We met on the elementary school bus. Jeanette decided in second grade that somehow Bill was going to become her husband.
By the time we had graduated college we were fast friends, who had performed in musical events together in our area and beyond. We did not date until the end of college but by then we had established a friendship that will last a lifetime.
When we decided to build our family through adoption, it was beautiful to see how our daughter began to take on some of the characteristics of each of us. She is like Bill in that she is fabulous with technology and math. She plays the bass like it’s nobody’s business! Another gift from her dad.
She is also like Jeanette in that she genuinely cares for her friends and understands how to help others when they are going through a hard time. She’s also very generous and a creative cook. Just like her mom.
Oliviya is also an individual and we celebrate her uniqueness. We work hard to maintain her connections with Ethiopia. We visit her freinds several times per year who now live in the United States as well. We cook Ethiopian food regularly. We learned many words in her native langauge of Amharic and we also send updates and photos to biological family back in Ethiopia.
We live in a suburb of a moderately sized city.
Our four bedroom home has a full finished basement, and a large backyard where soccer, volleyball, badminton, and other summer games are always played, right alongside many neighborhood children.
As a professional clinical counselor much of my day is spent trying to help people restore peace and balance to their lives.
I choose to work part time in a private practice setting so that I have many hours during my week to parent and enjoy our beautiful daughter.
Music is one of my many passions and I sing weekly alongside my husband and my daughter serving at our local church. I also perform at jazz gigs around the city, weddings, etc.
A perfect day in my mind would be to spend most of the day outdoors in the sunshine either on the beach, or horseback riding in a beautiful location, and of course all of this done with those I love.
As a professional music teacher, professional musician and creativity engineer, I like to think of myself as one of the most fun and curious individuals you could ever hope to know.
I play more than seven instruments with gusto, conduct bands, write songs, teach students of all backgrounds, and most recently gave a standing ovation TedX talk on “Organic Time”.
I am a positive person, engaging in my work, thoughtful of others, and gifted with working with children. I have a close relationship with my daughter Oliviya who was adopted from Ethiopia, and couldn’t be more excited about adding to our family.