Heather and Will
Hi! We are Heather and Will.
We currently live in Seattle in a beautiful, diverse, and friendly neighborhood. Heather is a VR product manager and Will is a civil engineer and diplomat for the US Government. We both work from home and enjoy taking walks, gardening and cooking delicious meals together in our free time. We also love playing with our cats, listening to podcasts and hanging out with friends in our backyard.
Will’s job as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID is about to set us on an exciting and unique adventure living abroad. Our family (including our cats, Katze and Allen) will be temporarily relocating to Washington, D.C. for a training program. Beginning around August 2022, we’ll be assigned to a foreign post in another country where we will live. Once we are abroad, Heather is planning to parent full-time while Will continues working.
Our journey together began with a conversation at a friend’s birthday in 2015. We started hanging out, and never really stopped. Will proposed 14 months later in Mozambique, and we got married in 2017 in Maryland. Open and honest communication is a strength in our relationship. We talk about places we want to explore, share memories from our lives before we met, emotionally support each other, analyze our life choices, and constantly try to make each other laugh. Sometimes we just make up songs in the kitchen based on what we’re making for dinner.
We have discovered how much we have in common even though we come from such different backgrounds. Will was raised culturally Jewish in a tight-knit community of family and friends outside of Washington, D.C. Heather grew up outside of Portland, Oregon, agnostic, and independent from a young age. We connected around similar life experiences and goals that we share, including our desire to become parents together. We both lived abroad as teachers (Heather in Korea and Will in Mozambique), and are looking forward to this new adventure of living in a new country together while doing meaningful work.
While we don’t know which country we’ll be living in, we are both comfortable embracing the uncertain adventure in front of us. We are problem-solvers with a demonstrated ability to work together and support one another. Our strong communication skills, close ties to our families, and commitment to one another provide the foundation for an incredible future.
As a parent, Heather looks forward to coming up with games and activities to make everyday tasks fun and inclusive with our child. Will is eager to engage our child in conversations and explore the world outside. We will teach them about creative expression and resourcefulness through playing and tinkering, excited to see what kinds of tiny worlds will be created in our living room (wherever it may be!). We are excited to show our child how wide of a world we live in, exposing them to different cultures, languages, and people.
We envision openness in adoption being built on inclusion, community and conversation; immersing our child in their full story. Even though we will be physically far away, the pandemic has taught us how to make the world feel smaller. We look forward to weaving our child’s adoptive and birth families together through texts, video chats, emails, pictures, and phone calls while we are far away, and through visits with their birth family when we come back home. We are committed to building a strong relationship and connection through open adoption.
Will & Heather