Hello! We are Austra and Adam.
Welcome and thank you! A warm hello to an incredibly brave expectant parent! Adoption has always been very dear to both of our hearts. We often reflect about our adoption path while sitting on our deck watching the sunset. Adam’s brother and sister were adopted, as well as his mother! We are thrilled yet in such awe of being considered as the potential parents to your baby. Please know we will cherish your decision by providing a life full of loving enrichment, and laughter with never-ending guidance and support so he or she may reach their goals in life.
Our Life Together
We met through online dating and after 1.5 years, Adam proposed atop the Rockefeller Center with a perfect sunset blanketing NYC. We were married in February 2015. After experiencing unexplained fertility issues, we immediately opened our hearts to follow the path of adoption to grow our family. Our adventurous life keeps us on our toes, with Adam flying for both the navy and commercially and Austra juggling her graduate studies early in the marriage we always found ways to show how much we care for and love each other. A daily reflection keeps us centered and grounded, followed by a mix of delightful kind gestures and acts: surprise love notes in lunches, wallets and pockets, fresh flowers given just to see the smile on Austra’s face, random fun recipes that are attempted by us (mostly Adam!) which then completely blow our taste buds away, lots of hugs and smooches, and always making time for romantic getaways on a whim. We love each-others’ hearty laugh, which is highly contagious. We travel, bike, hike, ski, attend local events, spend time together, read, and watch movies (with kettle corn)! We find one special rock on almost every hike we have ever done, we love creating memories with everything we do!
A Little About Austra: I recently completed graduate school- juggling a double major, while attending appointments out of state and the country. I am passionate about what I have studied in kinesiology. As an exercise physiologist specializing in geriatric exercise, I primarily focus on fall prevention and strengthening for older adults to increase longevity. With my flexible schedule, I plan on being a stay-at-home mom until our future child begins elementary school. I am known to be a “Jill of all trades”: I happily bounce between volunteer work for our town and involvement of multiple causes in the community. I have coached soccer to children, high schoolers and collegiate athletes for over 20 years and accomplished the challenge of becoming certified with one of the highest coaching levels a coach can acquire. Being a former collegiate player myself helped too! Speaking of challenges, I purchased a sewing machine to learn how to make baby necessities. Wish me luck!
Some quirks about myself are: I LOVE to dunk potato chips into yellow mustard, have maple syrup or applesauce on scrambled eggs, and collect jars to decorate for craft storage. Aside from me, I want you to know Adam will be an amazing, protective, attentive, doting, spoiling, easily wrapped around the finger, and goofy type of dad!
A Little About Adam: My life has been one of goals set and goals attained, though more often than not, attained on a second or third try. After college I entered the Navy, and now as an airline pilot, I have seen most continents and explored different countries. While traveling, I enjoy learning about the local culture including language, people, history and traditions, and especially local foods. With a lifelong love for history, both studying about it and discussing it with friends, I currently docent at a historical museum and enjoy hosting groups of school children there where they can learn hands-on how people lived over 100 years ago. One of the highlights of any day to me is to see myself reflected in the eyes of children—whether the awestruck look on their face on their first visit to the cockpit or the look when making a lesson they learned at school click through hands on interaction at the museum, it brings me back to those moments that guided me to achieve my goals.
Some quirks of mine are: I make a funny beaver face when concentrating, and I always have to have Parmesan cheese on any pasta-dish. Aside from me, having seen Austra with children and observing how she always looks out for them (even when walking around in public) she will be an amazing mother.
Our Loving Families
Austra’s parents and brother’s family live in Oregon, so the two hour drive south is easy for regular visits. We are very close with Austra’s parents and do many activities together on a regular basis. Adam’s parents are deceased but were so loved and are talked about constantly with many fun and silly memories shared. Adam’s brother’s family and sister live 20 minutes away and we enjoy those occasional visits and holiday gatherings. Our wonderful niece and nephews are high school and college aged, so seeing them has been rare these days. We rotate Holiday-hosting among our families so we can enjoy each other’s cooking! Our list of cousins is long, and we are very close to them (most live in the Midwest) so we make traditional summer travel to visit them. Our closest friends live far away, but we juggle our schedules for get-togethers. We stay connected and involved with our neighbors (we call friends) to create a fun, safe and diverse community for the children to play in.
Meet Lily: We both had pets growing up. Austra rescued Lily, our White German Shepherd, in 2006. Lily knows how to shake and say thank you with the respective number of barks. Since meeting Adam in 2013 Lily has attached herself to Adam as he dotes on her everyday with attention. She’s a fun, loving, playful, yet calm with wonderful house manners. She is great with adults, children, and inquisitive babies poking about or climbing on her.
Our Home and Closing Thoughts
Our little forest in the suburbs: Our incredible family home is situated on over an acre of forested land including open grassy spaces for gardening and play, has a fully fenced yard and country feel, but is only steps away from urban activities. Our town is nestled on the shores of the Puget Sound with fun hiking trails, parks, lakes and excellent schools within walking distance. We primarily enjoy our outdoor living spaces (two large patios and one huge deck) for morning coffee, incredible sunsets, BBQ’s with family, friends and neighbors. Our home has three bedrooms/baths with a family/play room, gym, kitchen, dining and living rooms along with a cozy loft and incredible library. Weather induced activities bring us to two of our favorite areas of the home: Hot cocoa and visiting with friends and family by the fire place, or the loft for cozy reading, crazy puzzles, and board games or video games.
Our Dreams, Hopes and Promises: We promise to raise your baby as we were: with love, devotion, teaching, and providing opportunities for self-discovery. We also promise to nurture him or her when they get hurt with tender hugs, and booboo kisses, and encouragement. Your babies’ life with us will be protected, safe, secure, and educational. We hope to grow and bond together as a family by being the best involved role models. We dream that we will share all that we have and gain with your baby, so that they may encompass life with their mind, body, and spirit.
Forever, Thank You: We cannot say thank you enough for considering us as parents for your baby, so we’ll say FOREVER thank you. Your child will be ever so much loved by us, family, and friends; will know the love and sacrifice you made for him or her to have two loving devoted parents. You will have a special place in our hearts for eternity! Your child will be told about their beautiful birth, your courageous decision of gifting him or her to us to help us create the precious gift of family. FOREVER Thank You!