Thad + Nena (On Hold)

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To potential expectant parents who are considering adoption:

Thank you for looking at our story! We believe God’s will be done for you, your child and for us. May he guide and strengthen you throughout this journey.

We’ve been married for 18 years and have never given up hope of having children. We have gone through infertility testing and treatment over the years but have accepted that our child or children are meant to come to us through adoption. Right now, we are a little family of two, but with parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and many friends who are on this journey with us. Their and our hearts are ready with an abundance of love, should we be blessed with a child through adoption.

We can’t pretend to know the thoughts and emotions you are experiencing, but we are so grateful that you are reading our profile. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, whatever your decision may be.

“Children need two things. One is roots and the other is wings.” ~Unknown

Who we are as a family:

We live in an old cozy farmhouse and have a dog, a cat and ten chickens. We are blessed with a simple life in the country and good jobs that we enjoy. Nena is a nurse and works as a clinical consultant for a medical device company. Thad works as an estimator for a custom home builder. On weekends and days off, we can be found traveling, most often to see family, or working on our never-ending list of home improvement projects! Our latest DIY project is renovating a 1950s camper (Nena is more excited about this than Thad, who will likely have to do much of the work!) Thad enjoys woodworking and cooking (especially eggs, as we usually have a lot!), while Nena loves photography, yoga, running and a good junk drawer to organize!. Sundays for us are reserved as a day of rest, spent at church and with friends. When time and money allow, we love to head for the ocean on vacation, but are just as happy going to our local campground for a weekend of low-key relaxation, biking and kayaking! We have a small business as candle-makers and sell our hand-poured soy candles in a few shops around the Twin Cities.

Our views on openness in adoption:

We have learned a great deal about openness during our adoption home study process. We want what is very best for the child and now know the absolute need for an adopted child to know where and who they came from. We would never hide the fact that he or she was adopted or shy away from talking about what that means. Our desire would be to share letters and photos of and from our child as requested and arrange visits according to a good-faith agreement between us and the birth parents. We would want an openness agreement that is best for the child’s heart.

For the time before and during the child’s birth, we would be grateful for whatever time we are able to be a part of. But we also believe that this time is sacred for the birth parent(s) and their family and we want to honor that.


Thad + Nena (On Hold)
Thad + Nena (On Hold)
Thad + Nena (On Hold)