My name means “sweet” and I feel that describes me perfectly. My parents gave me this unique name and I am thankful for it. I feel it set the tone for me and how I carried myself through life. My parents without knowing it raised my brother and me to be honest about who we are and not have false ideals about ourselves. My brother and I were able to have a self confidence that others could not disrupt or change. This was certainly a gift in this day and age where people are so focused on material things and what others say about you. I am a hard working person, focused on success, and goal oriented. I am a natural observer which is very helpful for me in my career and personal life. I love animals and currently have a 12 year old cocker spaniel, whose name is Brandy. I love to spend time with Brandy snuggling on the couch or taking her to the dog park. Now a day I feel most comfortable having a chill weekend watching a movie. I cook every week and have been getting back into the habit of listening to music while doing so. I have my favorite television shows which I enjoy watching weekly as well. My reading collection has increased over the last fifteen years, as I find it a great stress reliever. Traveling is something I have done throughout my life from childhood. My parents took us on some great trips, with one of the biggest being the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California. As I moved into adulthood I continued to go to various places in the US, such as Houston, TX, Boston, MA, New Orleans, LO, Chicago, Il, and New York City, NY, and Alaska to name a few. Recently I have begun to travel abroad to places such as Canada, Paris, Dubai, Cuba, and Barbados.
I live in a townhome community where the home is attached by a storage unit. I have an end lot and there is a beautiful lake behind my home. I have extended my backyard to the lake and it gives my dog Brandy a good space to run and enjoy the outdoors. When you enter my home, my family room is to the right and the kitchen and dining area straight ahead. I have two bedrooms downstairs and the master bedroom is upstairs with a sitting area. In the summer I enjoy grilling and sitting out on my patio. Sometimes I pick the wild blackberries that grow behind my home.
My journey to adoption
I have chosen to adopt after five years of preparing for and doing fertility treatments without a successful pregnancy. I wanted to wait until marriage to start a family, however, that has not been in the cards for me as of yet. So I started with the fertility treatments with great hope of starting a family of my own. After the third year I started thinking about adoption as a way to have a family. I thought it would be great if I could provide a loving home to a child in need. I always knew I wanted to be a mother and raise a family. About a year ago I thought strongly about adoption, but would try IVF one more time before totally changing my course. When the last IVF was unsuccessful I took about three months to prepare for this new journey and discussed adoption with my parents, and a close friend. I knew that I could love my child even if I did not give birth to her or him, because I have loved my little cousins and nephew so much.
I continued to move forward in my professional career, with the intention of creating a solid financial foundation. As a single parent this is of great importance to me and even more so with the adoption process. A few months ago I spoke with a family friend who had adopted and felt very encouraged about the process and of course the result, starting my family! Adoption definitely brings its challenges, however, I feel I am ready to provide a loving home to my child and give him/her the special attention that he or she may need.