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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Dana and Thorin

Dana and Thorin

Dana and Thorin Family wanting to adopt a child

Hello! We are Thorin and Dana

Our names are Thorin and Dana and we are honored that you are viewing our family book.  We are amazed by the kind of courage and strength that you have in choosing an adoption plan for your child.  We hope that while you look at this book, you get a good idea of the kind of people we are and the kind of adoptive parents that we are.  We also hope that you get clarity and strength during this journey.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

Facts About Thorin

–  Thorin has recently discovered golf and is having fun learning more about it.

–  Thorin builds wood boats, which is something that he does with his grandfather.

–  Thorin is of Scandinavian decent and loves learning new traditions and recipes to try that are Scandinavian.

–  Fishing is one of Thorin’s favorite stress free activities he loves.  He has even commercial fished on the Columbia River and in Kenai, Alaska.

–  Thorin is an only child and was adopted by his paternal grandparents.

–  Thorin is a Star Wars fan and loves everything that is Star Wars.

–  Thorin loves to restore classic cars and owns a 1976 MGB sports car that he restored with his grandfather.

–  Thorin’s favorite thing about Dana is her goofiness and her love for living life to the fullest.

Facts About Dana

–  Dana collects snowglobes from the places she has traveled to.

–  Dana is a elementary school teacher, which has always been her dream.

–  Dana’s favorite sport to play and watch is baseball.  Go Mariners!!!!

–  Dana loves loves loves hispanic food and loves to learn new recipes to make.

–  Dana grew up in a military family and has lived on both coasts of the United States.  She has even driven across the United States twice!

–  Dana’s favorite place to be is outside, preferably near the ocean.

–  Dana is the oldest of 3 girls in her family and has 4 nephews that live on the east coast.  Adoption and foster care has also been a part of her life through family friends, adopting her son and having her cousins as foster siblings when she was growing up.

–  Dana’s favorite thing about Thorin is how he pushes her to try new things and think outside the box.

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parents,

Our names are Thorin and Dana and we are honored that you are viewing our family book.  We are amazed by the kind of courage and strength that you have in choosing an adoption plan for your child.  We hope that while you look at this book, you get a good idea of the kind of people we are and the kind of adoptive parents that we are.  We also hope that you get clarity and strength during this journey.

We have lived in the northwest for the majority of our lives.  For the last 4 years, we have lived in a small town 1 hour south of Seattle, WA.  Thorin has lived in the northwest since he was born and Dana has lived here since she was 10.  Dana’s dad was in the Navy and she has lived in several parts of the U.S., but the northwest is her favorite.  We love that Washington is such a family centered area, is full of lots of activities to do, has amazing beauty and the people are so friendly.  We love getting outside and doing things as a family.

We have been married since July 30, 2005 and are deeper in love now than we have ever been.  We met on a blind date in the spring of 2004 and the rest was history from there.  When people say that when you meet that special person you will know, they are right.  We have been through so much as a couple, but every experience that we’ve had has made us stronger and more in love than ever before.

In June of 2012, we became the proud parents of our son Jacob.  We adopted Jacob through Journeys and had a wonderful experience.  It was because of our experience with Journeys that we have decided to adopt again through the same amazing agency that helped us become parents to our son.  Jacob has been the most fulfilling and exciting adventure ever.  We’ve loved him from the moment that he was handed to us in the hospital and continue to be amazed by the strong and intelligent child that he is becoming.  He has given us such joy that adding to our family adds more excitement and anticipation as we start our adoption journey again.

We are both fortunate to be working in fields that we love.  Thorin is a drafter for a telecommunications company and Dana is an elementary school teacher.  We’ve both worked in our fields for over 12 years and enjoy what we do.  Thorin has been drafting since he was in high school and Dana has dreamed of being a teacher since the 8th grade.  Dana’s work gives her the ability to be home on many school breaks and for 2 months in the summer.  Since we both work only 15 minutes away from home, we will be able to be there for anything that arises.  This includes when the child is sick and when there are special events at school.  We plan to be very active in your child’s education.  Dana will be able to keep a real active role in your child’s education in that she will teach in the same school that the child goes to.

We are a very active couple in that we enjoy so many different activities.  As a family, we go camping, hiking, boating, fossil hunting, fishing, cheer on the Mariners and Tacoma Rainiers at baseball games and other fun family activities.  Our favorite vacation spot is Disneyland and have been able to take our son there twice now.  We love the feeling we get every time we go there and look forward to taking more children with us to the “Happiest Place on Earth”.  We also love spending time with our 12 year old Beagle Daisy and our 7 year old cat Bart.  Thorin is a very artistic person and loves to express his artistic side through building wooden boats.  This is something that his grandfather taught him to do and he continues to do it to this day.

 

As we encountered the struggle to have a biological child, adoption was the adventure that we chose and we are excited about it.  We feel that building our family through adoption is what we were meant to do and the journey is something we’re honored to be a part of.  Thorin was adopted by his grandparents and our son Jacob was adopted through Journeys.  Both Thorin and Jacob don’t have relationships with their birth parents, which is something that Thorin has struggled with and something Jacob will probably struggle with in the future.  Open adoption is something we look forward to because we’ve seen what kind of hole is left in your life without that connection and maintaining that connection to birth parents is something that we embrace and want to be a part of.  We also want our childrens’ birth parents to know that they are a part of their child’s life and that we are all family through adoption.  Having visits, open communication and getting to know you and your family is something we look forward to.

We look forward to what raising another child entails.  From the mid-night feedings, to the t-ball games, to the day the child graduates from high school.  We are excited about it all and plan to be there for everything.  We plan to be very active in their education and in the activities that they choose.

We are honored that you chose to look at us as potential adoptive parents for your child.  We respect the decision you are making and recognize that this is difficult for you.  The courage that you have in thinking about what you want for your child is something we admire and want to support you in.  Your child is blessed to have a birth parent that is putting their child’s needs above their own.  We wish you the best in your search for adoptive parents for your child and hope to be speaking with you soon.

Sincerely,

Thorin & Dana

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