Q: Describe your childhood:
A: Adoptive Dad: Having been adopted at birth myself, my parents told me my adoptive story as early as I can remember. We were a very active family, going camping, hiking, horseback riding, and taking family trips as soon as my sister and I were old enough. My sister and I attended Catholic Schools from 1st grade through college and my parents, while they never spoiled us, made sure that we had every opportunity available to us to enjoy life. We also grew up understanding the value of hard work, ethics, and good morals; all values I hope to instill in my children as they grow up. Adoptive Mom: I grew up in a small Town in Iowa. I had one brother that is 5 years younger than me. My parents were big on getting us involved in all activities so that we could decide what we wanted to do moving forward. Life was always fun and happy. I have a large extended family and we all grew up together and learned how important family is. Family is always first.
Q: What faith will you raise your child?
A: Roman Catholic
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: We go to church on a regular basis and plan on sending our kids to the school and be involved with the school once our kids start.
Q: What do you hope to teach your child/children?
A: We want our kids to know that they can do or be anything they want. We want them to try everything they want so they can find out what they are interested in and enjoy. I want to teach them the values of hard work, strong ethics and morality, the benefits of God in their lives, as well as the importance of being a good brother, sister, and friend. We want them to understand everything they can see and experience in the world. We also want them to not be afraid of the world and travel as much as they can.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Adoptive Dad: As I am a Foodie, I really do not have a favorite. My favorite foods change as often as my clothes. Adoptive Mom: I love pasta and chocolate. Virginia is a pasta baby.
Q: What are your family traditions that you look forward to sharing with your child?
A: Adoptive Mom: Growing up, every year we got to pick our own Christmas ornaments. It always pertained to somewhere we traveled to that year or something new we did (like piano lessons). When I hit 30, my mom wrapped up all my ornaments and gave them to me to hang on my family tree. My husband and I decorate for all holidays; so for Easter we do an Easter egg hunt, Halloween we decorate the outside of the house and the whole family dresses up, and for Christmas we have over 14 Christmas trees in the house, little villages, and we have Santa visit. Adoptive Dad: Growing up for me, we had a couple traditions that I look to incorporate. My mother wasn’t the greatest cook in the world, but she did have a couple meals that were awesome. We would do Pizza Friday, where we would get all the ingredients and make the pizzas together at home. At Christmas, Mom & Dad would wrap most presents, but would take two or three of the big ones out of their boxes and put them together in front of the tree for us to see when we woke up Christmas morning. It was their way of saying “Santa brought them”.
Q: Why did you chose the profession you are in?
A: Adoptive Dad: I kind of fell into sales directly out of college, even though I graduated with a degree in Communications. Sales was exciting, being able to do something different each day. Being able to build and maintain relationships with people all over the country and world was also exciting. My job over the years has also provided me the privilege of travel, having been able to see many parts of the world most people would not be able to. Adoptive Mom: I chose sales because I like the interaction with many different people. I like that I can talk to people about the product I am selling and why they need to have it. I meet some of the most interesting people which makes me love my job.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Adoptive Dad: I love to cook, travel, golf, play games and DIY projects. Adoptive Mom: I love to read, travel, golf and play games.
Q: Do you have Pets? If so, please tell us about them.
A: Until most recently, we have had two big dogs, a white Labrador Retriever(Maddie) and an English Mastiff(Phoebe), both females. Unfortunately, Maddie recently passed away and Phoebe is getting up there in age as well. Regardless of when Phoebe will pass, our family loves pets and will most likely have animals throughout the course of our children’s lives.
Q: What attracted you to each other?
A: Adoptive Dad: Aside from the obvious of physical attraction, April is extremely engaging, outgoing, smart, and funny. April has the ability to interact with anyone, anywhere, at any time and leave having made a friend. April is tenacious and goes after what she wants out of life, refusing to take no for an answer. April is my best friend and soul mate as together, we are truly a team.
Adoptive Mom: My husband is very loving and supportive. He does everything he can to make people around him happy. He is my best friend and supports our daughter and I in everything we do. He works hard to make sure that we can live a great life and experience anything we want to.
Q: Describe your home and neighborhood.
A: April and I moved into our neighborhood after many weeks of house hunting. We knew we wanted to be in an area that touted the best school districts, the best neighborhoods, and the best play areas for children. Our neighborhood is one of the older ones in our city, which means it has character. The streets are lined with mature trees and the houses are well kept. Over the past four years, 17 new families have moved into our neighborhood, all with children between the ages of 2 and 6, which is great as it gives Virginia many kids to play with. We also moved into a house on a cul-de-sac which means there is no traffic and kids play out in front all the time. Ever since bringing Virginia home, April and I have done whatever we could to make the house kid safe as well as fun. We have converted one of the bedrooms into a playroom dedicated to fun. We have built a homemade sandbox in the back yard, and next year, we plan to build a tree house and hobbit house in the backyard. We encourage outdoor play as much as possible.
Q: When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms what are your thoughts regarding the birthmother?
A: Every time I hold my daughter, and I am sure every time I hold our new baby, I continually remind myself at how lucky I am that the birthmother chose us to parent these wonderful children. I also remind myself that it is my job to provide the best life possible for these children to re-inforce the birthmother’s decision to allow us to adopt these children. This decision will forever be one of the toughest choices she will have to face in her life and if we can provide at least a tiny bit of comfort to her knowing that these children will always be well taken care of; then we have done our part.