Teacher / Registered Nurse
Hello! We are so grateful that you have taken the time learn more about our family. We hope you see that our family is loving, fun, and kind while reading our responses and looking through our photos. We are overwhelmed with excitement because we know how much joy adoption has already brought to our lives, as we adopted our son, Noah in 2019. While we are hopeful to grow our family, we also acknowledge the difficulty you have in making this decision. We cannot begin to imagine what you are going through but want you to know we are lifting you up in prayer during this time and want to provide you with love and support through this process. Our hearts and home are ready for the addition of another child to love, and we would be honored to join you on this journey.
Alex is a registered nurse and used to work in surgery, which she loved, but wanted to be able to be home more often, so now she works caring for veterans and has a much more family friendly schedule. Nathan teaches at a middle school in our town and absolutely loves it. He is goofy, which his students love, but also shows them how much he cares for them by investing time and really listening to them. We see a lot of his students at our youth group and they really are some awesome kiddos! We are both big family people and enjoy spending as much time with our family as possible. Nathan’s grandparents instilled a great love for UK sports into their children, so we are all apart of the big blue madness and love it! We are excited to share in the family tradition with more kiddos.
Our heart for adoption came after we adopted our first son, Noah. We had been trying to start our family for about 2 years and were asked if we would be interested in adopting a baby boy who needed a home. Without hesitation we said yes! Since we adopted Noah we always knew we would try to adopt again. We have continued to have difficulty conceiving and after learning more about our infertility, we decided we no longer wanted to pursue fertility treatments and instead wanted to be available to support a child and their parents through adoption.
We live in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom brick house. I would describe our home as cozy and my favorite feature is our fireplace, especially at Christmas time. We live in a very family friendly neighborhood with lots of children. Right outside of our neighborhood we have two playgrounds and a splash pad which we love taking our son to play.
We are very fortunate to live close by to family and can be at either of our parent’s homes in about 10-20 minutes. All of Alex’s siblings and grandparents live near us too. My favorite tradition is Sunday family dinners at my granny’s house. It’s the perfect time for us all to visit. Our families are both very close and we spend a lot of time with them. Both families vacation together and take multiple weekend trips a year together. While Nathan’s mom and grandma live nearby, the rest of his family lives about 4 hours away but that doesn’t stop us from seeing them as often as we can! He has 4 cousins and they would all day they’re more like siblings than cousins.
We are very involved in our community at local events as well as church events. We serve at our church with the youth group and really enjoy learning more about our students and teaching them about the love of Christ. We also try to make it to our local high school football and basketball games. Our community is very diverse and we love that we already have a large community of people for Noah to look up to and will make this a priority with any other children we have the privilege of parenting.
Alex is kind and genuine. She is quirky and has a great sense of humor. She is loving and sensitive, which makes her a great friend, partner, and mother. She is smart and can do anything she sets her mind to. She is so strong and I admire her strength. She pushes our family forward through some of our hardest times. I love watching her love on other people and be an encourager to those around her. To be so tender hearted, Alex is pretty competitive, which makes any game night very entertaining! She is a planner and is always working to stay ahead of things. It works good because I tend to be more go with the flow. I count our family so lucky to have her as ours!
Nathan is one of the most authentic people I’ve ever met. He cares so much about others and showing compassion is one of his strong suits. He leads and guides our family so well. He is one of the most honest people I know and in the best way, he doesn’t belittle people in his honesty but is always building them up. He is selfless and puts the needs of his family and those around him first. He is what I would call the fun parent and is usually the one who provides the entertainment for our family. He loves to play and build things with our son and enjoys teaching him new things, and I love watching them together! He definitely has a “go with the flow” mentality, which helps to remind me to stop and take in the moments around me, I think we are a perfect blend.
We first met in middle school when we were in 7th grade. Nathan was having his first “boy girl” party and I kind of crashed it with it my friends. Nathan always says when he saw me singing karaoke he knew he had to get my number. I remember hanging out the passenger window of my friend’s mother’s car shouting my home phone number to him. We dated for a short two weeks and then he broke up with me, to date my cousin.
We reconnected in high school. We had classes together our junior year, but I would not give Nathan the time of day, and for good reason! Our senior year we had assigned seats beside each other in the only class we had together. A few weeks after school started, Nathan started flirting with me and asking me to go on a date with him. I definitely did not want to go out with him but he was very persistent (a quality I admire now). I finally agreed to go to the movies with him hoping he would leave me alone after this date. To my surprise, I found Nathan very charming and nothing like I had imagined him to be. Nathan says he thought I was witty and laid back, which he liked. We have been together ever since, which is about 13 years now! We dated the rest of high school and all through college and we married in May 2015. It rained literally the entire day, which they say is good luck, and when I look at our life together, I would agree. We both count ourselves blessed to have each other. We are complete opposites, which really works out at keeping our relationship and family dynamic balanced. I love that we are high school sweethearts and have had the chance to grow up together and experience the majority of life together.
We hope you are always true to yourself. That you stand up for what you believe in and remember to show compassion wherever you go. Remember to be humble, but also that it’s ok to be proud of yourself sometimes. Never forget how much we love you and cherish you, we have always wanted you and have dreamed of you for years. We promise we will show up for you no matter what. We will embrace difficult conversations and search for answers to the questions you ask. We promise we will not let our pride ever get in the way of what you need.
We would love an open adoption and always want to leave the amount of openness up to the expectant parents to decide. We have done a lot of research and know that open adoption can be very healing for all sides of the adoption triad and can really help answer those questions our children may have. We want a relationship with you and want you to have a relationship with your child. This journey connects us and we we would love to count you as a member of our family if you’re comfortable with that.