Natalie & Carl

Natalie & Carl


Dear Expectant Parent/s:

Thank you for taking the time to read about us and our loving family.  We can only imagine how difficult this time may be for you. Your courage is inspiring. 

OUR STORY

It all began when we met in high school in Vienna, Austria. Both of our fathers were in the U.S. Foreign Service and married foreign-born women. Natalie’s mother is originally French and Carl’s is originally German. The two moms became good friends. Although we lived down the street from each other, rode the same school bus, and sat next to each other in Algebra classes, we didn’t date.  It seemed like there was always an unspoken chemistry, but each of us too shy to act on it. Natalie even made a wish on her 15th birthday to marry Carl and have a big family! Carl had no idea but felt an attraction too.

We lost touch after high school and reconnected on Facebook years later. The attraction was still there and we knew right away that our connection is truly special. Destiny brought us back together and gave us an unbelievable appreciation and gratitude for each other. Our parents were over the moon. Their healthy and loving relationships are what we emulate. Not one day goes by without saying I love you. Our families are very close and full of support. 

OUR VALUES

We were both raised Christian and truly believe that miracles can and do come true. We lead a life based on faith, hard work, honesty, love, and respect for others.  For us, life is about family, friendships and embracing what the world has to offer.  These core values are what we hope to share and instill in raising our children.

OUR JOURNEY TO ADOPTION

Our daughter, Sophia, is 9 years old and the light of our lives.  Sophia is Carl’s biological daughter and Natalie’s daughter through our marriage.  However, Natalie and Sophia share a very strong mother-daughter bond.  Sophia lives with us full time and has longed for a sibling.  She is super excited about our adoption plans.  We have all been dreaming and wishing to grow our family.  After Natalie followed a long path of surgeries and IVF, we were devastated when the outcome was not what we hoped. It was grueling emotionally and physically. Natalie also endured a very tough grieving process and found help with a grief and trauma specialist to find her way back. We firmly believe everything happens for a reason and have faith that God has a plan for us. The three of us are so excited about this path and cannot wait to add a new bundle of joy to our lives! 

OUR LIVES NOW

After living in Europe, Virginia and Texas, we have made sunny Southern California our home.  We both like to keep active and enjoy yoga, golf, dancing, hiking, boating, skiing and so much more.  Experiencing the arts and other cultures are important to us.  It is not unusual to hear German, French or Spanish spoken in our home as we encourage and appreciate the value of learning foreign languages.  We love to travel, especially to visit Natalie’s family in Virginia and Carl’s mother in Vienna, Austria. Unfortunately, Carl’s father just passed away in January. We miss his good humor and laughter and will share his inspiring life story with our new baby too. 

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Carl is a senior financial manager for a traffic safety company. Natalie has just chosen to leave her position as a marketing manager in Newport Beach. She is now working part time from home to focus energy on our adoption journey and spend more time nurturing and caring for Sophia.  This will also allow her to be at home full time when our baby arrives. We both enjoy our work. However, family comes first and we strive to create a healthy work life balance.

OUR HOPE

We hope this glimpse into our story gives you comfort in knowing that, if chosen, we will love your child unconditionally every day and raise him or her in the most nurturing home possible.  We are excited to meet you and want you to know how grateful we would be should you choose us.  

We look forward to meeting you or talking on the phone or FaceTime to answer any questions that you may have as you search to find the best home for your baby.  Thank you for reading about us.  

Kind Regards,

Natalie and Carl