We’re Emily and Spencer! We met at the University of California, San Diego, and had an instant spark because we had such similar upbringings. We’ve been inseparable ever since. Just this past year we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary! We’ve always worked at the same university, and now we both work as educators and student advisors at the University of California, Davis.
As a couple, we love that we can be so different. Spencer is an outgoing extrovert and Emily is a serene, gentle introvert. Spencer is a creative, artistic soul and Emily is more of a nerdy scientist. But, these yin-yang qualities between our personalities are what bring a wonderful source of balance and happiness to our marriage.
Even though we seem different, our values are what make us one. Together, we strongly value education, building community, family, showing our love to others through cooking, and spending lots of time in the great outdoors.
We live just outside of the charming college town of Davis, CA, in a quiet neighborhood with lots of families and about a dozen kids so far! We own a cute ranch-style home, and our backyard looks onto open farmland filled with sunflowers and tomatoes where we take our dog for walks each day. We are within walking distance of a great school and lots of public parks, and just a short drive from rivers, mountains, and the ocean.
We enjoy going to local concerts, sporting events, and the amazing farmer’s markets right at our workplace! We’re fortunate to be surrounded by diverse cultures, languages, and traditions – which we look forward to sharing with a little one someday.
Emily has the rare gift of being both “head-smart” and “heart-smart.” She is very empathetic and dedicated to family, and it is amazing to see the way she connects with children, especially our two nieces as they play make-believe and read stories together. She is always curious to learn and achieve new things, which is why she was the first in her family to earn a PhD! She has spent her career mentoring young people in the sciences and promoting the importance of education – and she will undoubtedly pass these values on as a mother. Emily also loves being active and spending time outdoors, whether it’s trail running, cycling, hiking, or camping in the mountains. She's a smart, accomplished, loving, strong woman... and, I can’t wait to see her be a mom.
Spencer will always have the soul of a teacher. He is passionate about education and mentoring young adults to become the best versions of themselves. He, too, loves to learn new things and reads just about anything he can get his hands on. When our home study caseworker suggested some reading material about open adoption, every book listed was on its way to our house by the next day. Spencer also strives every day to learn more about himself so that he can be a better partner, son, friend, and one day, parent. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone so ready and open to be a loving father. Spencer also loves all things music — playing music, listening to music, and learning about music. He plays several different instruments, with his one true love being the drums. We have a music room in our house for him, and our next adventure is buying a piano so that we can both learn to play!