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We can only imagine what you are going through right now and how hard this is for you. But we want you to know you are doing a wonderful thing. Even though we don’t know you yet, we have been praying for you for a very long time. We are praying that God will give you wisdom and strength. Words cannot express the respect we feel for you, as we know your decision is based on your love for this child. We hope and pray that you feel God’s peace every step of the way, even on the hardest of days, and that others can come alongside you and support you on this journey.
We have been married for 17 years, and as crazy in love we were on our wedding day, we honestly love each other so much more today. Our marriage is full of love, faith, laughter, and fun. We waited 5 years before trying to grow our family so we could build our relationship with each other. We thought we would get pregnant right away but after years of trying, it was confirmed that Rhonda will never be able to get pregnant. After more than 7 years on our journey of trying to grow our family, we adopted our son Finn as a newborn. He is now 5 years old and we cannot imagine life without him. We ride bikes, go to parks, go for walks, go to the beach, have play dates with friends, go to church, take vacations, take trips to visit extended family, and just hang out at home cuddling on the couch or playing outside. Finn loves babies and has a sweet and gentle heart; he is going to be the best big brother. Finn wants to be a big brother so incredibly bad! We pray every single night before bed for God to bring us a baby brother or baby sister.
We go to a non-denominational Bible church, where the teaching is biblically based and family is highly valued. They have some really good children’s programs from babies to college age. We spent three years working with the Junior High kids, have been Activity Leaders in Junior Church (ages 3-5) for several years and also work in the nursery with babies and toddlers. It’s a fairly large church so we try to stay involved with small groups to build relationships. We’ve been part of a Home Bible Study since we were engaged. In our Bible Study is where we’ve developed strong friendships and been part of our friends’ families. We also want to teach our children about Christ early in life so that they always know His love for us and can have a relationship with Him, being comforted, as well as understanding the true meaning in Christmas and Easter, and in life.
We are so thankful for our strong relationships with our families: our parents, our brothers, our nephews, our aunts, uncles, and cousins. We are also blessed with such amazing friends and a lot of people in our lives, who are family to us, as well and supportive in so many ways. Rhonda’s parents live in Kentucky but we visit and talk often. Aaron’s Mom lives close by and comes over every Sunday for dinner. We also enjoy getting together with Aaron’s brother and his two young sons to take trips to the beach or have sleep overs. All of our family and our friends are really looking forward to our child. We will continue to spend lots of time with family and good friends.
Our Home Life:
Our family also includes two dogs and two cats. They add so much joy to our lives and we believe it’s important for kids to grow up with pets – they’re fun, they bring joy and unconditional love, and teach you early in life how to love and how to care. Our home is in a quiet neighborhood, on the tip end of a cul-de-sac where kids play in the street or in the wooded park directly behind our house. We’re both active (running, playing hockey, enjoying the outdoors) and we plan to stay active as a family. Though we enjoy just hanging out at home, we also love to travel to places like Greece, Mexico, Hawaii, Canada to visit Aaron’s family, and Kentucky to visit Rhonda’s family. We can’t wait to take our children along on these trips with us.
We know it was always God’s plan for us to have children through adoption. We desire to have an open adoption where our child knows who his or her birth parents are, where we regularly talk open with our child about adoption, and if you desire, we would love to have you visit and keep you up to date his or her entire life. Just as nothing can separate us from the love of God, nothing will ever separate this child from our love. Thank you for what you are doing.
Aaron & Rhonda