Disney World  Fall 2016. Yes we are the family with Mickey shirts at Disney. You know you secretly love it!!

Disney World Fall 2016. Yes we are the family with Mickey shirts at Disney. You know you secretly love it!!

About Us!

HI!
We're Brian, April, Bennett, Deacon, and Quinn

Can we just start out by saying something crazy? We already love you. Crazy? You bet but we don’t care. We have OPEN adoptions with all of our sons and know that it happens that fast.

Do you love the cool of the mountains, the smell of beach, warm summer nights, family movie parties with buttery popcorn?
We do too!

How about hiking to a hidden waterfall, riding your bike outside, a crisp fall day, eating yummy food?
Did we just become best friend?
Yep.

Well, now that we are best friends, you should probably know a little bit more about us.

We met on a blind date when we were in college. Our friends were being set up and wanted some support.
We were the supports and ended up being the only one's that hit it off.
We laughed the entire date... except when we were sledding and Brian bailed off the sled right before a jump and I ended up flying through the air before landing on my back.
I forgave him for that and a year and a half later in May 2005, we were married in the Salt Laker Temple.

A year after we got married we moved across the country to work in Georgia. We wanted an adventure and neither of us had ever been there before. We loved living in the south and especially loved all the yummy food. We have tried almost every fried food you could imagine. Fried pickles, fried oreos and fried twinkies are our favorite. While we were in Georgia we adopted our son Bennett. A few years later, we moved back to Utah, where we grew up. We are missing those nice warm Georgia winters (and did we mention the food?) but are happy to be back near our families. We then adopted our son Deacon in Jan. 2013 and Quinn in March 2016 and have been having adventures in Utah ever since.

We love to travel. Our favorites have been Italy, Puerto Rico, and Cancun. We love to go hiking, camping and fishing. We love to pack up the car and head out to a new camping spot as soon as Brian gets home from work on Fridays during the summer.

One of our favorite parts about adoption is not only have we become parents, but we have added their entire birth families to our family as well. We feel that you can never have too many people in your child's life that love them. We LOVE having open adoptions with visits, emails, pictures, and lots of texting with our sons birth moms, birth dads, and their extended families as well.

Brian and I love coming from biggish families. We love having our 3 sons but really feel that someone may still be missing. We would love for our 3 boys to be big brothers and protectors to a sister. They love their 3 girl cousins. They even will play family with them for hours and always be the Dad haha. She will love cheering them on at their sporting events and they will be her number one fan at her dance performance (or whatever activity she wants to do).

We pray for you daily and hope you can feel that extra support we are sending your way. We know that you want what is best for your baby, and we hope that you will find us to be all that you hope for your child.
At the Eiffel Tower! It is so much bigger than either of us imagined.  We went to Rome, Venice, and Paris for our 10 year anniversary!

At the Eiffel Tower! It is so much bigger than either of us imagined. We went to Rome, Venice, and Paris for our 10 year anniversary!

About Brian and April

ABOUT BRIAN
I'm the oldest of 3. I have 1 brother and 1 sister. I grew up Utah and lived in the same house until I graduated from high school. Growing up I played Football and Basketball. I was also very involved in scouting and I have my Eagle Scout.
After High School I went on a mission for my church. When I came home I went to college and graduated with a business degree in Marketing. I work as a Marketing VP for a great company and I really enjoy my job. I get to plan all kinds of fun conferences, parties, and events all over the world. April likes to tease me that I don't even work I just play. She may be a little right, but don't tell her I said that.
One of my favorite things to do is go to my University's Football and basketball games. I have been going to games since I was little with my Dad. I love being able to take my boys. I love coaching our kids in sports. I have been a basketball coach and soccer coach and it is so fun. Even though, especially when they are little, it can be like herding cats. I also enjoy camping and hiking. Those have always been really big parts of my life. I have lots of memories of hikes with my family growing up and we love to make memories with our little family that way to.

BRIAN BY APRIL
Brian is an amazing father. He is so caring and funny. Brian is the kind of guy that will have you laughing within 5 minutes of meeting him. I always tease him that he tells great Dad jokes. He is a great husband and works so hard for our family. He is the type of guy that will bring me home a few bites of a yummy chocolate cake he had at lunch just so I can try it.
ABOUT APRIL
I grew up in California and Utah and am the oldest of 4. I have 2 brothers and 1 sister. Growing up, I was involved in swimming, cheerleading, and singing. I loved going on my family's annual vacations to Lake Tahoe and Santa Barbara, CA to visit my grandparents. I also enjoyed camping and going to lots of sporting events (my Dad's job is a baseball coach).
After High School, I went to college and graduated with my Bachelors Degree in Child Life Therapy. After college I worked as a Behavior Therapist. I worked with children with severe autism and taught them things like how to jump, clap, follow directions and communicate. It was so rewarding seeing my clients learn new skills. Right now I stay home full time with Bennett, Deacon, and Quinn and wouldn't trade it for anything.
I love to sew, I took a class in high school and really liked it and have been sewing lots of stuff since. I even sewed my friends wedding dress. I love to cook and eat haha. I like to look up yummy recipes on Pinterest and make them. We try to eat pretty healthy but chocolate is my weakness. I love everything chocolate. I always sing along to songs in the car. I'm the person you pull up next to and they are having a dance party in the car. Our kids have started doing it too and I love it. I also love swimming, skiing (water and snow), reading (do you have any recommendations for me?) and going to sporting events.

APRIL BY BRIAN
April seems to have the goal to make sure everyone around her is happy and well taken care of. She is such an amazing and patient Mom. April has such an inviting heart that it is hard not to feel happy and uplifted when you are around her. She is always encouraging me and makes me want to do my best. Bennett, Deacon, Quinn and I love her so much. P.S. I don't tell Dad jokes. Haha
Visiting April's Grandparents in California. April has a picture of her and her siblings in this same shoe for almost every year of her life.

Visiting April's Grandparents in California. April has a picture of her and her siblings in this same shoe for almost every year of her life.

About Bennett, Deacon, and Quinn

ABOUT BENNETT
Bennett was born in Idaho Falls, ID in Feb. 2009. We received a call from Bennett's birth mom in the middle of the night telling us to get on a plane, she was on her way to the hospital! After a full day of traveling, we arrived at the hospital to meet him and his Birth parents. We have loved keeping in contact with Bennetts birth families and love our visits with them. Bennett says his favorite thing to do with his Birthmom is draw her pictures and go to the Zoo.
Bennett is very sweet and loving. He is very smart and is excelling at school. He loves to ride his bike and scooter. He loves playing on his basketball team that Daddy coaches and loves soccer too. He has a very sweet and kind disposition. He is a great big brother. He is very excited at the thought of having a sister.

ABOUT DEACON
Deacon was born in Utah in Jan. 2013 at the hospital about a mile from our house. His Birth Mom wanted to surprise us by not letting us know that we were chosen to adopt him until after he was born. We were shocked and so excited. We have a very open adoption with Deacons birth families and we love them so much. Deacon loves to send selfies to his Birthmom and eat Ice cream with her.
Deacon is a little character. He loves everything that big brother loves. He is currently mastering talking. He loves airplanes, trains, motorcycles, balls, and running really fast. He loves to make us laugh and is a little flirt. He loves being a big brother.

ABOUT QUINN
Quinn was born in Spokane, WA in March 2016. He was born the weekend of a huge basketball tournament there and when we heard he was on his way, we found out all the flights, hotels, and rental cars were taken. We managed to work everything out and he was born a few hours after we arrived. We loved our time in Spokane getting to know his birthmom and her family more. Quinn loves to look adorable in pictures we send her, grab the computer when we face time and even surprise her at school.
Quinn is currently mastering walking and starting to say words. He loves to play with balls and pretty much anything that his big brothers are plying with. He is OBSESSED with our cat. He follows it around everywhere. Luckily, our cat thinks it's a dog and lets him lay all over her. We feel really strongly that Quinn and our next child will be close in age and grow up as best friends.

Maybe we can be a perfect fit for each other. We would love to get to know you and would be happy to answer any questions you have for us.


With Love,
Brian, April, Bennett, Deacon, and Quinn
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