Jaime, Kristina, & Olivia

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Jaime, Kristina, & Olivia

We're a family founded on love, faith, laughter, family memories and lots of hugs and kisses.

First and foremost, we want you to know that you are surrounded by additional love and support from the three of us, our family, and friends.

You’re a strong and courageous individual to have made the decision to create an adoption plan for your baby girl. You’re providing us with an amazing gift and blessing, and we will always be forever grateful to you.

Together, we all share a common bond of a loss of a child and we can empathize with you in a small way. Therefore, it is our hope that we can provide you with the encouragement and reassurance throughout your journey. We know that pictures are pretty powerful, and we can guarantee that you will never be without. Our cameras are always an arm length away from us, especially when it comes to Jaime --At times, it seems like Jaime’s professional camera plays the role of a security blanket because it never leaves his side! 

We also want you to know that we welcome an open adoption, and we really want to have the opportunity to get to you know you. Our hope is that our relationship will grow naturally over time; starting with some contact initially. We want only the best for you, and we hope you have the opportunity to set and accomplish your goals. You have your whole life ahead of you to learn, to explore, and to find your passion in life. When you find your passion, you will know it because you want to do nothing else but that. We hope to have the opportunity to watch you from the sidelines and cheer you on.

Without a doubt, we are ready to be parents again. We are especially ready to be parents to your baby girl and Olivia is ready to be a big sister. We frequently talk and imagine what it would be like to have and raise another little girl (or “Sissy” as Olivia refers to her as), and our hearts swell with so much love and anticipation. We know that we’re going to be many fun and challenging times, but we will work together as a team to raise her to be a beautiful young lady with high morals, values, confidence, and a love for life, her family, and God.

We are confident that you will make the right decision for your baby, and we will wait patiently and remain in high spirits because we are firm believers that things happen for a reason.

All the best,
-Jaime, Kristina, and Olivia

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Who We Are

We are Jaime, Kristina, and Olivia and we’re so excited to tell you a little bit about our family.
We met in May 2001 at a mutual friend's graduation. We hit it off right away and we had a lot to talk about, especially comparing stories and adventures from our hometown. Believe it or not, we are from the same town, but we met 600 miles away from home.

When we got married thirteen years ago, and our love and commitment to one another remains stronger than ever, especially after the personal loss of our baby boy in Summer 2012. Kristina became pregnant with our son, Santiago. We were elated. The pregnancy was normal and perfect. It was during the 20-week sonogram that we learned that our son was extremely sick with a rare condition, and he would later pass away within the month. We were on an amazing journey with our little angel, but through it all we have remained at each other's side, hand in hand and committed to becoming parents again.

Since Santiago’s condition was very rare, Kristina’s doctors had recommended we postpone our family planning until the completion of all the genetic tests. By the 10- month mark, we were absolutely done waiting. We yearned to be parents again, so we picked up the phone and called an adoption agency. The adoption agency was in a different city, but the distance didn’t matter because the agency came highly recommended from a family friend. We started the adoption process at the beginning of Summer 2013 and our prayers were answered when we matched with an amazing birth mom. She delivered and placed a healthy baby girl in Kristina’s arms in the Fall 2013. We were beyond blessed that Olivia’s adoption moved swiftly and smoothly, and Kristina is forever grateful to have an opportunity to get to know and bond with a very special young lady. It’s a relationship Kristina will always hold dear to her heart, and she looks forward to day to share it with Olivia.

Our sweet, Olivia will be turning 6 years old in few weeks. She’s currently thriving as a Kindergartner at a neighborhood Spanish-Immersion elementary school. She has a witty sense of humor, an imagination that is hands down awesome, and a self-confidence that’s truly admirable and genuine. She loves to play with other children; so is quite common for Kristina to be scheduling play dates, walking her around the neighborhood or knocking on neighbors’ doors to see anyone wants to play, or they just take the route of heading to the park. At 2.5 years old, we noticed Olivia’s natural talent for and true passion for gymnastics. She’s progressed from the initial Daddy & Me class to now a competition level team. It’s a true joy to watch her in her element.

Olivia is beyond excited to be a Big Sister and has already given her little sister her nickname, Sissy. She talks about Sissy as if she’s already here. She says things like, “When Sissy comes, I’m going to have to…. or “When Sissy gets bigger, she and I will get to…” Her heart is gigantic, and she can’t wait to shower her Sissy with affection. And as parents, we can’t wait for them to create a sister bond with constant companionship to explore life together, to share secrets, and do all the things sisters do together.

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Even with the uncertainties, we still want to be a Family of 4

Life has taken us all in many directions these past few weeks. Who would have ever guessed we would be in a pandemic and our country would be facing hardships at every turn? Definitely not us!

With the uncertainties in our country we continue to count our blessings. We are together, healthy, and blessings continue to come our way.  Do we have daily routine? Heck no! Every night after dinner, Olivia draws papers from cups to guide her in tomorrow’s workout, homework, activities, and meals. She’s thrill with her “game”. Once she goes to bed, I start to figure out her school activities to match the homework slips she selected. She definitely has her preferences on whom she wants to work with on certain items. She says, “Daddy isn’t a good teacher, and Mommy doesn’t know how my gymnastics routines are supposed to go!”. Without a doubt, Jaime and I are multi-tasking like never before.

I know how fortunate I am to still have my job. We are blessed and I do not take my employment for granted. Yes, it’s challenging to work 8-5 from home with Olivia here. She wants Mommy to do things with her, and for the most part I make the time for her. I’m a mom to a young child who doesn’t understand what’s going on (and Jaime and I don’t want her to know), and if I have to work more after she goes to bed then I do it.

Even with all the uncertainty in the world today, we want you to know that our choice to adopt a baby girl HAS NOT changed. Our desire to expand our family and bless Olivia with a Little Sissy is SO STRONG. We continue to pray, speak about Sissy often, and wait patiently to be chosen by a momma-to-be.

A little background on the picture…Our family photographer was sharing her talents with her clients earlier this week. She came around and took pictures of “her families” on their porches. It was an opportunity for us to create a positive message and capture this moment in history all while following the social distancing guidelines before the stay-home restrictions were activated.

Explaining Adoption and more to Olivia

In life, there are many things that other people will have and you don’t.—There are many life lessons that can be taught on this scenario to all ages. For kids, most of the time it’s an object (toy, ball, pen, etc) or an ability to go some where ( a local attraction, a vacation, etc.).

For our sweet Olivia, what she wants is neither an object or a special outing.  What she’s wanting is a little human; a little sissy.——Her want is not just shared by her alone; it’s truly a want both Jaime and I are praying will be answered.  And for our 6 year old, the waiting time and complexity is pretty challenging to comprehend.  In her mind, all we’re asking for is or our family to become a party of four.  How hard can it really be?. 

We have gone thru the most obvious stages with Olivia and thank goodness the various scenarios are rarely on the same day.  I think we would be in trouble trying to find the right words for all the possible scenarios for a 6 year old to understand.  The cutest by far and the one that had Jaime and I chuckle was ; “Mommy, can’t we just go to the store and buy a Sissy?—You have money.”.  You can see where her thought process is going with this one.  We want or need something, we go to the store and buy it.  My response to her was, “Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.  Mommy and Daddy wish it was.  We have to go thru a process.”. 

Her next thought process was why don’t I have a baby in my belly like some of her friend’s mommies. That one is always tough for me to answer because she doesn’t know the full-story of her big brother in Heaven. She knows that her brother is with God and visit his niche in a special chapel. She doesn’t know that I delivered him stillborn at 20 or so weeks.—Definitely a difficult conversation we will have with her, just just not right now.  We will keep the conversation basic. 

When I explained to her that there are two others ways for a family to have a baby; adoption and surrogacy.  Our initial preference would be to just explain adoption and wait to explain surrogacy until she was much older.  However, our close friend is a surrogate for her brother’s family.  We know both families families really well and we felt like we need to have the conversation with Olivia since she was going to see our friend at all stages of her pregnancy.  Jaime said I would be the best one to explain it to her, so I took a deep breathe and started. I told her there are some Mommies that cannot have a baby in their tummy for whatever reason.  The Mommy then asks a very nice lady if she can hold the Mommy and Daddy’s baby in her tummy. When the baby is born, the nice lady gives the baby to his/her Mommy and Daddy. She understood the concept of surrogacy enough to ask a couple of heart wrenching questions: (1) Mommy, can Aunt Kika (our friend) hold your baby in her tummy?  (2) Why does Tidus get to be a big brother first and not me?  Tough questions and it showed me that she understood the general concepts of surrogacy. 

Her questions transitioned nicely into me explaining adoption to her.  I told her there is another way for families to have a baby and this is the process we’re going to follow; it’s called adoption. I explained to her that there are Mommies that have babies in their tummies and these Mommies are looking for special families to give the biggest blessing too. I told her that God hears all our prayers asking for a baby Sissy, and He also hears the prayers for a pregnant mommies looking for a good family to place their babies with.  God then works in His ways to bring the the two together. I told her that we have to be patient and continue to say our prayers for a baby Sissy. God will answer them.  We just have to continue to believe.  I asked her if she believed that she would be a big sister and with full confidence she replied with a yes.  I told her that Mommy and Daddy did as well. 

Fast forward a couple of weeks, and Jaime and I received a small glimpse of Olivia’s understanding of adoption. At Olivia’s school’s open house last week, Jaime over heard one of Olivia’s friends questioning Olivia about her baby sister. My guess is her friend didn’t see me pregnant and then questioned if she was lying or not.  Jaime said she replied with, “You’ll have to wait and be patient.”. She tells everyone she knows, and then for a split second there is an awkward moment when Jaime and I are around. They look at me and we quickly respond “We’re looking to adopt.”.  Everyone is always so excited for us, and it initiates a whole new topic of conversation.     

The picture is of a onsie that Olivia asked to buy for Sissy when we made a stop at a Bucees Gas Station on a recent road trip. If you have never heard of Bucees, you have to look it up.  It’s a gas station and convenient store on steroids (Oh and they have the nicest and cleanest bathrooms you will ever find at a gas station).

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We want to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Jaime, Kristina, & Olivia

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