Aaron and Brooklynn

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 little family of 4! 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 consider our family.

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

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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

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.

We are so excited at the prospect of your child joining our little family! He or she would have two older sisters, Carys and Annalise who were born in January 2017 and January 2019 respectively. Carys is a sassy, inquisitive kid and Annalise is a toddler, learning all about the world around her. It has been a fun, wild, and exciting journey growing as parents. Shortly after Carys was born, we knew we wanted to start on our adoption journey and have been waiting, hoping, and praying for you.

We would be thrilled to welcome our third child to the mix! It might seem crazy to want our children that close together in age but we both have very close relationships with our siblings and want the same for our children. Both Aaron and I 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 sleepovers at grandparents’ houses.

We are an active and outgoing family, but sometimes we like to relax and just hang out at home as a family. On weekends, you’ll catch us working with our two horses, exploring new national parks while camping and hiking, or just hanging out in the backyard barbecuing with friends. 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 an extrovert and loves to play and tries to keep up with her big sister. Each child is so different, and we can’t wait to see what personalities and gifts your child will bless us with. Your child will be provided with many opportunities to learn, to explore the world, and to find out what their passions are.

Being in the military has taught us a very important life lesson, that family is more than just blood. The people we serve with are truly our brothers and sisters. Know that your child would be welcomed with open arms, into our nuclear family, extended family, and military family. We are so looking forward to this beautiful blessing of your child joining our lives!

We live in a small, quiet country neighborhood on the outskirts of town, only a few minutes away from a park, our church, and school. Our house might not be the largest, but it is filled with stories, laughter, and love. We also have one cat and two horses here at the house with us. We love having pets and believe that raising children around them will help teach responsibility and provide a sense of accomplishment as they grow. If you choose to bless us with your child, he or she will have a fulfilling childhood surrounded by faith, family, friends, pets, and most importantly, love.

Our entire family is also eager to welcome your child into the family. They can’t wait to share our family traditions such as making apple butter, camping trips, fishing, or heading over to Great Grandma and Grandpa’s house on snowy Christmas mornings. Our families are large, crazy, and fun, but your child would be surrounded with loving role models and mentors.

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 consider our family.

With love,
Brooklynn, Aaron, Carys, and Annalise

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About Us

We first met as Instructor Pilots teaching new pilots how to fly in a small town in Columbus, Mississippi. We worked together for about a year before starting to date. Over that year, we became good friends and eventually, we found ourselves dating. Our shared family values and sense of adventure brought us together and helped us cultivate a strong relationship. Right away, both of us knew that this relationship was different than other ones that either of us had before. As things started to get serious, Brooklynn shared her experiences from working in the orphanage with Aaron to see how he felt about the idea of adoption. Aaron immediately agreed that opening our hearts and home to an adopted child was something we wanted to do together. After about 2 years of dating, we got married in 2013. We promised to always tackle any problem together as a team, and ever since then, have continued to grow as friends, husband and wife, and now as parents. Since then, we have moved to Arizona, to Korea, and back to Arizona again with the military. We try to take full advantage of getting to see all of the different parts of the world and can’t wait to share that with your child.

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About Brooklynn

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

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 Lifestyle

We consider ourselves a close-knit, adventurous family. Our daughters, Carys and Annalise, are 3 years old and one and a half years old. They both enjoy being outside, learning to ride bikes, and swimming in our pool. We live on 5 acres and enjoy living the country life. We are also animal lovers and have two horses, a rescue cat, and are planning on getting a puppy in the near future. In our free time we hit the open road and explore National Parks, zoos, and try new things. Whether it is at home or on the road, it seems like there is never a dull moment!

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Our Home and Neighborhood

Our home is at the end of a dirt road on a few acres out in the country. Our home has three bedrooms and we even have a playroom! We spend most of our time outdoors picking blueberries, playing with the horses, or swimming in the backyard. Our neighbors are amazing and also have small children. Town is only a few minutes away with some great playgrounds that we plan to visit a lot more once the pandemic has passed. We are also surrounded by our extended military family in the local area, which is an incredible support network. Most of our co-workers (that we consider extended family) also have many young children, so we are never short of playdate opportunities.

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Our Pets

We love pets! We were not planning on getting horses until we were out of the military. However, a friend of ours was, unfortunately, the victim of domestic violence and needed someone she trusted to take them so she could get safe. We have had them for 6 years now. Working with them has taught us not only a lot about horses but about ourselves. We also have a cat named Callie that we adopted from Korea, so she has been around the world with us. Finally, we’ll be adding a puppy to the mix soon; we can’t wait! Pets are an important part of how we want to raise our children because they teach responsibility, empathy, and kindness in very tangible ways.

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Our Family

All of our extended family is so eager to welcome your 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 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. All of our nieces and nephews are thrilled about the prospect of another cousin and playmate.

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Our Traditions

Our family has a lot of traditions that may seem small from the outside, but are meaningful to us and remind us of great family memories. For instance, Aaron’s family gets together every year to make apple butter. It is simply delicious, and it is found at every breakfast table at family get-togethers. Brooklynn’s mother started the tradition of getting each child an annual Christmas ornament that represented that year or a milestone that had been accomplished. This is something that we have continued with our own kids and it is so fun to see fun reminders from years past. Finally, Aaron’s family always built “Easter Nests” growing up for the Easter Bunny to leave gifts and eggs in, instead of baskets. It is an old German tradition, and every Easter we dye eggs, gather moss, and build our Easter Nests on the back porch so the bunny will know where to stop.

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Our Careers

Luckily for us, it was our shared passion that led us to each other in our careers. We met as young flight instructors for the Air Force. After getting to know each other, it was clear that while we had our differences, we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together while supporting each other’s passion for service. 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 who will support your passions is very important to us.

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How We Spend a Three-Day Weekend

On three-day weekends, 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. When it is either too hot or cold to go camping, we like to head to cities that have attractions that we don’t normally get to see, like zoos and aquariums. We love three-day weekends; they are a chance for us to get away from the day to day tasks and spend time as a family.

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Cultural Diversity

Family is more than race, ethnicity, or orientation. Serving in the military has shown this to us in practice. We truly consider the people we serve with to be our family. The bottom line is that our hearts and home are open to any child, regardless of any differences. Differences make us unique, encourage empathy, and make us better humans. We acknowledge that if we are chosen to adopt a child of a different race that there will be challenges, but we welcome the challenge and will use it as an opportunity to grow closer as a family.

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What We Will Teach Our Children

Even as young as our girls are, we are actively trying to teach them to achieve their goals. For instance, Carys who is 3 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 of 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 benefits of diversity is also something that we actively pursue. We ensure they go to diverse daycares and actively engage in discussions about diversity. Finally, we are trying to teach them to be curious and to learn about their life and environment. We do this by trying out 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. We want our kids to have a passion in life that they can nurture, as well as understand how to find value in society and become an active citizen.

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When We Imagine Holding Your Precious Baby...

Our thoughts will be filled with nothing but gratitude and awe of your decision. Gratitude for the love you had and continue to have for your child and for the choice you made to choose to bless our family. Awe of the impossible to fathom selfless decision you made and of the fortitude that it took to stand up to the struggles in your own life to bring your child safely into the world. Forever, we will look at your child, and see the sacrifice and the love you gave.

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What We Will Share with Your Child

First off, we hope to get to know YOU through this process! Whatever you are willing to share, we are willing to listen. By getting to know you, even a little bit, we’ll be able to share with your child just how wonderful you are! We will tell your child what an unbelievably selfless person you are and that the decision to adopt was made out of pure love. We hope to also share whatever you are comfortable with, like your name, pictures, and background with your child. We never want them to question the love that you have for them, instead we want your child to know that they are loved by you and us!

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