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Darin & Andrew

Family Type: Gay Couple
State we live in: Tennessee

dear expectant mother

We couldn’t be more thrilled or grateful that you are considering us to adopt your baby. We have prayed for this opportunity to grow our family and show our love unconditionally. We are excited to provide a safe, loving home where we can show and model respect, kindness, and trust. We are also looking forward to continuing some of our favorite hobbies together as a larger family. We like to pick one new recipe a month and cook it together and are excited to add a new chef. We are eager to go on walks along the river and trails, exploring and discovering wildlife as a family.

We are looking forward to sharing some lifelong Christmas traditions and hanging an extra ornament on the tree each year from your baby’s future grandma, if you choose us. A fun family tradition is when Mimi and all the cousins bake sugar cookies and decorate them with colorful icing. A family that plays (and laughs) together stays together! We love playing Euchre as a family, and Grandpa (Papa) is the best teacher!

Most of all, we are excited to watch your baby grow, learn, and discover the beauty and wonders of life and a loving family. We can’t wait to witness and capture the firsts: first steps, first day of school, first sleepover, and much more.

Thank you for considering trusting us with your baby. We look forward to walking this journey together.

We have prayed for this opportunity to grow our family and show our love unconditionally.

-Darin & Andrew

About Us

Darin works from home as a healthcare information technology specialist for a hospital. Andrew is a licensed massage therapist and currently works from home managing rental spaces until we welcome a child into our home. We have been together for over five years and are blessed to work together from our home. We enjoy being able to eat lunch together. When we are off work, we enjoy getting outside and running, walking, or hiking. If we aren’t doing one of these activities, you can often find us either exploring local hotspots and grabbing dinner or donuts or relaxing on the porch enjoying the fresh air and mountain views. Some may find it strange, but we enjoy grocery shopping and always do it together in order to both contribute to new and inspiring home-cooked dinners. Darin also speaks French (Andrew is learning!), and we enjoy traveling abroad.

Our Home

We live in a mountain town in close proximity to hiking trails and rivers. Our neighborhood is part of a homeowners association and grants us access to three clubhouses, each with pools (even one-foot kids’ pools!), tennis courts, and playgrounds. In our home, we love sitting around the table and playing games like Sequence, Clue, or Go Fish and also enjoy crafts with our nieces when they visit. Our favorite spots in the house are the kitchen, where we bake and cook together, and the back porch, where we watch the sunrise, sunset, and birds and other wildlife. We also are fortunate to be in one of the top-ranked school districts in the state, with plenty of extracurricular activities.

Our Extended Family

Between us, your child will have 16 aunts and uncles—Andrew has eight siblings, and Darin has two siblings—and 11 cousins (plus one on the way!). We feel like it wouldn’t be fair to exclude our extended fur family: four dogs, a cat, and a rabbit named Bun. There is no shortage of family love and spoiling here! Our favorite holidays to spend with family are Thanksgiving and Christmas.

One of our Thanksgiving traditions is spending the day with either of our families and not counting calories. We love to bask in the traditional Thanksgiving spread with homemade dressing, cranberry sauce, pie, and plenty of stories and laughter. We spend the Friday after Thanksgiving with Darin’s family and pick out a Christmas tree as a family. That evening, we each receive pajamas and a new Christmas ornament. After we put on our new pajamas, we dish out bowls of chili and watch Christmas Vacation as a family.
As we’ve talked about adoption with our families, they couldn’t be happier to have another member of the family to share our traditions with.

What Led Us To Adoption

One of Darin’s best friends and Andrew’s brother have both adopted two children, so adoption is near and dear to our hearts and our families. We have been inspired by seeing how adoption has grown our families and the love that these children have received as new members of the family. Adoption has been on our hearts for some time. We decided to take this next step after establishing our home as a married couple and praying for the privilege to share our love.

more about Darin

more about Darin

Occupation:
Healthcare information technology systems analyst
Religion:
Christian
Race:
Caucasian
Education:
Master’s degree
Food:
Cheesecake, sourdough bread, tater tot casserole, grilled chicken, roasted salmon
Hobby:
Hiking, running, photography, keyboard, camping
Movie:
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Chocolat, Hocus Pocus
Favorite Tradition:
Christmas decorating the day after Thanksgiving, cookie baking, Halloween movies
Sport:
Tennis, baseball, basketball
Holiday:
Thanksgiving, Halloween
Music Group:
Elevation Worship, Dolly Parton, Celine Dion, Charles Trenet
TV Show:
Grey’s Anatomy, Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey
Book:
To Kill a Mockingbird, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Butterfly Garden
Subject in School:
French, chemistry, math
Dream Vacation:
Greek Isles, Czech Republic, Alaska

more about Andrew

more about Andrew

Occupation:
Massage therapist, property manager
Religion:
Christian
Race:
Caucasian
Education:
Licensed massage therapist
Food:
Spaghetti, grilled chicken, roasted veggies, pot roast, pizza, pumpkin pie
Hobby:
Hiking, drawing, photography, knitting, guitar, camping
Movie:
White Christmas, P.S. I Love You, The Last Holiday, Stranger Than Fiction
Favorite Tradition:
Baking Christmas cookies, Advent calendar, Halloween movies, apple picking
Sport:
Soccer, basketball, track
Holiday:
Thanksgiving
Music Group:
Adele, Lauren Daigle, Dolly Parton, Fun, The Hush Sound, Etta James, Frank Sinatra
TV Show:
Once Upon a Time, Grey’s Anatomy, Outlander
Book:
Love Does, Outlander, Chronicles of Narnia
Subject in School:
Science
Dream Vacation:
Alaska, Ireland, Greek Isles, South of France

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Call/Text 224-410-0522

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