Brad & Stephanie
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Hello! We met the first day of freshman orientation in college and have now been married almost 10 years. We have loved the journey and now enjoy life with our son, Sam, our dog, and our gecko. Family has always been our priority and we are ready with open hearts to connect with you and your child. You would always be important to us! We would love to get to know you and the hopes you have for your baby's future.
What We're All About
Our lives are centered around our family, faith, and finding the fun in what we do. In our free time, we're hanging out with friends, watching a movie together, swimming, hiking, or having a fire with marshmallows in the backyard.
Together we like:
• Music: Stephanie loves to sing and Brad is an incredibly talented piano, guitar, and bass player. There's always music playing here! We even enjoy regular sing-offs and dance-offs.
• Creativity: We both love to use our artistic side!
• Food: We're always looking for new dishes to try. Our favorites are usually Thai and Cajun.
• Outdoors: It's fun to explore nature and get outside!
• Learning: We love turning our son's interests into learning opportunities for the whole family. (Right now dinosaurs are a big part of our lives.)
• Traveling: We love road trips and visiting places to see the world around us!
• Pets: Our dog, Freddie, is a playful pup who is always ready for games, tummy rubs, and cuddles. We also have a pet gecko named Ringo.
Stephanie is a devoted mother who shows compassion and grace to our son in a way that is truly awe inspiring to me. She works part time and loves the time she gets with Sam or to care for our family. Stephanie's loves using her creative skills at work, doing graphic design and video editing.
Stephanie swims every morning, often doing laps in the pool before Sam and I have even woken up. Throughout the day she is often singing cheerfully. In the evenings, she is usually wrapped up in a book. It brings me so much joy to watch her share her love for reading with Sam during story times at home.
All About Brad
Brad is my best friend and lives his life through his heart, putting others first. He's always supporting or encouraging others, ready to play a game, share a snack, take a hike, or just spend time in the moment. Brad can also draw and enjoys woodworking or carving wooden flowers and animals. He can sketch Simba or our dream house floor plan, and recently built a playhouse for Sam in our yard.
As a Realtor Brad is able to work from home and have flexible hours to spend with our family. He truly enjoys the connection with the people he serves, whether it's helping them buy a home, playing bass on the worship team at church, or when he's working at the local coffee roastery.
Our Little Man, Sam
We have one son, four year old Sam. He's an active little dude, is so fun, and gets along well with other kiddos. He's kind, sharing, and affectionate, already good at math, and is a big fan of dinosaurs and stickers. Sam will be a caring big brother and is excited about having a little sibling.
Our Home in Colorado
We love our life in beautiful Colorado. We live in a cozy 3 bedroom duplex on a quiet cul-de-sac. Our home is our haven, with lots of light and a yard with big trees and room to play. We live close to friends, to church, Sam's preschool, and the ice cream shop. Also nearby is the downtown strip where we love going to the annual ice sculpting and sidewalk chalk festivals! We also live close to the Rocky Mountains. You can very frequently find us hiking, driving through the mountains, watching sunsets, and always on the lookout for wild animals.
Our Heart for Adoption & Our Promise to You
We both feel very strongly that we are called to adoption. We promise to love your child unconditionally. We promise comfort, laughs, hugs, and never ending support in every season. We promise to provide a safe and stable home life. We promise trips to the park, help with homework, road trips, and living room picnic movie nights.
We promise to honor you as a special part of our family's story. If you're interested, we would love to share a lifelong relationship with you. We see adoption as more than adding a child to our family! You would be like part of our family too.
More About Brad
Profession: Realtor, Coffee Sales Rep
Racial Background: White
TV Show: Stranger Things
Meal: Roast Beef & Mashed Potatoes
City We've Visited: San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala
Song: "Captivated" by Shawn McDonald
Book: "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini
Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough with a late night movie
More About Stephanie
Profession: Director of Administration & Communication
Racial Background: White
TV Show: Jane the Virgin
City We've Visited: Paris, France
Song: "The Story of Tonight" from the Hamilton Soundtrack
Book: "The Art of Eating In" by Cathy Erway
Guilty Pleasure: Family Ice Cream Outings Before Dinner
More About Our Family
Highlights of a Typical Week with our Family
- We take Sam to swim lessons twice a week
- Every Saturday Brad and Sam go to the donut shop
- A regular Sunday involves church, naps, and family time in the yard
- Breakfast together every morning
Our Extended Families
We have loving relationships with our extended families. Our son and future baby have 4 very loving, doting grandparents. We have three sisters and three brothers-in-law who we love dearly and we all love being aunts and uncles to each other's kids!
Stephanie's family, while not nearby, are very much a part of our lives. We fly as often as we can to see each other and they're so invested in our adoption journey. Brad's parents live in town, so when we're both at work, Sam goes to their house to play. Everyone is excited about our plans to adopt!
Fun Facts About Us
- Stephanie speaks French, is obsessed with Broadway musicals, and wants to learn sign language.
- Brad loves puzzles, doesn't like to watch the same movie twice, and enjoys spending time in his wood shop in the garage.
- We love playing board and card games! Dutch Blitz, Code Names, and Settlers of Catan are some of our favorites.
Favorite Family Traditions
For birthdays we like to plan experiences as gifts: Stephanie's favorites are trips to the mountains, Sam loves going to the zoo, and Brad loves a night out with good friends and food.
For Christmas we alternate which extended family we're with, and our own traditions include opening stockings on Christmas Eve and opening the presents throughout the day instead of all at once.
Thanksgiving is a wild card. Some years we're with family, some years we go on a Family Adventure! One year we did a Southwest Road Trip to Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona.
From both of us, we promise to love you and to love your baby unconditionally. Forever. We promise to seek open, safe communication with you as much as you're comfortable with. We promise to care for baby when they're tiny. We promise to give him or her adventures and experiences and opportunities when they're older. We promise to wrap them up fully in our lives and provide love, safety, encouragement, honesty, support, belonging, and a home to thrive in.