We are so thankful that you are taking the time to read our story and get to know us. We hope it offers you a glimpse of our lives and hopes. Our dreams are big but simple: to share our infinite love with our children. You have our commitment that we will provide a life filled with unconditional love, support, openness and laughter. Our hearts are with you as you travel this difficult journey and we admire your courage to make this decision. Whatever you decide, we know it will be best for you and your child. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you and hope you are interested in learning more about us.
We have been together since 2009 when we met while living in Africa. Bas was there to protect elephants and gorillas and Sarah was working at the US Embassy on improving the lives of local fishermen. Sarah was in the US Navy for over 20 years, first as a pilot then as a military diplomat. Now, she is working for an organization that helps the hungry by providing them with fish from the Chesapeake Bay. Bas continues to be a conservationist in DC, working at the World Wildlife Fund (perhaps you have seen those funny pandas that tell us to save the planet!). We have an incredible life together and in 2015 we were thrilled to begin sharing it with our son Max, who came to us through surrogacy. Becoming parents has been the most amazing experience of our lives! We had always dreamed of having more than one child and hope to have a sibling for Max to grow up with. Because Sarah had cancer four years ago, she is unable to carry a baby. Having pursued open adoption prior to Max’s birth, we know this is the right path for us as we look to expand our family. We feel strongly about our children always knowing where he or she comes from.