Welcome! Meet:

Derik + Elizabeth

Facility Manager / HR Coordinator, Project Manager




All About Derik & Elizabeth

Hello! We have been married for 9 years. Our sweet daughter is 6 and started first grade this year.  All three of us are very excited at the opportunity to adopt and add to our family.  Family is our priority and we have quite a bit of extended family near us, including grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins. Derik is the Facility Manager at a private school (where Annabelle attends) and Elizabeth is the HR Coordinator and Project Manager at our church. Annabelle says she can’t wait to have more kids in the family!


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Why Adoption?

Elizabeth has always had a desire to adopt. After having Annabelle in 2016 and not being able to get pregnant again, Derik began to desire adoption, as well.  Now that Annabelle is 6, she is very excited at the possibility, too. It is very sweet to see all of our hearts in this and our hope for it together.

Family & Home

We purchased our home in 2018, and we love to spend time together here. We live in an established neighborhood, have great neighbors and live about a block away from Elizabeth’s sister and brother-in-law (and two of Annabelle’s cousins). We are very connected at our church and enjoy our small group with some of our closest friends.  We have a lot of family in town - all of Annabelle’s grandparents are here. And, we have both Elizabeth’s sister and Derik’s sister in town, along with five of Annabelle’s cousins. We see family fairly consistently, the grandparents have been an integral part of watching Annabelle and will be for any of our future children, as well.

How others describe me

The first word that comes to mind in describing Derik is loyal. He is committed and faithful. He is a hard-worker and an incredible father. Derik protects us. He also is quite funny and is very good at making us both laugh. He is so much fun to be around and I am so thankful for him.

Elizabeth is a very loving Mother and Wife.  She gives her all to her family. I love the way our personalities complement each other.  She is more than meets the eye.

how we met

How We Met

We have known each other for quite some time, as we attended the same school and church. With Derik being several years older, it wasn’t until we were in our twenties that we began to get to know each other more - we served together at the church, attended the same small group, and began dating in 2012.

Advice to Future Child

We are so excited for you to be a part of our family. You will be so loved. We (along with many others in our lives) are praying for you, praying over your life and your protection. We cannot wait to meet you.

Perspectives on Open Adoption

We are fine with open adoption and would simply want to clearly identify hopes and expectations so we are all on the same page. We are also okay with a closed adoption, if that is what is preferred.


  • Favorite Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Hobbies/Interests: golf-but haven’t played in a while
  • Dream Vacation: England
  • If I Could Choose a Superpower: indestructible
  • Favorite Movie: Top Gun movies
  • Favorite Holiday/Tradition: Christmas: enjoying the time with our little family and preparing together for it, and the time with extended family
  • Hobbies/Interests: enjoy being outside, working out, and spending time with family and friends
  • Dream Vacation: taking my family to Cape Town (I lived there for 11 months)
  • If I Could Choose a Superpower: reading people's minds

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