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Andrew & Katie

Throughout our many wonderful adventures, which have taken us around the country, across the ocean and back, adoption is the one we have been looking forward to the most. We are very excited about finally being in a place where we can begin this journey, and build our family through adoption. We are more than honored that you are considering our family.

About Us

Research Scientist
Agricultural Scientist
Ph.D. in Biochemistry
Ph.D. in Biochemistry
Legally Married

Education We Will Provide

Reading With Our Nephew

Education is very important to both of us- we were the first in either of our families to get Ph.D. degrees, and are very thankful for the opportunities that our education has given us to travel and live and work in many different places. We both grew up being curious about the natural world, and our parents stimulated our interest by taking us to zoos, museums, and libraries. We want to support and encourage our child's pursuits, whatever they may be, by participating in extracurricular activities and cultural events. We also plan to cultivate a healthy world view by traveling extensively in and outside of the United States. Something important to both of us is introducing a second language into the home—one which we can all speak together as a family. Andrew has a background in German, and we plan to choose that or another language to learn together. Last year we taught a science class for middle school students, and had a wonderful time seeing their excitement as they discovered truths about the natural world—we look forward to doing this with our own child too.

Our Pets

Family Picture

Our pets are definitely unconventional. Both of us are allergic to cats and dogs, so we chose vegetarian reptiles as pets.

Gregor is a sulcata tortoise. We got her (yes, "her"- we found out she was a girl a few years later, but kept the name) as a baby when she was a little bigger than a quarter. Now, eight years later, she is the size of a platter and still growing. We try to take her outside every day for about an hour to eat grass in the yard. It has been a great way to meet and catch up with the neighbors.

Thoth is a male rhinoceros iguana who we also raised from infancy. He is very much like a cat- when the weather is nice, he spends most of the day getting sun in the front window. He is very gentle and has spent a lot of time around children.

Both Gregor and Thoth eat lettuce, grass and fruit, and have a few favorite spots in the house. We recently made them an Instagram account to promote reptiles as pets, and have enjoyed connecting with other reptile lovers around the world.

Our Adventures

Exploring England

We have had the opportunity to live in many diverse places, and while doing so, we have done our best to take time to explore. We especially like to adventure to places that are unusual, with historical or literary significance, or just "off the beaten path."

While in the UK we took trips to see the castle of the Sheriff of Nottingham, Hadrian's Wall, and Robin Hood's grave. We also spent time in Germany visiting castles and cathedrals.

We also like to take road trips around the country and visit local attractions. Recently, we visited Rock City and the Okeefanokee Swamp in Georgia.

We also love hiking adventures whether it is in cragy mountains in Arizona, thick forests in the northwest, or the open moors of England.

These are the kinds of adventures we both had and enjoyed before we met, that we now enjoy together, and that we look forward to sharing with our children.


All Smiles
All Smiles
Enjoying the View in the Lakes District
Enjoying the View in the Lakes District
Fun With Our Nephew at the Park
Fun With Our Nephew at the Park
Hiking in England
Hiking in England
Andrew on Adventure in the Swamp
Andrew on Adventure in the Swamp
Celebrating Our Anniversary at a Concert in Munich, Germany
Celebrating Our Anniversary at a Concert in Munich, Germany
Visiting the Isle of Skye in Scotland
Visiting the Isle of Skye in Scotland
Enjoying Some Quiet Time
Enjoying Some Quiet Time
Celebrating Christmas in Arizona
Celebrating Christmas in Arizona
Storytime With Our Nephew & Toth
Storytime With Our Nephew & Toth
Katie Working in the Lab
Katie Working in the Lab
Hiking to Weaver's Needle in Arizona
Hiking to Weaver's Needle in Arizona
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All Smiles
All Smiles
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Enjoying the View in the Lakes District
Enjoying the View in the Lakes District
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Fun With Our Nephew at the Park
Fun With Our Nephew at the Park
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Hiking in England
Hiking in England
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Andrew on Adventure in the Swamp
Andrew on Adventure in the Swamp
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Celebrating Our Anniversary at a Concert in Munich, Germany
Celebrating Our Anniversary at a Concert in Munich, Germany
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Visiting the Isle of Skye in Scotland
Visiting the Isle of Skye in Scotland
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Enjoying Some Quiet Time
Enjoying Some Quiet Time
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Celebrating Christmas in Arizona
Celebrating Christmas in Arizona
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Storytime With Our Nephew & Toth
Storytime With Our Nephew & Toth
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Katie Working in the Lab
Katie Working in the Lab
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Hiking to Weaver's Needle in Arizona
Hiking to Weaver's Needle in Arizona

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a well-kept historic neighborhood in Iowa. We have great neighbors and there are lots of children on our street. We love being minutes away from several great parks. The park nearest us has a nice playground, splash ground, swimming pool, walking trails, an art center, and even a small lake where neighborhood kids are often found fishing. Our community library was recently renovated and has a great children’s section with a variety of programs and activities geared towards children. We are also excited about our nearby zoo and science center that has a lot of great interactive exhibits, both of which we plan to visit often.

Our house is a two story, three-bedroom house. We have a great front yard and back yard with a large patio and a big oak tree perfect for a swing, and lots of room to run around. When the weather is nice, we like to spend a lot of time outside with our pets, gardening, and grilling on the patio. Our favorite room in the house is the “window room” off the living room with windows all around on three sides and soft carpet. It is a great place to read, play board games, and do arts and crafts, it will also make a great playroom.

Our Extended Families

Andrew's Family

Our extended families live on the West coast: Andrew's in Oregon and Katie's in Arizona. We see each of our families at least once a year, but Skype and talk with our families weekly.

Katie's Family

Andrew has three siblings and two of them live nearby his parents. Combined, they have six children between the ages of 0-12. When we visit, we usually have a big get together at Andrew's parents' house, which allows the cousins to play together and the adults to catch up. Some favorite family activities are canoeing and board games.

Katie has one sister with a 1-year-old who lives near her parents. Her side of the family enjoys sightseeing in Arizona, hiking, and (when the weather's warm) swimming in the pool. Katie's extended family mostly lives in Michigan, and every other year there is a big family reunion- this year's featured lots of great food and plenty of games for the kids.

Both of our families are so excited about our plans to adopt and are looking forward to welcome a new member of the family!

From Us to You

Thanks for taking the time to learn a little more about us. We greatly admire your courage and love for your child in considering adoption.

We made the decision early in our relationship (5 years ago!) to build our family through adoption when we were able to do so. We have both been humbled by the support of our families and friends as we move forward. While our life journey has been more of a meandering path than a straight line, we are excited to share new adventures with our child and look forward to providing the resources and support so that they can become the best person they can be.

In our contact with you, the most important consideration for us is your level of comfort. We are happy to exchange letters, photos, and e-mails and arrange yearly visits. The main thing is for us to support you in a level of contact that is the most beneficial, now and as time goes by. We plan for our child to grow up knowing about his or her parents: you will be spoken of highly in our home, and we will treat adoption as a normal course of life. Through our interest in literature and mythology, we have several favorite stories where the main character is adopted, and we plan to use these as examples of how awesome adoption is, so that adoption is valued and praised throughout our child's life.

Our careers as researchers allow us the unique opportunity to share parenting and for both of us to spend the critical early years bonding with our child. While our extended families and some of our close friends live in other parts of the country, this provides us with the great opportunity to travel and be constantly discovering new adventures. Additionally, we are excited to introduce our child to our wide variety of friends, which include people from all ages and stages of life.

Another area which we are particularly excited to share is our love of the natural world. We can't wait to see the excitement of learning new things in our child, and we will endeavor to share all we know with him or her, although we are positive that he or she will have plenty (perhaps more) to teach us as well!

When describing us recently, one of our friends used the word "resilience." We thought this was a good observation, since resilience has been a major feature over our 7-year marriage, as we have moved locations, jobs, and priorities. These adventures have allowed us many wonderful opportunities, but perhaps most importantly, an opportunity to grow in our love for, and reliance on, each other. Together, we will do all we can to be the best parents we can be. And, while of course there will be challenges, we feel well equipped to overcome any difficulty through love and respect and to thrive as a family.

Thank you for considering adoption- we admire your bravery. Please know that we will do everything we can to support you as you make your decision.


Andrew & Katie


Alec Guinness
Laurence Olivier
Sigourney Weaver
Emma Watson
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Roger Zelazny
The Once and Future King
Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Candy Bar
Childhood Memory
Camping at the coast with my family
Visiting my relatives in Michigan during the summer
Childhood Toy
Zarky the Shark
Children's Book
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
Make Way for Ducklings
Edinburgh, Scotland
Bristol, UK
Classic Movie
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa)
Day of Week
Pistachio cake
Tres leches cake
Disney Movie
Robin Hood
Dream Car
Jaguar F-Type
Lotus Elise
Dream Job
Zoo Keeper
Dream Vacation
Galapagos Islands
Family Activity
Playing board games
Flower / Plant
Twice cooked pork
Thai curry
Form of Exercise
Tai Chi
Tai chi
Holiday Song
God rest ye merry gentlemen
We Three Kings
Holiday Tradition
Easter Baskets
Easter baskets
Ice Cream
Cookies and Cream
Junk Food
Gummy Bears
Bit O Honey
Leisure Activity
Memory with a Child
Taking my pet tortoise to show the neighborhood children
My pet iguana becoming friends with my nephew
Memory with Spouse
Touring the Scottish Highlands
Visitng Munich for our 5th anniversary
What about Bob
Movie Munchie
Movie Quote
Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the war room! -Dr. Strangelove
"What's the watermelon doing here?" -Buckaroo Banzai
Movie Type
Sci-Fi and Mystery
Classic and British
Phantom of the Opera
Musical Group
The Animals
The Doors
Nursery Rhyme
Humpty Dumpty
Rub A Dub Dub
Olympic Event
Ski Jumping
Personal Hero
Linus Pauling
Carl Sagan
King Lear
Emily Bronte
Cao Cao
Quality about my Spouse
Sense of humor
"Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"We don't do these things because they are easy, but because they are hard." -John F. Kennedy
P.F. Chang's
Cheesecake Factory
Pulled pork
Psalm 93
Psalm 120
Shopping Store
Marks and Spencers
"Firth of Fifth" by Genesis
"Journey of the Magi" by Frank Turner
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Mesut Ozil
Randy Johnson (baseball)
Sports Team
Manchester City (English Premier League)
Milwalkee Brewers, Leeds United (soccer)
Subject in School
Gambit (X-Men)
Jubilee (X-Men)
Thing to Cook
Mabo Tofu
Mac & Cheese (from scratch!)
Time of Day
Egg puff casserole on Christmas morning
Dressing up for Halloween to hand out candy
TV Show
Startrek the next generation
Mystery Science Theater 3000
TV Show Character
Jean-Luc Picard
Dr. Who
Type of Music
British Invasion
Classic Rock
Vacation Spot
The Lakes District (England)
The Lakes District
Video Game
Legend of Dragoon

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