Our names are John "Travis" and Sara Palmer. (Travis is 38 years old, Sara is 34 years old.) We have been together for 12 years (married almost 7). Our children, Rileigh (5/1999) is very creative and artistic, while Miles (9/2012) is very smart and enjoys reading and puzzles. We also have a sweet basset hound named Lady. For fun, we enjoy watching movies, going on mini vacations and day trips, camping, outdoors, and enjoy visiting with family and friends. We have great jobs (Travis is an Executive Director, Sara is an Undergraduate Psychology Adjunct). We have flexibility within our jobs (Sara works from home), which provides us the opportunity to spend more time with our children.
We live in the State of Oregon. Our little town is around 10,000 people and is known for our many covered bridges. We live on the outskirts of town in a 4+ bedroom single family home. We live in a suburban neighborhood and we have wetlands in front and behind our home. In our backyard we have a pear tree, apple tree, blackberry bushes line our back fence, and we have a garden filled with fruits and vegetables. We live on dead-end street, which makes it nice for playing in the front yard with other kids in the neighborhood.
We have two children, Rileigh and Miles. Rileigh and Miles have developed both mentally and socially at an age appropriate level. Beyond having our own children, we both have experience working with children who have experienced loss in their lives. We volunteered for five years at a summer weekend bereavement camp with children who have lost a family member to natural death, cancer, diseases, and more. The camp helped us with understanding the issues associated with the grief process and how support is beneficial to a child. We worked with boys (five to eight years old) and girls (fourteen to eighteen years old) and were their Cabin Big Buddies. Beyond our volunteer experience, we have experience working as mentors, case managers, and positions within mental health.