Brett and Sarah

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Hi! We are Brett and Sarah, two outgoing homebodies living in the Portland suburbs with our dogs Ackley and Zeva. We met in 2009 when Sarah took a job at the same company as Brett in Tacoma, WA. Although there was an instant spark, we spent the next year developing our friendship before we started dating. It is funny how things work out though because we only dated for six months before we got engaged. In our marriage we value honesty, love, laughter, and respect. We look forward to sharing these values as adoptive parents in the future.

Sarah was born and raised in Lacey, Washington with her mom, dad and two brothers. Being the only girl in the family, she grew up surrounded by sports and became a great basketball player. Sarah has carried her love for basketball with her, as she now helps coach a girls basketball team each winter. Sarah also loves to be creative, trying out new cooking and baking recipes and loves a good musical. She is naturally empathetic, nurturing, outgoing, and kind. She enjoys finding common interests with everyone she meets and always strives sees the good in people. Giving back and making a difference in the community is important for Sarah, which guided her career in the non-profit industry. She currently runs a local non-profit that provides services for children and families battling childhood cancer.

Brett grew up in Gresham, Oregon with his mom, dad, younger brother, and sister. Brett was also an athlete and played baseball through college. He continued his passion for sports through work and is in a leadership role at a local minor league baseball team in the Portland area. In his free time, Brett loves to garden and has been known to spend hours working in his own yard on a warm summer day. He too loves musicals and also loves a good Disney movie; he is truly a kid at heart. Brett is kind, compassionate, playful, warm, and welcoming. It is important for him that people feel comfortable and at ease and often times inserts a “dad joke” to create laughter and happiness to those around him.

Having both of our jobs with smaller, local organizations, we have been able to prioritize time together as a family over the last few years, which is important to us now and in the future. We make it a point to have joy and love fill our home. With Brett’s naturally playful personality, there is rarely a day that goes by where we are not laughing together. There are many Friday and Saturday nights where you can find us having a “date-night-in” starting with cheese and crackers, a competitive game of cards, scrabble or dominos and ending with a movie. We also love taking weekend trips throughout the Pacific Northwest. Some of our favorite spots are Bainbridge Island, Cannon Beach (our dog’s favorite place!), Leavenworth, Hood River and Spokane. Spending time with our families is also something we enjoy, whether it is having a low-key family dinner or creating new, fun traditions with our nieces and nephews. We recently started a new tradition to have a Halloween party that includes bingo, cake walks, and costume contests for the kids and adults.

We have always dreamed of becoming parents. After struggling with infertility, we began to feel it in our hearts that open adoption was the path for us to complete our family. We love that open adoption provides an honest, loving, and inclusive upbringing for a child and their birth family. We appreciate that it honors the importance of a child knowing their roots and having a relationship with their birth parents. Our hope is to provide a stable, warm, and inviting space for all to feel loved and welcome through an open adoption. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to learn a little more about us!

With Warmth and Love,

Brett and Sarah

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