Married Since: 2014

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Your child will know that they were loved before ever even being born. We will be open and honest with your child and provide all the love and support you are seeking for your child.

Richard and Gretchen

from Washington

Richard

Ancestry: German

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Sales Manager

Education: BBA

Hobbies: Golf, Hiking, Exercise

Gretchen

Ancestry: German

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Vice President

Education: MBA

Hobbies: Hiking, Photography, Art, Sports

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

Favorites

Richard

Color
Blue
Family Activity
Traveling
Food
Barbecue
Hobbies
Golf, hiking, boating
Holiday
Christmas
Sport
Football
Subject in School
History
Thing to cook
Meat
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
Vacation Spot
Europe

Gretchen

Color
Blue
Family Activity
Hiking
Food
Mexican
Hobbies
Photography, art, hiking, traveling, sports
Hoiday
Christmas
Sport
Soccer
Subject in School
Math
Thing to cook
Soups and chowders
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night owl
Vacation Spot
Hawaii
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From Us to You

To the mother of our future child,

We want to start off by thanking you for thinking of us when making this difficult choice. We believe adoption is the most loving thing you can do for your child and we admire your courage and strength. We are looking forward to growing our family. We will provide unconditional love, stability and nourishment for your child. This will be a special time in our life and our love is endless. Your child will know that they were loved before ever even being born. We will be open and honest with your child and provide all the love and support you are seeking for your child.

We have not been able to have a child of our own; however, adoption has always been part of our plan for our family. We know this is a very hard decision, but we want you to know that we love you and will raise your child in a warm, loving environment. We will pray as a family. We hope to give you the comfort of knowing how much your child will be loved and cared for, not only by our family, but also by grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and many close friends.

We both have a very strong set of values. We believe in kindness and compassion to others. We give back to our community and participate in our church. We will raise your child to have the same strong values that we have and to grow to be a compassionate, kind and respectful person, as well as accepting of all people.

Our city provides endless opportunities. It is abundant in cultural diversity. It’s our goal as parents to raise a child with stability, good values and a hard work ethic. We want your child to explore the endless opportunities whether it be academic, arts or athletics. This support does not stop here. We will be there emotionally for the ups and downs your child will go through. We will work through the good and the bad as a family.

We moved this year to a new home that we built with the idea of having a growing family. Community is very important and having a nice neighborhood was one aspect that was high on our list. Our home has 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, a backyard and porches for playtime and space for entertaining family and friends. We are looking forward to filling our home with the sounds of laughter and love. The neighborhood has a large community of families and several parks for children to play sports, partake in arts and crafts, music or other activities. There are lifeguarded beaches just blocks away from us. We look forward to taking your child to baseball games and football games. Gretchen is an avid swimmer and is looking forward to teaching your baby how to swim at a young age. Richard is looking forward to holding a hand to cross the street and leading them through life. Our love is endless and we love you and your baby.

Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know a little about us. We hope to get to know you too.

With Love,
Richard and Gretchen

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

When we started dating, we knew from the start that we wanted to be parents. We both talked about having children of our own, but adoption has always been part of our family plan. We have close friends that have either been adopted, adopted a child themselves or have placed a child up for adoption. We know firsthand how special adoption is and the positive impact it has on all those involved. It is a loving gift and your baby deserves to have a wonderful life surrounded by love. In fact, your baby is loved by so many family and friends before even being born. We cannot wait to share our love of life with them. The opportunities will be endless and they deserves the best. Adoption is something that we have talked of regularly and we are so looking forward to having a child. This is a special time for us and we will forever be grateful to become parents.

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About Richard

Richard is a very outgoing, loving guy. He is the “life of the party.” I do not know a single person that does not enjoy being around Richard. He has such a positive energy about himself. In fact, his positivity and willingness to see the good in all situations makes him very unique. Our friends would say he is a “Big Teddy Bear.” He would literally do anything for this friends and family. He is as honest as they come. He absolutely loves children and it has been so special to watch how he interacts with family and friends’ children. He makes life fun for us both. We both enjoy hiking and traveling, and we have found we have similar interests when it comes to these activities. When I think of Richard, I see a guy who truly loves life and makes others’ lives better around him. You will usually see him with a huge smile that is contagious. He has a lot of love to share with your child.

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About Gretchen

Gretchen is a very loving and thoughtful person. She is the person who would literally give you the coat off her back if you needed it. She always wants to make sure that the people around her are happy and feel loved. She is the type of friend that everyone wishes they had in their life. She is very competitive and loves to play games. She is also a very driven and goal-oriented person. This is exemplified by the 4 Ironman races that she has completed. She is a social butterfly at parties and loves to sing karaoke whenever she can. She is amazing with children and has helped to raise both her niece and nephew from the time that they were babies.  She would be an amazing mother given the chance and I know she would raise a child to grow up to be an incredible person.

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Our Home

Our home is in a beautiful neighborhood overlooking a lake in Washington State. Our house has a full view of the lake and is just a few blocks up from the water.  We have several parks nearby and two city beaches with lifeguards within walking distance.  The neighborhood has the feel of a small town but is only minutes from downtown as well. Ours is a newly built home that we have been working on for four years now. It is bright and cozy with six bedrooms and four bathrooms. Your child will have a room to call their own. Gretchen is very artistic and is looking forward to working on their room to make it special and as they grow, they will be able to decorate their room how they like. Our neighbors are very nice, and both have children. Just a block away is the neighborhood basketball hoop where you can often find kids playing. It really warms our heart when the families get to know each other and we watch the neighborhood children grow up. We live on a biking lane so on the weekends we can see hundreds of bikers and runners using our road throughout the day. It is really great to sit on the front porch and look at the lake and see our neighbors out and about. We are excited to share these times with your child and are excited for them to grow up with neighborhood friends.

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Our Families

Gretchen grew up raised by both her mom, Marianne, and dad, Myron. She is the youngest of 3 siblings. She has an older sister named Leta, and an older brother named Kurt. Both Leta and Kurt have children and have raised them as single parents. Gretchen has been a part of her niece and nephew’s lives since they were born. Her family is tight knit family and cannot wait for a baby to join the fun.They will all have open arms for them. Her mother always believed in eating together as a family at the table each night. This was the only time she could get all five of them together, as each sibling was very active with busy schedules. So dinner was very important in her family.

Richard was raised by a single mother. He also has an older brother named Jason who is married with two small kids. Richard is the favorite uncle to them and they know that when Uncle Richard comes the fun begins. His mother was a hard worker and would work several jobs to make ends meet. He remembers moving quite a bit as a child. To this day, he is very close to his mother and brother and keeps in touch with them regularly. Richard’s family is also excited for a future new member to join the family.

We have a very diverse group of friends from all different cultures and different backgrounds. Some of our best friends are in the gay and lesbian community. We have friends from all different ethnicities. We are accepting of all backgrounds. In our free time with our friends, we do many dinners, boating trips, hikes, movie nights, and game nights. We are very social and usually meet up with a friend or two at least once a week. Our friends are very excited to be a part of your child’s life. Your baby is already so loved by so many people in our lives.

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Our Sweet Pup

Reggie is our white lab mix puppy.  Even though he is 10 years old now, Gretchen will always call him Baby Reggie. He is great around everyone that comes over. He welcomes all our guests with a big kiss and wagging tail. He loves spending time with other dogs but tends to want to hang out with small dogs that are 15-20 pounds while he is about 85 pounds. Reggie is very gentle around children. He shows this when we are around our friends and family who have young children. He gets so excited to be around the children. He is so funny because he is far from being athletic and is a bit clumsy. Where he is not athletic, he definitely is very smart for a dog. He has a tendency to trip and slide into everything. He has yet to be able to learn to swim, even though he is a lab mix. It is quite funny to see how goofy he is. He has been known to sneak a steak or hamburger if you are not paying attention. He does this very sneakily and has no regrets. He will be an excellent four-legged big brother.

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Our Lifestyle

Our lifestyle is very active. We both work from home and that allows us flexibility to do the things in life that we enjoy. We both have a love of hiking and being outdoors. Gretchen has competed in four Ironman triathlons and crossed the finish line in each one. Richard has competed in numerous half marathons, adventure races and Tough Mudders. We enjoy being able to run and hike together as we have found that provides us quality time when our schedules are busy. We also have a love for camping, mountaineering, boating, etc. We climbed Mount Rainier just a few years ago and that was a very challenging experience that we were able to share together. We love our camping memories of building a fire and making s’mores. We look forward to creating more of these memories with your child.

Traveling is important to us, and we have had the experience of exploring new countries every year. We plan one big trip a year and then several small trips throughout the year. Our big vacation is usually out of the country and then on multiple smaller vacations we visit other USA states, as well as explore our Pacific Northwest area. Between both of us, we have visited 17 countries and 39 of the 50 states. We love to explore the beauty the world has to offer. Your child will be a part of this and will be provided opportunities to explore the world with us.

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Family Traditions

Family traditions are important to both of us. We believe in taking and using traditions from both sides of our families, and also creating our lasting traditions together. A tradition that Gretchen had growing up was celebrating St. Nicholas day. You set out a stocking or a shoe on December 5 and St. Nicholas leaves a little present on December 6 when you wake up. This is a German tradition and Gretchen loved it growing up. Gretchen’s family went on a yearly camping trip. She was able to explore different parts of the country and grew to love the outdoors. It was also a great family bonding tradition.

Richard has a cute Christmas Eve tradition growing up where his mother would put on sticky, bright red lipstick and give him a kiss while he slept. He would wake up in the morning and run to the mirror to see if he had a kiss from “Santa,” and that is how he and his brother knew if Santa came. She continued the tradition and she would give him with a kiss on the forehead even as an adult. Richard also remembers Saturdays mornings as a family time watching Saturday cartoons. The only time that cartoons played were on Saturday mornings. There was not a Cartoon Network or special channel for cartoons at that time. His mother would lay a blanket out and let him play on the blanket while he watched his cartoons. This memory has always stayed with him.

We will take traditions from both of our families, but it is important that we also create our own. One tradition that we foresee starting as a family is waffle Sundays. We enjoy on the weekend doing a day of waffles and we would like to continue this with our family, so our child remembers growing up and each Sunday having family brunch. At Christmas, we always give back to the community, and we will have your child do it with too. We choose two children from the giving tree at our church and provide these children with toys to have at Christmas. Your child will be a part of this tradition to see how each of us can help the community and those in need.

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How a Child will Enrich our Lives

We both are looking forward to being parents and would feel like the luckiest people in the world if we get that opportunity.  We have so much love to give and having a child in our home would complete our family.  We are both looking forward to watching your child grow and learn new things. We bought our house in our neighborhood with the idea that our children would grow up being nurtured and having stability. When we think about being parents, we think about the little things, such as scraped knees, tooth fairies, kicking the first soccer ball, playing kickball or T-ball. We think about teaching our child how to ride a bike. We look forward to sharing our joys in life, such as hiking or camping with your child. We will be there for their first homecoming dance or prom. We will be there for everything from wiping tears to giving high fives. These are a few examples of the joy and excitement your child will bring to our family. Our love is endless.

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What We will tell Your Child about You

We believe honesty about adoption and you is extremely important. Our friends that have been adopted, have adopted children, or placed a child for adoption have shared with us their experiences on the importance of being open with our child. We would let them know that you loved them so much that you made the incredibly hard decision of adoption because you wanted your child to have a better life for them. We will explain that this decision was made out of love and that they should always know that they were loved even before they were born. We will love and pray you and we will raise your child to do the same. Adoption is the most loving act a mother can do for her child and we will always be open with your child on how much you love them. We will pray together for you. We will share how much love you have for your child and how special you are.

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On a Typical 3-Day Weekend

Three day weekends are one of our favorite times to travel. There is a small mountain town nearby that we like to go. It is a German village with gorgeous scenery, cute shops and great restaurants. A typical 3 day weekend would be leaving on Thursday and driving the two hours to this town. This allows us to get settled in so we can enjoy the full three days. On Friday morning, we wake up early and make breakfast followed by a hike. In the afternoon we usually go into the town and shop at some of the local shops. Our favorite stops are the cheese store and the olive oil & vinegar shop. We enjoy sampling the cheese at the local cheese shop and trying the olive oils and vinegars at that shop. On Friday evening, we enjoy a night out to dinner. Saturday we do white water rafting on the river that travels through the town and out to apple vineyards, which is what this area is known for. Saturday evening we cook dinner in to relax and spend time together. We would end the evening playing a game, such as Dominos. We play a game almost every night together. We enjoy playing games or building a puzzle together. At our house, you will find a table just for games and puzzles. On Sunday, we do a hike in the morning and drive back in the afternoon. In the winter, this hike may consist of snowshoeing due to the amount of snow the area receives. This is a trip that we do annually and really enjoy together.

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Our Vacations

We both have a love for traveling. We have traveled across the United States and been on several European vacations as well. We are really looking forward to family vacations where we can explore different cultures and learn different histories. We also enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking, boating, and camping. We find that these activities are enjoyable for the whole family and will create lasting memories. Individually, Gretchen loves to explore her artistic side, from photography, crafts and other forms of art. She looks forward to bringing this to your child’s life. Richard’s activities he enjoys most are gardening and mountain biking. If he is not out and about, you can find him gardening and making our home beautiful. His passion is spending time in the Big Brother network. Richard was paired with James when he was 12 years old. James recently turned 17 and Richard is still a part of James’ life. Frequently, you will find the two of them eating Barbeque and hitting up the golf range. James also did a Tough Mudder run with Richard. Their goal this year is to do another Tough Mudder and get involved with hiking and stand up paddle boarding. Richard has had a positive impact on this young man and enjoys his time with James. This is an example of his love and commitment.

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Diversity

Cultural diversity is very important to us. We both were raised not judge any person from the outside but to look to a person’s heart.  Gretchen’s dad used to tell her, “I don’t care if you marry a blue, pink, green or orange person. The only thing that matters is that they are a good person who treats you with kindness and respect.” Gretchen loves that quote to this day. Richard was raised with the same beliefs in his home growing up. We realize that maintaining a sense of culture is important to our family. It is important that your child have a sense of belonging and unity. We respect this and would like to bring diversity into our household. Your child will learn about their heritage and we will incorporate that into our daily lives. With so many of our friends and family from all backgrounds, your child will learn early on that diversity is great to have. We all do not have to think and be alike. We will engrain this in your child to be an individual.

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Education

Gretchen grew up in Indiana and began her education in the private school system, where she excelled. She went on to graduate from her hometown’s public high school. She was a member of the jazz band, soccer team, basketball team and National Honor Society. After graduation, she attended college on a soccer scholarship, and graduated with honors. After college, she decided to pursue her master’s degree in Business Administration. Her focus in this program was marketing and she graduated with honors here as well.

Richard grew up in Texas and participated in football and soccer through high school. He was known to be the “jokester” of his class. After high school he attended a community college where he received academic scholarships. He then received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on marketing. He worked full time as a grocery store manager while attending college. Working full time and going to school full time, he still graduated in four years due to his work ethic. That was a huge accomplishment.

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Our Promise to You

Raising a family with love and being positive people for your child is our promise. We will raise your child with morals, manners, kindness and compassion. We believe that our home would be an excellent place to grow our family. We will ensure that your child feels loved, safe, and cared for in every way. They will be taught to love everyone, regardless of the circumstances. They will be shown how to treat others in a loving and compassionate way. There will be opportunities for them to play in sports or participate in activities. We want what is best for your child and will be supportive in any interests they may have. We can promise you that we will put all our energy into our family and your child to help them to grow to become an amazing adult. Our goal is to give them every opportunity to explore what they enjoy. Education is a huge component for us. We will give your child a private education, which includes some of the best schools in the country.

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  • 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!