Hello! We are Amber & Pat from Boise, Idaho! Thank you for making this courageous and selfless decision. We are honored and humbled that you have invested the time to learn more about us. We hope that we can bring you a sense of peace and comfort on this journey and to help you know that your child will be nurtured, cared for, and deeply loved their entire life. We are excited at the possibility of becoming adoptive parents and cannot wait to get to know you and to help a little one navigate the world. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us.
Dear Birth Mother...
Our Journey to Adoption
Over the past 13 years, we've had many life experiences together and have always wanted to become parents together. As a couple we have struggled with infertility for many years and after several failed IVF cycles, we decided to grow our family through adoption. Adoption is dear to our hearts. We have personally experienced the beauty of adoption through Pat's sister and brother-in-law and our friends. We can’t imagine anything but absolute joy to become parents and sharing our lives with a child.
We met in 2009 at Amber's cousin's wedding and we immediately hit it off. Since that day we have relied on each other for support and have been an inseparable duo. After dating for a few years, we were married in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony surrounded by loved ones. We vowed to always trust, laugh, constantly grow together, and support each other's goals, and have been doing so since. We are truly each other's best friends.
This summer we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary and we reconfirmed those vows in a traditional Maasai blessing ceremony in Kenya.
Our Hobbies & Interests
Being active and exercising is important to us. We love goat yoga! We also like hiking, long walks with our puppies, biking, and all types of outdoor activities including skiing and white water rafting. Spending time at our pool is one of our favorite summer activities. When we are relaxing, we enjoy reading good books or nerding out on technology and video gaming.
On week nights and on the weekend, you can find us in the kitchen together. Pat loves cooking weekend brunches making breakfast hashes. He also enjoys making his specialty chocolate cake. Amber loves making lasagna, soups, cooking new recipes, and baking cookies. We enjoy experimenting with different toppings for homemade pizza and trying new cuisines.
Traveling has always been a huge passion of Amber’s and she loves planning epic vacations. Pat always has a suitcase packed ready to be her travel partner. We are always up for an adventure. We love immersing ourselves in the culture, trying new food, engaging with the local people, and experiencing all the things when we travel. This summer, we crossed off one of Amber’s bucket list items of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! When we travel we notice parents with kids and get excited about the adventures we will take our future child on.
- Pajamas are perfectly acceptable to wear all day long
- Laughter is strong medicine
- Experiences are more important than things
- Ice cream should be eaten in every season, not just summer
- Music and dance parties are great uniters
- It's important to exercise mind, body, and soul
About Amber, by Amber
I grew up in Iowa with my parents and sister. My parents taught me the importance of honesty, hard work, kindness and having a strong faith. I excelled in school and was involved in every type of extracurricular activity from jazz band, speech, government, crew team, and the school newspaper. I attended Baylor University and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. After many years in the corporate world, I pivoted to become licensed as a nursing administrator serving veterans at the VA. I love giving back to those who sacrificed so much for me and know that I can help change their lives by ensuring they receive the superior healthcare they deserve. I love the family, child friendly environment and flexibility my job affords me. I make my own schedule and can adjust as needed. I absolutely cannot wait to share my experiences with our future child, and to celebrate their special gifts and remind them they were made for greatness!
About Amber, by Pat
Amber is the love of my life. She has a huge heart and cares about everyone around her. She’s confident, independent, empathic and loves to give back. She has an adventurous spirit that makes every day a gift. She is a careful decision maker and is thoughtful and considerate with all her plans and thoughts. She balances me and I am a better man because of her.
With all my heart I know Amber will be a great mother encouraging our future child to explore all their interests, teaching them, instilling a sense of adventure, and enjoying every moment of it.
About Pat, by Pat
I was born and raised in Idaho and live 6 miles from my childhood home where my parents still live. I grew up in a close family with my parents and two sisters. My parents immersed me into science and technology by providing opportunities to satisfy my curiosity to learn how things work. At age 10, I built my first computer. During high school, I was encouraged to participate in a cappella and jazz choir due to my 4 octave voice range. My choir was selected to compete at Carnegie Hall with some the best choirs from across the United States.
I am a self-taught software developer and have worked for some of the largest technology companies in America. My career has always provided me with freedom and flexibility. I work for a family friendly company and work from home at least 3 days a week. I am able to modify my schedule to best fit the needs of my family. I cannot wait to share my passion for learning and building with our future child. I am excited to encourage and support them on their unique journey.
About Pat, by Amber
Pat is always smiling and is the most patient, calm, kind-hearted man I have ever met. He gives wise advice. He has incredible positivity that he radiates to those around him. He is talented and very intelligent.
I am truly a better person because of him. He helps keep me grounded, constantly supports me in all my endeavors and is my biggest cheerleader. I know that Pat will be an amazing dad, nurturing a home with unconditional love and support.
Fun Facts About Us
- Is left-handed has visited all but 1 continent
- Loves ethnic food (her favorite is Indian!)
- Is amazed by thunderstorms and loves watching them
- Plays both clarinet and tenor saxophone
- Had a painting showcased for a year in an exhibit
- Loves wearing rain boots
- Loves Disney and has visited Disney in other countries
- Loves Peanut Butter anything
- Is blessed with a beautiful 4 octave singing voice
- Starts each morning with a great cup of coffee
- Has attended 48 Dave Matthews Band concerts
- Loves New Zealand
We have created a life that is surrounded by family and dear friends. Both of our parents have been married for over 40 years! Together, we have many nephews and nieces. We are both blessed to have been raised in loving, supportive homes surrounded by large extended families and are grateful for the village we have today. We are both extremely close to our families, and whether they live in Boise or are a short drive or flight away, we make time to talk, visit, travel, and make memories together. Amber, along with part of her family, take trips together a couple times a year and she can't wait to include our future child in this tradition.
Holidays and large family gatherings are never dull and are filled with warmth, lively games and conversation, and memories to cherish. We have also been fortunate to be included in other cultural celebrations, such as Bar Mitzvah and Diwali, with close friends. We have enjoyed expanding our cultural knowledge and participating in these festivities.
The people closest to us are supportive of our decision to grow our family through adoption. Our future child will be fully accepted into our village and showered with love, support, and attention.
- Homemade cinnamon rolls every Christmas morning to honor Amber's grandmother using her recipe
- 4th of July swimming, BBQ, and fireworks
- Carving pumpkins for Halloween
- Matching Christmas pajamas
- Baking a dessert of choice for each other on our birthdays
- Homemade pizza parties and bonfires every Friday night
We live in Boise, Idaho surrounded by all of kinds of natural beauty, great people, and delicious food. We are blessed to live in an active, vibrant college town with access to sporting, cultural, and musical events as well as lots of outdoor activities like river walking paths, hiking trails, fantastic skiing and white water rafting. We love that our city experiences all four seasons. Boise has the largest Basque community in the United States. One of our favorite events to attend is the annual Basque Festival featuring amazing food, dancing, and opportunities to learn more about the culture.
We are fortunate to own an expansive home with a beautiful, large backyard for playing and a pool for swimming. We spend a lot of time in our kitchen and enjoy entertaining friends and family. Our neighborhood is a mix of young families and families with kids in middle and high school. We are a tight knit community and host numerous block events throughout the year. We live in a great school district and are only a few blocks from a wonderful elementary and high school.
Our Amazing Puppies- Frannie & Sully
They were named after two of our favorite travel destinations: Franschhoek, South Africa and Sullivan, New Zealand. Frannie is our 6-year-old fawn boxer. She enjoys laying in the sunshine, playing with balls and giving hugs. Sully is our 5-year-old brindle boxer. He loves playing keep away, lives for hours of snuggle time and giving wet messy kisses. They both love children, especially those who want to play and have snacks to share! We enjoy exploring with our puppies by going on long walks, hikes, and visiting local pet-friendly establishments.
As Parents We Can't Promise Perfection, But We Can Promise...
- To always put your child first
- To provide a safe home filled with unconditional love, endless laughter, and unwavering support
- To help your child connect with their culture and history
- To spend each and every day caring for and providing the best for your child
- To tell your child every day how much we love them and how special they are
- To raise your child to be kind, compassionate, and understanding
- To encourage individuality by nurturing your child's passions and supporting them no matter where life ends up taking them
- To instill a sense of adventure and a desire to travel the world and experience different cultures
- To teach your child about you, and remind them about how courageous and selfless you are
Thank you for devoting the time to get to know us. We are honored you may entrust us as your child's adoptive family. We truly hope we get the opportunity to meet you and hear about your dreams for your child.
Amber & Pat