Eric + Casi

We don't know what you are feeling or what you are going through. We won't pretend that we do. But we do know that hard things get easier with time. So whether you decide to place your baby for adoption or to parent, it is going to be ok. You've got this - because you are an amazing parent and you are a strong person. We trust your decision and you should too.

Dear Expectant Parent

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Parent to parent - first, we'd like to tell you that you are already a wonderful parent. Only a parent's selfless heart could consider their child's best interests and needs over their own. Perhaps, it's hard right now to know what is right for you and your child. It may take time, but you will know. And you should know, even if you do choose to place your child for adoption, this baby will always be your child. You will always be their parent. Nothing takes that away.

We don't know what you are feeling or what you are going through. We won't pretend that we do. But we do know that hard things get easier with time. So whether you decide to place your baby for adoption or to parent, it is going to be ok. You've got this - because you are an amazing parent and you are a strong person. We trust your decision and you should too.

Please make sure that you are taking care of yourself during this time. Be kind to yourself.

With much love and respect,Casi and Eric

Why Adoption

Adoption has always been a part of Casi's family plan. Casi's best friend in kindergarten was adopted and his experience and adjustment from kindergarten to high school graduation left a lasting impression.

The original plan was to have a couple of biological kids and then to start to adopt. How does the saying go? God laughs at plans, right?

We needed some time to heal after Sophia's premature birth. Any plan for a second pregnancy was immediately put on hold. As the years passed and the fear faded, we returned to the idea. Unfortunately, fertility had waned. We were not able to conceive and decided not to pursue any advanced fertility treatments. There was undeniable disappointment, but we were comforted in knowing that adoption was already a part of our family plan.

Admittedly, time has gotten away from us a bit. We've had so much fun as a family of three but we are ready to be a family of four!

Our Story

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We met in freshman tennis class and became fast friends. We started dating the next year, which amounted to hanging out in much the same way we had previously, but now with the title of girlfriend and boyfriend! Our next four years together at college were spent much the same way. After completing her degree, Casi moved to another city for medical school. Eric had one more year to complete and then he would begin his engineering career in our current city. The next 4 years were marked by many miles on the road for Eric. Every weekend he would make the drive to spend the weekend with Casi. The life of a med student is not too exciting, so Casi was always surprised Eric continued to come, but was super grateful and happy that he did.

In June of 2010, we were married in front of our family and closest friends in a historic building on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. After med school graduation, Casi moved to join Eric. We bought our first home and started our life together after spending so many years apart. A couple years later we welcomed our sweet daughter, Sophia, into the world. Or, more accurately, we should say she catapulted herself into the world after just 24 weeks of pregnancy. We spent a long 109 days in the NICU but thanks to a loving and merciful God and modern medicine she is fantastically healthy and happy. The last 9 years have been a quick blur of fun and happiness.

The strength of our relationship comes from the time that we have spent together and that we have truly grown together over that time. We have been through so many happy times - graduations, job promotions, and bringing our daughter home as the cherry on top. But just as importantly, through our 22 years together, we've also been through some terrible times - the death of Casi's father, a catastrophic fire in Eric's family restaurant, being separated for four years by 200 miles, the stress of residency, preterm labor and a baby requiring 3 months of NICU care. Those times have taught us and strengthened us. Whatever else life may throw at us, we have no doubt that the person at our side is there, through thick and thin, and we can handle it. Because we've done it before and we can do it again and it will only make us stronger.

Meet Eric by Casi

Eric is one of the most even tempered, happy-go-lucky people you'll meet. He is naturally easy going - when you ask what he wants to do or what he wants to eat and he says he doesn't mind and he defers to you, he genuinely means it!

He is smart, I mean, seriously, he's a rocket scientist in real life. He's really good at teaching our daughter crazy things like physics or engineering and all the while she thinks it's fun.

He has a keen ability to solve problems. I think it is rooted in his ability to see all sides of a problem and probably mostly in his ability to remain neutral. This works for him whether it's a conflict at work or negotiating with a child who is demanding a later bedtime. Along the same lines, he has an insane amount of patience. Where most people would want to walk away and take a break, Eric calmly perseveres.

He's very playful and spontaneous with Sophia. I love to be in the background, just watching and listening to the roar of their giggles. They have such a natural connection, with a genuine comfort between them.

Eric's always been an incredible source of support for me. From medical school to residency to present day, he's always been my rock.

When something difficult happens I immediately think "I need Eric." On the flip side, the first thing that crosses my mind when something exciting happens is "I can't wait to tell Eric!" He's been my best friend for more than two decades. I absolutely, completely, fully trust him. He is more than a husband. He is everything to me.

Meet Casi by Eric

I've known Casi for more than half my life and she is my best friend. Over these past 22 years, I've had a front row seat as she's become an amazing mother, brilliant physician, and passionate volunteer. I am truly blessed to have Casi as a teammate in this game of parenting. The bond she and Sophia share is quite the sight to see. Whether Sophia's being loud and silly or quiet and focused, Casi always understands what she feels and needs. I envy her ability to read Sophia and her patience to drill down to the root cause of any problem. I believe it is because they are so similar and think so much alike. I joke with family that Sophia is a mini-mommy.

I remember in high school when Casi was told that being a doctor was a pipe dream and again in college when she was told that med school was going to be a reach. Each time I witnessed her set off on a warpath to prove those doubters wrong, showing that with determination and hard work a person can achieve anything. Especially throughout these COVID days, I am proud when I watch her "strap on her boots" each day and head out to help those in need. With as much as she devotes to being a mother and a physician, her other passion is giving back to the community. I always tease her that she is carrying too many banners but that has not stopped her from stepping up to help when there is a need. From her work with local youth groups, the women's center, literacy organization, or the school PTO, Casi is always ready and willing to help. Sophia could not have a better role model.

Over all these years, we have changed and grown together and I am a better person because of Casi. And most importantly, Casi's role in molding Sophia into a fun, kind, and empathetic kid is undeniable.

Meet Sophia

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Hi, I am Sophia. I am 9 years old. I like to play Barbies. And play with my stuffed animals. I like to collect stuffed animals. I also like to play with my pretend kitchen playset. I serve food to my Mommy and Daddy. I am in 4th grade. My favorite subject is social studies because we read biographies. My favorite biographies are about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Harriet Tubman. My favorite fine arts class is theatre. I love to volunteer, especially at a food pantry. They know me by name there. Since I've been volunteering a lot this year, so I am going to get a Presidential Service Award for volunteering. I am a miracle because I was born so early and God let me live because I have something important to do.

I am excited for the baby to come. I've wanted a sibling my whole life. I think it would be fun if I could see the process of a baby growing up. I can feed the baby. When the baby gets older we can have bunk beds and I can play with it and help it walk.

Our Pets

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We have two dogs, named Cici and Winki. We adopted them from a rescue organization about four years ago. Cici is very playful and excited about nearly everything! Cici moves nonstop, practically until she drops! Winki is a bit more reserved and is her happiest when she can just cuddle beside one of us. She gets scared if there is a storm or any new noises. Sophia is always ready to comfort her. Both dogs are very happy with tails that do not stop wagging. They usually walk around the house with a toy in their mouth, ready to play together or with us at any instance. Almost every evening Cici will whine and whimper and pace toward the pantry until someone gives in and offers up a treat! Luckily, wherever Cici goes, Winki is not far behind, so she gets one too!

Before You Go

Thank you for spending the time to learn about our family.

If you decide that our family is the right fit for you and your child, please have no doubt that your child will be fully and truly loved by us as well as by our large extended family. We hope for an open adoption. Yet, we promise to follow your lead and respect your wishes. We have spent so many years gracefully growing together and we know that our relationship with you and your relationship with your child will grow and change over time. We promise to remain patient and grateful of whatever you are willing to allow. We also want you to know that we are very happy for you should you choose to parent your child and we wish you all the best on the journey of parenting.

We wish you peace in your decision, whatever that may be.

With much love and respect,Casi, Eric, & Sophia

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