Laura and Stephen
Greetings from Burbank, California
We’re Steve, Laura, & Hannah and we wanted to start off by expressing our appreciation for your decision to help people build their families. Steve was adopted and so we understand perhaps more than most what your decision can mean for the future of your child. We adopted our first child, Hannah, in December of 2019 and we would love for her to have a sibling. Now that she’s a little older, we are ready to begin that process and Hannah is ready to help. She’s very gentle and generous and we can’t wait for her to love and protect her new sibling.
Our excitement is growing as we continue down our path of parenthood and we look forward to talking with you about our plans and your feelings, too. We’ll all have questions and expectations to address and we want you to be comfortable with your decision. We hope to meet you soon.
Things We Love to Do:
- We love spending time outdoors. Our main interest is our horse, but we also love to hike in the hills near our home. We get Hannah outside whenever we can. We installed a swing in our tree in our front yard for her and we love taking her to the playground at the local park.
- We both love music. Steve is a very talented singer and has been the lead singer in many bands over the years. He recently started learning guitar. Laura grew up in a musical family and learned a variety of instruments. Hannah is always fascinated when we bring out a guitar or ukulele and loves to hear us play, she’s already pulling on the strings too.
- Steve has a passion for old cars and motorcycles. He especially enjoys restoring old Volkswagens. He is also an avid reader and his favorite books are biographies about Supreme Court justices and other historical figures.
How We Met: When online dating first became fashionable, we both tried it. At the point when Steve contacted Laura, she had already gone on a couple of bad dates and told him she wasn’t interested in dating and was about to close her account. Steve asked if he could still e-mail with her and just be friends. Laura agreed and we started writing everyday. Laura discovered that Steve had a great sense of humor and she could tell he was very intelligent. Although neither of us felt comfortable meeting in person we decided to talk on the phone. During our conversation Laura mentioned that she was having a Birthday party that night at a local bar. Steve showed up to her party and we had an immediate connection. We wound up hanging out all night. We both felt like we’d known each other our whole lives and knew right away we would get married someday!
And Life Today: We’ve been married 19 years and planned to start a family once we had our careers established so we could provide a comfortable home life for our children. We didn’t want to “make it work” on shaky financial ground, but that also meant it took us longer and we are no longer able to conceive naturally. Since Steve’s adoption was such a positive experience, we felt it would be right for us too. Adopting Hannah has been such a wonderful experience we can’t wait to add another little one to our family! We have a dog, two cats and a horse. We also compete in horse shows a few times a year. Laura enjoys cooking and makes healthy home-made meals most of the time, but we enjoy ordering from our favorite restaurants too.
Our plans for the future include buying a cabin in the local mountains so we can take our children there for long weekends and summer vacations. It’s a great way for the family to spend time together without busy daily routines.
A Little About Steve by Laura: The first thing that impressed me about Steve, aside from his good looks, was that he made me laugh. He has a wonderful sense of humor and is always upbeat. Even if he has a bad day at work, he never brings it home. He is always happy to see me and says hello to the pets, even before he says hi to me. He’s ambitious, creative and sensitive. He is a wonderful dad and is always playing silly games with Hannah. He also loves his dad time on Saturday mornings and takes her to the farmers market. He’ll also spend time reading to her and playing with her toys. He is so comfortable with kids and engages with them so easily. I’ve always admired that about him. He loves projects and I know he’ll spend his free time assembling toys and taking our kids on outings.
For Work: Steve has been practicing law for over 14 years. In 2018, Steve went out on his own and started his own firm. Laura became the bookkeeper and operations manager to help him out. The firm has grown every year since it opened and Steve has the luxury of working out of the house.
More on Steve: He is also very helpful around the house and is a very involved dad. He feeds Hannah her breakfast every morning, changes diapers, etc. He also does the dishes, laundry and will take out the trash all without me having to ask! I’m the envy of my horse friends because they wish their husbands rode horses and would help around the barn the way mine does. I will never take that for granted!
A Little About Laura by Steve: What I love about Laura is that she’s funny, charming and very thoughtful. She cares about others’ feelings and always wants to help. In her job as a massage therapist, she works exclusively with people who are injured. She is very compassionate toward their issues, both emotionally and physically. As a mother, she has that same kind of sensitivity toward our daughter.
For Work: I love how Laura has a great head for business and organization. She ran a small growing business, started her own massage practice from the ground up and now works part-time from her home-office. She also does all of the bookkeeping and office management for my law firm. She’s amazing! If she doesn’t know how to do something, she will get the education she needs to learn how to master it. She is my rock and I couldn’t succeed without her.
More on Laura: With Laura’s intuitive nature and my analytical side, together we are unstoppable! She always seems to know what our pets are feeling and what they need. She’s also in tune with whatever our daughter needs and how she’s feeling too. She’s also an excellent teacher and care giver. She’s shown this through her work with our rescue dog and her training with horses. Laura is very patient and really understands the principles of learning and consistency which translates easily to raising kids too!
We have been truly blessed to start our family with a happy, healthy baby girl, Hannah. She is the light of our lives and we’re looking so forward to her being a big sister! Hannah is so easy going and curious. Pretty much whatever situation we’re all in, she’s happy to go along for the ride. She’s very active, climbing over everything and practicing very hard for taking her first steps on her own.
Where We Live: We have a large 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in the Burbank Hills. We are walking distance to all the schools in the best school district in our area. The neighborhood is beautiful, very safe and quiet. It’s the perfect place to raise a family. In addition to being close to Los Angeles, we are driving distance to the major amusement parks: Disneyland, Universal Studios, Legoland and Sea World to name a few. We are also close to the beach and the mountains, making for convenient day trips. Plus, just minutes away, near downtown Los Angeles are several amazing museums, the Natural History Museum, California Science Center, Space Shuttle, and many others.
Meet Smoochie, Pickles & Ducky: We have a dog, Smoochie, 15 years and two cats, Pickles, 3, and Ducky, 13 years old. They are all rescues. Smoochie came with a lot of issues but we worked with him to gain confidence and recover from his bad start. As part of his training we put him in agility classes; he eventually competed and became an agility champion! He gets along great with people and with the cats and is protective of them. He’s protective of our daughter, too. Pickles is super friendly, he loves everyone. Ducky lives outdoors and comes home for meals and loving.
Our Life with Horses: We have owned and leased several horses over the years. We still take lessons and compete at local horse shows. Our daughter, Hannah, already goes to the barn with us every week. To us, horses are magical and the relationship we have with our horse is very special. We look forward to teaching our children all about that relationship, not just learning to ride, but everything involved with owning and caring for a horse. This lifestyle naturally builds self-esteem, teaches responsibility and provides a great sense of accomplishment, all while having tons of fun. Our children will have the opportunity to go to horse camp in the summer where they will ride with kids their own age and make lasting friendships. We’ll ride together as a family and our children will have their own horses. What better way to bond?!
We have extended family all over the United States. Laura’s family is in Southern California and the east coast and Steve’s family is in Northern California, Texas and North Carolina. Laura’s sister, Nancy, lives with her husband, Jimmy, about an hour away and we visit them several times a year. Their daughter, our niece, Haylee, loves to babysit. Sometimes we go out on their boat and we always have a good time catching up and cooking a meal together. We see Steve’s sister, Becky, and her family a couple times a year and we make sure to see them over the holidays, especially while we have a young niece and nephew to spoil. We have several friends in the area and enjoy having them over for BBQs, dinner parties and birthday parties. Some of our friends are also musical and we’ll have singalongs and just enjoy their company. We also see friends at the barn on a regular basis and participate in the barn socials.
Volunteering: We both feel it’s important to give back to the community. Laura has volunteered at an animal shelter and with the parks department mounted Rangers. In 2015, the Special Olympics came to Los Angeles and Laura donated her horse and volunteered at the games. Steve currently volunteers as a board member of our local library system. He also participates through his lawyer association to write new state laws that help families.
Our Promise to You: We are great parents because we had great parents. We had endless opportunities and we look forward to being able to provide similar opportunities to our children. We can’t wait to share all the wonderful things we got to do as kids. They will be able to explore an almost endless supply of things they find exciting and interesting like, Scouts, 4H club, summer camp, martial arts, dance, music, ice skating, art, etc. We want to give you updates on our lives together as you feel comfortable. But rest assured, we will give our child everything in our power to have a healthy, happy and fulfilling life.
One Last Thank You: You are giving us an amazing gift, both to us and to our child. We want you to know that we are committed to raising our children in a stable home filled with unconditional love and the emotional and financial support to help our children achieve their dreams. Even though we are starting our family later than most, we feel that we bring a maturity and life experience that younger people don’t have. That sets us apart and will be a great foundation that will set our children up for success.