Q: Describe your childhood:
A: Dustin: My father was in the Army. This meant my mom, sister, brother and I got to move to many new and exciting places every couple of years. A few locations I got to call home include Germany, Texas, and Virginia. I feel very fortunate to have had such a loving and supportive family throughout my childhood. I remember my parents placing significant importance on family time. And while they made sure we had things such as a fun family vacation from time-to-time, it was the importance they placed on all of us coming together for a family dinner every night that I remember and appreciate the most.
Robb: My father was in the Army as well, so we traveled around the States quite a bit. I’ve lived in Maryland, Hawaii, Delaware, New Jersey, Tennessee, Illinois, Florida, Washington DC, and have now made Georgia my home. My parents divorced when I was 11, and my father remarried when I was 15, so I’m fortunate enough to have three amazing parents. In my world, family is EVERYTHING. We make every excuse possible to spend time together - holidays, birthdays, special occasions, family dinners….really, any reason is a good reason to get together, and it’s a part of my life I couldn’t live without. Now that my father has passed, quality time with family is even more important, as we all realize that life is short, and the love of family cannot be replaced.
Q: Tell us about your home.
A: We live in a two-story, single family home in a subdivision just outside of a large city. It has four bedrooms and sits on 1/4 acre. One of the greatest things we love about our home is the fenced-in backyard where our dog, Henry and our future son or daughter will get to play. We also both really love the cozy fireplace in our family room. It is the best spot to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while reading a book in the winter. And it’s hands-down the most perfect place to be on Christmas morning.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what do you like to do?
A: We love to travel to the North Georgia/Tennessee mountains. They are so relaxing any time of year and they offer a nice escape from the city. We often rent a cabin when we go. While we’re there we like to take long hikes along the river during the day and then tour the cute downtown shops and restaurants in the evening.
Q: Do you have pets? If so tell us about them.
A: Yes! We have a very loving lab mix named Henry. We rescued Henry about 8 years ago from an animal shelter. To this day, we say it was the best 40 bucks we’ve ever spent. Henry is still as rambunctious and loving as he’s always been. He is also a snack maniac who demands his dog biscuits every morning… and every evening. Henry lives for long walks along the river on Saturdays and snuggles in the bed on Sunday mornings. To be honest, we live for those times too.
Q: What do you hope to teach your child?
A: We hope to instill a sense of confidence, integrity, and kindness in our child.
Q: Describe your neighborhood.
A: We live in a subdivision just north of Atlanta. The subdivision has a swimming pool and tennis court in addition to a fantastic outside common area with grills and picnic tables. Across the street from our neighborhood is a wonderful park that has a walking trail, playgrounds, and even an outdoor piano for kids to play. Our community just north of Atlanta also has a great little downtown area of its own that hosts many festivals throughout the year. As the holidays approach those festivals are becoming more frequent, and we couldn’t be more excited about attending them all!
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmother?
A: We will tell our future son or daughter that their mother is a beautiful and strong woman. She made a very difficult but highly respected decision to place her child’s well being first and entrusted us to love and support her child for life.
Q: What kind of education are you hoping to provide for your child — Private or Public?
A: We chose our current home knowing that we would someday have a child. We are very excited that the schools in the neighborhood are some of the top in the country. For that reason, we plan to send our future son or daughter to public school. We’re also very excited that the elementary school and middle school are less than 1 mile from our home. And the high school is just under 3 miles from our home. We cannot wait to join the school system and become active parents with both the school and all the fun activities our son or daughter chooses to participate in.
Q: How did you come to the decision of adoption?
A: We have always wanted to have children. We have so much love to share, and we cannot wait to share that love with a beautiful baby girl or boy. Over the last year, we’ve researched many options for starting our family, including surrogacy, but ultimately, we decided adoption was the best fit for our family. It will be an honor and a privilege to provide a loving and safe home to your son or daughter.
Q: What faith will you raise your child?
A: We were both raised in the Christian faith. Although we do not attend church regularly, we plan to raise our child with the Christian teachings we received growing up, along with a respect and understanding of all faiths.
Q: What kind of a relationship do you hope to build with your birth mom through her pregnancy?
A: We are open to any relationship our birth mom is comfortable with. We understand she may want to interact more or less depending on many unique factors. Our desire is for her to know that we are here for her and that we respect her wishes regarding whatever level of contact she is comfortable with.
Q: How did you meet?
A: We met as many people do these days, online. For our first date, we met at a taqueria for Taco Tuesday! We both knew immediately that something special was happening. This date was not like the others. It felt like we had known each other our entire lives. We continued to date for a little over a year, before moving in together. And one year after that we had a beautiful fall wedding in our town square surrounded by our family and friends.
Q: What attracted you to each other?
A: I (Dustin) was immediately attracted to Robb’s great smile and laugh. I can still see him sitting across the table on our first date. We were both a little nervous, but before either of us knew it, we were laughing and carrying on like we had known each other for years. Robb is a very loving, kind, and loyal person. I could see all of those qualities immediately, and I have complete trust in him as my husband and future father of our son or daughter.
I (Robb) was overcome by Dustin’s great sense of humor and spirit of generosity. I was a bit nervous on our first date because we have different educational backgrounds (Dustin academic and me vocational). I was worried that would be an issue. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I never felt more SEEN and respected. I remember calling my best friend on the way home, and telling him I had found the man I was going to marry. And, I was right!
Q: What was your relationship with your parents like?
A: Dustin: I have always had a wonderful relationship with my parents. They were so loving and supportive of me throughout my childhood and they have remained a source of strength for me into adulthood. Today, my parents are also my friends. Robb and I see my parents many times throughout the month. On any given weekend, we’re at their house for a cookout, meeting up at a winery in north Georgia, or attending local events together.
Robb: My parents have been my constant cheerleaders, as well as the inspirations for the kind of parent I want to be. They were adamant that I give my all to my schoolwork and extracurriculars, but I never felt pressure to over extend myself or be perfect. They allowed me freedom to make mistakes, and encouraged me to learn from them. When I came out, after the initial shock wore off, they were only concerned that I knew that they loved me and that would never change. Over the years, my parents have become my best friends, and remain my closest confidants.
Q: Please describe your personalities:
A: Dustin: I would describe myself as fun, outgoing, and committed.
Robb: I would describe myself as honest, loyal, funny and hardworking.
Q: What are your hobbies
A: Dustin: I am always up for traveling to new and exciting locations. I also enjoy walking with Henry either in the mountains or even just around our neighborhood. Robb and I also really enjoy cooking and trying new and different recipes. Most evenings you’ll find us in the kitchen experimenting together.
Robb: My favorite solo activities are reading and knitting (a hobby I picked up when my dad was in the hospital as a way to manage stress). My favorite hobbies with Dustin are hiking, cooking, traveling, and working on our home and garden.
Q: When you close your eyes and see yourselves holding your precious baby in your arms what are your thoughts regarding the birthmother?
A: We will feel profoundly grateful and we will think of our birth mother’s strength. We will also feel overjoyed and honored that our birth mother chose us to raise her child.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: Having a child in our home is all we can think about these days! As we begin this journey, we are approaching the holidays, and it seems like every time we turn around, one of us is saying, “Oh, can you imagine what this will be like when our baby arrives?!” Coming from close knit families, we know how much work goes into raising a child. While the enormity of that responsibility is not lost on us, we cannot wait to enjoy all of those small milestones like first steps, learning to tie shoes, and of course, all of the joyous experiences associated with the holidays like visiting Santa, and decorating sugar cookies!
Q: Why did you each choose the career path you decided on?
A: Dustin: I became a nurse because I love helping people in need. I started my career working in an Emergency Room and then transferred to the Intensive Care Unit. I still have such great memories of the one-on-one care I provided to patients during those years. I later decided to go back to school to get a Master degree in Healthcare Administration. I chose to return to school to learn more about healthcare overall, in the hopes of one day making an even larger impact. Today I am a Risk Manager for a local hospital. I get to work with doctors and nurses every day with a focus on improving patient care.
Robb: My mom was a hairdresser. I wouldn’t say my career was ordained, because my parents encouraged me to find my passion and pursue whatever that is, but I can say that I’ve loved doing hair for as long as I can remember. I’ve never really considered doing anything else. There’s nothing better than spinning that client around, showing them the mirror and seeing their eyes light up. It’s magical making people feel so good about themselves. The fact that I get to express my creativity through this art is just a bonus.