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Greg and Gretchen

We are Greg and Gretchen from California

Stay-At-Home Parent? No

Adopted Children at home? No

Biological Children at Home? Yes

Pets? Yes

Gender Preference? Either

Ethnic Preferences? African American/Asian, African American/Caucasian, African American/Hispanic, Asian, Asian/Caucasian, Asian/Hispanic, Caucasian, Caucasian/Hispanic, Caucasian/Indian, Caucasian/Middle Eastern, Caucasian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Hispanic/Middle Eastern, Hispanic/Pacific Islander, Indian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander

Greg

Occupation: Law Enforcement

Education: AA

Religion: Christian

Hobbies: Reading, Golf

Gretchen

Occupation:

Education: AOC

Religion: Christian

Hobbies: Gardening, Cooking

Hello,

It's so nice to meet you, First of all, let us say thank you for taking the time to get to know our family. More importantly, thank  you  for  being  incredibly  courageous  on  this  journey  through  your  pregnancy  and  the decisions you are considering making. We understand that this might be a very difficult time in your life. It would not be fair for us to say we understand what you are feeling at this time, but we do understand what it is like to be scared, feel pain and sorrow. 

Our  names  are  Greg  and  Gretchen.  We  have  not  met  yet,  but  already  we  truly  admire  you  and hope you are going to be a special person in our lives for a very long time, should you decide to pursue adoption with us. The strength you are showing right now speaks volumes of the kind and  loving  person  you  are.  We  want  you  to  know  our  hearts  are  ready  to  love  you  and  your precious  baby  if  you  choose  to  walk  the  path  of  adoption.  We  hope  you  have  the  love  and support you need as you make a decision for your little one. Our prayer is that you know that you are loved, not only by us, but by God. We pray you find peace in whatever decision you make and find comfort. We hope to show you our love and dedication to one another and a glimpse into our lives.

How We Met

We  met  back  in  2004.  I,  Gretchen,  recall  the  day  we  met  like  it  was  yesterday.  I  was  at  a  new restaurant  doing  a  working  interview,  cooking  away  in  a  new  kitchen  trying  to  find  my  way  around when I suddenly needed an ingredient I could not find. That was the exact moment that Greg, the catering manager, walked into the kitchen to say hello and save the day. He was able to find what I needed to finish the dish I was preparing! Everything worked out, and I was offered the job to be the executive chef. That day turned out to be the beginning of an amazing relationship. We both really enjoyed talking about food and trying new restaurants. I introduced Greg to dishes like uni and risotto. For the next six years, we dated and created an amazing foundation built on love and trust. During those years, we have had the chance to visit Beijing, China together. We climbed the Great Wall of China, visited the  night  market  where  we  sampled  some  amazing  food  and  really  learned  to  work  together  as  a team. Greg introduced me to the music of Garth Brooks, which we have such a good time listening to together. We  were  married  in  2010  in  a  small  ceremony  at  our  favorite  restaurant,  we  ate  amazing  food surrounded by our closest family and friends. Our marriage is strong and built on love, commitment, trust and honesty. We love spending time together and doing things as a family. Some of our favorite adventures  are  visiting  the  tide  pools  in  Laguna  Beach,  golfing,  playing  in  the  pool  at  Palm  springs and always finding new and different restaurants to eat at.

Why We Want To Adopt

Adoption  has  been  on  our  hearts  and  minds  for  some  time.  After  we  had  our  biological  son, Harrison,  we  really  desired  to  expand  our  family.    Through  many  years  of  trying  to  become pregnant,  we  were  unsuccessful.  We  saw  doctors  and  specialists  that  could  not  explain  why  we could not get pregnant with a second child. Adoption  is  something  that  I,  Gretchen,  have  always  been  comfortable  with.  My  cousin,  Kory,  is adopted.  

Adoption  was  always  something  that  was  part  of  my  life  and  family.  We  are  grateful  to have  people  surrounding  us  who  are  a  support  system  and  have  encouraged  us  through  this process.  We  have  learned  a  lot  and  are  always  absorbing  new  information  on  how  to  walk  the adoption journey well.

Our Promise
If you choose to pursue adoption, our promise to you is that your child will live in a safe and peaceful home, surrounded by love. We have created an environment where kids can be kids, be messy, make mistakes and always know that they are loved and cherished. We will always say “I love you.” Harrison says, “I love you more” and we respond in silly ways like, “I love you the mostest!” Showing love and affection is so important to keeping a strong family bond. Your child will be provided opportunities, exciting experiences and education that will encourage them to do what they love.  Whether that may be college or a trade school, we will encourage and embrace their decisions. Being open from the beginning regarding adoption is what we desire. I have a great role model in my life, my Aunt Tarry, that  practiced  this  same  mentality  while  raising  my  cousin.  

She  has  been  such  an  amazing  support  through  this process and I know she will be there to support me always! We have collected many books focused on adoption like, Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born and God found us you. We love reading these now to Harrison and can't wait to enjoy them  with  a  new  little  one  as  well.  We  feel  talking  about  adoption  from  the  beginning  will  help  your  child  adapt  and flourish as they navigate this part of their story. You are, and always will be such an important person in our life. We promise to always speak of you in the highest regard. We would love to form a deep and strong relationship with you, if that is what you choose. We desire to learn about you and your heritage, favorite recipes, and holiday traditions so we can include those in our lives. It is something we would like to fold into our family so your little one will know about you and where they come from. We hope we get the opportunity to get to know you soon!



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