To potential expectant parents who are considering adoption:
Greeting from Dana and Artena!
We humbly thank you for taking the time to learn about our family.
Our hearts are with and for you in this time. We cannot imagine what you are going through and we are praying for you. We hope that God will strengthen and encourage you and that he will provide peace and clarity in your decision.
We’ve seen God move in the highs and lows of our own journey. He is trustworthy. Together we’ve worked through grief and found delight and great joy. Our hearts have grown together along the way. We adopted our son Noah in 2018. Since then he has blessed our lives and brought so much joy. We take comfort in God’s plan for our family.
We are praying God will meet you as you make your decision about the future of this precious child you are carrying. We pray you will have joy and peace knowing you’ve made the right choice.
Sincerely, Dana and Artena
Who we are as a family:
We met at our local church in 2010. We both volunteered at an after school mentoring program through the church. In this setting we were able to appreciate the character and personalities of one another. We were married in 2013 and have made so many new and fabulous memories.
Artena is a software engineer and loves her job because it’s like solving puzzles. She keeps a flock of 6 chickens and often sneaks them treats with Noah. Dana is a pastor and he loves learning. He graduated in 2018 with his master’s degree and is continuing his higher education by taking additional courses. Noah was born in 2018. He is biracial, white and African American. He is our adventurous, determined, and caring son. Noah loves to read and play. He enjoys a good pillow fight and being outside doing just about anything. Our days are filled with family meals, dance parties, and deep belly laughs. We love to host friends for dinner and board games.
We take every day as it comes and do our best to enjoy it to the fullest whether it means getting out to enjoy the weather or relaxing and enjoying some good stories inside. We love to travel and experience new things. We value doing this as a family. We’ve gone on road trips across the country and visited friends in Alaska and England. Noah has already ‘seen’ both oceans and some beautiful mountains in between.
Our views on openness in adoption:
Openness is a great way to share updates, discuss quirks, and enable an adopted child to explore their birth story. We have an open relationship with our son’s birth mother. It has been a delight to share updates, discuss the wonderful qualities of our child, and allow our relationship to grow. There is great joy in surrounding him in love and having his birth mother be a part of his life!
We are open to emails, texts, photos, and visits. Knowing that every adoption is unique and that openness is a very personal decision we would love to discuss what will be best for you.