Nickname: Dan and Amber

Married Since: 2018

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

From the bottom of our hearts we honor and respect you. We imagine this is a confusing and difficult time for you as you are trying to figure out what is the best option for you and your precious baby. We hope that you have love and support, no matter what decision you make. Please know we are here for you.

Daniel and Amber

from Colorado

Daniel

Ancestry: Danish, Czech, English

Religion: Spiritual

Occupation: Carpenter/Business Owner

Education: High School

Hobbies: Snowboarding, Hockey, Skateboarding, X-country skiing, River rafting

Amber

Ancestry: Irish, English, German

Religion: Spiritual

Occupation: Assistant Principal

Education: M.A. Principal License

Hobbies: Pottery, Snowboarding, X-country skiing, Hiking, River rafting

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Spiritual

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From Us to You

Hello.

We have gone back and forth on how to write this letter. We will not try to say we understand what you are going through because we don’t. From the bottom of our hearts, however, we can say that we honor and respect you. We imagine this is a confusing and difficult time for you as you are trying to figure out what is the best option for you and your precious baby. We hope that you have love and support, no matter what decision you make. Please know we are here for you.

What will life for your child look like with us?

Your child will be loved unconditionally. We will laugh together often, eat dinner together as a family nightly, celebrate successes, and learn from our mistakes. We will support each other during good times and challenging times. We are fun-loving, creative, and adventurous. We live in beautiful Colorado and spend much of our time enjoying the beautiful wilderness, mountains, and rivers within minutes of our home.

With your child, we look forward to:

★ our first camping trip together

★ the first time he/she sits on our lap to row our raft down the river in our town

★ riding the ski lift together to teach him/her to snowboard at our local ski area

★ cross-country skiing and sledding together

★ watching him/her play in the yard with our Saint Bernard, Kiera, and our kitten, Polly,

★ the joy of building a cousin bond with our niece and nephew who live two doors down

★ getting dirty playing with clay in our pottery studio or building something out of wood in our woodworking shop

★ riding bikes together on the river trail or mountain biking trails surrounding our town

★ picking vegetables together in our geodesic growing dome

★ skateboarding together with the neighborhood kids at the local skatepark

★ spending time together at Grandma’s house next door or at Grandpa’s ranch

★ going on road trips together to travel to the ocean and beautiful places around the country

Amber has always had a love for children. She started babysitting at a young age, got her teaching certificate, taught 3rd grade for years, then earned her master’s degree and principal license, and is now the Assistant Principal at the neighborhood Intermediate school. She has always wanted to be a mom! Dan has always had a passion for adventure and working with his hands. He has had adventurous jobs working at ski resorts and for ten years has owned his own carpentry business. We have wanted to have children together since we met. We were unable to conceive due to infertility reasons and are excited to grow our family through adoption. Our careers have allowed us to follow our passions while having a work-life balance. Our schedules allow us time to spend with family enjoying travel and the activities we love.

If you decide to make a birth plan with us, we want to assure you that we promise to respect you and whatever level of openness you want to have with your child. We want you to be a part of your child’s life so that he or she can have an understanding and appreciation for the tremendous sacrifice that you made out of love. Your child will always know the love you have for him/her.

We appreciate you. Thank you!

All our love,

Amber and Dan

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About Dan

Dan is a kind, caring, and honest man. His creative mind and humorous spirit are contagious. He is outgoing, makes everyone feel unique, and wears his heart on his sleeve. Dan grew up in the Midwest and always had a dream of moving to the mountains or the ocean. He spent some of his young adult life in both places and settled into the mountain lifestyle. He worked in the ski industry for many years as a Snow Cat operator, building terrain parks at the local ski area. Dan has always had a talent for working with his hands and started his own business as a carpenter ten years ago. His business has grown to be successful and profitable. With owning his own business, Dan has the flexibility to take holidays and weeks off in the summer to travel as a family. Dan loves to spend time with his niece and nephew playing games and reading to them. During Dan’s free time he loves to skateboard, snowboard, ride dirt bikes, play hockey, play guitar, and surf in our local river.

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About Amber

Amber is a strong, determined, independent woman. She sees the good in people and has a strong empathy for others. She is always up to learning something new. Amber grew up in a small, mountain town in Colorado with her brother and parents. She grew up spending her time outdoors playing with kids in the neighborhood, riding her bike, camping, rafting, and traveling with her family. She has always had a passion for working with children and went to school to become a teacher. She has taught 3rd and 5th grades and spent some time in Honduras teaching 2nd grade. Amber loves to coach Girls on the Run. Amber recently earned her Master of Arts degree and got her principal license. She is the Assistant Principal at the local elementary school. Amber likes to spend her free time with her niece and nephew, cozying up to read a book, spending time in her pottery studio, mountain biking, rafting, or camping.

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Our Home and Neighborhood

We live in a small, rural town in Colorado. We decided to buy our home in this town because Amber has worked in the schools here for fourteen years and we came to fall in love with the close-knit community. We have a beautiful yard with apple and plum trees, a geodesic growing dome for growing food year-round, a woodworking shop, and our pottery studio is right next door at Amber’s mom’s house. We bought the house just two doors down the street from Amber’s brother and his family. Having our four-year-old niece and infant nephew so close is a dream come true. We are so excited for your child to have his/her cousins so close! The streets and parks are filled with kids riding bikes and playing together. Your child will be able to ride bikes or walk to the quality neighborhood schools. For family adventures, we can drive in any direction and be in the high mountains or in the desert in less than an hour.

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Our Pets

We have a Saint Bernard named Kiera that we rescued from the local humane society when she was a year old. She was malnourished and afraid of everything. We have worked hard with her to build her confidence. She is now healthy and curious. She is a gentle giant and is amazing with our niece and nephew. She loves to carry her stuffed animals around with her, even when she is camping, skiing, or rafting with us!

We have a kitten named Polly. She is a polydactyl (meaning she has extra toes and large paws). We also got her from the humane society. We brought Polly into our family because we wanted Kiera to have a companion. They spend a lot of time playing together and cuddling each other. Polly loves to sit on top of Kiera’s back.

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Our Families

Family and friends are a major part of our lives.

Amber’s family lives close by and we spend a lot of time together cooking, rafting, skiing, hiking, and playing games in the yard. We are excited for your child to be able to run right next door to see Nana and Grando (Amber’s mom and stepdad), to play with his/her cousins, or to have time with his/her aunt and uncle just two doors down. We can’t wait to spend weekends with them at Grandpa’s (Amber’s dad) ranch just a half-hour away.

We look forward to family road trips to see Dan’s family in Iowa. When in Iowa we love to spend time watching movies, doing puzzles, going on walks, walking around the city, and visiting the botanical gardens. As a family, we will also look forward to the visits that Dan’s family makes to Colorado.

We enjoy spending time rafting and camping with our friends and their children. We believe it takes a village to raise a child and your child will have a loving and accepting village!

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About Us

We met through mutual friends while we were rafting during our town’s river festival. Our love for each other grew quickly as we started sharing our passion for being outside and cooking together. We connect over our mutual love for being active and enjoying the surrounding wilderness. We strive to communicate well and work through challenges in life together. Our strong love for each other and humor keep us happy and laughing. Dan asked Amber to marry him on a rafting and camping trip with friends and family. We got married with a small group of our closest friends and family where we had one of our first dates at 12,000 feet above sea level in a gorgeous mountain basin where the mountains kiss the sky. Our next adventure is to grow our family through adoption. It brings tears to our eyes as we write these words to you. We are so excited to be parents. We will not lie and say we will be perfect, but we can say that we will try our best to be loving and supportive parents for your child throughout his/her entire life.

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Our Lifestyle

We strive to have a balanced lifestyle. We like to eat well by buying local meat raised by 4-H students that Amber works with and by growing a lot of our own vegetables. We love to spend time cooking together. We both grew up eating dinner around the dinner table with family, and we have continued to do this as a couple, and plan to have nightly family meals around the table with your child. During the weekends we like to spend time around our home being creative in the art studio or woodworking shop. We also like to go on adventures in the mountains on the weekends. We fell in love in the mountains, said “I do” in the mountains, and will spend a lot of time together in the mountains as a family. Amber has holiday weeks and summers off of work and looks forward to spending this time with your child. Amber having the same schedule as them once they are of school age is very important to us!

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

We want nothing more than to have children. After struggling with infertility, we began looking into adoption. We spent time listening to our friends’ and families’ stories about adoption. Once we made this decision we knew it was the right path for us. Bringing a child into our family to love and support would mean the world to both of us. We would love to someday have two children so they can have siblings. We have very supportive families that are excited for us to bring a child home.

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Our Vacations

We are lucky to live where we do. It makes every week feel like a vacation when we are enjoying our beautiful region. With this being said, we still love to travel to new places to explore and learn about different cultures. We love to take multiple day rafting trips and camp on the river. We love to drive high into the mountains or deep into the desert to camp. We always enjoy visiting family in Iowa, Texas, Michigan, Indiana, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and New York. One of our favorite vacations was a road trip for our honeymoon to California to surf. Amber has traveled many times to places in Mexico and Central America. Dan has traveled to many places in Mexico and Europe. We look forward to sharing our passion for travel and exploring with your child.

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Our Family Traditions

We love to cook together and sit down together for dinner every night. This is an intimate opportunity to hear about each other’s days. We have a tradition of sharing three things we are grateful for before we begin eating. This is a tradition that helps us see the positive in our days even if we had a rough day. We look forward to continuing this tradition with your child. Teaching optimism is important to us.

One of our favorite holiday traditions is cutting down a tree in the local national forest. We pick the tree out together and cut it down together. Once we get home we drink eggnog, listen to Christmas music, and decorate the tree with ornaments that we have collected throughout our lives. We look forward to sharing this tradition with your child and hiking into the woods together to hunt for the perfect tree.

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Cultural Diversity

In our travels, we love to be immersed in different cultures. We enjoy learning about and celebrating different cultures. The uniqueness around the world is what makes it a beautiful place. We have friends and family members with many different cultural backgrounds. Your child’s culture will be something we learn about so we can share it with them. His/her culture is something to be proud of and celebrated. It is important to us that we teach them acceptance, tolerance, and love. Differences should be celebrated. In our house, we believe kindness is everything.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to cherish and love your child with our whole hearts. We promise to provide a safe, happy home and a life full of opportunities. We promise to provide an upbringing focused on values of kindness, generosity, resiliency, and respect for others. We promise to surround your child with love and acceptance from us, our family, and our friends.

Message Daniel and Amber

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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 Daniel and Amber

  • 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!