We are so terribly excited to begin building our family! We have worked hard to build a life and home that will allow us to really dedicate ourselves to raising this child. We hope that after looking through our profile you will consider our home and family as the right fit for your child. We are really looking forward to beginning this adventure!
Our most memorable moment is actually three weeks long. Over the course of seven months we were married, Kassie defended her Master’s thesis, Doug defended his Ph.D. dissertation, and we started our solar technology research company. We had a month to wait before funding started for the company and we were just worn thin by the last half year. We decided we needed to take some time to get away from it all, so we loaded up our dogs and camping gear and we hit the road. We went on a 6,000 mile road trip with four dogs and what we could fit in the Explorer. We saw as many national parks as we could hit. We visited snowy mountains in Glacier National park and dipped our toes in the oceans of the Pacific Northwest. We never had much of a plan, except for what was the latest day we could arrive home. We pitched the tent in whatever camping ground we could find in the road atlas each night, and if it was too cold or windy we slept in the back of the Explorer with all the dogs. It was both exciting and relaxing. We built so many memories and still reference the trip regularly. To this day it is one of the best trips of our lives!
We live a very laid-back lifestyle. We work for ourselves so are able to take time off for travel, to get things done around the house, or just when we need a mental health day. We’ve known most of our friends since grad school, if not undergrad, so we are all super comfortable with each other and happy to just hang out at someone’s house with a fire, rather than going out on the town. As our friends have gotten older and started having kids our house has become popular so the kids can feed the mini horses and chase the chickens.
When we are not travelling we most like to just stay at home and work around the farm. During the nicer months we will spend the afternoon in our hammocks on the porch with the dogs, or out in the pasture rolling a ball for the horses (really!). In the evenings and cold months we love to spend a night on the couch playing video games, watching TV, or reading with a dog in our laps. We save up most of our adventure for when we travel and in between try to relax and enjoy the hobby farm we have been so very fortunate to build.
There are so many things that excite us about raising a child! We each have our individual things that excite us (Kassie can’t wait to introduce a child to her favorite fictional characters from books, and teach them to cook. Doug really hopes to get them to love science and tinkering with technology.) But as a couple, there are two things that make us eager to have a child. First, we want to show a child the world. We both love travelling and absolutely can’t wait to experience our favorite places through the eyes of this child. It will be like visiting them all for the first time again. There is so much that can be learned from travelling and experiencing other cultures! Besides, who doesn’t love seeing a child’s face when they see Disney for the first time?
Second, we want to teach a child to love being outside and active. We want them to be excited to help in the garden, or help us teach the filly to wear a saddle. We want to help them plan and build their first fort and tree house, and to watch them join the neighbor’s grandkids fishing in the tiny pond that is probably too small to actually hold fish. We both grew up in trees and with skinned knees and it was amazing. We hope to be able to provide those same sorts of lifelong memories for a child.
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