreamed of having many. We were scared, confused, sad, and at times, I became insecure. However, after experiencing the grief of knowing that I couldn’t carry life in my womb, I prayed from the depths of my pain and asked God to please grant me the wish, the blessing, and the miracle of adopting a baby boy or girl, or both, so that we can love that child as our own. Jose and I pray for a child, and when we pray, we no longer feel the grief that we felt for years. When we pray we no longer feel sad for not being parents, rather, we have hope to think of the possibility of adoption. This dream motivates us to carry on with the hope to adopt.

Our goal is to love, protect, educate, and guide your child in every way we can. We were both blessed with great parents who have always been there for us and we plan to do the same with your child. Moreover, we have shared with our parents how excited we both are to meet you, to meet our future child, and to be parents for the first time. Our parents are very happy for us and excited to be grandparents. Your child will not only be loved by us, but by his or her grandparents as well. Jose and I have many nieces and nephews who your child will grow up with. Moreover, we live near exceptional private schools where we plan to send your child. We also plan to teach them the same values that we were raised with such as love and respect for oneself and others, compassion, and honesty. Prayer and faith are a big part of our lives. We are Catholic and attend holy Mass on a regular basis. We look forward every year to the holidays, particularly Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We enjoy our family, cooking and baking, music and games.

We are both very passionate about our work and we feel very thankful to God to be doing what we love to do. In the same way, we enjoy our relaxation time on weekends by watching movies, playing sports, spending time with our pets, and barbecuing. In addition, we take trips to the dessert, beach, and mountains when we have the time.

If we were to adopt your child, you would be giving us something beyond special. You would be giving us a life to cherish, someone to create memories with, and the opportunity to be a complete family.

Should you give us the gift of your child, something we have been waiting for so long, we promise you that we will raise them in the best possible way that we can. We plan on telling them about you and, based on your wishes, we will tell your child as little or as much as you would like for him or her to know about you.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Cindy and Jose

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About Cynthia

One trait about Cynthia, which is no secret to those who know her, is that she is an extremely caring person, not only with family, but everyone around her. She has a great heart and will always do the right thing, even if means sacrificing something. One of her many great qualities is that she encourages others and shows them they can achieve their goals even when others do not believe in them. I call my wife super wife even when I am mad at her. No matter the situation, she teaches me that communication is key, and we can talk about everything and anything. One of the biggest things I love about Cynthia is that she shows me every day how much she loves me, not only with words but with her actions. She makes sure I eat on time, have enough water, and sleep well. She also helps relieve my stress after a long day of work by listening to me and making the time we spend together special.

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About Jose

Jose has a great sense of humor which is one of the many things that I love about him. He is constantly making me laugh and putting a smile on my face. He knows how to make others feel better. He is very sociable and has the charisma to build a relationship with almost anyone. He is respectful and understanding towards others, which makes him a good: son, brother, uncle, friend, and husband. To top it all, he is a very responsible person, this is something that I noticed since he was a teenager. He is hard working, and humble in many ways. Jose is the kind of person that helps me see my good qualities, some of which I did not know I had. In the same way, he helps me be aware of my mistakes in a non-judgmental manner which encourages me to better myself. Whenever Jose and I don’t agree on something, or if we are challenged with a problem, we discuss the issue and he listens to what I have to say and truly values my input in a very humble way. We compromise and agree on what we both believe to be the best logical solution. Being married to Jose means having a supportive husband and a best friend.

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Our Home

Our home is located in a beautiful city with a history of lovely fields occupied by citrus orchards and sweet vineyards. Both of us moved here from Los Angeles County when we were little. We have spent most of our lives here and we love it. Our neighbors are very diverse and friendly. We own an old house which we have transformed into a rustic home. We harvest lemons, figs, chilies, tomatoes, basil, and rosemary, and we hope to grow our garden even more.

Cynthia: I have lived on the same street for over thirty years. This is where I learned how to roller skate, play basketball, and where I grew playing in my big back yard. I feel very blessed to have been raised in this area, and to currently have my parents as my next door neighbors. My brother and his family live just five houses down the street from us. My favorite place in my home is our prayer garden which is located in the very back of our property. It is a quiet and peaceful place filled with hope.

Jose: My three favorite places in my home are the front porch, the living room, and the backyard. I enjoy how cozy the living room is. Our sofas sit in front of a big, fixed window which looks out to our front yard, I look forward to watering my plants every day and sitting on my porch while enjoying the green landscape. There is something very special to me about coming home to a peaceful place after a long day of work.

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Our Families

We have a big family consisting of siblings, many nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends who we see as family. Our family is made up of different religions, some of our family members are Catholic, Jewish, Christians of different denominations, and Jehovah Witnesses. We feel that the diversity of ethnicity and religion in our family and friends allows us to learn from each other and embrace each other.

Some of our closes friends are Rita, Magdalena, and Christopher. Our neighbor Rita is a humble and spiritual lady who we can always count on. Although we do not share the same religion, we are respectful of each other’s beliefs and often pray together. Both our families know Rita; we appreciate her friendship and include her in our family gatherings. Moreover, Magdalena is an older lady who we met in church over fifteen years ago. She is a sweet and optimistic person who is known for uplifting those around her. We consider Magdalena to be part of our family. Christopher is a family friend whom we have known for many years and who often visits us. He is a loving, family man, a father of five girls, and a close friend that we have grown to love as our own family.

Cynthia: I have a very close relationship with my parents. My mother was a paralegal in Mexico before she immigrated to the United States and married my father. My father was born in California but raised in different parts of the United States and Mexico. My father is a welder and former soccer player. My mother is my best friend and I spend a lot of time with my father reminiscing about both our childhoods, watching sports, and talking about almost anything. My mother is a very ethical person. Often when a relative has a problem, they come to my mother for advice as she has strong moral values and encourages others to do the right thing. My father is a responsible and very supportive person. As a child, teenager, and early adult, my parents supported all of my ideas, goals, and dreams which they continue to do now. I have a brother named Leonardo. Since he is my only brother we share a special bond and his wife Monica has grown to be like the sister that I never had and we love their children very much.

Jose: My parents are hard-working, attend church regularly, and often have family gatherings. My mother enjoys cooking for the whole family. My father enjoys spending time outdoors with his dogs. Both of my parents are great with children, and enjoy spending time with all their grandchildren. I have a great relationship with my parents and visit them a couple times a week. I also have a close relationship with my older sister Martha. Martha is a loving and caring person. When I was a child, Martha used to help me with my homework, encouraged me to follow my dreams and financially supported me when my parents couldn’t afford to buy me clothes and school supplies. Martha and I continue to be close and communicate regularly.

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Our Family Traditions

We were both raised Catholic. For this reason, when we got married we continued the tradition of attending Holy Mass every Sunday. The way we see it is that God comes first and everything else follows. Prayer and attending Mass on a regular basis is a big family tradition for us both. Head covering in church for the women in our family is also something we continue to do.

Since we got married we have created new traditions, particularly for the Holidays. Every 4th of July we have a big barbecue at our home with our parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews. We enjoy good food, listen to music and watch the fireworks. The same guests that we have for 4th of July are the same guests that we have for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For Thanksgiving, we wake up early to watch movies and to cook all day. We combine the traditional American Thanksgiving feast of ham, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, and salad with our traditional Mexican food of tamales and pozole with various desserts.

For Christmas, we also cook all day. However, we cook different foods based on our guests’ request. A couple of weeks prior to Christmas we all take a vote to know what to cook. We like to focus on different foods for variety. We decorate a lot for Christmas both indoors and outdoors. We love the tradition of a Secret Santa which we do every year, make goody bags for the kids and adults in the family, and sing Christmas carols in English and Spanish. Both Thanksgiving and Christmas are focused on prayer and good food.

Birthdays are also very special to us, we thank God for another year of life by attending Mass and having dinner with our parents and siblings. The birthday person is the one to request his or her favorite food for a dinner party.

We have fourteen godchildren who we care about very much. Their ages range from five years old through the mid-twenties. We take our role as Godparents very seriously and communicate with them and their parents on a regular basis to make sure they are doing well, health wise, and at school. We make it very clear to them that they can come to us whenever they need our moral support. As a result, whenever they have a dilemma, academic challenge, or relationship issue, they are quick to come to us, which makes us feel very fortunate to have them as our godchildren.

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Our Hobbies

Jose: Some of my hobbies include listening to music, barbecuing, and golfing.

Cynthia: My favorite hobbies consist of reading, writing poetry and personal essays, sketching, painting, gardening, cooking, and decorating.

As a couple we enjoy watching movies and sports, playing with our pets, and travel to the beach, desert, or mountains when we have the time.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

We are choosing to adopt because we cannot have any children. When we were first told that we couldn’t have any children of our own, we thought of surrogacy, and in vitro fertilization (IVF). However, these actions are against our beliefs which prompted us to think of an alternative that will allow us to remain faithful to our belief system. This is when adoption became a clear solution for us. The more research we did on adoption, the more we fell in love with the idea of adopting. We both love children very much and cannot imagine our lives without a child to complete our family.

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Our Careers

Jose: As a child, I wanted to be a firefighter, however, as a teenager, I began working in construction where I developed skills that motivated me to be better and I soon found myself falling in love with my trade. I am happy to have reached my goal and to be a general contractor where I get to do what I love every day.

Cynthia: I am a psychotherapist trainee, I have experience working with adolescents, and trauma related cases such as suicide, homicide and rape. I have worked with children with anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues. I have certificates in Emotional Intelligence, and Anger Management. It has been my dream to be a psychotherapist since I was a little girl. I am so happy to have reached my goal. However, after 15 years of attending school, 2 degrees and five certificates later, I feel that I need a break. I decided to take a few years off when the baby comes so that I can focus on being a stay-at-home mom.

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Our Relationship with You

As hopeful adopting parents we understand that there are many reasons why someone would choose to place their child for adoption. We believe that if you are considering such a difficult choice, you are doing so because you believe it is the right thing to do, which makes you a smart, brave, and courageous woman. We admire this about you.

For this reason, the kind of relationship or lack of relationship that you would like to have with us is up to you. We understand that there are fears, uncertainty, and grief that you might feel and we are open to having as much or as little communication with you as you want. If you do not want any form of communication with your child or with us, we respect and understand that. In the same way, if you want to receive letters and photos about your child as he/she grows, this is also something we respect and are open to.

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