Married Since: 2006

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

Thank you for your courage in choosing adoption for the precious life you are carrying. We can only imagine the many emotions that you are feeling day-by-day, hour-by-hour, as you are making important decisions for yourself and this beautiful baby. We want to be a support to you

Dylan and Rebekah

from Washington

Dylan

Ancestry: Native American, Irish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Stay-at-home Father

Education: MA

Hobbies: Woodworking, Camping, Hiking

Rebekah

Ancestry: German, Serbian

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Physician Assistant

Education: MS

Hobbies: Camping, Hiking, Traveling, Music

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

Thank you for your courage in choosing adoption for the precious life you are carrying. We can only imagine the many emotions that you are feeling day-by-day, hour-by-hour, as you are making important decisions for yourself and this beautiful baby. We want to be a support to you as you go through this pregnancy.

We have had plans of growing our family through adoption since we started dating more than 15 years ago and are excited and overjoyed at the thought of raising a baby. Please know that your baby will be loved and cherished by us and our sons, Theo (7) and Tommy (4). We have taught our boys about adoption and they often ask questions about their future sister or brother. Theo has been excited for another baby for the past 4 years and has been so inquisitive and interested in the adoption process. Tommy is looking forward to being a big brother (and he insists he will do a great job of sharing his toys). We are all longing to bring your baby home!

Dylan left a career as teacher to be a stay-at-home dad. He busies himself with the day-to-day care of the family as well as works part time in real estate. He loves to cook delicious meals, make projects in the woodshop and meet various other daily needs of the family. Rebekah works full-time in the medical field and regularly volunteers in her sons’ classrooms and teaches art at the elementary school. She loves to spend time with the family, especially when the activity involves exercise, the great outdoors and music.

As parents already, we know that “perfect” parenting does not exist. However, we see firsthand the confidence and health that blossoms in a child who is loved unconditionally and given a safe home in which to grow, explore and flourish. This is the type of loving environment we will provide for your baby. Your baby will be welcomed into our family with great affection, love and enthusiasm. We will love your baby deeply and challenge, encourage, and offer her or him support throughout life, from infancy to a healthy and successful adulthood.

Thank you again for choosing adoption. Your precious baby will know about your bravery, love and sacrifice. Life is complicated and often difficult, but with the hardship coexists beauty and hope. We look forward to extending our love and support to you and welcoming your baby into our arms. Thank you for considering our family.

Many blessings,
Rebekah and Dylan

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Our Lifestyle

We are blessed to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and enjoy outdoor activities all four seasons of the year. In the spring, we enjoy baseball (Dylan is a little league coach and Rebekah is team manager) and spend time preparing our large vegetable garden for the growing season. In the summer, we enjoy camping, paddle-boarding and our annual visit to Michigan to spend time with family. In the fall, football is the prime event – Dylan is a huge college football fan and we enjoy watching games on the weekends with family and friends. Come winter, you can find our family enjoying all the hustle and bustle of holiday preparation and, once the mountains have enough snow, we are skiing.

Throughout the year, we hike (rain or shine), enjoy family dinners with extended family (grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins) and friends, cook together and work on multiple house projects. This year, we have been working on building a treehouse, remodeling a bathroom and installing garden beds. We value community and appreciate having good friends and close family with whom we can share our life and family adventures.

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Why Choose Adoption

We have always wanted a big family and believe that adoption is a socially responsible way to grow a family. We believe that a healthy and functional adoption system is important in a society that values the well-being of women and children. Such a system needs individuals, couples, and families that are able to open their homes and lives to offer love, support, structure, and safety to children. Furthermore, such a system needs to offer meaningful support to birth mothers and we feel strongly that adoption is not just about growing our family but also offering support to an expectant woman. We are in a place in our lives where we can meet the needs of a child with a loving and safe home life.

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Traditions

We have an annual tradition of traveling to Michigan in the summer to visit Rebekah’s family. She grew up spending her summers in Michigan in a house close to the lake. Her aunt still owns that house and we enjoy visiting in the summers and this is the trip the boys look forward to the most every year. We also camp several times every summer with close friends and their children. Our Thanksgiving tradition is to participate in the Turkey Trot which is a holiday fun run at the community center close to our home. For Christmas, our family makes holiday candies and treats to give to friends, neighbors, and family. Usually all holidays and birthdays, we have large family dinners with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Also, for each family member’s birthday, we make “birthday baskets” – a big basket filled with various gifts, treats, clothes, and toys waiting in the living room in the morning.

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Cultural Diversity

We both grew up in areas that were economically, culturally and racially diverse and we currently live in an area (not far from where Dylan grew up) which is very culturally diverse. Dylan has mixed heritage and is of Native American and European ancestry and is a member of the Yurok Tribe of northern California. We are privileged to have friends and coworkers with many different cultural backgrounds and get to enjoy varying aspects of their cultures ranging from food and language to traditions and art. For example, our son’s preschool teacher is Japanese-American and has incorporated different Japanese traditions into her preschool curriculum. Should we be blessed with a child whose culture and/or race is different from ours, we will prioritize learning about our child’s heritage and immersing our child and our entire family in his/her culture. We are not naïve to the challenges of transracial/trans-cultural adoption and know that we and our child will face difficulties, both those we expect and those we cannot currently imagine, but we believe that openness and love will help us face those challenges and a forever-home full of love, respect and understanding will be a wonderful place in which our child will thrive.

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Vacations/Leisure Time

We love to be active, so our vacations and leisure time always includes some type of physically-active adventure – hiking, biking, paddle-boarding, swimming, skateboarding and skiing. One of our favorite vacations was this past winter when we joined dear friends in Nevada for a long weekend and did lots of hiking and swimming in the hotel pool with all the kids. We also love to travel and hope to do more international travel as our children get older. Last summer, our oldest son and Rebekah traveled to Germany to visit family which was a wonderful experience. Our son is so excited now to learn German and loves to eat traditional German meals. When we are home and just enjoying leisure time, we are often found outside in our large yard playing soccer or playing basketball in our driveway. Dylan built a tree-house in the backyard with a slide and a zip line which is a new favorite activity for the children. A typical 3-day weekend involves regional travel – a trip to the mountains or the beach or to visit family. If we are home for a long weekend, we often work on house projects, go for a hike and have a family dinner with extended family or a barbecue with friends.

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Education

We both attended our local, public schools growing up. We both went to college in California and then attended graduate school in Oregon. Dylan was the first person in his immediate family to graduate from college. He studied and got his degree in history then received his Master’s in Teaching. While working on his master’s degree, he was the recipient of an education grant, the Kum Tux Hiyu Grant, from the Bureau of Indian Education. Rebekah studied biology and molecular genetics and then did her medical training and education. We both love learning new things and new subjects– Rebekah has developed a burgeoning interest in economics, Dylan in social justice and both of us in politics.

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What We Will Teach Our Children

We will strive to teach our children:
– Perseverance, the importance of grit and toughness (both mentally and physically)
– To make wise decisions based upon love, generosity, open-mindedness and kindness
– To value learning and education
– To be content and enjoy the moment
– To be expressive, good communicators
– The value of family, friends and community

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Birthmother Relationship

We are flexible in responding to the needs of the birth mother and her family, both before and after delivery. One of our great desires in adopting is to contribute to the health and well-being of the birth mother. We will tell our child of the great love her/his birth mother had for her/him and of her bravery and unselfishness in prioritizing her/his future well-being.

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Relationships With Our Parents

We both have very good relationships with our parents and our in-laws. Dylan is particularly close with Rebekah’s father and they communicate regularly and even go on trips together. We live close to Dylan’s parents and frequently cook family meals together, exercise together, attend sporting events together and co-coach little league baseball for our sons. Rebekah’s parents live in Illinois but we still prioritize seeing them for extended visits numerous times a year. We travel with them and have vacationed with them many times. And, of course, keep in frequent contact via phone and FaceTime.

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Why Our Career Paths

Ever since I (Rebekah) was a young girl, watching my dad get stitches and giving my mom shots for her migraines, I was interested in medicine and science. I was completely fascinated by the human body and its inner workings as well as feeling driven to find a career where I would be able to help others. This interest never wavered and I studied biology and genetics in college and always knew I would have a career in medicine. During my medical training, I developed a keen fascination in the heart and this turned into a career in cardiology once my training was complete. I, Dylan, choose to go into the education field because there were numerous teachers and coaches through childhood that played important roles in my development and well-being. I taught and coached at the middle school and high school levels with the desire to help children develop in the that same way. Being a stay-at-home parent is a continuation of that desire and mission. Currently, I spend time outside of the home renovating investment properties. I have, since being a small boy accompanying my dad to the construction site, always enjoyed working with my hands and building projects.

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Our Personalities

We share some personality characteristics: we both love to laugh and joke around, we are relatively easy-going, and we are project-oriented people. Dylan’s personality, written by Rebekah: Dylan is considerate and thoughtful, always anticipating the needs of his family and going out of his way to help and care for us. He is an excellent communicator and enjoys good conversation. He is hard-working. He is very affectionate, always doling out hugs and kisses to me and our children. He is a great cook and loves to make nutritious and delicious meals for our family. He is the best human I know and I am so glad to share my life with him. Rebekah’s personality, written by Dylan: She is industrious and nurturing. Rebekah regularly has more to do in a day than she has time for. She exercises every morning, plays guitar and piano regularly, maintains an ornamental and vegetable garden, works full-time, and helps to clean the house, shop, and cook meals. In addition to all that, she volunteers in our younger son’s preschool classroom and our older son’s elementary classroom as well as teach art classes. Rebekah loves to snuggle up with our children to read books, play card and board games, and make music.

Message Dylan and Rebekah

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  • 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!

Contact Dylan and Rebekah

  • 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!