Emily and Dylan

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To potential expectant parents who are considering adoption:

We are so excited by the possibility of partnering with a birth family to love and care for a baby.  We love New Life’s approach of being child-centered, and share their passion for providing a warm loving home for a baby.  We would be so honored and humbled to be chosen to parent your child, and can’t wait for our family to grow!

Who we are as a family:

Dylan is originally from Northern Wisconsin and quite literally grew up in a log cabin in the forest. He was raised in the family business – a resort on a lake. While he loves living in the Twin Cities, he’s still a small-town Northwoods kid at heart. Now, Dylan works at a small manufacturing company as a Sales Engineer, helping customers find solutions to complex technical problems. When not working, he loves doing outdoor activities, spending time with his wife and son, and reading about the latest technology trends.

Emily was born and raised in Minnesota and is currently pursuing two of her passions. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist helping women and young girls who struggle with shame find their sense of self-worth. She is also building a business that educates people on how to take steps towards chemical-free lifestyles by using natural products that support the body’s systems. Emily loves spending time with her family, going on long walks, and chasing Tristan around the neighborhood!

We first met in Eau Claire, WI and got married in June, 2009. We’ve been on quite a few adventures, as a couple and as a family, and look forward to many more in the future! We are a musical family, and we love singing and playing instruments together, and enjoy seeing Tristan share this love of music.

Tristan is our son who was born in November 2015. He loves to play outside, look for deer in the backyard, chase the neighbor dogs, and get as dirty as possible. He loves babies, and will give a hug to every single one he sees. He is constantly wanting to understand why things work and gets very excited when he hears train horns and emergency vehicle sirens. He knows exactly what to say and do to make Dad laugh. His favorite food is whatever Mom is eating at the time!

Our views on openness in adoption:

We view openness as a lifelong process of learning and building relationships. Openness will not only be a huge benefit to the child, but to all of us. We understand that things may change over time, and are willing to be flexible to fit the situation. We are willing to be as open as needed to make sure the child feels loved, accepted, connected to their roots, and secure in their identity.


Emily and Dylan
Emily and Dylan
Emily and Dylan
Emily and Dylan
Emily and Dylan
Emily and Dylan
Emily and Dylan
Emily and Dylan
Emily and Dylan
Emily and Dylan
Emily and Dylan