Paul & Rachel
– Utah –
What do you call a fake noodle? An Impasta! (Dad Joke) Hi we are Paul and Rachel, and we are excited for the opportunity to adopt and be first-time parents! We met at our local university 8 years ago. After Rachel survived our first date and her first time mountain biking (down hill in the dark) the rest was history, and we have been married for 5 years. We love to laugh, play games, and hiking in any season. Our favorite thing about living in Utah is that our families are close. We have 12 amazing nieces and nephews whom we adore. We are excited to have a third member of our family to make memories and share our love with. Thank you for your time to look over our profile and consideration of placing your child
Paul very passionate about life and loves trying new things. This includes baking experiments inspired by The Great British Baking Show, home improvement projects such as our new backyard walkway and fire-pit, and gardening which right now means an avocado pit sprouting in our kitchen. Paul is fluent in Spanish, which he learned while serving a church mission for two years in Argentina. He is also successful in setting goals, putting in dedicated work, and achieving them, which got him through medical school. He puts spending time with his family as a priority, even after a long shift. Paul is an amazing husband, who Rachel's grandparents tell her younger sister to marry someone like him, because of his genuinely kind to everyone. He loves being an uncle and looks forward to raising his own children.
Spunky is the one word I would use to describe Rachel. Rachel is always looking for new things to try and loves sharing this enthusiasm and curiosity with those around her. I think that is why she is a naturally good teacher, and is able to teach and love 6th grade preteens. She conquers her fears and encourages those around her to do the same, and loves that her work's motto is Try, Fail, Try Again. She loves spending time in the mountains hiking in sunshine or snowstorms, playing games especially UNO since she usually wins, and playing practical jokes usually involving fake spiders on me. She is smart, thoughtful, kind, and patient which makes her a wonderful role model to her students and one day to the children in our own family.
We live in the heart of Salt Lake City, which makes both our commutes really short. It is also only a 5 minute walk to Liberty Park where we love to run and feed the ducks. We live a beautiful refurbished basement apartment. We have an amazing land lord from Greece, who has introduced us to some amazing Greek foods. We also have well developed fruit producing trees including quince and fig. In addition to the trees we have a pergola covered in grape vines that always produces more grapes then we can use. Our land lord also has a lamb spit that his family uses to celebrate Easter.
Trap our cat! He sometimes he thinks he is a dog and will play fetch with hair ties. We got him from a family living on a farm, so he is a mouser. Unfortunately he has to settle for catching the spiders that come into our home, which Paul especially loves Trap for. He is a very patient cat and does well with our friends' children.
We are both bless to have our families living close. Paul is the youngest of four, and his siblings are all married with children of their own. We get together often for Sunday dinner and birthdays. But for a family of musicians, I don't think they have ever sang Happy Birthday together on key. Rachel is the oldest of three, and both of her siblings are still starting careers and going to college as they live at home. Rachel's family gets together to play games regularly and it is a miracle how close they are considering how competitive they are when it comes to a game like Clue. We also have a tradition of vacationing with our families, which we love and cherish those memories!
We love holidays! We especially love door bell ditching neighbors. Halloween we go BOOing leaving Halloween cookies, and Valentines we give heart attacks by putting hearts all over our neighbor's door and leaving a treat. Although one year a more mature-aged neighbor caught us hiding around a corner and I think we almost did give her a real heart attack. Another tradition we have done is making each other Christmas ornaments. This has been a fun excuse to attempt new skill of carving wood, blowing glass, painting yearly events, or making ceramics. Our favorite thing about holidays though is definitely spending time together. Another tradition we have is we set a night aside during the week to have a family night, where we alternate who is in charge to plan a fun activity to do together.