To potential expectant parents who are considering adoption:
We have no idea what circumstances and choices in life have led you to this decision you are about to make. Life is crazy and it’s hard to understand how and why God works the way He does sometimes. Even before we knew we’d have trouble getting pregnant, I (Hannah) always had a heart for children and families hurting or in need. I volunteered as a Guardian ad Litem for Hennepin county and saw first-hand what families who are struggling deal with. It feels like these things and more have led us to where we are today, hoping to adopt a baby who needs a home. Please know that we have so much love to give a baby but that love also extends to you. While Ben and I pray to welcome a baby to our family, we also pray and value you. No matter what you choose to do, you are worthy of the task God has brought you to.
Who we are as a family:
Ben works full time as a baker. In 2017, he converted our garage into a commercial kitchen so he can make his own hours and work from home doing what he loves… making pies. Ben is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He was an instructor for nine years and continues to train for fun. Ben is incredibly patient. He is confident and loyal. He has so many interests and not enough time to do them all.
Hannah works at a fine dining French restaurant. She has been there for seven years and loves it. She is currently enrolled in classes to receive her EMT license. She hopes to earn a position working as a part time firefighter in addition to her work at the restaurant. Hannah is organized and great at planning. She is a homebody who loves nothing more than spending time with her family and her animals.
We both grew up in homes where faith in Jesus was a huge part of our lives. Our families taught us to live our lives and make our decisions centered around Christ. Of course no one can live up to that goal perfectly, but God has blessed us both with parents who taught us the importance of what Jesus has done for us and to live our lives out of joy and thankfulness to Him. We are both active in our Lutheran church now. We serve on church committees, teach Sunday school, and Hannah plays piano for services. We both believe that passing on our faith to our children is the most important thing we can do for them.
Our views on openness in adoption:
We are hoping to have an open adoption and we understand this might look different depending on your wishes and circumstances. We feel strongly that an adopted child benefits from honesty and openness. This could look like texts with photos and updates being shared periodically, letters being exchanged, phone conversations, or visits periodically. We would welcome you for special occasions such as birthdays or holidays but we also understand if less contact is preferred.