Jonna Hensley & Dylan Hawhee

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  • Dylan tells a silly story to Quinn, our friends Deb and Jay's daughter
  • In New York City at the top of Rockafeller Center. It was a crystal clear February day, but freezing cold!
  • Our sweet doggies Cowboy and Chloe
  • At a temple in Japan, we had an opportunity to leave a blessing. We left this very important one, to our future child. We added the little tag attached to the plaque to the baby's nursery, for good energy!
  • Jonna, Giti and Deb, with Deb's daughter Quinn
  • Having fun with Go Karts in San Francisco - super goofy, and even more fun that we thought!
  • We took an amazing trip to Japan this year, and this is us at the foot of a waterfall in Kyoto. Really cool!
  • Jonna and our nephew Jonah have a snuggle
  • Our family and dear friends coming together on our wedding day at City Hall in San Francisco. It was a cloudy day, but the rain stayed away until after we got in our cars. Perfect!
  • Our cat Simba - she's wild!
  • Bhalu and Pippy when they were new kittens - they get big so fast!
  • Dylan and our friends Dani and Jen's son Max have a conversation
  • Meeting our friends Giti and Seth's daughter Sana just a couple days after she was born - miraculous!
  • Dylan and her parents at the county fair in Nevada County - an annual tradition!
  • Jonna and her sister and nieces meet an elephant!
  • Dylan having fun with our nephew Jonah.
  • Jonna meeting our friend's sweet daughter Quinn- and having a staring contest!
  • Dylan snuggled Sydney to sleep right away! He had just been born to his parents, our friends Heather and Pete.
  • Jonna with our niece Olivia when she was a baby
  • We loved meeting baby Ryan, our friends Mike and Teri's son- and he loved his bottle!
  • Jonna's getting sweet time with baby Ryan, our friends Mike and Teri's son
  • Dylan learning to rock climb at our friend Matt's birthday party
  • Jonna with our nieces Mady and Olivia at her MBA graduation at St. Mary's College.
  • Jonna with our friends Mike and Teri's first baby Addison - she was so small and sweet.
  • Auntie Jonna having spontaneous dance with our niece Olivia at Marine World
  • Dylan with our nephew Adam, taking a break from a bike ride
  • Jonna with our friend Ellie reading a book before bedtime
  • Jonna with our niece Olivia
  • Playing ball with our friend's daughter Addison- so many giggles
  • Jonna snorkeling at Molokini near Maui - what a beautiful morning. The water was perfect.
  • Us in our backyard
  • Celebrating in NYC after we got engaged!

Where We Live

We live near Lake Merritt in Oakland, and it's a wonderful place! Our neighborhood is diverse and vibrant, and full of great things for children. We can walk to the lake, the local library, Saturday’s Farmer’s Market, and a huge playground. At home, we have created a sweet space to hang out, watch TV, cook, and do projects. We love animals and have two dogs, Cowboy and Chloe, and three cats! Simba is our senior cat at 14 years old, and we have two new kittens named Bhalu and Pippy. The dogs love to catch some sun rays on the back deck, and we often join them to read or hang out with friends. The cats are happy to play inside, chasing toy mice or just hanging out on our shoulders. We love to host barbeques, game nights, and any kind of celebration. We often hear how much people love our home, and we can’t wait to fill it with all of our child’s first experiences.

Our Family and Friends

We are so lucky to have such a supportive community of friends and family. Jonna’s family is close by in the Bay Area, and Dylan’s family lives a few hours away near Grass Valley, California, a beautiful place we look forward to visiting with our child to see the horses and enjoy the fresh country air. Many of our friends are already parents, and we love getting to know their children. We are often overwhelmed by the excitement of our friends to welcome a child into our family, accepting handmade quilts, sweaters, and other thoughtful gifts to fill our waiting nursery. We learn so much from our friends as they raise their children, and know we will have constant opportunities for play dates and sleepovers. Our child will be surrounded by people who will cherish the opportunity to get to know all about his or her hopes, dreams, and favorite things.

About Us (by each other)

(by Dylan) Jonna is open and positive, and sees life with the glass half-full. She is generous and loving, and has taught me to celebrate all the joys of life, no matter how small. She truly accepts people where they are. Jonna also has a gift of really letting go and being silly. Sometimes, she will just break out in a funny dance that makes all the young ones feel at ease and usually starts them dancing too. She will really enjoy all of parenting, especially reading, baking delicious treats together, and just snuggling. Jonna will be a great mother, inspiring our child to grow up with motivation to be whatever he or she wants to be, without any fear.

(by Jonna) Dylan is my best friend and my favorite person. She is kind, generous, patient and playful. She is a hard worker, loves to fix and build things, and isn’t afraid to try something new. She lets me be exactly who I am, and I know she will bring the same loving acceptance to our child. I know she can’t wait to be a mom, visiting with friends and their children, playing games, and taking our child on long walks to see the beautiful trees and listen for the many songbirds in the neighborhood. She will be a calm, loving parent, offering encouragement and a steady, loving presence.

Parenting

We've watched so many of our friends and family members raise their children, and we've learned a lot along the way. We look forward to getting to know our child as an individual, and providing access to learning opportunities and really fun experiences. We strive to come from a place of love, every day, and we plan to base our parenting on the same simple principle. A day won't go by without our child hearing, "I love you," - no matter what!

Our Story

We have been together more than 15 years, and while we have enjoyed working and getting educated, we’ve always dreamed of having a family. Jonna now works for the human resources team at a solar start-up, and she is happy to have flexibility to work from home or end the day early to spend time with family and friends. Dylan worked as a paramedic for several years and is now practicing massage and studying to become an acupuncturist. She is also looking forward to being a stay-at-home mom. Jonna loves to try new recipes, and Dylan is an avid gardener and loves growing vegetables we can eat! Vacations often take us to favorite places like Seattle, Hawaii and New York City. We love yoga, going to dance classes, and taking hikes with the dogs through the neighborhood. We can already envision adding a stroller or a sweet snuggle wrap to our walks and can’t wait to begin building memories with our child.

Quick Facts

Hometown:
Dylan: Grass Valley, CA - Jonna: Antioch, CA

Education:
Dylan: Associate of Science, current grad student - Jonna: MBA

Zodiac Sign:
Dylan: Leo - Jonna: Aquarius

Talents:
Dylan: massage, screen printing - Jonna: singing, knitting

Favorite Colors:
Dylan: Orange - Jonna: Green (and blue!)

3 Words Describing Me:
Dylan: Hardworking, Kind, Fun - Jonna: Curious, Silly, Loving

We Promise You...

We are so excited to be moms, and are ready to welcome a child into our family. We promise to be the best parents we can be, and that your child will know the incredible, loving decision that brought us all together. We recognize this is a difficult and courageous choice you’re exploring, and we would welcome the opportunity to learn more about you!

Fun Stuff

Activities:
Learning new things, Yoga, Dancing, Hiking, Playing Games, Cooking, Bike Rides, Movies

Favorite Games:
Bananagrams, Farkle, Apples to Apples, Cranium, Celebrity, Contract Rummy

Travels:
We love New York, Hawaii, Seattle, and discovering new places

Hobbies:
Cooking and baking, dancing, silk screening, photography, gardening, reading, singing, and collecting cool music

Favorite Food:
We love dim sum from the farmer's market, and special gluten free baked goods

Favorite Quotes:
There is a crack in everything, That's how the light gets in. ~ Leonard Cohen

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