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Eric & Rachael

We are a young, active family who can't wait to welcome a second child into our family. We know that you are facing a difficult decision and hope that you will be filled with peace as you seek the right family for your child. We appreciate you taking the time to discover who we are. Thank you for considering adoption and our family.

About Us

Eric
Rachael
Job
Attorney
Stay-at-Home Mom
Education
Doctoral Degree in Law
Doctoral Degree in Neuroscience
Children
Margaret
Relationship
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

Enjoying a Summer Picnic

We have seen firsthand what a blessing adoption can be and are excited to build our family through adoption. Margaret joined our family through adoption, one of Rachael's cousins was adopted, and we have friends who have adopted children as well as friends who were adopted. Your child would not be the only adopted child in our family, in our church, or among our friends' children.

We also know how important it is for a child to know of his or her whole family. We were blessed to get to talk to and meet with Margaret's birth family several times before she was born. It was nice to get to know each other before Margaret became the center of attention! We hope that we will get a chance to know you and your family, too. If placed with us, your child will know as much about you as you are willing to share with us. At the very least, your child will know that you love him or her immensely.

On the other hand, we won't share details about you with anyone other than your child unless necessary (e.g., family medical history information with a doctor). We hold Margaret's story in trust for her, so that she can share as much or as little as she wants with others as she grows up. We would do the same for your child.

Our Leisure Time

We are best friends who enjoy spending time together. We try to do a special activity every week, whether it's visiting a museum, going to a play, skiing, hiking, or kayaking. We love national parks, so when we travel, we try to see a new park near our destination. From Hawaii to the Smithsonian, we can't wait to share our adventures with another child.

We love to read. Growing up, our parents read to us each night before bed. Now we read to each other and especially to Margaret. We've read everything from Shakespeare to Harry Potter aloud to each other. We can't wait to share our favorite authors from Dr. Seuss to Tolkien with another child during family story time.

We have special memories of spending time in our families' kitchens growing up. Rachael and Margaret enjoy cooking from a handmade family recipe book, and Eric loves teaching Margaret to bake desserts including his signature chocolate chip cookies.

Our house is filled with singing, playing the piano, and listening to music. Rachael is teaching Margaret the songs her grandmother sang with her. Margaret loves dancing in the kitchen and playing the piano. Eric also enjoys listening to music and dancing with Margaret.

Education We will Provide

Rachael's grandfather often said that education is a gift that can never be lost or stolen. We believe that a good education is one of the best gifts we can give a child. While we live in one of the best school districts in the country, we will evaluate both private and public school options before deciding which school will best nurture each child's talents and interests. We have already started planning so that we can give the gift of a college education to any child who joins our family.

While traditional education is important to us, being well-educated is much more than just being "book smart." We look forward to nurturing their talents and encouraging them to pursue their dreams.

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Making Eric's Signature Cookies
Making Eric's Signature Cookies
Reading Bedtime Stories
Reading Bedtime Stories
Rachael, Margaret, and Eric's Mom Kayaking
Rachael, Margaret, and Eric's Mom Kayaking
Visiting the Icebergs in Alaska
Visiting the Icebergs in Alaska
Studying Starfish
Studying Starfish
Margaret and Granddaddy Playing at the Park
Margaret and Granddaddy Playing at the Park
Sharing Cantaloupe
Sharing Cantaloupe
Whale Watching
Whale Watching
Off on an Adventure
Off on an Adventure
Beach Combing
Beach Combing
Eric and Margaret Dancing in the Kitchen
Eric and Margaret Dancing in the Kitchen
Together in Florence
Together in Florence
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Making Eric's Signature Cookies
Making Eric's Signature Cookies
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Reading Bedtime Stories
Reading Bedtime Stories
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Rachael, Margaret, and Eric's Mom Kayaking
Rachael, Margaret, and Eric's Mom Kayaking
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Visiting the Icebergs in Alaska
Visiting the Icebergs in Alaska
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Studying Starfish
Studying Starfish
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Margaret and Granddaddy Playing at the Park
Margaret and Granddaddy Playing at the Park
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Sharing Cantaloupe
Sharing Cantaloupe
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Whale Watching
Whale Watching
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Off on an Adventure
Off on an Adventure
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Beach Combing
Beach Combing
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Eric and Margaret Dancing in the Kitchen
Eric and Margaret Dancing in the Kitchen
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Together in Florence
Together in Florence

Our Extended Families

Rachael and Her Sisters

We are blessed with loving and supportive families. Growing up, it was rare for only our parents and sisters to be at a school event or piano recital. Extended family members were almost always there to support us, too. Children in our family have similar support from their grandparents, aunts and uncles, great-grandparents, and numerous cousins. Our extended families have very diverse interests — animals, medicine, teaching, farming, law, art, music, dance, sports, and more — so it's likely that someone in our family will share a child's interests.

Eric and His Dad

Rachael is the oldest of four girls, and Eric has one younger sister. Our sisters were enormously influential on us when we were young, and we remain extremely close now. We are looking forward to seeing Margaret and her siblings develop their own relationships. Margaret is tremendously excited about becoming a big sister.

We are fortunate to have family in the same metro area, others within a few hours' drive, and some in exciting vacation destinations such as San Francisco, the Pacific Northwest, and the Gulf Coast. Our parents live 15 minutes apart in Kentucky, so we are able to see both families when we visit. When we gather together, we enjoy playing board games and cards, like Uno and Phase 10, working jigsaw puzzles, and hiking. Our family adores Margaret and can't wait to welcome another child.

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a lovely 1950s neighborhood just outside of our nation’s capital. Our neighborhood is filled with children walking to school, riding bikes, and playing outside. During the summertime, they gather at the neighborhood pool. We live in one of the best school districts in the country so there are lots of children! Throughout the year, our neighborhood nurtures its youngest residents by hosting family-focused events, supporting their endeavors (shopping at lemonade/vegetable stands, volunteering at school, etc.), and connecting parents. It’s a great place to raise a family.

Our home has four bedrooms and a playroom. There is also an art and craft area where Margaret enjoys creating new masterpieces. It has a tile floor and sink, so paint cleanup is easy! Our home sits on almost half an acre. In the backyard, we have a deck, a good-sized grass lawn, a flat play area (play set coming soon), and a wooded area perfect for exploring. We enjoy spending time outdoors—working in the garden, playing ball with Margaret, and searching for treasures in the “woods.”

We are close to Washington DC’s amazing museums and cultural resources. Several moms from church meet at different museums each week, and Rachael and Margaret enjoy their museum playdates. We also enjoy hiking in the many national and state parks near our home, visiting local orchards to pick in-season fruit, and driving over to the beach for the day. We can’t wait to share these special places with another child.

From Us to You

It is hard to know what to write in this first letter. We pondered what we would want to know if we were in your position and decided that we would want to know the hopes and dreams that the adoptive parents have for a child to see if they matched our dreams for our child. We have been married for 11 years, so we have had many years to dream of children. Over the years, our dreams have grown from the simple hope that they are happy and healthy to the following hopes and dreams for their future.

We hope that they know they are loved unconditionally. We want them to rest in the knowledge that their worth will never be determined by their grades, sports abilities, jobs, etc. We will teach them that it is impossible to lose our love. We want them to be confident that they are loved and will continue to be loved simply because they are our children.

We hope that they know that they can rely on family. They will have not just parents and siblings, but a large extended family with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who love them, too. Our families are tremendously important to us, and they love to share their time and talents with the children in the family. Our children can look forward to spending time with family and to their support throughout life.

We hope that they share our Christian faith. Our faith is central to who we are. It gives us joy and peace even when times are hard, and humility and compassion for others when things are going well. It is the anchor of our family and an important part of our lives. We will share our faith with them and hope that they grow to embrace it as their own.

We hope that they follow their dreams. We believe that one responsibility of parents is to help children discover their gifts, talents, and interests. When they are young, we will make sure they have the opportunity to try different things (art, music, sports, etc.). We will choose schools and activities that nurture each child's gifts, talents, and interests and encourage them through our time, our presence, and our words.

We hope that they are compassionate and use their gifts to make the world a better place. It is easy to focus on people who appear to be better off in some way and to lose sight of the many ways that you are blessed. We want them to learn that while there will always be someone that they could envy, there is also always someone that they can help with their time, resources, or talents.

Lastly, we hope that they learn that life is a gift to be enjoyed. We want to teach them to enjoy the little things in life, such as a cup of tea with a close friend, a run through the park on beautiful day, or a good book. We hope that they learn that it is important to make time for the small things that bring them joy.

If these hopes and dreams match your hopes and dreams for your child, we hope you will consider placing your child with us. If your child joins our family, you will become part of our extended family, too. We will send you letters and pictures, and we are also open to other ways to stay in contact with you and other members of your family (grandparents, etc.). We believe that children can never have too many people who love them.

Thank you for reading our profile. We hope that you find the information you need to decide if we are the family for whom you’ve been looking.

Eric & Rachael

Favorites

Eric
Rachael
Actor
Jerry Seinfeld
Cary Grant
Actress
Katherine Hepburn
Animal
Dog
Tiger
Author
William Faulkner
Jane Austen
Book
I can't pick just one! I love to read.
I can't pick just one! I love to read.
Candy Bar
Butterfinger
Heath Bar
Cartoon
Scooby-Doo
Childhood Memory
Visiting a 747 cockpit -- my dad's office
Bedtime stories
Childhood Toy
Erector Set
My doll
Children's Book
Where the Wild Things Are
Anne of Green Gables
City
Vienna
Classic Movie
The Godfather
Bringing up Baby
Color
Red
Purple
Day of Week
Saturday
Sunday
Dessert
Caramel cake
Chocolate torte
Disney Movie
One Hundred and One Dalmations
Beauty and the Beast
Dream Job
Teacher
Dream Vacation
Austria or Italy
Italy, Austria, or Uraguay
Family Activity
Playing board or card games
Talking over leisurely family dinners
Flower / Plant
Peony
Orchid
Food
Shrimp
Enchiladas
Form of Exercise
Hiking
Swimming
Fruit
Peach or raspberry
Blueberries or figs
Game
Strategy board games (like Settlers of Cataan)
Spades
Hobby
Skiing
Playing the Piano
Holiday
Christmas
Christmas
Holiday Song
O Come All Ye Faithful
Silent Night
Holiday Tradition
Holiday baking & tree decorating
Decorating cookies with my sisters
Ice Cream
Mint oreo
Peppermint
Junk Food
Popcorn
French fries
Leisure Activity
Reading/movies
Reading
Magazine
National Geographic Magazine
National Geographic Magazine
Memory with a Child
Saturday Morning Breakfast Dates with Margaret
Dancing in the Kitchen with Margaret
Memory with Spouse
Hiking in Aspen on our honeymoon
Birthday trip to Hawaii
Movie
Office Space
Sound of Music
Movie Munchie
Popcorn
Popcorn
Movie Quote
Yeah, it isn't a half day or anything like that. (Office Space)
Impossible things are happening every day. (Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella)
Movie Type
Comedy
Historical fiction
Musical
Wicked
Lion King
Musical Group
Dave Matthews Band
U2
Olympic Event
Skiing or bobsled
Gymnastics
Play
Taming of the Shrew or The Tempest (Shakespeare)
Poet
Wendell Berry
Quality about my Spouse
Her perceptiveness and compassion
His kindness
Quote
The only thing necessary for the tiumph of evil is for good me to do nothing.
Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. Nobody can tell the difference.
Sandwich
Shrimp po'boy
BLT
Scripture
Matthew 6:25-26
Isaiah 40:28-31
Shopping Store
Costco
A bookstore
Song
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
Sport to Play
Golf
Swimming
Sport to Watch
Baseball
Soccer
Subject in School
Computer science
Math
Thing to Cook
Dessert
Bread
Time of Day
Evening
Late afternoon
TV Show
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Type of Music
Classical, alternative rock, and pop
Classical
Vacation Spot
Hawaii
Colorado
Video Game
Super Smash Brothers or Mario Kart

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