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William & Lauren
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and learn more about us. Although we are so excited to grow our family through adoption, we imagine you may be feeling overwhelmed as you face several difficult decisions. We hope this profile will offer you a starting glimpse into our lives and the love and adventures that would lay ahead for your child if you choose us to parent.
We are a work hard, play hard family. Since we met at work as health care providers caring for children with cancer and blood disorders, our passion for our jobs and commitment to our patients is a huge part of our relationship and what we admire about each other. However, our patients have also taught us to embrace life's challenges and live each day to its fullest. We are lucky we only work 2-4 days per week at the hospital, which gives us plenty of time to spend time with each other and would allow one of us to be at home with a child most days.
Our mutual love is being outdoors and active. We both enjoy hiking and camping. Lauren likes to run, and William has shared his passion of bicycling and rock climbing with her. Our dog Annabelle loves to lounge in the backyard but also demands at least a daily walk, which we happily agree to.
We love to travel both domestically and internationally. We have traveled to Mexico, Belize, New Zealand, and Honduras together as well as England, Ireland, Canada, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, and the Virgin Islands individually. William grew up traveling to different states and national parks with his family, which is a tradition we hope to continue with our family. When not exploring the great outdoors, we enjoy either cooking a new recipe at home together or trying a new restaurant.
Addressing Cultural Diversity
We believe not only embracing but also celebrating cultural diversity is essential to being good parents. While we both grew up in small towns, we are fortunate to have parents who sought to expand our horizons through travel and education. As adults, we have had the opportunity to live in cities that are rich in diversity and cultural heritage. One advantage of working in a large, academic hospital is the diversity of our colleagues and friends who grew up not only across the United States but also around the world. They have been generous in sharing stories about how their experiences growing up as well inviting us into their homes and sharing traditions such as recently celebrating Eid al-Fitr at our friends' home. We are committed to expanding our knowledge and appreciation of different cultures, whether that is through our love of travel, seeking out diverse communities through church and work, attending museums and festivals, as well as reading at home. We know that this has enriched our own lives, but we also recognize that it is essential as we embark on the journey of becoming parents.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Lauren about William: William is undoubtedly the most loving and attentive person I know. More important than grand gestures, he pays attention to all the small details like making sure my wireless headphones are recharged before I realize they need it or having the perfect cup of tea waiting for me when I wake up. He supports me every step of the way including sharing equally in all the household chores and holding me tightly when life gets a little stressful. He's an amazing dog dad to our dog, Annabelle, who is obsessed with him (even though I adopted her before we began dating). Watching him with children at work or when with friends and family, I know he will be an equally amazing father.
William about Lauren: I love how caring Lauren is and how she puts her whole heart into everything she does. Lauren does many small things to show me she cares: whether packing my lunch before work or hiding small notes for me in my suitcase for each day we were going to be apart. I love that she is fun-loving and playful. Impromptu games of limbo or a song about walking the dog makes me smile and enjoy every moment with her. I admire her passion for rescuing dogs and wanting to see every dog with a home no matter their age. I respect her ability and desire to continue to learn and grow personally and professionally, and she is the smartest person I know.
Our Extended Families
We are both the middle child of 3 kids. William has two brothers, and Lauren has an older sister and younger brother. While both of our families live in different states from us, we are lucky to live within driving distance of both. Although we do not get to see our families as often as we would like, holidays are important to us. Luckily, Thanksgiving is the main family holiday in William's family while Christmas is for Lauren's family. Thanksgiving is a multi-day event for William's family with a traditional Thanksgiving meal at his parents' house with siblings, aunts and uncles, and cousins on Thanksgiving Day. On Friday we go to the small town where William's mom grew up for more delicious food and playing card and board games as family. Saturday evening is filled with college football. For Christmas, Lauren's extended family gathers at her mom's house for dinner and to watch a Christmas movie. We read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas every year on Christmas Eve (even when we are not all together we continue this tradition by FaceTime) and often go to midnight Mass. On Christmas morning we have a leisurely breakfast while opening presents and stockings, and then the extended family meets at Lauren's aunt and uncle's house for a Christmas dinner.
Currently there is only one grandchild on either side of the family, so both of our families are very excited about the possibility of another grandchild/niece/nephew to join in holiday festivities!
Our House and Neighborhood
We moved to Tennessee from DC 18 months ago for our jobs and to be closer to family. We are currently renting a three bedroom home in a wonderful neighborhood while we search for our forever home. What initially drew us to the neighborhood was the gorgeous mature trees throughout the neighborhood, but we have loved the sense of community in this neighborhood. The sidewalks are usually dotted with families walking dogs and kids riding bike. The neighborhood organized to close off the end of one street to form a "pocket park" that hosts free workouts, "Food Truck Fridays," and small community farmer markets. We also have our own small "town center" with a small local grocery store, a sandwich shop, and a pizza shop that makes the best desserts! Perhaps our favorite aspect of the neighborhood is that there is a 10 mile paved pedestrian trail that runs through our neighborhood that leads to a large (4500 acres!) urban park. On nice days, we love to ride our bicycles from our home to the park to check out the park's buffalo herd and see if the local popsicle truck is at the park for the day!
While we love our current house and fenced-in backyard, we are searching for a home to buy with several acres of land. William grew up on 6 acres with gardens, orchards, horses, and chickens, and we hope to have a similar homestead to raise our family.
From Us to You
We are grateful that you have taken the time to read our profile and learn a bit about us, yet the word grateful does not seem large enough to express what it means that you would consider us to parent your child. We cannot imagine the emotions you must be feeling and the many hard decisions you face. While our profile and this letter only offer you a peek into who we are, if you choose to move forward with an adoption plan that includes us, we promise to be open and transparent with you always.
We met almost 8 years ago at work when Lauren moved to DC to start her Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship at the hospital William worked at as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner within the Oncology Department. William helped Lauren learn the ropes of the hospital, and a friendship quickly formed as we bonded over our southern roots and love of the outdoors. A little over 3 years later we started dating on New Years Day 2017 and got engaged the following year in New Zealand. We have been married for 2.5 years and moved from DC to Tennessee 18 months ago. We continue to work together, and while some people may find it stressful to work with their spouse, we couldn't imagine it any other way! We love our jobs caring for kids fighting cancer and blood disorders, and we have learned some much from our patients and their parents.
Our lives together and with our dog Annabelle have been so fulfilling thus far, but we have always wanted to be parents. When we considered all the possible ways to become parents, we felt strongly drawn towards adoption as our first choice for how to continue building our family. We live an active lifestyle and love to explore and experience new places, foods, and cultures. We are both happiest when outdoors and exploring a new place. We are eager to share these experiences with a child one day as well as to nurture and support his or her interests and passions. While we look forward to grand adventures, we are perhaps most excited for the everyday moments: cuddles morning and night, walks with Annabelle and a stroller, family meals, and bedtime stories every night.
We imagine that you might feel like us in that we believe strongly in the benefits of an open adoption but also find the concept confusing and even a little intimidating. After all, despite all the pictures and information we have shared, we are still strangers on a page to you. We cannot promise you what our relationship with you will look like exactly, but we look forward to getting to know you and forming that relationship step-by-step. We will send letters and pictures, but we'd also like to make a yearly photobook to send to you and imagine this will be a fun activity to share with our child as he or she grows up. Since we love to travel and Lauren collects postcards from all our travels, we would love to start a tradition of sending you postcards from our trips. Equally important as sharing our lives with you, we hope you may be willing to share some of your family's traditions and recipes with us so that we can incorporate them into our family.
Over the past 8 years, we have grown from co-workers to friends to spouses, and we cannot wait to become parents together. Regardless of whether you choose to walk this adoption journey with us or not, we are so appreciative of the time you have spent learning about us and admire your strength and courage as you make difficult and loving decisions for your child. We know that there are so many loving families who would make wonderful parents, but if there is something in our profile that touches your heart, we hope you will reach out to learn more about us.
With warm thoughts and prayers,
William & Lauren