you for taking the time to consider us as the family to care for your child.
This is only a brief summary, to help you learn a little about our background
and who we are. While you are evaluating difficult options right now, hopefully
by getting to know us, your decision will become easier.
have love and encouragement to share with your child, and would be glad to
discuss this with you. The first few years of a childís life are critical to
the social, emotional and psychological development, and we are able to provide
a caring and nurturing family structure. Terri, a full time homemaker, has made
a safe and peaceful home, in preparation for a childhood full of pleasant
memories and traditions.
met at a freshman dance, at University
of California, Irvine, and instantly became best friends.
After a four-year courtship, we were married, and now we have been married for
15 years. A family is something we have always wanted. We have been trying to
reproduce naturally and with medical assistance for 10 years.
has a Bachelorís degree of Arts, in Social Science from University
of California, Irvine, and postgraduate studies in Early
Child Development. She is the youngest of four siblings, and has a kinship
towards children to this day. She has 6 years experience as a preschool
teacher, and training at University Montessori of Irvine. Terri served in
Operation Desert Storm as a Medical Specialist, supporting U.S. Army medical
facilities before her honorable discharge in 1992.
has a Bachelorís degree of Fine Arts, from University
of California, Irvine,
and a Masterís degree of Fine Arts, which he earned as a Trustee Merit Scholar,
from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (which has been consistently
ranked the number one graduate school of fine arts in the U.S.). He is
the eldest of four siblings, and was the default babysitter, being 5 to 8 years
older than the others. He has a successful career in Information Technology,
supporting computer networks and Internet servers, having experience in
"dot com" companies, music and entertainment companies and
educational institutions. Manny is only 10 minutes from home when at work, and
gets over 6 weeks off work annually, as a benefit of working at an educational
institution. He loves working at Art Center College of Design, preparing
students for professional and personal success in an increasingly competitive
both have parents who live locally, and enjoy regular visits, but are looking
forward to the special visit when they become grandparents. Our siblings are
also eager to become uncles and aunts, and cousins are excited to become
playmates at ever-present family events.
have mentored young cousins, successfully, offering academic guidance and
housing during winter and summer school breaks. We take pride in being
"the adults" youngsters come to for advice and support.
house is in a small town community with lots of local parks and activities. Terriís
family has lived in this neighborhood for 30 years, and her brother George
lives next door, in the house they grew up in.
are a young and active couple, frequently enjoying camping and outdoor
activities, like bicycling, fishing, hiking, and flying kites. We also enjoy
traveling and exploring other cultures, and have visited 30 of our 50 states.
Most importantly, we enjoy making a home where any child could be happy.
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