Paul & Rebecca
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Hi! Thank you for considering us for your child. We are so excited to become first-time parents! Both of our families live nearby so big family gatherings are a favorite for us. We also enjoy spending lots of time with friends playing board games and making up fun outdoor games. We enjoy reading books aloud together with voices, hiking, and traveling on short trips to the beach or long trips across the country. We would love to welcome your child of any race into our lives and are open to visits!
About Us and Our Faith
We met at church while we were both in college and were together for about two and a half years while we finished school before getting married. We have now been married for eight years and, after struggling to conceive and having a miscarriage a few years ago, we knew our path was leading us to adoption. Even before we were married, adoption was something we knew we wanted to be a part of our family. We love to spend time together and attend a local community church every Sunday and participate in Bible studies throughout the week. We enjoy doing lots of house projects together- from painting, installing floors, setting up Paul's shop in the garage, to our attempts to landscape our own yard. We look forward to reading with our child, sharing our love for travel, and playing games together as a family.
Rebecca is gentle, kind, and passionate. Her love is seen, felt, and heard in all that she does. Rebecca loves to teach reading and math and is currently teaching math part-time at a local private Christian school. She looks forward to becoming a stay-at-home mom when baby arrives and homeschooling our child as they grow. We have several friends that are homeschooling and there are many homeschool co-ops in the area. With her food restrictions in mind, Rebecca enjoys spending time experimenting with new meals. She loves to bake bread (specifically ciabatta) and learn new things. During the summer months, she likes to take time to teach herself new skills and has even taught herself how to knit by making a sweater. She learned to sew by making a wool coat with her grandma. I know she is excited to share her love of learning with our child.
Paul is calm and even-tempered, reliable, generous, and humble. He is always willing to help out friends or family. Paul works locally as a mechanical engineer and loves tinkering in his shop! He actually began his own business machining metal parts and hopes to make his part-time side business into a full-time job, which will allow him to work from home. He loves outdoor activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, snowboarding, and ultimate frisbee. Paul's passion for travel started in the 4th grade when his family moved to Israel for a year. During this time, he got the chance to travel to many countries. Now Paul loves to travel anywhere new, which he enjoys sharing and looks forward to doing with our child. He also looks forward to teaching our child how to build with Legos and how to throw a frisbee.
Rebecca is the oldest of three siblings and Paul has three sisters. We both grew up in Washington and both our families enjoy hiking, going to the beach, the occasional snowstorm in the winter, and picking berries in the summer. Having our families so close is a blessing, especially since they all enjoy getting together. Thanksgiving and Christmas we will sometimes spend with one family or the other, but oftentimes we will rotate hosting a bigger portion of family gathering all together, we will even open it up to friends as well. Both our families look forward to welcoming our child into the family and look forward to spending time doing big family game nights, setting up the Christmas tree and lighting the Advent candles, and having big holiday parties!
Our House in Washington
A few years ago, we built our house with an in-law-suite where we have friends and family stay when they come to visit. The master and two spare bedrooms are upstairs, along with a bonus room that acts as a craft/sewing/library/entertainment room. It’s often where we sit in the evening to relax. Downstairs is the great room where the living room, dining, and kitchen are conjoined. It’s been ideal for hosting large gatherings! We eat homemade meals almost every night at the dinner table and talk about our day. We have a very fuzzy Siberian kitty named Hobbes (named after the character in our favorite comic strip) and an extremely sweet German Shepherd named Achilles who loves to go for walks around our private neighborhood.
We promise to teach your child about God’s unconditional love for them and to model that in our love for them. We promise to support them as they grow, encourage them as they learn, and help them to become the person they were meant to be. We promise to teach them not only to read, write, and do arithmetic but to teach them to love learning. We promise to explore the world with them and to try to keep that childlike wonder in doing so. We look forward to getting to know you more and having ongoing communication with you through letters pictures and visits at your comfort level.
More About Paul
Education: BS in Mechanical Engineering
Profession: Mechanical Engineer
Racial Background: Caucasian
Food: Thai, especially curries
Board Game: Gloomhaven
Bible Verse: Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Youtuber: Stuff Made Here
Books: Lord of the Rings, The Fabric of the Cosmos, Unbroken
Dad Joke: Have you heard the one about the butter? Nevermind, I shouldn't spread it.
More About Rebecca
Education: BA in Elementary Education
Racial Background: Caucasian
Board Game: Photosynthesis
Bible Verse: Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge but whoever hates correction is stupid. (It helps keep me humble.)
Youtuber: Micarah Tewers
Books: Lord of the Rings, Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas, Where the Sidewalk Ends
Dessert: German Chocolate Cake... but redone for allergies with cherries not chocolate, and macadamia/coconut caramel topping
Dad Joke: Why did the scarecrow win the Nobel Prize? He was outstanding in his field.
More About Our Family
Traveling is something Paul did a lot as a child and that has continued into our marriage. During our first year of marriage, we went to Hawaii while visiting a friend. Our next big trip was to Hungary, to visit Paul's sister, and South Africa, to go on a photo safari. We have traveled back and forth between Virginia and Washington because we have family there. We also have extended family in Minnesota and Colorado. Paul has traveled to 49 of the 50 states so Alaska is on our list of places we must go. Paul has been to China and Spain on business trips. Places we hope to travel to travel to internationally are Rome and Israel.
When we had our house built a few years ago there were some pieces we did ourselves, like the indoor painting and installing tile and hardwood floors. We also decided to do our own landscaping. We figured this would happen a little slowly but we could take it year by year and create the yard and garden we wanted. We decided to put in a lawn alternative of creeping thyme.
Eventually, we want to have lots of berry plants, raspberries (Paul's favorite), strawberries (Rebecca's favorite), blueberries, boysenberries, native blackberries, grapes, and other native berries. We also plan on having a vegetable and herb garden!
Achilles is our 7-year-old German Shepherd. He is a sweet dog that has inspired some of our friends to get a dog because of how amazing he is. He is gentle, energetic, and a big softy. He is best friends with our kitten Hobbes and is patient as Hobbes learns how to play nice.
Hobbes is a 5-month-old Siberian kitten. Rebecca is allergic to cats but even before we moved into our house we knew we needed to get a cat because of the rodent population. Siberians are hypoallergenic and so Rebecca and her family aren't allergic. Hobbes was named after the character from the comic strip because he loves to pounce. He is energetic, soft, and a cuddle monster. Someday we hope he will be a good mouser but until then he likes to catch bugs.
4th of July
One of our favorite holidays!
We have helped plan several 4th of July parties with friends that involve some exciting outdoor activities. One year we did a Mario Cart type game where we had people driving riding lawn mowers with a passenger who had a nerf bow and arrow. Each lawn mower was equipped with balloons on the end of poles that eliminated the contestants when they were popped. Another year, we built forts with cardboard boxes and limited tape, then compete to destroy the other team's fort with a potato cannon. Every year after reading the Declaration of Independence, we split into 2 teams and try and see which team can get a watermelon to explode first by wrapping it with hundreds of rubber bands around the center.
We are excited to give a child a loving home close to family and friends their own age. We look forward to sharing our love of the outdoors, cooking good food together, and building fun contraptions. They will grow up being able to explore the woods and see the stars. We look forward to hearing from you!