Alden and Sarah

Married Since: 2018

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We strive every day to be the best people we can and don’t take any days for granted. If you were to choose us as your baby’s adoptive parents, we will work every day to teach your baby the same.

Alden and Sarah

from Louisiana

Alden

Ancestry: German, Irish, English

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Executive Vice-President

Education: BS

Hobbies: Coaching little league baseball, Family walks on the lakefront, Fishing, Camping, Yardwork, Family gatherings

Sarah

Ancestry: Italian, Native American, German, Scottish, Irish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Marketing Director

Education: BS

Hobbies: Running, Brunch, Shopping, Biking, Family walks on the lakefront

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: African American / Asian, African American / Caucasian, African American / Hispanic, Asian / Hispanic, Biracial (African American + any other), Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Indian, Caucasian / Middle Eastern, Caucasian / Native American, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Hispanic / Middle Eastern, Hispanic / Native American, Hispanic / Pacific Islander, Pacific Islander, Native American Indian

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Alden

Childhood Memory
Family trips
Family Activity
Cookouts
Hobby
Fishing
Holiday
Christmas
Movie
42
Thing to Cook
Anything on the grill
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
Music
Pop Country
Vacation Spot
Bahamas and Block Island
Quote
"It takes zero ability to give effort."

Sarah

Childhood Memory
My granny's fishing camp with my family
Family Activity
Lakefront walks and pool days
Hobby
Running and shopping
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Movie
Safe Haven
Thing to Cook
Sweet treats
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
Music
Blue-eyed soul
Vacation
Bahamas
Quote
"Every life has a soundtrack, make yours a classic to remember." SMC
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

Wow…never did we think the day would come that we would have the opportunity to write to you! It is hard to put into words all that we want you to know about us and all that we want you to gain from this letter. Firstly, we want to remind you how strong you are for considering adoption for your baby. Even if by the end of this letter you don’t think we are the right match for your baby, just know, we are cheering you on along the way! You are making such a selfless and courageous decision for your baby. You are truly admirable!

We currently do not have any children of our own, just three fur babies who believe they are humans. From the beginning of our relationship, we always talked openly about adoption in our future and the possibility of having both biological and adoptive children. After going through infertility treatments, we were told that having biological children likely isn’t in the cards for us. To some, this “news” might come as a surprise or make them feel like their world came crashing down. For us, this “news” did not shake us and just came as a sign and further validation that growing our family through adoption is the right path for us.

We strive every day to be the best people we can and don’t take any days for granted. If you were to choose us as your baby’s adoptive parents, we will work every day to teach your baby the same. We will teach your baby to be independent, strong, resilient, tough, caring, emotional, nurturing, accepting of others (no matter how different they are from you), and to never let anyone define what you are capable of. We continuously work to learn more about others; their lifestyles, their choices, their heritage, what makes them who they are, what life challenges and successes they have had, and what they want to leave behind them in this world as their legacy. We also continue day in and day out to eagerly learn more about ourselves and our families, dig deep into why we feel the way we do about certain things, why we react to situations the way that we do, what makes us who we are and how we as individuals fit into the larger picture of our family, our workplace, our community and society as a whole. In our house, there are few things we take at face value. We are always digging deeper, looking for that more meaningful connection with others and with each other. We believe that you do not need “second chances” because every day is a new chance, a new start and a day to prove to yourself so that you are better than you were the day before.

If you choose us to be your baby’s adoptive parents, we will never take that gift for granted. We will work tirelessly to care for and teach your baby all that this world has to offer. We will give unconditional love to your baby through the good, the bad, and the sometimes terrible. Your baby will be loved, cared for, nurtured, tickled, challenged and surrounded by a BUNCH of awaiting aunties, uncles, and grandparents!

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

After going through our infertility treatments, adoption was not our “Plan B.” Adoption is simply another path in our journey to growing our family. We deeply value the gift of adoption that allows us to grow our family because we want to share our love with a child as our parents did with us. Family is such an important aspect of our life and we want to continue growing our little family from the two of us and our fur babies. We are eager for the day we are able to bring your child along with us on all of our adventures, teach them about life and help him/her work through the lessons along the way and remind your child every single day that they are loved and will never have to face anything alone. We have known for years that we want to share our life with a child. We want to share in life’s joys with a child. We did not choose adoption because we believe that “a child will complete us,” we chose adoption because we know how much a child will enrich our lives and how much love we have to offer to another human being.

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About Sarah, by Alden

One thing that is joyfully easy for me to talk about is how incredible my wife Sarah is. She is an incredibly deep thinker that processes things to understand the full picture. She is lover of all animals in this world and finds great happiness in exercise and makes sure a healthy diet is a habit and not a fad. Sarah has one of the biggest hearts I have ever known and has great handle on being open to every aspect of humanity. She does not ever judge a book by its cover and understands people for who they really are on a deeper level. She is accepting of all types of people in this world and never judges anyone for what makes them happy, instead, she respects and appreciates them for finding their happiness. She is a natural introvert but you would never know when you meet her. She always puts her best foot forward and will never cut a corner. One of the biggest things that I respect about Sarah is how independent she is. She prides herself on handling things herself and doing them well. She has a strong stance on doing the right thing and accountability, which I love. She truly brings out the best in me and makes the whole world a better place. Sarah is extremely beautiful on the outside and will turn heads in any room (even though she doesn’t believe that), but the greatest aspects of Sarah is her soul, courageousness, love for humanity, work ethic and how incredible of a human she is. I know she is going to be the most loving, caring, strong and incredibly heartwarming mother. It will be my greatest joy to parent with her.

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About Alden, by Sarah

There are so many aspects as to who Alden is as a person, how he makes everyone around him feel like the most important person in the world, how passionate he is about making others feel loved and accepted, how he would do absolutely anything for absolutely anyone, how anyone that has ever met him tells me how much they love him and how nice of a person he is. Alden is truly one of those people that you meet once and you would think he is your best friend. He is the most inviting and accepting person in every way possible to everyone he comes in contact with. Alden will drop anything to help someone else and sometimes I have to be the bad guy and remind him he has to let others do things for him so that he can recharge because otherwise, he would not stop until everyone around him is happy. Saying he is selfless and always helping others is not just something nice to say about Alden. Those are the only words I can use to best describe who he is as a person. He is the guy people call when they lose their job and need help finding another one. He will open up Google, call a local business and start sales pitching his friend to them and why they should hire him/her. Everyone relies on him and he would never ever say no to helping someone. Whether it be lending an ear when someone needs to vent about their bad day, stopping on the side of a road to help a stranger that drove into a ditch in the rain, or asking a homeless man to come in the convenience store with him so that he can buy him a jacket and food to make sure he can help him even in the smallest of ways. He is truly the most unique person I have ever met in my life, and I don’t just say that because he is my husband. But, because he is my husband, I feel extremely grateful and honored for each and every day I get to spend next to him.

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Lifestyle

We live an active and relaxed lifestyle. We know what you are thinking, how can you be “active” and be “relaxed?” We LOVE being active when we go for walks on the lakefront with our dogs, hop over to the larger city close by and go shopping, go for bike rides around the town and stop for lunch along the way, plant vegetables in our vegetable garden and work in our yard, go on weekend trips with our families to the fishing camp and jump on a flight to go for a weekend getaway. We love to relax when we stay at home, make dinner together and watch a romantic comedy, go out to eat at our favorite local restaurants, or have family over to BBQ and play corn hole in the backyard. We feed off both external stimulation and low-key days lounging around the house. Some of our favorite times are having family and friends over to the house, going to do a fun outdoor activity or going on a spontaneous weekend getaway. We also enjoy days of relaxing at home with our little family whether it be having a movie day, working in the yard or just lounging around the house spending quality time together.

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Our Pets

Our fur babies have been with us through every stage of our relationship, marriage, condo-living, starter home-living, dream home-living and journey to growing our human family! Our pets are fully a part of our family and come to every holiday, every road trip and every lakefront walk. We got our first pet together pretty soon in our relationship. Luna is a white rescue cat who fully thinks she is one of the dogs. Soon thereafter we got Steel Maddox. He is the most lovable, funny, playful dog you could ever meet. He 100% thinks he is a human and that is one of the things we love most about him. And lastly, there is Ms. CoCo.  She is the sassiest little dog in the world. Unlike other small dogs, she is not yappy or vicious in any way. But she sure does rule the house. Our pets all have their own little routines and we laugh about it constantly. Around 8 PM every night we watch CoCo go take a drink from her water bowl and then head to her bed for the night. Shortly after, Steel grabs his blankie and heads into his kennel for the night as well. They all have their way of telling us what they want and it is the funniest thing you will ever see!

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Home & Neighborhood

We recently moved to a new city and found our dream home! We chose this city because it is known for being centered around family, has lots of outdoor activities and is very safe. We had no idea how true all of that would actually be! People in our community are constantly out and about, biking, running, sailing, walking their dogs on the lakefront, and playing with their kids in our neighborhood park playground. Our city has a really uplifting energy and we feel lucky to be surrounded by so many motivated wholesome people. Where we live is made up of 80% children and dogs, we truly think there are more dogs and kids than there are adults in our city! Our neighborhood is no different, it is RIDDLED with children everywhere. It is so fun to be surrounded by so many inviting fun families. We live at the end of our street in the cul-de-sac and are constantly greeted by neighborhood kids riding their bikes down to the house to say hello. Our door is always open to visitors and our house is a warm, inviting space. Our home is a place filled with laughter, joy and the smell of Sarah’s next dessert creation. One of the reasons we fell in love with our home is the large backyard. We enjoy planting citrus trees, playing volleyball, vegetable gardening and having cookouts in our backyard! Our home is where we want our family to all come together, feel safe, be at peace and have that deep feeling of comfort knowing that we are home. We always say that this is our forever home and we feel lucky to call these four walls our “home base.”

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Our Families & Friends

I (Sarah) am the youngest of two children, my older brother, Cameron has been my very best friend since the day I was born. I (Alden) am the youngest of four children in a blended family. My dad had two children (Hunter and Chelsie), my mom adopted my brother (Paul) – whom my dad also adopted after they married, and then my parents had me. My siblings are all very different from one another, so I turn to each one of them for different life advice and I feel lucky to have them all in my life.

The two of us and our fur babies are always our core place we call home, but our extended families mean the absolute world to us. Our families hit it off from the very beginning. Soon after we started dating our parents started getting together for holiday celebrations, weekend fishing getaways, and crawfish boils – they sometimes would even forget to tell us! We never take for granted how lucky we are to have families that mesh so well together. Our families raised us very similarly with values of respect, hard work and openness. Both of our families love to fish, are very into sports and enjoy weekly outdoor cookouts. This dynamic makes for so many fun vacations, holidays and weekend get-togethers!

We consider our closest friends to be family. Our friends are included in family dinners, holidays, birthday celebrations and are some of the most important people in our lives. Our closest friends have been with us through so many stages of our life and have been our biggest support system no matter what life stage we are facing. We feel lucky to be surrounded by the most uplifting and easy-going family and friends!

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What Kind of Parents We Will Be

It is hard to say what kind of parents we will be because we have never been parents before. We aspire to be the parents that your baby can always come to for advice, help with something they are going through, be a shoulder to cry on, be a hug at the end of a tough day, come to for help with math homework, or just to talk to about their feelings. We strive to be parents that teach the true values of life, of respecting others, and how to be an overall good human. We will continuously work to teach the lesson of “fear no one, but respect everyone.” We will always remind your baby of how to be a good person while also teaching how to require respect of oneself and from others. We will be parents that are open and will always lend an ear without judgment. We want to show compassion when mistakes are made and use those mistakes to help us teach lessons that they will carry with them throughout their life. We want to teach your child that it is okay to be yourself even if you are different from others around you. Being different is what makes you who you are! We hope to teach your child how important family is, immediate and extended. Sometimes family is all we have in this crazy world! We hope to be the kind of parents that our parents were to us. Our parents taught us about life and guided us through the happiest and hardest moments we have ever had to face. Our parents helped us through mourning a loss, through buying our first home, through choosing adoption and through everything in between. We hope to be the parents just like ours who taught us when we were young and now enjoy life with us now that we are adults!

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Traditions

We are in no shortage of family traditions over here! Our family traditions start in our home with the everyday traditions and extend to large holiday traditions that have been upheld for many years. In our house, the two days leading up to Christmas and Christmas morning are riddled with tradition. We spend December 23rd at a hotel in the big city nearby, get tickets for a Christmas light celebration that is put on at a 1,300-acre city park (including an amusement park for kids) and enjoy being “tourists” in a city we go to often. Christmas Eve, we go to a breakfast spot near the hotel to have beignets and watch the street performers before heading back to our hometown to join in the larger family traditions. Our families join together on Christmas Eve to all celebrate the holiday, play fun silly games, and enjoy good food and company! On Christmas morning, we watch the original Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, decorate gingerbread houses, and make homemade cinnamon rolls (the long kind that take 3+ hours) before heading off (with the fur babies, of course) to our families’ homes to celebrate with Christmas lunch and dinner. Just like Christmas, our family traditions extend to Thanksgiving, hosted at our home, and New Year’s Eve at the family camp.  We also value our daily traditions such as sitting down at our table every evening to have dinner together, going to the farmer’s market every Saturday morning and grocery shopping together every Sunday.

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Travel

We love spending time at home and around our town. But we also love to travel, see new places, meet new people and experience cultures different from our own. For our anniversary, we always make it a point to go on a trip to a place we have never been before. Our favorite to date has been the Bahamas. We learned so much about the Bahamian people while we were there. We got to ask them about their lives, their favorite places, what they do for fun and truly felt so welcomed and comforted. Although we love tropical vacations, we also love to visit big cities! We usually start our trip with a full day of all things touristy. In New York we went to the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and a Yankee’s game. After the first day, we try to remove ourselves from the normal tourist scene and connect with locals to find the spots that only locals go to! It is so interesting to see a new city from a local’s point of view rather than what the city wants you to see. We also enjoy going on short trips to Florida to spend a few days at the beach, shopping in the little beach towns, riding bikes around, trying new foods and unplugging without a worry in the world! We feel very fortunate to be able to go on quick beach trips so often and find so much peace with being near the water, even just for a few days.

 

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Cultural Diversity

Our skin might not be the same color as your child’s. Our features might not look the same. Our eyes might look different. But that is because he/she is YOUR baby. He/she is modeled after YOU, not after us, and we will teach your baby about where he/she comes from. We will teach your baby about their heritage, culture and history (the good, bad and still progressing). Your baby’s culture is something that we will always embrace. As individuals, as a couple, as a family, we are not defined by the color of our skin, our gender, our race or our ethnicity. We respect where we come from, acknowledge our cultures’ impact on history, and continue to learn about different heritages.

We acknowledge that there may be difficulties, racial specific lessons and tough history that we will have to explain to your baby. We are up to the task. We know that with guidance from our widely diverse friends, loving family’s support and our personal continued education, we will be able to raise your baby knowing and appreciating their culture.

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How We Spend A Typical 3-Day Weekend

When a 3-day weekend rolls around, it could look a multitude of ways. We first check in with each other to figure out what mood we are in and how we want to spend our extended weekend. Sometimes we drive up to our family camp with the dogs, spend the long weekend out on the boat, reading, cooking and spending time quality unplugged with family. Other times we drive over to the nearby big city to have a “staycation” trying new foods and popping into fun shops. There are also times that we take full advantage of a 3-day weekend to recharge, stay home, go to brunch, have friends over, go to a local event or fair, watch movies and just lie around the house and relax. On occasion, we might plan a 3-day trip to the beach to get away and have a change of scenery for a few days before coming back and resuming everyday life!

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Our Promise to You

There are few things in life that you can make a true promise on. If you really think about it, there are so many unknowns about what the next day, next week, next month, next year will bring. That makes it hard to truly make a promise you know you can keep. But we can, without a shadow of a doubt, promise to put in the work every single day to give your baby the best life we possibly can. We will raise your baby to love themselves and others, to respect themselves and others, and will care for your baby in any and all ways. We promise your baby will be loved by us wholeheartedly and will be surrounded by a huge loving and supportive extended family. We promise your baby will be cared for, provided for, loved and appreciated through every stage of their life. No matter what each phase of life might bring to them, they will be supported through it and will never have to face a single day alone.

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