Looking to adopt a baby in Louisiana - Arden and Katherine

Married Since: 2013

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

If you choose us to be the parents of your baby, she will be loved and supported unconditionally. We will always tell her how loved she is by you, and that she comes from a brave, strong, and loving birth mom.

Arden and Katherine

from Louisiana

Arden

Ancestry: English, Scottish

Religion: Nondenominational

Occupation: Physician's Assistant

Education: M.S.

Hobbies: Photography, Aviation, House projects, Moto sports, Adventures with the kids

Katherine

Ancestry: British, Irish

Religion: Nondenominational

Occupation: Registered Nurse

Education: A.D.

Hobbies: Movies, Snuggling with the kids, Organizing and decorating, Travel

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: African American / Caucasian, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Indian, Caucasian / Native American, Hispanic

Preferred Gender of Baby: Female

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nondenominational

Favorites

Arden

Animal
Dog
Book
Bible, Left Behind series
Childhood Memory
My first motorcycle race win! I was 10!
Color
Blue
Early Bird or Night Owl?
Night Owl
Family Activity
Riding bikes, hiking/exploring, family vacations
Food
Pizza
Hobby
Photography, motorsports, mountain biking
Holiday
Christmas
Subject in School
Math, Science

Katherine

Animal
Dog
Book
anything by Nicholas Sparks
Childhood Memory
Family vacations
Color
Blue
Early Bird or Night Owl?
Either - depends on the season of life!
Family Activity
Going to the playground, swimming
Food
Fried shrimp and Gumbo
Hobby
Decorating and organizing
Holiday
Christmas
Subject in School
Math and History
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

First of all, thank you for even considering adoption for your baby. You are braver, stronger, and wiser than you could possibly know. We consider adoption to be the most loving and selfless choice a mother can make for her baby, and we do not take your decision to place your baby for adoption lightly. We feel so blessed and honored that you would consider entrusting your baby with our family.

We have been praying for you and your baby since we decided to adopt nearly eight years ago, and we want to share a part of Katherine’s daily devotional that came up the day we made the decision to start the application process. It was titled “Give my child a sense of purpose,” and the verse was 2 Timothy 1:9 “who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.” So, thank you for choosing life for your baby; she already has a godly and holy purpose that God has entrusted her with to fulfill. We also believe that adoption is a purpose we have been tasked with as a couple.

I (Katherine) always knew I was adopted and my parents always made sure that I knew that my birth mom made the difficult decision to place me for adoption out of overwhelming love for me. Therefore, adoption has always been on my heart and something I felt called to do with my future husband. Thankfully, I married someone, who after hearing my story and seeing it unfold firsthand, also felt called to adopt. We made the decision for me to find my birth mom after the birth of our first son. The second I held him, looked into his eyes, and felt the overwhelming emotion of love and joy, I knew I was ready to meet my birth mom; and Arden agreed. I thought I understood how selfless a decision adoption was for my birth mom until that moment; nothing prepared me for that, and all of a sudden, I had so much more love, admiration, and respect for her.

Our life as a family is something that we are extremely proud of and grateful for. We have been married for 7 years, and we have two sons, ages 5 and 3. We also have two dogs that are great with the kids. The last missing puzzle piece is our baby girl; when we learned we were having a second boy, we both immediately looked at each other and said that this was God’s way of telling us that we would adopt a girl one day to complete our family instead of trying again. Our boys are so excited to have a little sister; the younger one even started sleeping in his brother’s room so his “baby” could have his crib. He even said he will let her sleep with his Spider-man… that’s true love, right there. Watching our boys’ relationship grow and seeing them bond has been our greatest joy as parents.

Arden is a Physician Assistant and works as a provider at a local Urgent Care clinic; his schedule is 12-15 shifts per month, so he is home often during the week and on weekends. Katherine is a Registered Nurse, but has been a stay-at-home mom since March 2020. We are currently working together to try to launch a new medical concierge business, so we are praying that we can get that running soon, which would allow Arden to either leave his current position at Urgent Care or at least only work 2-4 shifts per month. This will allow Katherine to remain at home, so we would both have more time with our family and at home. We also live in the same subdivision as Katherine’s parents, who help us a lot with the kids. They love picking them up from school a few times per week, and having Friday night sleepovers.

If you choose us to be the parents of your baby, she will be loved and supported unconditionally. We will always tell her how loved she is by you, and that she comes from a brave, strong, and loving birth mom. She will be raised with strong moral and family values; we will teach her the importance of having good character, and lead by example. She will get an exemplary education, and be exposed to different activities such as playground sports, dancing, gymnastics and art (or anything she is interested in trying). She will live in a neighborhood full of kids to play with, plenty of space to run around and explore, and most of all will be part of a close family who puts God first and loves with all of their heart.

Thinking of you always,
Arden & Katherine

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About Arden

Arden is very outgoing and social and has a lot of hobbies. He lives life to the fullest, and always wants to do something new. I love this about Arden because I am an introvert and like my alone time, so having Arden push me to try new things and meet new people is something I needed in a partner. I also admire his passion to be a good, fair, and loving father. Seeing him play with our boys and teach them lessons on how to be respectful to me and other people brings me great joy. Arden grew up with a single mother, so he is very aware of women’s emotions and treats them with the utmost respect and care. He is teaching our boys to be that way as well, and this honorable trait gives me confidence that he will be a very good father to a girl. She will always know how loved she is, and have high expectations on how she is to be treated by a future partner.

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About Kat

Katherine is a loving and gentle soul. There’s no one on this earth who will be as loyal, kind and supportive as Katherine. She is right in that we balance each other out well–Katherine is soft spoken, thoughtful and calculated. She has a brilliant mind, and I lean on her often for advice and guidance. She’s a phenomenal mother. Seeing her interact with our boys, especially as they get older and want to do more “boy” things, brings me immense joy. She’s a “roll with the punches” type, and she’s willing to explore and try new things (sometimes after a bit of coercion on my end!) One word I’d use to describe Katherine is “understanding,” and for that reason alone, I know your child will be in great hands with Katherine as her mother.

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Our Families and Friends

We live in the same subdivision as Katherine’s parents, and we have plenty of close friends who live in our subdivision as well. We visit Katherine’s parents’ house on an almost daily basis as they are an integral part of our kids’ lives. They live in a cul de sac with 5 other kids who enjoy playing with our boys, so they are over there a lot to play with their friends. They also usually sleep over there on Friday nights, and that gives us a private date night or a free night to do something with our friends. We are part of a small group from church, and the host conveniently lives next door to us. We have become close friends with them and the other members of our small group; we try to “do life together” as much as possible by getting the kids together to play or hosting potluck dinners for us to hang out outside of the small group setting.

Katherine has a close group of girlfriends that she has been friends with since elementary school and high school. They are very supportive of us as a couple and as a family. One of Katherine’s visions for each of her kids is to have a few close friends who they will stay friends with for life. It’s important to put time, effort, and commitment into relationships with friends, and Katherine has experienced the value of long and true friendships.

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Sadie & Marly

We have 2 dogs, Sadie (8 years old) and Marly (5 months old). Both of our dogs are very good and patient with our kids. They love playing with each other, and are also very protective of the boys. Sadie is very much a Daddy’s girl, but when Katherine was pregnant with our first son, Sadie became very protective of Katherine. She would sleep with her head on Katherine’s belly, and started barking a lot more if someone walked past the house or came to the door. Once we brought Kayden home from the hospital, Sadie would not leave his side. If we had a visitor, Sadie would stand between them and Kayden until she was comfortable with them. She would also walk in his room about every hour while he was sleeping to put her eyes on him and make sure he was okay. It’s been very special seeing an older dog interact and be nurturing toward our boys. Then, this past summer, we added another dog to the family. The kids were beyond excited, and Sadie now has a doggie playmate. Marly has been such a wonderful addition to our family, and it’s been really sweet to see the kids play with her and take care of her. We know our dogs will love and welcome another baby into our home.

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Our Home and Neighborhood

We live in a gated subdivision with about 500 acres of designated green space and protected wildlife. The subdivision consists of nature trails, lakes and ponds, a fishing pier, 2 swimming pools, a playground, golf cart path, disc golf course, and outdoor fire pit. We love exploring the neighborhood on our golf cart with the kids; we go looking for bunnies, visit neighbors, and ride to our parents’ house. Our subdivision also hosts a lot of family fun activities such as Food Truck Night, an Easter egg hunt, and a Halloween block party, just to name a few.

We built our home and moved into it in 2018. We designed our floor plan to be very functional and family friendly. We have a lot of storage space for toys and household items in order to keep surfaces clutter free and floor space open. Our home has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a play area for the kids, and a large fenced-in backyard. Your baby will have her own room with an adjoining large closet and bathroom. We want to be the house where all of our kids’ friends gather and want to hang out, so we can be involved in their daily life and know who their friends are.

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Our Faith

Our family goes to church every weekend at a Christian, non-denominational church, and we have been active members since we moved to our area over 2 years ago. What stands out about our church is their sense of community; we, as the church, are the hands and feet of Jesus on Earth. Our church is not a “come and see” church; it’s a “go and do” church. We are part of a small group that does about 3-4 studies per year and, conveniently, the head of the youth ministry is our next door neighbor and is a small group host, so that is where we go. The church has a very engaging youth program called King’s Kids, and our boys have a lot of fun while learning about and praising Jesus.

We believe Jesus is our Lord and Savior, and nothing can separate us from the love of God. As a true believer, we have the power of the Holy Spirit within us that inspires us to do good works and spread Jesus’ word with the goal of expanding His everlasting kingdom. We, as a church, study the Bible and apply the Scripture to our everyday lives as Christians. The Bible contains the written words and promises from God himself.

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Adoption in our Lives

We have seen adoption come full circle in our family. Katherine was adopted as a newborn, and didn’t know her birth mom since it was a closed adoption. However, when Katherine was 26 years old, she met her birth family. Katherine’s adoptive mom always encouraged her to meet her birth mom, but the timing was never quite right. However, that immediately changed when our first son was born. As soon as Katherine held Kayden, her whole perspective changed. She thought she always understood how much her birth mom loved her, but at that moment, she couldn’t imagine being in her birth mom’s shoes. It was that moment that Katherine realized she was ready to meet her birth mom. So, Katherine’s mom got to work and finally found her with the help of the social worker who facilitated Katherine’s adoption. Katherine and her mom met her birth mom and birth grandmother in 2015, and then soon afterward, the rest of her birth mom’s family. Now, they are an extension of our family and we all have a close and loving relationship. We have talked to Katherine’s adoptive mom and birth mom about what they went through and how they felt during and after Katherine’s adoption, so we have a unique, full-picture perspective on adoption, and we believe that will make us great adoptive parents.

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Our Lifestyle

Arden works full time as a Physician Assistant at a local urgent care clinic. His schedule allows him to have some weekdays off, so he is able to bring and pick up the kids from school on his days off, we go on a day date, or he can just get some things done around the house. Katherine became a stay-at-home mom in March 2020, but was a Registered Nurse for 8 years and keeps her license active. She usually brings and picks up the kids from school, runs the errands for the family, cleans and maintains the house, and also “works from home” by doing research for our business that we are trying to get off the ground. We are jointly working on a new business venture that will hopefully allow Katherine to remain at home, and lessen or eliminate Arden’s current work position.

Our evenings consist of helping our older son with his homework, getting some outside play time for the kids, eating dinner, and giving baths. We usually settle down with the kids around 7 or 7:30 and allow them to watch a TV show while we snuggle on the couch, then we put the kids to bed at 8:00.

Our weekends usually involve a sporting activity such as soccer, t-ball, basketball, or swimming. Other weekend activities also involve going to church together, going on a date by ourselves or with friends, spending time with family, and sometimes choosing a family activity when the weather is nice. Some things we may do is go to the bike park, the playground, the zoo or aquarium, the children’s museum, and the pool or splash pad.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

We have always had a desire to adopt, and it is something we have been praying about as a couple since we were married. Katherine was adopted as a newborn, and grew up knowing that adoption was a choice made out of love by her birth mom. Therefore, adoption has always been on Katherine’s heart to do one day when she had a family. After we had our 2 boys, we knew that God was telling us that our missing piece was a baby girl and that we would go through adoption instead of having another biological child.

We know we will make great adoptive parents since we have seen adoption come full circle with Katherine’s story; we have a firm understanding of adoption as a whole. We met Katherine’s birth mom in 2015, and we have heard the perspective on adoption from her experience. We acknowledge how hard a decision this is for you, and we do not take that lightly; it involves a lot of difficult choices and sacrifices. If your baby joins our family, she will know that your choice for adoption was selfless and loving. Katherine also knows what it’s like to be an adopted child, and is prepared for the questions that will later come. Katherine and your baby will be able to connect and understand each other in a way that most people won’t be able to. And Katherine’s adoptive family cannot wait to welcome another child. She will be loved, accepted, and understood. And she will immediately have 2 big brothers who cannot wait for their baby sister.

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How a Child will Enrich our Lives

The past few years, we’ve felt that our family just isn’t complete yet, and we know that the missing piece is a baby girl. We already have 2 sons, and we are so excited to have a daughter. We also feel that a girl will not be compared to her brothers since they are boys. Being adopted, Katherine believes this will help our daughter not feel like she’s different from her siblings. We know a daughter will add so much to our lives, and bring out a different side of our boys. Kayden and Karsen have often asked us for another sibling, and they have been consistent about only wanting a sister. Since we told them we are adopting, our younger son asks us often, “Did you bring me my baby?” He is already sleeping in his brother’s room so his sister can have his baby bed and room. They are both very gentle and sweet with babies, and we look forward to seeing the special bond they will share with their baby sister.

We are excited to experience being parents to a girl. With the boys, we are always playing in dirt, with trucks and cars, and all sorts of boyish things. We are ready for some tea parties, Barbie dolls, and dress up. Katherine and her mom have even started envisioning the baby’s room and can’t wait to get their hands on some things that are pink! We have so much more love to give, and have such a supportive family that adding another child is just a no brainer to us.

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About Us

We have been married for almost 8 years, and we are the epitome of “opposites attract,” but that’s what makes us strong. Arden is outgoing, passionate, a dreamer, and ambitious. He is able to get Katherine out of her comfort zone and challenges her to try new things. He is also a social butterfly and thrives off of interactions and connections with other people. On the other hand, Katherine is more reserved, quiet, organized, goal oriented, a realist, and a planner. She is able to keep Arden grounded and teaches him to appreciate the current moment instead of always thinking of what’s next or better. Katherine appreciates having Arden around in social settings because she thrives more in a one-on-one setting or in a small group, where Arden is able to command a room full of people. We feel this keeps us balanced, and we each bring something unique to our relationship. Where one of us is weak, the other is usually strong.

We value our time together as a couple, separate from the kids, and due to Arden’s work schedule, we are able to go on some “day dates” during the week while the kids are in school. We like trying new restaurants or doing an activity; most recently we went to Top Golf and had the best time. Separately, Arden likes to go on a bike ride either in the neighborhood or at a nearby state park, he tinkers in the garage on different projects, he likes to smoke ribs for our friends, and he enjoys photography and different techy things. Katherine enjoys organizing different areas of the house, shopping, or just resting while enjoying a good Netflix show; it’s her mind’s escape from the business of our daily life.

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Our Vacations and Leisure Time

We like to take a vacation every year to recharge our batteries. We’ve recently enjoyed going on cruises because there are so many activities for the kids, and we get to see new places. We prefer visiting different countries on a cruise ship instead of driving to the same beach every year. We look forward to different types of vacations as the kids get older and are able to participate in more physical activities, such as visiting national parks, going to the mountains, and sightseeing and visiting museums in big cities. Sometimes, just the two of us go on a long weekend to unwind or catch a concert out of town.

Some activities we like to do when we have some leisure time are going to the trampoline park and letting the kids jump around (and Arden too, ha ha), letting the kids ride their bikes at the skate park so they can go down the ramps, and really just anything outside. We have a lot of dirt piles around the neighborhood that the kids love to play in; they get their shovels and start digging. They also love riding bikes or throwing the ball around with their friends who live on our street.

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Our Family Traditions

We cherish the traditions we have started since becoming a family. One of them is going to see the Christmas lights with Arden’s cousins who live out of state when they come in for Thanksgiving. The kids love seeing their cousins and walking through the park admiring all of the lights. We also host Thanksgiving at our house every year for our family, and we are joined by Katherine’s birth mom, and some close friends. On Christmas Eve, we attend church service with Katherine’s parents and then have spaghetti and meatballs for dinner after church. Then, around New Year’s, we get together with Katherine’s birth mom and her family to celebrate the holidays. Katherine takes great joy in planning the kids’ birthday parties; she lets them pick a theme, and then she goes for it. We’ve had Star Wars, Paw Patrol, Minions, and Mickey Mouse, just to name a few. Katherine loves seeing the kids’ faces light up during their party while they are playing with their friends. However, it’ll be exciting to start planning girl birthday parties for a change!

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What We will Teach our Children

The most important thing we want to teach our children is to have a strong faith and trust in God and in His word. We do this by taking our kids to church every week and reading stories about Jesus at home during the week. We want to make sure our children have empathy for others, are non-judgmental, and always lead with kindness. Katherine’s late adoptive dad always told her “Be a leader, not a follower,” and we tell our kids the same thing. We wish he was still with us to share this experience, but we know he will watch over our daughter with pride and love from heaven. We want to instill self confidence in our kids, so that they make intelligent decisions and stand up for what is right. We always want to have open communication with our children, so that they are not afraid to come to us if they are in trouble in the future. We practice this by showing forgiveness, and verbalizing to them that telling us the truth is more important than what they did that may have been wrong. We also teach our kids to carry themselves with integrity and respect; this will teach them the importance of honesty and treating others the way they wish to be treated.

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When We Hold your Baby, these are our Thoughts

We can’t imagine being in your position, so we are praying for you daily that God gives you His perfect peace during this decision making process. We know it’s likely the hardest thing you will do. We have a sense that the first time we hold our daughter will feel a lot like the first time we held our son; when Katherine was overcome with emotion and gratitude for her birth mom for choosing life for her. We already have so much love, respect, and appreciation for you, because if it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be able to do our part. You can’t make your choice for adoption without having a family for your baby, and we can’t adopt without having you make that loving and selfless choice. You will always be special to us, and we will make sure that you are also special in your baby’s heart. We will tell your daughter that not only is she loved by us, but she is so loved by you that you made the choice that was best for her; that you put her needs before your own, and that is what a mother does. Katherine is extremely proud to be adopted because of all of the love that is poured into it by both the birth family and adoptive family, and Katherine and Arden will pass on that feeling to your baby.

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Our Promise to You

First, we want to promise you that your child will be loved unconditionally and most welcome in our family. Our family is so excited to welcome another adopted child into the brood. We know what a blessing adoption is and a child is. As mentioned earlier, we are already parents so this isn’t our first rodeo. We know what it takes to care for a child those first few years, and we are prepared for the long days and nights we have ahead. We have a great support system with Katherine’s parents living in the same subdivision, and just their overwhelming presence in our kids’ lives already. They love and cherish the time they spend with their grandsons, and they are eager to have a granddaughter as well. We promise that if you choose us to be your baby’s family, she will grow up with 2 protective older brothers, loving and caring parents, and a large family (immediate and extended) who have already experienced the blessings that come with adoption. She will have a close relationship with her grandparents, which we believe is very important and special. She will be exposed to various activities such as sports, dancing, tumbling, and art and we will provide her with every opportunity that our boys have. She will have everything she needs and so much more.

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