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Rodger & Vanessa
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us! We have so much love to share and look forward to becoming first time parents through adoption. We have been very blessed in life and are excited to raise a child with unconditional love, laughter, stability, and all the opportunities the world has to offer. We cannot wait to get to know you and begin a lifelong friendship!
Adoption in Our Lives
We have always thought about adoption as a great way to build our family, because we have seen how much of a blessing it has been to our family and friends. As a child, Vanessa was able to see her aunt choose adoption for her first child and how it was a decision made out of love. Her aunt received updates as he grew up and was able to see how well he was doing and feel confident that she made the best decision for them both.
One of our very good friends grew her family through adopting her biological nephew as an infant. He has been such a blessing in her life and she has been a huge inspiration to us in this journey. We also have a friend who adopted her biological niece out of the foster care system, and we have been able to watch her grow and thrive in a healthy, stable home environment. We are extremely grateful to have such a wonderful support system who have shown us incredible examples of how much of a blessing adoption is.
Our pets are a huge part of our lives. In fact, we are “those people” that spoil our pets so much our friends often joke that they wish they could be one of them!
Ella is our senior dog that we got a few months after we started dating. Since Ella is getting older, she needs extra love. We take her on walks in a doggy stroller so she can still enjoy the neighborhood, and she gets lots of extra treats. Bruno is our extra-large orange shelter cat. He was a 10-year anniversary gift to Vanessa from Rodger. Bruno is the definition of a “scaredy cat” and took years to warm up to us but now he is obsessed with Vanessa and loves to sit with her while she works from home. Queenie is our newest family member! This was our first time adopting an actual kitten and it has been quite the experience! Her favorite thing is to sit on Rodger's lap at his desk while he works and she will cry at the door until he lets her in his office.
Ella and Queenie will be fast friends with a child! They are both very friendly and well behaved. They will listen if they are getting too curious! Bruno may be shy at first, but we have no doubt he will be best buddies with a child over time.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Our favorite vacation spot is Disneyworld! We love being surrounded by the magic of living in a fairytale. We also love how one vacation can offer so much since the four different parks are completely different experiences. Animal Kingdom lets us learn about animals of the world, experience thrills from rides, and also lets us see real animals close up on a “safari.” Hollywood Studios puts us behind the scenes to learn how our favorite movies were made and also see new stage shows to expand the stories. Epcot literally takes us all over the world. Our favorite thing there is to visit every country in the World Showcase and share a snack from that culture. Magic Kingdom is our favorite park. It transports us into the worlds of all our favorite characters. We love getting our photos with characters and just embracing the entire experience like big kids. Our dream is to visit all the Disney parks all over the world. We can’t wait to share this experience with a child!
Our Extended Families
Family is a huge part of our lives. Vanessa and her mother own their own business and see each other almost every day. They have an incredible relationship and are best friends! Since Vanessa is an only child, this will be the first grandchild for her parents and they could not be more excited.
Vanessa’s extended family all live within an hour or so from each other so they get together often for family events. Vanessa grew up with many cousins close to her in age so holidays were always a huge deal. Now that the cousins have started building families of their own, we are all looking forward to seeing the next generation of children grow up together.
Rodger has a larger more spread out family with six siblings. Unfortunately, he lost his father in his early 20’s but is very close to his mother. She is so excited for a child to join our family she cries (happy tears!) every time we talk about it.
We surprised our families with our adoption announcement over Christmas and everyone was SO excited and supportive of our adoption adventure. They cannot wait to be a part of this child's life and look forward to sharing their love, humor, and snuggles with them!
Our House and Neighborhood
We absolutely love our home and look forward to sharing it with a child. Our house has four bedrooms, two family rooms, and a large backyard so there will be lots of room to play as this child grows up. Our favorite room of our home is the kitchen. That's where we cook and have dinner together every night. We also love using the dining table to put together puzzles and Lego sets!
The best part of our house is our neighborhood. We can walk to three different playgrounds including one with a splash pad for hot summer days. Our city zoo is only a short drive away and we plan on becoming members so we can visit as much as we want all year round. We live on a very safe, quiet street so neighbor kids are able to play outside, bike up and down the street, and run in between the houses all day long. In the summer, the ice cream truck visits our street and stops right in front of our house! We also have block parties with all kinds of yard games for families to play together and food trucks even stop by! We are so excited to raise a child here.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and learn more about us. We know the decision you are considering for your child is made purely out of love and selflessness. We want you to know that we admire your courage and promise to provide a loving, stable, and nurturing home.
We met in 2006 and have been inseparable ever since. We were engaged a year later and were married in a fairy princess wedding in 2008. We often talk about how lucky we were to find each other, because we really are a perfect match. We are both a little weird (the fun kind of weird!) and we love each other’s weirdness. We joke that no one else on the planet would let us be such weirdos.
Vanessa loves that Rodger is exactly who he wants to be. He still loves Legos, flying drones, and video games. He embraces who he is and has the most fun living life. He is also the most supportive and loving husband there could be. She can’t wait to see how incredible of a father he will be. Rodger loves that Vanessa is ambitious and isn’t afraid to take chances. She dreams big and isn’t afraid to put in the work to achieve what she wants in life. She has designed the life she has wanted for herself and our family. She also has an incredibly close relationship with her mother and Rodger can’t wait to see her have that with a child.
We are both lucky enough to have our dream jobs. Rodger is a Web Developer. He basically makes the internet and is able to have a very flexible schedule and work from home. Vanessa has her own business with her mother, coaching people on starting and building their own successful businesses. She also has a very flexible schedule and works from home. We are so excited to provide a child with two work from home parents to be there every day and watch them grow.
We have been very blessed in life and look forward to sharing our blessings with a child. We hope to be their biggest cheerleaders and greatest support as they grow up and figure out the world. We plan to provide the best education opportunities not only in school but also in experiencing the world through travel. We both love to travel and have the opportunity to several times a year.
Please know that our family values kindness, imagination, open-mindedness, humor, and of course love. Our goal is to raise a happy, confident child who grows up to be the best version of exactly who they are meant to be. We just want to provide the opportunities, love, and support they need to figure out what makes them happy.
We look forward to getting to know you and are committed to sharing your child’s life with you by sending photos, videos, and emails of all their important milestones. We will respect your privacy if that is what you desire but are also open to future visits with you as they grow up. This child will always know where they came from, who they are, and how much you love and care for them.
Thank you again for your consideration. If you choose us to raise your child, you would be blessing us with the greatest gift we could ever imagine, the opportunity to build a family. Whether you choose us or not, we will pray for blessings for you and your child.
Rodger & Vanessa
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