Farrah and Herman
Dear Birth Parents,
Greetings from Salida, Colorado! We thank you for taking time to read this letter and for getting to know a little bit about us.
If you’re not familiar with Salida, it’s a small mountain town about an hour and a half from Colorado Springs. Life here is pretty laid back, as evidenced by the number of people riding their bikes around town. People are noticeably friendly. It’s the kind of place where you know someone everywhere you go. Our local community is also very supportive of the arts, music and education.
The two of us found each other in 2010 while guiding river trips on the Arkansas River. We knew from the beginning that we were destined for a long adventure together. A little over a year after we met, we got married (in a raft, of course) and settled in Salida. We live in a modest home in a quiet neighborhood where most people walk down the middle of the street (because there’s no traffic). We spend ample time working on our “mini farm” which includes a big garden, five chickens and someday a pig! Our spare time is filled with adventures; usually rafting, biking or skiing.
For work, Farrah is self-employed as a graphic designer. She also runs a small shop downtown, where she designs all the t-shirts and jewelry sold.
I (Herman) work at Salida High School as a math teacher. Salida School District has been named a district of distinction by the state for 5 years in a row. The district also operates on a 4-day/week schedule which is great for the students and the teachers.
We each had very different upbringings. Farrah grew up in the suburbs of Denver. After graduating from the University of Colorado, she spent her summers working as a river guide in Colorado and West Virginia, then working winters in the ski towns of Jackson Hole and Crested Butte. Upon turning thirty, she felt the need to return to school to study graphic design and ended up in New York City. Fueled by her sense of adventure, she spent over 12 years working and traveling, from skiing in Argentina to floating 18 days down the Grand Canyon (on the Colorado River).
I grew up surrounded by Amish farms in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After college, I lived and worked on the Navajo and Hopi Indian Reservations in northern Arizona for 11 years. I was a teacher and coach in communities that were plagued with poverty and addiction. All those years living in a different culture and removed from mainstream society allowed me to grow in ways I never imagined. In 2009, I moved to Colorado in search of a place to call home. I was fortunate to land in Salida. I have also had my share of adventures, including touring New Zealand and the Netherlands by bike, living in Guatemala for 3 months and hiking through Northern Spain with my dad.
Together, we dream of having a family and sharing our love of the outdoors with a child (or two). Our efforts to reproduce have been unsuccessful and therefore adoption makes the most sense for us. The idea of sharing the adventures and life experiences we’ve learned along the way is what truly excites us about having children. The further we walk through this process, the more excited we get to start a family.
You are making incredibly difficult decisions for yourself and your child. We admire your courage in choosing adoption. We would be honored and humbled to be gifted with a child.
Herman and Farrah