Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: We live in a gated community that is safe and very kid-friendly. Each subdivision has a park. The streets are busy with families walking dogs and exercising. Each holiday season is celebrated with various activities for kids and families to interact and celebrate together. We bought our home in 2009 and love our community. The main reason we purchased our house was for the kid-friendly environment, the great schools nearby and the lake offers endless summer fun. Our community is very active, weekends at the baseball field always have a game in full swing and summer nights are often filled with games or outdoor movie night in the park. We love our community and soon will be building a new home in the same area for us and a mother-in-law home for Brittney's parents to live in. Currently, Brittney's parents live in the same community as us, just down the street. We love weekly family movie nights and impromptu family dinners and activities. We both had the luxury of being raised near our grandparents and are excited that our child will have family nearby.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?
A: We love to travel or do anything active when we get a three-day weekend. You can find us visiting a fun destination, whether it be going to the coast or heading to California to visit Devin’s family and the beaches. If we stay in town you can find us playing backyard games with family, taking our son on an adventure to the zoo or the children’s museum, spending time with friends, playing our favorite golf course, skiing or taking our dog to the lake.
Q: Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.
A: Sunny is our 9-year old Labrador retriever. She loves people and enjoys being around kids. She is in her glory when she gets to protect and play with our son. We are sure she will be the happiest dog around when she gets another child to protect and play with. Other than following our son around, her favorite activities are sleeping and bird chasing.
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: We want to be highly involved and nurture an environment both at home and school that will foster a child's continuous growth and development as a person. We hope our children will be independent, caring and responsible. We will use what we learned from our upbringings as well as what we did not have to love, guide and support our children in every way we can. We are fortunate to also have a close family that is excited to welcome a new member into our family and love and support the child in any way they can offer.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: We desire this to be a collaborative effort with the child's birth family. We have a great respect for birth families and see our child's birth family as an extension of our family so we will always honor them in our child's life. Our child will know that his/her birthmother brought him/her into this world and loved him/her so much she did anything to ensure he/she would have the life she wanted for him/her.
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: We attend church regularly and make an effort to provide the values of our faith in our everyday life. We have continued to build memories and traditions of marriages, baptisms, etc. in our home church and are excited to continue to provide a loving home based on our faith and values.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: Having a child has allowed for us to pass along the love and gifts we have received throughout our lifetime. We hope that our children will help to make the world a more loving place. We feel another child will help us to continue to grow as people and in our faith. We are excited to bring along children for our adventures in life and can't wait to be part of theirs as well. We ultimately want to love children of our own and help them to be the person they want to become.
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.
A: Our last vacation was to Disneyland to celebrate our son’s birthday. We had spent numerous vacations in Disneyland before we became parents and going with our son and experiencing Disneyland with him was beyond fun and we are very excited to continue this tradition for our next child’s birthday. Our last trip within Washington was to wrap up summer at the coast with our friends and family. We rent a house at the coast each year in a small picturesque resort town that caters to family activities. We go twice a year with our close friends and another time with family. We spend the days at the beach playing in the sand with the kids, throwing the ball for Sunny and our friends dogs, hiking the trails or playing a game of bocce ball. In the evenings we listen to the outdoor band, eat ice cream from the local ice cream shop and enjoy the activities of the town.
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: Brittney currently works part time to be home with our son. Brittney will stay home full time when our next child is born until he/she is ready for school. Both of us have flexible schedules and enjoy nothing more than being home with family. We spend our days doing at least one outdoor activity each day and other activities throughout the week with friends, such as swim lessons, library story time, walks to the park or visiting family. We are an active family and love being out having fun and we love just as much hanging out at home cooking together, reading and playing games. We value education and love watching our son learn through play and being exposed to new experiences and activities.
Q: Will you be returning to work? If so, describe your day-care plans.
A: We are so excited for our next child to experience the education and faith based school that our son goes to. It is a school where the children are encouraged to learn through play. The school is located in our community and prides itself on family involvement and children learning through engaging with their environment. The children learn to grow food in the school’s orchard, spend a lot of time outdoors, engage with others through the numerous social programs within the community and most importantly are constantly encouraged in their development in a positive and loving way. We are excited that our children will be in the same school to love and support each other as they grow.
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: We already feel so grateful for the birthmother we will be connected with. She will be sharing a gift with us that will be the most important and loved gift we have and will ever receive. In our mind, we will both be the mother of our child. If we are connected with a birthmother who chooses a closed adoption, we will still feel eternally connected and bonded with her through our child. We will always love and respect her ability to chose life for her child.