Richard and Peggy
Hello, we pray that you are doing well today. We are Peggy and Richard and we are so thankful that you might pick our family to be blessed with the addition of your beautiful child. We do not understand how difficult this is for you, but we do realize you are deciding the future that you want for your amazing child and we pray that you decide that your son can become a part of our family.
Describe your childhood (adoptive mom & adoptive dad):
My childhood was very involved with my whole family. I am the youngest of four siblings and the whole family always did things together, from family game nights to road trips around the country. I got my love of travel from my parents and continue to enjoy it. We went to Disneyland and the Grand Canyon yearly, and we visited family near the beach in California often. My siblings, parents and I are still close and see or talk to each other often. We are always together for holidays, and other times throughout the year, as well.
I had a very family oriented childhood. I am the fourth of four children and we are all still very close to each other. My parents always made a point for us to travel and visit family when I was growing up, even into adulthood. I cherish those days as well as all the water and snow skiing trips we took. My siblings and I played together often, even going to parks and playing basketball or any other sport for hours at a time. We come from farm country and my parents had us return every year to work on relatives' farms. It taught me a lot about being responsible and to love the land. I wouldn't trade my childhood for anything.
Tell us about your home?
When you have a 3-day weekend, what do you like to do?
Do you have pets? If so tell us about them?
What do you hope to teach your children?
Describe your neighborhood?
What will you tell your child about his/her birthmother?
It's Daddy's day - what activity do you want to share with your child?
What kind of education are you hoping to provide for your child - Private or Public?
How did you come to the decision of adoption?
What faith will you raise your child?
What kind of a relationship do you hope to build with your birthmom through her pregnancy?
How did you meet?
What was your relationship with your parents like (adoptive mom & adoptive dad)?
My parents and I were always close when I was a child, and we continue to be close. My dad created a very comfortable home life for me, allowed me make my own decisions, and supported me in every way he could. My mom made a point to help each of her children understand that there is more to life than books. We took many trips and she helped us learn about our country and what it means to be a strong person. They are very supportive and now as they get older, I try to help them when they need it. I still live near them so we can see them often. This gives my son and future child a chance to know them.
My parents are absolutely amazing and I love them dearly. I have had the best relationship with them. I was born on a ranch and my parents taught me a lot about hard work while also taking time to play. We moved to the city when I was young and the learning never ended. I still remember how happy my father was when I would offer to help him fix or build something. My mom and dad were always there to help me through my difficult times and they continue to be there for me daily. I love them dearly.
What attracted you to each other?
Please describe your personalities (adoptive mom & adoptive dad):
I try to see the best in others, and embrace different viewpoints or backgrounds. I am pretty much always in a happy mood, and have had others (coworkers, friends, and family members) tell me they appreciate my thoughtfulness and openness. I am always ready to listen and help someone with a problem, and enjoy the simple things in life. I like to laugh a lot, and having a child allows me the chance to be really silly, even in public.
Most of the time, I can be seen smiling and laughing about something. I am pretty silly and love to play around. My students in high school love to laugh at me, while at the same time getting a lot of work done. I balance that pretty well and my students really respond to the way I am, and so do my son and wife. I always try to find the good in situations and in people, and love to listen to what others have to say. I find that I am happiest when I'm just relaxing with my family.
What are your hobbies (please share those you enjoy as individuals and those you enjoy as a couple):
I love to travel, whether it's within my own city and state, throughout the country, or to other countries. I enjoy learning about a place's history and culture before going there. I love to read and attend as many performing arts events as time allows. I also love outdoor activities, from playing in the back yard to going hiking in a national park with my family. We do many things together, including traveling and reading, but also enjoy playing games and attending sports or theater events together.
I enjoy getting outside and doing something, whether that means working in our yard, grilling burgers and hot dogs, or going to a park. I also enjoy sports, particularly basketball. Some day I will get a basketball hoop for our front yard, probably when my children get old enough. I enjoy riding my motorcycle when I have time as well, but just around the city. We like doing a lot of things together also. We love to travel as a family and do all sorts of outdoor things when the weather permits.
When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms what are your thoughts regarding the birthmother?
How will a child enrich your life?
Why did you each choose the career path you decided on?
My undergraduate degree is in elementary education; I was hoping to teach third or fourth grade. However, after several interviews and substitute teaching, I was unsuccessful. A friend told me about a job at an university as an academic advisor, and I got a job there. More than fourteen years later, I am still here, but now am working in the admissions office. I am able to use my love for education to help students pursue their dreams. The hours are during the week, and always the same, plus I can work from home, which allows me to see my family each morning.
I was in the 4th year of classes at my university to become something other than a teacher and was very unhappy. I thought it was too late for me to change my career path, but a friend of mine convinced me that I could stay in school longer and do something I wanted, which was teaching. I talked to my mentor, my former high school math teacher, and he told me all about teaching. My parents thought I would be a great teacher and would love it, and they are right. Twenty years of teaching with no end in sight, and I cannot thank my friend enough for helping me to change my mind. Students are a joy to be around, and they are a blessing daily.
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