Hilary and Evan
We are Hilary, Evan, and Paige from Southern California! We would first like to commend your bravery and selflessness as you pursue adoption for your child. Your love is profound and we admire you far more than we will ever be able to express. We hope this glimpse into our day-to-day life shows you a bit of our hearts and history, and brings you comfort like you’d have with an old friend. We sincerely thank you for considering us and we are sending you love and support in making your decision.
Our Story: We have known each other for over 30 years! We met in preschool and grew up as next-door neighbors. This year we celebrated 10 wonderful years of marriage filled with unconditional love and tremendous adventure. Throughout our marriage, Evan’s career has allowed us to travel the world and gain countless invaluable experiences. We have lived all over the United States and even spent 2 years in Sweden! A few years ago, we were fortunate enough to return to our hometown in an effort to create a steady environment for our family. In June of 2019, we welcomed our beautiful daughter, Paige, through the gift of adoption and our life has been forever changed. We absolutely love being parents and we are excited to continue growing our family!
From preschool playmates to husband and wife, we always knew we would be an amazing team!
Thoughts on Parenting: Love, education, and exploration are the cornerstones of how we parent. We believe our job is to honor and support our children’s individuality and to create a safe and supportive environment for them to be uniquely themselves. We strive to instill a love of learning and a veracious curiosity in the hopes that they will be constantly amazed by the vast and beautiful world around them. We work hard every day to show kindness, love, and patience because we know the importance of leading by example.
Meet Hilary by Hilary: I grew up in the same family-friendly town that we still live in today. I have a degree in Education as well as a cosmetology license, which allowed me to work as a hairstylist and in-salon educator. I enjoyed my job but as soon as Paige arrived I happily ditched the scissors and became a stay-at-home mom. It was the best decision I have ever made! I absolutely love taking care of my family and I am overjoyed by the opportunity to have another little one to dote on. In my free time, I enjoy listening to all kinds of music (I say “Alexa, play…” all day long), cooking and baking, being outdoors, and doing just about anything that will make me laugh!
By Evan: I have known Hilary almost all of my life and it’s easy to say that she is, hands down, the most amazing person I have ever met. She is kind and caring, and extremely funny. I regularly step out of my office to find her doing crazy, made-up dances just to make Paige laugh. She goes out of her way to try to make the world around her a better place. People are naturally drawn to her and I mean it when I say that people literally give her their life stories right after meeting her. Her passion for life is unmatched and watching her apply that passion to being a mom has been one of the greatest joys I have experienced. I cannot wait for her to be able to share this with another child.
Fun Facts About Hilary:
- I will pick sweet over salty every time.
- I have a green thumb and love taking care of my many houseplants.
- My childhood dream was to become a Zoologist. That didn’t happen, but I can still see myself starting a pet sanctuary with dogs, cats, horses, and more!
- I love to travel and learn about other cultures.
- I knew I was going to build my family through adoption since I was little. I even mentioned it to Evan on our very first date!
Meet Evan by Evan: I grew up in a very loving and supportive home in Southern California. As a kid, I played a variety of sports and loved to learn about all aspects of space and science. This led me to pursue my degree in astrophysics. Because of my physics background, I started working with particle accelerators and currently work for the largest cancer treatment company in the world. My job as a global project manager allows me to work primarily from home and has extremely flexible hours. I especially love the fact that I get to eat lunch with Hilary and Paige every day! For fun, I like to read, watch and play sports, snowboard, and explore space with my dad and his gigantic telescope!
By Hilary: Evan is the real deal. He is BRILLIANT and kind and genuine. He is thoughtful with his words and caring in his actions. He loves with his whole heart and takes commitments more seriously than anyone I have ever known. He has so much to be proud of (he truly is a genius and he’s a rock star at work) but you would never know it because he never boasts or brags. He has an amazing way of making everyone feel smart and heard. I have no idea how he does it or how I got so lucky, but I am grateful beyond words. He takes tremendous pride in being a father and his family is his greatest joy. I mean this with the deepest sincerity: he is an incredible dad.
Fun Facts About Evan:
- I really love macaroni and cheese. I could eat it for every meal.
- I play guitar.
- I love the great outdoors which is one of the many reasons I love living in California. We can hike, camp, and spend time at the beach all year long!
- I have a unique ability to tell amazing bedtime stories.
- My childhood hero was Stephen Hawking.
Our Home and Community
We love living in Southern California! Our home has 4-bedrooms, a big backyard, and a park right across the street. Our community is new and was designed with young families in mind. It has 2 Olympic-sized swimming pools, countless parks, and lots of walking trails. There are so many kids in our neighborhood that we went through 3 giant bags of candy last Halloween!
Our town is centrally located and only 30 minutes from beaches and mountains, and just an hour from Disneyland! We are also driving distance to the museums and cultural centers of San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles. We feel very fortunate to live in a safe neighborhood with excellent schools.
Meet Paige – Future big sister: Paige joined our family through adoption immediately following her birth. She is smart and kind-hearted. She loves the beach, her “Christmas Bear,” and broccoli (seriously!). You can find Paige singing and dancing with mom, watering the baby fruit trees in our backyard with dad, or picking out a book for nightly story time. Paige is joyful and loving, and we know she will be a wonderful big sister!
Introducing our Fur Babies: We have 2 miniature dachshunds, Lana and Loki, and a cat, Bailey. Lana and Loki are best friends and spend most of their days snuggled up in the sun. Bailey is a total sweetheart. She and Paige have a precious relationship and they love chasing each other around the house.
Our Family: Our life is centered around our family. Family means the world to us and we work hard to maintain these special relationships. They are some of our best friends and our greatest support system. Our family adores Paige and they are over the moon excited to welcome another precious addition.
Evan’s Family: My amazing parents, Cory and Chin, raised my brother, Chad, and I to be kind and respectful to everyone and pushed us to pursue our dreams in life. They were such great parents that my cousin, Mari, asked to live with us when she was 14. My parents raised her as if she was one of their own and my brother and I loved having her as a big sister. My father was an Air Force and commercial pilot and my mom was a stay-at-home mom. Because my dad was a commercial pilot, we were able to travel a lot when we were younger and have a great relationship with the vast majority of our huge family, who lives mostly in California and Florida. Chad and his fiancée, Kristen, live in Los Angeles and we love meeting up with them for a day at the beach or a trip to the aquarium. My parents live just across town and we see them several times a week!
Hilary’s Family: I have a BIG family, which includes 1 sister, 1 half-sister, 2 stepsisters, 3 stepbrothers, and 4 loving parents. My parents married their wonderful spouses when I was very young and I loved feeling like we were a modern-day Brady Bunch. Always having someone to play with made for a fun and exciting childhood, so I hope to have a big family of my own someday. My mom and stepdad, Tamie and Steve, live nearby and pop by often to bring us lunch and play with Paige. My dad and stepmom, Sam and Kathy, live in Arizona by my sister and her husband, Jill and Justin. Jill and Justin have a daughter, Austyn, who’s almost 2 and another little girl on the way! We are very tight-knit and we see each other as often as possible. Paige loves spending time with Austyn and we all enjoy Arizona’s awesome pools!
Our Promise as Parents:
- We are passionate about human rights and equality, and we promise to teach kindness, tolerance, and love above all else.
- We promise your child will know their adoption story and the profound love and selflessness you have shown.
- Life ebbs and flows to create something beautiful. We promise to teach the importance of laughing as often as possible and finding joy in the good times as well as the challenging ones.
- We promise to teach your child that they are all capable of achieving anything, and we are here to lift them up so they can reach their dreams.
- We promise to love your child fiercely and wholly, without conditions or hesitation.
One Last Thank You: Thank you for getting to know us and for considering us as adoptive parents for your child. We hope we have given you a sense of how much love we have to give and how much we value and enjoy being parents. We have tremendous respect for you and are eager to meet such a courageous woman.
Wishing you peace and love,
Hilary & Evan