|Our Education||Bachelors - Business||Masters - Education|
|Our Professions||US Marine Corps Intelligence||Secondary Teacher|
|Our Racial Background||Hispanic||Caucasian|
|Some of Mike & Emily's Favorites
|Holiday||Presidents Day||St Patrick's Day|
|Dream Vacation||WWII sights throughout Europe||Riding hot air balloons in New Zealand|
|Animal (or fish)||Humuhumunukunukuapua'a fish||Lion... or Elephant|
|Hobby||Weightlifting||Chatting with friends and family|
|TV Show||Impractical Jokers||Survivor|
|Thing to Do with Our Son||Make him laugh (usually by wrestling & tickling)||Listen to him talk, sing, and dance|
|More About Our Family
| Adoption in Our Extended Family|
From friends to family, adoption has been in our families for many years. We have lots of friends that are foster or adoptive parents, and we love to glean wisdom from them. Mike's aunt, Emily's cousins, and our nieces have all been adopted, and each has their own unique adoption story. Not only does our family support our adoption plans, but they are excited to share such an amazing experience with our future child.
We have two super friendly indoor cats, Hoshi (1 year) and Kuma (5 years). We love playing with them and laughing at them playing with each other. They are both great with babies and children and are the sweetest. They've also been known to occasionally snuggle up with our son for naptime.
|Typical Weekend with Us|
We love using the weekend for family time! On Saturdays, we try to find a new place to explore. Some adventures include taking a ferry to a local island to ride bikes, visiting the local animal rescue to feed birds, and meeting many new friends at nearby playgrounds. If nothing else, we at least try to take a walk down to our local beach. On Sundays, we try to make it to church in the mornings and use the afternoon to rest. Making forts, reading books, and singing songs help us wind down from a busy weekend and help us prep for the full week to come!
|3 Things We Love About Where We Live|
1. It's safe and healthy! Our home (in a gated community) has safety windows and nets on our balcony to make sure nothing can fall. Japan is also one of the safest nations in the world and is extremely kid-friendly. The stress-free island mentally, healthy eating choices, and active lifestyles make this a wonderful place to raise a family.
2. There are endless places to visit close by. Whether we're looking to play at a new playground, walk along a new beach, explore a new museum, hike a new trail, or experience a new culture, we are only a few minutes (to a few hours) away from it ALL.
3. There's a strong sense of community. From the building we live in, to the church we attend, to the international school that our children will go to (and Emily works at), the people are not just helpful and friendly - they are family. Being so physically far from family, it is so nice to have people that fill those gaps.
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...
|Age of Child|
Newborn to 2 years old
Yes, with the oldest up to 2 years old.
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about us. We're excited about this adoption journey and look forward to sharing it with you. We're open to any level of contact you're comfortable with - photos, phone calls, and visits! We promise to embrace your child with love and patience and to give them a strong sense of hope and stability. We hope to connect with you soon!