Fernanda & Lance

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Fernanda

Caregiver

Age 40
Gender Female
Status

Religion Spiritual

Education Some College

Profession HR Business Partner

Zodiac Sign Virgo

Political Affiliation Very Liberal

Lance

Hero

Age 49
Gender Male
Status

Religion Other

Education Bachelor’s Degree

Profession Technology Sales

Zodiac Sign Virgo

Political Affiliation Very Liberal

Edmonds Beach

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the night sky?

It make me feel we are all connected- my family in Brazil is looking at the same sky I am, and makes me feel part of something larger.

Fernanda

Fernanda's family from Brazil

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Bali, Indonesia

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My philosophy on parenting is...

Listening and understanding. I want to truly allow space for our child to discover and share their voice.

Fernanda

Lola, our Boston Terrier

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Favorite season and why?

Fall is my favorite season- the air is cooler and change is in the air. Football, chili and the potential for snow are also great.

Lance

What scares you?

Honestly- I am terrified of scorpions and snakes. Those are real fears. In life, I usually very brave but not making an impact in the world and people around me is a scary thought.

Fernanda

Loki, our French Bulldog

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Kyoto, Japan

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Loki, dressed as Baby Shark

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My favorite place in the World is...

My favorite place is South Africa. When we visited, I enjoyed seeing the animals (especially the lions!) in the wild as well as experiencing a very different culture. The food was amazing too!

Lance

What is the best word to describe your family?

Acceptance. We come from different countries with different cultures and we have learned and accepted so much about each other.

Fernanda

Dogs or cats?

I love all animals and we have dogs currently, but I love cats. When Fernanda and I met, I had cats that moved with me from college to Seattle. I really hope we will add another cat to our family.

Lance

Do you consider yourself religious or spiritual?

I am very spiritual. I was raised Catholic and later on evangelical/Christian, and those values have certainly stuck with me.

Fernanda

Do you have kids? How would they feel about a sibling?

We do not have any kids, but our dogs Lola and Loki are thrilled to add get another human around here!

Fernanda

Complete the sentence, “I can’t live without……”

I cannot live without human interactions. I enjoy communicating and need friends and family in my life daily.

Fernanda

My neighborhood is a good place to raise a family because…

It is very diverse! Here we have people form all cultures and backgrounds of life. I enjoy getting to know my neighbors and extended families, and love all of the different cuisines!

Fernanda

In five years, our relationship with you will...

Be stronger and continue to grow. Relationships require care and we are always learning from each other.

Lance

My favorite place in the World is...

Europe! I love how close all the countries are so you can get to visit many different cultures easily.

Fernanda

Favorite season and why?

Summer in Seattle is my favorite. We have long and mild summer days here so we are able to enjoy the parks and lakes after our workday is done.

Fernanda

The most special thing I own is...

A dress my grandma made just for me when I was 15. It still fits and I don’t ever wear because I don’t want it to get old.

Fernanda

In five years, our relationship with you will...

Our relationship will be even better. Having a child together is a dream we had for so long and our family will be complete; our relationship will be solidified as parents.

Fernanda

I hope you are...

Authentically yourself. Come as you are and we will get to know each other.

Fernanda

Dogs or cats?

I love them both but especially dogs! I love the flat nose dogs and currently have two pups: one Boston Terrier and on French Bulldog.

Fernanda

My best friend would describe me as......

Resilient and loyal. She has watched me go through so much in life and keep going forward. We are here for each other through it all!

Fernanda

Three years from now, I hope our birth mom is…..

Healthy, happy, and confident in the choice she made choosing Fernanda and I to raiser her child.

Lance

If you had to live on an RV or sailboat for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Sailboat! I love the ocean and being on the water makes me so happy.

Fernanda

If I could have dinner with anyone -- dead or alive -- I would pick...

I would pick Nelson Mandela because I am in awe of his ability to stand up for the rights of the oppressed, while forgiving the people and system that created so much difficulty and pain in his life.

Lance

Complete the sentence, “I can’t live without……”

Travel- seeing the world outside our local cities is a must. Exploring other places makes me feel closer to human kind.

Lance

If you had to pick a famous person to play you in a movie, who would it be?

I think a strong Latina like Penelope Cruz would be so amazing! I want to see people who look like me on screens and movies.

Fernanda

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the night sky?

The first thing that comes to my mind is that no matter where in the world a person is, they see the same sky at night.

Lance

If I could have dinner with anyone -- dead or alive -- I would pick...

I would love to have a nice chat over a meal with Michelle Obama. I admire her upbringing and all she stands for.

Fernanda

We are the best choice because…

We are real! Our family that has gone through real life struggles and is better because of that. Our love and partnership has made us stronger and happier for sure.

Fernanda

Three years from now, I hope our birth mom is…..

Feeling at peace with her decision knowing her child is happy,loved, safe and thriving.

Fernanda

If you could choose one type of food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Bread. I love anything with bread in it, and recently even started baking my own sourdough!

Fernanda

When you argue, what’s it about?

We really don’t argue very often, but when we do it’s usually about something trivial and small, like cleaning the dishes or replacing the toilet paper roll.

Fernanda

My neighborhood is a good place to raise a family because…

It is extremely family oriented. Parks, beaches, lots of kids and places to be explored.

Lance

I would never...

Jump out of a plane- terrified of heights!

Fernanda

If you had to live on an RV or sailboat for the rest of your life, which would it be?

I would live on a sailboat so that I could travel the world, visit many different countries, and experience cultures that are new to me.

Lance

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