Race of child interested in adopting:No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting:No Preference
My name is Barbara, and I am so grateful that you are taking time to review my profile. I’ve wanted a child of my own for as long as I can remember, and the greatest heartache in my life has been that I haven’t been able to start a family of my own. Through your kindness and mercy, I will be able to have my greatest dream.
I’ve been a special education teacher for the last 10 years and have loved the opportunity to work with children with dyslexia, ADHD, autism, and emotional trauma. Some of my greatest joys have been seeing a child go from not being able to read to not needing special education services any more. I love working with my students and building relationships with them.
I am also very close with my family. Our family gets together on a weekly basis to enjoy one another’s company. All my nieces and nephews are close because we make family activities a priority. It’s not uncommon for all of us to gather at a soccer game, ballet recital, or a graduation. It is because of the close bond with my family that I want to start a family of my own. I want to pass on the family traditions I have grown up with onto my own children.
Thank you for the sacrifices that you are making to bring this child into the world. I hope you will consider me to be the person who takes care and raises your child.
The three most important things to me are education, family, and my religious beliefs. These three things are the things that define who I am. They are what I value and are the foundation for the decisions I make in my life.
I can trace my love of learning to my grandmother on my mothers’ side. When I was a little girl, she would sit with me and read “Alice in Wonderland.” She would teach me the importance of going to school and getting a degree. Early on, I knew that I wanted to go to college. In 2003, I completed my bachelor’s degree in special education and in 2009 I got my Master’s degree in literacy. Though schooling was not easy for me, I worked extra hard because I knew that was something I wanted in life. I am now a special education teacher and love to teach. I love to see the joy in the students who finally understand something they had such a hard time understanding. I love the wonderful interactions I have with them on a daily basis.
The greatest joy in my life comes from spending time with my family. We get together often to build relationships and memories. We love to do things out doors such as hiking, boating, swimming, and rock climbing. I love to be out in nature as I spend one-on- one time with different family members. My family and I get together often to do these outdoors activities.
I have a strong belief in God and Jesus Christ. I believe that God is in the details of our lives and loves us. The decisions I make and the values I live by are based on my relationship with God. I believe that all people should be treated equally and need to be shown love and compassion. I seek spiritual guidance in the decisions I make in life, and I have felt the comfort of God through my trials. Whenever I have a hard time, I turn to God in prayer, and wait for his peace to comfort me.
I live in a wonderful neighborhood with my two little yorkies. I'm within walking distance to an elementary school and a park where I take my dogs regularly. The elementary school my child will attend is one of the highest ranking in the state and has many wonderful teachers I know personally.
I also have wonderful neighbors. There are lots of children in my neighborhood who get together regularly to play. In addition to this, every month, our neighborhood gets together and has a potluck dinner. I have made a lot of friends and know many of my neighbors. I have felt loved and welcomed into my neighborhood since I moved in 3 years ago.
My Extended Family
Ever since I was a little girl, the importance of family has been instilled in me. My grandmother would have all of her children and grandchildren over each Sunday night for pizza and treats. The adults would sit together and talk for hours while all of us grandchildren would get together to create plays, make paper airplanes, jump on the trampoline, play dress up, and make friendship bracelets. When I was younger, I just assumed that was how every family was. It wasn’t until years later I realized what sacrifices she made and still is making to make sure that her family sticks together. I not only know all of my cousins, but am very close with them. Even though my grandma is 83 years old, she still gathers her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren together each Sunday for pizza and treats.
Her influence has impacted my parents as well. My parents make it a point to not only gather together each Sunday, but make sure we all go out together once a month. We’ve done activities like going to the movies, swimming, sledding, 4-wheeling, camping, boating, kayaking, hiking, visiting historical places, and going to local community activities. Recently we stayed at a cabin for the weekend. When my 5 year old niece was asked what her favorite part was, she said, “playing with my cousins.”
My grandmother and parents’ influence impacts my life on a daily basis. These are things that I want to pass-on to my children. I want them to feel the joy that comes from having a strong bond with family. I want them to think the best part of life is spending time with relatives.
My Family Traditions
For 45 years, my dad’s side of the family has had the tradition of going camping for a week at a place called Priest Lake. Each year we would make the 12 hour journey up to northern Idaho to this little get away. This lake is covered with trees and sandy beaches. We would swim, boat, Jet Ski, and hike. Each morning and evening we would gather together for a meal and activities which doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you figure there are about 60-100 people it’s quite a production. At this wonderful place I got to know my cousins, 2nd cousins, and great aunts and uncles. The week was full of mystery and excitement, and it was something we looked forward to each year. Our family has continued this tradition, but now we go to Lake Payette and stay in a condo. The excitement and it is something we look forward to each year.
Going to Priest Lake each year created a sense of adventure in me, and as a result I love to travel. I love to go and learn about different cultures and customs. I’ve traveled to Guatemala, Mexico, England, France, Italy, Germany, and New Zealand. I hope to go to Thailand and somewhere in Africa one day. I plan to continue to travel throughout my life. I feel like it is an important part of discovering who you are and I am excited to take my child on these adventures.
What Led Me To Adoption
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a mother. I love taking care of people and helping them in any way I can. As I have gotten older, I’ve seen siblings, friends, and colleagues have children of their own. I was happy for each of them, but my heart hurt a little more each time I saw their joy, and saw that I wasn’t able have that same experience. About 3 years ago, I decided to move to Idaho to be close to my family. At that time, I began to think about adopting since I couldn’t have my own child. The thought kept coming back to me over and over again and finally this year, I have felt like it was the right time. I am excited to start this new chapter of my life.
Facts About Barbara
- Occupation: Special Education Teacher
- Religion: LDS
- Education: Master’s Degree in Literacy
- Favorite Food: Thai Food
- Favorite Hobby: Photography
- Favorite Movie: What About Bob?
- Favorite Sport: Kayaking
- Favorite Holiday: 4th of July
- Favorite Music Group: Adele
- Favorite TV Show: Revenge
- Favorite Book: Eat,Pray,Love
- Favorite Subject in School: Philosophy
- Favorite Vacation Spot: Guatemala