Married Since: 2016

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We promise that your child will know they belong, that they are worthy of love, and will be encouraged to love with their whole heart. Through all of life’s adventures together, we are most excited for this one, our journey to become dads.

Steve and Beau

from Colorado

Steve

Ancestry: Polish, Slovak

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Operations Manager

Education: BA

Hobbies: Music, Running, Reading

Beau

Ancestry: English, Scottish, Welsh

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Facilities Coordinator

Education: High School

Hobbies: Farming, Gardening, Arts & Crafts, Woodworking

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Caucasian / Asian, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Middle Eastern, Caucasian / Pacific Islander

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nonpracticing

Favorites

Steve

Animal
Monkeys, especially when they are dressed like people
Book
"House of Leaves" by Mark Z. Danielewski
Childhood Memory
Family New Year's Eve parties
Family Activity
Playing board games
Food
Pizza
Holiday
Christmas
Movie
"Pee-Wee's Big Adventure"
Thing to Cook
Side dishes
TV Show
"The Office"
Vacation Spot
Fiji

Beau

Animal
Moose
Book
"Calypso" by David Sedaris
Childhood memory
Backyard picnics
Family Activity
Porch swinging
Food
Spaghetti and meatballs
Holiday
4th of July
Movie
"Jeremiah Johnson"
Thing to Cook
Smoked ribs
TV Show
"Parks and Recreation"
Vacation Spot
Fiji
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From Us to You

We’ve had a lot of amazing adventures throughout our 9 years together. We’ve hiked through the mountains in Fiji, zip-lined through the jungles of Costa Rica, finished a tough mudder in Utah, and have relaxed on a lot of beaches in places like Hawaii and Mexico. Through all those adventures, we are most excited for this one, our journey to become dads. We had the privilege of being raised in loving environments filled with family traditions. Our experiences inspire us to provide the same for a child of our own. We are at a point in our lives where we have stable, flexible careers that will allow us to spend more time at home when we welcome a baby into our family. We will be there for all the precious moments, from midnight diaper changes to your child’s first step and first word.

We both have very strong ties to adoption. Beau’s grandparents welcomed two daughters and two sons into their family through adoption. We also have a very close friend who is an adoptee, and he is now an adoptive parent himself. Your child will have people in their support system who can share in their adoption story. Even though we are just at the beginning of this incredible journey, we have learned so much more about ourselves and each other and have no doubt that we will be amazing, loving, supportive parents. We are excited about the opportunity to not only carry on our own family traditions, but to create new ones with your child.

Our hobby farm in Colorado is our oasis. Beau grew up on a farm in South Dakota and we found a way for him to bring that experience to our home in Colorado. We now have pigs, goats, chickens, and rabbits on our acre of land. We also have two indoor dogs, Toasty Jacob and Rocky. Beau takes amazing care of the animals and finds fun ways to keep them entertained, including a xylophone for the chickens to peck at and a see-saw for the goats to exercise on. Steve’s creativity comes in the form of music, which is a regular part of our everyday life. Along with playing alto sax, he is the frontman of a party-music tribute band. Our shared creativity will have a strong influence on our parenting style and your child will grow up in an engaging environment where they can learn and have fun, all at the same time.

We are not the only ones who are excited about this journey. Everyone in our family is looking forward to welcoming your child. Steve’s sister and her family live two houses up the road and we see them often, as she and Steve work together. Our family members who are out of state (South Dakota and Pennsylvania) are still active parts of our lives and we have even figured out how to host family game night through FaceTime and Zoom. Steve’s nieces have come to rely on his random “How are you doing?” text messages or better yet, surprise pictures of our many animals. They frequently tell us how much they want a little cousin. We are so lucky to have our great support system of family and friends.

As you get to know us and look through our profile, we hope it becomes easy to see that ours would be a stable, loving, and fun home for your child to grow up in. Through our unconditional love and honest communication, your child will know they belong and will never doubt their place in our family and in our hearts.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

We’ve known each other for 11 years, been together for 9, and recently celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. Over our years together, we have made important discoveries about who we are, both individually and as a couple. During the pandemic, we were reminded of how much we genuinely enjoyed each other’s company and will always be grateful for all of that quality time that we got to spend together. We spent many evenings reminiscing about growing up, going through old family photos and videos, and recognizing the privilege we had being raised in loving environments filled with so many meaningful family traditions. Through these conversations, the desire to share those family traditions by expanding our own family began to grow from a dream neither of us thought would be possible to a very detailed and real plan of action to reach our goal of expanding our family. How we get there will be a combination of research, introspection, and hopefully a little serendipity.

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About Steve, by Beau

Whether it’s taking our dogs for a walk or at work, Steve thrives on a routine. This ability adds structure to our family and drives us forward in so many positive ways. He enjoys early morning runs as well as yoga workouts in an exercise room he designed. Steve is a planner who enjoys a good spreadsheet, who likes to be prepared for all situations, and is often thinking of ways to better our plans and make trips more memorable and home projects more efficient. I truly appreciate the way Steve is able to anticipate things that may arise and navigate around them. From his infectious smile to his sense of humor, the best part of Steve is definitely his energy. He draws you in and you can’t help wanting to be around him.

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About Beau, by Steve

Beau is an “idea man” and is great at getting others on board! He’s always coming up with new ways to make our house more of a home, our lives more enriched with new activities and pursuits, and our relationship stronger and more fulfilling. His passion and excitement are absolutely contagious.

Beau’s green thumb extends well beyond our landscaped flower gardens. He has a true gift for nurturing the animals that he tends to, and for cultivating the bonds that we have with our friends and families. Whether it’s a group speakerphone call catching up with his family in South Dakota, or a road trip with the dogs to meet up at an Airbnb with our best friends in Kansas, Beau is always thinking up new and creative ways for us to stay connected to the people who mean the most to us.

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Home & Neighborhood

We live on a 1-acre hobby farm nestled between sheep-grazing pastures and horse farms, with serene views looking out over a conservation easement. Our hobby farm started with building a chicken coop in place of an old shed. Little did we know that what began with wanting fresh eggs for cooking would evolve to include award-winning show rabbits, turkeys, goats, and even pigs!

Inside, we tend to congregate around our kitchen island where we often plot out or catch up on each other’s days or socialize with friends and family as meals are prepared. We also spend a great deal of time in our sunroom which serves as our dining room. It is full of plants and bathed in warm sunlight almost every morning.

Outside, we enjoy picking pears and apples from the trees in our yard and spend a good portion of our summers relaxing on our front and back porches. Beau also takes great pride in his flower garden landscapes.

It’s a very quiet and peaceful neighborhood. We see more bicycles, runners, and horses pass by on our dirt road than cars.

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Our Pets & Farm Animals

While we have a lot of animal activity going on outside with pigs, goats, rabbits, and chickens, our indoor canine companions really help to make our house more of a home. Toasty Jacob has been with our family since 2010. He is a terrier mix who loves to act like the one in charge of our schedule, but really just wants to create opportunities to curl up like a cat and snuggle on our laps.

Rocky is our three-legged chow chow mix rescue/angel. It was obvious that he had a tough life before he was picked up as a stray, so we do our best to pamper him now. He enjoys sitting in our bay window watching the occasional bunny or squirrel bound through the yard, and receives lots and lots of belly rubs (he spends most of his time in the upside down position because of them)!

Both of these boys are pretty mellow and are always on their best behavior around our other animals and kids!

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Lifestyle

We live our lives to a soundtrack. Music of all varieties fills our home on a regular basis. Since we like to enjoy time outdoors, Beau even extended the three-room speaker system to include both the front and back porches. We love listening to the sappy love songs of the Delilah radio show while we work from home during the day, and often find ourselves swinging on the front porch, looking out over the pastures to the soundtrack of bluegrass ballads or the Apple Music Downtempo station as the sun goes down.

Steve grew up playing the alto sax and loves going to see live music performances. He also takes to the stage himself a few times a year as the frontman of a dance-party tribute band he started with his sister and her husband. They were even the champions of a local band competition twice!

Beau prefers to perform in private and really shines with his own material. He’s always making up little songs about things that happen throughout our day. He has even created little theme songs for Steve and the dogs, and they take his melodic cue to go to the door at the end of the evening when we sing his “It’s Time to Go Outside and Go Potty” song.

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Our Families & Friends

Beau grew up on a ranch in South Dakota where his interest in farm animals was sparked. His mom and dad still reside there, along with his two sisters and brother. Steve grew up in Pennsylvania where his mother and two brothers live. His sister, Deb and her family were actually the prior occupants of our home and now live only a short walk up our dirt road. We spend a great deal of time with them, and not just because they are neighbors. Steve is currently the operations manager of Deb’s business, and she is also a partner in our farming enterprises. Nephew Stuart joins us on Friday evenings for dinner and a board game or movie. We’ve both really enjoyed being uncles and have 9 nieces and nephews between us.

We are in a book club that originated in 2010 with Steve’s friends/coworkers in the service industry. Even though only one member still works at the restaurant, it’s been an amazing way to keep in touch with old friends and stay up to date on how everyone’s families are growing and changing. We announced that we began our adoption journey at the last meeting and judging by their reactions, we’ll have even more support as our own family grows.

Even though we spent most of the pandemic working from home and doing our best to shelter in place, we tried not to let it get in the way of our relationships. Beau created 2 beautiful outdoor areas for us so that we would be able to safely spend time with our small bubble of friends and family while being socially distant. We also took advantage of FaceTime and Zoom for weekly games of Yahtzee and Farkle with Steve’s mom and brother in Pennsylvania. It helped us to feel connected when we were able to joke and laugh with each other as the dice rolled!

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Family Traditions

Christmas has many traditions that are important to Steve, and he has been thrilled to share them with Beau, who didn’t grow up celebrating the season. Some of our now must-watch movies and specials include Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Elf, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, and the Grinch, among many others. There’s also a list of must-eat baked goods that keeps our kitchen island actively floured on the weekends leading up to the big event. Beau outlines the house (and even the goat shed) with lights, and we decorate our tree with icicles and ornaments that have been passed down for generations. On Christmas Eve, we have a family dinner featuring traditional Slovak and Polish foods that used to be prepared by Steve’s great grandmother. While it’s not the most flavorful meal, over the years we have added our own personal touches that make it much more palatable, while maintaining the culinary nod to the family members who came before us.

Memorial Day is our most “active” holiday tradition, with a 10K race followed by our reward of a Creole-themed brunch with friends. And while Beau doesn’t always participate in the running portion, he’ll always cheer at the finish line and never misses the meal afterward!

We also brunch on Easter with another round of traditional “basket” foods passed down from Steve’s side of the family. Paska bread, polish sausage, and Easter cheese are shared along with Beau’s famous deviled eggs and Steve’s show-stopper lamb cake. He starts the cake using the traditional lamb-shaped mold, but adds a more modern flair when it comes to the decoration. Some of the past cakes ended up with strong resemblances to Shaun the Sheep and even a lamb version of Joe Exotic, the Tiger King.

The view from our front porch allows for awe-inspiring views on the 4th of July. From our swings, we watch the simultaneous fireworks displays of at least 6 different towns on the horizon. While we look forward to passing down these family traditions, we are equally excited to create new ones with your child. We can’t wait to see which traditions end up becoming their favorites.

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Our Promises to You

We promise to provide your child stability in a safe, secure, and loving home. We promise that they will know they belong, that they are worthy of love, and will be encouraged to love with their whole heart. We promise to introduce your child to a variety of cultures and life experiences to help them find their own place in this big world. We will always encourage their individual passions and intellectual interests. We promise to lead by example and to provide motivation. We will encourage your child to discuss opportunities and obstacles that they are facing and will offer them guidance that is in their best interests. And while they won’t always get everything they want, we promise that your child’s needs will always be met, and they will be the main factor of consideration in every decision that we will ever make.

Message Steve and Beau

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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!

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  • 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!