|Our Education||B.S. in Mechanical Engineering ||B.A. in International Studies & History|
|Our Professions||Air Force Project Engineer||Property Manager for Apartment Communities|
|Stay-At-Home||No||Yes, as long as possible|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Caucasian|
|Some of Nathan & Lauren's Favorites
|Favorite TV Show?||The Office! Also, Star Trek||Also the Office! One of our first dates was watching it together.|
|Favorite City in the United States?||Frankenmuth, Michigan||Blacksburg, Virginia|
|Favorite Holiday?||The 4th of July because of the fireworks and relaxed summer feeling.||Thanksgiving! The focus is food and family, truly my favorite things.|
|Favorite Book or Series?||The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey||Harry Potter - I read the series again every few years|
|Favorite Date Before Getting Married?||One time we had a fancy dinner date in old town and got dressed up - then changed into sweatpants and watched a movie at home.||We went kayaking together in high school, and got stranded by a strong rainstorm. Nathan's parents had to come rescue us!|
|Ideal Outdoor Activity||A day in the snow- walking through the woods after a fresh snowfall or a ski day followed by hot cocoa||A leisurely hike with a picnic and a view |
|Favorite Board Game||Battleship||Pictionary - Nathan and I are weirdly good at it|
|More About Our Family
|Our Special Interests|
We spend every possible minute with each other and with our dogs. We have two dachshund mixes who enjoy walks and outdoor time; which is great for us. We love to cook together and often team up in the kitchen to make some very memorable dishes. We are avid readers and love discussing what we read, be it astronomy, organization, natural science, and history. We also have large families to keep in contact with, visit, and call. When we enjoy downtime, we are usually working together in our garden or yard or on a woodworking fixture or other home improvement project.
We were both raised Catholic and were able to grow into our Christian faith in high school and college. We both connected to bible studies and other church ministries and even went on retreats and mission trips. Today, we are practicing Catholics and active churchgoers, involved in several church ministries including choir, men's group, and fellowship. We often discuss how we will teach our children about Christ and help them to be active disciples who live the Word of God in their daily actions.
|Our Musical Interest|
We met in Marching Band in high school. Nathan played the trumpet (like his 2 brothers and Dad did) and Lauren played the flute (just like her Dad did in school and beyond). After high school, Lauren and Nathan both played in their college marching bands and continued to grow musically. To this day, Lauren plays the flute in the church choir and both listen to Spotify daily while cooking, driving, cleaning, and dancing in the living room.
|About Our Home|
We currently live in a 3-bedroom home with a wonderful backyard. We love having natural light for plants and we try to keep the space relaxing, functional, and beautiful. We look forward to getting a nursery ready and preparing our home to be a welcoming environment for a growing family.
Sophie is beautiful Dachshund Mix and is a very maternal and wise dog. She is 6 years old and became a big sister to Leo on New Year's Day 2018. We found both dogs through foster homes and in Leo's case, the photo really tugged at our hearts. It is easy to fall in love with a sweet little face- we have always known that they were preparing us for human children.
|We live in the state of...|
Currently, we call Southern California home! We are a military family and have lived in several states but we are in California for the long haul. We are lucky that the Air Force considers our family needs and preferences- we certainly move less than Lauren's Army family did growing up.
We live in a diverse neighborhood close to the beach and near lots of fun things to do at any age. We enjoy relaxing at home but we venture out daily to walk the dogs, visit farmer's markets, and pop into the library to borrow a good novel. Our community is bursting with life and feels very family-friendly. You can't walk very far without bumping into a neighbor, dog-walker, or child headed to school.
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...
|Age of Child|
Newborn to 3 months old
The more the merrier! We would gladly accept twins into our life and would feel blessed to raise children who have an instant connection with one another.
We would love to have multiple children, so we have no preference for our first child.
|Ethnicity of Child||Caucasian, Asian, Middle Eastern, Caucasian/ Asian, Caucasian/ Hispanic|
|Future Contact with Birth Family|
We are open to sharing letters, pictures, and visits.
Thank you for reading through our website and taking the time to learn more about us and our family. We are full of love and are very excited to love your child, share with them their story and help them to grow into the amazing person they were meant to be. We are grateful to be considered as adoptive parents and promise to maintain open communication with you through letters, pictures, and visits.