Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: We live in a lovely neighborhood and community that is rich in racial diversity. We know all of our neighbors and count on each other to help let our dogs out and check on the house when we take trips. It is a wonderful place to raise a family and we are walking distance from a beautiful park and we are only 30 minutes away from a major city. Our home has three bedrooms and is at the end of a cul-de-sac. There is a large, fenced-in backyard and newly remodeled back deck and lower patio where we love being outside and enjoying our new deck, or throwing around the baseball and football. We have also been getting the inside of our home ready for the arrival of a baby – hopefully soon! One of our bedrooms has been a “man cave” for Jake since we moved in, but he is happy to have that room be converted into the nursery. We also have plans to finish our basement, so that there is room for a playroom or more bedrooms as we expand our family.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?
A: On three day weekends we enjoy hanging out with friends or visiting Erin’s parents who live on a farm. We enjoy visiting them and their horses. We also like to take our dog on trips to spend time at the beach, lake or mountains.
Q: Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.
A: We have one dog and his name is Walker. Walker is about 7-years-old (not sure because he’s a rescue) and absolutely our pride and joy – we consider him our fur baby. Walker is in phenomenal shape as he regularly runs long distances with Erin. Running with Erin and being outside in the backyard are probably his two favorite things to do. He also loves to cuddle with both of us on the couch, and he has even been known to find his way onto the bed at night. Walker loves children, especially our 18-month-old godson, who adores him as well. He is just the sweetest dog in the world and we love him so much!
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: What a loaded question! Can we say everything? Just kidding. First and most importantly, we will teach your child to love others as Christ loves us, how to be a good person and to treat people the way they want to be treated. We will teach him or her the difference between right and wrong and that hard work and generosity pay off, and how to be the best version of themselves and to make this world a better place. We want them to know that they can do hard things and we will teach them to pray, how to deal with stressful situations and that no matter what, they will always have our love and support.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: Your child will know that your decision was one of the most loving and selfless decisions that anyone could ever make, because you loved them and wanted a life that you were not able to give them. They will also know that you are an answered prayer to us and how much we love you for the miracle of giving us the gift to become their mom and dad.
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: We are very fortunate to be part of a church that truly believes in expressing God’s love by serving others in the community, the nation, and the world. Every year we participate in our Be Rich campaign where we help inspire and motivate others to support the work of nonprofit partners by generously giving their time and/or money to their projects. We are involved in our church’s Care Portal outreach program by donating items, gift cards or money to different community programs in need such as DFCS, women’s shelters, and shelters for the homeless. Our church has amazing children’s programs that we look forward to getting your child involved in!
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: As a couple we are very happy, positive people, but we are aware of the desire and emptiness we have without a child. We have a sweet dog that helps fill some of the void in our lives, but we both know that we are ready to hear laughter when we bake cookies for Santa and set out carrots for Rudolf (our dog currently just begs for the cookies he cannot have and my husband calls me silly for setting out cookies when we don’t have children). We are ready to start traditions with a child and long to read bedtime stories and say prayers at night. My heart longs for baby to rock to sleep and our arms long to hold and raise a child to love. Our hearts ache a little when we see parents at the park pushing their children in strollers and teaching their kids to ride a bike. We have a blast in the backyard, tossing the football, but cannot deny that we both dream of having a child outside joining us. Both our hearts skip a beat when we hear our niece and godson call their parents Mommy and Daddy. We so look forward to hearing those words from our child. One day the “silly” traditions that we do during the holidays will be treasured memories we will get to share with our child and we will know without a doubt that it was worth the wait.
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.
A: The last vacation we took together as a family was this past New Year's. We rented a cabin for 4 days in North Carolina. It was a somewhat isolated cabin, which is exactly what we wanted for our trip. This trip was designed for us to get a way, unplug from everything, and just enjoy each other’s company. Of course, our dog Walker made the trip with us. We packed coolers full of food and cooked all of our own meals for the entire trip. We went hiking, read, Erin did a little yoga, and we cuddled up on the couch with our dog and some Netflix. It was an awesome trip and something we plan to do again!
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: We will both return to work after our family leave. Erin’s job is very flexible and she is able to work from home some. Both sets of grandparents can’t wait to start babysitting. Jake’s work also provides wonderful childcare on campus, so if we have to place our child in daycare for a time, Jake will be walking distance from him or her at all times.