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From the depths of our hearts, thank you for your courage and your selfless love. It is impossible to put into words the gratitude we have for you and the immeasurable impact you are making on our lives. Though we have experienced pain and loss from our fertility journey, we truly believe that God has led us down this road to you. We cannot begin to understand the journey you have gone through. All that we can say is that we are so grateful and honored to be here with you.
I am from California and am very close to my parents and sister. My Mom is Mexican and my Dad is Irish. I think my family does a great job blending both cultures and traditions. When I first met Joshua, I was immediately welcomed into his family. His nephews have become such an integral part of my life, and I am so honored to be their aunt. Being a mom is truly my happy place. I have had thrilling adventures like hiking Machu Picchu and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, but nothing brings me more joy than experiencing the world next to Elias. I enjoy spending time at the beach or finding unique treasures at antique shops. I feel most at peace hiking and gardening in our backyard with Elias. I am a Utility Manager and have a master's degree in planning and public administration. Although I get fulfillment in my work, my priority remains my family. I will be staying at home full-time when a baby joins our family. Joshua and I make it a point to attend every activity with Elias as a family and truly love watching him learn and explore new endeavors.
I grew up in the Pennsylvania countryside with my three siblings and have fond memories of exploring the woods and being in nature. I enjoy fishing, riding motorcycles, and camping, but mostly I enjoy going on adventures with my family. I adore the family unit Maegan and I created and absolutely love being a father to Elias. Whether it is swim class, karate, riding a bike, or watching shows, I enjoy being there supporting my son. I have a background in construction and am a Civil Engineer in the City. I consider myself very handy and like to work on my bike or building. Even though I wouldn’t say it was all fun, I am proud that I was able to remodel our house and make it perfect for our family. I had a very large role in my nephews’ life since they were born. I moved in with my sister to help her care for the boys and consider them my own. I was there during the late nights, practices, heartbreaks, and driving lessons, and watched them succeed in college. My relationship with them made me the man I am today, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Dear Expectant Mom and Family,
From the depths of our hearts, thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and considering us to be adoptive parents to your precious child. We are Maegan and Joshua. We have been together for over 16 years and married for over 11 years. We are so blessed to be the parents to our loving 4-year-old son, Elias, and have been longing to grow our family for the past few years.
After numerous IVF treatments and miscarriages, our fertility journey has left us with an enormous amount of heartbreak and loss. But we soon realized that God had different plans for our family, and this sorrow was not the end of this journey. We are now filled with so much hope and peace because we know that adoption is the path God had planned for us all along and we are following this path wholeheartedly.
We are extremely nervous and excited about the adoption journey and cannot begin to imagine the array of feelings you are experiencing. We promise to meet you where you are on this emotional rollercoaster and to hold your hand with affection, acceptance, and love. We will forever hold you and your selflessness in the highest regard and protect, ever so gently, the greatest gift we have ever received, a beautiful child. We will honor your legacy by raising your child as our own. We will raise them in a safe, stable, loving home that is warm, caring, playful, and accepting. We promise to nurture their creativity, support their individuality, provide them the tools to explore new ventures, and embrace their dreams. We will teach them to be kind, honest, and compassionate. We promise to kiss every boo boo, always be there to give a hug, and to love them every moment of every day forever.
You will always be cherished and revered in our family and in the stories we share with our children. We are so excited to finally meet you and together travel down the path God has planned for us.
With all our love,
Maegan and Joshua
Kindness is so important to our family and serves as the foundation of our ethical morals. It is our goal as parents to teach our children they are special and created in the image of God, which is unique, diverse, and beautiful. We want them to know we accept them for who they are and will be a constant support in their life. We want them to also mirror that loving acceptance to others and avoid the negative traps of comparison, judgment, and self-doubt. We had a sign made for the playroom as a friendly reminder to love their uniqueness that reads “The world needs who you were made to be.”
Perfection is not the goal in our family, just that we have tried our best and can be proud of what we did. We want to strive to guide our actions with integrity and when we do our best, we have a greater sense of pride in those actions.
Our weekends are spent enjoying the beach, going on hikes, baking, or simply playing baseball in the backyard. We try to live our lives in a way that keeps the love of God and our family at the center.
We are so blessed to live in family-friendly community in Southern California and are within walking distance to a huge park with nature trails. We go on daily walks to the park, and during the holiday seasons, we like to admire our neighbors’ “movie quality” decorations. We renovated our 6 bedrooms, 3 bath home over the past five years.
Every detail in our home reflects the values of family and quality time. We have separate equal-sized bedrooms for our son and future baby. Connecting the kids’ bedrooms is a unique playroom that is outfitted with a train/play table, teepee, bean bags, cozy sofa, felt board for sensory play, an art wall for fun creations, and cubbies.
Our house sits on almost an acre of land, which includes a large patio, a grass area, a kid mountain for digging, and a garden. We love releasing ladybugs in our garden and watching them live in the flowers. We also installed a tree house with swings, two slides, and a rock-climbing wall. We love our home and have gone to great lengths to make it safe and warm, while also encouraging fun, exploration, and play.
We have a huge heart for our fur babies. Our Blue Heeler, Kiah was our son’s protector and followed him everywhere since he was a baby. So many pictures we have of Elias growing up has Kiah right next to him. Kiah unfortunately passed away this summer after being such a special part of our family for 14 years. She is missed and Elias loves to talk about the loving memories he had with her.
We have a Doodle named Sulley. He is 10 months old and loves to play with Elias. Sulley and Elias run around for hours in the backyard and chase each other up the slide. Sulley lets Elias give him big bear hugs, give him funny hairdos, or make his mouth into a smile. Sulley is a gentle giant who is a big kid at heart. Elias calls Sulley his friend and they get so excited to see each other every day!
We have been together for over 16 years. Our courtship seemed straight out of a romantic movie brought about by a series of unlikely events. Joshua moved to California from the East Coast and started working by chance at a local fish market. Maegan decided to take a job at the same fish market since it was biking distance from her house. From a distance, Maegan adored a shy, caring, and “old-fashioned” man that made her smile. Joshua fell in love with Maegan’s kindness, laughter, and outgoingness. The connection we made that summer would last them a lifetime.
Within five years we were married and traveled the world together exploring Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, and Iceland. Road trips, camping, late-night movies, and morning coffees are our joys and these bonding experiences fueled a relationship rooted in a deep friendship and respect. We encourage one another to be our best selves, hold each other during hard times, together built a home, and have embraced each other’s families as our own.
We are so blessed to be the parents to our loving son, Elias, and our doodle dog, Sulley. Elias is such a caring, gentle, and playful little boy who is so excited to be a big brother. Parenting is our greatest adventure and has truly sparked a deeper love between us. Through stolen glances and smiles we watch our family flourish in our endless love!
We have always desired to have multiple children and have been trying to grow our family for the past few years.
Adoption is not a new concept to us. We have close friends and family who have adopted and are comforted knowing our future baby will not be alone in this journey. We are overcome with joy and hope knowing that a child will one day be able to join our special family. We have been longing and praying for them every second of every day.
Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know our family. We hope that it has given you a glimpse into our world and shown you the love that we have to share with a child. We have so much respect for your decision to consider adoption for this child. We believe you are incredibly brave and selfless. We are so excited to open our hearts and our home to a child through adoption, and cannot wait for that day to come.
Please know that any child who joins our family will be loved abundantly and unconditionally. They will be given every opportunity in life to pursue their dreams. We will encourage them to embrace their uniqueness and remind them that “The world needs who they were made to be”. But most importantly, they will always know who they are, where they came from, and the love that their birth mother has for them.
We imagine that this must be a difficult decision for you to make and we want you to always feel at peace with your decision to place your child. We hope to meet you soon and are open to answering any questions you may have. From the bottom of our hearts, we wish the best for you and are constantly praying for you during this journey.
Please visit our website for more information about our family!