Hi there! We're Stephen and Samantha.
We recognize the great courage and strength that it takes to walk in your shoes, and we pray daily for you and your baby.
Hello! Finding the words to say in this letter has been difficult, and the process has generated a range of emotions from excited to scared from nervous to heartwarming. We can only imagine that you have been feeling many of the same emotions, and many more, as you consider adoption. We recognize the great courage and strength that it takes to walk in your shoes, and we pray daily for you and your baby. We know this probably sounds crazy, but Samantha brought up the possibility of growing our future family through adoption on our second date! That probably would have scared most guys away, but Stephen already knew he was going to marry Samantha one day. Thus, when the opportunity presented itself to us to begin the adoption process, we wholeheartedly embraced it as this was what God had written on our hearts all along. While we hope to meet you in person one day to learn all about you—such as your favorite foods, your family traditions, your passions, and your dreams for your child—we hope you get to know us through this profile. We want to share with you who we are, the family who shaped our values and beliefs, our love for each other, our hobbies, and our home. Our hope for you is that you find peace and comfort in your decision, and we are exceedingly grateful that you are considering us as potential adoptive parents of your beautiful child. We have nothing but the utmost respect for your choice as we know whatever decision you make is a decision made out of love. With love and admiration, Stephen and Samantha
Dressed up for a conference.
Growing up I was involved in sports (basketball, soccer, baseball, and football), piano, scouting, and my church’s youth group. These are all experiences I want to make available to our future child as I believe I learned incredible lessons from all
I grew up in Oklahoma and Texas, but have also lived in Arizona, New Mexico, Iowa, Indiana, and Kansas. Growing up I was involved in sports (basketball, soccer, baseball, and football), piano, scouting, and my church’s youth group. These are all experiences I want to make available to our future child as I believe I learned incredible lessons from all of them that formed me into the person I am today. After high school, I earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University, a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a doctoral degree from the University of Arizona. Like my dad, I am a college professor. Teaching is the most rewarding part of my work. I love seeing that “lightbulb” go off in a student’s head when they finally grasp a difficult subject. I cannot wait to put this passion for teaching and learning to use as a parent.
"Kids" of all types find Samantha anywhere she goes!
I've always wanted to be a mother and have loved kids from a young age!
I was born in Texas, we moved to Florida for five years, and then we moved back to Texas and I’ve been here ever since! Growing up, I tried all the sports (t-ball, softball, tumbling, swim team) and freshmen year of high school landed on horseback riding. I was also involved in Girl Scouts through 8th grade and with my church youth group. I was in the athletic training program all throughout high school and knew that was what I wanted to do for my career. I went to Texas Christian University and received my bachelor’s degree in athletic training (Stephen and I overlapped a semester at college but never met). After college, I went to work at a local high school and fell even more in love with athletic training. While working as an athletic trainer, I pursued my graduate degree part-time, earning a master’s in Special Education, Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism and have a passion for those with special needs. I've always wanted to be a mother and have loved kids from a young age! When we got married and decided to start a family, we both agreed I would stay home and I cannot wait to be a stay at home mom and get to see each and every day through my children’s eyes!
We are not normally dress up for Halloween people, but during this weird year, we had a very small dinner with friends and dressed up! Samantha was a 50s housewife and Stephen the Milkman. We had a great time!
We know we will not be perfect, but we can promise you that every family decision we make will be a decision centered on God and filled with love.
We are grateful that God has called us to be adoptive parents and that He has given us the opportunity to connect with you. We do not take for granted the difficult decision you are making and we promise we will do everything we can to honor this decision and make sure your child knows they have many who love them, including you. We promise to raise your child in a loving, Christ-centered home. We will always sit down at the table as a family for dinner, bake sugar cookies at Christmas for the neighbors, take camping trips as a family, and let our child know how much they are loved and how lucky we are that you picked us! Your child will be surrounded by our family and friends who are committed to loving, encouraging, and nurturing your baby so that he or she will grow up to achieve everything that God has in store for their life. Throughout their life, we know your child will have questions. Some of these will be the same questions that every child has; however, we know that many will be unique to being an adoptee. In answering these questions, we promise to always be honest and open. Likewise, we want your child to grow up being comfortable with who they are. As such, we promise to provide your child with the opportunity to learn about their family traditions and culture. We know we will not be perfect, but we can promise you that every family decision we make will be a decision centered on God and filled with love.