We live in Orem Utah and in our spare time love to ski (telemark and cross-country for the parents, alpine for the boys), camp, hike, and enjoy the Utah outdoors. We're super-involved with the amazing CenterPoint Church, our family out here in Utah.
And if this blog isn't enough Morningstar History to satiate your appetite (and apparently hundreds of hours of free time), click here to read our newsletters from 2001-2007.
This is us - Steve and Jamie. We were both raised in Westminster, Maryland and, nauseatingly, were high school sweethearts. We were married just after Jamie's freshman year of college and have been married for a never-boring 19 years. We moved to Utah in 2001 and since then Steve's kept busy working at the Sundance Resort and taking care of the kiddos full-time while Jamie (clearly the boring one) is a Software Product Manager at Qualtrics.
When not doing dishes or wrangling kids or working, we love attending live concerts together, snapping photos (Jamie), blogging (duh, Jamie), working on our '87 Volkswagen Vanagon Westy (Steve), playing board games, cycling with Team Cycle 4 Cure, and doing pretty much anything as long as we can do it together.
Our two other passions are the lives of the world's 210 million orphans and encouraging young women to consider and pursue careers in technology. Jamie is a member of the founding committee of the Utah NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award, which honors young women with an interest and aptitude for computing. She also helped found Qualtrics Women Leadership Development. Jamie organizes an annual work trip to the Hogar de Amor orphanage in Colima, Mexico. She is also is a proud member of the Board of Directors of Creating a Family, the nation's leading educational foundation for adoption and infertility.
Sam's our independent kid and also the classically responsible (read: sometimes bossy) oldest sibling. He's a perfectly sweet and protective older brother... usually...
Ben likes listening to audiobooks, playing board games with his family and friends (if he invites you to play Munchkin, just walk away).
Sasha was born in Karaganda, Kazkahstan and became Alexandra Grace Morningstar (Sasha is the short nickname for Alexandra) in February of 2009, just before her second birthday. If you're curious about our Kazakhstan adoption timeline, it's posted in exhaustive detail on the blog, including links to important dates and events in our pursuit of Sasha.
Sasha was born with a wide cleft palate, which we had repaired after she arrived in the U.S. If you'd like to read our thoughts about cleft kiddos, check out our post,"Adopting a child with a cleft" and the related links.
WanYing was born in Jiangxi Province, China, and just got home in March of 2011, a month after she turned two. You're welcome to check out our China adoption timeline for more details on our experiences in China.
WanYing was born with Amniotic Banding Syndrome (ABS) affecting the fingers of both hands and the toes of her right foot. You can read in our blog about our experiences with ABS.