We live outside of Davis, CA surrounded by diverse cultures and traditions.
Education, Family, Community & Nature.
Ocean Song Farm and Wilderness Center - the place where we got married!
Thanksgiving because we get to spend it with our large and loving family.
We're both conversational in Spanish and eager to learn more!
Hello, we’re Emily and Spencer. We’ve built a happy life and loving home over the past 17 years, and we’re thankful for the opportunity to grow our family through open adoption. We’ve been so fortunate to see the love that adoption brings — we’ve had family and best friends welcome little ones into their homes through adoption. We are grateful that you are considering us in your search, and we look forward to hearing your story.
We met at the University of California, San Diego, and had an instant spark because we had such similar upbringings. We’ve been inseparable ever since. Just this past year we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary! We’ve always worked at the same university, and now we both work as educators and student advisors at the University of California, Davis.
As a couple, we love that we can be so different. Spencer is an outgoing extrovert and Emily is a serene, gentle introvert. Spencer is a creative, artistic soul and Emily is more of a nerdy scientist. But, these yin-yang qualities between our personalities are what bring a wonderful source of balance and happiness to our marriage.
Even though we seem different, our values are what make us one. Together, we strongly value education, building community, family, cooking for others, and spending lots of time in the great outdoors.
Emily has the rare gift of being both “head-smart” and “heart-smart.” She is very empathetic and dedicated to family, and it is amazing to see the way she connects with children, especially our two nieces as they play make-believe and read stories together. She is always curious to learn and achieve new things, which is why she was the first in her family to earn a PhD! She has spent her career mentoring young people in the sciences and promoting the importance of education – and she will undoubtedly pass these values on as a mother. Emily also loves being active and spending time outdoors, whether it’s trail running, cycling, hiking, or camping in the mountains. She’s a smart, accomplished, loving, strong woman… and, I can’t wait to see her be a mom.
Spencer will always have the soul of a teacher. He is passionate about education and mentoring young adults to become the best versions of themselves. He, too, loves to learn new things and reads just about anything he can get his hands on. When our home study caseworker suggested some reading material about open adoption, every book listed was on its way to our house by the next day. Spencer also strives every day to learn more about himself so that he can be a better partner, son, friend, and one day, parent. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone so ready and open to be a loving father. Spencer also loves all things music — playing music, listening to music, and learning about music. He plays several different instruments, with his one true love being the drums. We have a music room in our house for him, and our next adventure is buying a piano so that we can both learn to play!
We live just outside of the charming college town of Davis, CA, in a quiet neighborhood with lots of families and about a dozen kids so far! We own a cute ranch-style home, and our backyard looks onto open farmland filled with sunflowers and tomatoes where we take our dog for walks each day. We are within walking distance of a great school and lots of public parks, and just a short drive from rivers, mountains, and the ocean.
We enjoy going to local concerts, sporting events, and the amazing farmer’s markets right at our workplace! We’re fortunate to be surrounded by diverse cultures, languages, and traditions – which we look forward to sharing with a little one someday.
Our dog, Rosa (named after Spencer’s hometown of Santa Rosa, CA), is a very sweet 2-year-old black lab mix who LOVES to play fetch. She loves going for hikes and sticking her head out of the car window, and she always wants to be near people.
Our cat, Bagheera (named after the panther in The Jungle Book), is 14 years old, and he has been with us since he was a kitten. When he was younger, he loved climbing things and hunting rodents, but now that he’s an old man he mostly just lounges around the front yard, watching passersby.
We want you to know that we will love your child unconditionally, teach them about who they are and where they come from, and give them the best life we possibly can. We will encourage lots of curiosity and exploration.
We’re so grateful that you would consider sharing the journey of open adoption with us. We look forward to meeting you and learning about the dreams you have for your child.
Emily & Spencer