Marketing Business Owner / Stay-at-Home Mom
Hi! We’re Daniel & Sam. We know love is what brought you here, reading this - just how brought us to pursue adoption. Although we can’t know exactly what you’re feeling or going through, we want you to know we desire to honor and respect you and any wishes you have in this. We’ll never shame you or belittle you, we see you and your strength in this. We hope you are able to hear and see our hearts through this whole process and truly see what our family is like and the love we have to give.
Sam’s births were pretty difficult and traumatic for her but we love being parent’s and really desire to have more children to bring into our family and love unconditionally.
I, Sam, have 2 adopted sisters from Ethiopia, so adoption has been a big and beautiful part of my life from a young age. When Daniel and I were dating we talked about adoption being a part of our lives at some point; and we feel like that time is now!
We bought our home in 2021, and have loved it so much. Our home is on over an acre of land so the kids have space to run and play. We live in a wonderful neighborhood. It’s quiet and safe. We have many things to do outdoors in our community, and we have loved exploring everything near us. Alaska is unique. There is a lot to do all year. Both in the beautiful winters and in the summers where the sun is out all the time.
We are very close with our families on both sides! Most of Sam’s family is spread out in Alaska and we see them fairly often. Sam has 4 sisters and is incredibly close with all of them, 2 of them have kids as well so there are many cousins our kids adore.
Most of Daniel’s family lives in California, we typically travel to see them at least once a year. Or they will come here to us. We love our families so much and it is very important to us for our kids to be around their extended family and have them in their lives as they grow.
Daniel is loyal, hard working, optimistic, caring, supportive, loving, and truly my best friend. He leads and cares for our family so well! He is always willing to listen to me when I need it and be a shoulder for me to cry on. He is a natural leader and challenger and I love that he gently challenges me to grow. He also loves to laugh and have fun, no shortage of puns and dad jokes around here.
Sam is absolutely my favorite person to be around. She is kind, loving, and unafraid of challenges that come her way. She doesn’t like it when I say it but she is also an amazing chef who cooks healthy and delicious food for our family every single day. Her daily mothering of the kids is something I really appreciate and love watching her do. I love that she looks for real, authentic friendships, and loves to pursue important things with me.
We met in 2009 when Sam flew to California to visit her extended family and Daniel was hanging out with her cousin. Daniel was only 16 at the time but he says it was love at first sight. We started dating a year later and married in 2013. We lived in Southern California (where Daniel was raised) until 2020, then we moved to Alaska (where Sam was raised) and we now have a beautiful home and love where we live! We’ve been married for 9 years which we can’t believe, it feels like we just got married yesterday!
We can’t wait to meet you, and already love you so much. We promise to seek to know you and care for you in every way you may need. We will always encourage you, lift you up, respect you, and love you unconditionally no matter what. We will be your protectors and guides, we’ll laugh and cry with you, have fun with you, and do our very best to reflect the love of God in how we parent you. You are so precious to us and what a blessing you will add to our family unit!
Our advice for you is to tune out the noise of the world and tune into the Holy Spirit and He will guide you always. We want you to know you can always come to us with anything, we’ll always be here for you no matter what. Don’t let the little things distract you from what's really important.
We believe open adoption is and can be such a wonderful thing and is what's often most healthy for the child involved. With that said we know every situation will be different so we are coming into this with lots of flexibility. We want to have a lot of open communication and respect on both sides. Overall wherever the wishes of the birth parents fall on the closed to open scale we want to do all we can to honor that. We always want to do what's best for everyone involved.