‘LOVE makes a Family’
All relationships take time, effort, love and understanding.
We are so excited to have you visit us! We have a great love in our hearts for birth moms and the strong women that you are. You are truly incredible! You are strong, courageous, selfless and brave, even if you may not think so. We are so grateful for the hard choices you have made and are making and the unselfishness and love you have for your baby. The fact that you are even thinking of placing your child for adoption speaks volumes about you and demands respect. You are a mother or father, and always will be! We hope that you find guidance and peace in your search for a family for your little one.
I had some health problems as a teenager. After many surgeries we learned that it greatly affected my reproductive system. So at the young age of 15, I knew that I would probably adopt in order to grow my family. It was then that I developed a love for birth mothers, and now our love for birth mothers has grown exponentially after adopting two beautiful children.
When Owen was a baby he had bad reflux so there were many nights for a year that he would just scream unless he was propped up or I was holding him. When he was only a few months old, I remember kneeling down with Dave to say our prayers, praying he would sleep. Guess what, he did not but I knew at that time that we were going to adopt again. Two and a half years later here we are and excited as ever to grow our family again.
How We Met
Dave and I met September 2006 at Weber State University in Physics class. Dave walked with me and a group of friends to our next class and asked us to join a study group. I declined and told him I was busy but he kept at it until I went. I had a blast and that day he asked me out. It wasn’t long before we both knew something special was happening. We both had the same values, loves and desires, and at the top of our list was the desire for a family.
I knew that I needed to take it slow with Chelsea. I knew this was a special relationship and I did not want to mess it up! After Chelsea and I had been dating for a while I knew she was the one. We were engaged the end of January and married May 11, 2007 in the Salt Lake Temple.
After several years of struggling to grow our family on our own with many doctor visits and procedures done, we felt strongly that adoption was the way we were supposed to go. There were several years of waiting and failed adoptions. There was a lot of heartache but that strengthened our relationship and helped us to be even more grateful for each other. In 2014, seven years after getting married, our dream of becoming parents finally came true, when we adopted our sweet daughter, Avery and 19 months later our energetic baby boy, Owen. Our children have been such a blessing in our life. We gained two beautiful children to our home, but we also gained friendship, love and more family, our birth families. They are also our family!
We tell both Avery and Owen their story often and express our love and gratitude for their “tummy mommy”. Avery thinks it is pretty cool that she has two moms and we only have one. These unselfish birth moms and dads gave us a beautiful gift and we are forever grateful to them. We love them so very much! We have a very open relationship with Avery’s birth family via Facebook, text, video chat and have visited them several times. We hope to have a similar relationship with Owen’s birth mom soon. Right now it is pictures and texts as per her wishes.
Avery was born in California in May of 2014. We were there for her delivery and Chelsea got to cut the cord! It was amazing. She is one of the most caring little girls I know. She is shy at first but will warm up rather quickly after she sees Owen interact with someone. She makes friends everywhere we go. She LOVES to have fun and to tease. She is quite smart, loves books and enjoys learning and going to preschool and tumbling. She has “lots of energy” to do soccer, bike rides, coloring, crafts, swimming, dressing up, painting nails, playing with Owen and friends. She lives life to the fullest. She is convinced that our next baby is a sister for her to love and take care of and also a brother for mom and dad and Owen to share.
Owen was born in New Mexico December of 2015. We had 9 days to prepare for him. We got there 23 hours after delivery to see the love and adoration that his mom has for him. He has always had a special spirit about him. He has never met a stranger, he makes friends immediately with anyone. His smile and laugh is contagious. He is naturally great at showing gratitude. He loves to be outside. The minute he wakes up he asks if dad is home so that he can ride the motorcycle and then heads to the backyard to play in the dirt, chase the chickens, play any kind of ball, swing, scooter, simply anything to be outside. He kicks and screams when he has to come in for a nap, which is still 2-3 hours. He plays hard. He loves to be a “worker” so you will often find him with a shovel, broom or his tools fixing thing. He wants to be and do anything that daddy is doing.
School has been a very important part of Dave’s life. He is very self-disciplined, hard-working and is extremely smart. He graduated from Utah State University and then went on to complete a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from University of Utah. We are so proud of him for all that he has been able to accomplish. He works at Hill Air Force Base and teaches at Weber State University a few evenings. The best part about his job is having the flexibility to be able to spend time with family. He enjoys playing with the kids, his 3D printer, gardening, flying his airplane and riding his motorcycle. He is very athletic too! He played tennis for the high school team and enjoys golfing, basketball, volleyball, soccer, ultimate frisbee and rock climbing. “He is the best husband that I could ever ask for and an even better father to our kids!”
Chelsea graduated from Weber State University in Math Education. She taught high school and junior high until we adopted Avery. Now she spends her time reading books with her kids, playing at the park, singing and dancing, making crafts, or even sitting down with a bowl of popcorn to watch a show. In her ‘spare’ time she just enjoys being a mommy. She has taught herself to play the piano, read a good book, camping and spending time with family and friends. “Being a mom has its challenges but the love I have for my children and my little family is the most incredible life experience I could ever have.”
We live in a beautiful, multi-level home, surrounded by parks. We have a nice fenced in backyard with a swing set, garden, chickens and grassy area to run around and play soccer and baseball. We have a bonus 5 acres with gate access to the city park. We bought this home with the intention of growing our family and making lots of fun memories – which so far has been the case!
When we are at home, we love playing on the swing set, dancing to music, making yummy treats to share, feeding the ducks, flying kites and having fun with each other. We spend a lot of time with family and extended family playing with cousins at Sunday dinners, birthday parties, sporting events, camping, four wheeling, kayaking, Disneyland and other family get-togethers to just hang out and have fun! We love to travel and want our children to experience lots of different cultures and parts of the world.
We feel extremely blessed and honored that you have taken some time to get to know our family! Thank you so much! It would be a miracle and great blessing for us to raise your child, and there are a few things we want you to know. First, please know that we will love your baby with our whole hearts! We will give your little one the best life possible, filled with love, laughter, siblings and adventure! Second, you are an incredible person and we will make sure that your child knows of your love and sacrifice for him or her and we will also make sure they understand and know the love behind your decision. Lastly, we want you to know that we’re always praying for and thinking of you! We hope you are lead to the perfect family for your perfect baby.
Hang in there, do the best you can, and know that your best is enough. Wishing you and your baby the best through this journey,
Dave, Chelsea, Avery and Owen