Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: We live in a neighborhood that offers a lot of activities, such as a boating lake, fishing lakes (one of which we live on), golf course, swimming club, playgrounds and sports courts/fields. The neighborhood is located right between two great school districts that we can decide on as our children grow. The surrounding area has a small town, family feeling.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?
A: Three-day weekends are our favorite! We will either be spending our three-day weekends camping with Meredith's family or at the lake with Timothy's family. Our family lake house is located in Tennessee. We are usually down there with Meredith’s parents, siblings and friends and occasionally are joined by Tim's family members.
Q: Do you have pets? If so tell us about them?
A: We have Ace! He is a 4-year-old, male. black shepherd/lab mix. While he is extremely playful and could run for hours, he still loves to cuddle and show affection. He does great with other dogs and loves to be around our nieces and nephews.
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: We hope to teach our children to be good people. To be a good person, you treat everyone with kindness, show love to everyone and appreciate the good things in life. We want our children to know that it is okay to be different and that everyone has their own story. We want our children to grow up being a friend to everyone.
Q: What will you tell your child about his/her birthmother?
A: Depending on the birthmom’s situation and her wishes in regards to a relationship with her child, we will tell him/her whatever they want to know. We do want her child to know that we know it was a very difficult decision their birthmother made but that we are very grateful and appreciative that she made the decision which has allowed us to become their mom and dad. We will let him or her know that their birthmom made her decision out of love.
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: We are not active in a church. We moved to this new neighborhood in just the past couple years and need to get to know the area to decide on a church. Faith and prayer are very important to us. We take time each day to thank God for what we have and to pray for our loved ones and the people around the world that need His love.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: Children already enrich our lives. One of our favorite things is to spend time with our nieces and nephews. Children’s laughter, smile and playful spirits are the most beautiful things in this world. We cannot even begin to imagine the enrichment and joy our lives will have once we have a child of our own. Children teach us more than we learn from any schooling, job or life experience. As much as we will be providing love for our child, they will be filling a hole in our lives too.
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or day trip
A: Both of our families do not go on too many “vacations” because as we described earlier, we do a lot of weekend trips. But it just so happens that both of our families ended up planning a vacation on this past summer. We spent one week at Destin Beach with Meredith's family, cousins and close family friends. Then we spent a week with Tim's family at Hilton Head island. We split our times between the beach and pool. At nights, we would either stay in and cook or go out to eat. Of course for the women, there was shopping and sports/activities for the boys on both trips.
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: Timothy will be returning to work as an electrician full-time. Meredith will be returning part time as a nurse. Being a nurse, allows a very flexible schedule for Meredith to be able to work as many or as little hours as needed for the child and family's schedule. While both parents are working, we have family that will provide child care while our child is small. There are many local daycares with good reviews and suggested in-home daycares from other friends and family. We will look at these options as the child grows.
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: As mentioned before, we will be eternally grateful to their birth mother. We will respect her decision. We can only imagine what she went through but are extremely thankful that she made the decision she did, which allowed us to become a family.