Chief Operations Officer / Labor and Delivery Nurse
We want to sincerely thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about who we are and our heart for adoption. We hope you can feel how much we care about what is best for you, your child, and your loved ones through your journey.
We cannot begin to imagine how you are feeling at this moment, but please know we are praying for you. We pray that you feel some sort of peace as you make a major decision and have immense support right now. Although we are so excited to grow our family through adoption, we ultimately want you to know we wholeheartedly support you and will absolutely cheer you on in whatever you choose.
Hello! I'm Morgen. I grew up in North Dakota where my brother and I were raised by a single mother. Because of this, I was able to learn how to be a father-figure and head of the household at a young age. This sparked my interest in children and guided my hobbies and career. All my life, I have coached kids in hockey which is my biggest passion. I was able to play from the age of 2 up until I graduated from college. Now, I am able to coach in a community where we hope to raise a family. My first career was caring for children as a pediatric intensive care nurse. Now, I am the chief operations officer of Makenna's family business. This has provided us stability and fulfilled my passion for leadership. I have a strong faith in Jesus and love to give back to my church and community. You can usually find me golfing, skating, or enjoying every moment, big and small, with my wife and family. Family has always been and will always be my biggest priority. First comes Jesus, then my wife and family, then everything else falls into place. I feel grateful to live the life I do. I cannot wait to welcome a child into our life and make incredible memories together.
Hi there! I'm Makenna. I was born and raised in a small town in North Dakota. I have always had big dreams to see what the rest of the world had to offer. My parents insisted that I do anything I can dream of, so I have done just that. I spent my childhood training in ballet and would spend my summers in NYC dancing with the Bolshoi Ballet. I was able to travel the world and experience a variety of other cultures. I attended college in Minnesota and fell in love with the scenery, opportunities, and diversity here. I knew I wanted it to be our home. From a young age, I realized that I wanted to be a nurse. What I didn't know was how I would fall in love with expectant mamas and the labor process. My heart is truly with all of the families I meet and the stories they share. I have been a labor and delivery nurse since 2019 and I know I have found my true calling. When I am not working, you can find me gardening, practicing photography, making crafts for others, or inviting friends and family over for a homemade meal and board games. We love the life we have created, and we hope to someday welcome a little one into our big and small life adventures together.
We had many deep, meaningful conversations on our first date. This included our hopes for a future family. The moment we both look back on as monumental in our decision to be together was when we both expressed our desire to potentially foster and adopt children someday.
We did try for a biological child before we started our journey of adoption, but Makenna was told that she would not be able to conceive or carry a child. Although that was disappointing at the time, we are joyful that our “no” brought us to where we are today. We feel grateful for the peace we have found on this journey and how close it has brought us together.
We bought our cute little cottage-style home knowing that we wanted to raise a family here someday. We love to rock on the front porch with a coffee in hand and our goldendoodle, June, at our feet. We take great pride in our floral and garden beds, and can't wait to share that hobby with our future kids someday.
We absolutely adore where we live because of how much they value community. Our town is very family-centered and they always make sure to have events that everyone will enjoy. We live close to a lake with many walking trails, so you will almost always find us outside. There are farmer’s markets to support local businesses every single weekend. We have an old-time ice cream stand near our home that we love to rollerblade to with our dog. We often venture to our downtown that the city takes a ton of pride in. We love supporting local restaurants and coffee shops on a regular basis. We live within walking distance of our elementary, middle, and high schools. This also means that there are many parks and sport centers located near us. Perhaps one of our favorite perks of where we live is that we are only a couple of blocks away from an outdoor hockey rink where we dream of taking our future children someday.
Our neighbors are so inviting and we truly all look out for one another. We make sure to get together often and support each other when needed.
Our favorite aspect of where we live is our church that feels just like “home.” While it took time to find a church we loved as much as ours in North Dakota, we did. Now, we love to attend church every Sunday and get excited to serve and give back to our community. It is a relatively new church, so it has been fun to be involved in its growth and development. There are so many diverse, young families and it has a wonderful children's program that we can't wait to be involved in.
Morgen grew up living in a home with his mom and brother. When we visit in North Dakota, we are inseparable. He has a large extended family full of grandparents, aunts, and cousins who love to share fond memories, play games, and cook scandinavian food together. His grandparents have been married for 60+ years and have always been his biggest inspiration. In his adult years, Morgen has grown closer to his dad and step-mom than ever before. They live in North Dakota while his extended paternal relatives live in Iowa. When we get together, we do NOT stop laughing. Morgen gets his sense of humor, adventurous side, and love of sports from them. We bond over music, good food, riding motorcycles, and inspirational advice.
Makenna grew up in a home with her mom, dad, and brother in North Dakota. Her half-sister lived in Minnesota but would visit often. She brought an immense amount of joy to all of our lives when she brought our niece and nephew into the world! Creating memories with children involved brings a joy truly like no other! Our small family get-togethers always consist of our immediate family and maternal Grandpa. We have a small family, but we are definitely closer than most. When we moved to Minnesota, everyone followed. We spend most of our free time together and consider each other best friends. We love to spend time at the lake, travel, play music, laugh non-stop, dream together, and cheer each other on.
How Morgen Describes Makenna: Makenna greets each day with gratitude. No matter what is happening, Makenna lives each day to it's fullest potential while putting God at the forefront. Her joyfulness inspires people to be better humans. Her energy lights up every room she is in. She loves hard, and she loves unconditionally. She perseveres through anything. She has an incredible heart and never hesitates to put others above herself. She is going to be the best mother for our children. I love Makenna with my whole soul, heart, and mind. I am so proud of her.
How Makenna Describes Morgen: Morgen is someone who people are immediately drawn to. He truly is the most genuine and selfless person. He is a man of his word and would do anything for his loved ones or even complete strangers. He lives for Jesus and strives every day to be more like Him. He shows this continually through his words and actions. He loves children with his whole heart and I just know he will be the best daddy to our future children. I am proud to be his wife.
We met in our hometown in North Dakota on a school choir trip. Morgen told Makenna she was cute on the back of the bus. What he didn’t know was that Makenna had the biggest crush on him at the time! We didn’t start dating until college when we were 8 hours apart after Morgen’s mom suggested that he ask Makenna on a date. After leaving our first date, we both told our families that we found our future spouse. We dated 4 years long-distance before Morgen graduated and joined Makenna in Minnesota. We have now been joyfully married since 2020 and we truly are each other’s best friend and biggest supporter.
Our advice to you is to remember that you have ALWAYS been WANTED and LOVED. Not only are you wanted and loved by us, but you have always been WANTED and LOVED by your first family as well. You are worthy of knowing that and feeling that every single day of your life. As long as you remember this and dream big, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to and your village will be there to cheer you on every single step of the way. Never forget where you came from, and don’t be afraid of where you are going.
Openness is something we feel has immense value for a child. We will strive to do whatever is best for our future children, and we believe that includes creating an openness model that honors us all. We understand that this may be difficult to navigate at times, but we hope we can find a level of openness that works for everyone for the best interest of the child. This may look different at various stages in life, and we promise to always respect your input, feelings, and thoughts regarding this relationship. If this is something you want to explore, we are more than happy to have a conversation regarding what this may look like if that best serves you. We pray that our future child will always know that love and honesty were the reason behind the decision for openness. We believe that the more people who love a child, the better.