I am a single woman hoping to adopt a baby. I have spent my life around children. As a teenager I helped my mom when she had a home daycare. I taught Sunday School and directed children’s choirs when I was in college. Once I became a teacher I have worked with children on a daily basis, ages 4-10. I am currently a reading intervention teacher. I spend lots of my free time now providing care for my two great nieces while their parents are working. Summer provides a great time for me to bond with them. One was born in January 2023 and the other in April 2023.
I have varied interests from athletics to music to outdoor activities to cooking. I am an avid baseball watcher, volleyball/pickleball player and enjoy participating in 5Ks. I have played the piano since I was 8 and often play for community and church events. I have been in a number of bands, musicals and shows. Recently I have begun singing after getting up the nerve to take voice lessons! I love doing anything outdoors - swimming, hiking, gardening. Cooking was something my mother worked very hard to instill in me. While most people see it as a chore I see it as a way to relax after a day of work. I love to experiment with new recipes!
I spend a lot of time with my 10 year old Cavachon. She is my current baby that gets a lot of my attention! She is usually at my feet, on my lap or next to me no matter what I’m doing.
I love old tv shows so if you ask me about current ones I’m usually lost! I read mysteries constantly, with James Patterson being my favorite author.
I enjoy traveling to warm places! I have seen many Broadway musicals and hope to see many more. I love Pentatonix and can quote The Golden Girls episodes in regular conversation.
My mother was adopted by her aunt and uncle when she was a baby and raised as one of their own children. She grew up in a family with 7 siblings. I realized early in my life the significance this act had on her well-being and upbringing. Adoption has always been something I thought I would do regardless of whether or not I had my own biological children.
I have also worked with children for many years as an educator and have seen the importance of strong family relationships in children’s lives. I have experienced several of my own students’ lives change for the better when they have the loving support of an adoptive parent or parents. I want to be given that opportunity to provide a loving, stable home for a child.
I live in a small town (population less than 1,000) that is adjacent to a much larger town in Maryland. I live within driving distance of both Baltimore and Washington, D.C. I think this enables a child to grow up in a close knit community while having all the opportunities of culture and civic activities that larger cities provide. My neighborhood has become much more diverse in recent years with many new jobs opening up in the area.
My family is central to my life. My family members that live within 10 miles of me include my father, 2 brothers, 2 sisters in law, 2 nieces, 1 great nephew and 2 great nieces. I know this makes me sound old but in reality I became an aunt at age 6. I am closer in age to my nieces than my own brothers. Sadly, my mother and oldest brother passed away in the last few years. I have several aunts, uncles and cousins that live within 100 miles. We gather for reunions on a yearly basis.
I asked my best friends to describe me in one word. They said the following:
Booksmart….you know lots of random facts especially about math
Musical…your life revolves around singing and playing music
Funny…you make us laugh and have a quick wit
Kind….you are willing to help anyone
You are loved and supported by so many people. The world is full of wonderful opportunities if you work hard and treat others with respect. I know you will be successful in whatever you do!
I think open adoption is important for everyone involved. A child deserves to have the greatest number of people possible to love him or her. Birth parents and adoptive parents should all have relationships with the child. Everyone has something different to share and provide for a child. I am more than willing to discuss levels of openness with birth parents.