Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: We currently own a beautiful home in southern California. It’s a 2-story home that is approximately 2,200 square feet, with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. We also have a big backyard with lovely landscaping. We like to decorate our house during holidays, such as Christmas and Chinese Year. The community we currently live in is quiet and peaceful, with a lot of kids around the neighborhood. During the summer, sometimes we go to the swimming pool area in the club house and watch a movie together. We enjoy being surrounded by families and friends. During the holiday season, the community starts to light up with fun decorations. We love to live in our community with our wonderful neighbors! We also are looking for a second home closer to our workplaces.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?
A: We like to explore national parks like Yosemite, Death Valley, Sequoia, Yellowstone, Zions, Grand Canyon, Bryce and Arches. We have plans to go to Glacier National Park and Monument Valley. We also like to go to nearby beaches. We like to rent a place and stay there for a few days, go to the local stores, buy food and cook by ourselves. We like to go hiking, listen to music, watch movies or read books.
Q: Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.
A: Yes, we have a small poodle named Momo. She is about 5-years-old now. We got her when she was 2 months old. She is just like our daughter and has brought a tremendous amount of joy to our family. She is very cute, and lovely. She is so smart that she can understand both English and Chinese!
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: We want our son or daughter to grow up to be a happy, responsible and fulfilled person, just as we were. We believe that parenting and availability is very important for a child, especially during his or her early ages. We will emphasize good values and teach our child to be honest, confident, independent and humble. We want our child to grow up in an open environment with good exposure to a lot of opportunities, instead of forcing him or her one way or the other. We want our child to become the person he or she wants to be. The child is an individual who needs to be fully appreciated and respected, and we need to learn from each other and grow together as a family!
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: We will have a life book for our child, with all information they need to know about who they are and where they came from. We will open the adoption conversation with the child once he/she reaches a certain age. We believe that having an open conversation and taking care of any sensitive reactions are important. We will reassure that the child is being loved by us, and they will always have the ability to understand how we came to be their adoptive parents.
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: We go to church once in a while, and have a lot friends who are Christian. Once we have a child, we plan to go to church more often. We have a church in our community, very close to where we live, and our neighbors all go there. We will bring your child to that church.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: We are on the journey to build our family. Your child will be the first angel joining our family. Once we have a child, we would like to spend more time with him or her, bringing them to different events, and having more family activities, like going to church, camping, traveling, barbecues, etc. We would like to socialize with other families, especially those from the adoption community in our area in an effort to stay well connected with people who are having a similar experience as we are. We believe that will be healthy for your child and will help them feel more accepted by society. We love to explore national parks, so once we have a child, we will be happy to bring them to those wonderful places. We also like to go to museums in cities and we would love to bring our kids there because it’s a great way to learn about culture and fine arts. We always enjoy trips to China because we have family there and the food is fantastic. We look forward to bringing the kids with us!
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.
A: The last trip we had was to Yellowstone National Park. Silvia's parents were visiting from China and our whole family went there and to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. We enjoyed the beautiful natural surroundings and rented a lovely cabin in the woods. It was a wonderful trip for our family and a great way to spend time together. We would like to have more trips like these when we have a child.
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: Silvia works in the healthcare industry, and her company allows maternity leave for more than six (6) months. Mike also has a few months of paternity leave. Silvia's parents will stay with us and help us as well. Once they are here, we will go back to work. Silvia will work from home as much as possible to be with him or her. The good thing is that we have a lot of female colleagues at work who also have young children, so the company has a good culture that supports family leave.
Q: When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?
A: This child will be a gift from heaven for our family! We will appreciate, cherish and respect them and help guide them through the early stages of their life. We have been through a lot as a family while on this journey, and have been waiting for and preparing for this moment for a long time! We will love him/her with all of our heart! It’s going to be a new journey for all of us, and we will do everything we can to be good parents , and help them to grow into a wonderful person! We want the birthmother to know that both she and her baby will be safe with us. We are here to support them, help them, and build a bright future for us all!