|Our Education||MA in Communication||Bachelor of Science and Education|
|Our Professions||Regional Sales Director||Operations Manager|
|Stay-At-Home||No, unless the opportunity presented itself||No, unless the opportunity presented itself|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Caucasian|
|Some of Sam & Meg's Favorites
|Favorite Mythical Creature||Nessie (Loch Ness Monster)||Sasquatch|
|Favorite Holiday||Christmas||4th of July - Independence Day|
|Favorite Book||The Secret History||Between the World and Me|
|All-time Favorite TV Show||Parks and Rec||Psych|
|Favorite Hobby||Reading books of almost every genre||Graphic Design |
|Favorite Place to Visit||Colorado||Our Lake House near Austin|
|Favorite Thing to Cook||Steelhead Trout||Sam's risotto|
|More About Our Family
|Why did we choose to have an open adoption?|
While we’ve always had adoption on our hearts, we haven’t always fully understood what adoption truly looks like. When we had our first conversation about adoption, we both agreed that a closed adoption would be best for us and our family. We were wrong. We’ve spent countless hours listening to podcasts, reading books, and heeding the advice of birthmothers, adoptees, and adoption advocates. There’s only one conclusion – an open adoption gives us, the birth mother, and our child an incredible opportunity to build a healthy and loving relationship. We truly believe that open adoption is the best way to give our child the most complete sense of their personal identity, keep you up to date on milestones in your child’s life, and eliminate the gaps in our knowledge of our child’s health and wellbeing. Open adoption would be an ideal scenario for us, and we hope we can find that with you.
|How will we handle the intricacies of of a blended family?|
First and foremost, our children--adoptive and biological--will know their stories, and in turn, know each other’s stories. Our children will inherently have unique perspectives, personalities, and histories based on the fact that we’ll have at least one adopted child in our home. We’re excited about the opportunity to embrace our differences and celebrate the complexities of a blended family.
|What type of relationship do we hope to have with you?|
We hope you will be family! We are going to be connected forever because we will share a loved one. We have heard wonderful stories of birth mothers and adoptive families and can only hope and pray for an honest and open relationship with you. When times get hard, we will get through them. Whatever kind of love and support we can offer, we will. This is new territory and there will certainly be a learning curve. We know with some hard work we can make our relationship great... and that's perfectly fine with us!
|How do we deal with conflict?|
We have been open communicators for a long time. We learned quickly that discussing the things that bother us, rub us the wrong way, or hurt us is best dealt with by talking about them immediately. We love each other dearly, but we are no perfect angels (nor do we pretend to be). Our character is shown by how we handle these differences and the conflicts that arise from them. We talk to one another with love and respect even when we are mad at one another. We think these qualities are something to be proud of and are great to show our child(ren) how to handle their own conflicts.
|Where does our faith lie?|
Our faith lies in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We attend a non-denominational church that believes in prayer, community building, and power of service. We do not believe we are better than anyone else. We know that everyone has their own story and he or she should not be judged based on his or her actions or beliefs. We believe in forgiveness and unconditional love. We pray about everything big or small. The power of prayer is strong. Our faith is very important to us and it leads us in our daily lives.
|How will our faith impact our parenting?|
We have always believed in the power of love and forgiveness. If we're to live like Jesus, we must know, understand, and follow what motivated him. To us, that is love, patience, and empathy. We hope and pray that we will allow those motivations to move us in our daily lives, and drive us in our parenting.
|What will we do to provide a good education for our children?|
Fortunately, we live in an area of Texas that has outstanding public schooling. We also have a number of options for private schooling and schools that meet special needs in our area. As people who have personally benefited from outstanding public schooling and the opportunity to attend college and graduate with undergraduate and master's degrees, we know first hand the value of a great education. We consistently seek to continue our education in any and all ways possible, and we promise to encourage that same curiosity and adventurousness in our home.
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...
|Age of Child|
Newborn to 12 months
Yes, we are open to twins! Twins run in our family. We have aunts, uncles, and cousins who are twins (identical and fraternal). We would love to add to the mix.
Boy or girl! We have no preference. We will just love on him/her!
|Future Contact with Birth Family|
We would be honored to have future contact with the birth family. This can be a fluid conversation. We would love to have an open and honest relationship with the birth family!
|Ethnicity of Child||Any! We promise to educate ourselves, respect, and honor the heritage and ethnicity of our child.|
We count ourselves blessed to have the opportunity to meet you and hear your story. Adoption has been on our hearts for as long as we've known each other and we're ecstatic to be able to share in this adventure with you!