Ages: 31 and 31
Professions: US Army Attorney/Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist
Other Kids: None
Preferences: Any Race, Either Gender, Newborn
How We Met: We met when Leah was in 7th grade and Brian was in 8th grade. He was tutoring me in Geography. We reconnected years later as a Sophomore and Junior in high school and began dating instantly. Brian resorted to watching girly reality TV shows so he would easily be able to make conversation with me in between classes. We spent the rest of our high school and college years dating before marriage.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other: Leah spends her days looking for ways to care for others. Not only does she work with developmentally at risk babies and provides speech therapy for young children, but she also deeply cares for her community. Every summer she grows hundreds of flowers just so she can give them to every neighbor on a weekly basis. She is always looking for ways to serve and rarely thinks of herself. Brian is the most welcoming man I know! He invests in new people and truly cares for them. I can easily expect Brian to bring someone home who needs encouragement, a hot meal, or a place to stay for the night. He actively looks for ways to provide for others.
Our Hobbies and Interests: We love to travel, spend time with family, read, and cheer on Notre Dame football! We enjoy exploring new parts of the world and country through hiking, meeting with locals, and learning about different cultures. This feeds our souls and we can’t wait to do this with children someday! We spend every summer in Florida for a big family reunion. This is our favorite part of the year, as we love to build sandcastles with our nieces and nephews, paddle board, fish, and swim. Since childhood, Brian has been a huge Notre Dame football fan. When he was accepted there for law school he made it his goal to attend every home football game. Attending games or cheering them on from afar, is one of our favorite things to do. Lastly, we love to read! Brian’s favorite genre is geopolitics and Leah loves reading biographies. We have five different bookcases around the house, so a book is always nearby!
Why We Want to Adopt: We have always desired to welcome children into our family. We have struggled to conceive naturally. We had one miracle baby, Laura, who passed away before she was born. We are so excited to adopt and add to our little family. Kids love Brian and I often find him after church playing freeze tag on the front lawn or pretending to have an imaginary tea party! Leah is going to be an incredible mother. One of my favorite things to do is watch the way she lovingly interacts with children.