Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: We live in a quiet area of Oregon. There are many parks and a golf course nearby that we often ride bikes or walk our Pug (Minnie) to. We also enjoy the many shops and restaurants within walking distance in our neighborhood. When we moved into our home, Heather had a dream of building a community here... She organized the first block party, complete with games, music, a piñata and even a fire truck visit for the kids. Everyone had a great time and we hope to continue the tradition each summer.
The house is a 1920’s bungalow (our dream home). Over time we have added our own touches and style to make it our home. It’s light and bright, even on Oregon's rainiest days (our favorite thing about the house). It’s also filled with many of beautiful and interesting plants (one of Heather favorite things)
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?
A: We love road trips and camping! We will drive all day to get to a new location, (a hot springs) or a cool camping destination, even if it’s just for a single night. From the desert to mountains to the coast, we love exploring nature and its endless beauty.
Q: Do you have pets? If so tell us about them?
A: Yes. We have a 5-year-old pug named Minnie, who we adopted. We are active fosters for the rescue and often foster and rehabilitate dogs so that they can be adopted into good homes. It's challenging every time but in the end it's so rewarding to see these animals transform before your eyes and then go to a happy family who’s been waiting for their chance to adopt.
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: We hope to teach our children how to love themselves and others. How to be patient, kind, compassionate, and open minded. As far as activities, Buddy can't wait to take our children backpacking, and skiing (or snowboarding) someday. Heather would love to teach them gardening and the experience of growing your own fruits and vegetables.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: We will try to answer any questions our child may have as honestly and openly as possible.
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: We don’t currently belong to a synagogue.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: We have both wanted to be parents for a very long time. Children enrich your life in so many ways. They remind you how to have fun and not to take things too seriously all the time. Children are a new chance to make the world a better place by helping to bring more well adjusted happy people into the world.
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or day trip.
A: Our last vacation was a road trip to a small town on Vancouver Island called Tofino. Along the way we camped, and even had a chance to see two pugs that we had fostered and were adopted to a family in Vancouver BC. While in Tofino we took our Pug Minnie on float plane adventure to a remote lake where we had a picnic in the sun and swam in the crystal clear waters. We walked on the beach with Minnie for the first time and she had a blast zooming around and making friends with all of the other dogs. It was a week-long adventure with many campfires, fresh oysters, and hundreds of miles of singing to the radio as we explored foreign roads.
The last day trip was in November, and to be honest it was more of an overnight trip. (notice a camping theme?) We drove 6 hours out into the desert in search of a remote hot spring. That night we soaked under the stars and reminisced of the long desolate road we took to get there. The next day we decided to explore a 3 mile wide crater on our way home. We definitely tested the limits of Buddy’s car that day!
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: We plan to share the responsibilities of parenting equally. We are both freelancers and work on a job by job basis, so when one has work the other will be home with the children. Often we are both home, during the week which will give us the opportunity to share responsibilities raising our baby.
Q: Will you be returning to work? If so, describe your day-care plans.
A: Yes, we will both return to our freelance careers. It is unusual that we are both on jobs at the same time,
but in the case this occurs we will be hiring a nanny.
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: We imagine there will be mixed emotions. On one hand we will be so filled with joy to meet our baby and grateful for the birth mother's sacrifice. On the other hand we will be feeling emotional for the birth mother because we know the experience will not be easy for her.