We hope that our words and photos provide you with some insights into who we are, what we value and prioritize and who we would be as possible parents to your child.
During that first summer in Guyana, Beth and Andy fell in love.
Our family story started on a bike ride back in 2001. A mutual friend wanted to bike across the country and was looking for people to accompany him. Andy bravely joined in for the whole ride, while Beth joined for the first few days. We all met up in Maine and Beth remembers vividly meeting Andy for the first time. “What a cutie,” she thought to herself. Even though Beth had to go back to work, they kept in touch and Beth would visit Andy who lived in the same city as her extended family. Time passed and Beth started graduate school. She first invited Andy to help with some polar bear research in Canada and then for a summer of research on a species of frog that lives in Guyana. During that first summer in Guyana, Beth and Andy fell in love. Andy supported Beth during her graduate school years and joined her in Guyana for three more summers! Thirteen years later, after building an incredible friendship, having some ups and downs in our relationship (we’ve all had them!) and some wonderful adventures, we tied the knot in a small outdoor ceremony in Minnesota.
Andy is kind, sensitive, and accepts people (adults and kiddos) where they are at.
Andy is an incredible parent, prioritizing family first.
I grew up with two siblings and to two parents who worked (year-round) as summer camp directors. Every summer, as a child, was spent at camp and each day was spent outdoors engaged in activities ranging from Sailing and Tennis to Arts and Crafts and Pottery. It was at camp that I first learned to work- washing dishes in the dining hall. Today, I work as a truck/delivery driver and find enjoyment in that. Personally, I continue to wonder what the upper limits are for myself and for all humans in regards to our potential for joy and love. "Andy is like no other man I have ever met. He is an incredible parent, prioritizing family first. As a dad to June, he is a forever-willing playmate and partner in crime. As foster parents, Andy stayed home with a two year old and a newborn further developing his understanding of children and their development. He is self-aware and always striving to understand himself and those around him. He puts in the work that is necessary for understanding the emotions that are at the heart of how we react to the world. He is a wonderful artist and shares his talents by making personalized books and cards for family and friends. He is a hard worker, not only in his work as a truck driver, but as our family’s handyman and gardener.” - Beth
Beth is caring, generous and a great problem-solver.
Beth's ability to make life fun, regardless of circumstance, is what attracts people to her.
I am the youngest of four sisters. We grew up swimming, biking and taking care of our many cats and hamsters. We would put on plays (e.g., Annie -- I always wanted to play the dog!) and sell "Free Water" at our Lemonade Stand. Our family trips were up to Minnesota to visit extended family and to Colorado to ski. My second oldest sister had Down Syndrome (she passed away 4 years ago) and I credit her for teaching me empathy and acceptance. After college, I spent a number of years participating in animal behavior field research projects across the country before going to graduate school to study behavioral ecology. I currently teach biology at a small liberal arts college in Minnesota. "When Beth asked me to join her in Canada to research polar bears, I did not hesitate to say, "Yes!" I knew from spending a short period of time with her that whatever she was doing was going to be fun. That is who she is. Her ability to make life fun, regardless of circumstance, is what attracts people to her. It's also what makes her such a great mother. Oh, the way she gets down to our daughter's level and plays is precious! This same skill shows up in her work as a professor of biology. Her students continually comment on her talent in creating lectures and labs that engage them, and on her ability to connect with them as people. June and I are beyond grateful to have Beth in our lives!" -Andy
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Adoption means providing the unwavering love and support for a child so that they can become anything they want
Here are some final thoughts about what the adoption process means for us: - The process of adoption starts with giving you, the birth parents, the space to make the right choice for you. To provide you with transparency about who we are and what we value so that you can have comfort and confidence in your decision. - The adoption process means that a child placed in our home would know and believe, without a doubt, that the beginning of their life’s journey began with a birth parent’s love for their child. - Adoption is building a family that is centered around the child you are bringing into this world. You, the birth parents, will always be linked to your child and we plan to make sure a child placed with us feels this connection in the best way possible. - Adoption means providing the unwavering love and support for a child so that they can become anything they want and instilling a sense of empathy and openness in the way they approach the people and the world around them.