Corey and Gabrielle

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

You are bringing a beautiful life into this world and with the deep unexplainable love that you have for your child, you’re considering us to adopt them. We understand this is a very challenging decision, to say the least. Only a genuinely strong and loving woman would be brave enough to take this step. With all of our hearts, we thank you.

Corey and Gabrielle

from California

Corey

Ancestry: Caucasian Mix

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Teacher - Engineering and Core

Education: B.A.

Hobbies: Rock climbing, Running, Basketball, Hiking, Engineering

Gabrielle

Ancestry: Vietnamese, Chinese

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Teacher - Exploratory Art

Education: B.A.

Hobbies: Rock climbing, Hiking, Biking, Art creation, Cooking, Dog beach

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Corey

Animal
Gorilla
Color
Red
Family Activity
Travel
Food
Wings
Hobby
Climbing and flying
Holiday
Christmas
Sport
Basketball

Gabrielle

Animal
Sea otter
Color
Coral
Family Activity
Cooking and eating together
Food
Vietnamese and Mexican
Hobby
Climbing and art
Holiday
Christmas
Sport
Cycling
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From Us to You

It’s very challenging to articulate the level of gratitude we have for you as the prospective birth mother of our child. You are bringing a beautiful life into this world and with the deep unexplainable love that you have for your child, you’re considering us to adopt them. We understand this is a very challenging decision, to say the least. Only a genuinely strong and loving woman would be brave enough to take this step. With all of our hearts, we thank you.

Through this process, we will have a unique tie and connection with you, so we’d like to share how we’ve come to this opportunity. We both come from very loving and tight knit families. Our upbringings directed both of us towards careers where we get to care for and nurture young hearts and minds. We’ve always wanted children and know that we would love any child as our own, so growing our family in this way really tugged at our hearts.

There isn’t enough that we can say to express our gratefulness to you, but we can give you our word in how we will love and care for our child. We will love them unconditionally and give them the best life that they deserve. We will do all that we can to make sure they experience all the goodness that this world has to offer with humility and gratitude. While we protect them from the dangers and negativity of this world, we’ll also make sure they know about them so they might bring positive change.

We promise there will be unlimited hugs, kisses, and cuddles for as long as they allow. We will give them unconditional love and support through every step in their life. They will have a loving and stable home where they’ll have their own room full of books, toys, stuffies, art supplies, and other things to flourish their mind and heart. As educators ourselves, we will make sure they have a good home and education where they’ll learn how to be comfortable and confident in their own skin to be whomever and whatever they want to be.

Along with us, your child will have a potential future sibling, lots of cousins, aunties, uncles, and grandparents to love and be loved by. We prioritize family gatherings, so they will always be in loving company. We enjoy being active, especially outdoors where we can hike, rock climb, swim and enjoy the sunshine at the beach. They’ll spend lots of time traveling the world, seeing new sites, eating new food, and trying new things under the care of parents who will love them with all of their hearts.

Please know that we care for you and appreciate all that you are doing. Thanks to your loving care, we have the opportunity to grow our family. We are eternally grateful for you. May God bless you and keep you in his loving care.

Love,
Gabrielle and Corey

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About Us

We are best friends and partners. We started our relationship as friends for seven years. It was through those years of laughs, climbing trips, and being there for each other through difficult times that we slowly became more than just friends. People find one another at different times and with different context, but for us, it was important to have those years to know one another and learn about our values, priorities, and personalities before there was any additional pressure of creating a romantic relationship. During our friendship, Gabrielle went through a very difficult divorce in the first year of us knowing one another. Our entire friend group played a large role in rallying around her and helping her see the family she still had in California as she could have easily returned to Maryland to her parents and brother. In the following years, she found a greater sense of independence and regained her confidence, joy, and excitement for life again. Corey would also go through a divorce almost 4 years later, and he struggled in many similar ways, and much like her, he had family and friends around him to regroup and rebuild, but it became clear over the next year that no one was there more than his friend and eventual wife. We bonded over our love of family, adventure, travel, and working with kids to help inspire change in how they see themselves and their capabilities. As we spent more time together, we built a relationship focused on honesty, gentleness, and a never ending appreciation for one another. We both know what it is like to be underappreciated and taken advantage of, and we are grateful to have had those experiences as it only highlights the admiration we have for one another. We are far from perfect and are trying to figure out daily the best way to be our best selves, but no matter what comes tomorrow, we know we will be by each other’s side, and there isn’t anything we wouldn’t do for one another.

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About Corey

Corey- For the person whom I think the world of, how do I capture all of his goodness in one paragraph? I honestly had a difficult time starting this because there aren’t enough words to describe how much I love and respect my husband. Corey is the type of person who has a strong and caring presence wherever he goes. He’s a very deep thinker whose genuinely loving and kind heart constantly have him figuring out ways to better the lives around him before his own. He will oftentimes lose sleep if he doesn’t feel like he’s done enough to help someone. While at work, he designs and implements projects that address social injustice and equity issues. He helps his students dig deep into their minds and hearts to figure out how they can make the lives of those in our local and global community better. Before covid, he would stay after school on a daily basis to help students with their work and never hesitated to offer his personal time. While with our families and friends, he’s always checking in with everyone to make sure they’re all happy and well. While in the company of loved ones, his most important personal agenda is to make sure everyone’s happy and having a good time. I noticed that trait at our very first climbing trip with our friends group, long before we ever started dating. He would coordinate and ask what everyone wanted to do and made sure we were satisfied with our daily plans. While out and about, he would frequently ask how each person was doing and would graciously offer ideas and solutions when someone was anywhere close to unhappy. With me and our dogs, he’s the most loving and nurturing man I’ve ever met. He’s so observant and in tune with my mood that before I even tell him how I’m feeling, he already knows how to respond. During joyous times he celebrates with me and during sad times, he embraces me and wraps me in his strong arms and comforting words. He is my number one supporter and the love of my life. I truly wouldn’t be where I am mentally, emotionally, and spiritually if it weren’t for him.

 

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About Gabrielle

Gabrielle- What can I possibly say about Gabrielle? To imply that she is my better half is a ridiculous hyperbole. She brings emotion and joy to life in her art work and interactions with others. She views the world through such a uniquely beautiful lens that is different from the way I, and most others, see it at first glance. Though life hasn’t always been easy for her, she sees the world and the people in it for what it could be and not for how it first appears. She is a daughter to two amazing parents who could not be prouder of the woman she has become and a sister to a big brother she still adores to this day and who adores her back. She leads her life with love and hope. When she was just a friend, her kindness and softness was completely foreign to me. Sure, I had a great circle of friends and brothers and sisters that were a source of loving support, but she was something different, and still is. She listens when others speak, not so that she can have her turn to talk or fill her quota of “be there for you” moments as a friend; but instead, she listens with such attention and empathy for how you are truly feeling. This is an obvious fact to anyone, even after only meeting her for a few moments. Students also commented on this immediately. She developed a reputation on our school campus for being the teacher that cares. No matter the situation, the student, or context she is there to listen and try to understand. As we spent more time together, her beauty, inside and out, was further on display for me as we began dating. Through these years, I am lucky enough to call Gabrielle my wife, my partner, and my inspiration. She makes me a better man, better teacher, and a better potential father. Gabrielle, and my decision to ask her to have me as her husband, will always be the wisest decision of my life.

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Our Home

We live on a cul de sac in a very quiet neighborhood. Our home has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a spacious yard. We have a bunch of different fruit trees and plants like avocados, peaches, blueberries, blackberries, citruses, and a vegetable garden. We also have a fun, pirate themed tree fort that we painted and decorated with our nieces and nephews. We have a cozy fire pit, outside and a fireplace inside that we like to use at night while hanging out with our family and dogs. We have 2 very sweet dogs named Liberty and Sasha. Liberty is a white and brown boxer mix and Sasha is a brindle and black Labrador mix. Liberty is a super affectionate, professional cuddler who is also very silly and playful. She is the only dog we’ve ever seen who actually likes to sleep under covers and sleep past everyone’s morning alarms. Sasha is very intelligent and can do so many tricks with a happily wagging tail. She is very sweet, tender, and loves to nurture her stuffed toys. She is at our side at any time of day or night to protect and keep us company. We walk the girls on a daily basis around our neighborhood and get to connect with our neighbors a lot. That has helped us become friends with most of the families in our cul-de-sac. Our neighbor-friends immediately to the left of our house take care of our dogs whenever we’re out of town. Our neighbors two houses down have young children who have come over to play with our nieces and nephews whenever they visit.

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Our Families

We both come from very tight-knit families that enjoy doing everything together. Both of us grew up always prioritizing time with family over friends. We visit Corey’s family who lives less than an hour away from us, once or twice a month. They also visit us often. Our time together is always spent catching up with Corey’s parents and siblings and playing with the nieces and nephews. There’s never a dull moment in the house because there’s always something fun going on with the kids, like swimming and playing in the backyard and pool, movie and game nights, or fun outings and vacations. Although Gabrielle’s parents and brother are on the east coast, we talk to them on a daily basis through text, phone, or facetime calls. We visit Gabrielle’s family several times a year and they come to see us quite often as well. Our time as a family always revolves around cooking and enjoying good food together. We always have a full “eatinerary,” put together with all meals and snacks planned to a “T”. We’re very much about food, not just because of the taste but because it brings us together as we cook, eat, and enjoy each other’s company. We have a good amount of close friends who we consider to be family. Corey likes to connect with his friends through his flying, climbing trips or outings, and video games. Gabrielle likes to connect with her friends through hikes, trips to the dog beach, climbing trips or outings, and relaxing get togethers at coffee shops.

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Our Vacations

We love to travel, and many of our hobbies are wrapped up in getting outside and experiencing the world. We are both avid mountain climbers who have had the privilege to travel around the world taking in new cultures, meeting people, and climbing on some of the most beautiful mountains. We enjoy hiking, bouldering, and most disciplines of climbing. Travel is a big part of who we are and how we see the world. Broadening your worldview is a great way to see the world with a different perspective, reevaluate your priorities, and value the differences between cultures and communities. Some of our favorite locations we have traveled are South Africa, France, Vietnam, Yosemite, Bishop, New York, and so many more. In addition to climbing and traveling, Gabrielle is a very talented artist who specializes in 3D art and sculpture. It is not rare to see her in our garage working on a mural or ceramic piece on the pottery wheel. Corey loves to fly and recently finished his private pilot license. He counts himself very lucky to get to soar around and see things from a very different view than many others. In addition to his love of flying and climbing, he grew up in a very athletic family. His father was a semi-professional baseball player, and he grew up running track/cross country while playing basketball, so we try our best to stay as active as possible. Gabrielle loves to cycle and spend time at the beach surfing or just enjoying the warm sand. We count ourselves very blessed to share our lives with someone who gets excited about experiencing the world around us, and we hope to bring a child into this same love for nature and adventure!

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Our Careers

Corey has been teaching for fifteen years across a number of grade levels, though he finds his greatest joy and purpose in middle school. Gabrielle is also a teacher. She started her career as a humanities teacher, but she is now an art teacher for elementary school students. As an artist, making a career creating art and teaching small children has always been her dream. Corey currently teaches engineering, humanities, and science. He loves working in a school that specializes in matching curriculum with hands-on project work that engages young minds and bodies. In addition to the engagement and excitement, our school also allows us to do this work with local communities and businesses so that everything we ask our students to touch and work on has greater purpose. On any given day seeing Corey with students teaching them to use table saws, program a 3D printer, build circuitry, laser cutting, or participating in community service would not be a rarity. Very similarly, Gabrielle spends her days connecting with little ones capturing their love for art early. Whether incorporating all her students into local murals, 3d sculptor, or ceramics, she is blessed to often be a student’s first experience with the arts. As people, we all spend a large percentage of our lives at work; we are very grateful to have a passion as a profession.

Cultural Diversity

We are proud to be in a biracial and culturally diverse family. Gabrielle’s family is Vietnamese and Chinese. Their family proudly includes multiple adopted family members and is another reason adoption has always been very important to her. They are proud of their heritage as well as the determination and drive shown by her parents and family to make a successful life for themselves in America. Her family keeps many of their cultural traditions alive in the large family meals and traditional foods. It is a joke in their family that food is the primary love language. Corey grew up in the inland empire of Southern California near Los Angeles. His childhood was a lesson in diversity. He grew up below middle class with a family of eight brothers and sisters with one parent who worked while his mother had the very real job of raising all of the kids. To say she did a wonderful job of leading with patience and love would be an understatement. Corey’s father, though a quiet man, taught Corey one of the most powerful lessons about diversity and valuing the differences of those around us. As time went by, and Corey became a teenager, many people left his neighborhood because of the change in demographics; the community became more vibrant and varied in its cultural backgrounds. While many found this problematic due to their own ignorant and simple mindsets, Corey’s quiet father always spoke about the community they called home as a beautiful place where his kids could learn from those different from themselves and become better people because of it. As Corey grew up he was allowed to see diversity as what it was, a privilege and opportunity to grow his own understanding of this life and the world around him. Now as his family has grown, they model that diversity in their own family and friends, and as the old saying goes, “It takes a village,” and with this village of voices and support, we happily open our home to create a family.

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Our Lifestyle

We try our best to live a pretty simple life that is more minimal in material and maximal in experiences. We like to spend our energy on time with family and friends, delicious food, gadgets and gear for our adventures, and opportunities where we can combine all of these wonderful things together. After work or on the weekends when we’re not traveling, you can regularly find us rock climbing and bouldering inside at a gym or outdoors at beautiful local spots, hiking trails by the coast, or having fun at the beach. You can also find Gabrielle creating artwork in her studio space while Corey flies a plane up the coastline or inland towards the mountains.

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Our Relationship with our Parents

Family is everything to us. We both grew up in a loving family that allowed us the time and support to develop into the people we are today. We were taken care of, loved, and given unconditional support during the tough times in life. This is not a privilege everyone can say they have had, and because of it, we want to create something similar for our future family. Gabrielle’s father is a very organized man who greatly values education and respect and has instilled similar values in his daughter. As the years went by, this fair yet harder edge dulled as he survived a bout with cancer with Gabrielle by his side as his primary care taker. She has always been a nurturer, and for the man who provided for her and her brother, what better gift could a daughter give than to take care of him in his weakest moment, be there hand in hand for his chemotherapy, and spend hours talking and listening? This moment took an already loving relationship to one of undying mutual respect and admiration for one another. Her mother is the certified family cook. Gabrielle loves to cook as well, and must have developed this trait from her. She spreads her love with large family gatherings full of food and quality time. We regularly visit her family in Maryland multiple times a year to be present for these moments. Corey’s family was a house always full of kids and love. He is one of eight children, and because of this they always had excitement in the home. His childhood is full of memories of forts in the living room, family vacations, and adventure. Though they came from simple means, and had eight kids with one working parent, his father instilled in them early that they only needed each other for their happiness. We consider families our greatest gift.

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Family Traditions

We have some seemingly simple traditions. We both are Christians who lead our lives with the same love that has been shown to us. We go to church, believe in the power of prayer, and we read the Bible. We celebrate Christmas, most major holidays, and our proudest traditions are centered on faith and family. We love large family dinners and family gatherings. Gabrielle’s side of the family has an annual family reunion which is an amazing opportunity for multiple generations to spend time together laughing and eating more than anyone probably should. We are both school teachers and have the same time off during the year, so we travel quite often and at times do so with other members of our family. It is a pleasure to go on vacation with our nieces and nephews, and we look forward to adding to these family trips and traditions with a family of our own.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

We’re choosing to adopt because we’ve always wanted to grow our family this way. Gabrielle comes from a family of several adopted cousins and grew up volunteering at orphanages in Vietnam. She enjoyed being with the children at the orphanages and always wished she could just adopt all of them and take them back to the U.S. with her. In a perfect situation, she would have an enormous home, adopt a ton of children, and play music and make art with them all the time. Corey comes from a very large family and has several nieces and nephews. He has always regarded and treated his nieces and nephews as his own children. He’s excited to have children, no matter whether they’re his own biological children or not. Since we both love children so much, we’re certain that we would love any child as our own.

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