We imagine creating a loving, healthy home environment that provides our child with rich opportunities to learn about life and the world through family trips, lessons, sports and the arts. As we mentioned, Tina's parents live two blocks away, and would be a daily presence in the life of their grandchild. Jay's parents also live in California, and spend time with us regularly, too. Once we have adopted our child, some of the things we plan on doing as a family (at an age-appropriate time in the child's life) include:
- Walking together to the Farmer's Market on Sunday morning to buy fresh, organic produce, then stopping by the park on the way home to play and enjoy a picnic lunch.
- Spending days at the beach, flying kites, watching the sea lions and building sand castles.
-Going to the children's zoo and children's theater - both right down the street from us.
- Taking regular trips to the nearby Stanford art museum and its famous outdoor sculpture garden, providing an early appreciation for art and culture.
- Attending outdoor community concerts hosted by Palo Alto, which offer children the chance to play with each other and dance.
- Traveling to nearby San Francisco to visit the science museum, strolling through Chinatown and watching the ships passing beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Joining our neighbors to block off our cul-de-sac for a block party, so the kids can ride Big Wheels in the street, run three-legged races and the parents can barbeque.
- Teaching the joy of sports - both individual and on a team, such as tennis, soccer, and bicycling.
- Playing board games together as a family
- Jay and I love to play cribbage and word games such as Boggle, Scattergories & Pictionary.
- Going up to Lake Tahoe, in the Sierras, to play in the snow, cross-country ski and build a snowman.
- Spending time at Bass Lake with Jay's family - waterskiing, exploring Yosemite National Park, fishing in small ponds and streams and frolicking in the water.
Traveling widely to faraway cities such as London, Buenos Aires and Hong Kong, to give our child exposure to different cultures, endow them with confidence and empower them with a spirit of adventure that will last a lifetime. These are just some of the activities we envision; others will be guided by our child's developing interests and passions.
We recognize that while structure is very important in a child's life, so is freedom, time to daydream and the desire to explore. We want our child to have the best childhood imaginable - including learning life's lessons - and will do everything we can to make that a reality.
In terms of faith, Jay and I both believe in God, and plan to share our beliefs in a loving and supportive way. Most important, we will teach our child to be a good person and treat everyone - no matter what their background - with dignity and respect. We plan to provide all the love, guidance, support and self-confidence that's humanly possible, so that they can pursue their dreams in life, whatever those dreams might be, and find joy in the pursuit.