Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: Our home is a beautiful bungalow or craftsman-style house built around 1921. It has a lot of light, charm, and warmth. One of the most amazing aspects of our house is the large backyard that looks farm-like. We have a vegetable garden, bamboo garden, and trees and grass where our dog Honey plays. There is also a big, front porch where we like to sit when it is nice outside. Our neighborhood is vibrant, with families walking to and from the local stores and schools and children like playing outside and riding bikes.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?
A: We like to have little adventures such as taking back roads to the mountains, going to the beach, or visiting new towns. We also like to go to Virginia to visit our family and enjoy hiking or spending time on the river there.
Q: Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.
A: We have a fluffy, grey cat named Steve that we rescued. He was a young, wild cat who we tamed and now is a house cat. He is very sweet, loves to be brushed, and is super curious. Our dog Honey is a sweet, mixed-breed dog that we also rescued. We call her Wiggles sometimes because she wiggles her tail so hard the back half of her sways, when she is happy. She loves to play, but she also loves to sleep a lot.
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: We would like to teach our child honesty, kindness, creativity, and how to cherish life and others. Because we are both teachers, we think it is important to give back to society in some way. Art and music is important to both of us, so we hope to teach them about the arts and how to be creative or think creatively. We love so many different kinds of music (rock, classical, pop, bluegrass, dance music, etc.,) and want to share that with our child. We usually have something playing while we make dinner. Scott plays guitar and Laura is learning the mandolin, so there is a lot of music in our house. We hope to raise a curious and thoughtful person who will be safe and happy and make others happy too.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birth mom?
A: We will tell our child as much as possible so that the child knows he or she was loved and is still loved. We want to be as honest as we can and trust what is good for the child and their birth mother. We would share any information or details that might help our child know about their life, their story, and their birth mother.
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: We are both Catholic, but are not currently practicing or active in a church. We consider ourselves spiritual people and respect all faiths. We think it is important to expose our child to religion and spirituality and to instill values from a young age.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: Your child will enrich our lives in so many very important ways. He or she will bring hope, joy, and more laughter into our home and to our extended family. We picture teaching your child practical things and having playful moments at all stages of their life, which will also help us grow. Helping your child find joy, love, and discover the world around her or him and will give us much meaning and purpose.
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.
A: Scott and I went to the beach this past summer. We enjoyed watching the waves, taking walks, collecting seashells, swimming and warming under the sun. We also love to eat seafood, so made lots of fun dinners and experimented with new recipes. We also love to travel and have spent much time in Mexico where Laura’s research is centered. We both love the food and the culture of Mexico, so this year we traveled to Yucatan, Mexico for Laura’s birthday.
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: Laura will be a stay-at-home parent. She teaches part-time at a university close to our house, but when we bring a child into our home, she will dedicate to them full-time. Although Scott works full-time his schedule is pretty flexible, so he can be home for lunch and every evening.
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 feel gratitude, respect, and warmth for a woman who would make the hardest decision for the love of a child. When we look at our child, we would feel happy that the mother chose us and trusted us to care for and love her child.