Erik & Aimie
Aimie & Erik
We haven’t met you yet but we already think the world of you. In choosing this path for you and your baby, you are one of the strongest, most loving people that we can hope to know. We are grateful for your courageous decision and for taking the time to learn more about us.
We’ve been together for fifteen years, years full of laughter and love, but the one thing missing all this time was a child to share it with. We are so unbelievably excited to begin the adventure of parenthood because we have so much love to give.
We want you to know that if you choose us to parent your child, he or she will always have endless support, champions who fight for their dreams, and a safety net to fall back on. And, our child will always know how your profound love and bravery made us a family.
Our Life Together
The night we met, Erik guessed Aimie’s birthdate out of thin air, we realized we already had fifty friends in common, and we both had scholarships to the same college at the same time! On our first date, we talked all night and haven’t stopped talking since.
Fast forward to more than a decade later, and we still finish each other’s sentences and make up silly songs together every day. We both know the key to our long relationship is laughter, through good times and not so good times.
We start each day with a cup of coffee and by walking our dogs in the hills of our neighborhood, full of birds and butterflies and flowers. Erik is the real chef of the household and is lovingly called the King of Breakfast in our family.
And, for the rest of the day, Aimie works from home full-time and Erik works from home part-time which means we share a home office and are so lucky we get to see each other more than most couples do each day. And, we know it means we will have even more quality time with our child when he or she arrives.
After a couple years of trying to have a biological child, we realized that adoption has always been a part of our family’s story and was absolutely the best option for us. Over the years, we have learned from our aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents that Family is made from Love, not DNA. We’ve built a very happy life and can’t wait to share it with our child!
Why I Love Aimie, By Erik
I fell head over heels in love with Aimie from our first date. I guessed her birthday out of thin air when we met and had a soccer scholarship that I almost accepted to the same college she had gone to so there was always a sense of destiny that we would meet inevitably. We talked all the night from our first date and have been talking ever since.
Aimie is the most compassionate person I have ever met or will ever meet. She is kindness personified. She also keeps me in constant giggles when I catch her dancing around the house to get ready for the day. I am the luckiest guy in the world to be her husband. Aimie is such a loving care taker, she is always looking for how she can help others. I have watched her care for our friends’ children with such unconditional love. I can’t imagine a better mother.
Aimie is exceptionally intelligent. She loves to problem solve and find ways to create the happiest home possible. She is the sage for our group of friends who all ask her for advice every day.
Aimie is also an incredibly brave person. She is not afraid to stand by those she loves no matter what. I am so proud that she has extended her natural compassion in life into an amazing job where she is a champion for philanthropic causes around the world.
Being with her each day makes be a better person. She has made me the best man I can be. I fall more in love with Aimie every single day and every single year.
Why I Love Erik, By Aimie
I know everyone thinks this about their partner but Erik is a miraculous man!
There is not a human being alive who has met Erik who would not say that he is one of the funniest or most charming people they’ve ever met. He lights up a room with his warmth, humor, and ability to relate with every single person in his path.
At our wedding, our Best Man said that Erik’s gift is “relationships” because he makes everyone feel seen, heard, respected, and happier, and it’s just so true. He is a bright, shining light that everyone wants to be around and his sparkling green eyes and smile melt my heart even after so many years together.
Erik is my rock. I’ve never known a better champion for myself, or for others less fortunate or less privileged than himself. I’m consistently in awe of his open mind and open heart; he listens, learns, and constantly seeks to give back and also to improve himself. He is emotionally courageous and a pillar of strength; he never shies away from the hard stuff in life and he lifts his loved ones up when they’re down.
I have always known that he would make an incredible father, and I’ve smiled as I’ve heard dozens of people who know him well say the exact same thing over the years. It is a joy to see him caring for our dogs because of the unending love, patience, playfulness, and commitment he displays every single day.
I am overjoyed to know that one day soon I will see him shining his light and exuberant love on our child!
Love Makes a Family
We both grew up in verrry large families and from the time we met, all of our extended family easily bonded and have so much fun together.
Aimie’s parents have been dreaming of becoming grandparents for decades and they are eagerly awaiting a baby they can give their hearts to. And,
Erik’s parents have been grandparents to one granddaughter but are “over the moon” to see their family grow more. More than that, we are so lucky that our parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins live nearby and can’t wait to add a new baby to our laughter-filled gatherings.
In addition to family, our friends are the absolute best. We have a really close, loving, silly group of goofballs who have been close for decades. Whether it’s scavenger hunts or game nights or costume parties, our friends bring out the best in us. We also take annual trips to Palm Springs or Big Bear or Santa Barbara, and through it all, we’ve all helped raise each other’s kids, and have seen each other through thick and thin. We affectionately call our group “Love Town” but they truly are our village.