Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: We live in a rural community. Our home sits on 32 acres that hold the most beautiful sunrises. We live within a half an hour of all of our immediate family and within an hour of most of the extended family. Our community is small so it is kind of like a second family in itself.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?
A: We love the outdoors! Jason drag races so we spend many of our three day weekends at the drag strip racing his car with many of his cousins. When we aren’t racing, we love to spend summer weekends at Ellen’s parent’s pool, hike with the dogs, go on bike rides, or just enjoy chilling on the couch binge watching hulu with the pups.
Q: Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.
A: We have three dogs. Hank is a 6 year old German Shepherd mix, Milly is a 6 year old Australian Shepherd mix, and Hemi is a 5 year old Springer Spaniel Mix. All three pups are very energetic and love to play, but are quick to cuddle up for a good movie. They are wonderful with all of our nieces and nephews and cannot wait to welcome their new brother/sister. We also have a cat Toby who is 8. She will also make a great sister. Last but not least we have eighteen chickens on our small family farm. We enjoy eating their fresh eggs often!
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: We believe that being a parent means creating a home where a child can play, learn, grow and most of all dream. Where he/she can laugh and cry and feel loved and supported through every step of life. Being a parent is raising a child to be kind, to work hard, and to help others. Teaching him/her about our faith and that with God all things are possible will be a vital role in our lives! We know that being parents is a huge responsibility, but we also know that it would be an answered prayer for us. We are so excited to start this journey and hope and pray that you will choose us to help give this child a home.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: We plan to be open and honest with our child about his/her adoption and to share that you loved him/her so much and you just wanted the best for him/her. We also plan to ensure that he/she knows who you are!
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: We are very active in our church. Ellen sings in the choir, we both lead the youth group, and enjoy time with our Sunday school class each week. Our church family is very supportive and is always willing to lend a helping hand when needed! They will be happy to open their hearts to the newest member!
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.
A: In February, we decided to spontaneously book a 3 day cruise. We flew in to Florida and cruised to the Bahamas for 3 days. We then came back and went to Disney World for the day before flying back home and returning to the real world of our regular jobs the next day! However, this is not typically our norm! Ellen loves to plan and we love to travel! We typically take a trip every November to celebrate our anniversary. We would love to visit all 50 states in our lifetime and cannot wait to share making even more memories with our kids someday! Every other year we take a trip with Ellen’s whole family. This year we are heading to Alabama for the week to enjoy some fun in the sun! Jason’s family loves to camp and we often do at least one weekend each year with them as well! Our favorite trip was two years ago when we went to Disney World at Christmas time. It was truly magical!
Q: Will you be returning to work? If so, describe your day-care plans.
A: Yes, Ellen is a nurse manager of the Trauma unit and Jason is a Mechanical Engineer. Both of us work full time but have very flexible hours when need be. Ellen will take a full 12 weeks off work. Once she returns, we have family that live within five minutes of us that will watch the baby for the first several months. Once he/she reaches a certain age, there is a day care on site of Jason’s workplace where we plan to take him/her
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: Pure and utter thankfulness for this miracle she created! She will always be loved and cherished and remembered and if she would like to, she will always be a part of our lives!