Married Since: 2017

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We plan on teaching your child everything we believe is important in life. How to love themselves and how to treat others. The importance of patience, kindness, and compassion. To follow their hearts and their dreams and know that they can accomplish whatever it is they want.

Buddy and Heather

from Oregon

Buddy

Ancestry: European

Religion: Spiritual

Occupation: Construction Coordinator

Education: BA, Commercial Heli Pilot

Hobbies: Snowboarding, Hiking, Backpacking

Heather

Ancestry: European

Religion: Spiritual

Occupation: Fashion Stylist

Education: High School

Hobbies: Fitness, Cooking, Gardening, Music

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Spiritual

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Dear Expectant Mom,

First of all we want to thank you and tell you how grateful we are that you found us. We know this is one of the hardest decisions you will make in life and we don’t take that for granted. Your decision is brave and it’s amazing that you are thinking of your child’s future first. We hope to meet you someday soon but for now, we’d love to share a little bit about ourselves so you can get to know us better.

We met on Halloween (which is now our favorite holiday) in 2014 while Heather was still living in California and Buddy was on the tail end of a business trip. After our first official “date” Buddy had to go home to Oregon. When he left we stayed in constant contact, dated long distance for a year and took frequent trips back and forth. We knew we wanted to be together and after deciding it would be a better place to raise a family, Heather moved to Oregon the following October. We got engaged two years later and were married in September of 2017. What was most important to us was that both families could celebrate with us and that Buddy’s 93-year-old grandmother could attend the wedding. So we got married in Buddy’s parent’s backyard in California.

Heather has always wanted children. As soon as she was old enough, she began babysitting and volunteering in her church’s nursery. Her dad even helped her create babysitting business cards (which she has saved to this day)! She grew up with two older brothers, one biological and one adopted. Her parents always talked about adoption openly with the family. As an adult, her adopted brother formed a close relationship with his birth mother and he now has an even larger extended family that lives in Kansas. It’s because of him and her experience growing up with an adopted sibling, that we know just how special adoption is. We have always talked about adoption and wanting to grow our family this way and we are so excited for what the future holds.

Buddy is an avid outdoorsman, so the first thing he’s looking forward to is family trips, camping in the summers, & skiing in the winters. We are lucky to live in a place where you can go in any direction and find something beautiful to experience and it’s because of him we have experienced so much already. Buddy’s patience and his ability to weigh big life decisions and carefully plan for life’s ups and downs make him a great life partner and will make him a fantastic father. His thirst for knowledge and ways to become a better person have always impressed me. He taught himself carpentry and does all of the house repairs. He learned how to fly a helicopter and became a licensed commercial helicopter pilot just because he had always wanted to. In his spare time he’s always watching how-to videos and can figure out how to do just about anything.

We are lucky to have a big group of close friends here in Oregon that all have young children and can’t wait for us to have a family too. We’re always planning group getaways; a cabin in the mountains, or big summer campouts. We often ride bikes to each other’s houses for barbecues or when it’s cold out we enjoy cozy dinners inside and play games and sit and talk by the fireplace.

We plan on teaching your child everything we believe is important in life. How to love themselves and how to treat others. The importance of patience, kindness, and compassion. To follow their hearts and their dreams and know that they can accomplish whatever it is they want to in life, as long as they are willing to put in the hard work. There is so much we want to explore and experience and we can’t wait to do it as a family. We are so happy you are reading this letter because it means so much to us to grow our family through adoption. We hope that it gave you a good peek into our everyday lives and who we are as individuals. We can’t wait to begin our family and share our lives and love.

With love,
Buddy & Heather

Q&A

Tell us about your home and neighborhood.

We live in a quiet area of Oregon. There are many parks and a golf course nearby that we often ride bikes or walk our Pug (Minnie) to. We also enjoy the many shops and restaurants within walking distance in our neighborhood. When we moved into our home, Heather had a dream of building a community here... She organized the first block party, complete with games, music, a piñata and even a fire truck visit for the kids. Everyone had a great time and we hope to continue the tradition each summer. The house is a 1920’s bungalow (our dream home). Over time we have added our own touches and style to make it our home. It’s light and bright, even on Oregon's rainiest days (our favorite thing about the house). It’s also filled with many beautiful and interesting plants (one of Heather favorite things).

When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?

We love road trips and camping! We will drive all day to get to a new location, (a hot springs) or a cool camping destination, even if it’s just for a single night. From the desert to mountains to the coast, we love exploring nature and its endless beauty.

Do you have pets? If so tell us about them?

Yes. We have a 5-year-old pug named Minnie, who we adopted. We are active fosters for the rescue and often foster and rehabilitate dogs so that they can be adopted into good homes. It's challenging every time but in the end it's so rewarding to see these animals transform before your eyes and then go to a happy family who’s been waiting for their chance to adopt.

What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?

We hope to teach our children how to love themselves and others. How to be patient, kind, compassionate, and open minded. As far as activities, Buddy can't wait to take our children backpacking, and skiing (or snowboarding) someday. Heather would love to teach them gardening and the experience of growing your own fruits and vegetables.

What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?

We will try to answer any questions our child may have as honestly and openly as possible.

How will a child enrich your life?

We have both wanted to be parents for a very long time. Children enrich your life in so many ways. They remind you how to have fun and not to take things too seriously all the time. Children are a new chance to make the world a better place by helping to bring more well adjusted happy people into the world.

Describe your last vacation and/or day trip.

Our last vacation was a road trip to a small town on Vancouver Island called Tofino. Along the way we camped, and even had a chance to see two pugs that we had fostered and were adopted to a family in Vancouver BC. While in Tofino we took our Pug Minnie on float plane adventure to a remote lake where we had a picnic in the sun and swam in the crystal clear waters. We walked on the beach with Minnie for the first time and she had a blast zooming around and making friends with all of the other dogs. It was a week-long adventure with many campfires, fresh oysters, and hundreds of miles of singing to the radio as we explored foreign roads. The last day trip was in November, and to be honest it was more of an overnight trip. (notice a camping theme?) We drove 6 hours out into the desert in search of a remote hot spring. That night we soaked under the stars and reminisced of the long desolate road we took to get there. The next day we decided to explore a 3 mile wide crater on our way home. We definitely tested the limits of Buddy’s car that day!

Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?

We plan to share the responsibilities of parenting equally. We are both freelancers and work on a job by job basis, so when one has work the other will be home with the children. Often we are both home, during the week which will give us the opportunity to share responsibilities raising our baby.

Will you be returning to work? If so, describe your day-care plans.

Yes, we will both return to our freelance careers. It is unusual that we are both on jobs at the same time, but in the case this occurs we will be hiring a nanny.

When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?

We imagine there will be mixed emotions. On one hand we will be so filled with joy to meet our baby and grateful for the birth mother's sacrifice. On the other hand we will be feeling emotional for the birth mother because we know the experience will not be easy for her.

Message Buddy and Heather

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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 Buddy and Heather

  • 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!