Hi, we are Dawn, Scott, Lilly, Ian (and Brew & Libby the dogs). Thanks for taking the time to get to know a bit about us!
Scott was born in Pendleton, Oregon and grew up the same town. Dawn is originally from California with roots in Boise, Idaho, Southern Oregon, Portland, Oregon and now lives in Pendleton, Oregon. We met over a decade ago through mutual friends and have been together ever since, getting married in 2015 and having our daughter the same year. Our dogs are Libby and Brew. Libby is a half lab/half german shepherd and Brew is an older chocolate lab, he's been with us for nearly the entire 10 years.
We love spending time together whether it is going out to dinner, going for a walk, or traveling to Puerto Rico (among other places!). We are active family and you can bet we always have plans for our next adventure. We enjoy traveling, visiting family, visiting new places, eating at new restaurants, and loving life.
We spend our free time being fairly active and on the go. Scott is a fisherman, runner and we are both nature-lovers who enjoys hiking, backpacking, and seeking new places to explore. Dawn loves swimming, sports, and traveling. Together, we love to try new things, restaurants, campsites, towns, cities, parks, and spending time with our family and friends. We also love being at home working on projects, and watching some tv, trying out new recipes, and barbequing and hanging in the hot tub in the backyard.
Scott is a generous and hard-working person you can always count on. He is a pharmacist and is a loyal and dedicated professional. He can solve any problem, big or small, and gets a lot of joy from helping others. He has been a pharmacist for nearly 20 years and is passionate about his career.
Dawn is nurturing, funny and warm and is the planner of the family. She loves one-on-one, heartfelt conversations and is very easy to get to know. She is an Athletic Director for a Community College in Pendleton and loves surrounding herself with sports, athletes and the fun it brings when around young minds and energy. We both feel so fortunate to have careers we enjoy with a good work/life balance.
We value inclusion, equality and inherent dignity for every person. Those values are and will continue to be reflected in our parenting and in our relationship with our new child. We can't wait to share our loving community, adventures, and passions with our future child.
Pendleton is located at the base of the Blue Mountains in Northeastern Oregon. Pendleton is known worldwide for the Pendleton Round Up (Rodeo), which takes place the second week of September for more than a 100 years. We are equally proud of our school district that provides diverse opportunities for students in preparation for their lives after high school. Pendleton has 22 public parks and 20 landscape and recreation sites including an aquatic center, auditorium, club room and little league parks and theaters. Pendleton has been awarded the "Best town in Oregon to raise a family" , by Bloomsburg Business week. Is is also rated the top 10 in the state for graduation rates, ranked top 10 safest city in Oregon, most solarized city in Oregon with sate of the art aquifer storage and recovers systems. And an abundance of cultural activities: art center, library, community theater, symphony, historical attraction, movies in the park, underground tours, saddle making, tribal museum: Tamastslikt, highschool and collegiate athletic programs. Moreover, best river walk in Eastern Oregon, also many outdoor activities, hunting, fishing, skiing, snowshoeing cycling, hiking. There is also a rural airport in Pendleton with direct 50min flight to Portland. Finally, we can't forget the beauty of the Blue Mountains, Umatilla river, and the city surrounded by wheat fields and many other agricultural crops.
We love our home and community. We live within blocks of several highly rated parks, restaurants, a library, an elementary school, a farmer's market, and community event spaces. Our ranch-style house has a backyard, hot tub, grassy space to run around, and a large deck for barbecues and get-togethers (which is great since we love to have people over). Some of our closest friends live in the same town, and they all will be very active in our child's life.
Dawn brings a background in :
Being a sport coach 4 years
YMCA - Mentor, coach, trainer, and referee for ages 5-15 for 6 years
Teacher/Instructor College - 6 years
Refugee Ambassador 5 years (focused on resettling refugees from the Middle East to Boise, ID).
Taught English in Italy for a year
Extensive international and domestic travel (South Korea, Italy, Paris, Ireland, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Mexico to name a few and been to nearly 25 states in the US)
Athletic Director (mentor, coach, teacher) - 4 years
Big Sister Big Brother Big Sister program - 5 years
Trained and volunteered in Domestic Violence hotline, sexual assault hotline, and worked 5 years at DV shelter. Over 100hrs of training relating to trauma, violence, child and adult-focused.
Volunteer at a variety of youth programs over the last 20years
Scott has raised 2 boys (21 and 18), and spends a great deal of his time with his kids, teaching hobbies, traveling and including them in all parts of his life. He travels with his family and loves to share life experiences to them.
Together we have a great deal of parenting training, education and a wide variety of experience.
Our family and community are ready to support our child, their birth family, and us as we grow together as a family. We are grateful to be part of such a loving and supportive circle and look forward to expanding it even further through open adoption.
We live in an urban part of a small town. Our home is within walking distance to schools, downtown, art center, aquatic center, library, and many parks. We also live across one block from the river walk that leads to path along along the Umatilla River. The path offers, parks, fishing sport, and bike paths, along with leisure walking. We also live 1 mile from a skate park and from a city park with a playground, tennis courts, basketball court, field, and view of the blue mountains.