Derek and Hannah

Married Since: 2012

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home:

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

There are so many things that we would want to say to you but the most important is that we think you are incredibly brave, selfless and you are definitely not alone.

Derek and Hannah

from Florida

 

Derek

Ancestry: English, Irish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Business Owner

Education: BS

Hobbies: Working out, Travel, Fishing, Coaching Soccer

Hannah

Ancestry: English

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Medical Device Sales

Education: BS

Hobbies: Working out, Fishing, Anything outside

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 Mom,

Thank you for taking the time to read this! We can’t imagine what you’re going through or how overwhelming this process must be. There are so many things that we would want to say to you but the most important is that we think you are incredibly brave, selfless and you are definitely not alone.

We have two biological children. We have one son together named Graham who is 4 and Derek has a son from a previous marriage named Carter and he is 15. With that information, you are probably wondering, “Why are you guys even considering adoption?” Well, it’s quite a story but we will give you the short version!

We considered adoption a couple of years ago but God had other plans for us when Hannah’s sister was facing some very difficult situations. She had made some choices in her past that led her to need temporary help for her then two-year-old niece Julia. She lived with us for almost a year and eventually went back to live with her mom. All of our family was so happy she was reunified with her mother but what we quickly realized was that our family was not complete. We went from considering adoption to knowing this is something we must do.

Julia is still a huge part of our family and we know she changed the course of our lives with her sweet smile and personality. She really fit right into our family and we know your baby will too! We are so excited to welcome your baby into our family and so is our entire family!! Our friends are excited too. We have told them all about our adoption journey and they cannot wait to meet your baby.

We live in a really unique neighborhood filled with families of all ages. There are a lot of small parks that the younger neighborhood kids like to play in. The schools in our neighborhood are A-rated. We have an incredible support system and many of our friends live within walking distance. We are looking forward to introducing your child to neighborhood traditions like baking Christmas cookies for the cookie exchange and trick or treating.

We do think it’s very important for your son or daughter to understand the sacrifice you are making and that you love your baby so much, you made this decision even though it was one of the hardest decision you will ever make in your life. He or she will also know that you love them so much and you always will!

Derek and Hannah

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About Hannah

Hannah is a passionate, kind, and loving mother to her son Graham and a great “Bonus mom” to Carter. She always does what best for them. She is always willing to put our sons first in her life. She works extremely hard at work but works even harder to make sure she balances her home life with her work. She is thoughtful and always willing to do special things for our family like making treats for us. She is a very good baker so she is always willing to make something like cinnamon rolls or cheesecakes. Hannah is the strongest person I know in this world because she juggles so many things for our family (work, family activities, and home life) making sure all of us boys have what we need and we get to where we need to go without complaining a bit. Hannah and I work great together as a couple because we are interested in the same things and have the same values for ourselves and our children. We really do like being around and spending time with each other, even if that means just running errands. Hannah also advises me on tough decisions in my business and is a strong influence on my business. She has business foresight from her experiences.

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About Derek

Derek is an amazing dad to Graham and Carter and an even better husband to me. He is so patient, kind. He is a great example to our sons of how a future husband should be to his wife. If we have a daughter, he would be a great example of how she could expect her husband to treat her. He is an active participant in his kids’ lives and a true partner in marriage. He takes Graham to school most days and even though Carter doesn’t live with us full time, he still takes him to sport’s practice, Dr’s appointments, and anything else he can. Our family goes to the park most days and he plays soccer with Graham. We definitely have a team approach to parenting and life.

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

We considered adoption a couple of years ago but God had other plans for us when Hannah’s sister was facing some very difficult situations. She had made some choices in her past that led her to need temporary help for her then two-year-old niece Julia. She lived with us for almost a year and eventually went to live with her mom. All of our family was so happy she was reunified with her mother but what we quickly realized was that our family was not complete. We went from considering adoption to knowing this is something we must do. 

Julia is still a huge part of our family and we know she changed the course of our lives with her sweet smile and personality. She really fit right into our family and we know your baby will too! We are so excited to welcome your baby into our family and so is our entire family!! Our friends are excited too. We have told them all about our adoption journey and they cannot wait to meet your baby.

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Our Relationship with You

In our relationship with you, we would want you to know that we are open to sharing photos and letters periodically and your child will always know their adoption story. We will introduce their story in a way that is age-appropriate and evolves as your child does. We do think it’s very important for your son or daughter to understand the sacrifice you made and that you love them so much, you made this decision, even though it was one of the hardest decisions you had to make. He or she will also know that you love them so much and you always will!

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Cultural Diversity

We are open to a baby of any race and we look forward to sharing their culture and history with them, no matter what it may be! Our niece Julia was bi-racial and one of the biggest challenges we had was learning how to care for her beautiful hair. We loved the process of learning and had a lot of support from knowledgeable friends. We are more than willing to continue to learn and grow so that we can fully support your baby.

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Our Lifestyle

Our lives are pretty active. We spend a lot of time with our neighborhood friends. Carter plays football and lacrosse, and Graham plays soccer and will be trying out T-Ball next! Since they both play sports, we travel quite a bit! When we can squeeze in a vacation, we love to visit Costa Rica to fish or just stick with a staycation to relax. Sundays are typically our fun day! We watch football, basketball or hang out at the pool.

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Home & Neighborhood

We live in a 4 bedroom 3 bath house in a really unique neighborhood. It full of families, even extended families, and retired people. There are a lot of small parks where the younger neighborhood kids play in the evenings when it cools off. We usually walk the dogs or ride the golf cart there after school and there are always tons of other kids to play with. There is even an A-rated elementary and middle school in the neighborhood. Most of our closest friends live within walking distance. We get together for pool days, pumpkin painting during the fall, and have a huge cookie exchange right before Christmas. Trick or treating is a major event here! There is always something to do. Your child will have an awesome support system.

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Our Dogs

If it’s even possible to cram anything else in our day to day, we do! We have three dogs – Lola, Stevie, and Oliver! Lola is a sweet and feisty 14-year-old dachshund. She loves to snuggle and even with her old age, she still likes to go on long walks and chase the squirrels in the yard. Stevie is a 7-year-old Weimaraner that doesn’t like to be more than 5 feet away from us. She was given to us by someone who could not care for her. She often goes for long runs and walks with Hannah and Graham. Oliver is a very mischievous 1-year old Bassett Hound. Every time we turn around he is sticking his nose into something or dragging our dirty laundry all over the house. He is a character and drives the other two dogs crazy. He is Graham’s best buddy.

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Our Personalities

We are complete opposites and similar in so many ways! We are complete opposites because Derek is quiet, reserved, ultra-focused and so patient. Hannah is outgoing and enjoys being around lots of people all the time. While we are quite different, we are also similar in that we are both very competitive, goal-oriented, and always enjoy an adventure!

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Our Careers

Our personalities spill over into our careers! We both enjoy our work. Derek has a commercial construction company and Hannah sells medical devices to doctors and hospitals. Derek’s career choice suits him perfectly. With running a business, there is always something to work on or an issue to manage. His phone rings nonstop during the workday, but he is so patient with his customers and sub-contractors that you wouldn’t even guess there were any problems.

Hannah sells medical devices to Cardiologists and Vascular Surgeons. She helps teach new physicians to use the device and teaches staff how to set up the product and use it safely. She also works with experienced physicians on how to use a different technique to help fix patients’ arteries. It’s a very rewarding and fast-paced career field but she wouldn’t have it any other way.  Not only does she get to help teach people how to use new tools that make their day easier, but she also gets to help be a part of helping very sick patients.

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Vacations

Vacations and family time are both something we take very seriously in our house! We love to get away for the weekend or travel to another country to go fishing or the beach! Our typical summer vacation is to the beach with Graham, Carter, and usually Julia. During winter break we like to go snow skiing or sometimes we will go somewhere warmer to go fishing. Most recently we went to the Florida Keys for a fishing trip and to Jamaica. We do take lots of quick weekend trips to the beach just to getaway.

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Our Promise to You

We promise you that we will raise your baby to know who you are and the important role you play in his or her life! We also promise that we will raise your baby to be kind, honest, and humble. Most importantly, we will provide your baby with the same love and support to chase their dreams as we already do with our children, Graham and Carter!

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