I grew up in a small historic town in New Hampshire. I am the youngest of three kids. My sister and my brother are both married and live in New England near my parents. My family is very close, and we spend holidays together as well as frequent Sunday dinners at my parents. I was raised in a very loving home by parents that supported us and did everything they could to provide a happy home. I didn’t leave New England until I was 31. My dad was in the Navy when he met my mom, and they lived all over the country before I came along. I have always loved hearing stories of places they lived and people they met. I always knew I wanted to move someday and have those same experiences. It is difficult at times to live so far from my family, but I go home to visit as often as I can, and we talk on the phone almost every day. Right before the pandemic, I enrolled in cosmetology school and became a hair stylist, something I always thought I would be good at. Now I am a hair extension specialist. But mostly what I have always wanted to be is a mom. I loved growing up in a home with a stay-at-home mom and that’s what I plan to do. I knew at a young age I wouldn’t be able to have children of my own and have always felt called to adoption. When I met Mike and found out he was adopted I just thought, “That’s it, that’s how we will start our family”. It felt meant to be.