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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a left-handed adoptive dad. I went to high school in Austria. I design products for a living. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up loving the arts. I enjoy drawing, painting, singing, dancing, and acting. I transformed that love into my career as a product designer. Another love I have is children. I grew up assuming that I would always be a dad. After a few years of marriage my wife and I realized that this assumption was false. After struggling through years of infertility and experiencing the emotions that come through the grief cycle, we felt it was right for our family to pursue adoption. What a miracle we have witnessed as we turned our lives, hopes, and dreams over to God. He worked this miracle through our daughters birth parents. They decided that the best thing they could provide for their daughter was a safe and loving home with a mommy and daddy to care for her. Since they could not provide that to her, they were directed to our family. We are forever grateful for a loving Father that works his miracles through other people in our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

Sure, I was raised as a Mormon, but in high school I was challenged in what I believe. I attended high school at an international school in Austria. My classmates were from around the world and represented various forms of belief and many ethnic backgrounds. I loved the diversity and what I could learn from those around me. In embracing this diversity, I found an even stronger appreciation for God's love for each of us, his children. In my junior year of high school I chose to be a Mormon, not because I had been one, but because I knew the doctrine to be true. I had prayed to my Father in the name of Jesus to direct me and He did. I chose to live the life God wants me to live. Now I seek to constantly renew that faith and strive to improve myself and place myself more in line with Christ"s teachings.

How I live my faith

My wife and I love being involved in a group called Families Supporting Adoption, sponsored by LDS Family Services. It's members include people of many faiths. We all love the miracle of adoption. We help organize events to improve the view of adoption in our communities. We also get together occasionally with other adoptive families to support each other in our unique family situations. At church I teach a Sunday school class and then work with the 10 year-old cub scouts during the week.