Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: We live in a great neighborhood in Seattle. It is a very diverse neighborhood culturally and socioeconomically, and we live across the street from an international elementary school that teaches in both English and Spanish. Many great parks, playgrounds, a community center, and library are within walking distance. Our mid-century modern home was built in 1960 and we have lived here for 7 years. We have big front and back yards with trees and flowers. Our home is full of music, art, and love.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?
A: When we have a three-day weekend, we enjoy working in the yard and doing projects around the house. We also like to take trips to the Washington and Oregon Coast; our family’s condo over the mountains; and Portland, Oregon.
Q: Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.
A: We have two dogs we love very much! Monster is an eight-and-a-half year-old old pug/poodle mix, and Queenie is a nine-and-a-half year-old boston terrier/border collie mix. Monster is very smart, loves treats, and has us wrapped around her paw. Queenie loves toys, playing ball, and is very sweet. They are very important members of our family.
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: We hope to teach our children how to be kind, generous, and selfless. We also hope to teach them to be confident in themselves by supporting them in their choices and who they are as people. We hope to lead them to be open-minded and accepting of others, and open to learning from diverse perspectives. As Morgan is a former teacher, we hope to instill in our children curiosity, a love of learning, and a sense of wonder about the world. We hope to provide them with strong morals, teach them humility, and guide them in being good people who have the support they need to achieve their dreams.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: We will tell our child, first and foremost, about the truly amazing selflessness and generosity of his or her birthmom. We will tell him or her about the immense love that is required, not only for the child but for us, to make such an important decision and give us the most amazing gift there can be. We will hold her in the highest regard, and she will be a constant part of our family. Beyond that, we will tell him or her as much or as little as the birthmom feels comfortable with us sharing.
Q: What faith will you raise your child?
A: While Morgan describes herself as Spiritual and Paul describes himself as Christian, we will raise our child Christian. We have a strong set of morals and beliefs that guide us and will provide our child a strong base of morality and support and we will teach our child to respect other people’s religious beliefs and values.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: A child will enrich our lives immeasurably. Our highest aspiration is to be parents. Having a child will give us a greater purpose, as we want to provide unconditional love and support to a child, raise them, teach them, and provide for them. Children are capable of seeing wonder and magic in the world, and we want to share in that joy. We want to pass on all that we’ve learned and raise a child to have dreams, reach goals, and be successful in his or her future. Helping a child grow into a fulfilled and confident adult would be the greatest reward we can imagine, and our lives would be fulfilled in turn.
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or day trip.
A: Our most recent trip was to our family’s condo on the other side of the mountains, for our anniversary. It started with a breathtaking, two-hour drive through the mountains and over the passes. It is just on the other side, full of rolling hills and apple orchards. We took Queenie with us, and took her on long walks and let her run in the open fields. We are breakfast lovers, so after our morning walk we went to a diner for some great food. We spent the day swimming and enjoying the sun, shopping at the open-air market, and browsing through antique and record shops. As the sun went down, we read and talked on the porch that overlooks the river valley. It was a beautiful, relaxing weekend!
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: We are not planning to be stay-at-home parents. Washington is implementing parental and family leave in 2020, and we are planning on taking advantage of that to stay home with our child as long as possible.
Q: Will you be returning to work? If so, describe your day-care plans.
A: After several months of parental leave, we will be returning to work. Morgan’s work has an "Infant in the Workplace" program, which allows babies to go to work with their parents, so she will make use of that. Paul works for a Christian ministry whose campus includes a daycare as another option. Finally, Morgan’s dad is retired and her mom works from home, and they are eager to babysit!
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: Our thoughts regarding our baby’s birth mother are of complete gratitude and love. Giving us the gift of becoming parents is the most beautiful, selfless gesture we can ever imagine. That we are chosen to raise her child is incredibly generous, and our gratitude is eternal. We will always think of her with love as she has allowed our dream to become a reality, and brought the person we love most into the world. Regardless of the level of contact she chooses, we will always think of her as a valued member of our family and an important person in our lives.