Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: We live in a 1950’s built brick home that sits off a country road surrounded by trees, crops and farmland. We live in a farming community and have an orchard and a working farm. We are small town USA. Our family is close, our friends and their kids are next door and down the road. It’s a close knit community that looks after each other and is a great place to call home and start a family.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?
A: Laura and I are tied to the water and the mountains. We are beach people, but both of our families are from the mountains. We’ll load up the truck and head to the coast with the dogs to go fishing and enjoy the surf, or head west with the pups in tow to the mountains. With our friends and families close to us, there is always somewhere to go and something to see! Whether it’s taking a boat ride or lounging by the coast, we are always looking for a new destination.
Q: Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.
A: We have 2 dogs, both of which are dear to our hearts. Miller is a retired beagle who prefers to sleep 23 out of 24 hours and Manny is our aging Yorkie who prefers people food rather than what’s in his bowl. They are a big part of our lives and our family. They are normally found in the back seat with their heads out of the windows taking a ride when the opportunity knocks.
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: We pride ourselves on being small-town, value-raised people. We intend to pass on the same values and traditions that were bestowed upon us. Values like integrity, trustworthiness, honesty, love for family and friends and helping those in need are our core beliefs that we intend on passing on. We want to instill laughter and hope, prayer and reflection, as well as the enjoyment of life with the good and the bad.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: We will tell him or her that their birth mother made our dream come true by adding to our family. That after a long time of struggles, ups, downs and prayer, we were given the greatest gift imaginable. It is with her sacrifice that we will be able to enrich our lives and raise a child as our own. That she gave us the opportunity watch a new life grow, and grow stronger with our love and support.
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: Yes, we are active in our church. We attend the same church that we were married in and my family has been a part of since it was built in the 1800’s. We are active with the youth, community outreach projects, and fundraisers for missionaries and the church itself. We have a small church family that is rooted in our community and holds the values of Christianity close.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: We’ve been waiting to answer this question for a long time! There is not enough paper to write this all down, so I’ll hit the highpoints. We will be able to pass on traditions that were given to us for other generations to follow. We will be able to fill our home with a new sound, a new voice, a new soul. We will become stronger, more resilient, more patient, more open and more acceptable. We will be able to teach, share and mold. We will be able to hold Gods creation to our hearts and prepare your child for the world that awaits.
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.
A: Our last vacation was a trip to the beach. With all our gear packed, fishing rods on the rack and the dogs settled in we headed out. Spent a couple of days at the family beach house, did a lot of cooking and spent our days parked in the sand with the surf at our bumper. With the rods out in the water, friends on either side and the dogs asleep in the breeze we were able to sit back and take it all in. It’s our little paradise, but we love to share it!
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: We have had a good time discussing if one of us can be a stay at home parent. Laura has taken the challenge, so that leaves me to keep on working! I’m good with it. I’m lucky to have a great job that enables us to do this. There will be breakfast cooking in the kitchen, music in the background and a new set of feet on the floor. Grandparents stopping by for hugs and encouragement, aunts and uncles to take over for a break or two, and stories of days of old being told. Trips to see the cows, picking fruit, taking naps, and strolls by the river are on the agenda.
Q: Will you be returning to work? If so, describe your day-care plans.
A: If we have it our way, there will always be one of us home every day. Laura has always wanted to be a stay at home Mom, and with some creative planning we can do it. Our plan is to have your child raised under our roof, not in a day care.
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: She completed our family with her selfless decision. We are filled with a sense of completion because we aren't able to have a child ourselves and it is with her gift that our new life began. We are reborn with a new hope and purpose, and if not for the birthmother, we would have continued to hunt for answers. We would be eternally grateful with hearts full of love and joy.
Q: What traditions do you look forward to sharing with your child?
A: For Christmas, we have a unique tradition of making milkshakes on Christmas morning. It may be a little unorthodox, but honestly, who doesn’t love a milkshake! This started by accident after Laura and I were married, now it’s a must have. Laura’s mom won’t let anyone open presents until we all have huge glass of ice cream goodness. What a great time we have with the family, opening presents and telling stories, and keeping the blender working til’ late in the morning. At the end of Christmas morning, it’s all a pile of wrapping paper, empty boxes and milkshake smiles all around.
Opening day of Baseball season is like the first day of school for us! Every year we always have over friends and family to watch our beloved Red Sox kick off another year. It’s a 15 year tradition and it gets bigger every year, the menu gets more exotic, and the amount of new Yankees fans grows. New fans and diehard ones keep the atmosphere stirring, and we always have a good ol’ rivalry right in our living room. It’s just a good time for all, and each April, another season gives us hope for a playoff victory and another World Series title.
Our July 4th celebration doesn’t always fall on the 4th. In our family, there are 10 that were born in July. So for as long as I can remember, cause I’m a July baby too, we always had a pig picking with the whole gang to celebrate the 4th and combine it for all the birthday boys and girls. Now, the tradition carries on, but it’s now at our farm. We still do the same menu, up in the wee hours of the morning getting prepared. By mid-morning, there are tents set up, kids running around and a great big gathering of family and friends. Some we haven’t seen since last July! It’s a great time to reminisce, make some new friends and get caught up on the family news. We honor tradition by cooking every year on my granddads’ cooker, one he built back in the 70’s. A lot of memories return, and a lot of new ones begin.