Hi! We are Andrew, Kate, Addison, Mackenzie, and Emma. We are grateful you took the time to read about our adoption journey. We are excited to welcome a new member into our family and are praying for you.
We met in 2004 when Andrew came to work at the church Kate grew up attending. We spent a year growing our friendship and then began dating when Andrew moved away to work at a Christian camp. After 18 months of long-distance dating, we were married in July 2006. Our faith in God is the foundation of our lives and marriage. The decisions we make, the things we choose to spend our time and resources on, and how we structure our family time come from this core value. Early in our marriage, we took a short-term mission trip to South Africa to care for orphaned and abandoned children. This trip has impacted the rest of our lives.
We welcomed our daughters Addison in 2010 and Mackenzie in 2012. By the time Emma was born in 2014, we had moved to South Africa. We lived at that same orphan village we had visited in 2008 as full-time missionaries. We lived in South Africa until 2020, and our hearts for children who needed a family grew. Both of us cared for a number of babies in our home as emergency foster parents until a permanent home could be found. Now that we are living in the United States again, we desire to grow our family through adoption!
My husband, Andrew, is a man of integrity who is intentional about building relationships, caring practically for the needs of others, and fostering others’ relationships with God. He is bold, hardworking, humble, calm, loyal, and kind. He is a purposeful husband and father who listens and cares about the little details of our daughters’ lives, bringing joy and laughter to our home. Andrew is one of the pastors at our church. He loves leading and serving people in our church and community.
When asked about their Daddy, our girls enthusiastically say: “Our Daddy is a great listener and encourager. He plays games with us and helps us with our math homework. He loves to play football, and basketball, bike ride, run, eat spicy things, and have dance parties. We enjoy our nightly devotions that Daddy leads our family in.”
What drew me to Kate when we first met was her love for God and her passion for other people. Kate is the type of person who makes friends wherever she goes. She is my best friend, a loving mother, and cares deeply for her children, friends, family, and coworkers. She is a pediatric emergency department nurse who puts the interests and needs of kids and their families first.
Kate leads a women’s Bible study at our church, helps in the infant nursery, and serves on mission trips. Together, we mentor newly married couples. Her favorite things include reading, running, spending time with friends, playing with our girls and the kids in our friend’s families, having a great cup of coffee, and baking with her girls.
When asked to describe their mom, our girls say with big smiles, “Our mom is always willing and ready to help others. She cares for us, especially when we get hurt, sad, or scared. She loves us so well and is kind and loyal to the people in her life.”
Addison is twelve years old and in 7th grade. Addison is outgoing, encouraging, and friendly. She loves hanging out with friends from school and church. She enjoys running and swimming for her school and playing the flute. Her favorite subject in school is science, and she wants to be a nurse like her mama when she grows up. Addison leads a Bible study at her school and serves in the toddler room at our church. She loves caring for others and was a huge help when we had foster babies in our home. Addy is looking forward to helping with a baby in our family again.
Ten-year-old Mackenzie is in 5th grade. Mackenzie is always looking to see who else needs to be included in the group and who she can invite to play. She loves to tell jokes, read, ride her bike and ripstick, look at the stars, and play basketball. Science is her favorite subject in school, and she wants to be a teacher someday. Mackenzie loves to put the needs of others before her own and is thoughtful, kind, and encouraging. She is excited to be a big sister again!
Emma is eight years old and in 3rd grade. She loves building, making crafts, creating things, and playing pretend with her dolls. She is our ballet dancer and singer. Emma is determined, friendly, adventurous, a hard worker, and creative. Emma loves school, especially reading, music, and stem class, and wants to be a Lego engineer when she grows up. She can’t wait to have a younger sibling to play with!