Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: We live in the rolling hills of West Virginia. We reside in a small town that is surrounded by beautiful scenic areas, majestic lakes and trails. We are very much ingrained in both community and our families lives. Our family, immediate and extended, are a large ingredient of what makes our home so special. The current neighborhood in which we live is small and quaint. We are in the process of building our dream home, where our future family will live.
Our future home which will be move in ready June 2019 is right next door to future Grandma and Grandpa. The elementary school is a recently constructed facility that is less than a mile from our home. The middle school which is also located less than a mile is a blue ribbon school which Chad attended in his youth. The high school is often ranked within the first three rankings of the state for excellence. This neighborhood has a playground within walking distance and is filled with children of all ages. During Halloween the streets are flooded with the costumes and the pitter patter of feet on the hunt for candy so much so cars cannot access the streets. It is an ideal place for memories, laughter and a future.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?
A: On our three-day weekend we can be found spending time with our families. Both Chad and I come from large Italian families that were built on love and lots of pasta. The activities we do with our families include spending time with our nieces and nephews. This could be endless trips to the park, ice cream, trips to the local toy store, crafting, visiting local museums, baking cookies and much more. We often have family dinners and events. During the summer months we can be found visiting the lake with cook outs, corn hole tournaments and boat rides. In the fall we often visit our family farm in the mountains. During these trips we fish, hike, and enjoy nature. Our family is the heart of who we are as individuals. Grandparents, parents, aunt, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews are always present. So, our perfect three-day weekend would be spent with our family.
Q: Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.
A: Our family has two dogs. Our oldest boy is a male golden doodle. He is now seven years old (which breaks his Mommy’s heart.) Beau was born in May of 2011. I’m sure people say this often but he is the best dog. He is extremely lazy but loveable. His favorite thing to do is eat his treats (which we are trying to cut back on.) Beau has been exposed to our niece and nephew since he was a puppy. He is a gentle giant with a kind demeanor. Beau has a box like frame (big boned) and his hair is golden.
Our youngest boy is also a male golden doodle. His name is Brooks. Brooks is 2 years old and was born in June of 2016. He is mild, believe it or not, for a puppy. We were fortunate to avoid the “chewing” stage. Brooks loves being around people. He can be found waiting outside of the shower or by the door when he knows you are near. Brooks drives his older brother crazy as Beau is now on his way to the golden years. Brooks looks completely different than his brother. He is lanky and all legs. His hair is that of a poodle and his color is white. Brooks added a new dynamic to the dog duo.
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: We would invest in your child’s development physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Education is critical to the foundation of a child’s development. As an educator I know that time, dedication and consistency have to be on the forefront of language development, motor skills and comprehension. This time and concepts begin as early as day 1. This could be singing to your infant as we rock them to sleep or reading to your baby as they swing. We would invest both time and resources into their development from the early onset.
We would teach our children integrity. Regardless of hardship, honesty and the ability to be forthcoming is essential. We would teach them this by example. Hard work and persistence would be instilled in them through the completion of tasks (school work, chores, etc.) Anything can be accomplished with relentless effort. We would want them to understand that the ability to persist can change their life and lives of others.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: Your daddy and I prayed for you years before we met. You were born with such love and selflessness. Your birth mom was pregnant with you and loved you so very much. She wanted you to have a life filled with possibilities and wanted to give you every opportunity to succeed. She was in a place in her life where she couldn’t provide you these opportunities. So, she made the most self-less decision. She carried you with her making sure you were growing strong every day. She knew what type of life she wanted you to have so she chose Mommy and Daddy. This choice was not easy because she was giving the love of her life (you) to someone else so you could have a chance for opportunity. Your birth mom was so strong and sacrificed so you could have a different life. Your mommy and daddy are so grateful because she chose us to be your parents. Your birth mom is a hero. Heroes are individuals of courage and outstanding achievements. She had courage for you and you were her outstanding accomplishment.
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.How will a child enrich your life?
A: As a couple we are active in our church, but more importantly we are actively engaged in our relationship with God. Having been raised in families grounded in faith, those values were established at an early age, and provided a foundation from which we grew to become and remain missionaries of God. Brittany’s uncle started a church several years ago which has grown to one of the largest churches in the state having nearly 6,000 members. What we love most about the church is its focus on children. It provides a way for children to follow God in a way that they understand and are able to best connect. Aside from attending a church, we have built our home on a foundation of God. Whether it be evening prayers before bed, morning devotionals, or even prayers before meals, our home only feels like home if it’s filled with the spirit of God.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: There is no greater desire we have as individuals or a couple to have a family and become a mommy and daddy. As a couple who has struggled with conception we view the simple moments as monumental. When we go to the grocery store and see a child with their parents grabbing for their favorite cereal. . . we think, “I would love to experience that moment.” When we babysit or nieces and nephews and I rock my nephew to sleep, “I close my eyes to hold on to that moment at long as possible.” We believe that enrichment in each moment will be our strength. We will be present in every capacity of these milestones regardless of how big or small they maybe. Your son or daughter will have every ounce of who we are. Your child will be loved. The type of all encompassing, never ending, knowing no boundaries type of love. We will instill values of integrity, patience, work ethic, respect, faith and family into our son or daughter. They will be surrounded with an immediate and extended support system that will love, adore, and care for your little one as much as Chad and I do. They will be entering into a family that was constructed with unreserved love and family values. Your child will be exposed to a family unit that will ALWAYS love them.
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.
A: Our last vacation was a trip to New York City. We had so much fun getting dressed up, going to dinners, and seeing Broadway shows. Chad made all of the arrangements, as he is always our master planner and keeper of the itinerary. When we first arrived we explored the city, did some shopping and Brittany road a subway for the first time, facing her fears of being underground! We ate at Del Frisco’s which is a double eagle steakhouse where Chad indulged like never seen before! The next day was filled with visits to the museums. Our favorite stops included in the American Museum of Natural History and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The American Museum of Natural History included everything you could imagine, from dinosaurs to outer space. It was great! The 9/11 museum on the other hand was a very moving experience.
Every moment of our visit captured our soul and took us back to that dreaded day in American history. The museum is a powerful tribute to all those who lost their lives and the courage of all those that helped to save lives during the tragedy. Our evenings were filled with Broadway shows. We saw for the third time, one of our personal favorites …Jersey Boys! You can’t help but clap and dance the whole time. The other show we saw is called the Book of Mormon which is a Broadway hit comedy. We laughed nearly the entire time! While our trip to New York City pack filled with things to do, the most important part of the trip and what made it so memorable was that it was just the two of us. Every moment and activity was just the two of us and it was surely a trip we will not forget.
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: Our professions and positions afford both Chad and I extreme flexibility. During the first twelve weeks of bringing your son or daughter home Chad or myself will be with your baby full time. We will modify our schedules so that one of us, if not both, are with our new precious addition. After the first twelve weeks, I (Brittany) will be working remotely from our home in a part-time capacity. The other time, your baby will be with Daddy (Chad) or grandparents. As previously stated, our family support system is not only great, but strong. Neither Chad nor I want to miss a moment. During the day-to-day, your baby will be cared for by either myself, Chad or immediate family (grand-parents). We are extremely fortunate that our careers have afforded us a level of flexibility. We work in a family business, so the ability to modify, adjust and adapt is readily available and supported.
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: The moment we would meet our son or our daughter and hold them is a moment we’ve thought, prayed and dreamed about. We would be humbled and honored that an individual chose us to be witness to this precious child’s life. This selfless woman entrusted us to shape this small individual’s existence. The appreciation and love we would forever have for her would be unparalleled. We would want her to know that because of her, he or she will live a fulfilled life surrounded by love. We would want her to know that we would think of her daily because she transformed our life. The love, respect and admiration we would have at that moment and every day following would never dull. Chad and I would want her to know that she will be thought of, remembered, and forever loved. She is a piece of her child and that will never change or fade. She will be in our hearts and prayers. She will continue to be seen through her son or daughter. Her existence, sacrifice and choice will be evident in each step they take, word they speak and accomplishment they create.