We are an active couple who live with our dog Moose in Salt Lake City, Utah. We met in 2009 while we were working at an outdoor gear shop in Vermont. On our first date, we clicked right away over the best pizza dinner with a brownie sundae dessert. We fell in love with each other while hiking, kayaking and skiing. We married in 2013 and are best friends.
Holly works as a Physician Assistant in a busy Emergency Department. She works just 12 days per month, which leaves quite a bit of time at home. In her downtime, she can be found reading a book, running, Nordic skiing or having coffee with a friend. Aaron works in the outdoor industry at a Monday through Friday job that requires minimal travel. When he is not working, you can find him working on his (and Holly’s) mountain bike, watching Virginia Tech football or reading the news.
Life isn’t all about work, though. In fact, we both love our jobs for the amount of time they allow us away from work, both at home and outside. We still enjoy mountain biking, hiking and downhill skiing together and have easy access to these activities where we live. We seek both small and big adventures - an overnight camping trip in the nearby mountains, biking in southern Utah, and traveling as far as Nepal to backpack and volunteer with healthcare teams. But the simple gifts of life are often experienced and enjoyed in the quieter moments - like nightly walks around the neighborhood with our dog, after dinner treats at a local ice cream shop, impromptu dinners with friends, snuggling on the sofa to watch a show, or sitting down to breakfast and a cup of coffee together before work.
Years ago, we knew we wanted children, but this proved challenging. Through our infertility struggles, we realized it is far more important for us to be parents than parents of a biological child. Boy or girl, we welcome a child through adoption with open arms into our fun and laughter-filled home. We have so much love to offer to our future child, as do our extended families. We are committed with our whole heart for our whole lives to raising and loving our child unconditionally. We dream of nurturing a baby into a happy healthy child and then a well-balanced adult. We look forward to story times, holidays, teaching them to ski and mountain bike as well as impressing upon them the importance of kindness. We can’t wait to involve a child in the activities we love, but also help them to develop their own interests. Our child will always know their adoption story and the love of their first family and our family. We hope to incorporate some of our child’s birth family traditions and culture into our family to preserve connections. While open adoption is our goal and we are open to phone calls, visits, texts and emails, we are also open to any situation (semi-open or closed) that you feel that is best for you and your child.