Married Since: 2008

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We greatly admire the love you are showing your baby by planning their adoption. The work you are doing right now is hard, selfless and brave, and we are praying for you and can’t wait to meet you!

Dorian and Laura

from Texas

Dorian

Ancestry: German, English

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Stay-at-Home Dad

Education: B.A.

Hobbies: Reading, Writing, Poetry, Hiking, Camping

Laura

Ancestry: English, Irish, Italian

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Growth Operations Leader

Education: B.A.

Hobbies: Making photo books, Selling at craft fairs, Sewing, Reading, Running

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Middle Eastern, Caucasian / Native American, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Hispanic / Middle Eastern, Hispanic / Native American, Hispanic / Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, Native American Indian

Preferred Gender of Baby: Female

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Dorian

Book
The Chronicles of Narnia
Childhood Memory
Playing in the creek behind my house
Early Bird or Night Owl?
Night Owl
Family Activity
Family art projects
Food
Pizza
Hobby
Gardening, poetry
Music
Yes! All kinds
TV Show
Detectorists
Vacation Spot
Oregon coast

Laura

Book
Harry Potter
Childhood Memory
Family vacations to . . . anywhere!
Early Bird or Night Owl?
Night Owl
Family Activity
Snuggled up movie nights
Food
Tex-Mex!
Hobby
Quilting
Music
Musicals!
TV Show
Downton Abbey
Vacation spot
California coast
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From Us to You

We know you have many choices ahead of you, and we thank you for considering us to be the parents of your child. We greatly admire the love you are showing your baby by looking through so many families to pick just the right one! We’re sure it’s such an overwhelming process, but you should know that we think you are selfless and brave, and we are praying for you and cannot wait to meet you! If you choose our family to raise your precious daughter, she would always know that you’ve been motivated by unconditional love, to give her the best life possible.

We met in college and were each other’s very first boyfriend and girlfriend. Dorian always said that if he could just convince Laura to go on a date with him, he knew we would get married. Even though it took Laura a little longer to see how “obvious” this was – it turned out he was right after all! We were married soon after college and have spent the last 12 years building a life together that we both love.

For our whole life together, we have hoped to have the privilege of raising a strong, confident, beautiful girl. We also both grew up with sisters who we love and cannot imagine our lives without them! So we would consider a sister and a daughter a huge gift to our whole family! Jackson prays with us often for a new baby for our family and even has dreams about becoming a big brother when she gets here. He can’t wait to show her…. everything J. From Legos to roly-poly bugs to Nutri-Grain bars, he cannot wait to share all his favorite things with her!

We are grateful that you are considering adoption. If you choose us you would always be a part of our story and we are very open to you staying connected to us and to your daughter so she can hear, not just from us, but from you just how much love her, now and always.

Thank you for considering us as your child’s adoptive family!
Dorian, Laura and Jackson

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About Dorian

Dorian is tall, funny, patient, kind, an awesome husband and a great dad. After 12 years of marriage, he becomes more my favorite person every day. He sets a tone in our home of thankfulness and joy. Dorian loves stories and poetry and strives to make every day a special story for Jackson. He uses poetry to help people see the beauty in the ordinary things all around us. He loves being a part-time stay-at-home dad and lovingly cultivates our home and family life like a gardener, growing joy and hope even when times are hard. He also loves to spend time actually gardening! It’s a daily joy to check his garden and see what’s blooming throughout the year!

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About Laura

Laura is the strongest woman I have ever known. She is motivated, driven, and energetic in ways that continually inspire me. For the last several years she has lead the volunteering committee at her company, including organizing fundraising efforts, drives, walks and in-person events. She loves to sew and create things with her hands and loves to help Jackson be creative and bless others with handmade gifts. She is looking forward to doing that with your child too! I am continually thankful for the energy Laura brings as a mother and wife into our family.

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Our Lifestyle

Dorian loves to spend time reading and he enjoys reading and writing poetry. Laura loves a day she can get in a quick run and lot of quilting! Our home is full of books, stories, poetry, painting and sewing. We both love to be creative in our own ways and enjoy and try to encourage creativity in others, especially our son. Both of us are very engaged in raising our 6-year-old-son, Jackson.

Laura works full time for a consulting firm, but she is able to do that 100% from our home office. This means that she can take regular breaks and spend them with the family. Midday story time and long walks to explore the neighborhood are a common occurrence!

Dorian is a stay-at-home dad who homeschools Jackson and he only works a couple of nights a week at a coffee shop. Homeschooling has given our son so much special time with Dad at home and tons of extra opportunities to create memories and develop interests. Jackson loves learning and Dorian is a natural born teacher. They do all their regular subjects and work in their flower garden every day. School also includes trips to the botanical garden, museums, playgrounds, the library, and karate lessons.

We live in an apartment surrounded by beautiful trees and a golf course. It is the perfect place to foster wonder and amazement at the world around a child. Our son loves to look at the trees, bugs, and clouds and play in the rain. Jackson already talks about looking forward to teaching all these things to a little sister, when he becomes a big brother.

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Our Traditions

We have some daily traditions that have come to shape our time together that we really love. For instance, we call our bedtime routine with Jackson “Read, Pray, Sing.” Like the name suggests, every night before bed we read a story, say a prayer and sing something together. While it might be a stretch to say that bedtime is one of his favorite parts of the day… “Read, Pray, Sing” certainly is!

Holidays are very special times to us – we get Jackson very involved in helping us decorate our home for different seasons and try to incorporate special ways to bless others that fit with each holiday. And we always look forward to Halloween. One of our traditions is Laura making Halloween costumes for Jackson every year.

Some of our other favorite annual traditions are our visits see our extended families every year. We are really lucky to get to visit such beautiful places to see them!

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Our Families

Laura’s family lives in the Pacific Northwest, near the Puget Sound. Every year, time with Nana is full of puzzles, antique shops, walks on the beach and snuggles during movie nights!

Dorian’s family lives in the upper peninsula of MI and every year his whole family gathers there for a reunion. We relax in hammocks, cook delicious food, go on long hikes and watch the growing cousin group play in Lake Superior.

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Our Home

We live in a great apartment surrounded by friendly neighbors and beautiful trees. Our home is full of books, stories, poetry, and art. We’re about 25 minutes away from downtown where Laura works when she doesn’t work from home. That gives us the opportunity to go into the city for the science museum, the children’s theater and for downtown exploration. But living outside the city means that we also have easy access to great playgrounds and parks. Each playground we’ve given a special name based on our favorite thing about it – Owl Park, Tractor Park, Blue Slide Park, and Losey-Park (where we spent most of our first visit searching for a lost toy).

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

We have come to decision to adopt after careful thought and planning, just as you have. We have wanted to grow our family for a long time and when we tried for a second child, we were sad to find out we could not get pregnant again. However, we believe God has allowed this in our lives so that we might grow our family through adoption instead. We do not come with rose-colored glasses to adoption. We consider it to be something that is sometimes difficult and complex but also very beautiful and something we would truly treasure in our family forever.

What Type of Relationship We Would Like to Build with our Birth Mother

When we hold your precious baby, our hearts will be filled to bursting with thankfulness for you. We already admire the courage and care that you are putting into the process of choosing a family for your baby. It’s our greatest hope that we would be able to facilitate a connection between you and your daughter throughout her life so that she knows how loved she was and is by you.

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What We Will Teach our Children

We want to teach our children to value of stories and art, character and imagination. We will teach them to stand up to evil and stand up for good. We will teach them to understand and participate in the full richness of human culture. We will to teach them that sometimes it’s good to do hard things

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Our Faith

Our faith is incredibly important to us and drives all that we do. We know that we have been loved by Christ and we seek to reflect that love where we can. God is love and if his presence fills a home, then love fills a home. We strive especially to make our home a haven of peace in a chaotic world.

Being involved in our church is one of our highest priorities in our family. Our church family is an extension of our own family. Dorian has a seminary degree and we’ve spent many years together serving in our church, teaching Sunday school classes, working with the youth group, hosting and leading small groups in our home and helping in the nursery.

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Our Promise to You

If you choose us, we promise that you would always be a part of our story. We would always tell your child how much you loved them and created a special plan for them to grow up with our family. We also promise that your child will grow up in safe, warm home, full of laughter, creativity, and stories with a loving family and the opportunity to become all she can be.

Message Dorian and Laura

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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 Dorian and Laura

  • 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!