|Our Education||Bachelor's Degree in History ||Bachelor's Degree in Deaf Education and Master's Degree in Reading Education |
|Our Professions||Project Manager for Hummingbird||Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing|
|Stay-At-Home||No||No - only when off for the summer|
|Our Racial Background||Black||White|
|Some of James & Lauren's Favorites
|Vacation Spot||Arches National Park||Yosemite and Acadia National Parks|
|Sport||Baseball ||To do/coach - Running (Cross Country); To watch - Baseball|
|Podcast||The Ramsey Show||The Bobby Bones Show|
|Food||Tacos and seafood||Anything Mexican and lobster rolls|
|TV Show||Avatar: The Last Airbender||The Office, Parks and Rec, and New Girl|
|Singer||Stevie Wonder||The Eagles, Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, Brooks N Dunn|
|Holiday||Memorial Day||Christmas and Friendship Day|
|More About Our Family
|Our Special Interests|
Lauren: During the pandemic, I started blogging and sharing my talent of writing more. "Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house. Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
I started a website and email list to share my passions with the world. I blog about gentle parenting, the benefits of signing to babies and toddlers, antiracist education, mental health and chronic illnesses, running, and reading and literacy. My goal is to educate people and help them become better versions of themselves.
During the Pandemic, I drove for Grubhub for almost a year in order to get us out of debt and building an emergency fund. That was my beginning of "side hustles". Now, I have a shoe cleaning business that enables me to showcase my love of cleaning shoes and my love of before & after photos. Thanks HGTV!
We both grew up as Christians. Lauren grew up going to a Catholic church and school, and James grew up going to a non-denominational Christian church where his dad was the pastor. We believe that our goals as parents are to raise kind humans and help our children become sons and daughters of Christ who aspire to get to Heaven.
We strongly believe in the corporal works of mercy: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, visit the sick, and visit the imprisoned. We make it a point to set aside 10% of our income to give to charities, causes, and our church.
We attend church weekly at the Catholic cathedral where we are surrounded by so many families with children. It's beautiful. Praying is important and done often in our household. Going through infertility made us rely heavily on our faith.
|Our Musical Interest|
Lauren: I love what my parents love - The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, and other classical rock groups. The Eagles are my favorite band, and I have seen them twice plus their tribute band a few times. I was probably the youngest in the crowd by 10-20 years. I also love country but do like some pop artists. James has even influenced me with his musical taste.
James: I jam out to 90's R&B and Hip-Hop. I also have a special affinity for early to mid 2000's Hip/Hop & Pop because I was a DJ in college. I also truly dig 80's power love ballads and 70's R&B groups before their main singers started solo careers.
|Our Adoption Experience|
Lauren: While I do not know anyone close to me who has adopted before, my parents were part of the Big Brother program. In 2013, they were matched with a 10-year old boy. He quickly became part of our lives. While I was finished with college and working/living in NC, I would frequently visit this boy, DJ, at my parents' house in WV. We loved him so much. He would come on family trips with us, and my parents did a lot of activities with him (baking cookies, ice-skating, movies). I could tell that they missed having kids in the house, and DJ brought so much joy to them, and me as well.
James: I have two first cousins that were adopted. My dad was unofficially adopted by his grandparents as a newborn. Also, my god-brother is adopted. Adoption has never been a stigma for my family. It's been looked at as a blessing; to share love unconditionally with someone you're not biologically related to.
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...
|Age of Child|
Newborn to 3 months
Boy or girl
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us! We are looking forward to getting to know you as well. We are so excited to welcome a new baby into our home having him/her join the neighborhood group, building cities and tracks with his/her big brother, and join our family tradition of traveling the country to see baseball stadiums and National Parks. If you’d like, we welcome openness with you! We've been praying for you and your baby.