While Colorado is my chosen home, I was raised in a small New England town in a large artistic family that instilled in me a genuine appreciation for different perspectives and a higher-than-normal tolerance for chaos! I am one of four siblings, two of whom were transracially adopted, and the proud aunt of six nieces and nephews and two great-nephews.
I am currently single, but I have a strong support network of friends and family. I was married for seven years and did try to conceive for many of those years. It was an amicable divorce, however, and he is very encouraging of my desire to continue to pursue my goal of parenting through adoption.
I am fortunate to have had a successful career–first as a scientist, then as a Coast Guard officer, and now working on a university campus. I believe strongly in the importance of education, and the way it can change lives. My parents were both teachers and they instilled in me the importance of curiosity, continuous learning, and hard work to craft a meaningful life. While I am not a teacher, I love working in a university setting and interacting regularly with students.
I generally care about experiences more than stuff! I love the Colorado mountains and spend as much time as I can hiking, biking, trail running, and skiing. I have also been fortunate to travel extensively in my life, both within the U.S. and internationally, and I would hope to continue travelling with a child. I spent my junior year in high school as a foreign exchange student in France. This experience not only exposed me to a new culture and language, but it really changed my entire outlook on life. Since then I have travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Central America, and the Middle East. I have also driven across the United States 3 times and enjoyed taking a different route each time! I have visited 49 out of 50 states (I’m only missing North Dakota, but hope to remedy that soon). My travel bucket list includes Chile, Iceland, Antarctica, and New Zealand.
I grew up with dogs, but now I have two cats named Piglz and Crusher (long story!). We adopted them when they were just 8-weeks old, after they had been abandoned by their mother. They were handled a lot by shelter volunteers when they were young, so they are very comfortable with people. I would say they act more like dogs that cats in that they meet me at the door when I come home and always want to be in the same room as me. They are also super snuggly which I love! I hope someday to also get a dog, but it would have to be the right fit for my child and my cats.
Thank you for the opportunity to share with you a little more about myself. I promise that, if given the chance, I would provide your child with all the tools necessary to uncover their own identity, interests, and place in the world through offering lots of love, encouragement, and opportunity.