Dave + Eric
If there's one thing we have learned in our 8 years together, it's that kindness, authenticity and a good sense of humor are the most important values in our lives. When we raise a child, these are the values we will work every day to share with them. We would love to invite you to read our profile and learn about our lives in Colorado with our two wonderful, short-legged dogs. Also, we truly want to thank you for considering us as potential adoptive parents for your child.
Like a lot of modern romances, we met through an online dating site in 2012. We lived an hour away from each other in Colorado. For our first date Eric drove to meet Dave at a Greek restaurant. Little did Dave know, Eric hated Greek food! But once Dave walked in the door of the restaurant it was love at first sight.
We got married on April 11, 2015 at our home in a small wedding of friends and family. Afterwards, we honeymooned in Kyoto, Japan. It was one of the most memorable and treasured times of our lives and has inspired a shared love of travel.
We've been married over six years now. During that time we have had lots of life changes. Eric changed careers to become a high school math teacher to pursue his passion for teaching. We bought a house, got a new dog Bruce, and said goodbye to Dave's dog Frank. We've grown closer to our newfound families, made friends, and and through it all we've always had each other.
We're very lucky because we balance each other. Dave is more outgoing in social situations, while Eric is more quiet. Dave is more creative, and Eric is the math geek. Dave cooks, Eric bakes. Wherever one of us has a weakness, the other one has a strength.
But most importantly, we love to laugh. We're so thankful and so incredibly lucky to have found each other, and we can't wait to start a family and continue to find the joy in life together.
About Eric (by Dave)
When a lot of people talk about their job it's to complain. When Eric talks about his job, teaching high school math, he talks about the kids.
While he could easily grumble about staying late to help a student or grading papers on Sunday evening, instead he talks about the smart young girl who aced their exam, or the boy who is struggling to keep up with schoolwork because his family has run into hard times. This isn't because Eric is some sort of saint, but it's because Eric invests himself in the things he cares about.
If something has Eric's focus, he will give it his 110% every time, yet somehow always with a breezy, fun attitude. Eric is a dedicated baker, and if a cake doesn't work out, no big deal! He just inspects the results and gets back to the books to see where he might have gone wrong. For Eric, every mistake is an opportunity to learn and grow. I think he must have picked this up when he was training to be a competitive figure skater. Falls happen: what matters is what you do when you get back up.
It's for this reason he has been such an incredible husband. My worries are his worries, my triumphs are his triumphs, and I know that no matter where life takes us, he will be there to lift his family up.
About Dave (by Eric)
Dave would describe himself as an introvert, but no one outside of our close friends and family would think this is true. Dave can easily become the life of the party and one of the funniest people in the room. However, it is not until you get past his initial outgoing attitude that you get to see his more introverted and true self.
Behind the scenes Dave is extremely passionate about expressing himself through music. Music has been a part of Dave's life from grade school when he became an accomplished clarinetist and joined several bands. Dave now loves to spend as much time as he can in his studio creating new pieces of music with the eventual goal of playing his songs at local coffee shops.
Outside of his studio, I would describe Dave as someone who wants to better understand people. Whether at work or at home, Dave feels a job can only be completed if everyone contributes to the goal. Dave always tells me that everyone brings a unique point of view and that we all need to feel listened to. Dave's positive outlook on people is what I love the most about him. It is impossible to be around Dave and not feel like the most important person in the room. I am excited to see a child experience Dave's love and support as they grow up.
We're dog people, and we're lucky to have two amazing, incredibly sweet dogs, Rusty and Bruce.
Rusty is an 11 year old Dachshund (weiner dog). Eric has had him since he was a puppy and he is an absolute cuddlebug. He likes to burrow into blankets, and each night he tucks himself into bed. If you're on the couch, he'll be right there next to you. He hates cold weather, and if it gets cold enough outside, he'll start lifting up different paws so that they aren't all touching the ground.
Bruce is a 4 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi and we got him as a puppy. He's fiercely loyal and loves people and children. He hates disorder, and he'll bark if anyone starts horsing around or misbehaving. But even though he can be bossy, he has a big heart and is never more than a few feet away from us. His favorite toy is a ball, and he can play fetch for hours.
Travel has been a big part of our lives, and some of our fondest memories are from our trips. Dave used to travel for work extensively. One year he flew 120 flights. While it was hard for us to be apart, Dave accumulated travel points that allowed us to travel the world. So far, we have been to Japan, Canada, Mexico, France, England, Ireland, Iceland, and the Netherlands.
Our other passion is food. We love to spend time in the kitchen together, and it's one of the things we most look forward to sharing as a family. Dave loves to cook all sorts of things, but his favorites are British and Indian.
Eric is an accomplished baker, focusing mainly on breads and pastries. Eric is fearless, tackling projects like croissants, baguettes, and cinnamon buns that take him hours, or even days of work to complete. We also try to coordinate meals. One of our favorite collaborations is pizza.
Before You Go
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our family. If you have found something in this book that connects with you, we want to share the following promises.
We promise we will provide all of the fundamentals a child needs, including a loving home that teaches them kindness, a solid education that provides them opportunities, and strong values that ensure they treat all people with respect.
We promise that we will do everything we can to ensure that a child is able to be their most authentic self. Whether they want to play sports or be in theater, we want to give them the space to explore what brings them joy in life.
Finally, we promise that however open we mutually decide to keep our relationship, we will honor that, because we think it is critical for the health and happiness of you and the child. This child will have roots, and we want to make sure they embrace and honor those roots.
With much love,
Dave & Eric
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