Derek and Amber

Derek and Amber

Lance and Brandy Family wanting to adopt a child

Hello! We are Derek and Amber

You are courageous and loving to consider what kind of opportunities and future you would like your child to have. We can’t imagine a decision more important or challenging then choosing the right parents to raise a child. Trust your instincts–you’ll make the right choice.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

Facts About Derek
  • Won a car on a game show (with Amber)
  • Is 25% Alaskan Indian (grandfather was a tribal Chief)
  • Has traveled to 11 countries
  • Ate a scorpion from a street vendor in Beijing
  • Ran to Hood to Coast without training
  • Loves funky hats, sunglasses & dance moves
  • Owns several types of musical instruments
  • Is naturally athletic, creative & musical
  • Has a big heart & youthful spirit
  • Loves cooking for friends & family
Facts About Amber
  • Started college at age 15 & graduated with a 4.0 GPA
  • Has over 30 cousins
  • Traveled to 9 countries
  • Has baked & decorated 3 wedding cakes
  • Is an extreme deal finder
  • Loves projects & has a dedicated craft room
  • Is an expert board game strategist
  • Bought & lives in her childhood house (with Derek)
  • Loves planning and hosting parties & events
  • Has known she wanted to adopt since the 4th grade

OUR LETTER

Hello,

You are courageous and loving to consider what kind of opportunities and future you would like your child to have. We can’t imagine a decision more important or challenging then choosing the right parents to raise a child. Trust your instincts–you’ll make the right choice.

We are so honored that you would consider us. Our goal for this profile is to paint an accurate snapshot of who we really are and what life would be like for a child in our family. To learn more about us please ask for a free copy of our profile book.

We pray daily for our future child, and for the mother who will carry and nurture that child for nine months, who will labor for that child, who will out of love choose to endure the grief of separation for the benefit of that child. We’re incredibly thankful and grateful beyond words and promise to always strive for the same spirit of sacrificial love first displayed to the child by that precious woman.  

We would love the opportunity to meet you and talk about your hopes and dreams for the future. We are open to any level of communication and openness that you are comfortable with.

About Us:

We met in college and were best friends before starting to date.  Because our relationship has always been built on a firm foundation of friendship, we have have a strength unusual among marriages. Years later we’re still best friends, who just happen to also be madly in love. We genuinely like to do everything together from the adventurous to the mundane. We tell each other everything, and never hold secrets (only occasional surprises!).

We work hard and play harder! We love to travel, cook, host events and have all kinds of adventures together.  Derek is creative, athletic and musical. He has a youthful and laid back spirit, and loves to be around people.  Amber is super smart & organized. She is the planner of the family, and enjoys hosting showers & parties.

We are both Christians and love to be involved at our church. Derek leads the church music, Amber volunteers in the nursery, and we both serve in the children’s program.

We Love Kids:

Everyone around us knows that we both have a special heart for children. In addition to leading the kids program at church for many years, we have often borrowed children from our friends and family for events in our home & community. We’ve taken children to a local play, held Easter egg hunts in our home, hosted Dolly-&-Me tea parties, kids movie nights & gingerbread house competitions. We have even taken children to a weekend family camp that their parents couldn’t attend.

We’re often invited to children’s music recitals, sports games & birthday parties, not just because we are friends with the parents, but because we have built genuine relationships with the children, and they want us there.  Knowing how rewarding it has been to invest in the lives of kids in our community, we look forward to pouring our love and lives into our future child.

Our Journey to Adoption & Our Future:

A few years back we learned that we were medically unable to conceive and would not ever be able to have biological children. We were quite devastated with that news at the time, but also hopeful since we have always considered adoption to be a beautiful way to build a family.

We hope to adopt multiple times so that our children will have sibling(s).

We are so thankful to have had a good education and jobs which have allowed us to pay off all of our debt (except for our mortgage). We even have a college fund started for our future child.

We are blessed to be in a position where we can provide full-time at home parenting for a child, without needing daycare.

Our Hopes for our Future Child

Through good and bad, happy and sad, we promise to love unconditionally.

Love abounds in our home, and our child will be treasured. Our child will be read and sung to and will hear “I love you” every day. We can’t wait for the blanket forts, birthday parties, trips to the beach, movie nights, silly dance competitions, craft projects and other adventures. Most of all we can’t wait to accept a child into our hearts and home to make him/her part of our family forever.

Investing in education and life skills is important to us; we will want our child to flourish in whatever his/her natural skills are. Writing, music, athletics, science, teaching, technology, art, building,  working with hands–whatever our child’s aptitude is, well endeavor to find it and help our child realize his/her full potential in life.

If you like to learn more about us, please ask Journeys Adoption Agency for a free copy of our adoption portfolio book! We would also be happy to meet you to answer any additional questions.

We wish you & your child all the best!

Love,

Derek and Amber

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Sean and Layton

Sean and Layton

Lance and Brandy Family wanting to adopt a child

Hello! We are Sean and Layton

Thank you for considering our family. We pray you make the decision that is the best fit for you and your baby.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

Facts About Us

1) We lived in Thailand for 6 months teaching English.

2) We got to swim with elephants.

3) Sean makes the best chocolate chip cookies.

4) For our 10 year wedding anniversary, we took a ride in a hot air balloon.

5) We have our wedding rings tattooed on our wedding fingers.

6) Layton has won 4 chili cook-offs.

7) We have both participated in a pie eating contest and we both lost miserably.

8) Layton grew up on a small sheep farm.

9) Sean modeled for a Nike catalog when he was 6 years old.

10) Layton studied opera in college.

11) Sean plays the drums, guitar, and ukulele.

12) 16 year old, Layton, scored a perfect 100 on her driving test.

13) Sean loves comic books.

14) Layton loves homemade Halloween costumes.

15) Sean ran Hood to Coast two years ago and hopes to train for a marathon.

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parents,

When Layton was born, her mother created an adoption plan for her. It was a sacrifice of love that our lives will forever benefit from. Growing up, adoption felt like a natural means for growing a family and a heart for adoption was something that Layton looked for in her spouse. Adoption has been a priority for us throughout our relationship and we are so excited to take this step to add to our family.

We have been married for 13 years, we have two daughters, Jubilee age 5 and Brighton age 2. We live in Oregon; we love our community and are very involved through our work as teachers. Sean teaches middle school at a local university; Layton teaches high school. We love working with our students and their families and enjoy attending the high school sporting events and activities.

Our summers are spent updating our historic home, gardening, cooking and spending time together as a family. We hike, camp and travel whenever possible.

Being an adoptee, we know the significant role you will always have in your child’s life. Our lives are so much richer through the relationships we have with Layton’s biological family.

Thank you for considering our family. We pray you make the decision that is the best fit for you and your baby.

Thank you,

Sean and Layton

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Derrek and Kylee

Derrek and Kylee

Lance and Brandy Family wanting to adopt a child

Hello! We are Derrek and Kylee

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about our family, and for considering us. We know this is a difficult time for you and we want you to know how incredibly brave you are. We can’t even imagine what you must be going through and feeling during this time. We hope that our book will show you the love we have for each other, our son, and future sibling.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

Facts About Derrek

-My family is from Spain (the Basque country) and they speak Spanish and Basque

-I spoke German fluently as a child. My dad was in the military and we lived there for three years.

-Love the Boston Red Sox and the Dallas Cowboys

-Love spicy food

-I coach Girls Basketball and Football

-I had my picture taken with Drew Bledsoe (was an NFL Quarterback)

-I have way too many tennis shoes

-I’m a High School Teacher

– I love being outdoors

-I have never broken a bone

Facts About Kylee

-DIY projects are my thing- Love creating and building things from scratch

-I was on the Ramblin Rod show as a kid

-Love sports

-Played college softball, and got to play against the University of Oregon, and the University of Tennessee

-I love chocolate ( especially dark chocolate)

-Enjoy adventures and being outdoors

-I know Sign Language fluently

-I enjoy a good Netflix show-especially the mystery ones 🙂

-I’m a Middle School Teacher

-I love holiday traditions. Decorating, food smelling candles, and family

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parents,

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about our family, and for considering us. We know this is a difficult time for you and we want you to know how incredibly brave you are. We can’t even imagine what you must be going through and feeling during this time. We hope that our book will show you the love we have for each other, our son, and future sibling. 

We live in Eastern Washington and love everything about it. We have mountains, beautiful weather, tons of outdoor activities, and nature all around us. Our home is in a subdivision surrounded by walking trails, playgrounds, and young families. We enjoy living here because it’s safe, quiet, and we live close to everything.

Kylee grew up in Salem, Oregon with her 3 siblings. They are very close to this day and enjoy family trips and anytime they can be around each other. She has a total of 10 aunts and uncles and 8 nieces and nephews. She loves having a big family and getting time with them all.  Derrek grew up in Hermiston, Oregon with his mom, step-dad, and younger sister. Derrek’s biological dad, brother, and step-mom live close as well. He is close with both sides of his family and he enjoys getting to see them all during the holidays and throughout the year. We love our Oregon roots and love that our families still live there so we can visit often. 

  We found love for children early in life. We both became teachers and coaches and we enjoy getting the opportunity to be a part of a child’s education.  Derrek is a high school Special Education Teacher, and Kylee is a Middle School Mathematics Teacher. 

We have a three year old son, Ander. Ander is so caring and always concerned with other peoples well-being. He is compassionate and kind hearted and we know he will be an amazing big brother someday. He loves to play outside in the dirt, go to the gym with dad, and the ball field with mom. Mowgli and Abby are our two dogs and Ander’s best pals. 

We know in our hearts that adoption was meant for our family and we have no doubt that Ander will be an awesome older sibling. We want you to know how much we respect you, and we think and pray for you daily. We know that you want what is best for your baby and we pray that you have the strength you need. 

With love,

Derrek and Kylee

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Chris and Katy

Chris and Katy

Lance and Brandy Family wanting to adopt a child

Hello! We are Chris and Katy

We will never know all the complex feelings you must be having around the decisions you will be making. We can only say how much we respect you for making this choice. We have had to trust our hearts before, but never like this. We can only emphasize that we know your decisions will be made with love and wanting only the best for this child. We will never understand the leap of faith it is be to trust two strangers to care for your child. We can only say that we hope we will not be strangers for long.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

Facts About Chris

-Disneyland really is my happiest place on earth

-I’m never happier than when I’m throwing a ball to a dog on the beach.

-I love to dress up at Halloween and I come up with the ideas, but it’s up to Katy to carry out the idea!

-I am our family’s cook and it’s a role I really enjoy!

-My parents are very involved in our lives and love spending time with our daughter!

-The best thing about being a parent is her endless enthusiasm first thing in the morning.

Facts About Katy

-I love to try new things- especially new foods!

-I was a dog person until we got our cats, now I’m a both person!

-We love to travel and have a trip in the works most of the time!

-I’m an extrovert and love meeting new people- it helps a lot with my job!

-We are close with my family- our daughter loves her cousins and it’s so fun to watch them play.

-The best thing about being a parent is the snuggles and watching her discover new things!

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parents,

We will never know all the complex feelings you must be having around the decisions you will be making. We can only say how much we respect you for making this choice. We have had to trust our hearts before, but never like this. We can only emphasize that we know your decisions will be made with love and wanting only the best for this child. We will never understand the leap of faith it is be to trust two strangers to care for your child. We can only say that we hope we will not be strangers for long.

Let’s get to know each other- we are Chris and Katy!
Chris is a California native who grew up in multiple locations on the west coast. He considers San Diego, California his childhood home but also spent parts of his childhood in Phoenix, Arizona and Bountiful, Utah (outside of Salt Lake City). Chris’s parents are still married, and are looking forward to celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this year.  Chris has one younger sister who is married and they have several four legged children. Chris’ family live in the area and we frequently get together for Sunday dinners. Chris graduated law school in 2015 after having a rewarding career as a communications teacher and debate coach at a local university. He enjoys his career helping make a positive difference for society. Chris’s hobbies are reading the newspaper, going to the movies, and anything do do with Star Wars.

Katy is an Oregon native and has lived in the Pacific Northwest most of her life. The two exceptions were when she and her family lived in Germany for two years when she was in elementary school and in Mexico for a year after college. Katy is very close with her family- her two brothers (one of whom is adopted) and their families and many extended relatives. We all get together often both in Portland and at the family beach house. Katy is a social worker, which is a job she loves and feels privileged to be able to work with children and their families. Katy’s hobbies are crafting, shopping, and going on walks with friends. We also have our shared hobbies including getting together for potlucks and playdates with friends and their children, spending time with Katy’s niece and nephew, and traveling.

Katy and Chris met in 2011 through via an online dating website. Their first date was a local eatery and Katy was pretty happy when Chris emailed her the next day asking for a second date. We knew pretty quickly we had some very important things in common- we both wanted our work to make a positive difference, we both value education and lifelong learning, we both had traveled extensively but wanted to do more, and we both wanted children! Chris fell in love with Katy because of her pretty blue eyes, outgoing personality, and shared value system. Katy fell in love with Chris because of his nice smile, incredible intelligence, and his wonderful family. We were married in Hawaii in 2013 and plan to return at each major anniversary!

We adopted our daughter via open adoption in 2016. She is the light of our lives! Our daughter is precocious, smart, funny, giggly, and very opinionated. We have loved watching her personality emerge (really since Day 1) and marveling at the speed at which she learns and the wonder at which she approaches the world. Being parents of an adopted child is such an honor! We have so much love for her birth parents and see her and her family when it works for all of us. In between visits we send pictures and email updates, read books about adoption, and incorporate them into our daily conversations. Our daughter’s biological family will always be welcome in our lives!

We live in Portland in a wonderful, safe neighborhood. We both love Portland for it’s proximity to our families and close friends, diversity of people and food, and the wonderful things to do- all within a short drive! We can’t imagine living anywhere else and we have put down roots here. We have wonderful friends (most of whom have children of their own) who we see at least once a week! We are close enough to family that most of the major holidays and celebrations are spent with one or both sides of our family! We also have our own traditions- we love to go to baseball games in the summer and watching a lot of college football in the fall. In the winter we go to hockey games and the zoo lights and in the spring we work in the yard and go to the farmer’s markets. A couple of times a year we visit friends in Seattle and also hit the open road in search of adventure!

We are so excited about adopting again and are lucky to have the support of our families and friends! We believe the best thing for any child is to be surrounded by as many wonderful, caring people as possible! Open adoption fits so naturally into that belief, we will consider ourselves lucky to have the opportunity to build a relationship with you and your loved ones. Our parenting will reflect our values- respect, love, compassion, hard work, family, acceptance, trust, and a lot of humor. We hope you feel you have learned a little more about us and we thank you for taking the time to read this letter. We are thrilled about this new chapter of our lives and the amazing child it will bring!

Sincerely,

Chris and Katy

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Lance and Brandy

Lance and Brandy

Lance and Brandy Family wanting to adopt a child

Hello! We are Lance and Brandy

We cannot begin to know all the feelings you are experiencing during this decision, we can only know this is a decision based on the deepest level of love and what you believe is best for your child

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

Facts About Lance
  • Good cook
  • Generous
  • Loves to fish
  • Fly RC planes & drones
  • Aviation enthusiast 
  • Enjoys being outdoors
  • Gamer
  • Avid baseball and football fan
  • Handyman 
Facts About Brandy
  • Caring
  • Helpful
  • Family orientated 
  • Punctual
  • Loves elephants
  • Likes to  make scrap books
  • Enjoys puzzles.  
  • Avid baseball and football fan
  • Likes country music

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parents,

We would first like to say thank you so much for taking the time to read our story.

We cannot begin to know all the feelings you are experiencing during this decision, we can only know this is a decision based on the deepest level of love and what you believe is best for your child.  

A little about the two of us.

We are Lance and Brandy and we have been together for 18 years married for 10.
We live in the Beaverton Area., with our 3 cats and we enjoy living in Oregon.

Lance works at Intel at the Aloha campus in the Technology Development Division and has been working at Intel Corporation for 18 years.

Brandy works at Turquoise Learning Tree Day School, in the Wobbler room with the 1 year olds.

We love all that Oregon has to offer. We enjoy outdoor activities such as going camping, fishing, biking, going on nature walks, and visiting the coast. We also enjoy going to sporting events, concerts, and local events like the Hillsboro Air show. We also love animals so we enjoy trips to the zoo, and the Wildlife Safari. Although the most important time is time spent with the family.

 Our goal is to provide a stable, nurturing and most of all a loving environment for your child. We believe open adoption is giving the child the best of both their birth family and their adoptive family.

Your child will grow knowing that he or she will be loved by so many people. We look forward to building a relationship with the birth family. 

If you were to choose us please know that your child would be loved and cherished. We look forward to meeting you. Wishing you the best in whatever decision you choose.

Sincerely,

Lance and Brandy

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