Sarah & Craig
Hello, we are Sarah and Craig (and our pup, Yumi),
Thank you for taking the time to read our letter to learn a little about us. Our story began in Amsterdam in 2011, where Craig was living at the time and where Sarah was visiting one of her sisters who also lived there. The connection following our first conversation felt special and was something we wanted to explore. Since our relationship started as long-distance, we were apart more than we were together over the next few years. We got really good at talking about everything, even the hard stuff, and came together on shared values. This combined with our goofiness and senses of humor sealed the deal for us. We were thrilled when Craig’s job relocated him to San Francisco in 2013, which was a quick plane ride away from Sarah in Washington State. We tied the knot in Hawaii in 2014 and celebrated with close friends and family who traveled from around the world to be there. Not long after our wedding, Craig moved to Washington and we were so happy to (finally) live in the same place!
Sarah was the youngest of three girls, and raised by her parents who emigrated from Korea as young adults. Her parents spoke Korean in the home- some of which came back to Sarah during a recent trip to Korea as she interpreted for Craig the whole time. Sarah grew up and went to college in the Midwest, and spent some time in Arizona before settling down in Washington. Craig was the middle child of three boys. He grew up, and attended University in Australia before traveling around Europe for nine months and settling down for a few years in Amsterdam, and then California, before joining Sarah in Washington.
Our day-to-day life is relaxed as we try to keep a good balance of work, downtime, and fun activities. Sarah is compassionate, loves helping others, and has worked as a retail pharmacist for the last 20 years. She recently changed to part time while completing a certificate program in nutrition in hopes of shifting her focus to more health maintenance, and prevention. Craig does business development for a technology company and enjoys the dynamic nature of a large enterprise. Our house is in a lively urban neighborhood with multiple parks, friendly neighbors, and great restaurants. We usually take turns cooking and Sarah especially loves when Craig makes his amazing lasagna, but we are also regulars at a local Korean restaurant! Along with our dog, Yumi, we like getting outside and staying active, whether just taking an after-dinner stroll, or going for a run or bike ride. The mountains are a short drive away and we hike and camp in the summer and ski or snowboard in the winter. We both have a passion for traveling and learning about other cultures, and we treasure the relationships we have made with friends along the way. We also have a great group of local friends that we often gather with for meals or backyard barbeques. Although we both moved here from other places, the Pacific Northwest has quickly become our home and we are so grateful to live in such a beautiful place.
Our journey to become parents has not been easy. After trying to start a family, we learned our chances to get pregnant were slim, and started looking into adoption. Open adoption felt right to us because we believe children should understand and know about all parts of themselves and be connected to their birth families. We are also excited to embrace and welcome our child’s birthparents, and extended birth families into our lives, and provide all the love and support we can. Once we become parents, we plan to continue our life adventures and teach and guide our child along the way. We welcome you to join in with us in whatever ways might feel comfortable for you.
Craig & Sarah