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Fred & Tara
Hey there! We're Fred and Tara. We've been in love and married for 18 years. Raising children together is our dream, but it hasn't come true for us yet. We are both very caring people and have lots of love and support to give to a child. We hope our profile finds a connection with you and we can build a relationship to give a great life to a special child.
What it Means to Become Parents
We believe that being parents is the greatest responsibility that you can have. A child is completely dependent upon their parents for their well-being in the early years of their lives and their ability to be good people as adults. When you have a child, your entire life becomes about making sure that child has every opportunity and is raised to be a kind, loving, productive person who can prosper in society.
We expect to love everything there is about being parents. We think we'll enjoy the play times the most, but also teaching the child about the world and learning about the world through the child's eyes will be so great. Education is very important and it can be a lot of fun teaching a child all the things they need to know. Even the difficult times that come up in everyone's lives will be better by being parents - being a rock for the child and teaching them how to express their emotions appropriately.
Our Leisure Time
We love to obsess over TV shows, movies, music, games, books, and goofy stuff on the internet. Our free time is spent consuming pop culture and then sharing our love of these things with friends. Gaming is a huge part of our lives and we've met many of our closest friends through gaming events. Both of us play video games, board games, card games, table-top role-playing games, and live action role-playing games. We love games and we can't wait to play with games and toys with a child.
Fred is very musical, having played the piano, double bass, drums and now mainly playing guitar. He loves all kinds of music - rock, rap, classical, blues, jazz, country. He believes music can be a very positive emotional outlet for a person. Fred is also an independent professional wrestler and referee. He grew up watching WWF and WCW with his dad and gained a love for the sport. He volunteers his time to wrestle and referee for promotions that raise money for Special Olympics and special needs children.
Tara is very creative and artistic. She makes props for games that we play. She has made jewelry and done soap-making, crafting scented soaps in different fun, pop-culture shapes. She was in theater productions in school and now enjoys going to plays and musicals. Some of her favorites are Pirates of Penzance, 1776, Spamalot, Les Miserables, and Noises Off. She's also begun knitting, a hobby passed down from her mom and grandma.
What Makes Us Unique
We've been married for 18 years and we're still in love! We married in our early 20s. Some thought we were too young, but 18 years later we're still here. When we tell people how long we've been married, they can't believe it because we're still so young.
Tara is a homemaker. She has worked as a cashier at a horse track, at a beauty store and as a dog groomer in the past. When we began our journey to have children, Tara left the workforce to be a homemaker in preparation for being a stay-at-home mom. She spends her days doing chores, running errands, taking care of our dogs, and watching daytime court and talk shows.
Fred works in the automation field for internet technology, making doing work easier for others. It's a very in-demand career in a growing field. He loves the company he works for and his co-workers. He doesn't have to travel for work and often gets to work from home, where he snuggles on the couch with our dogs while working.
We've run many live action role-playing events. They're like murder mystery dinners or getting dressed up and playing pretend for adults. Running games involves writing a story, building props, and gathering friends together to play characters in the story. We run games in different historical eras and fantasy worlds. One of our most fun events was a Harry Potter game where everyone got to be wizards casting spells and fighting villains.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a large three-story townhome in the Northern Virginia suburbs. We've lived in this home for 8 years and we absolutely love our community, built next to a historic Civil War site. Our clubhouse has a beautiful pool and gym, and hosts regular events for both families and adults such as game nights, dances, parties, food truck days and holiday events. We have very nice playgrounds spread throughout the community and open, common areas that are often filled with kids of various ages playing sports, flying kites, or walking dogs. Our community puts a lot of effort in for holidays with haunted houses and excellent trick-or-treating on Halloween and with caroling and buggy rides through our lit up Christmas neighborhood in December.
Our home has three bedrooms, two full baths and two half baths. We spend most of our time on the 2nd floor where our living room, dining room and kitchen are. The bottom floor is a large open space, perfect for a huge kids play area. The house backs to woods and a small pond. We often see deer and beautiful birds from our back porch. Sometimes, in the summer, we get little frog visitors that keep our porch free of bugs! Next to our home is the largest common area in the community, perfect for all kinds of outdoor activities.
Our Extended Families
We both come from very close, immediate families and large extended families. Fred's parents live just 30 minutes down the road from us and we visit frequently for family dinners and holiday celebrations. His dad is a proud Marine Vietnam Veteran who is active in his VFW post, helping with the needs of veterans, and his mom is a retired school teacher who worked with special needs children. Tara's mom is a nurse who lives in a picturesque Amish community a few hours away, where we watch doves fly over the valley as we eat breakfast. Tara's dad's a fun-loving newlywed who loves to play games with us and recently moved to Florida, in a prime location for future visits to Disney World and Legoland with a child! They're all very excited to be grandparents and are supporting us so much in our journey. Fred's dad yelled "ALRIGHT!" really loudly into the phone when we told him about our plans to adopt.
Our extended families are spread around the mid-Atlantic, but all within a few hour's drive. Tara has uncles, aunts and cousins in southern Virginia who she is close with. We are the Godparents to one of her little 2nd cousins and her other cousin is expecting a baby who we hope to raise a child alongside. Most of Fred's extended family, dozens of cousins, are in northern West Virginia and we look forward to visits to the beautiful mountains with a child to meet them all.
From Us to You
We truly hope this letter finds you well, but understand this must be an emotional time for you. We also hope our profile can brighten your day a bit and give you comfort in knowing that there are good people out there looking to give love to a special child. We appreciate you letting us tell you a little more about ourselves and our hopes for growing our family with you.
We have been totally in love and married for 18 years. We met through friends while we were attending separate colleges in southern Virginia. Fred graduated with a Computer Science degree in 2001 and together we moved to the Washington D.C. suburbs of Northern Virginia, where jobs were more plentiful, to begin our lives together. We've lived in the area ever since. Not only are jobs plentiful and the schools excellent, but the proximity to Washington D.C. gives us access to all the city has to offer in the way of arts, museums and events while still living in a quiet, family-oriented suburb.
We were married on December 8th, 2001 in a beautiful ceremony with many friends and family at our side. Raising children was something we had talked about since we were dating. We were fairly young when we were married though, so we decided to wait a few years before trying to bring a child into our lives. Eventually our close friends started having children and we found ourselves spending lots of time with them. Being around them just gave us such joy. That's when we decided the time was right and began trying to have children ourselves.
Since then, we've gone through so much. Many failed attempts. Many pregnancy losses. The doctors have no answers for us other than "unexplained infertility." It's been heartbreaking watching friends and family have many children so easily while we struggled. Some days are harder than others, but through our love and support for each other we've managed to keep positive because we are fully dedicated to being parents.
We think that being parents is going to be the greatest thing we can do with our lives. Raising children to be kind, compassionate, productive members of society is so important. We know it's going to be a great responsibility to both you and your child, but it's going to be incredibly fun and rewarding for us as well.
Tara left the workforce and became a homemaker when we started trying to have children. It's always been our intent for one of us to be a stay-at-home parent as we believe it's important for a child to have someone fully dedicated to their care and education. As much as Fred would love to be a stay-at-home dad, financially it doesn't make sense for us, and Tara is very happy to dedicate herself to chores, errands, our two adorable dogs, and someday soon, raising a child.
We promise to you that we are completely committed to giving your child every opportunity in life. Our parents were always there for us (and still are), and we want to give that same kind of unconditional love and support to a child. As compassionate people ourselves, we also want you to feel loved by us. A person as kind as yourself, that can give the gift of a child to a couple like us, is someone we want to support. We hope we can build a great relationship and help each other out throughout life. We're really laid-back, accepting people so please try not to feel uncomfortable with us. We get along with pretty much anyone. We'd want you to have as many updates on your child as you'd like. We'll be happy to send pictures and exchange e-mails. We are also open to occasional visits. We plan on raising them to know of you and their birth story from as early an age as possible.
Thank you again for reading all about us. We wish you and your child all the best for your lives and hope you will think of us and our story from time to time. We'll be thinking about you.
Love and Empathy,
Fred & Tara
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