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Lauren & Amanda

We want to thank you for taking time to get to know us. The thought that we might have the opportunity to fulfill the hopes and dreams you have for your child's life is truly a blessing. We believe that whatever child becomes part of our family will be a miracle. Our chance to connect with you would never be by coincidence, but by answered prayers.

About Us

Lauren
Amanda
Job
Assistant General Manager
Asset Protection/Assistant Manager
Education
Some College - Studied Education
High School
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

A Night Out to Dinner

Although adoption has not affected us both personally, it has affected Lauren. When Lauren was 14 years old, her best friend, Natalie, knew something was different in her body. Natalie was pretty scared and looked to Lauren for support. They went to the nearby Planned Parenthood where Natalie found out she was two months pregnant. At such a young age she was very scared and she wasn't sure what to do. She researched all the options and shared the news with her family. It was at that time she chose adoption. For Lauren, being able to be close to someone going through this taught her what a selfless act this truly is. The family Natalie chose were very involved and wanted an open adoption, just as she did. This proved to make the decision easier for her as time went on and she saw the love they had for her child. Natalie went on to finish high school and college. She is now happily married with three children. Being able to have this unique experience with Natalie taught Lauren so much about adoption, and how it can be a gift to everyone involved.

Our Leisure Time

Our Zipline Adventure in the Mountains

There are lots of activities and passions that we both have. A lot of our leisure time is spent having fun with our friends and our family. Other things we love to do as a couple include hiking on different trails, kayaking, mountain biking at the local bike park, and playing with our nieces and nephew. We love traveling and recently went to Colorado where we zip-lined and went on a 26-mile bike ride down Pike's Peak! Amanda absolutely loves to fish and loves fishing with family, competing for who can catch the most. She also loves spending time in the garden growing vegetables. She finds joy in picking vegetables in the garden and either canning or cooking what she has grown. She also loves to help others. You can find her painting houses for a family in need or mowing for her great aunt in her free time. Lauren loves to run. She is passionate about competing in long distance races and has recently ran her first marathon. Of course Amanda cheered her on with t-shirts and signs she hand made. Lauren loves to play guitar, and can't wait to teach her child to start playing at a young age. She also loves to waterski, and learned to do this when she was 5. We love sports. We both played many sports growing up and love to play and watch sports to this day. We can never pass up getting our gloves out and playing catch in the yard.

Cultural Diversity

The gift of adoption to us is not only the gift of a child but the gift of you as well. Who you are will be very meaningful in the way we raise our child. We plan to talk about our child's history and culture both openly and often. We plan to talk to our child about the story of them joining our family. We will make a photo album and even record for them in our own words their arrival. We want them to learn as much as they can about you and if your open to it, we want teach our child all about what an incredible person you are. We want them to understand that it is a wonderful thing to be unique. In our family we have learned to celebrate differences. Our friends and our family embrace the idea of two moms. Amanda's brother and wife have created an amazing family with their three kids being Caucasian and Mongolian. At family dinners our sister-in-law's family will create authentic Mongolian dishes. We love to celebrate their culture and learn about their history and traditions. We celebrate the unique qualities of family members as strengths. We plan to seek out events that celebrate our child's culture, read books that teach us about their background, and continue to foster relationships with people of different backgrounds and culture. Our promise is to support our child in the education they need and deserve to know about themselves. We want them to be proud of who they are and who you are.

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Trying Dinner in a New Place
Trying Dinner in a New Place
Riding the Carousel With Our Niece
Riding the Carousel With Our Niece
Vacation at the Beach
Vacation at the Beach
Catching a Basketball Game
Catching a Basketball Game
Amanda Loves to Fish
Amanda Loves to Fish
Hiking in Ponca
Hiking in Ponca
Ice Cream With Our Nieces & Nephew
Ice Cream With Our Nieces & Nephew
Kansas City Chiefs Game
Kansas City Chiefs Game
Amusement Park With Our Niece
Amusement Park With Our Niece
Lauren Golfing
Lauren Golfing
Biking at the Local Bike Park
Biking at the Local Bike Park
Fun With Aunt Amanda
Fun With Aunt Amanda
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Trying Dinner in a New Place
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Riding the Carousel With Our Niece
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Vacation at the Beach
Vacation at the Beach
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Catching a Basketball Game
Catching a Basketball Game
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Amanda Loves to Fish
Amanda Loves to Fish
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Hiking in Ponca
Hiking in Ponca
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Ice Cream With Our Nieces & Nephew
Ice Cream With Our Nieces & Nephew
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Kansas City Chiefs Game
Kansas City Chiefs Game
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Amusement Park With Our Niece
Amusement Park With Our Niece
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Lauren Golfing
Lauren Golfing
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Biking at the Local Bike Park
Biking at the Local Bike Park
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Fun With Aunt Amanda
Fun With Aunt Amanda

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a small town on the outskirts of a mid-sized city in Missouri. Amanda's entire family grew up in this area. In this town everyone knows everyone. Lauren enjoys going for runs where she can pass by houses with horses and cows and even the occasional roosters. Kids can ride their bikes and play without a ton of traffic. There are nearby bike parks and soccer fields that you can find packed with families on a daily basis. We normally ride our bikes or walk down to have dinner in the evenings with our family down the street or they come over to our house. We live in a cul-de-sac of recently built homes full of young families just a quarter mile away from the elementary school. We have always pictured walking our child to school in the morning, and envision them playing on the playground with kids after school. The middle school and high school are just a couple miles away. These are the same schools Amanda went to. Our house is a three bedroom home with a fenced in back yard. Our two dogs love playing in the backyard while we tend to our garden. Every summer we have a beautiful garden full of yummy vegetables. We also spend a lot of evenings grilling on our back deck and enjoying the evening. We love the peacefulness of our town, but also love that it is just a short 10 minute drive to the city if we want to go to one of our favorite restaurants with friends or see a movie.

Our Extended Families

Lauren With Her Mom & Dad

We live just half a mile from Amanda's childhood home in the town she grew up and went to school in. Amanda's side of the family ranging from her parents, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephew, all live within a few miles of us, so we see each other almost every day. We have five nieces and one nephew and they are a huge part of our life and we spend a lot of time with them. Our house has become the holiday house. Every Christmas and Thanksgiving and any other holiday, our house is filled with our whole family. It has become a tradition. One of Amanda's brothers and his wife and three daughters live a few hours away. We see them very often and normally take turns visiting each other. Amanda and her two brothers grew up very close. Lauren's parents and brother live a few hours away as well. We spend almost every vacation with them. We normally spend time fishing or going to the beach. Being aunts to six nieces and nephews has been such an adventure. We love having all the kids at our house playing in the backyard for hours! We even taught our niece how to ride her bike in our cul-de-sac. Our families are so excited to add another member to our family! Building a family through adoption will be a true blessing to us and to our extended family.

Family Christmas at Our Home

From Us to You

Hi, We are Amanda and Lauren. We are married and have been together for nine years. As we try to put into words what it would mean to us to be blessed with a child, we want to start with thank you. You are bringing profound joy into this world. The fact that you are even considering adoption, tells us what a strong-willed person you are. Seeing that you love your child so much, you are willing to put their needs above your own shows what a selfless person you are. It takes a truly incredible soul to make this truly brave decision. We would love to see how those amazing traits that you possess would be naturally ingrained into your child. Please know, that just getting to know who we are is giving our family an answered blessing. We would be humbled and honored to call ourselves parents. Our heart and our prayers go out to you in this difficult time of your life. We want nothing more than to love and support you and the miracle within you.

We are not the typical family where you see a mom and dad, but what we are is a family of two moms that feel like we can raise a child with more love and support than any typical family might. We want to instill the same love and compassion into our child, and teach them to love all beings no matter their differences. We do understand what it is to be different, and with those differences we will create a bond with our child. We will help them understand how we have overcome differences and stood tall in the face of adversity, and come out on top. We want to teach that different is good. Being just like everyone else is boring, but if you embrace your uniqueness and stand proud of who you are you will be successful in this world. We think that instilling confidence in these differences will teach our child strength and overall happiness with who they are at their core.

To tell you a little about us, we will start with Amanda. Amanda grew up in the town we live in. We live a half of a mile from her childhood home where her mom still lives. Her entire extended family all live in the same town. To say they are close is an understatement. To Amanda, family is the most important thing in her life and she loves seeing them and spending time with them daily. Amanda grew up with two brothers and was very athletic. Her absolute favorite pastime is fishing, and she can't wait to have a child to spend time fishing with. Amanda currently works but as we introduce our child into our family, she will become a stay-at-home mom. We strongly believe that in the early years of our child's life, they should spend time growing with their parents.

Lauren grew up in Alabama with her mom, dad, and little brother. Much of her family's time was spent out on the lake skiing, fishing, and camping. She can't wait to spend time outdoors with her child. Her family now lives a few hours away, but we spend every vacation with them. When we are with them, you can constantly here laughter filling the air! Lauren is also very athletic and now is involved long distance running and loves to race from time to time. To Lauren education has always been one of the most important pieces of life. She tutored children for a long time, and can't wait to help with homework in the future. Education will be a key piece to how we parent.

Overall, we want you to know that we want to provide our child with an amazing life. We want them to know that you are a part of what makes their life incredible. We want them to embrace their own culture and heritage. We want them to understand the story of what led them to us, and how you loved them so much you put them before yourself. We want to share with you their life through pictures, letters, emails, and phone calls. We want to share with you events and milestones that we know will be important to you. We want to thank you for taking time to get to know us. We pray that somehow our lives can intertwine and we can form an everlasting relationship with you.

Lauren & Amanda

Favorites

Lauren
Amanda
Actor
Miles Teller
Will Smith
Actress
Emma Stone
Julia Roberts
Animal
Dog
Dog
Author
C.S. Lewis
Ernest Hemingway
Book
Old Man and The Sea
The Bible
Candy Bar
Butterfinger
Reeces
Cartoon
Rugrats
Paw Patrol
Childhood Memory
Playing Sports
Spending time with my Grandpa
Childhood Toy
Bicycle
Basketball
Children's Book
The Giving Tree
Anything Dr. Suess
City
St. Louis
Panama City
Classic Movie
The Sandlot
Pretty Woman
Color
Orange
Orange
Day of Week
Sunday
Sunday
Dessert
Cake and Icing
Red Velvet Cheesecake
Disney Movie
The Lion King
Jungle Book
Dream Car
Tesla
Ford F150
Dream Job
Professional Runner/Olympic Runner
Stay-at-Home Mom
Dream Vacation
Australia
Fiji
Family Activity
Hiking
Playing outside with our nieces and nephew
Flower / Plant
Sunflower
Lily
Food
Pickles
Pizza
Form of Exercise
Running
Hiking
Fruit
Pineapple
Cherries
Game
Basketball
Pinball
Hobby
Playing Guitar
Fishing
Holiday
Christmas
Christmas
Holiday Song
Blue Christmas - Elvis
Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer
Holiday Tradition
Spending the day with family
Having Christmas dinner at my house with our family
Ice Cream
Birthday Cake
Brownie Sundae
Junk Food
Ice Cream
Cake
Leisure Activity
Walking the dogs
Gardening
Magazine
Runner's World
Memory with a Child
My niece riding her first roller coaster with me
Teaching my niece how to ride a bike
Memory with Spouse
Spending the evening fishing under the stars
Our Wedding Day
Movie
Elf
Notting Hill
Movie Munchie
Popcorn
Popcorn
Movie Quote
I like smiling! Smiling's my favorite. -Elf
I'm just standing in front of a girl asking you to love her -Notting Hill
Movie Type
Comedy
Romantic
Musical
The Greatest Showman
Rent
Musical Group
The Dave Matthews Band
Zach Brown Band
Nursery Rhyme
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Rockabye Baby
Olympic Event
Marathon
Snowboarding
Personal Hero
Pat Summitt -the late head coach of Tennessee Lady Vols Basketball
My Mom
Play
Romeo and Juliet
Poet
Walt Whitman
Quality about my Spouse
Her Honesty
Her Tender Heart
Quote
They don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care -Pat Summitt
Honesty is the best policy.
Restaurant
Anything Sushi
The Cheesecake Factory
Sandwich
Tomato and avocado
Turkey and avocado with spicy pickles
Scripture
Love is patient, love is kind. -1 Corinthians 13:4
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Phil 4:7
Shopping Store
Target
Bass Pro Shops
Song
Same Love -Macklemore
Die a Happy Man -Thomas Rhett
Sport to Play
Basketball
Softball
Sport to Watch
Football
College Football
Sports Star
Michael Jordan
Larry Fitzgerald
Sports Team
Tennessee Volunteers
Kansas City Chiefs
Subject in School
English Literature
History
Superhero
Spiderman
Splinter from Ninja Turtles
Thing to Cook
Roasted Vegetables
Steak or anything on the grill
Time of Day
Morning
Morning
Tradition
Going to the beach with our family every summer
Going to the beach every summer
TV Show
Stranger Things
Grey's Anatomy
TV Show Character
Ellen
Meredith Grey
Type of Music
Hip-Hop/Pop
Hip-Hop/Pop
Vacation Spot
Fishing and boating on the lake
Panama City
Video Game
Mario-Kart
Rock Band

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