Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?
A: On a 3-day weekend you will find us outdoors, on an adventure in some form or other. We often will pack up our travel trailer and head to either the coast or the mountains. We spend the days exploring nature by going on long hikes and bike rides, and in the evenings we will sit around a camp fire telling stories and roasting marshmallows. When the weather doesn’t permit us to get outside, we are a family that enjoys simply being home together playing board games and tackling home improvement projects.
Q: Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.
A: We have two 5-year-old German Shepherds. They both have very gentle natures and are spoiled with treats continually. They like to be with us wherever we go, so they spend most of the day inside the house.
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: We hope to teach our children strong values and character. Eric and I both grew up learning the value of hard work to reach goals, and that the pride that comes from the accomplishment is a greater reward than tangible rewards. Eric and I hope to teach our children compassion and gentleness towards others, to have contentment in all circumstances, and good work ethic including dependability, leadership skills, and problem-solving skills.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: We will joyfully and openly speak of our child’s birthmom! She is, and always will be, an important part of our family’s story, not just out child’s. We will keep the conversation and dialogue open to questions and always answer in a positive light.
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: We attend church regularly on Sundays and we attend out of the joyful desire to fellowship with other believers, not out of obligation. We enjoy attending small-group family bible studies on Friday evenings, which allows us to have closer friendships with families who live in close proximity. Eric and I have enjoyed teaching the 5 and 6 year old Sunday School class for the past 5 years. A favorite family activity is attending our annual Church Camping trip every summer.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: We are greatly blessed and continuously thankful for the two boys we have now and we desire to grow our family, believing that each child is a life-long blessing to both parents and siblings. A child would bring us unspeakable joy because they are a gift to be cherished, loved, supported, encouraged, and nurtured. Another child would bring their own unique personality and character qualities that would enrich our home and our family.
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.
A: Beginning mid-August ‘19, we embarked on a rare and precious 6-week, 4000-mile family trip up the Pacific Northwest coast and back via the western Cascade Range, stopping at 15 campgrounds with our travel trailer to enjoy hiking, biking, sightseeing, and relaxing together at 4 national parks and 3 popular Pacific Northwest cities, plus several great beaches and other beautiful locations. At the outset, we were not sure how we would enjoy being on the road for so long, but we made so many wonderful memories that we wished it could be even longer! We are a close-knit family, but our love bond was strengthened to an even deeper degree as a result of this quality time together.
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: Yes, I (Sandra) am currently a stay-at-home parent, as well as a homeschooling mom. Our weekdays are pretty simple but full and enriching. I consider it a privilege to be able to serve my family in our home. Our weekdays are pretty routine with school, taking breaks for lunch, and reading books together. We frequently can be found at our local library, sitting in story times and stocking up on new books. After nap time, a bike ride or play time at the park is a must to get fresh air and sunshine. Home cooked meals are preferred, so I work hard to have a nutritious meal to serve for dinner at the end of the day for all of us to enjoy together.
Q: 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?
A: Having adopted previously, we know from experience that we are grateful beyond words. Our care, love, compassion, and admiration for our child’s birthmother is continual and will be evident in our support for her. We think of birthmother often and pray that she would be comforted – confident in this unimaginably difficult choice, and we pray for her well-being. Even though we may not know her well, she has become a part of our family and our lives, and we are certain that God loves her and cares for her needs.