About Us

I’m a simple girl. I grew up in a small town an hour north of Kansas City, Missouri.  My family wasn’t perfect, but now I realize it was close.I left town at 18 to go to school at the University of Missouri.It was here in 2003 that I met the boy of my dreams.  I was 20.  Just a baby, though I didn’t think so at the time.In 2004 he asked me to be his girlfriend. In 2005 he asked me to be his wife. In 2006 we made it official.We spent the next few years settling into our home, establishing our careers, getting our MBAs, and doing some really fun traveling.

And some other important, serious, grown-up things.

In 2009 we tried to start a family.

It didn’t work.

In 2010 we started the adoption process.

In 2011 we inquired about two waiting children, and soon accepted the referral.

But later that year we wound up pregnant and the adoption was put on hold against our will.

We went on to welcome our beautiful son in April 2012.


Those kids ended up getting adopted by another family; the details of their future will be forever unknown to us.

In July 2013 we found out I was pregnant with #2.  No fertility assistance needed, thank you very much.

2 days later we got another referral.  A 4-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy.

We didn’t know what to do.

Do we want to do this? Are we capable of doing this?


Do we tell the agency about the pregnancy?


In November 2013 we traveled to Ethiopia.  We met the kids and got to spend a lot of time with them.

We went to Ethiopian court and agreed to parent these children forever.  Adoption is final in ET Government eyes.

In January 2014 the Embassy interviewed the birth mom.

She told them she wanted her kids back.

That caused the Embassy to not approve our case.  They issued us a Request for Evidence.

We hired a private investigator to research our case and put together a file to respond to the RFE.

Oh yeah, and we had a baby girl too.



When our girl was one week old, the husband left to go get our big kids.

When she was two weeks old, he returned and we became a family of six!


After 5 years of infertility, a failed adoption, a baby, another baby, and a completed adoption, part 1 of our story is complete!

I hope you’ll join us for part 2 as we really become a family.

I’m so honored to share our story and walk through this journey, hand-in-hand with you, my Savior, and that boy of my dreams.