Ben and Robin
Hi we are Ben and Robin!
We grew up in the same small town in Washington, but it wasn’t until five years ago (2017) we went on our first date. Not long after that we began making future plans together. We bought a house, doggo Cooper joined doggo Lucy, navigated a pandemic, got married (2020) and now we hope to grow our family through open adoption.
Faced with infertility we looked at our options. Open adoption was a new concept to us. Ben grew up with three adopted siblings who joined his family through closed adoptions, but as we learned more about how everyone involved can benefit from open adoption, we decided that was our path. Our hopes for the relationship with our child’s birth family include honest, easy communication between everyone and an understanding that questions are encouraged and that we will support our child’s curiosity. We want to raise a child secure in the feelings of love and support from all family.
Our home is in a tree filled rural suburb of Seattle, where neighbors are often out walking dogs and pushing strollers. There are plenty of parks and bike trails to explore, a bookstore, family friendly coffee shops and well regarded (public) schools a short drive away. While we share many interests (working on house projects, hiking, biking, puzzles, photography, movies, audio books), Ben likes the gadgets and Robin likes that he knows how to make them all work. Both of us have family nearby who are excited to be involved with our child and build a relationship with our child’s birth family.
Shortly after high school Ben completed a two-year culinary program. While Ben loves to cook, it wasn’t the career he wanted and went back to college. When Ben learned a psychology degree would allow him to make things that interested him better (video games, gadgets, etc.), he was hooked and has been doing that ever since. Ben raised a daughter (now adult) so he’s aware of many of the challenges that come with parenting and that along with those challenges come many more celebrations. Ben is proud to witness his daughter building a life she wants every day.
Robin grew up building forts, riding bikes and going to the movies with her three sisters. She discovered an interest in video production and photojournalism during high school. Now a career, it continues to be a great fit for her love of learning, asking questions, meeting people, traveling and creativity. No two days at work are alike! Robin always jumped at the opportunity to travel (England, Mongolia, India, Australia) but nowadays she is happy exploring the Pacific Northwest. She feels recharged after hiking in the mountains, working in the garden, watching a show and cuddling with the dogs.
We are excited to grow our family through open adoption and learn together who our child will become. We hope to build a strong and lasting relationship with our child’s birth family and look forward to all the joys that come with being one big extended family.
Thank you for getting to know us a bit,
Ben and Robin