Dear Expectant Parent/s:
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about us and our loving family. We can only imagine how difficult this time may be for you. Your courage is inspiring.
It all began when we met in high school in Vienna, Austria. Both of our fathers were in the U.S. foreign service and married foreign-born women. Natalie’s mother is originally French and Carl’s mother is originally German. The two moms became good friends. Although we lived down the street from each other, rode the same school bus, and sat next to each other in Algebra classes, we didn’t date at that time. However, it seemed like there was always an unspoken chemistry, but each of us too shy to act on it. Natalie even made a wish on her 15th birthday to marry Carl and have a big family! Carl had no idea.
We lost touch after high school and reconnected on Facebook years later. The attraction was still there and we knew right away that we shared a very special connection. Destiny brought us back together and gave us an unbelievable appreciation and gratitude for each other. Our parents were over the moon. Their healthy and loving relationships are what we emulate. Not one day goes by without saying I love you. Our families are very close and full of support.
Natalie and I were raised Christian and truly believe that miracles can and do come true. We lead a life based on faith, hard work, honesty, love, and respect for others. For us, life is about family, friendships and embracing what the world has to offer. These core values are what we hope to share and instill in raising our children.
OUR JOURNEY TO ADOPTION
We tried everything. Natalie underwent several surgeries and we followed a long path of IVF. We were crushed when things did not go as planned. It was grueling physically as well as emotionally. However, we believe everything happens for a reason and we have faith that God has a plan for us.
Sophia is Carl's biological daughter and Natalie's daughter by marriage. She is 9 years old, lives with us full time and is the light of our lives. Although Natalie is not her biological mother, the two share a very strong mother-daughter bond. We have been dreaming and wishing to grow our family further. Even Sophia asks daily if we have any news about siblings for her. The three of us are now so excited about this path and cannot wait to add a new member (or two) to our family. We are open to adopting siblings.
OUR LIVES NOW
After living in Europe, Virginia and Texas, we have made Southern California our home. We both like to keep active and enjoy yoga, golf, dancing, hiking, boating, and skiing. Exploring local sites, sporting events and experiencing the arts and other cultures are important to us. It is not unusual to hear German, French or Spanish spoken in our home as we encourage and appreciate the value of learning foreign languages. We love to travel, especially to visit Natalie’s family in Virginia or to see Carl’s mother who moved back to Vienna, Austria. Unfortunately, Carl's father passed away earlier this year. We will keep our memories alive with lots of good stories about him and his amazing life for our children to enjoy.
Carl is a senior financial manager for a traffic safety company and Natalie is a marketing manager for resort properties in Newport Beach. Natalie recently scaled back her hours and will transition to remote work from home, in order to focus on adoption and have more time once we adopt. We both enjoy our careers. However, family always comes first and we keep a healthy work life balance.
We hope our story will give you some comfort in knowing that as parents, we will love your child unconditionally every day of our lives and raise him or her in the most nurturing home possible. Natalie and I are excited to meet you and want you to know how grateful we would be should you choose us. We look forward to answering any questions that you may have as you continue your journey to find the best possible parents to raise your baby (or babies if you have siblings who would be placed together). Thank you for reading about us.