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Will & Sarah
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us! We have spent the last 6 years looking forward to the blessing of parenthood, and though it has had its trials and tribulations, we are so excited to be nearing a point wherein we can have a child to love and raise. We know we will be make wonderful parents, and we are thankful for your consideration.
Our Leisure Time
Travel is our passion. We have been to over 30 states inside the United States, as well as Costa Rica, Ireland, Bahamas, Jamaica, Morocco, the U.K., France, and Mexico. We both love a good tropical vacation, but we also love seeing the various cultures around the world - their food, their celebrations, their conversation, even trying our best in their language (Will is conversational in Spanish, and tried very hard in Costa Rica). We believe life should be about experiences, and not as much about 'things' - we choose to focus on the sights, sounds, tastes, and feelings of the wondrous world around us. When we are fortunate enough to have a child in our home, we hope and intend to continue traveling, now seeing the world through their eyes as well as our own.
We are both outdoorsy, as well. We both like taking walks, camping, and boating, and Will also enjoys backpacking with friends; Sarah loves a good patio to read on, and walking outside in markets and cute downtown areas.
We are also both lifelong-learners. We have both gone back to school (part time), with Will almost done with his MBA and Sarah nearing completion of her BA. We believe in the strength of education not just for career purposes, but to stimulate our minds and continue our growth and people.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Will About Sarah: Sarah is kind, smart, and strong. She has such an amazing ability to be tender and steadfast at the same time. She is inspiring in her work ethic, and her employees have only ever loved her. She is smart in ways that I am not, and we complement one another. I love that she chose me - I strive every day to deserve her love. I love that she enjoys spending time with me, and I am lucky that she enjoys traveling like I do. If ever there was a woman that would make a great mother, it is Sarah. If our child takes after their (adopted) mom, the world will be a better place for it.
Sarah About Will: Will is adventurous, intelligent, and funny. I learn from him every day. Will has an amazing ability to make me feel at ease even when I am trying something new that makes me nervous. Will is a go with the flow kind of person and because of this, we explore life in ways I never imagined. When I think about Will has a father, I think about him being a role model for our future child and instilling an appreciation for nature, culture, education, and overall trying to be a good person even in the most challenging of situations.
Our Family Traditions
We get together with Will's family (Will's mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, nephew, and niece) for a week every other summer. We rent a house on a lake, as well as a boat, and we boat, play board games, swim, and go to restaurants. It's a wonderful time for everyone, and the kids love swimming off the dock every day.
We get together with Sarah's family each of the major holidays. Sarah's mom (Peggy) is a wonderful cook/baker (she even owned a bakery once), and her favorite times of year are holidays - Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas. Peggy loves cooking for everyone, and always makes a cornucopia of food. We started holding Christmas at our house a few years ago, and cooking ourselves, to allow Peggy to enjoy the holiday more - she loves spending time in the kitchen, but we like to share the responsibility.
Will's favorite Christmas tradition was started by his grandmother. Each Christmas, Will's grandmother would build a snowy (using a fuzzy white blanket), mountainous village with small porcelain houses, people, cars, etc, all surrounded by a toy railroad. Every member of the family had a stocking that lined the walls (at its peak, there were ~30 stockings lining the walls). The atmosphere was so amazing. Will has kept up this tradition - albeit much smaller - with our own small little village: when Will's grandmother died, Will was given a small section of the village to keep the tradition, and restart it with our own family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a beautiful, tree-lined subdivision in a safe, family-oriented suburb. Our neighborhood is mostly families with children, and the neighborhood caters to families - it has parks, cul de sacs, safe sidewalks, and a neighborhood pool.
Just a mile away is our town's recreation center, with an indoor pool, outdoor pool, and even a waterpark and water pad. Sarah and I often invite friends and their children to join us there, because it is a fun time for everybody.
Our house is 5 bedrooms and 2 stories with a finished basement. The finished basement was Will's pet project for something like 4 years (I know, I know, but I got it done didn't I!) Our backyard is flat and has a swingset - we love having a flat yard for playing games (bags, frisbee, etc) and...we admit...we've used the swingset a few times too.
Our favorite room in the house, though, is the two-season room behind the house - a covered patio with an outdoor TV and wicker furniture. It is beautiful during the spring and fall, and on summer days when it's not too hot. It's a great place to read, or - and I know this sounds weird - enjoy the wildlife: we've seen deer, raccoons, skunks, lots of squirrels and chipmunks, owls, and probably 20-30 different kinds of birds!
Our Extended Families
We live a few hours from Will's parents, but Sarah's brother and mom (Peggy) lives closeby. We see Peggy all the time - Peggy loves to bring us baked goods (Peggy used to own a bakery) and is a wonderful, loving woman with a heart of absolute gold. Unfortunately Sarah's dad passed away ~20 years ago.
Every year, in the summertime, Will's parents come to see us, along with Will's brother, sister-in-law, niece, and nephew, and of course Peggy! We rent a house out on a lake for 5 days, because we all love swimming, boating, playing cards, being on the water, and just generally being together.
Our families are ecstatic about us working toward adoption. They see how much we love being our niece, nephew, godson, and goddaughter. We are both very stable, empathetic people, with loving friends and loving family, and they see how much we want a child with whom to share our life, home, and experiences.
We are blessed to have friends and family that love unconditionally, and with whom we can always be honest. We give love and receive it in return.
From Us to You
Thank you so much for reviewing our profile, and for considering helping us become parents. We (Sarah and Will) have been married for 7 years, and for 6 of those years, we have tried unsuccessfully to have children. We now know that having biological children is not an option for us, and we are so thankful that having children is still possible - with your help.
We started this journey like many married couples, enjoying our first few years of marriage traveling and just enjoying one another's companionship. When we decided it was time to try to have a baby, we were hopeful and joyful. We were told that having a baby would be difficult for medical reasons, but we continued trying. After several years, we found out Sarah had to have a medical procedure that made childbearing impossible. It was a difficult time, but through this experience, we discovered the strength of our love and of our relationship, and of our resolve to become parents.
That love and resolve is what brings us to you today. We are still hopeful and joyful. The strength of our love and of our bond remains stronger than ever. And we are so thankful that we will have the opportunity to share our home and our love with a child. We want to experience the ultimate gift of life - to watch a child grow, bathed in love; to help that child experience the joys of life; to experience the world through our child's eyes, and of all its wonders.
We know the journey of parenthood is a difficult one. But we also know that we are ready, and that have so much love in our hearts. We have been so privileged as a family to come from loving families, and that we have a strong marriage, financial wellbeing, a sense of purpose, and a loving home of our own.
If you were to decide we are the right parents for your baby, we make this promise to you: we will give your baby a loving home. We will be good role models, and teach him or her to be good people, and to treat others with love and respect. We will show your baby the world and its wonders. Your baby will grow up to be a role model for others, and one day, a good parent themselves.
We also promise that you will remain family to the baby and to us, should you choose to. We will ensure you are able to watch the baby grow to adulthood right alongside us. We will send letters and pictures, and you will see your baby's smile. Should you wish it, you can remain active in the child's life, and maintain communication - phone calls, emails, even visits, if you so choose. We can only imagine the decision you are making, and we want you and the child to have the opportunity to know one another. Perhaps one day, your and our child will decide to be parents themselves, and you can meet your grandchildren. If you decide these things are not best for you today, that is OK too - we understand the difficult choice you are making. But we want you to know that the choice is and would remain yours.
We hope you decide we are the right family for your child. We are so very thankful to have this opportunity, so from our hearts, thank you.
Will & Sarah
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