Friday, November 2, 2012

Feature Post: Scott And Teresa

One of my favorite parts of administrating this blog is getting to feature hopeful adoptive couples. If you would like to have your family featured and you are currently certified to adopt, contact me at ldsadoptionconnection at yahoo dot com. Thanks! -Elise
Meet Scott & Teresa

In just a few weeks Scott & I will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and our little Charlie will celebrate his 5th Birthday!  It’s amazing how time flies.  Some days we look back at what we expected our lives to look like and though we often wish we had a house full of little Charlie’s or Camilla’s, we are so grateful for The Good Life – the one that we are creating each and every day.  We celebrate the experiences we’ve had and the people we’ve met along the way! What an adventure we have lived so far!  Our story began with a boy and girl, destined to be together but headed in different directions.  When we first started dating he was getting ready for a BYU summer study abroad program in Israel and she was getting ready to leave on an LDS mission to Russia for a year and a half.   Three years later we found our way back together and were married on a dreamy December day in the Mount Timpanogos temple.  What I remember most about that day isn’t the first snow of the season, or how beautiful my dress was, but how excited we were to be a family of two, to be committed to each other & to being together forever.    We talked about having children of our own, maybe adopting one or two someday.  Scott is the youngest child in his family of 4 brothers and 1 sister.  Teresa is the 2nd of 4 sisters.  So, we knew we wanted a full nest.   What we didn’t know was that our story would be a little different, maybe a little more special and unforgettable than we had anticipated.

 5 years passed and Scott and I had a lot of fun together.  We had traveled all over from Hawaii to Washington D.C., rode a motorcycle down the California coastline, and collected souvenirs from concerts and baseball games.   We had also spent countless hours in doctor’s offices, at adoption seminars, and in infertility treatments until finally, a sweet miracle of a boy entered our lives.  Our happy family of two grew to three.  We knew that having a baby would change our lives.   We knew that we would spend a little less time focused on ourselves & each other, and a lot less time with our hobbies, not to mention sleep.   We couldn’t have known how much of ourselves we would give to this child, and not just in time and attention, but also in sheer devotion.  My favorite parts of the day are when we are all together, when Scott, Charlie and I greet each other at the end of the day with hugs and kisses, when we tell each other about our day, when I look into my husband’s eyes and know that he would do anything for me and for this child of ours.  And so we hope for the chance to love like that again, to grow to a family of four, to share our lives and love with another sweet child.

The most important thing that I can tell you about us is that we love each other, and have so much love to spare.  We love to be together, whether cuddled up all 4 of us (our little dog Maya makes 4 – she loves to cuddle, too), on a Saturday morning deciding who will go get the doughnuts or building sandcastles on Waikiki beach Family time is the best time!   Scott is a musician at heart, and I, a dancer.  So we love to sing at the top of our lungs especially while driving in the car, and we aren’t afraid to break out a little dance when we hear a good beat.  We love to laugh, cry, and smile together and we love to celebrate each other’s accomplishments.  In October, I ran my first full marathon, 26.2 miles, and Charlie and Scott were with me the whole way.  I couldn’t have done it without their support.  We enjoy traveling and celebrating other cultures; we’ve been to England, Mexico, and all over the US together.  Scott has been to Mexico (many times for work and play), Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Germany, Ireland, Australia, Israel, Jordan, Egypt – I could go on...and I lived in Russia for over a year.   So we have learned to appreciate, respect, and admire other cultures and ways of life.   We love to learn.  Scott has been brushing up on his Spanish since he has been working a lot with Latin American teams.   Little Charlie is excelling at his little private school.  He just got his “blending badge”, which is a huge accomplishment toward reading that we are all so proud of.

Our favorite part of open adoption is how many hearts get to love one child,  how many hands there will be to hold him or her,  & how much larger our family tree will grow.  To us, open adoption is a miracle. If you, or someone you know is considering adoption, we’d love for you to get to know us a little better.  Visit our adoption profile at profile number 27897573 or follow our journey at -Teresa

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