Andrew + Alicia
Thank you for taking your time to meet us and to consider bringing us into your life. As you make a difficult decision for yourself and your child, we are honored to meet you, learn about your story, and share our story with you. As an older couple, we have known since dating that adoption was our path to building a family. We have friends and family who have adopted, as well as placed their child with an adopted family. While we have seen this experience firsthand, we cannot imagine how hard this will be for you. We offer our understanding, respect, and love during this difficult time to you, your family and those in your support network. By adopting, we are welcoming not only a baby into our lives, but you to be a presence in their life, alongside us. We are excited to meet you soon.
Our Adoption Story
We found out in 2017 that having a baby would introduce high risk medical complications for Alicia, a baby, or both. Knowing the emotional and physical toll that this would create, we openly turned to the idea of adoption.
The love that it takes to raise a child doesn't always have to come from a biological connection. We know that we have a tremendous amount of love to offer and we feel that we are in a very stable place in our lives to welcome a child.
We are thrilled at the idea of starting our own family - with a child. We currently have a wonderful fur family of two dogs and a cat. We have a small house with lots of love that we want to share with a child. We can imagine spending time on the porch while they play in the yard, walking the dogs in the neighborhood, reading books, teaching them to cook, and faithfully guiding them as they discover who they are.
I am hard working, ambitious, and passionate about anything I set my mind to. I was the first in my family to go to college. My stubbornness is what kept me going through college even when I got very sick as a sophomore or when I had no one to show me how to apply for school or scholarships. I was able to graduate and even earn a Master's degree.
I like to stay active by running and working out. I also devote my time to our community and church, where I volunteer at the church child daycare center. I hope to instill the importance of community involvement in our child's life. At home, I can be a bit silly, singing and dancing randomly in the day. Bringing a child into our home would be such a fun, chaotic blessing that we will cherish. While I hope to instill some community and Christian values, I also promise to guide your child in developing their own passions and interests.
I grew up in California in a small family: my mom, dad, sister and a bunch of pets. I have also lived in Wisconsin, New York, Missouri, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia and now Texas.
My dad is a writer and used to write for TV shows in LA. My mom is an artist. Growing up, they liked to expose us to all kinds of experiences, traveling to different states, taking us to museums, trying new adventurous foods, and doing creative things. I'm excited to have this same approach as a parent. I want to introduce our child to the world we love and help them discover their own hobbies and interests. A perfect night for our future family would be Alicia and I teaching our child to cook in our kitchen, with a little stool pulled up to our counter so that they can take part in this part of our life.
Being a father is going to be exciting, but I admit will be a bit scary! Alicia has so much experience with little ones, the nieces and nephews that call her t?a (aunt) Alice. I know I will rely on her experience. At my job, I work with older students helping them in their transition to college. Between us, I think we have a lot to offer as parents!
How We Met
Both of us were working in Virginia in 2016 when we met. We were lucky to meet each other, since Alicia was already planning to move back to Texas and Drew was only in a temporary 1-year job. We met online through Match.com. On our profile pages, one common thing was that we both love our hometown basketball teams (San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks). So we knew on our first date that we would at least have one thing to talk about. We both arrived to the restaurant for our first date within 10 seconds of each other. And later we both admitted that we knew we would have a second date almost immediately after meeting.
After that, things moved very quickly. Our third date was a road trip to New York to meet friends. And Alicia met Drew's parents that first month we were dating! Over Christmas break, Drew came to Texas to meet Alicia's family. There were many up and downs that first year, as we figured out our next steps professionally and in life.
Drew came to Texas to join Alicia, surprising her by sending a photo from the road. What was a chance to give life in Texas a try became much more.
Our Life in Texas
We've been together now for almost 7 years. While it took us some time to find each other, we're glad we got married after establishing our careers and being happy with where we are in life.
We got engaged in Colorado while on vacation. Drew surprised Alicia while we were skiing and taking a break in the middle of a ski run. We got married in April 2021. It was the happiest day of our lives. We were joined by a small group of 20 friends and family. We were married at our church in our neighborhood, and you can see us walking back home afterward where we had family gather on our porch for a toast.
We relied on so many people to help bring us together on our wedding day. Our neighbors did flower arrangements, two friends designed our invitations, and our best friends made sure everyone had fun that night and that their glasses were always full.
Our Home, Neighborhood, & Pets
We live in a small, cozy house that was built more than 100 years ago! We are close to downtown but on a quiet street. Many of our neighbors are new parents. Others are grandparents and have been in the neighborhood for over 50 years.
Over the past few years, we have renovated our house, most recently adding a child's bedroom and a private bathroom for them with a cute little tub. We've also created a garden in our front yard, building a stone pathway and planting new trees. Both our moms loved gardening, and this is a way that we can feel closer to them.
We are one block away from our local elementary school, Alicia's church, a daycare, and a local park. Most mornings you see families walking their kids to school or daycare. We can't wait to walk our child to school each day with our dogs.
Our pets have chosen us over a 5 year period. We first got Mitis ("me-tees") when a friend of ours was going through a divorce. Chicle ("bubble gum" in English) then showed up one year later on our porch. She was abandoned by a neighbor who moved. Gizmo used to be wild and lived under the neighbor's house, but after a bath and some food, she has trusted us since and is Chicle's baby. We are a pack family and our cat will sometimes even join us with our dogs on their walk.
Hobbies, Interests, & Adventures
We both love traveling and have been fortunate to see new parts of the world. In college, Alicia studied abroad in Mexico and Drew spent a semester in Europe. Being curious, understanding other cultures, and tolerating people of all backgrounds is really important to us and are values we want to pass down.
We love the outdoors - skiing, hiking, camping, and learning to fish! Some of our favorite destinations have been traveling to Montana, Colorado, and we spent our honeymoon in Alaska. We would love to teach our child how to pitch a tent and enjoy a sunset together at a park in Texas.
At home, we like to try new recipes. Alicia likes to bake and Drew usually cooks dinner. Alicia is an avid reader, often exchanging book suggestions with Drew's parents. We started a children's book collection about a year ago with books from different trips we went on. We are passionate about our own interests, but are ready to get behind the interests that our son or daughter adopts 100% whether that is in arts, music, sports or games.
We want to thank you again for considering us as you bring a new baby into the world. We hope you enjoyed learning about us. We hope to learn about you.
We promise as adoptive parents that we will do everything we can to provide your baby with a loving home where they can grow, learn, and always be themselves.
Hugs, Drew and Alicia