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Dylan & Ellie

Greetings! Thank you for taking time to review our profile. Our aim is to present to you the most genuine picture of who we are and what we value. We regard adoption as one of our life's greatest gifts and treasures. Having started our parenthood journey through adoption we greatly desire to continue to grow our family. If we are the family you choose for your child we would blessed beyond words.

About Us

Director of Operations
Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Science
Currently Pursuing Master's Degree
Legally Married

Cultural Diversity

We're Happiest When We're Together

The area in which we live is unique in a wonderful way. Our community is diverse both ethnically and culturally, yet divisions and prejudice are rarely evident. Diversity is so normal in our area that it literally didn't occur to us until we sat down to write this that none of our immediate neighbors share a race. Our immediate neighbors are an African American family, a Hispanic family, a Native American family, and an elderly Caucasian woman. Being a transracial family, we cannot overstate our gratitude for living in an area that appreciates and celebrates diversity. Our children will grow up understanding diversity as a norm. As each culture contributes to our area, other cultures seem to accept what it brings, and not just accept it but take pride in the way it shapes us as a community. We have several transracial families in our circle of friends, some by adoption and some by interracial marriage or partnership. We not only want to celebrate diversity in our own family, we aim to celebrate and support it as a beautiful quality of living on this planet.

Our Leisure Time

Out for a Hike

We love to relax, play, and have fun in our leisure time. Currently our favorite activities in our down time are working out, going to the new trampoline park in town, going to the park and throwing the ball for our yellow lab, eating out at our favorite restaurant, Blue Moon Diner, and watching a movie on the couch. Myles (3 years old) and Dylan (33 years old, but still loves fun!) love to wrestle and pretend to be superheroes fighting bad guys. Myles always wants to be Spiderman and wants Dylan to be The Hulk. He runs all over the house pretending to shoot spider web. We have so much fun and laugh a lot. We are so looking forward to sharing all of this with our next child and Myles is so excited to be a big brother, he will be a good one, we’re certain.

Discussing Adoption

One of the best things we did for our son was make a picture books that tell his story of how he came into our family. It includes journal entries from before we knew him, pictures of the day we became a family, and many happy moments from the first days after he became ours and we became his. He brings us the books often, and we read them together. He sees his story with clarity and joy, and we emphasize how much love brought us together from all involved. We plan to do the same for our next child. We believe that his or her story belongs to him or her, we are simply stewards helping them learn their story. We honor and respect all who are part of his story and this will remain true for our next child. We encourage openness in discussion, and we naturally, yet intentionally celebrate our status as an adoptive family.


Date Night
Date Night
Family Selfie with Our Pup
Family Selfie with Our Pup
We Can't Wait to Grow Our Family
We Can't Wait to Grow Our Family
Playing in the Snow
Playing in the Snow
We Love to Explore Outdoors
We Love to Explore Outdoors
Enjoying a Chilly Morning While Camping
Enjoying a Chilly Morning While Camping
Disneyland Vacation
Disneyland Vacation
A Beautiful Hike Close to Home
A Beautiful Hike Close to Home
Checking Out the B17 Plane
Checking Out the B17 Plane
Snuggles with Dad
Snuggles with Dad
Hanging Out on the Beach
Hanging Out on the Beach
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Date Night
Date Night
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Family Selfie with Our Pup
Family Selfie with Our Pup
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We Can't Wait to Grow Our Family
We Can't Wait to Grow Our Family
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Playing in the Snow
Playing in the Snow
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We Love to Explore Outdoors
We Love to Explore Outdoors
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Enjoying a Chilly Morning While Camping
Enjoying a Chilly Morning While Camping
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Disneyland Vacation
Disneyland Vacation
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A Beautiful Hike Close to Home
A Beautiful Hike Close to Home
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Checking Out the B17 Plane
Checking Out the B17 Plane
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Snuggles with Dad
Snuggles with Dad
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Hanging Out on the Beach
Hanging Out on the Beach

Our Extended Families

Ellie's Family

Family is very important to us and we love spending time with both of our families. We live near to Ellie's parents whose greatest (current) life joy is being grandparents. They are called Mimi and Pop Pop.

Although none live close to us, all of our siblings love being Aunties and Uncles and are involved in our child's life as much as possible. Our child(ren) have three cousins on Ellie's side of the family and five older cousins on Dylan's side.

Dylan's Family

We try to get together with family as much as possible. We typically spend Thanksgiving with Dylan's family in Texas. Papa fries a turkey and we like to play games or do puzzles together. Nana and Papa have a lake house and our new tradition is to gather at their home for the 4th of July. We swim and eat homemade ice cream.

Christmas is usually spent with Ellie's family. On Christmas morning we eat coffeecake and open gifts together. Ellie's sister is an amazing cook, so Christmas dinner is always over the top. Later we go sledding in our beautiful snowy mountains near our home. All of our family members are enthusiastically supportive of our adoption and are thrilled to welcome another child to the clan.

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a very diverse and accepting community. With our first adoption our community was so supportive that they even wrote a piece about our story in a local paper. We have many friends who have adoptive families and we get together often.

Playing at the Neighborhood Pool

Our home is located in a friendly, established neighborhood. We live in a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home that was built in the 1960s. It has gorgeous hardwood floors and floor to ceiling window that lets in plenty of sunlight. We are within walking distance of a brand new city water park and a Dairy Queen that we frequent in the summer time. We often visit the local library near our home and they have amazing programs for children. We recently redid our back yard so that our children have a fun space to play. We planted grass, poured a huge patio for grilling and eating outside, planted trees and put up a trampoline (with all the safety features, of course). Our home is our favorite place to be.

From Us to You

Greetings! We are Dylan and Ellie. We have one son, a bright and beautiful three-year-old boy named Myles. We have been married for almost 14 years, we met in high school and were married after our freshman year in college. We have had the privilege to grow our family through international adoption and having experienced the tremendous blessing of this way of making a family, desire to continue to grow our family through adoption.

Thank you for taking time to get to know us. We imagine this process has been a lot to navigate, some good things, some hard things, and some things that are just a big mix of both. Whether or not we are the family for your child, we want you to know you are in our hearts and on our minds.

We have to confess this is a difficult letter to compose. Not because we have little to say, rather we realize the depths of all that this letter represents, both in your story as well as ours. After a lot of debate about how to craft this letter to you, we have decided that there are two things we want you to walk away with. Firstly, we want you to know who we are as parents, and secondly, we want you to get an understanding of our commitment to you, as the birth parents of our child.

If we had to describe who we are as parents in one word that word would be "grateful". Gratitude, above all things, has shaped us as parents. This gratitude has been born out of many things we have experienced, and while these experiences have been painful, we are endlessly grateful for the perspective they have given us. Our children, the ones we lost before they were born, the one we have now, and the next one we hope for are each gifts from God and we are indescribably grateful for them. The reality of the gift, responsibility, and weightiness of our role as mom and dad is not lost on us. Being a mother and a father is our life's greatest joy. This is who we are as parents, aware of the gift, careful with it, and shaped by gratitude.

Our commitment to the birth parents of our children is also shaped by our gratitude. Regardless of the specific terms and desires of the adoption arrangement, we honor and express love for the people who have given our children life and birth. Our son's birth mother is someone we hold very dear in our hearts. Even though we unfortunately have no contact with her, she is someone for which we have an indescribable love and respect. We often wish we were able to send her letters and pictures. We wish we were able to show her how beautiful our son is, and to tell her how confident, kind, fearless and joyful he is. We understand she has her reasons not having contact, and we respect her choice. We do commit, however, to sending pictures, letters, updates, and news to you, if so desired. Our commitment to you is to honor and respect this relationship with the deepest love and admiration it deserves.

Thank you for taking time to hear our hearts and see us for who we are. We are tremendously blessed to be able to be part of your journey and we pray for guidance and peace for you in this process.


Dylan & Ellie


Jack Black, Will Ferrell, or anyone making me laugh
Tom Hanks
Meryl Streep
Emma Stone
My dog, Clementine
Dogs, cats, horses, elephants, and anything that lives in the ocean
Timothy Keller
C.S. Lewis
Candy Bar
Kit Kat
Pixar movies
Childhood Memory
Going to Disney World with my family for several days.
Camping and vacations with my family
Childhood Toy
I had a pony, which isn't a toy, but we sure did play together often.
Children's Book
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Chronicles of Narnia
San Diego, I love the ocean.
Classic Movie
It's a Wonderful Life
Singing in the Rain
Day of Week
I love Sunday evenings at home when the whole world seems to be resting.
Ice Cream! Vanilla is underrated.
I LOVE chocolate chips cookies.
Disney Movie
Star Wars is Disney now, right?
Anything by Pixar
Dream Car
Anything 4x4, that fits my whole family and our dog so we can get to our favorite hiking trails in the mountains.
Dream Job
A job that helps people in practical ways.
Marine biologist
Dream Vacation
Disney World for a week, or Fiji, or scuba diving with humpback whales
Tour of Italy, ending in Nice France
Family Activity
Eating meals and laughing together
I love baking with my son.
Flower / Plant
I like to eat romaine, does that count as a favorite plant?
I love succulents. I've been team succulent before they were trendy BTW.
Cheeseburgers, pizzas, nachos. All the good stuff!
All of it. Literally.
Form of Exercise
Running and CrossFit
There is nothing like a fresh summer peach.
Any board game with the family
Holiday Song
Carol of the Bells
O Holy Night
Holiday Tradition
Playing Carol of the Bells until my family makes me turn it off. Haha!
We have made our own family traditions. On Thanksgiving morning we run a 5k and then make cinnamon rolls. Our tradition, when we decorate our Christmas tree is to make snowball cookies, eat all our favorite snacks, and watch Elf.
Ice Cream
Mint chocolate chip
Junk Food
Chips and salsa
Leisure Activity
Watching movies
Going to the movies
Popular Science
Memory with a Child
Holding my son for the first time
Taking our son to Disneyland is one of my fondest memories.
Memory with Spouse
Becoming parents together
Hiking a 10 mile trail in Sedona for a couples getaway.
Cinderella Man
I never get tired of Frozen or Nacho Libre.
Movie Munchie
Popcorn and chocolate cover peanuts
Movie Quote
"I used to think time was a thief. Stealing everything I loved. But I see now that you give before you take. Time is a gift. Every minute. Every second." -Alice speaking to Time in the movie Alice Through the Looking Glass.
"Those guys were a couple a woosies eh?"- Nacho Libre
Movie Type
The Greatest Showman
Singing in the Rain
Musical Group
Lauren Daigle
I love many types of music.
Nursery Rhyme
Dr. Seuss is the best!
Olympic Event
Olympic weight lifting
Personal Hero
Martin Luther King Jr.
I have high regard for Timothy Keller, as a thinker and a public figure.
Anything that will make me laugh.
Home improvement and travel are a forms of play for me.
Quality about my Spouse
Her ability to make anyone feel at home and loved.
Dylan's sense of humor is one of my many favorite qualities.
"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." -Albert Einstein
BJ's Pizza or Olive Garden
We love Olive Garden.
I really like a well done grilled cheese.
"...I am with you always..." Matthew 28:20
Romans 8:28 is our life verse.
Shopping Store
Rescue by Lauren Daigle
I can't pick just one.
Sport to Play
Is CrossFit a sport?
I ran cross country in high school and college.
Sport to Watch
Dance in all all forms, ballet, contemporary, ballroom, hip hop, tap.
Sports Star
All the top UFC fighters
Sports Team
American Top Team
Subject in School
My favorite classes in school were choir and art.
Chris Pratt's Star Lord
Thing to Cook
I love cooking stuff that feels like home.
I like making healthy food taste amazing.
Time of Day
The evening when the day is done and my family can just be together.
Morning coffee and bible reading.
Watching Elf and putting up our Christmas tree
All of our holiday traditions.
TV Show
Anything that makes me laugh
Friends, Good place, New Girl
TV Show Character
Jay Pritchett or Phil Dunphy from Modern Family
The entire New Girl cast
Type of Music
Worship music
I most often listen to worship music, although I appreciate a wide variety.
Vacation Spot
I love any warm place with a beach and some good waves to play in.
Rocky mountains, San Diego,
Video Game
Does Sudoku qualify as a video game?

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