We met over 12 years ago while volunteering for a non-profit program and developed a wonderful friendship which bloomed into a love affair. We proposed to each other after hiking to the top of Mt. Whitney and were married in 2010. Neither of us would trade a day of this adventure together! With our mutual values of family, honesty, integrity and kindness, we are committed spouses, parents and community members. We’ve always desired to have a family, and we could not be happier with our decision to adopt Avery. He is the treasure of our lives. We cherish this journey together, becoming a generous, close and loving family. Adoption is familiar to us, not only through Avery, but also because we have many friends and playmates of Avery’s who have been adopted.
We love nature and enjoy hiking and camping in the mountains, kayaking on the California coast and vacations, often with our extended family. Carla loves skiing in the mountains nearby and Nancy enjoys sailing in the Santa Barbara area, on the Central Coast of California, where her parents live. We all love swimming in the local pools and going to the theater, especially musicals. We often sing and dance around the house like we are all on stage or having a dance party!
We are so fortunate to have become Avery’s moms. He is a curious and playful 3 ½ year-old who delights in new experiences and challenges. He loves music, imaginative play, painting and art, climbing, reading, riding his bike, going to gymnastics class, and swimming. He has a generous heart and a great sense of humor. He is gentle with babies and thrilled to become a big brother. We are all very excited to include a new child in our wonderful family we have created.
Our home is in the East Bay of San Francisco and is the perfect place for our family. Inside we have plenty of space for everyone, and the grasshopper and dragonfly nursery is in a lovely room that gets beautiful sunlight in the afternoon. We enjoy gardening in our yard, playing in the sprinklers and biking to the many parks around our neighborhood. Our town is safe, close-knit and kid-friendly. There are music and sports programs for kids, as well as a swim complex with a lap pool, diving board and wading pool where we can play in the water with the little ones. Our town has a “small town” feel with parades down First Street, a great Farmer’s Market and an annual tree-lighting ceremony with Santa. Our neighbors are terrific, with children of all ages on our block.
We share our home with our Golden Retriever, Lily, who is sweet and wonderful with kids of all ages. She plays chase and fetch with Avery and is always open to his many hugs.
Carla is a grounded woman full of joy and enthusiasm. She is a dream come true for me—a wonderful listener, confidante and problem-solver. She is also an amazing Mom to Avery. Whether she is designing an art activity, helping Avery learn different sports, riding bikes around town, building forts or helping Avery grow his vegetable garden, she is thoughtful, consistent and kind. Carla exemplifies patience, playfulness and organization for Avery and our household. She grounds both me and Avery every day.
Carla was born in San Francisco, grew up in the Bay Area and now often visits her parents and family in the Sierra foothills where she is an active Auntie to her nephews and a great support for her parents. Carla enjoys playing softball, hiking and rowing with the Outrigger club. She volunteers for Avery’s activities and is looking forward to coaching youth sports when Avery is ready. Carla’s vigor in sports, recreation and service in our community encourages us to live life fully!
Carla is a Marriage and Family Therapist with her own practice, but is currently home with Avery most days working part-time. Carla has always wanted to be a mother and she is wonderful with Avery. I am inspired by her ever-present enthusiasm to learn new ways to help all the children in her life be the best they can be. She is very patient and has a nurturing instinct that notices the little things that are so important to children.
Nancy is a powerful, kind and gentle soul who delights in helping others, learning new things and being a mom. Her smile, laugh and outgoing personality are what first drew me to her. She is the calm presence in any situation, and the one that family and friends turn to for support. She notices the little things that bring peace and joy to us all and shares her gifts generously.
Nancy was born and raised with her older brother in Santa Barbara. Her parents were both educators, and they provided a stable and loving home teaching her to be kind and patient, and encouraging her to strive to be the best that she could be. As a youth, Nancy enjoyed sailing, playing volleyball, dancing ballet and playing on the beach. She was drawn to children early in life and ran youth programs through the local YMCA and family camp in the Sierras while in college.
Nancy graduated from the University of California and is now an advisor with a local bank. Away from work she enjoys exploring the community with Avery, playdates with other families, gardening and hiking the many trails in the East Bay. Nancy answers to “Mama” with Avery and “Aunt Nancy” for a variety of nieces and nephews. Seeing Nancy with Avery has been pure magic. She is an amazing Mom with a playful, engaging, gentle and reassuring presence.