Nickname: Steve and Donna

Married Since: 2010

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: Yes

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We commend you for your strength of character and your love for your child in wanting to provide them with the best possible future.

Steven and Donna

from Washington

Steven

Ancestry: Northern European, German

Religion: Nondenominational

Occupation: Principal Software Developer

Education: B.S.

Hobbies: Audiofile, Home theater, Boating, Gaming

Donna

Ancestry: Swedish, German, Irish

Religion: Lutheran

Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom

Education: B.A.

Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Journaling, Bakng

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Pacific Islander

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nondenominational

Favorites

Steven

Animal
Dog
Family Activity
Family game and movie nights
Food
Steak
Movie
Pulp Fiction
Quote
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
Sport
College football
Subject in School
Science
Thing to Cook
Grilled steaks
Music
Classic Rock
Vacation Spot
Hawaii and the Oregon coast

Donna

Animal
Dog
Family Activity
Family game and movie night
Food
Ice cream
Movie
Rear Window (Hitchcock)
Quote
It wouldn't be asked if it couldn't be done.
Sport
College football
Subject in School
History
Thing to Cook
Cookies & Cakes
Music
Alternative Rock & Pop
Vacation Spot
Hawaii and the Oregon Coast
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From Us to You

Hello!

We are Steve and Donna.  Pleased to meet you!  Thank you so much for reading our profile.

We have been thinking of you quite a bit, lately.  You are facing several big decisions right now; considering an adoption plan and choosing a family for your child. We commend you for your strength of character and your love for your child in wanting to provide them with the best possible future.

It has been our dream to become parents, to have children we could love, teach and nurture. In 2016, our world changed forever when our dreams came true and our daughter’s birth parents blessed us with a beautiful little girl who took no time at all to capture the hearts of everyone she came across.  We have loved every minute of watching her grow, learn and explore. Our daughter is now 5 years old and yearns for a sibling.  Bringing our daughter into our family has been one of the greatest joys of our lives, and we would love to share our home and lives with another child.

We live an easy, peaceful life and genuinely enjoy being together and spending time as a family.  We love and support each other and seize opportunities to travel and experience and appreciate all that comes our way.

Our promise to you is that your child will be surrounded with such love, and with patience, grace, and faith and we look forward to talking with you soon.

With love,
Steve, Donna and Annabelle

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

When we found out that we were unable to have biological children we were devastated and realized just how much we longed for a child.  We have close friends who have adopted and we have witnessed the joy that adoption brings.  Adoption was a positive path for us to choose and were blessed with the adoption of our beautiful daughter, Annabelle Grace.  Now, we are looking to adopt again because we still have so much more love to give.  Our daughter has been begging to be a big sister and asks us every day when the new baby will be born and tells me about all the ways she will help us take care of him or her.  She will be a wonderful big sister and we can honestly say there is nothing we would not do for our children.

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About Donna

How did I get so lucky? My wife is the most amazing woman I have ever known. I remember shortly after we started dating, we were out to dinner somewhere when Donna noticed a woman coming out of the restroom had a train of toilet paper stuck to her shoe. Without saying a word to the woman, Donna ran over behind her and stepped on the toilet paper to remove it from her shoe then picked it up and threw it away. That is the way Donna is. She is always thinking about others’ needs first and would do anything for anyone. Donna is also quite the organizer and planner. I can see her eyes light up when she talks about our daughter and all the things she is planning for our next child.  She has everything from their room planned to the activities we are going to do. Reading stories together, trips to the zoo, swimming lessons, etc. Your child will have no shortage of things to do with Donna around. In fact, if I know my wife, all our activity options for the weekend will be printed out, color coded, and organized into binders for the children and me to select from. 🙂 She is an amazing woman and an even more amazing mom.

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About Steve

Growing up, I had a dream of what my future husband would be like.  Some things were a bit silly, like he would have brown eyes and glasses and would read poetry to me in front of the fire on rainy evenings…. But there were some serious things too.  The man of my dreams would be loyal and kind, and have a compassionate, empathetic soul with a strong bond to his family and good family values.  He would be respectful and intelligent and have a great sense of humor.  My friends thought my list was long and impractical, but I hoped he was out there somewhere.  Little did I know that special someone would be in Oklahoma!

Steve had just moved to Washington from Oklahoma for work in 2003.  We met online and chatted for a bit before deciding to meet in person.  He was charming, intelligent, and funny, and I felt there was something different about him.  It was more than just the way he held my hand or opened the door for me.  He was kind and compassionate.  He had a quick wit and a ready laugh that encompassed his whole being and spread over to me.  Right away I felt at ease, and soon after, completely in love.  Steve is extremely intelligent, brilliant, and has been moving up quickly in his career.  He is kind and respectful towards my family and remains remarkably close with his family in Oklahoma.  He has a goofy side that always keeps me laughing.  He is gentle, considerate, a great listener, protective and teasing.  And most of all, he is a wonderful, kind, and loving father to our daughter. Watching him interact with her just melts my heart. Whether it’s gently untangling her long hair or letting her sit in his lap when he’s steering the boat, or just playing games, he is the most patient and loving dad I could ever hope for our daughter to have.

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About Us

We met online and have been happily married since 2010.  We have a very stable and happy marriage where love and respect are key and we honor and love each other and our families. Gratitude, patience, and appreciation are values of ours and we show our respect and gratitude for each other freely.  We love to travel, cook, play games, watch old movies together and visit with friends and family.  We are both loyal to each other and are each other’s best friend.

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Our Home

We live on a beautiful island in Washington State.  We started construction of our home in 2019 and were able to move in during the summer of 2020.  Since then, we have been exploring the island, getting to know the different beaches, parks, and forests around us.  Our home is a 2-story house with a large back yard that looks out over the water. From our back yard we can see Orca whales, eagles, and spectacular sunsets.  Many of the island residents have their own small farms with chickens, goats, horses, cattle and even bison! We are finding many of our neighbors are retirees, and many others are tech workers who are opting to leave the city and work from home so their kids can live in a more scenic, small town neighborhood. We are loving the small community lifestyle.

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Our Sweet Pups

We have three dogs in our lives, all Shetland Sheepdogs (or Shelties) which look like knee-high collies.  They are extremely intelligent dogs, loyal and protective and wonderful with kids.  Abby is the oldest at 8 years old, and she loves to cuddle and give kisses.  Next is Max, who is now 4 years old.  We got him after losing one of our other Shelties to cancer.  Our daughter was just 8 months old when Max joined our family, and it has been such a joy to watch them grow up together.  Finally, there is Finn, our youngest who joined our family in 2019.  Finn is meek but loves to play with the pack.  He always cracks us up when he chases Max and chomps on to his tail as Max tries to run away.  It looks like a little Sheltie-train.

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Our Family and Friends

We are remarkably close with our families.  When we moved to our new home, Donna’s mom, brother, and sister-in-law all decided to move out to the Island as well so we could be together.  Now we see each other several times a week for game nights, to watch movies, help with the gardens, or just visit.  Steve’s family is in Oklahoma, Oregon and California, but we all travel to visit with each other as often as we can and have Zoom game nights and FaceTime calls in between.  Many of Steve’s co-workers have become our closest friends over the years and we visit with each other often.  One of them even moved in next door to us.  We feel very blessed to have such wonderful friends and family.

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Our Lifestyle

Living on the coast has made us really stop and appreciate the beauty and serenity of nature.  Every evening we stop and watch the setting sun together as a family, talk about our day and tell funny stories.  Steve and Annabelle both have such a wonderful sense of humor, and we are always laughing together.  Steve is a software engineer and can work from home. When we adopted our daughter, Donna left her management position at a local University to stay home and enjoy her each and every day.  She is our pride and joy and so smart, funny, and kind.  She will be entering Kindergarten in the fall. Donna has been working with her from an early age to get her ready for school by reading books together every night and teaching her counting and letters, shapes, and even some sign language, counting in Spanish and coding!  At 5 she is a whiz at family game nights and can hold her own.  We really love to travel and have taken several trips with friends and family on our boat and our 5th Wheel trailer all over the Western US and Canada.

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Family Traditions

One of our favorite traditions started on a trip to Hawaii.  We were driving through a tunnel and Steve surprised Donna by shouting at the top of his lungs “I LOVE THIS WOMAN!”  On the way back, she surprised him by shouting in the same tunnel “I LOVE THIS MAN!”  Annabelle quickly picked up on this.  Now whenever we go under a bridge or through a tunnel, Steve will roll down the window and shout, “I LOVE THIS FAMILY!” Donna responds, “I LOVE THIS FAMILY, TOO!” and Annabelle follows suit and yells out her window “I LOVE THIS FAMILY, THREE!”

Another of our family traditions is our annual boating Rendezvous. Several years ago we bought a cabin cruiser boat by a local company.  This company is so wonderful!  Each year they plan several boat trips for the owners in the area.  It’s been a great opportunity to connect with other boaters and we have developed such strong friendships through these gatherings.  Our daughter has grown up on these boat trips and has several “aunts” and “uncles” in this community who have taken her under their wing and watched her take her first steps, eat her first ice cream and they even take her fishing.  Each year we have our “Daddy and Me” picture of Annabelle and Daddy at the helm of the ship.  It has been a wonderful way to show her the beautiful area, teach her about the various marine life and just spend time as a family.

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Vacations and Leisure Time

We have always loved to travel, and now we share that love with our daughter.  We got our first cabin-cruiser boat shortly before she was born and she has grown up sailing the local waters, exploring marine life in her little net, eating ice cream on the docks and already has an awesome cast to her fishing line!

We recently bought a 5th wheel trailer and just returned from a 6-week trip through Montana, Yellowstone, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, and Oregon before returning home to Washington.  We had such a great time and explored different landscapes, learned about the different types of rock formations, trees, and made friends with people from all over the Western US.  We visited with friends, played at water parks, drifted along lazy rivers, made tie-dyed tee-shirts, roasted marshmallows over campfires, played games and visited with family and friends. Even the dogs came with us! We had such a great time and are already planning our next road trip adventure.

Our Relationship with Annabelle's Birth Mother

Our daughter’s birth parents chose a closed adoption and we have honored their wishes. We were blessed to be in the delivery room when our daughter was born, and Donna was able to hold her birth mom’s hand all the way through.  Our daughter knows her birth story and that she was   loved and is loved by her birth parents.  When we talk about her birth story, we always refer to her birth parents with honor and respect.

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Our Relationship with You

With our first adoption with Annabelle, it was the birthparents’ choice not to have contact after her birth.  We know that every situation is different, and we respect and will honor your wishes. We are happy to share life updates, pictures, exchange information and have a dialogue with you so you can see firsthand the impact of your placement decision and rest assured that you have made a wonderful decision and that your child will be loved unconditionally.

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What We will Teach Your Child

From the moment we brought our daughter home, we have loved every minute of watching her explore her new world.  From little toddler games to crafting, story time and now preparing her for her elementary school debut, we have loved every moment. We have raised her with love, patience, grace, and faith and taught her the importance of honesty, empathy, compassion, gratitude, and respect.  We also believe in having fun as a family, whether it is a planned trip or just spending time together playing games or watching a movie.  Your child will also be raised in a warm home, filled with love, respect, laughter, acceptance, and untold opportunities to blossom.

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Our Promise to You

Our promise to you is that your child will be loved with every fiber of our beings.  They will be raised in a loving and secure home, full of laughter, family outings, travel, and untold opportunities to learn, explore and blossom into the beautiful person you hope and dream them to be.

We believe in honoring a child’s adoption story and sharing that story with him or her as early as possible. In that adoption story, we will always honor you as the birthparent(s) and tell them how much you loved them and how incredibly lucky they were to be born out of that love.  It is that love that will bring us together and unite us as a family. And it is that love that we will keep in our hearts for you and for the greatest gift you could give to our family.

Message Steven and Donna

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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 Steven and Donna

  • 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!