Words fail to explain my desire and excitement to be a father, so first let me say "Thank you!" for inquiring more into Abby and I as potential adoptive parents. I hope you are able to glean more information about who we are from our website.
I was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, which is where most of my family still lives, but I was fortunate to travel all over the country (and Canada!) playing ice hockey. Abby and I travel back to Indiana a couple of times a year to see our families. Our families also stay with us in our home each year!
I attended Indiana University in Bloomington, which is where Abby and I met. Bloomington is such a special place, and I treasure my experiences while I was there. After obtaining our PhD's, Abby and I accepted research fellowships in Dallas, TX. Though it was a great career opportunity and experience, it wasn't where we ultimately wanted to be.
Now, I am a university professor in the broad area of Exercise Science. I study breathing mechanics/dynamics during exercise and its consequences in health and disease. I certainly enjoy mentoring students and look forward to educating my own children in the future.
I am a hard-worker who likes to learn new things. I love the natural world and find it fascinating. I am caring, empathetic, and strive to live a life of integrity. I like to be goofy when I'm at home with Abby, often making up songs and dances.
For fun, I like to be with family... and I like to do things outdoors. Hiking is a favorite. Running with Abby is cool, especially on trails. We enjoy traveling to small towns and trying new restaurants. We hope to share these activities and adventures with our children!
Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums
Book: The Catcher in the Rye
TV Show: Mostly I watch cable news shows, but my guilty pleasure is Impractical Jokers.
Music(ian): I like all sorts of music - 80's punk, 90's alternative, trip hop, bluegrass, folk, etc. My favorite artist is probably DJ Shadow (his Endtroducing album blew me away when it was released in 1996).
Actor: Everyone in Wes Anderson films (e.g., Bill Murray, Owen and Luke Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, etc.)
Actress: Everyone in Wes Anderson films. (Can you tell that I'm a big Wes Anderson fan?!)
Food: This is a tough one... I love homemade chop suey and chili cheese etouffee from Yat's in Indianapolis. And I haven't had a burger or pizza I didn't like.
Fruit: Pineapple, fresh Honeycrisp apples, and raspberries
Vegetable: Onion and celery are underrated in my opinion. Zesty garlic pickles are delicious, too!
Ice Cream Flavor: Mint chocolate chip
Color: Red ('Cause I'm a Hoosier!)
Sport: Ice hockey and college basketball
Sports Team: IU Hoosiers, NY Islanders (NHL), and Chicago Cubs (MLB)
Activities: I like being with family... doing things outdoors... hiking, running (roads and trails), kayaking, yard work, etc. I also enjoy road trips through Appalachia, antiquing, listening to music, trying new restaurants, completing home projects, conducting scientific research, and mentoring highly-motivated students.
Person: No brainer... Abby!