Daniel and Heather

Married Since: 2014

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

As the birth mother to our adopted child, we want you to know that you will hold just as special a place in our hearts as your child. You will be family to us. And as involved as you want to be in your child’s life, you will have that ability with our fullest blessing. We are eternally grateful for your sacrifice, your strength, and your courage. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

Daniel and Heather

from Texas

Daniel

Ancestry: Western European, Muskogee

Religion: Methodist

Occupation: Assistant Athletic Trainer

Education: D.A.T.

Hobbies: Sports

Heather

Ancestry: English, German

Religion: Nondenominational

Occupation: General Manager

Education: B.A.

Hobbies: Crafts

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Methodist

Favorites

Daniel

Color
Burnt orange
Family Activity
Going to the beach
Food
Cereal
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Movie
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2
Personal Hero
Matthew McConaughey
Quote
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall." ~Nelson Mandela
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
TV Show
The Office
Vacation Spot
The beach

Heather

Color
Teal
Family Activity
Talking and sharing
Food
Mint chocolate chip ice cream
Holiday
Christmas
Movie
Twister
Personal Hero
Rosa Parks
Quote
"I have no special talents; I am only passionately curious." ~Albert Einstein
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
TV Show
The Office
Vacation Spot
The beach
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From Us to You

Howdy!

Let us first start off by telling you what a superhero you are to us. Your selflessness and love are nothing short of heroic. We have wanted to raise a child for years, but God has not answered that prayer for us through naturally conceptive means. We cannot begin to fathom what you’re going through; we can only offer the consolation that we want you to be as involved in your child’s life as you desire, and we will only speak highly of you to your child. At this point in our lives, we feel that we have so much love to give that our home is longing for a child to satisfy that desire.

Currently, we only have fur babies in our household: three medium-sized dogs (Penny, Buddy, & Hani) and two cats (Biscuit & Stormy).We feel that we have a lot to offer throughout a child’s life to set them up for success in adulthood and to make them feel safe and happy. The future holds a balance of fun and education always to be supplemented with encouragement and love. Both of us have endured some trying times and, in fact, found each other during a valley in both of our lives. Some of our most profound lessons are learned during trying times, and it is with the utmost appreciation for those lessons that we find the strength to fight onward toward the happier times. As Vivian Greene so eloquently puts it, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

We have reached this point in our lives through a multitude of life choices, many of the crossroads having no obviously correct option. Part of the lie of childhood is that being an adult comes with all of the answers. It’s important that we teach children that no one ever has all of the answers; rather, it’s imperative that we always work as a team to achieve the best results. This applies to marriage, on the job, and for children in the school setting. We are very much do-it-yourself kinds of people, always desiring to simply do the work on our own without having to rely on others to make-or-break our successes. The irony is that marriage is a “team sport,” and we have learned (and are still learning) to concede certain aspects of our respective lives to each other for the betterment of our collective life.

It’s important that children see that marriage is not some end-goal but rather a meeting point where two people who were on singular and possibly even opposite paths decide to take a mutual path with each other’s best interest at heart. Danny is a product of a split household, his parents divorcing when he was eight years old. He was subjected to the constant power struggle into which a marriage can easily fall. Heather was raised by a mom and a dad who are still married today after 40 years. Both of our relationship habits can, at times, mirror our upbringings, but we always come back to the foundation of our marriage: love. Even when we’re the most upset, annoyed or frustrated with each other, we always apologize and we always say “I love you.”

As the birth mother to our adopted child, we want you to know that you will hold just as special a place in our hearts as your child. You will be family to us. And as involved as you want to be in your child’s life, you will have that ability with our fullest blessing. We are eternally grateful for your sacrifice, your strength, and your courage. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

Why We are Choosing to Adopt

We are choosing to adopt because we have so much love to give, and we have wanted to start a family for some time, though attempts at natural conception have been unsuccessful. Regardless of success or failure of conception, we have always considered adoption to be a goal of ours. We also feel that the timing is right for us now that we’re in a geographic location where we plan to stay for many, many years. Setting down roots is a big step for us, and it finally feels like home. The schools in the area are amazing, there are ample opportunities for extra-curricular activities, fun weekend outings, and family nearby to visit regularly.

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About Danny

Danny is probably the most genuine and easy-going person I have ever met. He is my best friend that I got the honor of marrying. He makes me a better version of myself and would be the best caring and loving father. He has been trying out his “dad jokes” on me for as long as I can remember (he loves a good pun). He could really use a new audience for those as my typical response is a half grin and an eye roll. More seriously, though, he has been working very hard on his Doctorate of Athletic Training, which has been a goal of his for a long time. He achieved that in December 2020, and I couldn’t be more proud of him. He is very passionate about the healthcare that his athletic training field provides to athletes and students, and I see him going on to do great work at advancing this field even further. I hope now to help fulfill his other dream of becoming a father. He has all the patience in the world to help nurture a little one into their own independent self and enjoy the heck out of it along the way.

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About Heather

Heather is my rock. She has been my anchor through the toughest storms of my life, never failing to be all-in when I felt all alone. While her excitement is more reserved compared to my heart-on-my-sleeve ways, there is no disguising the happiness on her face when she is at the beach. She loves animals as much as she loves people. Her sense of fairness and logic, though, are what will make her an amazing mother. She’ll tell you she fears her patience can be thin at times, but typically that is with something that would annoy anyone; when it comes to people and things she loves, she shows grace and forgiveness when it is needed the most. She’s incredibly devoted to our family; she has willingly moved multiple times for my profession, never once suggesting that I was being selfish in trying to grow as an athletic trainer. She has cheered me on and encouraged me in my pursuit of a doctorate degree and given me strength in my academic and professional pursuits when I feel completely burned out. She is the most level-headed person I have ever known. Her logic and reason perfectly complement my emotions and values so that together we will raise your child to have a wonderful sense of credibility and trust.

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About Us

We have been married since 2014. We actually had two weddings: our official ceremony took place in the courthouse near our home so that we could have a Texas marriage license, but our fun wedding ceremony was a destination wedding in Panama City Beach, Florida with only close family and friends in attendance for almost a week-long celebration at a house we rented on the beach. We lucked out with the weather that week, arriving shortly after one storm system and leaving just before another arrived. The water and the sky were perfectly clear, and we couldn’t have had more fun. We both very much love the beach setting and how relaxing it is, and we try to take a couple beach trips to the Texas coast each year, since it’s only a few hours away. Since being engaged, we have gained three dogs, in addition to Heather’s two cats she brought down from Wisconsin. We love doting on the dogs and enjoy their varying personalities. We are homebodies, so we spend a lot of our free time with the dogs and cats at home. We also enjoy improving our home through projects as a team.

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Our Sweet Pets

We have five fur babies in our family: three dogs and two cats. Heather already had the cats when we met. The eldest is a 14-year-old calico named Biscuit who loves to play and climb. The other cat is a 13-year-old espresso Siamese named Stormy who idolizes Garfield’s lifestyle and does his best to emulate it. We welcomed our puppies into our lives over the course of seven years. Penny was our first addition to our family in 2012; Heather’s coworker got her as a puppy, and she didn’t get along with another dog in her house, so she offered her to us. She is an 8-year-old, 40-lb mix of red-heeler, Catahoula leopard, and wire-haired dachshund (we had her DNA tested to determine her species). She is an impressively muscular dog for as lazy as she is; she rarely plays or even wants to go on a walk, preferring rather to sleep all day. We adopted Buddy from a shelter in 2014. He is a 6-year-old, 60-lb Border collie mix (we’re not sure with what else; we haven’t had his DNA tested) who is the life of our family and Danny’s unquestioned favorite animal of the house. He has a ton of energy and absolutely loves people, especially children. He’s incredibly affectionate and loves to cuddle on the couch once his energy is spent. Hani, whose name is Korean for “joy,” was adopted in 2019. She is an almost 4-year-old, incredibly affectionate, sweet 45-lb husky mix. She smiles when she wants affection and is the softest dog ever. She is Heather’s favorite, and Heather is her favorite. She was the last addition to our family. We fostered her and another dog for a friend, but the friend was able to take only one dog back, allowing us to keep Hani.

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Our Home and Neighborhood

We recently moved to a quaint subdivision on the outskirts of a lovely suburb of a fun, vibrant city. We relocated to this area to be closer to Danny’s family, who live in the area. It’s a new construction home that is 1400 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and an open-concept layout. The neighborhood itself is brand new and still expanding with new houses being completed seemingly every week. The subdivision sits far enough away from the city that plenty of stars can be seen at night. We have plentiful, spacious sidewalks for our morning or evening walk with the dogs. The neighborhood has a community pool with a splash pad and a playground structure within walking distance of our house. We have a blank slate for our fenced-in backyard that the dogs love running around in. We also have a large front yard that is spacious enough for activities and a fun Christmas light display that we plan on enhancing every year.

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Our Families

While Danny’s family lives in nearby suburbs, Heather’s family resides mostly in northeast Wisconsin. Danny has two younger brothers. We enjoy attending their children’s events where we can easily socialize and gather with Danny’s father and his wife and Danny’s mother and her new husband in one setting. Heather has one older brother and one younger brother. We try to visit them at least once a year, though obviously that has been difficult since the pandemic began, in conjunction with her younger brother being in the military and moving around every 2-3 years. When we do get to see Heather’s family though, we enjoy sitting outside and catching up while watching “the nature channel,” also known as her parents’ backyard where wild turkeys, deer, chipmunks, and various other creatures come out to play. We both have friends all over the country, but we’re excited to make friends in our new neighborhood once the pandemic ends.

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How We Met

While working at Starbucks in Wisconsin, Danny noticed a beautiful, young woman walk into the store wearing business attire. She ordered a drink and sat down at a side table where his boss, the store manager, eventually walked out and sat down across from her. She was eventually hired, and we didn’t actually hit it off right away; our personalities were too similar. But through life situations, we bonded and began to spend more time together outside of work. Some of our first dates included hiking, dinner with Heather’s family, and enjoying the nice Wisconsin late spring. Danny had already decided he was moving back down to Texas by the winter of 2011-12, but he couldn’t resist hanging out with such a cool girl who made him so happy. Luckily, Heather hated the cold of Wisconsin and was ecstatic to move down to Texas with Danny in the summer of 2012. After 7 months of dating and an 18-month engagement, we were married in 2014.

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Our Lifestyle

We love laughing. We love to have fun and often incorporate witty banter into our everyday conversation. Our favorite TV show is The Office, and we quote the show several times a day either randomly or as an appropriate, yet funny response. We own a travel trailer, and when possible, we enjoy taking it to the beach to reset and reconnect. Our favorite beach is Surfside Beach, just southwest of Galveston. It’s a quiet, little town with an RV park right on the beach so that we can spend as much time as possible soaking up the sun. When we’re at home, we enjoy playing board games and watching our other favorite TV shows, like “This is Us,” “The Resident,” “The Good Doctor,” and a few others. Every once in a while, we enjoy re-watching reruns of “Home Improvement” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Ultimately, though, we’re both big on spending time outside and enjoying the weather when Texas’ weather cooperates. We also enjoy taking the dogs to a local dog park to let them run freely and socialize with other dogs.

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Family Traditions

As Danny has recently taken a new job that allows him to have summers off, we hope to establish a tradition of a summer trip to Wisconsin for a week or two to visit Heather’s family, who host a family reunion in northwest Wisconsin every year. We have visited Surfside Beach on Memorial Day more than a couple times in years past to kick off the summer season, even visiting there for July 4th a time or two. We like to celebrate Father’s Day with Danny’s dad at his house and Mother’s Day with Danny’s mom. Thanksgiving and Christmas are spent with Danny’s family as well, though in years past, we have hosted Heather’s family and traveled to Wisconsin to spend Christmas up there. Typically, Christmas is spent with Danny’s brother’s family, sometimes waking up very early in the morning to watch the children open Santa’s presents. Danny likes to assemble the Christmas tree with Christmas music playing in the background, and we take turns hiding the pickle ornament in the tree to see if the other person can find it each year, a German tradition passed down from Heather’s mom. With the growth of our family through adoption, we’re incredibly excited to begin our own family traditions rather than simply participating in others’ traditions.

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Vacations

We love our vacations. When we lived in the College Station area the beach was our refuge. We found a spot only 2.5 hours away in a quiet little seaside town with an RV park right on the sand. No matter how stressful life could get, we’d wait for a 3-day weekend, take an extra day off, and load up the truck and travel trailer and head to the beach. There were weekends when the weather was 55° and drizzly or 75° with thunderstorms and we’d be forced to stay in the camper for a day or two. But as we told our family who questioned our sanity, “A rainy day at the beach is still better than any day at work.” Plus, we like playing board games. We also really enjoy taking trips to see Heather’s family in Wisconsin during the summer. The weather up there is perfect that time of year: just warm enough during the day and just cool enough at night. While there was usually not much to do in terms of activity, we always relished that aspect of the vacations up north. Catching up with Heather’s family and relaxing on their back patio are some of our fondest memories; we can’t wait until we’re able to do it again. Lastly, (pre-pandemic) Danny tries to attend the annual National Athletic Trainers’ Association convention every year in late June; it’s always in a different location. The last one was in Las Vegas, and Heather had never been, so she came too. We had so much fun that we went back at the beginning of March 2020. Ultimately, we enjoy lounging anywhere where there’s sun, a nice breeze, and places to take walks.

Cultural Diversity

If national news has taught us anything, it’s that we need to return to The Golden Rule. It’s naive to believe that race should be ignored; rather, it’s something we should aim to learn more about and engage with each other in civil discussion. We have no qualms about adopting a baby of any race. Love is love is love is love, and we cannot wait to express our love to your child. Current events, when discussed with civility and respect, can act as a crucible toward the moral fiber of our country instead of a catalyst for divisiveness. I truly believe the answer to hate is love, and supporting a more diverse country is the least anyone can do to assist in reaching that goal.

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Education

We have always viewed education as a privilege. So many kids see school as a temporary prison or daycare, but we have this appreciation for how so much information is written in books and it is all there for us to absorb and utilize if we’d only set our eyes upon it. Having earned a doctorate degree already, Danny has no doubt he will pass along his love for learning to his and Heather’s child. This world is an amazing place, and discovering life is one of the greatest pleasures of our journey. We find joy in etymology; we believe that understanding the true definition of a word can make a person a better communicator, and communication is the foundation to any relationship. We fully believe our obligation as humans is to leave this world better than when we arrived. In order to do so, we must learn not only from the mistakes of our predecessors but also from their successes. When we edify successes instead of scrutinizing failures we get a head start on future accomplishments. We have heard so many coaches say, “You should hate losing more than you enjoy winning.” That has never sat right with us. By that logic, one would be happier with a tie or draw than a win. And by the same logic, one is fighting a negative instead of working with a positive. You can’t improve on a good trait if you’re constantly nitpicking a negative one. Ultimately, education is about absorbing as much information as possible and employing it to make one’s life as good as possible, which is what we will teach our child.

Our Faith

Initially, we didn’t want to include this section, but we think it’s important for you to know us as intimately as possible. Danny didn’t really grow up in the church. His parents would take him and his brother on a rare Sunday (not even the usual Easter or Christmas services, just a random Sunday) until they divorced when he was 8. At that point, Sundays were simply a day to pack up their things to go back to his mom’s after spending the weekend at his dad’s. But he always longed for church. When he got to high school, he was befriended by the daughter of a preacher who insisted he go to her father’s church. He fell in love with that church, and he went every Sunday, whether or not his mom and/or step-dad went. He is passionate about his faith, though he respects everyone’s right to believe whatever they want. Heather was raised Lutheran, but has been less than eager to regularly attend church. She says the ritualistic chants and hymns make her feel uncomfortable; Danny once viewed those aspects as somewhat cult-like. But the more he believed those words to be true, the more he was simply praising God with his actions. We have only now set down roots in a place where we feel like we will be for many, many years. And while we may not express our faith in the same way, we are believers; thus, we can promise that your child will be raised as a good and faithful servant of God, whether or not we attend church every Sunday.

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Our Promise to You

We won’t begin to pretend to understand everything you’ve gone through to arrive at the decision to place your baby for adoption. Your path is your own. But what we can promise you is that you will be a part of your child’s life to whatever extent you desire. You will be praised as a mother ought to be when we tell your child about you. You will be lauded for your selfless act of love. Moreover, your child will grow up loving you, no matter what extent you choose to be involved. While s/he will undoubtedly have questions and feelings of longing for her/his birth mother, s/he will look fondly on you in appreciation for your sacrifice to give her/him the best life possible. We will be more than eager to share stories and pictures with you. Most importantly, though, your child will grow up in a loving home where love is preached and displayed to the extent that hate is as alien as the moon. Your child will be given every opportunity in life to succeed and become whomever s/he wants to be, even to the degree that sacrifice is necessary. Summarily, our promise to you is that we will give your child the life that every child deserves: one of safety, comfort, love, and growth.

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