Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: We own and live in a single-story home, that we enjoy working on. We have done many upgrades ourselves. We really enjoy decorating for the holidays. It is a 3-bedroom, 2-bath with a large backyard. We live in a quiet neighborhood, off a private street, where the neighborhood kids throw the football around and ride their skateboards and bikes and where we have made some wonderful friendships with our neighbors. The city is a modern suburban community that has developed in the last 15 years, with many parks, local shopping and dining. The school district is one of the best, with top rated schools. The high school is known for their successful graduating classes, with most of the students moving on to college. We are lucky to live within driving distance to the mountains and beaches.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?
A: We enjoy spending time with our family and friends, either having a BBQ or going somewhere fun like Disneyland or the beach. We also enjoy nights spent at home cooking dinner and watching movies. We especially love taking advantage of the extra-long weekend to enjoy a “staycation” somewhere local and take in the sights, relax and eat!
Q: Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.
A: We have one medium-sized dog named Blue and one orange, tabby cat named Freeway. We rescued Blue after he was hit by a car and we rescued Freeway when he was abandoned on the side of the Freeway as a kitten. Our dog Snoop recently passed away, he was a rescue as well and we all miss him very much. All of our animals are friends/siblings. They play, sleep and eat together. We love our animals so much, we spoil them probably more than we should. However, we always seem to give in to their puppy eyes or sweet meow. We enjoy taking our dogs on walks and cuddling on the couch while we watch TV. Fitting all of us on the couch is quite the site to see! We truly are a furry family.
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: Jeff looks forward to showing him/her how to work with their hands. He loves to build things for the home or work on classic cars. He wears a tie by day and works with his hands by night. Tasha looks forward to showing her technical side, working with cameras, computers and apps. As parents we will not only teach, but lead by example. It is important for us to show and instill kindness and respect to others. We will show how crucial it is to oneself and others to treat everyone equally and to treat those the way you would like to be treated. We will give unconditional support to achieve their goals in life. We will show them the importance of getting a good education and teach them being street smart is just as important as being book smart. Being the type of person that others can trust and rely on will be their strongest attributes. We will lead by example: how to have manners, how to take responsibility for their actions and learn from their mistakes and to always reach for the stars.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: We plan to share our adoption journey with our child, starting from a young age. We will tell him/her that their birth mom was a very selfless woman, who had such a big heart that she wanted to bless a loving couple with a child. We will explain how she was strong, brave, and courageous and instill those qualities in him/her.
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: We do not attend church as often as we would like, having moved further away from our home church. Our home church is a quaint Episcopal church over 100 years old. After dating for a while, we found out we had this church in common. We, as well as our families on both our sides, have been married there and we have both been baptized there. We look forward to continuing those traditions.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: Being high school sweethearts, we have spent most of our lives together. We have taken the steps to further our education, started our careers, made life-long friendships, traveled the globe and built a loving home. The only thing missing from our lives, is a child. A family of our own. Having a child will enrich our life with unconditional love, starting yet another chapter in our journey. We look forward to making memories with and starting our own traditions as a family.
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.
A: We take a vacation and travel once a year to a destination we have not been to before. Our last vacation we spent a week at Disney World, Florida. We spent the week going from park to park and getting on as many rides as we could! We took one full day to drive to Daytona so we could tour Daytona Speedway, then drove to Kennedy Space Center, where we were blown away at the science, history and work performed there. There is never a dull moment when we are together.
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: Tasha will work from home, making her own hours. She will be present in the day to day routine for our child. Assuring our child is given love, attention and education. Jeff will continue to work his job, which is not far from home, so he can be present for dinner every night and enjoy all school functions and/or sporting events.
Q: Will you be returning to work? If so, describe your day-care plans.
A: Tasha does not have plans to return to work that requires her to work away from home. Perhaps in the future when our child is in school full time, we can discuss it.
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: Thank you God for this most precious gift. Thank you for this strong and brave woman who has given us our family. We are in complete awe of how much love she had in her heart to give her child up for adoption and has chosen us.