Hello, and thank you so much for choosing to learn a little about us and how we got here. We are Douglas and Sara.
On a random weekend, one of Doug’s best friends began bugging him early in the evening to come and meet up with him and some friends. After chatting for a while, we realized that our mothers lived across the street from one another when we were in high school. Sara was the pretty blonde girl across the street who Doug was always too nervous to talk to! We exchanged texts the next day and went on our first date within a week.
It wasn’t long before we began our adventures together. Our first road trip was through the U.P. We visited Traverse City/Petoskey, where we discovered how much we enjoyed Pond Hill Farm. Returning every fall since this first trip has become an annual adventure. Eventually, we moved in together before getting married on New Year’s Eve!
After a couple of years of marriage and traveling, we wanted to grow our family. We were unsuccessful in our attempts and began the adoption process. Much to our surprise, we were blessed in 2019 with the pregnancy of our son, Liam, and had to put the adoption on hold. Adoption never left our thoughts, and we knew we wanted Liam to have a sibling(s). We are very excited to adopt and welcome a child into our loving, adventuring, and fun family!
My passion for helping others led me to my current career in Human Resources. This job is perfect for me because I get to help others be happy and successful in their careers. For the first ten years of my career, I worked for various non-profits in their HR departments, and I now work for a company that makes life-saving medicines. I also lead the company’s charitable giving program in the greater Lansing area.
Outside of work and volunteering, you can usually find me at yoga class, spin class, or kayaking on a nice day. I mostly stick to summer sports but enjoy snowshoeing if the temperature is above single digits. I was raised in a home where being outdoors and active was the way of life, and I continue to enjoy that lifestyle with my family.
In my adult years, my love for travel has taken over, and in the past ten years, I have averaged visiting one new country a year. I cannot wait to welcome another child into our family to share these passions and experiences.
From being raised in a small town to hopping around the world and living in big cities, I have seen and experienced a lot.
My upbringing in a small town with a close-knit family has greatly impacted who I am today and what I want out of life. My formative years were spent outdoors riding my bike, building forts, throwing a football in the snow, and playing with my brothers. We went on many camping trips each summer out to Colorado with my stepmother’s family.
From a young age, I have loved being with people, helping other’s out, and making them smile. I attribute this to why I joined the military, which easily had the biggest impact on my life. Being in the Marines for five years, I met people from all walks of life here in the U.S. and abroad, which shaped my outlook on people and life.
I enjoy what I do at General Motors and love that it allows me the flexibility to spend time with my family doing activities that make me happy. I love Detroit (pro), and Michigan (college) sports and rarely miss watching a football or basketball game. I go to games occasionally but prefer watching at home with family and neighbors.
I have loved the outdoors since I was a kid. Back then, I’d spend ten hours a day riding my bike or building forts in the woods. Nowadays, I am usually golfing or hunting, but I also love playing softball, boating, hiking, traveling, and going on adventures. Family trips are some of my fondest childhood memories, and I cannot wait to make more with my family in the coming years.
In September 2019, we welcomed our son Liam to our family. The past three years with Liam have been filled with a lot of laughter, joy, and excitement (along with a few frustrations of raising a toddler).
Liam is a very curious and social little boy. He absolutely loves when friends or cousins come over for play dates, adores all things animals (especially dinosaurs), and gets excited about anything he can help with around the house.
When we ask him about becoming a big brother, he gets a big cheesy smile on his face and excitedly asks if it will be a brother or sister. I anticipate we will want to help with caring for a baby and will want to show his new sibling everything he has learned over the years.
Liam loves swimming in the summer, taking afternoon trips to the zoo, and taking to our dogs for walks. I’m so excited for him to be able to share these experiences with a sibling.