Housing / Actor
We're both all about people and have been drawn to jobs that put people at the front. Ben works in multi-family housing, and while the pandemic has made it challenging, he's been able to lead his team with compassion. Until recently, he was also a church pastor. When the lead pastor stepped down, Ben led the church for almost a year until a new, full-time pastor was installed. Even though Hollywood took a breather last year, Angela still booked two shows. The slow down did allow her to collaborate with others on a few projects as well. When not acting, Angela's a designer and DIYer. If you've looked a space and felt it needed it needed something to make it feel like home - Angela's your girl. Colors, patterns, built ins - you name it, she's built it or painted it. If the weekends aren't filled with projects, it's filled with friends, and our dog, Indiana. Though she's slowing down (she's almost ten) Ben still takes her to the park to run around every day that he can. Most of our friends already have small children, so instead of going out, we tend to cook for larger groups and entertain for all ages. If you can cook it on a grill, Ben's tried it and Angela just makes any space gorgeous. Family is close-ish and we get to see them as much as we can.
For us, adoption is a calling. It's something that God put on our hearts early on in our lives. As we grew together as a couple, that calling has gotten stronger. After almost 12 years of marriage, we feel like we can answer the call. We are "choosing" this route to start and grow our family and we are humbled by the fact that a birth Momma will "choose" us to love their child unconditionally and trust us with such a beautiful blessing. We don't take this responsibility lightly.
We live in one of the buildings Ben manages, except that the ownership group lets Angela design it. - so its an updated and customized take on a Southern California apartment. We're just outside of LA, in the Valley but very walkable parks, restaurants, and shops. We're actively house hunting, although it is a very competitive market. In our eight years in LA, we've made some great friends and they're all starting to grow their families as well. Many of our friends are from Ben's work, but a lot are from Angela's jobs as an actress. Hollywood is tough, so when you find like minded and good hearted people, you tend to stick together. Ben's family - mom, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew are close by as well.
For us, it's people. When Ben pastored a church, there was no greater joy than sitting with small groups and learning who God is, what God is doing, and where He is in their lives. It is incredible to walk with people on their journey of life and help point them to God. We also love creating and working with people on their spaces and projects- it's what's drawn me to acting and design. To be able so see a blank space or page and to see the vision of what could be is both a joy and challenge. It's what makes us both get out of bed every day. It's something that we hope to be able to instill in our growing family.