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Davis & Allison
We are so glad you found our profile! Thank you for considering our family for your little one. We are a warm, loving, active and close family of four who cannot wait to have a new sibling! We hope you can learn about us here, and we look forward to getting to know you and your hopes and dreams for your child.
Our Leisure Time
We are very involved in our community. We both serve on boards of local non-profits focused on education and opportunity. We love going to concerts and taking advantage of all the incredible live music in our city.
Allison comes from a family of swimmers, and our girls are definitely water bugs. There is a neighborhood pool just down the street and we are excited to join next summer, now that our kids are a little older and have had swimming lessons. We are also members of the local zoo and science center, and visit both often. Our oldest daughter especially loves visiting the flamingos so she can practice balancing on one leg.
We love to cook and garden, as well. In the summer, we grow tomatoes, peppers, squash and cucumbers in the backyard, and in the colder months, Allison makes delicious soups and bakes several times a week with the kids. We even got chickens this spring, so soon we'll have our very own fresh eggs to enjoy.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Davis About Allison: Allison is extremely thoughtful, nurturing, and patient. Her hugs and kisses heal "boo boos" faster than anyone else our kids have ever met, and she makes cozy, comforting dinners for us all. Allison is also unfailingly loyal and committed. She always puts her family first and goes the extra mile to make sure we're all safe and happy. Our daughters know they can do anything and be anything they want, because they see their mama do it.
Allison About Davis: Davis is a natural leader and a fun, lighthearted husband and dad. Being around him makes every day better. He is a hard worker and a thoughtful friend. Most important to Davis is making his family feel loved, cared for, and joyful. He is great at thinking of fun adventures and science projects for our kids. He listens to all of their stories, and plays make-believe games with them. Our children adore him.
We will love and celebrate our child's race and cultural background as one of a thousand special things about them. We know from being foster parents to children of color that we, our children, and our extended families are ready and excited to welcome a child of any racial or cultural background as part of our family. Through our life experiences and social circles, as teachers in majority Black schools, and through serving as foster parents, we have learned a lot about African American and Latinx cultures. We know that these cultures have a rich and important history and identity that should be celebrated at every turn.
Every non-white person in America faces challenges of systemic racism that we and our biological children will not face. We will do our best to shield our child from these inequities. But that is not enough. We also will make sure to cultivate a network of people who can be positive role models of the racial and cultural background of our child and can serve as mentors and teachers. We also will encourage a strong bond with you - their birth family - that will help our child be grounded in their heritage. Most importantly, we will be humble, open listeners to those in our lives and, when they're old enough, our own child, to learn about how we can support their education and growth in these traditions.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a large city in Tennessee. Our home is in a family neighborhood about 15 minutes from downtown, and is nearby lots of great parks, the zoo, and the science museum. Every year, we go trick or treating at the zoo, and in the spring we go to its Teddy Bear Clinic to get check-ups for our favorite stuffed animals.
On Saturdays, we love to go to the nearby farmers market, where our kids get to pick out a treat, and we stock up on fresh vegetables from local farmers and baked goods from artisans. We also have a lot of fun, new restaurants nearby that we love to try out on weekends.
Our four-bedroom home is on a one-acre lot, so we have lots of nature and room to run around. A big family of deer passes through each morning and evening, and we have a pair of owls living in some of our big front yard trees. We spend a lot of time in our living room, reading, playing, and doing art while keeping an eye out for the animals. We have a big, fenced-in backyard with a hammock, swing set, and tree house.
Our Extended Families
We spend every Thanksgiving at Allison's mom's farm, hiking around, playing with the animals, and making hot chocolate with Grandma and Elliot and Ruby's aunts. Each Christmas, Allison's mom and sisters come over first thing in the morning to open stockings with our daughters and make a big Christmas brunch.
We're fortunate to live in Allison's hometown, so her sister and brother-in-law, father, aunts, uncles and cousins all live just a few minutes away. On the weekends, we regularly spend time with Allison's cousins and their kids, and her beloved aunt. We often have Sunday night dinners with Allison's dad, and build fires and make s'mores if it's chilly enough. We also have friends who are like family nearby who are honorary aunts and uncles to our kids.
Every year growing up, Davis spent a week at the beach with his grandmother, aunts and uncles, and all of his siblings and cousins. Allison loved taking part in this family tradition once they began dating. And now, our daughters love to spend time with their cousins every year, who are just a few years older than they are.
Our families are thrilled that we are adopting. They have had a chance to get to know and love the foster children we have had in our home, and we know they will be just as welcoming and loving to your child, who will be cherished and loved by our whole family.
From Us to You
Thank you so much for reading our profile! We hope you will consider us to be your child's - and your - family.
We are excited to raise our third child with the knowledge that they have an extra special origin story - they have a wonderful, brave, kind and strong birth mom who chose Allison to be their other mother, and Davis to be their father. We look forward to sending you pictures and letters from us and from our child about their growth and milestones, and showing our child letters you send to them. If you want to, we'd also love to have you celebrate birthdays and other milestones with us. We want our child to know as much about you as feels good to you to share. We truly hope that we will all be one big, extended family for our child.
We have been together for 12 years and have been married for almost 8 (we still feel young in our mid-30s, but wow, that seems like a long time!). We respect each other, believe in each other, and live as true partners and co-parents. We met as public school teachers in a Midwestern city. We've lived in several cities since then, and four years ago we settled back in Allison's hometown.
We are fortunate to live near a great deal of close family. Our children have aunts, uncles, great aunts and uncles, grandparents and cousins, all within 20 minutes of our house. As a result, we have an amazing support system for us as parents, and a network of champions for our children, who are loved so fully and completely.
We absolutely love being parents. We have two daughters, Elliot and Ruby. They are both incredibly excited to have another sibling! Elliot says she'll be a "double big sister," and Ruby keeps talking about how she "can't wait to meet my baby." She says, "I'm Elliot's baby, and now I'm going to have a baby and they'll be my baby." They will be fantastic big sisters. Elliot already is - from the moment she met Ruby, she has taken care of her, felt responsible for her, and looked out for her every moment. She'll be the same with your baby - they'll be a new little one for her to take care of.
Our children go to a wonderful preschool. Most teachers have been teaching there for more than 15 years. At school, our daughters are able to learn from kids of different races and cultures, and who speak different languages at home. On the weekends, we love to take walks and go to parks. Because some parks have been closed during the pandemic, we have also tried to create a bit of a park at home for weekend fun. We have a bouncy castle, a tree house, a swing set, soccer and basketball goals, and six chickens that we've raised since they were a day old. We can't wait to share our joyful, fun, boisterous home with your child.
You are making an extremely tough, nuanced, and brave decision. We want to be a support to you as much as we can. We will love your baby so fully and completely. And every day, we will honor you, your love for your child, and your bravery in making this choice.
We can't wait to learn more about you, your dreams for your child, and how we can help make those dreams come true.
Davis & Allison