Love, protection, guidance, interaction, play, attention, and time. Those are the things that define a home. This child will be loved, above and beyond all else, and he or she will know that. We say that in our home, everyday, several times a day, I love you. I was raised with manners and respect, and I teach that, respect for others no matter the color of their skin, or their religion, or their sexual preference. We love unconditionally.
I’m a single man, but I have incredible support from grandmas, cousins, uncles, and aunts, all waiting eagerly for this little one to come and join our family. I won’t be doing this all alone. Christmas and Thanksgiving are family times for us, and we celebrate those at my home.
I live in a wonderful school district, and this child will attend one of the finest charter schools in Los Angeles. I stress reading and creativity at home. Reading builds the mind and there are so many indirect benefits that are incurred through reading, it expands a child’s universe when you encourage them to use their imagination.
I have a unique career in that I have an incredible amount of free time, and when I do work it’s done in a private suite, set aside and designed for my own personal use. I will be able to take this baby with me, have a crib right there next to me at work, and I will parent. I don’t understand people who have a child and then hire a nanny to raise that baby. I’m hands on, fully immersed.
I’m also adventurous, I fly helicopters and airplanes, I surf, I travel, attend live theater. This child will experience things that most children can only dream of. We have pets, dogs and cats, and that builds empathy and sympathy and love for all living creatures in a young mind. The importance of that can’t be overstated.
Happiness, right? Isn’t that what it’s all about at the end of the day? Raising a happy, healthy, well-adjusted child that has all the tools to go out and make an amazing life for themselves as they grow up? My parents did that for me, I’m doing it for my daughter, and I can’t wait to do it for this baby.
One of the really cool things about living in the hills of Los Angeles is how unique each home is. These aren't cookie cutter houses, each one has its own personality.
My house is a chalet style home with wood beam ceilings and marble floors. I remodeled the entire house a few years back and put it beautiful bathrooms, and an unbelievable kitchen. That's where we hang out, cooking is a big deal in our home.
There are four bedrooms and three baths, so the baby will have his or her own room to grow up in. (I've already started picking out the furniture).
I have great neighbors and a strong neighborhood watch program, we all look out for each other. It's a fairly exclusive area up in the hills where we are, so we're pretty well insulated from any problems.
I grew up here in Southern California. I had great parents who taught me to love and respect others, and encouraged me to follow my dreams. My dad passed last year, but my mom is still with us. They were amazing role models for my sister and I growing up, and a great example for me as a dad.
I get my greatest enjoyment in life from helping others. There’s nothing that I would rather do than spend the afternoon teaching this little one to ride a bike, or shoot a basketball, or how to do those word problems in their math homework. My sister in law once told me that kids have to be your number one, two, three, and four priorities, their needs always have to come before your own, and I think that is a perfect philosophy for successful parenting.
I have a wonderful career in television, a beautiful home, and the ability, the time, and the desire to provide for a child. I live in a great school district, and the elementary school, which is right down the street from us, is one of the top charter schools in Los Angeles. My daughter attended all the way up until she was in the fourth grade, and we just loved the teachers and the staff.
I was married to a woman who came into our relationship with a daughter who was 3 at the time. That little girl grew up with me and I became her papa. For the last year that she lived with me it was just the two of us. She lives in Hawaii with her mom and her new dad now, but I learned a great deal from her, and most importantly I realized how important it is for me to be a father. I still see her regularly, and she’s as excited as I am about this adoption.