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Chuck & Valerie

We are so excited to raise a child together as Mom and Dad! Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about our life, our dreams, and the dreams we have for a future child. We hope this helps to give you a vision of what life with us would be like. We look forward to learning more about you and how we fit into your adoption plan.

About Us

Chuck
Valerie
Job
Engineer
Senior Manager
Education
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

Checking in on the House Construction with Our Niece and Nephew

When we decided on adoption to grow our family we had already seen the gift it could be. Our niece and nephew are adopted and have known since birth. Chuck has a half-brother that his mother chose to place for adoption with her sister. Although he knew him growing up as his "cousin" it wasn't until he was an adult that they were told he was their adopted brother. So we had seen varying degrees of openness.

What we didn't know was that as soon as we began sharing our plans with friends and family we would find out just how prevalent adoption was! It seems everyone we met had a story to tell. Some were adopted themselves, some had chosen adoption for a child, and some had adopted children. Valerie's best friend's mother was adopted. Valerie's mom reminded her of friends who had a very open adoption. We were even reminded of situations that weren't legal adoptions but people stepping in to parent. All of them produced one thing: an amazing family.

We are planning on sharing with our child just how loved and cherished they are from the beginning. That we wanted to be parents so desperately that we went looking for them and that their birth mother actually looked through all kinds of people and chose us specifically just to be their parent! Other children get their parents by fate and luck, ours will get theirs by choice!

Valerie's Children

With Both Kids at Our Wedding

We currently have an incredibly unique opportunity for an adopted child- they'll get the best of both worlds when it comes to siblings. We have two children from Valerie's previous relationship. Our daughter has graduated from college and is living close by on her own. Our son is finishing up army reserve training and about to start college. Our next child will have the benefits of having our full attention as an only child at home but still have all of the doting, love, and bonding that comes with siblings.

Our son has a younger half-sister at his dad's house and has shown what a great big brother he is. He takes all of the climbing, singing, and fun his little sister has to offer. He volunteered in the church nursery about every other week through high school and is wonderful with children. Some of the parents even requested him to babysit.

Our daughter was great with her younger brother growing up and babysat for years. She still volunteers to bring our older niece to events (Taylor Swift in particular) and was over the moon excited when she found out we would be adding to our family. I think the wait to be matched may actually be as hard for her as it is for us!

Our Favorite Vacation Spot

A Beautiful Sunset at the Lake

Our favorite vacation spot is Maine. Our first vacation together was a driving/camping trip from Virginia, up the coast of Maine. During that first trip we went to Acadia National Park and climbed "the BeeHive" a moderate trail that ended with a beautiful view. Valerie learned how amazingly supportive Chuck was as she exposed her fear of falling. Chuck was amazingly patient, encouraging, and helpful. We took time on the top for a snack and to spend time enjoying our success before a celebratory Maine lobster dinner.

After leaving the coast we went to the lake where Chuck's grandfather built a small "camp" (aka cabin) on the lake. Valerie instantly fell in love with the area and it's remote, small town feel. We went back every year after that. We brought Valerie's son and Chuck took him out on the canoe and taught him to fish. We spent the evenings and rainy days playing board games and reading.

We love it so much we bought the place his grandfather built and are renovating it. We can't wait for our child to grow up spending vacations in that spot and building family memories!

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Photos

We Love to be at the Lake
We Love to be at the Lake
Chuck Teaching Step Son to Canoe
Chuck Teaching Step Son to Canoe
View at the End of a Hike
View at the End of a Hike
Cheering on Our Niece at Her Swim Meet
Cheering on Our Niece at Her Swim Meet
Just Bought the Land for Our New Home!
Just Bought the Land for Our New Home!
Having Fun on Vacation
Having Fun on Vacation
Made it to the Top of the Mountain
Made it to the Top of the Mountain
Working on a Home Improvement Project
Working on a Home Improvement Project
Selfie with Her Daughter
Selfie with Her Daughter
Fun at Hollywood Studios
Fun at Hollywood Studios
Mother/Son Lunch Date
Mother/Son Lunch Date
We Can't Wait to Grow Our Family through Adoption
We Can't Wait to Grow Our Family through Adoption
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We Love to be at the Lake
We Love to be at the Lake
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Chuck Teaching Step Son to Canoe
Chuck Teaching Step Son to Canoe
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View at the End of a Hike
View at the End of a Hike
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Cheering on Our Niece at Her Swim Meet
Cheering on Our Niece at Her Swim Meet
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Just Bought the Land for Our New Home!
Just Bought the Land for Our New Home!
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Having Fun on Vacation
Having Fun on Vacation
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Made it to the Top of the Mountain
Made it to the Top of the Mountain
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Working on a Home Improvement Project
Working on a Home Improvement Project
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Selfie with Her Daughter
Selfie with Her Daughter
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Fun at Hollywood Studios
Fun at Hollywood Studios
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Mother/Son Lunch Date
Mother/Son Lunch Date
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We Can't Wait to Grow Our Family through Adoption
We Can't Wait to Grow Our Family through Adoption

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We just moved into our newly constructed dream home in a beautiful wooded neighborhood in a fantastic school district. There is plenty of land and Chuck can't wait to take a child for a walk through the woods and down to the small stream behind our house. Valerie can't wait to have someone else to join the nieces and nephews tumbling in the huge yards. The house is tucked away in the middle of the lot, which is on a cul-de-sac, so there's plenty of privacy and safety. Our city is also located a short drive to museums, national monuments, cultural events, and so much more as a child grows up to expand their horizons and experiences.

Our lots are all very large, but our neighbors are very welcoming and close. We have a LOT of children of all ages in the neighborhood. The neighbors have already suggested a welcome party when our family expands! There are neighborhood "pot lucks" to get together and everyone looks out for each other. For Halloween the neighbors make "hay rides" for the kids and large groups of children get in a trailer set up with hay bales to go house to house for trick or treating. For the holidays Santa comes to the model home for everyone to stop by, visit, and take pictures. He also comes through the neighborhood on a fire truck one weekend in December!

Our Extended Families

Having Fun with Our Nieces

We have a huge extended family. Most of Valerie's extended family still lives in the area and Chuck's sister and family also live close by. We see them all very regularly and our families have blended to consider each other family. Chuck's sister even refers to Valerie's parents as Mom and Dad. Our family is also very welcoming so sometimes we have "honorary family"- friends of family who don't have other family so they become part of ours. Recently we have begun hosting the combined family events at our home as Valerie loves to cook and entertain for a large crowd. For Thanksgiving this year we had between 20 and 30 relatives.

With All Our Parents and Valerie's Grandma

Since announcing our plans to adopt all the relatives are excited to be adding to our larger family. Everyone can't wait and our nieces and nephews, and grown children keep asking when the baby will be here. They all have big plans for things they will teach them, play with them, and we even have some offers for help with care! Chuck's sisters’ children are also adopted so the whole family already knows what a very special gift adoption is. The support and encouragement we receive from all of them is amazing.

From Us to You

What an amazing journey we are all on that has brought us together with you. Life has been that way for us, full of surprises, twists and turns and we are thankful for all of it, good and bad as it has brought us right here.

We thought we'd start by sharing how we came to you. We met later in life at a meeting for a civic group that we both belonged to in 2007. We had strong shared values and loved giving back to others. We became friends first, sharing hobbies like music, travelling, and doing community projects together. Neither of us can tell you when we went from "friends" to "dating". It was just a wonderful natural progression.

In 2013 we decided that we would like to raise a child together. Chuck had been an excellent role model to Valerie's two children from a previous young relationship who were high school and college aged. We were engaged and married in mid-2014. Since Valerie's first two children were unplanned we were both surprised when we were still not pregnant by the end of 2014.

We were devastated to find out that we had secondary infertility. We explored all sorts of different options and realized that what we really wanted was a child to raise and share life with and biology didn't matter. We have a niece and nephew who are adopted so have lived how wonderful adoption can be. We are sure that God will bring us the right child (or children!) and we can't wait to share all that we have with them.

We are both at a place in our lives where we are still young enough to enjoy sports and activity (Valerie still performs in dance recitals and Chuck loves the outdoors) and established enough to provide a good home, a stable family, a college fund, and whatever other needs a child may have. We also want to travel more and explore. We've seen friends with children that were able to show them the world full of other culture and experiences and can't wait to do the same.

Valerie is looking forward to sharing her love of Disney with a child. The future nursery already has Tinkerbell's shadow sitting on one of the wall plates. We'll likely add Peter Pan and whatever other characters the child falls in love with. Even if they aren't Disney. Thomas the Tank, Princesses, Cars, Toy Story... and when they are old enough we can take them to meet them at the park!

Chuck is looking forward to sharing music with a child. He's already worked with nieces and nephews and our son on various instruments. He loves that family gatherings usually include a group playing and getting everyone involved so a child will definitely be playing instruments from a young age. Val's father is a musician and has a knack for finding them at a bargain and restoring them to their former glory so there will be no shortage of choices available.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our lives and the life we are excited to provide for a child. We look forward to sharing more memories, stories, and pictures that include the child you place with us. We aren't sure what the best way to share those with you will be and are open to discussing what works for you. In this day of social media maybe a blog or email, but we also know how great it is to have a physical letter and printed pictures. So let us know what you prefer. We also know that situations change and we can adjust over time as your changes.

Sincerely,

Chuck & Valerie

Favorites

Chuck
Valerie
Actor
Harrison Ford
Actress
Sandra Bullock
Animal
Wolf
Puppies
Author
Shakespeare
Margaret Mitchell
Book
Gone with the Wind
Candy Bar
Snickers
Snickers
Cartoon
Bugs Bunny
Kung Fu Panda or Pretty Much any Disney movie
Childhood Memory
Fishing with my dad and Camping as a family at the lake
A long road trip with my Granny and my cousin to "Canadia". We visited relatives and went up the east coast.
Childhood Toy
Tonka truck
A blue teddy bear I called "Boo Bear"
Children's Book
Dr Suess
You are my I Love You
City
Seatle
Our current one- my family has been here forever. It's "home"
Classic Movie
Citizen cane
Gone with the Wind
Color
Blue
Red
Day of Week
Saturday
Sunday
Dessert
Sahara (read desert :)) Really: Apple crisp
Ice Cream Sundaes
Disney Movie
Up
Beauty and the Beast
Dream Car
Chevy pickup crew cab
Jeep Wrangler
Dream Job
Architect
I love my current job in IT... if I could do something else... Kindergarten teacher
Dream Vacation
Hawaii
Greece (because I've already done Disney and the Caribbean)
Family Activity
Movie Nights
Dinners with Family
Flower / Plant
Orchids
Food
Fried chicken
Macaroni and Cheese
Form of Exercise
Home improvement projects, walk in the woods
Dance- Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz
Fruit
Watermelon
Blueberries
Game
Cards against humanity
Board Games
Hobby
Home improvement, building stuff
Crafting
Holiday
Christmas, followed by Holloween, but my wife's birthday is a pretty cool holiday too :}
Christmas
Holiday Song
The First Noel
Baby it's Cold Outside... right now... but it changes
Holiday Tradition
Christmas morning with family, also watching holiday movies as a family, also assembling the little village
Big family dinner with a roast, Gingerbread houses, 4th of July cookouts, Ice Cream Cakes (birthdays are holidays too right?)
Ice Cream
Twist, chocolate and Vanilla
Vanilla Bean
Junk Food
Ruffle chips
Ice Cream
Leisure Activity
Watching movies, listening to music, working on projects around the house
Reading
Memory with a Child
Every Time I Hear the Words "Uncle Chuck" or "Step Dad"
Seeing Their Unique, Beautiful Perspective on the World
Memory with Spouse
First trip together to Maine
Our first trip to Maine
Movie
Too many to list
Avengers
Movie Munchie
Popcorn
Popcorn and Reeses Pieces- together
Movie Quote
I have a million quotes going through my head right now
"Wuv Sweet Wuv, Tweasure your wuv"
Movie Type
All types, often action or drama
Everything from Disney to Suspense
Musical
Hamilton
Phantom of the Opera
Musical Group
Beatles and U2
No specific group- I like a variety
Nursery Rhyme
Is twinkle twinkle little star a rhyme or song
"Rings on her fingers, Bells on her toes, she shall have music wherever she goes"
Olympic Event
Skiing
Figure Skating
Personal Hero
Honest people, who care for others, and keep their word
My dad who taught me to be the best me I could and shoot for the moon.
Play
West Side Story
Poet
Emily Dickerson
Quality about my Spouse
Her Wonderful Heart and Excitement for Life
His Patience and Kindness
Quote
It's not what happens that matters, but how you respond to it.
The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all- Mulan
Restaurant
Local places with live music and cool atmosphere
Small local establishments
Sandwich
Ham and cheese, roast beef a close second
PB&J, lunch meat w/o condiments... no mayo, no mustard, but plenty of cheese
Scripture
John 316
John 3:16
Shopping Store
Home Depot
And That, At Home, Amazon... ok... Amazon probably the most
Song
Don't stop beleiving (Journey)
Once Upon A Dream from Sleeping Beauty
Sport to Play
Is frisbee a sport? I used to love doing martial arts like Kung Fu
Ice Hockey
Sport to Watch
Nascar
Ice Hockey
Sports Star
The kid that keeps on trying even when he's not the one everyone is watching.
Sports Team
Washington Capitals, Redskins
Subject in School
Science
Math
Superhero
Superman
Ironman, Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Leftovers
Roast
Time of Day
Sunset
Sunset
Tradition
Our Christmas Party... where everyone is welcome even if we don't know them yet
TV Show
HGTV
Charmed, Ghost Whisperer, Grey's Anatomy, Other Random 90s shows
TV Show Character
Meredith Grey
Type of Music
All types, but lately more aucustic
All types... classical to Taylor Swift to country to Eminem
Vacation Spot
Our Cabin on the Lake
The Lake in Maine
Video Game
Anyting with flying or driving something
Galaga?

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