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Drew & Kirsten

Our adoption story is simple: we have been called to share our love for each other by opening our lives to children. Yet, this is not only about us. Our daughter, Therese, joined our family through adoption. So yes, this snapshot is partly our story, but it is also Therese's story and her birth mother's story. We know that in your choosing to look at our profile, we may become part of your story. We are ready for that. We are excited about that. Most of all, we are grateful to you for considering us.

About Us

Drew
Kirsten
Job
Teacher & Hockey Coach
Stay-at-Home Mom
Education
Master's Degree in Theology
Master's Degree in English Literature
Children
Therese
Relationship
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

Say Cheese!

We always knew we were called to have children. When we were engaged, we talked about the potential of adopting and how both of us were open to it as a way of growing our family. And then, as we encountered difficulties in conceiving, we prayerfully discerned either taking more radical steps to get pregnant or to begin the adoption process. We were graced to realize that we were indeed called to adopt. That decision was ratified by the peace we experienced, the excitement expressed by our family and friends, and ultimately Therese's adoption.

After we got the call that Therese was born, we were on a cross country flight within two hours. Three weeks of hotel beds, then a cramped AirBnB, eating fast food for dinner every night, and learning how to navigate a new city were all worth it. We would do that and ten times more again. Therese has turned our world upside down in the best possible way and has reinforced that we are being called to be mom and dad to more than one child.

What Makes Us Unique

Friday Pizza Night

Fridays are pizza nights with our own twist. Drew makes the sauce from the tomatoes Kirsten has grown, and Kirsten makes the dough from scratch. While watching a hockey game, Drew often shells peanuts which he'll later turn into peanut butter. Our freezer always has a pint of our homemade ice cream in it. Plus, our pantry is full of homemade bread and granola and cookies and cupcakes and regular cakes and tortillas and guacamole and hummus and whatever ever else sounds good at the time. Therese is always an eager helper and enthusiastic ingredient sampler. During the fall, our kitchen is chaotic as we make our applesauce, and at holiday time, Kirsten and Therese make fudge while Drew concocts caramel corn.

Proud Lego Architect

We've also adopted a do-it-yourself approach to our home and lives. Since we've been married Drew has learned how to mount cabinets, install pipes, change car batteries, and finish furniture. Not to be outdone, Kirsten has laid tile, fixed toilets, fought chipmunks in order to grow a few vegetables in her garden, and sewn toys and stuffed animals for Therese and our nieces and nephews.

We gave Duplo blocks to Therese, and recently she has taken to building things on her own and asking for help to create her ideas. The pride on her face is evident as she shows us a new construction. It has been great for us as parents to see her increasing independence and confidence. We are excited at the possibility of sharing that do-it-yourself attitude with another child.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

Letting Therese Practice Her Photography Skills

Kirsten About Drew: Drew is a tremendous father. He is caring and attentive with Therese, sometimes acting as her jungle gym (Mt. Dad, as we call it), other times gently rocking her to sleep. She knows that when he comes in the door, regardless of how tired he is from his work day, she is in for a toss in the air and some Uno Moo or a ride around the block on her bike.

It was evident on our first date that Drew's relationships with his family and friends take priority in his life, and I have witnessed that every day of our life together. He is selfless and humble, even more so now that Therese is in our family. He is our rock.

Drew About Kirsten: Kirsten has created a home where we break into dancing in the kitchen (twirling Therese as my phone plays Dancing in the Moonlight), we sit on the couch and talk about a movie for an hour after its last credit, and bath time for Therese turns into romps filled with splashing, suds, and laughter.

There is a grace and consideration for others grounding all of her relationships. A squirrel begins to scamper in the back yard? Kirsten will scoop up Therese to help her witness the hectic furry bolting. Papers are piling up? She will arm herself with a red pen, join me at the dining room table and help me grade.

She is the love of my life and the heart of our family. The greatest gift I can think of for anyone to receive is to have her as an adoptive mother.

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Summers Are for Strolling
Summers Are for Strolling
Drew & a Friend Playing Pond Hockey
Drew & a Friend Playing Pond Hockey
Notre Dame Football Game - Go Irish!
Notre Dame Football Game - Go Irish!
Having Fun on Lake Erie
Having Fun on Lake Erie
Splashing in the Rain
Splashing in the Rain
Steams Are for Splashing
Steams Are for Splashing
Divided Hockey Loyalties
Divided Hockey Loyalties
Summertime Picnic
Summertime Picnic
A Normal Ride Home From Our Library
A Normal Ride Home From Our Library
Enjoying an Eveningi in Italy
Enjoying an Eveningi in Italy
Making Tortillas With Dad
Making Tortillas With Dad
Story Time
Story Time
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Summers Are for Strolling
Summers Are for Strolling
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Drew & a Friend Playing Pond Hockey
Drew & a Friend Playing Pond Hockey
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Notre Dame Football Game - Go Irish!
Notre Dame Football Game - Go Irish!
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Having Fun on Lake Erie
Having Fun on Lake Erie
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Splashing in the Rain
Splashing in the Rain
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Steams Are for Splashing
Steams Are for Splashing
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Divided Hockey Loyalties
Divided Hockey Loyalties
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Summertime Picnic
Summertime Picnic
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A Normal Ride Home From Our Library
A Normal Ride Home From Our Library
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Enjoying an Eveningi in Italy
Enjoying an Eveningi in Italy
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Making Tortillas With Dad
Making Tortillas With Dad
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Story Time
Story Time

Our House and Neighborhood

Home Sweet Home

We bought our house and selected our Ohio neighborhood with kids in mind. There is plenty of space for children to play and explore, both inside and out. Plus, our block seems to have exploded with young families over the past few years. Each evening there is a parade of mothers and fathers pulling kids in wagons, jogging watchfully next to unsteady bike-riders, and pushing strollers; it's been great to join them with Therese! She loves riding her bike and saying hello to everyone we see. Our city's rec center and library are a stroll away. Kirsten and Therese take swimming lessons at the rec center and are regulars for storytime at the library.

We live in an epicenter of parks. It is routine for Therese and Drew to ride to one of the parks to explore. Two are densely wooded, while a third has all new equipment and a splash park. Therese splashes through streams in her rain boots, picnics with us in the gazebo, and hikes up trails "all by herself." She revels in picking flowers on the way home to present to Kirsten. A three minute drive places us in our region's metro park and all it offers (zoo, rivers, biking and hiking trails, tobogganing, etc.). Kirsten and Therese have spent many mornings exploring the trails there and getting hands on with the wildlife in the nature center. Additionally, a national park is only twenty minutes away.

Our Extended Families

Kirsten's Family

Our lives are centered around family. Each of us is blessed to have parents who have been married for over forty-five years, and we look forward to continuing to create that type of stable home for our children.

Drew's Family

We meet up with Kirsten's parents and three siblings' families often. The whole family gathers frequently at her parent's 300-acre farm, surrounded by rolling hills and forest trails. We sit around the camp fire talking late into the evening while making s'mores until the mosquitos chase us inside. Once, while a number of us were playing baseball, everyone else witnessed our nephew, Liam, drive an ATV at slow speed right into the pond. Everyone goes to the nieces' and nephews' hockey games, concerts, and plays. Therese has seven cousins on this side of the family, so every time we get together, it is loud, rambunctious, and lots of fun.

On Drew's side of the family, we have a weekly standing date with his parents for dinner. Either we have them over and we make it from scratch, or we go to their house and they order take-out. We travel out of state to see Drew's sister's family every year. When we get together with them, our time is filled with bike riding, baseball, and board games.

From Us to You

We don't presume to know your circumstances. We do, however, know that even in thinking of an adoption for your child you are doing something beautiful and courageous. Thank you for considering us.

We have been married for over ten years, and when we were engaged, we talked about the possibility of adopting. We knew that we were called to be parents and that children would be part of our life together. After being married for a few years and not conceiving on our own, we began the adoption process and were thrilled to welcome our daughter, Therese, into our family. She has turned our world upside down in the best possible way and has reinforced that we are being called to be mom and dad to more than one child.

We have been planning for children. We bought and renovated our house with kids in mind. While Kirsten had a successful career in the non-profit sector, she intentionally scaled back her responsibilities before Therese came along, and is now happily at home full-time taking care of her. Drew's job as a teacher, along with his school's particularly supportive environment, provides him the freedom to be the dad children deserve. Our home is one where we eat dinner together, childhood interests are nurtured, we go to Church on Sundays, and bedtime stories are read.

Along with us, all of our family and friends are elated that we are pursuing adoption again. Therese can't wait to be a big sister. Your child will be embraced by myriad cousins. There will be doting grandparents, plenty of playmates, and aunts and uncles vying for the chance to spend time with their new niece or nephew.

It is our promise that you will see your child grow. Of course, we'll send pictures and letters detailing all of the milestones in his or her life, but we'll also include the little moments of grace - milk mustaches, bathtub mohawks, and working at lemonade stands. After Therese was born, we also started a family website where we regularly post pictures and updates. And, we are very willing to consider regular visits, video calls, and phone calls.

Love grounds and sustains families. Your child will always know that our family grew because of your love for him or her. As his or her adoptive parents, your child will come to see us as an extension of your love. We will celebrate the graced fact that he or she is adopted. There will be no big surprise, no mystery--only the understanding that he or she is unconditionally loved by both you and us. We have seen the benefits of an open relationship. Therese's birth mother let us know what was helpful for her. We know, however, that your feelings and thoughts are unique, so we will take our cues from you.

You are considering something selfless and strong. Thank you for being open to us as part of your decision. You have both our gratitude and respect.

Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Gratefully,

Drew & Kirsten

Favorites

Drew
Kirsten
Actor
Bruce Willis
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actress
Myrna Loy
Kate Winslet
Animal
Three-toed sloth
Dog
Author
John Steinbeck
Roddy Doyle
Book
East of Eden
A Wrinkle in Time
Candy Bar
Butterfinger for a snack, Snickers for a meal
Caramello
Cartoon
Doug
Phineas and Ferb
Childhood Memory
Playing home run derby with my friends in the back yard
Making "pancake men" for breakfast with my aunt on Sunday mornings after church.
Childhood Toy
Steggy - a purple plush dinosaur I received for Christmas
My toy box. It had two chalkboard sliding panels on the front. I loved playing school, pretending I was the teacher.
Children's Book
The Lorax
Make Way for Ducklings
City
Parma (my hometown)
Savannah
Classic Movie
Arsenic and Old Lace
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
Color
Blue
Green
Day of Week
Thursday
Friday
Dessert
The "world famous" peanut butter pie Kirsten and I make.
Peanut butter Oreo frozen custard
Disney Movie
Miracle
The Sword in the Stone
Dream Car
Dodge Daytona
Mustang
Dream Job
My current job - teaching Theology and coaching hockey at my alma mater
Stay at home Mom
Dream Vacation
Skiing in the Swiss Alps
Going to Alaska and seeing the Northern Lights
Family Activity
Cooking with Kirsten, especially desserts
Cooking and baking together
Flower / Plant
Gerber daisy
Black Eyed Susans
Food
Peanut butter - we make our own
Chicken and biscuits
Form of Exercise
Biking - I ride to work
Kickboxing
Fruit
Strawberries
Oranges
Game
Ticket to Ride
Balderdash
Hobby
Biking
Baking
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Christmas
Holiday Song
O Come O Come Emmanuel
White Christmas
Holiday Tradition
The Bedouch - On New Year's Day Kirsten and I assemble a bed next to our couch in the living room. Then we spend the day talking, eating leftovers, and watching movies, bowl games, and hockey.
Decorating the tree--Christmas music playing in the background, homemade ice cream being made while decorating
Ice Cream
Butter pecan (that I make)
Caramel sea salt
Junk Food
Dark chocolate dipped in peanut butter
Tagalongs Girl Scout cookies
Leisure Activity
Reading in our hammock
Reading
Magazine
Notre Dame Magazine
Cooking Light
Memory with a Child
First bike ride with Therese to the park
Our first trip to the children's museum with Therese. There was an interactive display in the water room where balls shot out of water rocket tubes into the air. She got soaking wet and loved it.
Memory with Spouse
Kirsten and I pulled a prank on one of my friends in which we filled his SUV from the floor boards to the ceiling with crumpled newspaper.
One month after we were married, using buckets of hot water to melt snow in order to find Drew's wedding ring when it came off while he was clearing snow from our car.
Movie
Cinderella Man- it's way deeper than people may think
Hoosiers
Movie Munchie
Milk Duds
Kettlecorn and a mug of hot chocolate
Movie Quote
"I know what I'm fighting for." James J. Braddock in Cinderella Man
"Inconceivable!" "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." (The Princess Bride)
Movie Type
There isn't really one type. What I enjoy about movies is talking about them (their messages, aesthetic, themes) afterward.
I love old movies. Our DVR is filled with movies I have recorded from TCM.
Musical
While I have recently been in the cast of one, I don't much like them.
Singin' in the Rain
Musical Group
Guster
Gin Blossoms
Nursery Rhyme
Pop goes the weasel
One two buckle my shoe...
Olympic Event
Ice Hockey, but table tennis and badminton are close seconds
Diving and ice hockey
Personal Hero
The men with whom I work - Jim, Dan, Tom, James. Each is a brilliant example of a man - loving, strong, other-centered, and thoughtful.
My mom and dad
Play
Of Mice and Men
The Importance of Being Earnest
Poet
G. K. Chesterton
Billy Collins
Quality about my Spouse
She's a tremendous listener. She uses that ability to respond with thoughtfulness and compassion to the needs of others.
He is level-headed, humble, and loyal.
Quote
"Work as if everything depends on you. Pray knowing that it all depends on God." St. Ignatius of Loyola
Remember that failure is an event, not a person
Restaurant
Bruno's Ristorante
Bruno's (small, local Italian restaurant. One of the city's best-kept secrets.)
Sandwich
Peanut butter and jelly
Open faced hot turkey
Scripture
"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it." Luke 9:24
"And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart." (Luke 2:19)
Shopping Store
I don't shop.
Goodwill
Song
"Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits
"I am a Town" by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Sport to Play
Hockey
Volleyball
Sport to Watch
Hockey
Hockey
Sports Star
Andy Van Slyke
Evgeni Malkin
Sports Team
Pittsburgh Penguins
Buffalo Sabres
Subject in School
Theology
English
Superhero
Batman
Batman
Thing to Cook
Pancakes from scratch
Our (self-proclaimed) world famous peanut butter pie with Drew.
Time of Day
Early morning
Early morning
Tradition
Praying before meals
Setting up the "Bedouch" in our living room every New Year's day--we move a twin bed (frame and all) next to our couch, get takeout Chinese and sushi and spend the day watching football games and movies.
TV Show
The Office
The Detectorists
TV Show Character
Earl from My Name is Earl
Niles Crane ("Frasier")
Type of Music
Indie Rock
90s alternative
Vacation Spot
Any place with mountains
Smoky Mountains
Video Game
The Legend of Zelda
Super Mario Bros.

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