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Andrew & Whitney

We love stories! We love reading stories. We love writing stories. We love hearing, watching, and sharing stories. We are excited to share some parts of our family story with you; however, we are most excited about the possibility that your story, our story, and the story of your sweet baby may come together on the same page. We honor your stories and your journey and we are so humbled and grateful that you are open to learning more about us. We can't wait to hear your story!

About Us

Plant Scientist
Stay-at-Home Mom
Ph.D. in Plant Science
Bachelor's Degree in Business Management
Anelle, Carwin, Winston
Legally Married

Why Do We Want to Adopt?

Harvest Train Ride

From Whitney: Ever since I was a little girl, I have known two things deep in my heart that I wanted to be a mother and I wanted to adopt. For as long as I can remember I have been drawn to characters in books and movies who are adopted: stories like Annie, The Secret Garden, The Boxcar Children, Anne of Green Gables, and so many more. These characters and the characters who ultimately love and take care of these children are some of my favorite characters ever written.

When I was a little girl, my father (who is an attorney) was involved in helping a family with an adoption. In the process, he invited my mother and me to help care for the baby in the short transition time between the hospital and placement with the adoptive parents. I was amazed at the miracle of that little baby and I knew that I wanted to experience the miracle of adoption for myself.

Each of my children hold a special place in my heart and I know there is yet another piece of my heart that has always been reserved for the child that will take a different journey to my arms.

From Andrew: Nothing else compares to fatherhood. Each time a newborn is placed in my arms, I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude that I get to be the father. I love raising my kids! Each child has taught me so much and helped me to experience true happiness. I want to adopt because I feel like there is so much more I can learn and I know having a new child join our family will help me become better.

I believe that adopting a child will be an exciting and important part of our family story.

Qualities We Admire in Each Other

Best Friends

Whitney About Andrew: The first thing that attracted me to Andrew is that he has a gentleness about him. He's physically strong and coordinated; yet he is also kind, thoughtful, and unassuming. He's brilliant and yet is also very good at connecting well with everyone around him. He genuinely loves learning and makes an effort to learn from everything and everyone. He willingly makes frequent sacrifices to put our family first. He is a very involved and present husband and father. Andrew is an optimist and always finds solutions to problems and a happy way forward. And he is so fun! He's constantly chasing our children around the house, playing on the floor with the kids, making me laugh, and planning new family adventures. I adore Andrew!! He is my best friend and I feel beyond blessed that I get to share my life with him.

Andrew About Whitney: When I first met Whitney I did not want to leave. She made me laugh and I soon found out she is very intelligent. I also soon learned how kind and loving she is to others. She would plan activities just to help friends. The best thing is that nothing has changed. She continues to make me laugh and inspires me to be more selfless. She is always interested in learning and enjoys teaching our children new things such as math, writing, baking or gymnastics. I enjoy having the time to watch her have fun with our kids by doing crafts, playing board games, or playing hide and seek. She is also very patient, kind, and loving which helps her to assess difficult situations with our children or other kids and quickly diffuse the situation. I have truly enjoyed watching my family grow with the help of Whitney because she helps us all to be better. Asking Whitney to marry me was the best decision I have ever made and thankfully she said yes.

20 Fun Facts About Us

10 Fun Facts About Andrew

  • He has two birthdays
  • He speaks Spanish
  • He worked on the Arsenal pro soccer fields in England
  • He's a potato expert
  • He grew up in New York state
  • He has red hair
  • He can juggle
  • He lived in Mexico for two years
  • He has four baby teeth that never fell out
  • He was a munchkin in a production of The Wizard of Oz
  • 10 Fun Facts About Whitney

  • She was a competitive gymnast
  • She lived in the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • She managed a company that made bridal gowns and prom dresses
  • She grew up in a small town in Idaho
  • She's named after her great-grandfather
  • She mowed lawns with a push mower for 10 years
  • She hiked Angel's Landing in Zion National Park
  • She has a steel plate and six screws in her left arm
  • She has rewritten the words of a few rap songs
  • She planned a prom for her own birthday party
  • Photos

    Brothers on a Ferris Wheel
    Brothers on a Ferris Wheel
    Halloween Fun
    Halloween Fun
    Painting Outside
    Painting Outside
    Enjoying Yosemite
    Enjoying Yosemite
    Winston Loves Yosemite
    Winston Loves Yosemite
    We Love to Bake
    We Love to Bake
    Enjoying the Rain
    Enjoying the Rain
    More Halloween Fun
    More Halloween Fun
    A Carrot From Our Garden
    A Carrot From Our Garden
    Anelle Showing Off Her Hard Work
    Anelle Showing Off Her Hard Work
    Carwin Loves Card Games
    Carwin Loves Card Games
    Winter Fun
    Winter Fun
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    Brothers on a Ferris Wheel
    Brothers on a Ferris Wheel
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    Halloween Fun
    Halloween Fun
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    Painting Outside
    Painting Outside
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    Enjoying Yosemite
    Enjoying Yosemite
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    Winston Loves Yosemite
    Winston Loves Yosemite
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    We Love to Bake
    We Love to Bake
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    Enjoying the Rain
    Enjoying the Rain
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    More Halloween Fun
    More Halloween Fun
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    A Carrot From Our Garden
    A Carrot From Our Garden
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    Anelle Showing Off Her Hard Work
    Anelle Showing Off Her Hard Work
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    Carwin Loves Card Games
    Carwin Loves Card Games
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    Winter Fun
    Winter Fun

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Part of Our Backyard

    The first room we designed and set up was the playroom for the kids. We love having a space dedicated to their adventures, learning, and creating! We also love spending time together in our large kitchen cooking and baking delicious food for our family and to share with neighbors and friends. We can't get enough of the yard we created outside: complete with playground area, many fruit trees, and garden boxes full of homegrown fruits and vegetables.

    Our Playroom

    We moved into our home during the pandemic, as did all of our neighbors. These unique circumstances united a group of culturally diverse families into a community of friends. While we love our home itself, our neighbors are our favorite part of where we live. Everyone looks out for all of the children in our neighborhood and we are constantly seeing neighbors help each other with various home and yard projects.

    Our street hosts holiday block parties for the 4th of July, Halloween, and Christmas. We love joining all of our neighbors in our driveways to share the food and fun of our various cultural backgrounds.

    Our Extended Families

    Dress Up With Grandma

    Our extended family spans from coast to coast! We love gathering with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins for any occasion in person or virtually. Here are some of our favorite family traditions:

    Visiting Grandparents & Uncle Chad

  • Grandma's candy hunts (treasure hunting for hidden candy)
  • Going grocery shopping with grandpa
  • Reading stories with grandma
  • Playing board games and card games with aunts and uncles
  • Making gingerbread houses
  • Going on walks
  • Playing football on Thanksgiving Day
  • Watching fireworks together
  • Camping with cousins
  • Video calls with grandparents, aunts, uncles, & cousins
  • Baking cookies with grandma
  • Playing cornhole, ladder toss, croquet, and skittle scatter
  • Playing pickleball with grandpa
  • Making holiday crafts with cousins
  • Playing in the snow and drinking hot cocoa after
  • Cousin dance parties
  • Going to the nearest library and checking out a lot of books
  • Telling uncle Chad knock knock jokes
  • Our kids love being with their cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. We love seeing how much our family members love our kids.

    We both grew up with cousins who joined our extended families through adoption. In our families, adoption is part of the family story. Our parents are so excited to have a new grandchild join the crew!

    Whitney's grandmother hand made thousands of baby quilts that she donated to children's hospitals, family members, and friends. She loved all children and wanted every child to feel the warmth and love of having a blanket that was made just for them. Our children each have a special blanket from great-grandma Helen. A few years ago, Helen passed away at the age of 97; however, we saved some special blankets (a few of her favorites!) to select the perfect quilt to welcome our adopted child into our family.

    From Us to You

    We know that it takes a lot of sacrifice and courage to carry a baby inside of you and even more love and bravery to consider adoption. You are amazing! You are stronger and braver than you know. In our home, we will always speak of you in a spirit of love and deep appreciation. We will emphasize to our child that their birth mother is strong and brave and loves them so very much.

    We certainly aren't perfect people and we aren't perfect parents either. Our three kids have broken us in well and continue to better train us daily. We were pretty clueless with our first baby; however, we are happy to say that we have learned so much and improved our parenting approach a lot. We are better prepared to parent a new child than ever before! And while we cannot promise you perfection, we have some promises that we would like to offer you:

  • We promise to love your child selflessly, completely, deeply, and gratefully. We promise to never stop showing and sharing our love for them.
  • We promise to choose a special name for your child that has a significant meaning and honors their cultural heritage.
  • We promise to be your child's champion and protect them and advocate for them.
  • We promise to nurture and patiently teach your child. We promise to never stop learning ourselves so that we can always share more with them.
  • We promise your child will laugh a lot and experience so much JOY as they grow up.
  • We promise your child will have the best three siblings who will be fiercely loyal to them and set great examples of being kind, smart, funny, generous, brave, adventurous, active, and curious.
  • We promise to guide your child in discovering their own talents and gifts and help them share their light with the world.
  • We promise we will help them become strong, thoughtful, and brave, just like you.
  • We are eager to share our home, our lives, and our hearts with your child. We are excited to discuss the specific details of an open adoption with you. We are happy to provide pictures and updates as desired in the years to come. We are also happy to discuss any additional requests you may have.

    We are so excited that adoption allows us to add both you and your child to our family. In the words sung by Rina Sawayama and Elton John, "We don't need to be related to relate. We don't need to share genes or surname. You are my chosen family."

    We know adding a new family member doesn't divide love, it multiplies it!

    We are more than willing to provide any additional information or answer any of your questions. We look forward to learning more about you!

    Andrew & Whitney


    Matt Damon
    Tom Hanks
    Audrey Hepburn
    Jessica Brown Findlay
    Charles Dickens
    Dale Carnegie
    Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden
    Candy Bar
    Baby Ruth
    Dark Chocolate
    Scooby Doo
    Childhood Memory
    Playing basketball with my family in our driveway
    Getting a puppy for Christmas
    Childhood Toy
    Cabbage Patch Dolls
    Children's Book
    Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers
    Little Critter books, The Boxcar Children
    Washington, D.C.
    Classic Movie
    Home Alone
    Day of Week
    Death by chocolate cheesecake
    Yellow cake with chocolate frosting
    Disney Movie
    Dream Car
    Ford GT sports car
    Dream Job
    Running a hydroponic greenhouse
    Dream Vacation
    Portugal & Azores
    Family Activity
    Board games & card games
    Baking, bike rides, board games
    Flower / Plant
    Thai food
    Form of Exercise
    Playing sports
    Bike rides outside, pickleball
    Machi Koro
    Planning parties & gatherings
    Holiday Song
    With Wondering Awe
    Joy to the World
    Holiday Tradition
    Going to the Beach
    Choosing meaningful gifts
    Ice Cream
    Mint Chocolate Chip
    Cookie Dough
    Junk Food
    Sweet Chili Doritos
    Cool Ranch Doritos
    Leisure Activity
    Rock climbing, mountain biking, playing soccer or pickleball
    Reading for fun, taking a nap
    Food Network
    Memory with a Child
    Sleeping in our tent in the backyard
    Watching my kids play happily with each other
    Memory with Spouse
    Traveling to Orlando together
    Talking on roadtrips
    Jerry & Marge Go Large
    Top Gun: Maverick, Christmas in Connecticut
    Movie Munchie
    Bowl of ice cream
    Muddy Buddies
    Movie Type
    Sci-Fi, Drama
    Newsies, Annie
    Musical Group
    Ben Rector
    Nursery Rhyme
    Jack Be Nimble
    Little Miss Muffet
    Olympic Event
    All of them
    Personal Hero
    My Dad
    My Mom
    My Wife
    Rob Thomas (the singer)
    Quality about my Spouse
    She's fun
    His gentle nature
    "The only thing we to fear is fear itself." -Franklin D. Roosevelt
    "You do not find the happy life. You make it." -Camilla Kimball
    Cheesecake Factory
    Turkey Melt
    Enos 1:29
    Matthew 19:26
    Shopping Store
    Hobby Lobby
    In My Life
    Canon in D
    Sport to Play
    Sport to Watch
    Sports Star
    Paul Scholes
    Simone Biles
    Sports Team
    Manchester United
    Subject in School
    Economics, Public Speaking
    Thing to Cook
    Brown butter alfredo pasta
    Chicken curry, Thai peanut noodles
    Time of Day
    5:00 a.m.
    Reading to kids at bedtime
    Reading to my kids at night
    Eating dinner together as a family every night
    TV Show
    Kid's Baking Championship
    TV Show Character
    Burton Guster
    Adrian Monk
    Type of Music
    Vacation Spot
    Caribbean Islands
    Video Game
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Tetris, Mario, Wii Sports

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