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Dustin & Dylan
While our passion to become parents is strong, we have a stronger passion to provide an environment for your child to excel beyond yours and their wildest dreams. It is important to know who we are, where we came from, and who we can become. This belief, combined with our enormous love, gives us confidence to raise a purpose-driven family. We hope you consider us for the honor of becoming your child's parents.
We enjoy an active lifestyle that keeps us busy and on the lookout for small adventures along the way. We'll try to give you a glimpse into our daily life. Each day, we believe it's important to start with some sort of accomplishment, such as making the bed. For us, it's making fresh, hand-poured coffee. We appreciate coffee not to be "coffee snobs," but as a way to start off on the right foot for the day.
Dylan's job is very active at the hospital and keeps him on his toes. Dustin's job takes him from the office, to the roof, to the factory, and all over the world. We both like the constant change of pace and facing new challenges every day. While not at work, we both attend classes at the same gym and often go biking or hiking during warm months. At home, we're often planning our next trip, listening to music, playing with our dog, entertaining guests, or cooking something new for each other.
If you haven't already noticed, we love to be on the go. Whether it's a day trip not far from home, or visiting a far away place, we both love to see new places, seek new adventures, and let our taste buds explore. We are so excited to take our future children on both little and big adventures. That could be a surprise dance party at home, a small town festival, or a random trip to see the Grand Canyon.
We both have different passions that not only make us unique, but are part of why we fell in love with each other.
We are both passionate about helping those in need and giving back. Dylan volunteered for many years as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters and has gone to the Dominican Republic to help build a house for a family. He also is passionate about his career as a Respiratory Therapist and serving on the hospital's front line helping save lives.
Dustin has also mentored, taking a handful of boys from tough circumstances under his wing for many years, including developing a basketball program for them. He founded a non-profit organization nine years ago that helps provide clean water to those in the poorest parts of the world. That passion has taken him to Bolivia and Uganda many times. Dustin also serves on the board for our town's parks and recreation foundation, recently helping build a handicap-accessible, inclusive playground not far from our house.
We attend a very inclusive, progressive church together and are getting more involved there.
Besides our joint passion for loving others, we absolutely love to travel and explore the world together. We've rode elephants in Thailand, four-wheeled around Greek islands, fished for squid in Vietnam, and got lost in Mexico. We love trying new foods and immersing ourselves in local culture.
Lastly, we are passionate about maintaining relationships with family and friends. We constantly host gatherings at our home, cooking for others and telling stories.
What It Means to Become Parents
To us, being parents will mean we are gifted with an opportunity to teach a child the beauty of life itself and all that it holds. That includes teaching them how to love themselves and how to love others. How to live in the moment and embrace the joy in front of you. How to adventure and enjoy the world around us. How to be courageous, passionate, and purposed. How to overcome defeat and how to be humble in victory. How to have an open mind, heart, and spirit. To us, being parents means we get to pass on everything we've experienced in life, we get to practice unconditional love daily, and we get to provide a loving, positive environment for our child to become their best. We are excited to be parents. Not just excited for the laughs, smiles, and hugs. But also for the tears, screams, and frowns. To us, being parents means we will steer our family's boat through the storms and the calm breeze. And someday, we'll get to watch our child sail off on their own, knowing they were well prepared for their journey.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a wonderful suburb in eastern Iowa. We've lived in our house, which we bought new construction, for almost 18 months. It has a huge, open backyard that our dog loves to run around in and kids will enjoy. Our neighborhood is welcoming and safe. It is connected to extensive bike and walking paths, which we often enjoy. These paths connect to multiple parks and playgrounds very close by. There is even a new inclusive playground nearby, which Dustin helped with through his involvement on the Board for our city's Parks and Recreation Foundation. Besides parks, there are pools, lakes, and more nearby.
Our house has four bedrooms and three full baths. It has a very open floor plan with a large island in the kitchen we use for entertaining. The nursery will be across the hall from our master bedroom. We just finished the basement, which is mostly a large, open family room and children's play area. One of our favorite things to do is host friends and family for gatherings at our home. We spend most of our time in the living room, hanging out with each other and with Dozer, our loving bulldog.
Our neighborhood hosts block parties and during the summer months, you'll always find lots of children outside playing with each other. The town we live in hosts fun community events all the time including charity walks, concerts, and festivals. And we can get to them all with a short bike ride!
Our Extended Families
Our families play an integral part of our lives and will play a strong role in our future family. Both of our families are excited for adoption and are ready to support and encourage your child.
Dylan was born and raised in Alberta, Canada and grew up closely with three brothers and two sisters in a small town. They spent their childhood exploring, adventuring, and playing games. Dylan remains very close with his siblings still today. We go back to visit as often as we can, most recently spending over a week there for Christmas. Dylan has two nephews and one niece who we absolutely love spending time with. Though Dylan's mother faced struggles later in life, she always encouraged them to be free thinkers and pursue their dreams. Dylan's father and mother divorced when he was young, but has stayed connected to his dad who loves hunting and the outdoors. Dylan's dad is excited to take his future grandchild on outdoor adventures.
Dustin was born and raised in Iowa with his father, mother, and brother. Growing up, Dustin and his brother spent countless hours playing outside, building with Legos, and playing with GI Joe's. Dustin's parents are always quick to lend a hand and be there when you need them. We live 2 hours from them. We live in the same city with many of Dustin's uncles, aunts, and cousins who we spend much time with. This winter, we went on a very memorable family vacation to Hawaii with Dustin's parents, brother, aunts, and uncles.
From Us to You
Why us? We feel it is important to ask ourselves that very question from time to time. We will provide immense, unconditional love to our future child. But just love isn't enough. Shelter, stability, and money isn't enough. These aren't the reasons why we will be the best parents. We will be the best parents because we are determined that your child be given opportunities to become their best self. They will discover where they came from, who they are, and why all of that is an important part of their life. They will learn how to win and learn how to lose. They will learn how to challenge themselves without fear, because they will have an incredible support system underneath them. They will experience adventure and find the joys in learning. They will explore the powerful depths of mind, body, and spirit. They will understand the indescribable gift of loving others more than ourselves. And through it all, they will know their birth parents were instrumental in their life.
We have been together for almost five years, meeting each other in Canada. We weren't looking for each other, but we do believe we were meant to find each other. Neither of us had fully accepted who we were and had hidden from our family and friends. Finding each other set us on a path to freedom and unlocked our full potential for the future. After devoting our lives to one another in marriage over two years ago, we are ready to devote our lives as fathers to a child. We are excited to open our hearts and our home. We live in a great community in which we are actively involved. We are blessed with steadfast support and encouragement from our family and friends, who we spend lots of time with. We believe in truly celebrating diversity in all forms and we are eager to lead our family through those celebrations.
While we spend a lot of time travelling and exploring the world, we do not view raising children as just another adventure. It's dedication, sacrifice, humility, frustration, grief, happiness, joy, opportunity, and a blessing. We have dreamed our whole lives of being fathers, loving and leading our children through all that life will bring. We would be extremely honored and humbled to be chosen as your child's fathers.
Adoption will come with many different feelings and emotions, positive and negative. We want you to know that we are prepared to support you through the ups and downs. We want you to know that you are no less of a person and no less of a birth parent by making this decision. As your child grows and develops, we'll be eagerly sharing letters and pictures with you throughout the journey. There is a special bond between a child and their birth parents, one that we would never try to break. We want our children to embrace that special bond. We want you to see and hear that your child is more than just okay. As your child thrives, you'll get to be proud and joyful in those moments.
As you consider us to be your child's adoptive parents, we simply want you to know that we will do more than just love your child. We will provide them opportunities to become their very best and change the world around them into an even better place.
Dustin & Dylan
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