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Julie and Donal Murphy

  • Donal playing with his super hero nephew
  • At the beach enjoying the sunset
  • Donal with our little friend Maiana
  • Julie loves to face paint at parties
  • Julie cuddling our little friend
  • Buster our fluffy kitty
  • Julie gives great horsey rides
  • Billie does Julie's hair
  • Donal can't resist a cute baby
  • The Murphys back in Ireland
  • What a wonderful wedding day!
  • Donal in Ireland with his nephew Eoin
  • Julie and Billie love to make chocolate brownies
  • Julie gardening and Cooper helping out
  • Julie takes our little friend to the petting zoo
  • Hanging out and having fun
  • We adore our Ragdoll cats
  • Donal tickling his nephew and niece

Our Interests

We both love being outdoors and enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking and camping. One of the things we’re excited about is camping and cuddling up with our child by the fire while looking at the stars. We also love to travel and will instill a sense of wonder and awe in our child, teaching him or her about the world’s diversity.

Julie loves to garden and we can’t wait to spend warm sunny days with our child planting flowers and watching bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds come visit. Julie also loves to bake, so our child will grow up eating homemade apricot pies with fresh fruit from our tree. Donal loves acting and writing. He’s really excited to play theatre games, sing songs, and make up funny stories with our child. Donal also loves to play soccer and mountain bike. He is looking forward to the day when he can lace up our child’s first pair of cleats and teach him or her to ride a bike without training wheels.

Fun Facts About Julie

Favorite Food:
Ice Cream

Hobbies:
Gardening, Cooking, Vintage/Thrift Shopping, Hiking, Yoga

Favorite Music:
Yo La Tengo, Sparklehorse, Belle and Sebastien, Air, Devo, and 80’s pop

Favorite TV/Movies:
Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Downton Abbey, Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock, Portlandia

Zodiac Sign:
Cancer

3 Words Describing Me:
Creative, Fun, Nurturing

About Us

We are creative, fun and playful people. There is a lot of laughter in our household and we get along famously with our friends’ children because we still like to play ourselves. Julie has been known to bring face paints to children’s parties and Donal is well loved for his horsey rides. We imagine goofing around with our little one and enjoying things like breakfast for dinner, chalk art on the sidewalk and building forts with sheets.

We met over ten years ago through a mutual friend and it was love at first sight. Julie fell in love with Donal’s Irish accent and Donal was smitten with Julie’s sense of adventure. For the wedding, all of Donal’s family flew in from Ireland and we enjoyed an incredible day exchanging vows under the oak trees on our friend’s property near Santa Cruz. After the ceremony, we had a great time with our guests getting launched high off the ground on a tree swing attached to the redwoods. Our continued commitment to one another has grown stronger as we prepare for parenthood. We cannot wait to shower our child with love and attention while helping them become the best they can be.

Our Family and Friends

Our families are overjoyed that we’re adopting. This is the first grandchild for Julie’s mom, a teacher’s aide, who can’t wait to shower her grandchild with love and help with homework assignments. Julie’s dad and step-mom recently became grandparents, and everyone is really excited for a second grandbaby.

Donal is from Ireland and there is a big, loving Irish family looking forward to adding another Murphy to the clan. Raising our child to appreciate Irish culture is very important. We anticipate many fun family trips and making memories including fishing off the west shores, opening gifts at Christmas, and enjoying traditional food like Irish potato stew.

Many of our friends have begun to start families of their own and we have really enjoyed babysitting. We love spending the day with Billie, a four year old, playing with our cats, baking chocolate brownies, and coloring with chalk on our concrete patio. Donal has also been practicing changing the diapers of our friends' adorable newborn and gets better each time.

All of our friends are supportive of our open adoption. Play dates at the beach, camping trips, nature trail hikes, and art classes are already being talked about.

Our Careers

Julie is a talented landscape designer. She’s drawn to design because of her love of the outdoors and her creative instincts. Given that Julie owns her own business, she will take off as much time as needed to stay home with our new baby.

Donal works in event marketing for a technology company. His stable job and flexible schedule will give him more dad time during the week. We are so excited to start this new chapter in our lives by raising a confident, loving and happy child.

Our Commitment to You

We believe in open adoption and welcome your participation throughout our child’s life to whatever degree you feel most comfortable. We are so excited to start a family and we look forward to this wonderful, beautiful adventure with you.

It would be a great joy to get to know about you. Please contact us anytime!

Our Home

We live in a friendly, safe neighborhood in San Leandro, California near San Francisco. With so many close by activities, weekends and summers are sure to be filled with fun trips to the museums, parks, beaches, lakes, and mountains. The Exploratorium, The Oakland Zoo and Fairyland are just some of the ideas we have already picked out to share with our child.

We have two beautiful Ragdoll cats, Cooper and Buster. Our cats are very ‘dog-like’ and have a natural curiosity of water. We can’t wait to turn on the sprinklers on a hot day and watch the cats and our little one run through the water together!

Fun Facts About Donal

Favorite Food:
Green Beans

Hobbies:
Writing, Acting, Soccer, Mountain Biking, Playing Bass Guitar

Favorite Music:
U2, Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, Simple Minds, Yo La Tengo, The Smiths, Paul Simon, Belle and Sebastien, Dead Can Dance

Favorite TV/Movies:
Scrubs, Downton Abbey, Wilfred, The Office, 30 Rock, Pawn Stars, Fox Soccer Channel

Zodiac Sign:
Pisces

3 Words Describing Me:
Honest, Mindful, Patient

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