Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: We live on 3 acres, outside of a large city. We have deer in our yard daily and an occasional fox or two. Our house is ½ mile from a local lake and just 9 miles from our family, including our three nieces.
Q: Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.
A: Yes, we have 5. Ginger (8), Sam (5), and Ellie Mae (1) are our dogs. And Nash (3) and Roxy (3) are our indoor cats. They are our babies!
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: First and foremost, to love themselves and others. To be independent and also able to be vulnerable and open. We want to teach our child responsibility and that it’s good to dream and follow his or her passion. Realistically though, I think these things are most often learned through making mistakes. So our job will be to try to teach all of these things on the front end, but to be there in whatever way is best for our child as they’re learning and growing – succeeding and making mistakes. We want to teach our child that all of these things are okay.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: That she gave us the greatest gift we could ever imagine and we thank God for her every day. We also hope that the birth mom will want to stay connected in some way so that our child can know more about her and their birth family.
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: We were both raised with Christianity as a big part of our lives. We have a strong focus on loving others, having compassion, withholding judgement, and trying to do good for others on a regular basis. We have a great support group, both within and outside of our church. We regularly attend church and host a small group in our home every other week.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: We are blessed with so many great things and we want to share our love and many blessings with a child. Not being parents yet, we can only guess at the ways that a child will enrich our lives – but imagine that a child will teach us new things and ways to see the world, will teach us about ourselves, and will teach us about love and the things that are really important in life.
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.
A: We went to Napa Valley, CA for a long weekend and it was wonderful! We’d never been to that part of the country before. We stayed at a place tucked back in the woods and it was such a peaceful, restful experience. We spent most of our time relaxing outside, a good portion of our time eating great food and did a little wine tasting.
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: One of us primarily works from home and the other is exploring working one day a week from home. We will be the primary caretakers. We will also probably enroll our child in daycare some of the time after the age of 2 so they can spend time with other children.
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: Gratitude. We are so thankful that someone would trust us to love their child and raise them. The birth mother will also forever be a part of our family.