Gladney Center for Adoption

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Felipe + Reina

Thank you for looking at our profile and taking the time to learn about our family as you explore the next steps for you and your baby. We hope that through this profile, you will be able to see the love that we have for each other, our families, and a future child. We want you to know that we respect and admire your decision to consider an adoption plan, and we cannot imagine how difficult this process is for you. We pray that you will have the strength and the courage you need as you navigate the steps you want to take as you move forward in whatever decision you ultimately make. We are honored that you might consider choosing us as the family to raise your child.

Our Story

Felipe was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small rural village in Guatemala and I was in medical school. I was placed in the same town to complete a six-month medical internship. One day, we were both invited to a town meeting and it was there that we met for the first time. Over the next six months, we spent time getting to know each other and we developed a strong friendship. We then officially began our relationship as a couple! Less than one year later, Felipe asked me to marry him, and I said yes. We were married on a sunny summer day in July 2009 in Antigua, Guatemala surrounded by family and friends. We have been married for 10 years and have grown to love each other more each year of marriage. What really holds our relationship together is our love for Jesus. Our faith has gotten us through some difficult times and has allowed us to grow in our marriage. We believe in God's design for marriage and value the covenant we made during our wedding. We can't wait to continue growing our family and provide a loving and stable home for our children.

Why Adopt?

We have known that we wanted to adopt since before we were married, and after trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for 3 years, we felt like the Lord had made it clear to us that adoption was the way we will grow our family. So in 2015, we decided to start the adoption process and God blessed us Benjamin.

Benjamin was born that year on our 6th wedding anniversary. He became part of our family trough open adoption and we have the blessing of visiting with his birth mother and birth grandmother twice a year. We know that God has called us to adopt, and we can't wait to watch our family grow.

About Felipe, By Reina

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Felipe is the kindest and funniest person I have ever met. He is an engineer and works with technology on a daily basis. Felipe enjoys his job because he gets to interact with many different people and help them solve problems. In his down time, Felipe enjoys playing his guitar, watching college football, going to the gym, spending time with family and friends, playing soccer and reading. He is a very friendly, kind, patient, loving, and caring person, but what I love most about Felipe, is his sense of humor.

He makes me laugh every day! Everyone who comes into contact with him loves him because he has a unique "special quality" about him. I think his sense of humor and big smile are parts of that magic. I know Felipe is part of God's plan for my life and we definitely complement each other. He is an amazing father because of the way he loves unconditionally. He is a wonderful man and I'm so proud to be his wife.

About Reina, By Felipe

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Reina is a wonderful mom! She loves children and has been waiting for many years to become a mom. Reina is a beautiful, caring, and loving person to everyone she meets. She enjoys learning new things and exploring new places. Reina studied medicine, graduated as a medical doctor, and practiced medicine for a couple of years before she discovered that her passion is for teaching children. She decided to become an elementary school teacher instead so that she can pour into children's lives everyday. Reina has a gift for teaching and connecting with children.

After the adoption of Benjamin, Reina decided to resign from teaching to care for him. Reina enjoys being outdoors and finding fun adventures to do as a family. She loves to cook and try new recipes, dance around with Benjamin in the kitchen, and just be silly. She oftentimes will find the joy in the little things, and that is something I adore about her. She is a great wife, always taking care of our family, even after a long day!

Meet Benjamin

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Benjamin is a super active and sweet boy. He loves cars, monster trucks, and anything that goes "zoom." He enjoys playing soccer and is very competitive.

Benjamin is a super attentive and caring little boy, which is precious to watch! He is not shy and considers any child he encounters his friend. Benjamin likes to give those he loves lots of hugs and high fives. Benjamin loves Mickey Mouse, specifically a Mickey stuffed animal he has as a "lovey."

He also loves music, when he hears a good song he starts dancing on the spot. Mamma and Ben love to have dance competitions where they show off their awesome moves! He is really excited about becoming a big brother to a brother or sister one day in the future. He already talks about reading to them and helping care for them.

Our Happy Place

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We live in a two-story house with 4 bedrooms. When the weather is nice, we enjoy having dinner and playing on the back patio.

Our neighborhood is very family-oriented, with many parks and fun places close by. Our favorite amenity is the neighborhood pool, where we have lots of fun during the hot summer months.

We are blessed to live less than 5 minutes away from our church and many of our friends from church have young children that Benjamin already calls friends. We love that we all live close enough to spend time together often and to take turns babysitting for one another.

Our Promise To You

We promise we will unconditionally love and cherish your child. We will encourage, guide and support them to become the person God created them to be. We will be the biggest supporters of their hopes and dreams! And we promise to cultivate in them a love for God and a love for others.

You will always be an important part of our life and we promise to respect whatever level of openness and contact we agree upon together. You will be loved and prayed for, and your child will know the loving sacrifice you made for them.

Until Next Time...

Thank you once again for taking the time to read our story. We are excited about the possibility of sharing our lives with you and your precious child. We hope this profile has given you a picture of what life would be like in our family.

We wish you courage and strength in the days ahead and will pray for the decisions you will make. We hope to meet you soon!

With much gratitude, Felipe and Reina

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