Alex + Sally
We want to start off by saying, you are so brave and you are loved. We know life is hard, and the circumstances you find yourself in might be very difficult. We know you love your sweet baby so much and you want to make a good plan for their future. We are so proud of you. THANK YOU for taking the time to consider us.
The Story of Us
We met each other while we were both college cheerleaders. Sally had gone to college in Indiana because her boyfriend at the time played football for Notre Dame. So she went to a nearby smaller college to be close to him. Not long after Sally, Alex joined the cheerleading team, too. He had been a swimmer in high school and some of the girls recruited him because he looked strong. :) That fall, our coaches paired us up as cheerleading stunt partners (for more info, see the Netflix docu-drama, Cheer :P ). During that semester, we spent a lot of time together at practice, games and workouts, and slowly became great friends. After some bumps along the way, Sally broke up with her boyfriend, and shortly after we started dating. We got married about a year and a half later, and have spent that last 15 years growing together (yes, we're kind of old). These years haven't always been easy. There have been many ups and downs, but our love and support for each other has only grown deeper. One thing we've noticed is that when one of us is having a hard time, the other stays strong and helps pick up the slack. God has shown us so much mercy and grace, and we try to extend that mercy and grace to each other. We have a lot of fun with each other and are still best friends. We love to go to coffee shops and just talk, we love to ride bikes with each other after we drop our son, Pine, off at school and we love to travel together. We're each other's people, and we're in this for the long haul.
Writing about yourself is weird, let me just say that. :D I am a direct communicator, and I always want to be genuine, honest and authentic. I like my friends to be that way, too. Hosting friends and creating a fun and relaxing environment is one of my favorite things to do. I'm pretty social, but I really like to have a small close group of friends. I am so lucky to have found a few best friends who have stuck with me through thick and thin. While I love to dress up (I am very into French style, well French everything), I'm really a tomboy at heart. I grew up in a neighborhood with a whole bunch of boys who were my age, so we played army, ninja turtles and soccer. I was even Batman for halloween one year (my parents tried to get me to be Batgirl, but I wasn't having it). I love playing sports and being outside. And I definitely have a competitive streak and work hard at everything I do. I worked for 10 years in marketing at a financial company as a senior manager, and now I am starting my own branding consulting business. I work part time, so I can spend more time with Pine. I love being able to have that time to connect with him, while still being able to pursue a career. It is a huge blessing to know I will have that time with our next baby, too!
Hey, nice to meet you! I like to spend my time solving hard problems, learning and teaching. At work that looks like computer programming to solve some pretty tough problems. But raising my son has been the best experience of my life. I've had to learn so much, and there is so much to teach him. There is so much that I want to do to help Pine have the best childhood he possibly can, and grow into a strong, wise young man. I'm excited to have more children to raise. It is so very rewarding to watch them grow up and turn into amazing people. Really tough, but amazing! You are doing an amazing thing for your child, and we'd love to be part of that story. On a less serious note, I'm interested in sci-fi and fantasy. I've been reading through the top 100 sci-fi books and I only have 10 left to go. I think the Lord of the Rings is an amazing series of books (and a pretty good set of movies, too). Before covid hit I was learning blacksmithing from a local smith. Maybe someday I'll have a forge of my own in the backyard. I'm learning classical guitar and, after a couple years, am no longer completely awful. Some of the songs are even recognizable now. :)
We might have too many hobbies. We just love learning about new things, so we're always up to something. As a family, we love to travel, spend time in nature and learn about other cultures. We thought we might travel less after having kids, but we've actually traveled more! We've taken Pine to Hawaii, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Iceland, Spain, Portugal, and France. Alex and I have additionally traveled to South Africa, India, Ireland, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, and Israel. We love to travel with our close friends and usually spend a lot of time in nature wherever we go. Hiking and canoeing are two of our favorite ways to relax! We love learning languages and are currently working on Spanish as a family. Alex especially loves learning languages and speaks a bit of Chinese and Japanese as well! Alex enjoys playing computer and video games, including minecraft with Pine. He loves reading and playing board games (we play a lot of board games as a family!). Sally loves cooking and baking (she even won a State Fair cookie contest!), eating on patios, spending time with friends and drinking lots of cappuccinos and Topo Chico. Sally likes all kinds of food, but chocolate croissants, sushi, and tacos top her list. We also love hanging out with our friends from church. Every week, we host a group of people from our church in our home. We usually have a brief Bible study, share prayer requests and then cook and eat a meal together. This group has been such a joy to get to know. Many of us have been in the same group for more than ten years, so we know each other very well. They have supported us through good times and hard times, and we couldn't be more thankful for them.
Our son, Pine, is creative and funny and loves school. He is a big talker and always has many thoughts and interesting opinions to share. He goes to a small Christian school near our house and is enjoying making new friends, choir, and recess. He played on a soccer team with his classmates this year and loves playing at the playground, riding his bike, making forts in the woods, and building with Legos or in Minecraft with Alex. He also loves to travel--his favorite places are Wyoming and France. Pine is really looking forward to having a brother or sister. We have always talked about adoption being a part of our family, so when he started asking for a sibling over the past couple of years, he has always said, "You need to adopt a baby! I want a brother or sister to play with!" :) Adoption has always been a part of his worldview, and he has many friends from our church and his school who are adopted or have adopted siblings so it just seems like a normal next step to him. Pine has two younger cousins, and our best friends have a little boy, and he is very good with them. He really likes teaching them things and helping take care of them. We know he will be a great big brother, and we can't wait to see Pine and our new baby grow into great friends.
Oh, our sweet, old dog, Enoch! We adopted him from a bostonterrier rescue 12 years ago. He made quite the impression on us with his big personality and endless energy. He is an old man who is now blind in one eye, but that hasn't changed his energy level or his love of food. About 5:00 p.m. every day, he starts letting us know it's dinner time by huffing around by his bowl and trying to corral us to the food bin. He loves to go on our family walks and play in the backyard with Pine. Enoch has been a good doggy big brother to Pine, and shown him how to welcome a new baby with open paws (err..arms)!
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