Hello! We are Ellen and Dave

Thank you for taking the time to read this and find out a little bit about us.  We are Dave and Ellen and are honored that you may be considering us as a possible adoptive family for your child.  While we cannot know what this experience is like for you please know that we respect and honor your courage and strength in considering adoption for your child.  We live in Washington State and have been together for 17 years (married for 13) and are very excited by the possibility of welcoming another child into our family.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

About Ellen
  • Coming from a large Irish family, Ellen learned Irish step dancing and danced in the annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade.

 

  • Ellen’s siblings used to put on talent shows together for her parents.  Ellen loves to sing along with, dance and listen to recorded and live music. 
  • One of Ellen’s favorite professional activities is being able to conduct oral history interviews with Native American and non-Native American elders to find out about their past. 
  • Ellen’s favorite relaxation activity is reading books.  Spending time at the library looking for good books to read is a real treat! 
  • Ellen enjoyed gymnastics as a kid and embraces the challenge of a backbend or headstand as part of her yoga practice today.
About Dave
    1. Dave’s first job was as a cook’s helper at a Mexican Restaurant and he still enjoys cooking. 
    2. Dave played halfback on the soccer team and swam freestyle on swim team in high school. 
    3. Dave has contributed to over 50 scientific journal articles including ones about how bacteria interact with iron minerals and contaminants in the environment. 
    4. Dave was very interested in animals and nature from an early age.  While in Malaysia, Dave and his family took day trips into the jungle to view wildlife and collect butterflies. 
    5. Dave loves all kinds of music, has played guitar in several bands and enjoys writing music.

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parents,

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and find out a little bit about us.  We are Dave and Ellen and are honored that you may be considering us as a possible adoptive family for your child.  While we cannot know what this experience is like for you please know that we respect and honor your courage and strength in considering adoption for your child.  We live in Washington State and have been together for 17 years (married for 13) and are very excited by the possibility of welcoming another child into our family.

We joyfully welcomed our son Miles in 2011 and treasure the adventures we have together as a family.  We both grew up with siblings (Ellen is one of five and Dave is one of three) and hoped to have more children, but are unable to do so on our own.  We hope to be able to grow our family through adoption and have the opportunity to parent and share our love and open-hearts with you and your child.

Ellen is warm, thoughtful, and intuitive. She enjoys playing outdoors, reading books and doing yoga. In her professional life, Ellen enjoys working as an anthropologist and is passionate about understanding and protecting the past and other cultures. Ellen grew up in Virginia and comes from a large blended family consisting of siblings, nieces, nephews and step-family.   Ellen’s brother was adopted as a newborn, influencing her perspective and awareness about adoption.  Ellen’s siblings are very close and are supportive of each other and Ellen and Dave’s adoption hopes.

Dave is easy-going, gentle and intellectually curious. He enjoys the outdoors, gardening, skiing, and playing guitar. Dave recently made the decision to stay at home full-time.  In his professional life, Dave enjoys working in a field and laboratory setting as an environmental microbiologist.  Dave grew up in Seattle and spent time skiing, hiking and camping.  Dave is close to his Mom and siblings and texts and talks to them often. Dave’s mom and brother’s family are a big part of Dave and Ellen’s family life, and they visit and/or vacation together often.

We consider ourselves to be a progressive family and believe in tolerance and compassion for all.  Work and family life balance are very important to us. We are fortunate for Ellen to be able to work part-time and for Dave to be at home full time.  We strongly believe in providing a loving and nurturing environment for your child and that our job as parents is to teach emotional development, lovingness and respect for each other and others.  We also hope to provide multiple opportunities for self-enrichment and fulfillment so that your child has a strong foundation to become their truest selves.  Our greatest desire for your child is that they are secure in their place in the world, are able to pursue their passions, have fun, and develop the emotional tools they need to have love and compassion for themselves and others.

We hope to maintain an open and honest relationship with you and your child’s extended birth family and are flexible about any degree of adoption openness you are comfortable with.  It is difficult to convey in words and photographs all about who we are as people, parents and a family, but hopefully you can get to know us a little better through our portfolio. We care about you and your emotional well-being and hope we can provide the support you need if you decide to move forward with making an adoption plan with our family.  Whatever you decide, our hearts are with you.

Warmest wishes,

Ellen, Dave, and Miles

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