Chuck and Anne
THANK YOU for allowing us to tell you about our family! We understand that this is a very confusing and stressful time while you figure out the best option for you and your baby. We want you to feel loved and supported no matter where you are in your journey. In our hearts, we know that our family is meant to grow. We are hoping to share our love and commitment with a child. We promise to cherish and love your child with our hearts and souls and provide a safe, happy home and a life with every opportunity possible.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING YOUR TIME TO LEARN ABOUT US.
- WE ARE -
ANNE AND CHUCK
FROM WASHINGTON DC!
What makes each of us unique is a SOURCE OF ADMIRATION to us.
HOW WE MET
Life is unpredictable, and you never know how or when you might meet your soul mate. The important thing is to seize the moment. We met by chance on vacation in Texas while traveling with separate groups of friends n 2012. Anne didn’t believe that Chuck lived in Washington, D.C. in part because she was planning to move back to the area after having studied in the area for college. Shortly after Anne returned, we reconnected and began dating. And the rest you could say, is history!
A CLOSER LOOK AT US
The affection we felt for one another while enjoying various activities quickly revealed our shared interests, common values, and happiness together. Anne grew up in upstate New York, became a vegetarian at a young age, went on to study music and became a teacher. Chuck was born and raised in Washington, D.C., pursued politics in school and worked in government. He is NOT a vegetarian.
Our close-knit group of friends and family embraced our relationship from the beginning and continue to bring us closer together every day. Married life has brought so much joy and happy memories spent traveling, cooking, and taking advantage of our community and everything the nation’s capital has to offer. Our close friends, who are the parents of two adopted children, inspired us to take this path when we decided to start our family.
a little about
What can I say? Anne’s glowing smile, boisterous laugh, and joyful nature light up every room she enters. Anne’s devotion to family and childhood friends tells you everything you need to know about her character and her priorities in life. She never forgets a birthday or special occasion and is often in the kitchen baking cookies and cakes to send to family members or friends.
The encouraging and reassuring way she teaches reveals so much of what will make her a wonderful mother. You can see the instant connection she makes with children when she transforms into the tickle monster, revealing her inner child that never left. She is the ideal partner – confident, compassionate, and courageous.
DO WHAT YOU LOVE,
LOVE WHAT YOU DO!
Written By Anne
For a large part of my career I taught band on the Texas/Mexico border and saw firsthand how much a difference music could make in the lives of my young students. Music has always been a strong part of my life and the minute the bassoon was placed in my hands I loved it because it was as quirky as my middle school self!
When I moved to Virginia, I changed careers and now work in higher education, while it is not as exciting, it is a family-friendly organization and will allow me to put family first. I still play and teach bassoon on the side and look forward to sharing my love and passion for music with our child.
a little about
Written By Anne
What I love about Chuck is that he’s the perfect mix of kindness, humility, incredible patience, and a hidden sense of humor. He can come across as very serious, but when you peel back the layers there is so much under the surface. There is a selflessness about Chuck that never ceases to amaze me.
He’s probably the most caring and dependable person I’ve ever met – a great example of this is when my girlfriends visit Chuck will watch their children so we can have a few hours of much-needed girl time. My friend’s daughter loves when “Uncle Cluck” comes to visit, she immediately pulls him away to go play dolls and tell stories. Watching Chuck interact with the children in our lives reinforces that he will be the perfect partner to parent our child.
DO WHAT YOU LOVE,
LOVE WHAT YOU DO!
Public service was a calling for me ever since high school, but after 15 rewarding years in government, it was time for a change. My new job in the aerospace industry provides a lot more flexibility, and it’s exciting to learn about advances in technology.
Running remains a passion of mine that keeps me fit, relieves stress, and gives me the energy to take on the day. I also love baking bread and cooking almost anything together with Anne – both hobbies that contribute to our healthy lifestyle and deliver great family time together. I look forward to making family meals for and eventually with our child.
NECK OF THE WOODS
When we got married, we wanted to settle in a community that was similar to where we lived as children. We were very fortunate to find such a home in a small neighborhood of houses with lots of young children who play outside while the adults spend time together.
We’re close enough to Washington, DC to take advantage of all a major city has to offer, but are surrounded by parks, playgrounds, and miles of running/biking trails. We cannot wait to play on the playgrounds with our child!
Our school district is as diverse as our community and one of the best in the state. The elementary school is only blocks from our house. We love where we live and can’t wait to fill our home with memories of cooking, playing, reading stories and planning adventures near and far.
- Our Furry Friend -
Abby Sue is our 10-year-old basset hound/ spaniel mix. She is as devoted to us as a dog can be and perfectly fits into our family. Abby is perfectly happy snuggling on the couch with us or going on one of our many hiking adventures; as long as she’s with us she’s happy. Our young nephews love Abby and her dog cousin Lily, and we have been told they play a game where they each pretend they are one of the dogs in this dynamic duo. Abby’s top five favs: family, treats, snuggles, treats and treats.
- what we do -
ANNE: When I’m not bassooning in my free time, I love baking and decorating cakes and cookies. I’ve started a tradition of sending Halloween cookies to all the kids in our life and am often asked to make birthday cakes for family and friends.
CHUCK: In my free time, I enjoy running with a local run club, baking bread, and hiking with Anne and our dog, Abby Sue. In our community, I have served as president of our homeowner’s association and volunteered with a local organization that provides emotional support and companionship for residents in senior homes.
BOTH: A passion for both of us is visiting the national parks in our region and around the country. We love hiking, and when we’re visiting a new place, we always pick a new activity to try. Some favorites have been canyoning, horseback riding, and kayaking. Since exploring can be a great way to learn, we look forward to continuing our love of travel and adventure as we expand our family.
- OUR FAVORITES -
ANNE: Playing with friends
ANNE: The Muppets
CHUCK: The Goonies
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
ANNE: Vanilla cake
CHUCK: Apple pie
We both have big extended families and make a special effort to stay connected with lots of visits during the year and especially during times of celebration. Chuck’s brother owns a farmhouse a few hours from us in Virginia, which has become a gathering spot for his family to come together. Our families have easily integrated, and Chuck’s mom has joined us with Anne’s family on our most recent Christmas ski adventure in Canada. Both families have met-up together in New York on multiple occasions.
LOVE MAKES A FAMILY
We both come from very close families that support each other and get together as often as possible. Chuck’s mom lives 5 miles away in the house he grew up in, and we see her often. Chuck’s older brother lives with his wife and three young children in New York City. We love spending time taking their children on adventures. Unfortunately, Chuck’s father is no longer with us, but his memory is very much alive and remains a constant source of inspiration for us in how we live and support each other.
Anne’s parents also live in the house she grew-up in, in Central New York. They are retired and visit us often. We also like to visit them in New York for a dose of winter or summer fun in their pool. Anne has two brothers that also live out of state, but we visit each other many times throughout the year. Our nephew goes to college in Washington, DC, and we love having him over for a home-cooked meal and time away from dorm life!
- WE -
• Instill the values of honesty, respect, compassion, perseverance, hard work
• Provide love, safety, laughter, empathy
• Allow for curiosity, individuality, exploration, opportunity
We will try to do this every day with love, laughter, and open communication.
More than anything, we want you to know that we will love your child unconditionally and will nurture them to grow up to be the best person they can be.
We are GRATEFUL FOR YOU TAKING THE TIME TO GET A GLIMPSE INTO OUR LIVES and learn about WHY WE ARE SO EXCITED TO BRING A CHILD INTO OUR FAMILY. If you would like to stay in touch we would be more than happy to do so. WE WOULD WELCOME COMMUNICATION THROUGHOUT YOUR CHILD’S LIFE and respect whatever you choose is right for you.
- in closing -
We want you to know that you will always have a special place in our hearts and our family. We can only imagine how difficult this decision is for you to make. Recognizing how much love, compassion, and kindness you have shown, we hope we can be the parents you want your child to have. We promise to love, nurture, and support your child unconditionally and provide the best possible opportunity for a happy and rewarding life. May your life be blessed with beauty, wonder, and joy. We will always cherish the part of you that lives in your child.
WE WOULD LOVE TO
HEAR FROM YOU!