Ross and Lacey
Hello! We are Ross and Lacey. We have always wanted to become parents through adoption and are excited to begin this journey.
We met in Zambia in 2012 and married in Seattle in 2019. In 2022, we moved to our current home, a hidden gem in Northwest Washington full of trails, trees, mountains, and water. There are so many things we love to do close by, like hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, running, and kayaking. We enjoy spending time at home too, where we have a big garden and beehives. We have three pets: two cats, Pocket and Olive, who love lounging about and soaking up the sun, and our dog June, who loves hiking, running and being anywhere Lacey is.
We first met while volunteering with the Peace Corps in Zambia. Ross was working to promote more sustainable farming and forestry practices, while Lacey was teaching English in a government school. After returning from the Peace Corps, we moved to Washington State, where Lacey continued teaching in elementary schools and Ross began working for Veteran’s Affairs. Lacey loves working with children, she sees the joy and love of learning. She enjoys helping and watching her students learn and grow. Ross feels very fortunate to be able to help veterans and work from home, which allows more him flexibility and time for hobbies.
We love to be outside. You will often find Lacey in the backyard with June, gardening, reading in the sun, or being crafty. You’ll find Ross biking or taking pictures of nature on our walks. When we are not being active, we like to cuddle on the couch with our pets or bake and cook together. On weekends, we try to see friends, whether it is spending time around a bonfire, biking to a brewery, or hosting game nights. As parents, we want to share our love of the outdoors, friends, and good times with our child, while also nurturing their interests and passions.
We are empathetic, kind, and hardworking people. We want what is best for our friends, family, and each other. We support each other’s dreams and work towards them together. We truly love and enjoy being with each other and we challenge each other to do things that make us grow. We will bring all these traits to parenting and to the open adoption.
We believe in open adoption and want our child’s birth family and culture to be part of our family, and we want our child to know who and where they came from. We will support our child in discovering who they want to be, encouraging them along the way to be kind, confident, curious, inclusive, and standing up for what is right. We know that our child cannot have too many people in their support system, and we want our child’s birth family to feel welcomed, respected, and part of our child’s life. Our hope is to create an atmosphere where adoption is discussed openly, honestly, and naturally. We value long term relationships, and our goal is always to be vulnerable, trustworthy, and honest. Our hope for our child is that they feel unconditionally loved, supported, and proud of who they are and where they came from.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. Best wishes, Lacey and Ross