Blair and I met in 2012 while playing kickball on a social team for adults. We became great friends and started dating several months later. We became engaged in 2013 and married in 2014.
Since that time, we've enjoyed staying active together, everything from playing soccer, running races, taking hikes, to just walking in the neighborhood with our dog (we had two until one passed from old age recently).
We love traveling and have been to Jamaica, Hungary, and Germany since we married, as well as several states. Blair's parents have a house just a few blocks off the water near Cape Cod, where we travel yearly to relax. Julie's parents have a house on Lake Anna, where we travel yearly for family get-togethers. As you can see, travel and family are top priorities for us.
We are active in our church, and one of us is often helping out. We've served on the board, taught Sunday school, done a lot of mission projects, and arranged flowers. Currently, we're working with the youth group.
Our spare time (yes, we do have some) is spent playing games and just hanging out with our friends. We love going to the local pool in the summers, which we joined this past year and plan to continue.
We love the Richmond area and our jobs, and have no intention of moving. Both of our families are here, and it has great hiking, the River, and there is always something to do.
We bought a home built in the 1940's a couple of years ago and have been slowly upgrading it. The original owners lived in it until they passed away and kept it up amazingly.
We are located 2 blocks from a great park with fields, playgrounds, ponds, and trails. A mile in the other direction is a botanical garden. We love our location, as we are in the county with the best schools, but close to accessing the city museums and culture.
We have two stories and three bedrooms with 2 1/2 baths. The baby's room has two large windows and a huge closet for them to grow into.
With a fenced-in back yard, there is lots of room to play and a garden. We take walks through the quiet neighborhood nearly daily with our dog and already have a running stroller to use.
We hope to start with the baby in our room to aid with attachment, eventually moving it to it's own room. The rocker Julie's grandparent's had is in there, ready for use during bottle and book reading nightly.
I am a social worker by profession, but am passionate and empathetic by nature. I'm creative, a great friend and listener, and have high levels of energy and excitement about new things as well as everyday life.
I have raised children in the past through foster care. I am patient, understanding, and open to a child being themselves, no matter what that means.
I plan to nurture my child/children's self-esteem, personal interests (be them art, technology, science, sports, cooking, or whatever!). I always come up with fun games to play, songs to sing, or other activities to keep myself and others entertained. I love learning and look forward to reading with my child nightly.
Calm, steady, and reliable, I'm able to think through things logically when Julie is emotional. And she balances me when needed, too. I'm honest, dedicated, and a faithful friend. I always go out of my way to help others.
I'm excited to support and nurture a child. I want to help them achieve everything that they can and want to do. I look forward to picking up new pastimes and skills, depending on what my child's interests turn out to be, thus helping them to excel.
I have worked with the youth at our church and love spending time with friend's children as well as nieces/nephews.