Hieu and Dan
Hello! We are Hieu & Dan from Garden Grove, California
Your courage and trust in choosing adoption inspires us. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for viewing our profile. If you choose us, we will be so excited to share our love and home with your baby. We know this is a tough decision, and we are grateful.
After meeting online, our first date was at a Cuban restaurant in Orange, California, and we hit it off right away! We got along so well that we talked for several hours after dinner—even sitting on a park bench because the restaurant had closed!
Our second date was on Valentine’s Day 2011, and since then we have been each other’s Valentines each year. We were married in September 2019 and can’t wait to be parents.
Fridays are date nights and new adventures. Sometimes it’s a new restaurant, movies in the park, cooking classes, or a road trip. We also make time for family and friends by babysitting our nieces and nephews and going on double dates with our sisters. We both enjoy going to movies, plays, and community events, and we volunteer/advocate to help those in need.
We will provide your baby with many opportunities and support them wholeheartedly. With the loving support of our friends and family, we commit to providing your baby a loving, safe, and happy home.
I was born and raised in Colorado, and I moved to California to help my sister raise my niece, Lizzie. My parents were public school teachers, so it’s no surprise that I ended up as a teacher. My best memories of childhood were spent camping in the mountains and road trips in our VW Van during the summers. I’m excited to have similar adventures with my family.
Since a young age, the arts have been deeply important to me. Now I teach English, literature and art history as a college professor, which gives me summers and winters off with a flexible schedule during the school year. I chose this job to have time for a family while also lifting up my community.
I’m also a foodie, always inventing new and (mostly) healthy recipes! I’m very excited to become a parent, and I can’t wait to share my love of art, nature, storytelling, and food as a family.
Through Hieu’s Eyes:
I’ve been lucky to have Dan as a husband and partner. His kind nature attends to the needs of those he loves. Every night, Dan gets me a glass of water even without me asking (maybe it’s because he hates me drinking his?!). During times of high stress, he is incredibly patient and always offers help, support, and words of encouragement.
More than anything, Dan treats everyone with respect and without judgment. I cherish and can’t wait to have our future child learn and embody these qualities. Dan is guaranteed to be a terrific Dad!
Why Dan Inspires Hieu:
- Dan always helps anyone in need.
- His deep generosity extends to everyone.
- Dan accepts people with an open heart.
- He never forgets to celebrate the small things.
- Dan is honest with his feelings and thoughts.
I was born in Vietnam and lived there until the age of seven. My family immigrated to the U.S. in 1993, and we have lived in California ever since. I have seven siblings so family has always been important. I loved babysitting my younger sisters growing up and creating memories together.
Growing up in the welfare system inspired me to become a counselor to give back and serve communities in need. I’ve worked in the mental health and wellness field for the last fifteen years.
Being a father has always been my dream. I’m excited to start this next chapter with Dan. We feel ready and fortunate for the opportunity to become parents.
Through Dan’s Eyes:
I’m the luckiest man in the world because Hieu is the kindest, gentlest, and sweetest husband anyone could ask for. I know he will be an excellent father because I watch him be a role model for his nieces and nephews. He encourages his nephews to explore their talents in cooking and martial arts, while he inspires his older niece to tour colleges, and make her own decisions about what to study.
Hieu also mentors youth and guides them in applying for college. Hieu is deeply committed to helping others do well, and I know he will make an excellent father.
Why Hieu Inspires Dan:
- His smile and humor brighten everyone’s day.
- Hieu’s commitment to social justice and community work brings people joy.
- He surprises me with cute gifts and makes me laugh after a tough day.
- Hieu is dedicated to improving other’s lives.
Our Family, Friends and Pets
We are blessed with large families. Hieu’s family lives down the street (a five-minute walk), and Dan’s sister and niece are a short drive away. Hieu has seven siblings, while Dan has seven uncles and aunts. Family reunions get a bit wild!
Our community of friends come over for game nights and dinner together every week so we can spend time hanging out and having a good time. We are excited to share our love and our community with your baby!
Top Five Places to Be with Our Families:
- Colorado: Skiing in the Rocky Mountains!
- San Francisco: Biking across the Golden Gate Bridge during sunset!
- Wisconsin: Gorgeous summers on the lake! Cheese galore!
- Viet Nam: Eating exotic fruits in Saigon!
- Southern California: Where the sun shines and the beaches sparkle! No place like home.
Einstein is a “Teddy Bear” breed with bright eyes and a sense of humor and mischief. He’s a master of cuteness and loves to play fetch.
Lilly is the most loyal, sweetest dog you will ever meet. She’s so loyal that she barely needs a leash when walking!
Our Home and Neighborhood
Garden Grove, in Orange County, California, has award-winning schools with bilingual programs and enriching experiences. The city is diverse and welcoming. Our three-bedroom home has a cute succulent garden with vegetable patches and herb gardens in the backyard. Across the street is an elementary school with junior high and high schools in walking distance.
Within a short drive we can be at the beach, parked at Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood, or headed to mountain ski resorts. We often enjoy a short run in the park where we hold community events and gatherings. We are excited to raise our future child in this supportive and loving community.