David + Kara

Hello! Our names are David and Kara and we are excited and blessed to be on the journey of adopting our second child! We enjoy traveling, being outdoors, going to sporting events, being active in the Christian church, and absolutely love spending time with our families. Thank you for considering our family.

Dear Expectant Mother,

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First and foremost, we want to say thank you for the loving, selfless, and courageous path you have chosen for your child. We are humbled by the choice you have made and know your child will be blessed by the adoption plan you have chosen for them. You are truly a blessing and inspiration to those around you.

We know the road leading to this decision hasn't been the easiest, but we want you to know that we are ready to walk with you through the journey that remains.

We believe God can turn even our worries and struggles into opportunities for grace and redemption, and it would be a privilege to have the opportunity to welcome you and your child into our lives. Even though we don't yet know you, we have been praying for you and your child for a long time. We trust that the Lord has great things in store for all of us.

We hope to raise our future son or daughter to know the deep love of their Creator and Lord, Jesus Christ. We hope to give our child opportunities to succeed with celebration, fail with forgiveness, marvel at God's creation, and grow spiritually in the unending love of their Heavenly Father.

Two of the things we value most in this world are faith and family. We both have families that are close and bonded together in their love for the Lord. We all support and love one another through the good times and the bad. Both of our families are ecstatic about the possibility of a new family member and birth parents to love and adore.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." We know adoption was God's plan to grow our family. We pray that as you make an adoption plan for your child, you feel God's love and know His plan is to give you hope and a future as well. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, and you are loved.

How We Met

We met when we both attended the same college to play soccer. What began as a sweet friendship quickly blossomed into a romance the summer after Kara's freshman year and David's junior year. We both loved how easy it was to be around each other. We felt we could truly be ourselves with one another, and we were constantly laughing and up to new adventures. We both loved the Lord and wanted to have a relationship that honored him. After three years of dating, we got married in May 2013. In the spring of 2019 we adopted our son, Nate. We have always tried to keep the Lord at the center of our marriage and our parenting. As Nate and his siblings grow up, we want them to see us honor and love one another so that one day they might do the same.

Meet David (By Kara):

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David is a calm, intelligent, and thoughtful man. Although he may seem quiet at first, he is full of fun and makes me laugh constantly even though he may not mean to. David is extremely passionate about his job as a college professor and researcher. He is a deep thinker and wonderful writer! He absolutely loves sports whether he is playing or watching.

Wise. Loyal. Gentle. These are the three words that come to my mind when I think of David. He is wise in the choices he makes, how hard he works, and how he seeks wisdom from God's Word in all situations. David is loyal in that he loves his family with his whole heart and truly puts us before himself. He is always there to spend time with us and make new memories. I never question his love for me and our son, Nate. He has such a compassionate heart and is always looking for ways to serve. David is very gentle. I love watching him play dinosaurs, kick the soccer ball, and read with Nate. He is always so patient as he teaches Nate new things. He is a good listener and always makes sure we are communicating and working together as a team as we walk through life's ups and downs.

David is the spiritual leader of our family and loves to lead our family in nightly devotions and prayer. It is one of our most treasured times as a family. David is such a wonderful father and Godly example to Nate. His love, wisdom, guidance, and involvement in Nate and our future child's life is why he is such a wonderful father. I know he is excited to nurture and invest in our next son or daughter's life.

Meet Kara (By David):

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Kara is my best friend, the love of my life, and a true embodiment of what it means to be her spouse's better half! She is an absolute joy to be around, and her bubbly personality is infectious. She does not know a stranger, and her genuine love and concern for those around her is always evident.

She is comical, caring, and a good type of crazy. There is no one else whom I would rather do life with. While I certainly love all of the adventures we share together, she makes everyday life fun, and I never doubt for a minute that she loves me and Nate. Kara also helps keep me accountable and makes sure I stay on track as the leader of our family. I admire her close relationship with the Lord and am constantly inspired by her loving spirit.

She is also an incredible mother. Even before I saw her interact with the kindergarteners and 1st graders she taught for several years, her nurturing and caring demeanor was always evident. Now, I see it on full display as she lovingly guides Nate through life. She has always desired to be a mom, and even though that can be a very thankless and challenging job, she handless it selflessly, without complaint, and with Nate's best interests in mind. Seeing how she has handled both the joys and challenges in life and parenthood has reaffirmed what I thought about her since the day I met her: she is a kind and loving person who does not let the bad things on this earth bring her down. Nate and our future children will be blessed to fall under her guidance.

Meet Nate

Nate is our sweet and huggable son who we adopted through Gladney in 2019. He will be 2 years old in March 2021 and cannot wait to have a sibling to play with around the house! Nate's personality reminds us very much of Winnie the Pooh. He is so gentle, laid back, and friendly. Nate is very outgoing and loves playing with other children of all ages. Right now, Nate loves to read books and play with trains. Nate and Mommy spend their days playing outside, going to different children's museums, visiting the library for reading time, or attending weekly sing along concerts in the park. When Daddy gets home, Nate and Daddy spend their time wrestling, playing ball, or reading while Mommy makes dinner. We love to end our days with evening walks to the park, bath time, and reading the Bible with Nate. Nate has a wonderful relationship with his birth mom. We FaceTime and text often. We also look forward to visits with Nate's birth mom and biological grandmother. We are excited to watch and cultivate a beautiful bond between Nate and his sibling through their stories of adoption and their brave birth mothers.

Why Adoption

Even before we got married, we talked and dreamed about growing our family. We felt like the Lord had been preparing our hearts for adoption from the start. Kara was an elementary teacher at a school with many children who were in foster care and we were very involved in their lives. Early on it was evident to Kara how great of a father David would be. He was so intentional and playful. The children loved him.

A year and a half into our marriage, we found out Kara would not be able to have biological children. Although this was hard news to swallow, we were excited and eager to begin praying for our future children and their birth parents. We started researching and attending adoption seminars until we knew the time was right to adopt. It has been the biggest privilege and joy of our lives to have experienced adoption and have such a special relationship with our son Nate and his birth mama! We look forward to seeing who the Lord brings into our family next!

Our Dog Cooper

Cooper is our funny and loveable corgi. Cooper will be four years old in May 2021. Nate and Cooper are constantly running and playing around the house and in the backyard. Cooper has been the perfect family dog! He is very gentle with Nate and other children. Cooper enjoys going to the dog park, long walks, cuddling with his family on the couch, and eating all the scraps that fall to him!

Our Home & Community

We absolutely love the neighborhood and community we live in! Our neighborhood is very tight knit and there are so many young families. We enjoy calling up our neighbors and going on afternoon walks to the playground/park and eating dinner together. We often grill out on summer nights with many of our neighbors in the backyard and just let the kids run around and play. As a stay-at-home mom, it is such a blessing to Kara to have such a great community to do life with. Another huge part of our community is our church! We lead middle school youth group and enjoy investing in the kids' lives. The support and community from our church has been such a blessing.

Before You Go

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Our desire is to raise our children to know that they are fearfully and wonderfully made by their Creator. We want them to rest in knowing that our love for them does not rely on what they accomplish or decisions they make. We will always love them because of how our Heavenly Father loves us.

We promise to nurture and love them fully and to tell them of their loving and brave birth parents every day. We promise to embrace their heritage and celebrate their history, educate them, help them succeed, and support their dreams. Most importantly, we promise to share the Gospel with them every day and remind them of the love of their Heavenly Father.

In Psalm 139:13, it says "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

This verse reminds us of how bonded we will be through adoption. We are so thankful for you and will always be proud to have you as a part of our life. As we read our child this promise from God's Word, we will remind them that they have two sets of parents who love them dearly.

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