Married Since: 2013

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We are so excited at the prospect of your child joining our active and outgoing family! Being in the military has taught us a very important life lesson, that family is more than just blood. Ultimately, we want to build a strong foundation as a team, a team that together, will love and nurture your child for a lifetime.

Aaron and Brooklynn

from Alabama

Aaron

Ancestry: German, English, Irish

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Military Pilot

Education: MA

Hobbies: Reading, horseback riding, woodworking

Brooklynn

Ancestry: Irish, German, Danish

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Military Pilot

Education: MA

Hobbies: Hiking, camping, horseback riding, fishing

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

Favorites

Aaron

Animal
Big cats
Childhood Memory
Swimming at Grandma's pool
Early Bird or Night Owl?
Early Bird
Family Activity
Zoo trips
Food
Indian
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Personal Hero
My Dad
Subject in School
Art Class
Thing to Cook
Biscuits and gravy
TV Show
How It's Made

Brooklynn

Animal
Dolphin
Childhood Memory
Getting a puppy
Early Bird or Night Owl?
Neither - I love sleep!
Family Activity
Camping
Food
Indian - we both love it!
Holiday
Christmas
Personal Hero
My Grandpa
Subject in School
Science lab
Thing to Cook
Chocolate chip cookies
TV Show
The Office
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

In January of 2017, we started the biggest adventure of our lives…parenthood!  We welcomed our daughter Carys in January of 2017.  In January of 2019 we welcomed our second daughter Annalise and our third daughter Addiena in May of 2021.  It has been a fun, wild, and exciting journey growing as parents.  Shortly after Carys was born, we knew we wanted to grow our family through adoption and start on our adoption journey and have been waiting, hoping and praying for you.

We are so excited at the prospect of your child joining our little family!  He or she would have three older sisters, Carys, Annalise, and Addiena.  We would be thrilled to welcome a fourth child to the mix!  It might seem crazy to want four kids or kids that close together in age but we both have very close relationships with our siblings and want the same for our children.  We both have brothers, whom we were both close to in age, allowing us to literally grow, learn, and explore together during our childhood.  Some of our fondest memories are of our adventures with our brothers, such as catching tadpoles, camping trips, hide and seek, and sleep overs at grandparents’ houses.

Now that we’re all adults, other than each other, we would both tell you our brothers are our best friends.  Your child will be another one of our greatest joys, and we cannot wait to watch he or she grow and develop his or her own personality.

Carys is full of energy and she loves being outside with us, exploring nature, and reading books.  It has been an absolute joy watching her grow and develop into the sassy, inquisitive kid we know today.  Annalise’s personality is blossoming.  She is definitely the extrovert and loves to play and tries to keep up with her big sister.  Addiena is a very happy, content baby that loves to watch what her big sisters are up to.  Each child is so different, and we can’t wait to see what personalities and gifts our next child will bless us with.  We will love your child to the moon and back and can’t wait to their little personality develop and find out what their passions are.

Our families are large, crazy and fun, but your child would be surrounded with loving role models and mentors. Being in the military has taught us a very important life lesson, that family is more than just blood and our military friends are truly family.  Know that your child would be welcomed with open arms, into our nuclear family, extended family, and military family.  They can’t wait to share our family traditions such as making apple butter, camping trips, fishing, or heading over to Grandma and Grandpa’s house on snowy Christmas mornings with your child.

Whatever you decide, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for taking the time to even consider us and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you as you consider adoption for your child.

With love,
Brooklynn, Aaron, Carys, Annalise, and Addiena

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How We Met, by Brooklynn

Luckily for us, it was our shared passion for aviation that led us to each other in our careers.  Aaron and I met as young flight instructors for the Air Force.  After getting to know each other a little bit we started dating.  On our second date, Aaron told me that he was going to marry me.  I laughed, considering we had just started dating.  I guess he was right, over ten years later, we’re happily married and still supporting and encouraging each other to chase our passions.  We both continue to serve as pilots in the Air Force and support each other’s careers.  Setting an example for our children of pursuing your passion and finding that soulmate that is your biggest cheerleader is very important to us.

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About Brooklynn, by Aaron

Brooklynn is an outstanding person, caring mother, and loving wife. The qualities I love most about her are her adventurousness and her honesty. Her sense of adventure has taken us to many places and those experiences have brought our family closer together. Her honesty makes it easy to trust her and share anything. This has made us a strong team in our marriage. She is the type of person that brings out the best qualities in others, especially me. She is also very devoted to her family and friends. She is still close with her high-school classmates, college roommates, and friends from our careers even though she has moved far from Washington state where she grew up. Family is a defining factor in her life. She grew up with her brother and two working parents in Washington state, only 10 minutes down the road from her grandparents. She spent many days visiting her grandparents and her relationship with them is strong to this day with weekly calls and visits whenever she takes a trip back home to Washington.

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About Aaron, by Brooklynn

Aaron is the quiet rock of our family. He is the most charitable, humble, kind person I know. I always knew he would be a great dad, but seeing him with our daughters has only made me love him more. He always puts our relationship first and often does little things to let me know that I am loved and appreciated. He has an incredible sense of adventure and has never said no to any of my crazy ideas. His jokes are ridiculously corny but he makes me laugh on a daily basis. He also has a great calming presence, which is evident in his interactions with our young daughters and even animals. Growing up in West Virginia, Aaron and his brother worked with their dad in construction when not in school. His work ethic is notable, both at home and professionally. He learned this hard work ethic from his amazing parents, who didn’t start with much but worked extremely hard and eventually built a successful construction business in West Virginia. I have never seen him back down from a challenge and he just gets things done without being asked. We are very close to his family, skyping and visiting North Carolina (where his family now lives) whenever possible.

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

The simplest explanation of why we want to adopt is because we love children and want to make our home available as an option for a birth mother looking for a loving home.  In 2009, Brooklynn worked in an Indian orphanage for special needs children and saw firsthand how adoption wonderfully changed the lives of so many children. Growing up, we both also had good friends who had been adopted.  When discussing the growth of our family, adoption was quickly something we both agreed we wanted to do, even before discussing biological children.  We cannot wait to welcome another little one into our hearts and home.

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Our Relationship with You

We want our relationship with you to be whatever you are most comfortable with.  We would absolutely love to get to know you, your likes and dislikes, what you want for your child, what is important to you, and anything else you’re willing to share.  We would love to be there for you as much as we possibly can, whether it’s getting a bite to eat or even holding your hand during an ultrasound.  Ultimately, we hope to build a strong foundation as a team, a team that together, who will love and nurture your child for a lifetime. We will tell your child what an unbelievably selfless person you are and your decision to place them for adoption was made out of pure love for them.

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Our Lifestyle

We consider ourselves a close knit, adventurous family.  During the week, all of our daughters, go to school or daycare during the day.  We love their school and daycares here in Alabama because of the diversity of students and teachers.  In the evenings, we sit down together for family dinner to talk about our day and share our life.  There is usually laughter, funny faces, and eye rolls shared around the table.  After dinner it’s playtime!  The kids play together in their playroom, outside, or wrestle with Aaron until it’s time to read a book and go to bed.  We can just picture your child filling the empty chair around our family table and squealing with joy when he or she gets tickled playing with Daddy.  On the weekends, we love to go to local parks, the zoo, fun events going on in town, or just relax and play in the backyard. When we have long weekends or a vacation, we generally try to get away and go exploring a little further away than we can on a typical weekend. Usually, this means camping in or near a National Forest so that we can spend the weekend hiking and exploring. Whether it is at home or on the road, it seems like there is never a dull moment!

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Home & Neighborhood

Our home is at the end of a dirt road out in the country.  When you walk into the house, the first things you’ll see are the playroom and the dining room, the two rooms we spend the most time in.  We love eating homemade dinners together around our large wooden table and sharing stories.  In the playroom, you’ll find a little kids’ kitchen, couches with pillows for fort making, and lots of toys!  We love to play, pretend, and make forts in there. We can already imagine your child’s toes sticking out of a fort, giggling with his or her siblings, while they are “hiding” from the grown ups.  One of our other favorite areas in the house is the craft area.  We have a kid sized table with chalkboards, paper, paint, glue, sparkles and so many crayons.  The craft area is right inside the kitchen.  It’s a joy to watch the kids get to unleash their creativity there while Brooklynn makes dinner.  We can’t wait to add your child’s latest masterpiece to our refrigerator.  Around the corner from the kitchen is the family room.  In the family room, we have a large TV and fluffy sofa that we all pile onto for Friday movie nights.  The kids get so excited trying to pick out a movie on Friday night, we can already hear your child debating his or her siblings on which cartoon is best.  Outside, there is a tire swing in the tree, giant blueberry bushes, and a sidewalk constantly covered in sidewalk chalk.  We are also lucky enough to have our very own swimming pool and our horses in a pasture on the property.  We smile just thinking about your child grinning with a mouth full of fresh blueberries picked out of the yard and sneaking carrots to the horses through the fence.

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Our Pets

We love pets!  We have had our horses for 7 years now.  We also have a cat named “Callie” that we adopted from Korea, so she has been around the world with us.  Finally, we recently added a Golden Retriever to the mix that we let the kids name.  They chose “Little Lady” like the puppy in the Bernstein Bear books!  We can picture a day when we can teach your child how to walk Lady and play fetch with her.  Pets are an important part of how we want to raise our children because they teach responsibility, empathy, and kindness in a very hands-on way.

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Our Families

Our extended family, on both sides, are so eager to welcome our adopted child into the family.  We were both raised in loving families and are very blessed to have a strong continuing relationship with them.  Aaron’s extended family is still located in North Carolina and West Virginia; his brother is married with four beautiful children.  Aaron’s parents are both retired and love to spoil their grandchildren when they’re not golfing.  Brooklynn’s brother is also married with a rambunctious little daughter and a baby boy.  He and his wife live in Washington State along with Brooklynn’s parents and Mom’s side of the family.  Brooklynn’s dad came from a family of ten children, so she has quite a few cousins all over the country, we’re never far from family.  Brooklynn’s mom still works as a chemist and her dad is retired from contracting.  Our entire family is thrilled to welcome your child into the family and our parents are already planning on ways they can spoil your child.

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Family Traditions

Our family has a lot of traditions that might not seem like much from the outside. Brooklynn’s mom started a tradition at Christmas of getting her an ornament that represented a special part of the previous year.  We would sit together prior to decorating the Christmas tree, open the ornament, and hang it together on the tree.  This is something that we have continued with our daughters and it is so fun to see fun reminders from years past. We can already smell the pine tree and picture your child opening his/her special ornament to commemorate another special year.  Aaron’s family also has a fun tradition passed on by his German immigrant great-great-great-grandparents.  Each year right before Easter, Aaron takes the kids outside to gather grass and moss to build “Easter Nests” for the Easter Bunny to leave gifts and eggs in.  It is so cute to watch the kids gather all of their materials and the care they put into it, we can already see your child carefully collecting sticks and moss to make the best nest.  Aaron will be so excited to take your child out to build a nest for the Easter Bunny to leave eggs, candy, and small gifts inside.

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Racial & Cultural Diversity

Family is more to us than race, ethnicity, or culture.  Serving in the military has shown this to us in practice as we truly consider the people we serve with to be our family.  Our hearts and home are open to any child, regardless of race or ethnicity.  Differences make us unique, encourage empathy, and make us better humans.  It is important to us to ensure that your child has adults and peers in their life that they can relate to and that can help them understand how to cope with their experiences beyond what we can provide.  While we are both white and have not had the experience of growing up in America as a person of color, building a healthy social, racial, and ethnic identity is something that we continually work on and strive to teach our children.  To assist us in this, we have friends from many backgrounds from work, church, and school that are willing to help your child grow up and develop their own complete identity.  We acknowledge that if we are chosen to adopt a child of a different race or ethnicity that there will be challenges, but we will use that challenge to grow closer as a family.

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What We Teach Our Children

Even as young as our girls are, we are actively teaching them to achieve their goals.  For instance, Carys, who is 4 years old, wanted to jump off the diving board like Daddy.  We helped her set the goal of learning to swim a certain distance by herself.  Just a couple weeks ago, she met that goal.  After that, she was allowed to jump off the diving board and swam to the ladder all on her own!  Teaching our children to treat others with respect and the benefit of diversity is something that we actively pursue.  The schools and daycare the girls go to are racially diverse and we talk regularly about diversity.  We would ensure that your child gets to attend a school that they feel welcome at.  Finally, we teach our children to be curious and to learn about their life and environment.  We do this by doing fun experiments at home, visiting children’s museums, letting them help build things in the shop, or even just having them help make dinner.  Our ultimate goal is to give our children the opportunity to discover what interests them and help them develop their skills and desires as they grow up.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to support you through the adoption process and welcome you and your child into our lives.  We promise to help your child grow and know that they are loved, where they come from, and who they are as a whole person.  We promise to raise them to be proud of who they are and their heritage.  Finally, we promise to raise your child to know all about you and your incredible love for them.

Message Aaron and Brooklynn

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Contact Aaron and Brooklynn

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!