We have been happily married for 4 years and live a fun life full of good food, travel, games and music. Having our own family is important to both of us and we’re excited to adopt and be parents.
Thank you for looking at our profile and we hope this letter will give you insight into who we are and the great life we will lovingly give our child.
We met in 2010 at work and became friends quickly. Our work involved a lot of studying, and soon we were together on a regular basis working away at a library or coffee shop followed by dinner. After a few months, we were a couple without realizing we had even started dating yet everyone around us knew. Once we were together, we knew this was the relationship we were both waiting to find.
We have had many experiences together in our marriage – but whether we are going through something difficult or something great, we are always there for one another. Our relationship is very strong and we are best friends. We are completely ourselves with one another, which allows us to be our playful, goofy selves. Our relationship is based on strong communication, putting each other first, and mutual respect. We love to take care of each other and make it a priority to compliment and support each other every day.
We share a passion for food, travel, and love of our pets. We enjoy cooking together every night – it gives us the chance to connect and to talk about our day. Carroll’s domain is cooking inside while Robert is the grill master; we are known for our cooking and entertaining of family and friends. Our competitive spirit makes playing games at home a lot of fun. We love a good game of ping pong or cards. We love being outside and spend a lot of time in our backyard watching sports, having dinner, enjoying music, and sitting by a fire.
Travel is important to both of us and we are fortunate to have traveled in and out of the United States. We love seeing different cultures and being open to new experiences and local cuisine. Whether it is exploring a big city, relaxing on a tropical beach, or hiking in the mountains we are open to experiencing as much as we can. One of our favorite trips this year was to our timeshare in Maui that we cannot wait to experience with our child.
We cannot imagine a home without our fur babies. We have two golden retrievers named Austin and Bailey who are brother and sister and one Himalayan Persian cat named Kahlua who we love to spoil. Although Kahlua is only 7 pounds, compared to our 90 pound dogs, she rules the house and everyone in it. There is a great trail near our house which allows us to go for regular walks.
Although we both come from close knit families, our family structures are quite different. Carroll’s an only child with a large extended family in California and Robert comes from a large family (1 brother and 3 sisters) and lots of extended family who live in Texas. We are both close to our families and love to spend as much time with them as we can. Our families get along great and it is always a big party whether we are in Texas or California.
Early on, we both worked hard to advance our careers and now enjoy leadership positions in upper management. This success has provided us with a comfortable lifestyle and financial stability. Our home is on a large lot with beautiful mature trees and lots of room to play outside in a highly desired neighborhood in Orange County, California. One reason we chose this area is because it has highly ranked schools which will provide our child with a great education. We love exploring the many restaurants and parks around our house – and the occasional trip to Disneyland which is only 15 minutes away.
About Carroll by Robert
Carroll is one of the most loving and selfless people I know and I am certain she will be a wonderful mother. She has always been interested in the idea of adoption and is super excited to begin this journey. Carroll has a strong belief in family and community which is evident in our family dinners every weekend with her Mother.
While we both enjoy cooking, Carroll has truly amplified this passion and loves to watch cooking shows every Sunday morning to pick out a great meal for the upcoming week. Her passion for cooking rivals her love of music. You will always find her listening to music whether we are inside cooking or outside hanging out with the dogs. She has also attended quite a few live concerts by many of the living legends of our day.
Carroll has truly made our house a home with her love of decorating and style. The holidays are always festive in our house whether it is a ridiculous number of pumpkins for Halloween or the giant real Christmas tree she decorates for Christmas. She likes to pick the biggest 8’-9’ tree we can find and then smiles as I try to carry it from our car into the house. The payoff is worth it as it is always beautifully decorated and full of joy. She can already imagine wrapping presents for our child and seeing the joy they get when opening up their presents on Christmas morning.
She is extremely driven which is evident in her obtaining an undergraduate degree as well as her Masters degree in Business Administration. She put herself through college working many jobs which is where she met many of her long-time friends. She has a great group of friends who live near us who she has known for many years now. Most of them have babies and small children so I can already see her meeting them for playdates at one of the local parks near our house.
Carroll’s drive has allowed her to have success in the business arena as well. She manages the Orange County division for a major company where she has a large team that relies on her for leadership. This work has positioned her well for motherhood as she is a mentor and coach to many of her co-workers and peers. She is great with people and knows how to provide the right amount of encouragement, flexibility and discipline to be well respected by her colleagues.
Carroll’s mother cannot wait to be a Grandmother. As an only child, Carroll has always been close to her family. Carroll’s father, Ernie passed a couple years ago from cancer which was exceptionally difficult for all of us. With his passing, Carroll stepped up even more to be there for her Mother and his loss has even strengthened their relationship. Carroll’s Mom is ready and fully supports us as we expand our family through adoption.
About Robert by Carroll
Robert is one of the kindest, most patient, and genuine people I know. He has a quiet dignity about him that reminds me of my much revered grandfather on my mother’s side. He treats everyone around him with respect and unending patience. He was absolutely born to be a father and I have no doubt he will be an exceptional dad. It has been really fun to see him with all of his nieces and nephews – they absolutely adore their Uncle Robert. When we go home to Texas, he can be found throwing a football or watching one of their favorite shows with them.
Robert grew up in a large, close-knit family. His family has loads of fun together and are consistently supportive of one another. As a child, he and his brother played virtually every sport available to them and could often be found outside playing. I think his love of sports helped shape the person he is today – competitive and team oriented. He also competed at a very high level in tennis, which is a sport he still enjoys today. I have always been impressed with his athleticism and agility.
Robert prioritized his education at the University of Texas where he majored in Economics and belonged to a business fraternity. Following graduation he became a manager at a major company. Early on, although he was young, he was quickly put in a position to manage people who were senior in experience and/or age but he was able to earn their respect and trust given his character and knowledge.
He has a lot of college friends he keeps in touch with and has a really solid network of friends I have enjoyed getting to know. When he was in college, he spent a summer in Spain teaching English to kids. He has always been a mentor and a teacher in school and in his professional life which has reinforced his patient character and ability to influence. He is so good with people and has a genuineness that simply shines through.
Robert is especially close to his family and I know how much he misses being able to see them on a regular basis. He has been so good with my family and was absolutely my rock when my dear Father passed away. He has stepped up to help my Mother and has been generous with his time and support.
Robert is loving and gives every part of himself – he is clearly meant to be a husband and a father. I truly could not ask for a better partner or future father.
What we have to offer a Child
We were both extremely fortunate to grow up with amazing parents who helped instill a hard work ethic, respect, and a family first mentality. These are values we hope to pass on to our child. Growing up we both had family dinner every night which is something we do now together and plan on continuing with a family. We feel that this time together allows everyone in the family to stay connected and communicate with one another.
We believe experiences are important whether it is playing on a sports team to learn teamwork and discipline or playing a musical instrument to have an appreciation for the arts.
Education is also important to both of us and we plan on providing for our child as much as we can to ensure they are in the best place to live a happy, successful life. Our area has great public schools and we will encourage our child to attend college on us so they start their professional life without debt.
Our child will have tons of nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles to spoil them! Robert’s side alone already has 6 kids (4 under the age of 5) so they will all have a blast during family reunions back in Texas or on visits out here in California.
Thoughts on Adoption
We want to thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and hope you know by now that we are thrilled about expanding our family through adoption. We are open to learning more about you if you are interested and would be happy to meet you in person. We believe our child’s family history is important and will be open with them about their adoption and the ultimate sacrifice you made to allow us to have the family we always wanted.
If you would like to learn more about us or to arrange an initial phone call, please call Cindy (anytime) at A Loving Alternative (800) 556-5635.