Married Since: 2014

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We have tried so hard to imagine how you feel or what you are going through. We cannot know. But what we do know for certain is that our hearts are open to you and will remain open. Our love for your child and our commitment to their happy future will never waver.

Scott and Laura

from North Carolina

Scott

Ancestry: British, Irish, Central American

Religion: Christian

Occupation: University Art Professor

Education: Master of Fine Arts

Hobbies: Art, Cooking, Running, Furniture building

Laura

Ancestry: Polish, Scandinavian, Hungarian

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Teacher

Education: PhD in Art History

Hobbies: Reading, Cooking, Gardening, Hiking, Drawing

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Asian, Caucasian / Asian, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Indian, Caucasian / Native American, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Hispanic / Native American, Hispanic / Pacific Islander, Indian, Native American Indian

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Scott

Color
Blue
Family Activity
Picnic
Food
Tacos
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Personal Hero
Grandfather Robert
Subject in School
Art
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early Bird
Vacation Spot
Mountain or Beach
Music
Alternative / Indie (this one is hard - to just pick one!)
Hobby
Woodworking

Laura

Color
Green
Family Activity
Going to the movies
Food
Pasta
Holiday
Christmas
Personal Hero
My mom
Subject in School
Creative Writing
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
Vacation Spot
Mountains or Beach
Music
Classic Rock / Dance (this one is hard - to just pick one!)
Hobby
Gardening
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

Thank you for reading this letter and giving us the opportunity to open our hearts to you. We cannot even begin to know your feelings and concerns, but will instead thank you for being courageous in reading this letter and considering us to love and nurture your child. Our hope is for you to get to know us and to offer you assurance that your child will live a happy, joy-filled secure life. Because of our love for each other and our desire to raise a child together, we want to share our happy home, life experiences and unconditional love. We also want to provide many wonderful opportunities for your child.

We want you to know that we love each other very much, are a happy couple, and have so much fun together! We met through close friends and immediately felt a spark–it was like a light turned on. From the very beginning, we pictured a child with us—playing with toys or in the yard, eating at the kitchen table and sharing our home and extended families. Our home is a safe, happy place for your child to play and grow.

When we picture your baby in our lives we envision joy, laughter, singing, taking walks in the sun and sharing all the amazing things this world has to offer.  Our kitchen plays a central role in our day to day lives. One day we hope to teach them to cook all the fun meals we make and hope they want to sing and play music along with us. We also see your child walking or running in the garden, playing in our grassy backyard, reading books, and playing with toys. There are so many things we hope to share.

Our family and our friends are very excited to welcome a new family member and will support us all every step of the way. We hope seeing and reading about us will help you in your decision.

With love,
Laura and Scott

Laura on porch
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About Laura, by Scott

Laura is intelligent, funny, and beautiful—she is beautiful inside and out. She is adventurous so she likes to travel …and she is the best dancer I’ve ever seen! Laura is also kind-hearted, optimistic, patient, and is always there for her family and friends. I watch her with her family, especially her mom, and it makes me feel proud that she is my wife and friend for life! I love her more each day because of the way she takes care of them. Laura also has such great energy and compassion that she makes people feel comfortable being themselves. She is a dedicated teacher and has volunteered in programs that support at-risk children reading to them, teaching them English, and playing games. She loves our dog, Honey, and cat, Steve, by making sure they are healthy—taking Honey on walks in the park, chasing her through the yard, and snuggling with Steve on the couch. Laura would take such amazing care of a baby in every way I can imagine and be a wonderful mother. I can picture her carrying your baby in her arms to sleep or to see the flowers in the garden and getting toys out to play with. I am a happy husband because of her and know she will love your baby with all her heart.

Scott shopping for ingredients
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About Scott, by Laura

I call Scott ‘Bear.’ It is a term of endearment because I think he is strong in character and can do anything physically he puts his mind to. He is also honest and what he says he will do, he does. Scott is thoughtful and often brings me flowers from the yard or store, leaves me sweet notes and little drawings of hearts on my car seat or rearview mirror. When I go to work or run errands, I am surprised to see a note that says, “Have a great day and I love you”! I imagine him leaving little surprises for your son or daughter to make them happy the way he makes me happy. He paints beautiful works of art, is a favorite teacher at the university where he teaches art classes. Whenever we run into any of his former students around town, they get big smiles on their faces and say how much he has helped them through the years. That makes me very proud of him. He has also made beautiful furniture for our house. When we first moved into our current house, he made a dining table for our first Thanksgiving and a wardrobe for my clothes. He is dependable, has a strong work ethic, and takes care of his family. Scott can’t wait to do sweet thoughtful things for your child, to color and draw with them, play games and be a supportive dad. I can’t wait to see all the special things he will do for your baby—he will be an amazing father!

Laura cooking
Laura going to swimming hole
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Our Lifestyle

We enjoy cooking, gardening, traveling, listening to music, and singing together (and sometimes just being goofy together where ever we are!). We are close with family and friends and enjoy spending time with them on holidays or on long weekends. This summer we all went to the beach to celebrate Scott’s mom and dad’s anniversary. We had a blast catching up with his four sisters and brothers-in-law and all nieces and nephews swimming, joking around, and having fun meals together. We can see your baby with our families celebrating birthdays, Halloween, and holidays and likely getting all kinds of sweet attention. They will be so happy to welcome a little baby to the family!

Each summer or fall we go to our favorite beach and when the weather is nice like to hike in the mountains and swim at our favorite (secret) swimming hole. We think about how amazing it will be to hike to our favorite spot and take your baby for the first time to see their first mountain view. Wow! We love to imagine packing our car for our beach trip and putting your baby into their car seat and saying… “Little one, we are all going to the beach!” How sweet their first view of the beach and ocean will be! We also like to go for long drives in the country listening to music and seeing where the day will take us. Sometimes we stumble on a cute small town we have never heard of and find a fun lunch spot. We can imagine your child riding with us watching the world pass by or looking at the changing leaves or napping happily in the backseat. Music is something we both also love. Scott plays guitar and Laura sings and is learning to play the mandolin and keyboard (slowly!); it is fun to learn new things together and it will be so amazing to watch your baby see Scott play guitar or hear us singing for the first time. We can envision ourselves singing your baby to sleep all safe and cuddled in their crib. Scott is an artist and enjoys making art and anything really. He has made tables, birdhouses, garden cabinets, the list goes on! He can’t wait to make toys and art for your baby. Each year we have a garden and we both enjoy seeing what we can grow so we can cook all sorts of things. We picture your baby in their stroller watching us pick vegetables and learning how nature works. We can see them in wonder as they watch butterflies land on flowers and laugh and smile. We are super excited to become a family and welcome your baby into our life.

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

We are adopting for love, and out of love, for a child. From the very beginning of our relationship, we picture a baby with us and all the things we would do as a family. We envision sitting at the table feeding them in their highchair or taking them on walks in a stroller. We can’t have a child of our own and are so fortunate and happy we are able to adopt. We also know our stable home and strong, loving (fun) marriage will provide a loving, warm, safe, and happy place to raise your baby. We both look forward to teaching, bathing, cuddling, singing, playing, enjoying laughter, and soothing away any worries or tears. We picture drying your baby off after a bath making them warm and happy or feeding them at our kitchen table with the sun pouring in the room. Our lives have been very blessed, we are healthy, outgoing, full of energy and we want to share our love and life with your baby. We want to help your child grow to be a happy toddler, teenager, then adult who will enjoy life and fall in love one day. We hope to give you love and peace of mind and are open to your wishes and needs. We both know we are so lucky to have found each other – our love is so special, and we want to share this with a baby. We know we will be amazing parents together and that it will bring us closer and closer together as a couple.

Scott and Laura neighborhood park
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Home & Neighborhood

We call our house ‘Sunnyside’ because it is full of light and lots of love and laughter. It is a two-story home with large windows, a sun/tv room, a warm feeling kitchen, a dining room, and a living room that has a fireplace. When it gets cold in the fall or winter, we like to make a fire and curl up on the couch and watch a fun movie or listen to music. We can see your baby cuddled in our arms sleeping, or looking at books, or playing with toys. Our house also has plenty of bedrooms for when family or company comes to visit and a room next to ours that we have ready for a baby. We have a crib, changing table, rocker, and even a little mobile with little colorful birds. Our backyard is a fun place to be because it has a large grassy space for running and playing, a garden, apple trees, and a little area in the corner filled with tall bamboo. We created a little hiding place in the center where our dog, Honey, likes to go hang out. Kids love secret places they can play hide and seek with their friends. We can see your baby as it grows enjoying running around, playing with their friends and toys. In the front of the house, we have a cozy front porch where we like to sit when the weather is nice and see our neighbors. Our neighborhood is very lively with lots of families and kids walking to and from local stores. We love our home very much, have made many amazing memories here, and hope to make many more with your baby.

Scott daughter
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Our Families

We are both very close with our families and consider ourselves a tight-knit group. There are lots of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews on both sides, and when we are together, we enjoy joking around, eating, laughing, taking walks, or playing games. We are both close to Laura’s mom and go to visit whenever we can as she lives in another state. Scott always takes her little treats when we go to visit or brings her flowers. Laura’s mom is very sweet and thoughtful like Scott, so we can totally see her taking great care of your baby and being an amazing grandmother. Laura is also close to her dad and stepmom who live half an hour away and she loves her brother very much. They were born just a year apart, so they have shared every phase of life together—they talk and text almost every other day. She loves her niece Lauren and nephew Grant and has helped nurture them since they were babies along with all the little cousins. Laura loves kids so much so that when she was in college, she was even a nanny to newborn twins! She also became a stepmother to Scott’s Will and Kate, his two children from his previous relationship when they married, and has helped Scott raise them. She loves them very much and is especially close with Kate. When Kate visits, we watch Kate’s favorite shows on Netflix, eat snacks together, joke around, and just love spending time together as a family. Now that she and Will are older and in college, we use FaceTime a lot! Kate will love being a big sister. She is kind, smart, and will be an amazing mother herself one day. Will is sweet, funny and loves to play guitar with his dad, and thinks being able to be a big brother will be “amazing” (as he said).

Scott was and is a wonderful dad. He was very hands-on when they were younger. He drove them to school each day, made their breakfasts, lunches to take to school, and encouraged them in school, sports, music, and art. He is a very patient dad who lets them make their own mistakes while guiding them to be happy and safe. In the last few years, he has taken on a different role as a dad because they are growing up and finding their independence. We talk to them regularly over the phone or FaceTime so we can hear about their classes or their fun busy social lives. They are both excited to become big brother and big sister and have supported our dream of adding another family member every step of the way. We picture them on holidays showering your baby with affection around the Christmas tree or having Thanksgiving dinners and giving them little toys to play with or cute stuffed animals.

Like Laura, Scott grew up in a close family and has three sisters who were all younger than him. He remembers being a big brother to them and enjoys being an uncle to all his nieces and nephews. Scott is close to his mom too and loves her very much. Like Laura, his mom had him very young, so they share a special bond. He enjoys cooking for her when she visits and talks to her regularly (or at least sees updates and photos on Instagram). Our parents are already wonderful grandparents, and we know they, along with our family and friends are super excited about another family member joining us…they will love your child with all their hearts!

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Our Beliefs

We both respect different ways of life, cultures, and religions while holding true to our beliefs. We will teach your child to appreciate life, to show kindness and compassion to others, to be honest, and to respect the rights of others. If you choose us, we hope you will share any areas you feel are important in raising your child—culturally, religiously, or spiritually.

Scott and Laura tree
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Family Traditions

Holidays are always a time to celebrate family and being together and making good food, spending time on walks, or watching movies. Each year, we make a traditional Thanksgiving meal for our family in Virginia and spend Easter at Laura’s cousin’s house. Scott loves Thanksgiving. It is one of his favorite times of the year as he can show his love by cooking all kinds of good food. We can see your baby sitting at the table with mashed potatoes laughing, smiling, and feeling loved by the entire family. Christmas is Laura’s favorite holiday. She loves having this time to be with family and making the Christmas Eve dinner for everyone, decorating the tree, and seeing the world seem to twinkle a little bit more with all the lights and celebrations. Laura especially enjoys giving gifts that are meaningful or helpful to her family and friends. We picture your baby feeling warm, loved, and special during this time of year with the arrival of Santa Claus, smelling cookies baking, hearing Christmas music, and the overall joy of the Season.

Laura’s family also enjoys an annual Easter Egg hunt each year that has been a tradition since she was very little. Originally it was held on her great grandmother’s farm. The tradition has been handed down through the generations to her great aunt and now her oldest cousin. Each year we all eat together then the kids run around looking for eggs and especially the “prize” egg, which usually contains some fun prize.

We also have daily traditions that we enjoy. We like to share breakfast before going to work and often break for lunch so we can catch up mid-day. We can see your little one with us eating cereal, watching the cat sleep on the chair while Scott makes silly faces to get a giggle out of them.

The vegetables we grow in our garden-inspired us to create an annual cookbook that we give as gifts to our family (we call it ‘In the Sunnyside Kitchen’). We find a theme each year like favorite foods we ate as kids and make the recipes. The fun part is making the food but also taking goofy photos of our family smiling as they stir a pot or make cookies. The cookbook is a way for us to remember fun times together through the years and to share that with our families. We often say to each other…isn’t it going to be amazing when we can take that first photo of them to include in our cookbook? We imagine there would be a lot of photos of baby’s firsts in this cookbook!

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What We Will Teach Your Child

We will teach kindness, honesty, creativity…and how to enjoy life! As teachers, we see many different students with unique ideas, personalities, and abilities. We want to raise a happy child that will feel safe and free to express themselves and their own personality–to be true to themselves while loving and caring for others. We will also teach them about you and help them stay as connected to you as you want. This aspect is super important to us, so they know they are loved and cherished by everyone, especially by you, their Birth Mother.

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A Typical Three Day Weekend

We like to have little adventures such as taking back roads to the mountains for a picnic, going to the beach, or visiting new towns. We also like to go to Virginia to visit our family and enjoy hiking or spending time on the river there. There is a farmer’s market near our house, so we like to go there on Saturdays and look around, find food for dinner and get ice cream. Sometimes we just like to stay home, watch movies, eat fun food (like hamburgers), grill on our patio or work in the garden. Scott also likes to make furniture or woodwork and Laura likes to read or play music and play with our dog Honey in the backyard.

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How A Child Will Enrich Our Lives

A child will bring hope, joy, and more laughter into our lives, home, and to our extended families. Since we can’t have a child of our own, your baby would help us be a family together.  Watching your baby discover the world around them will be something awesome to see! We often think about how amazing it will be to watch your baby figure out how to put a puzzle together for the first time or read their first story or laugh at a funny cartoon or pick up a spoon or fork to feed themselves. We can’t wait to share the world and life with your baby!

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Our Promise to You

We will always protect and love your baby with all our hearts and support and encourage them to be all that they choose to be in life. We will give them all sorts of experiences–school activities, playing sports or music if they want and take care of any needs they have. The main thing we want is for them to be happy in life. We can picture them playing in the sand at the beach, visiting their grandparents, and playing with their cousins and friends learning about life. If you decide to have faith in us and choose us as the parents of your child, we will stay as connected to you as you need or want. We want you to have peace with your choice. We are so very grateful you have taken the time to read our profile and are hopeful we will have a future together.

Message Scott and Laura

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Scott and Laura

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!