Jessica Nielson, Friend
"I can, without any reservation, recommend Rob and Lauren as adoptive parents. I have known Lauren for twelve years, and she is one of my best friends. I met Rob when he and Lauren got engaged about six years ago. Together they make a strong team. Lauren was my college roommate. Her sense of humor and her positive outlook on life were some of her most easily recognizable traits. However, I also came to know her as a woman of conviction, passion, and strength. At a period in life where most people our age were figuring out who and what they wanted to be, Lauren knew. She knew who she was, what her purpose was, and she was unashamed to own it. She was unapologetically herself in the best way possible--the kind of confidence I admired then and continue to admire to this day. Some of the greatest things I’ve learned from Lauren are trust and patience. We share a faith, but Lauren’s has been tested in ways mine has not, and she has come out stronger because of it. While others would have complained and given up, Lauren stuck through her trials, learning and growing from them. I was thrilled when she told me she was engaged to Rob. When I met him, I found him to be a man of intelligence and kindness, and I have been struck by how well they complement each other. One great desire of Lauren’s life was to be a mother. When she told me that she would probably never be able to have children, we cried together, but she surprised me with her courage in a difficult situation. By miracle, she got pregnant, but it took a significant toll on her health. Lauren and Rob are wonderful parents to their beautiful son. They are attentive, kind, and loving. They make him their priority. For one example of many, they worked together to build him an entire train playground in their yard when public parks were deemed unsafe due to the pandemic. I am fully confident that they will show the same care, love, and devotion to another child who may be blessed enough to come to their family."
Elizabeth Bouchelle Hastings, Friend of over 10 years
"Lauren and Rob are patient, nurturing parents individually with their son. However, they also are a phenomenal and communicative team both for their relationship as husband and wife and as parents. That is such a rare thing to find, and is so valuable in the challenges that accompany parenting, particularly with adoption. I have seen Lauren and Rob respond to stressful and intense parenting situations with not only patience, but good humor, love, and a lot of encouragement to each other. They handle the good days beautifully, and they handle the hard days in a happy way that very few can. "
Jeremy J. Evans, I am a close family friend.
"I was first introduced to this family through church interaction, but have truly come to know them through regular personal interaction. My wife and I have six children, three of which were teens when we met them. As they were asked to work with the youth at church, they became close with our oldest children and eventually just became part of our family. They are a fun, energetic, zany, happy and conscientious family that are focused on serving others in their community and building a family unit that is knit together in an educational, spiritual, and emotional bond. My family and I have enjoyed game nights, impromptu Sunday night dinners, family holiday activities, and spiritual discussions with them on a regular basis. I know them as a go-to family that will reach out to uplift others in their community, especially youth and children. They are amazing people and great friends and neighbors."