Our journey to have a family hasn’t been an easy one. Michelle had some childhood medical issues that make it impossible to have children naturally, so with the help of several rounds of IVF treatments, we were finally able to have Luna. Her arrival came after a horrible loss of another daughter that didn’t make it to term, and two miscarriages. Luna was born very prematurely at 29 weeks, so we are very blessed that she is healthy and you would never know today that she was born as early as she was. Going down the IVF road again isn’t an option, due to Michelle’s high risk of very pre-mature labor. We want more than anything to watch our kids grow up together and have an unbreakable bond with one another! Adopting a child one day has always been our plan and we started the process a few years ago.
Our story started eight years ago on a dating site. Truth be told, Julio ignored Michelle’s request to communicate for over a week. Finally, Julio wrote back apologizing for his very delayed reply and blamed it on an injury due to running the LA marathon. Likely story she thought! We met for dinner and shut the restaurant down. The rest is the fun part of the story! On our third date, we went to a Dodger game and neither of us really enjoys baseball. Second inning, a foul ball is coming towards us. What does Julio do? He leans as far over to his right away from Michelle with his hands protecting his glasses to get out of the way. Thankfully, we didn’t get hit and vowed to never go to a game again.
We’ve now been married for six years and are hoping that the internet will do it’s magic one more time to connect us with a family who is considering an adoption plan. Our desire is to honor the birth mother’s plan, if that means an open adoption, semi-open adoption, or closed adoption. Our preference would be an open adoption in some form or fashion for the benefit of the child to understand where he/she comes from. We will honor their heritage and ensure that they feel connected to their roots as they go through life.
Our home is located four miles from the beach in Los Angeles, CA. Six years ago we did extensive remodeling to our home with family in mind. Our 4-bedroom house has an empty bedroom just waiting for a new addition. We LOVE our big backyard, filled with play equipment, bird feeders & baths, and lots of room to run around and play. Our neighborhood is filled with tree-lined streets, lots of kids riding bikes or scooters, and families walking their dogs. Julio has lived in our neighborhood for eighteen years, so when Michelle moved in, she quickly had several new friends in our neighbors. We are walking distance from the top rated schools for all twelve years, which is huge for us!
Julio’s mom lives less than an hour away from us, so we make frequent trips to spend time with Grandma. Luna goes swimming in her pool and enjoys helping her cook traditional Peruvian food.
Michelle has several relatives in Orange County and San Diego, so it’s always a blast to meet up at Legoland for the day or enjoy a meal together as often as possible.
Halloween is a very big deal in our neighborhood every year. We have 600+ trick-or-treaters, so it’s one of our favorite holidays. Our neighbors all team up for dinner, because it’s so crazy once the doorbells start ringing. We all dress up, blast Halloween music, make any last minute decoration adjustments, and let the party begin.
The 4th of July block parties in our neighborhood are always a blast! Bouncy houses, dunk tanks, water balloon fights, and lots of food get the day kicked off. Our upper back yard deck is where we host lots of friends to enjoy a panoramic view of the various fireworks shows.
(Written By Michelle)
Raised in Lima, Peru by a single mom as an only child. He always wished he had siblings, because it was a rather lonely childhood without any. He arrive in the U.S. at the age of 15 years old and did not speak English after his mother got married to a Peruvian/American. He taught himself the English by watching TV. Julio attended college in San Francisco after winning several scholarships by graduating top of his class in high school.
When I first met him, I instantly felt like he is the man I can sit and talk to for years. His energy is calming and exciting all at the same time. His laugh is loud and contagious and he’ll make you laugh too. The car dancing, well yes, it’s true he has moves. It’s contagious and it’s always entertaining to watch the reaction of cars near by when they see him bust a move. The other side to him is devoted and hardworking, which makes me in awe of him and what he’s overcome and turned into as a man, husband, and now the best Daddy!
Julio’s father wasn’t involved in his life much and passed away when Julio was young, so being a present father and one who is loving, devoted, and teaches our children to have fun and be in the moment is so amazing to watch. He taught our daughter to speak Spanish to ensure she has the advantages of being bilingual as she grows up. Our daughter joined t-ball, because Julio agreed to be the coach, despite not knowing the first thing about the game. That’s the kind of man and father he is. When he walks in the door at home, he gives us all a hug and a kiss and asks us about our day. Home is complete with Daddy around!
(Written by Julio)
She grew up in Kansas, raised by a single mom and has a younger brother. Her favorite place to eat is Cracker Barrel and for her last meal she will want their Chicken & Dumplings. I don’t pretend to understand it, I just go with it!
Michelle is a wonderful wife, loving mother, great daughter and a savvy smart businesswoman. I am truly lucky to call her my wife. She is very patient and kind, her Mid-west traits shine bright, plus she knows how to change electrical outlets, fix sprinklers, leaky toilets, which I have no idea how to do! Her Achilles’ heel is IKEA furniture assembling.
She did not have the easiest of upbringings, but this did not deter her from searching for a better future. She is the first person in her family with a college degree, and was one of the youngest directors at multiple companies. At the same time, all of that changed for the better once she became a mother, re-invented herself and became a Realtor in order to be her own boss with a flexible schedule to always be able to take care of our daughter. Creating experiences and opportunities for Luna is her focus as a mom, while teaching her to be kind and compassionate towards others. The thing I love to watch the most is when Michelle (aka Tickle Monster) rolls around on the floor with Luna and they are both laughing so hard they are almost crying! She is that mom that volunteers for all the school events and will get all dressed up for Halloween and do the parade at school.