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Dear Birthmother,

We deeply appreciate you taking time to read about us. We are Stephen and Lindsey. We can only imagine how difficult this time is for you and truly hope you are receiving emotional support from others around you. We have been praying for you since our decision to adopt again and we would be overjoyed to care for and love your baby; however, we especially hope you find the best family for your situation, whether us or not. We’ve always loved children and were so excited to start a family after our marriage. Four years of waiting and praying passed by, but our desire to cherish, support and raise a child did not, and we felt that God was calling us to adopt. In 2015, we brought home our son, Jacob, and have such gratitude for him and towards his birth mom. We feel we have more life and love to share with another child and are hoping to meet and welcome him or her to our family. We would always have the utmost appreciation for you, the woman who gave to us the amazing gift of parenting and to her child the most precious gift of life.

About Us

We met over 11 years ago, but remained just friends friends for over two years. Slowly and yet suddenly, we began to feel drawn to one another, but were both unsure of the other's feelings. Lindsey realized she was not happy in her current situation and broke up with her boyfriend. That was an hour before Stephen called saying that he knew she was dating someone, but hoped that if she didn't like that guy all that much, she would go out with him. Very like Stephen; tenacious, yet polite. She told Stephen, "You are in luck! I just became single an hour ago."

We went on our first date three days later and married in 2009. We found that we have many similarities. We are both Minnesota born and bred, come from large, supportive families, were homeschooled for portions of our youth, are both strong practicing Catholics, both enjoy nature and outdoor activities, etc. We also learned our differences complemented the other. We immediately began looking forward to having children. Months, and then years began to slip by, including three years of infertility treatments, before we realized God was calling us down a different path of becoming parents. After Jacob was born, we understood our time of waiting helped us appreciate a child more than we ever could if we did not understand what it meant to be without.

We enjoy different leisure activities together, as well as by ourselves and with family and friends. Outdoors, we especially like to play tennis or volleyball and frisbee 500 with groups. We take hikes mostly in autumn and ski in the winter. Indoors, we like to play card games and do puzzles together. Lindsey enjoys reading books, collecting books, organizing books and pretty much any other activity having to do with books. She loves photography and drawing, organizing, playing piano, listening to music and singing. During the summer, she loves swimming with Jacob and also attempt to garden. Stephen likes to play golf and basketball. He is also active in a softball league during the summer and autumn. He likes fishing and hunting with his brother-in-law and tinkering with old, classic cars.

Our Home

We live in a small, scenic river town in Minnesota. The town is fairly diverse, with families of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Our town has 38 community parks, lots of playgrounds and sports areas, hiking trails, rock climbing, and the beginning to the Cannon Valley Bike Trail. We frequently hike, spelunk and picnic on one of the bluffs. Jacob likes several of the nearby playgrounds and Stephen likes to fish at the river.

We moved a year ago into a two-story, 3 bedroom house just ten minutes from the downtown on a five acre wooded plot nestled in between corn fields and farms. We love to use the swimming pool in the summer and roasting marshmallows on the fire pit on autumn nights.

Our Extended Family

We both come from large families and are extremely close with both sides. We feel lucky to be located geographically close as well. We alternate spending Sunday afternoons and evenings at their homes, as well as many birthdays and major holidays.

 Although we are close to our extended families, several sisters are especially close to us. Stephen’s younger sister, Becca tries to come over every Thursday.  Her and Lindsey try out a new recipe for dinner and then we all spend the evening playing tennis in the summer, or games and movies in colder weather. Lindsey’s younger sister, Maria lived with us for a few months while Lindsey was recuperating from a liver donation.  Lindsey's older sister, Aubrey drives down for a sleep over twice a month. They are often here to help with spring planting, organizing and other projects. All three love spending time with Jacob, act as babysitters occasionally and are excited to be a close part of our new child’s life.

Our Family Traditions

Since we are both Catholic, we celebrate all the major Christian holidays, as well as lesser known ones. As a child on St. Nicholas Day, Lindsey's family put their shoes out the night before and woke to find them filled with chocolate coins and candy canes. Then, on Epiphany, they'd give each other small gifts in memory of the wise men. Stephen's family celebrates Christmas by closing the living room off with a curtain the night before Christmas Eve. No one is allowed in until Christmas Eve night, when the whole family goes in together singing hymns. To the kids' amazement, the room is filled with gifts! We plan to continue these traditions with our kids.

We also celebrate national holidays, including Independence Day and Thanksgiving. We are known in our families as the pyrotechnic crew for July Fourth, as we always purchase fireworks to be set off in a family display. This year, Stephen had to do most of the work, since Mommy was taking care of Jacob inside, who is not as fond of fireworks as his parents yet!

Every summer, we travel 1-2 times to South Dakota where we both have relatives. We like the beaches along the Missouri River, with swimming, water skiing, boating, and other outdoor fun and we both enjoy visiting family. We also try to make it to the North Shore by Lake Superior every other year. It is where we honeymooned and enjoy hiking, climbing and viewing the amazing scenery.

What Led Us To Adoption

Stephen's desie to adopt is the same that led him to want to be a father: the desire to have a connection with a son or daughter. He wants to support a child, not just financially, but emotionally to help build their character and provide a good life for them. To be a family with a child who otherwise might not have one without adoption, would be a blessing for him.
Lindsey has been led to adopt by so many things, but primarily because she's always loved kids and wanted to be a mom. Having adopted once before, she believes adoption is very humbling. She feels the privilege of being chosen to cherish and raise a child, to see them grow into their own person and am grateful for the honor of being a part of that journey.

Facts About Lindsey

Stay-at-Home Mom
Roman Catholic
BA Latin and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
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Quest for the Holy Grail
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Independence Day
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Agents of Shield
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Pride and Prejudice
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Missouri River in Oacoma South Dakota

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Air Force One
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Basketball to Play/ Football to Watch
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Tom Clancy novels
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Lake Superior, MN
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I adopted our son as a newborn after going through 12 years of infertility. Now, 23 years later, I am director at Everlasting Adoptions. Shortly after adopting our son, I started to feel a calling towards adoption. My career as a Human Resource Manager in Corporate America came to an end, and I entered what I now know is my purpose and passion in life — building families through the miracle of adoption.

Working with birthmothers and adoptive parents throughout the US for over 20 years has allowed me to utilize the skills I have been blessed with to serve others. I come to work every day not as a staff member coming to a job from 9 to 5, but as a person who is extremely dedicated and devoted to helping people like you every single day. I feel very blessed to have found my purpose, and I look forward to helping you with your adoption needs!

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