Channing Smith and Mary Richards Smith
Hello from Los Gatos, California!
Hi! We are Channing and Mary. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We have been married for over 20 years and can't wait to become a family! Los Gatos is a very family friendly town. It's what drew us to want to live here. We look forward to enjoying the parades, music in the park, walking downtown, storybook time at the library, or playing on the lawn in front of the Los Gatos High School as a family. As a couple, we enjoy outside activities such as running and hiking. Channing enjoys mountain biking, and Mary ballet. However, we also like being at home together. We imagine that this may be an overwhelming time in your life filled with many decisions to make for you and your baby. Please know that we are thinking of you. Thank you for looking at our information. We hope that our letter will show you how excited we are to become parents and to be a family. We would love to have the opportunity to get to know you, and hope to hear from you soon!
We have been together for 20 years, which has allowed us the chance to grow up together! We were lucky to have each other’s support as we developed our careers. Mary is a psychotherapist, and Channing is the Rector of Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church in Saratoga, Ca. Saint Andrew's is an open and inclusive community where all are welcome.
We met while Channing was in Seminary in New York City. It’s a funny story that we’d love to share with you! Our lives have taken us from New York City to Cincinnati, and now to the San Francisco Bay area. We have lived in the Bay Area for 14 years.
We are very excited about living in the family-centered community of Los Gatos, a suburb of San Jose. We are enjoying the great “small town” feel and often walk downtown to listen to the live music, wander through the farmer’s market, or enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants. We imagine pushing a stroller down the sidewalk with our two cuddly and entertaining Shih Tzus, Scarlet and Bud, and sharing this wonderful community with our baby. There are many things here that we would love to share with our child: the Christmas parade and lighting of the Christmas tree downtown, and the many music festivals. We also live close enough to enjoy the beaches of Santa Cruz, the Monterey Aquarium, all of the great activities of San Francisco, and the Sierra mountains. We imagine picking tomatoes, strawberries, and raspberries, from our backyard garden with our child. Mary’s schedule gives her the flexibility to spend most days at home. We both can’t wait to see our home and community through the eyes of a child.
Our Hope and Commitment
We cannot wait to become parents and to become a family. We look forward to being there for our child, and to share with him/her our love and our loving guidance. We feel especially drawn to nurturing our child’s curiosity, confidence, generosity, and sense of self. Of course, we look forward to all the times of play and laughter. Please know that your child will be in a home filled with love and warmth.
We are looking forward to getting to know you during your pregnancy, the birth process, and beyond. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We hope to hear from you soon so that we can begin that initial conversation. As you take this step, please know our hearts are with you.
Warmly and with much love,
Channing and Mary
Channing by Mary
Channing is full of joy and enthusiasm! Children love him! Any child who is fussy during a baptism calms right down once Channing holds them. He is also very playful and children respond very well to him. He is incredibly loving, forgiving and selfless. He has lots of energy and knows how to take advantage of it! Channing loves adventure and is always on the lookout for where he can make something fun. He is a runner, rock climber and he enjoys fly fishing with his brothers. Channing is the oldest of three boys and grew up in the friendly Midwest.
Channing is an optimist and can always come up with the bright side of any situation. Channing enjoys helping others. I admire his drive and ambition. He has a wonderful heart. I feel very blessed to have Channing in my life and know that our child will feel the same way.
Running, mountain biking, reading, fly fishing
Mexican and Italian
Baseball, Soccer, Olympics, Cycling
"Your playing small does not serve the world" Marianne Williamson
Mary by Channing
I admire Mary’s spirit! She is full of life, deeply caring and is able to calmly help guide people who are going through a crisis or transition. It will make her an excellent parent! She is the youngest of three children and she loves all of her nieces and nephews. I love Mary’s balance between being insightful and being playful. Her oldest niece most recently read all the Twilight books, so Mary read all of them too. When her nephew visited us this summer, the two of them enjoyed dancing repeatedly to the Gummy Bear’s song. Yes, we actually have it on video! I can see her dancing around the house with our child making up fun songs.
Sharing my life with Mary has been the greatest gift. It will make me tremendously happy to raise our son or daughter with her and to see Mary become a loving mother to our child.
Reading, running, walking, ballet
Modern Family, The Office, and Glee
The Killers and Radiohead
"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving" Lao Tzu