Married Since: 2011

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We pray daily for you, and we pray you will feel drawn to us. Our children, your child’s future siblings, are praying for you and your baby too. There is so much love in our hearts and in the walls of our home for you and your child! We know that you will see God’s love in our eyes and be drawn to us, as we have been drawn to you. No matter the race, culture, or background, we will celebrate you and your baby, and we want you to be a part of our family forever.

Eric and Carrie

from Utah

Eric

Ancestry: Welsh, Italian, German, Irish

Religion: LDS-Mormon

Occupation: Physician

Education: M.D.

Hobbies: Reading, Basketball, Piano, Art, Card games

Carrie

Ancestry: German, Irish, Danish

Religion: LDS-Mormon

Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom

Education: C.C.

Hobbies: Mothering, Art, Hiking, Hair style design, Horticulture

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: LDS-Mormon

Favorites

Eric

Book
The Harry Potter series
Childhood Memory
4th of July fireworks
Family Activity
Trick-or-Treating and sledding
Hobby
Basketball, piano, creative cooking, reading and video games
Quote
"Do not pity the dead, Harry, pity the living. And above all, those who live without love." ~Albus Dumbledore
Scripture
"I can do all things through Christ, which strengthened me." Phil. 4:13
Thing to Cook
Crispy salmon, pork-fried kale quinoa
Music
Hans Zimmer, R & B, new age classical
Food
Crispy salmon, tacos al pastor, pho
Personal Hero
My wife, Carrie. She has the most beautiful soul of anyone I know.

Carrie

Book
"The Murder of Roger Ackroyd," by Agatha Christie
Childhood Memory
Every Halloween and every Christmas
Family Activity
Hiking and baking
Hobby
Art, interior design, running, indoor gardening
Quote
"Frankly, there isn't anyone you couldn't love, once you've heard their story." ~Mr. Rogers
Scripture:
"My [daughter] peace be unto thy soul, thine adversity and thine affliction shall be but a small moment, and then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high, thou shalt triumph over all thy foes." Doctrine and Covenants 121:7-8
Thing to Cook
Pancakes and pumpkin bread
Music
Anything that moves me - everything from Michael Buble, classical, R & B hip/hop, Christian, a few country songs, bluegrass folk... a little of everything :)
Food
Tempura-fried sushi, turkey-bacon-avocado anything, chocolate, Diet Mountain Dew
Personal Hero
My husband, Eric. More than anyone, he inspires me and touches the lives of everyone he interacts with.
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From Us to You

We know that there is no way we could ever imagine what you must be going through right now. This is the most important decision you will make for your baby. As the parents of five precious children on this earth, we know the bond between a mother and her child is sacred and unbreakable. You are, and will always be, a key part of your baby’s identity. We want you to know that you will not be forgotten by your child! We promise to support you on this difficult journey.

We have dreamed of adopting a child for years. In our case, we are not adopting because we could not have our own children. We are seeking to adopt because we have a portion of our heart that is reserved for a child outside of our biological family. We are absolutely certain that our family is incomplete. We feel called by God to unite a child, your child, into our family—a place of pure love and security.

What can you expect for your child in our home? We have been immensely blessed, and we have worked extremely hard to provide our children with emotional, spiritual, financial, and physical security. We marvel daily at the goodness our children show towards each other. Our home is loud, full of giggling, toys, and make-believe games. Our home is a home of faith, structure, fairness, and constant fun. Your child is guaranteed five incredible best friends for their journey of life! One of the most amazing things about our family is that our kids are always watching out for each other’s feelings and well-being. Our children love school, ballet, basketball, piano lessons, video games, reading, exploring the outdoors, and playing with their cousins. Our goal is to shape them into well-rounded, compassionate adults. By fostering a spirit of love for learning, we have placed a heavy emphasis on our children’s education. We do not believe in forcing children down a specific life path, but rather offering them opportunities, encouragement, and love to allow them to naturally flourish.

We pray daily for you, and we pray you will feel drawn to us. Our children, your child’s future siblings, are praying for you and your baby too. There is so much love in our hearts and in the walls of our home for you and your child! We know that you will see God’s love in our eyes and be drawn to us, as we have been drawn to you. No matter the race, culture, or background, we will celebrate you and your baby, and we want you to be a part of our family forever.

With love and gratitude,
Eric and Carrie

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

Eric: My parents relinquished their legal rights over me at 9-years-old, and I went on to be raised and supported by my aunt and grandparents until age 18. I always knew and felt my parents loved me, but unfortunately they did not have the mental health or financial security to care for me. They loved me enough to give me a better life than they could offer. Because of this sacrifice that they made, I was raised in a stable home by a retired physician (my grandpa), became a competitive pianist, excelled in sports and academics, eventually going to a university on a full-tuition scholarship and becoming an MD. I’ve always felt a deep yearning to give back and to change lives. I know the greatest way I can give back is to be the father of an adopted child, just as my grandfather was to me.

Carrie: My desire to adopt began after my first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. I was devastated and the fear of not having children weighed on me. My third pregnancy ended in a stillbirth and my desire to adopt continued to grow as I grieved the loss of this baby girl—I named her Faith. My faith to be an adoptive mom has only grown stronger and stronger since then, and I am extremely excited to add one last baby to my family.

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About Carrie, by Eric

Carrie is the most incredible woman on earth. She is the most fiercely devoted mother this world has ever seen. She lives, breathes, and obsesses about her kids. She decided to put her career on hold to be a homemaker. Somehow, she was able to expertly juggle 5 kids ages 5 and under when I was in medical school, and still manages to keep the house incredibly organized and perfect during my residency. Our boys always have tight, faded haircuts, our girls with gorgeous hairdos, are ahead in math and reading, and she still manages a side business of selling her art online. In the midst of all of this, she has a very personal 1-on-1 relationship with all of our kids, reads to them, plays with them, and takes them on 1-on-1 Mommy dates. She loves to tease, tickle, and laugh with her babies.  Somehow with all the love she gives our kids, she manages to still make me feel so loved. She is the most incredible wife and life partner. She is my best friend, and every day I am inspired by her charity and tolerance to everyone she meets and interacts with.

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About Eric, by Carrie

Eric is the most amazing father and husband. It’s incredible to me that even with his insanely busy career as a doctor-in-training, he still showers us with love and makes us know we are his #1 priority. Even when he comes off a 30-hr ICU shift, he has a smile on his face, and he plays tag with the kids till they tackle him. He is an absolute goofball, a kid trapped in a grown-up’s body! One of his most amazing talents is that he is a gifted teacher, especially with children. He can switch between making them giggle and laugh to teaching them a critical life lesson. He has taught me so much about how to be a firm and loving disciplinarian. My heart melts when one of our children has misbehaved, and he kneels down, looks them in the eyes, teaches them, and hugs them to tell them how much they are loved. He is my dream-man! He never leaves the house without kissing me goodbye. The kids see how he spoils me with gifts, chocolate, flowers, shoulder rubs, and constant affection. He still takes me on romantic dates. My self-esteem was terrible until I married him, and he has built me up into a confident, self-assured woman of strength.

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Your Child's Siblings

Michael (Mikey) (age 7): Michael’s name means “One like unto God,” and his name could not fit him better. He takes his role as the eldest brother very seriously, and we often find him teaching his siblings and reading to them. He is a future scientist, loves reading, Minecraft, basketball, and adult foods (asked for salmon and steak for his next birthday instead of cake).

Enya (Enya-boo) (age 6): Enya…”This girl is on fire!” She is a fireball of energy, passion, and is full of life. She’s the first to do chores, and very meticulous (just like Momma). She is so sweet and protective of her siblings. She is always grabbing her siblings’ blanket and stuffed animals for them. She loves all things pink, ballet, basketball, unicorns, stuffed animals, and she’s super athletic (She can do 6 full chin-ups, and her brothers can do 2).

Asher (Ashy) (age 6): He is the family comedian. This kid could actually do stand-up comedy someday. His name means “Happy,” and he is constantly making everyone, adults and kids alike, crack up. He is witty, sweet, and very sensitive. He is the first one to offer cuddles to his younger siblings if they are scared with nightmares. He loves dinosaurs, the color green, Minecraft, reading, soccer, basketball, and Taco Bell soft tacos.

Jazmine (Jazzy) (age 4): She has literally the biggest smile on earth. She is so vibrant and full of life. She loves to belt out songs in the van and loves to dance like no one’s watching. She has a very tender heart towards canines and is our future veterinarian. Her 20 stuffed animal dogs are named and are her babies. She also loves real babies and is extremely affectionate with baby cousins. She loves purple, avocado (she’s obsessed), singing, ballet, and anything with a dog picture on it.

Gray (Baby) (age 3): We will have to stop calling him ‘Baby’ now. He is sweet and yet devilishly handsome and mischievous. He absolutely loves to tease, wrestle with Daddy and his older siblings, and use his horde of T-rex figures to devour his siblings’ toys. He loves anything with sharp teeth–the sharks at the aquarium, the dino museum, playing swords, and he loves shooting nerf guns. He is very gentle and sweet with his little cousins and will, without a doubt, be an excellent big brother to your child.

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Our Home

Our home is awesome and crazy! We have 5 kids, ages 7 to 3 (yes there are twins in there), and we love the chaos of our kids outnumbering their parents. We have a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home with a fenced backyard with two giant trees, an adorable playhouse, swing, kid’s roller coaster, and an obstacle course in the backyard. Our kids have a mountain of fun books, hordes of stuffed animals, Legos, and an obsession with all-things-Minecraft. We have a weekly family night where we sing songs around the piano, learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, make homemade treats, and cuddle and watch a family movie or play a family-friendly video game.

Our neighborhood is in a safe and quiet suburb. Our neighbors are inviting, friendly, and love hearing the squeals of laughter coming from our backyard. We live across the street from our community church and have a great kids’ program there that our kids participate in weekly. We have multiple beautiful city parks in walking distance, and the library is a short walk/family bike ride from our house as well. We are a few miles from multiple, gorgeous hiking trails in the majestic Rocky Mountains!

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Our Families

Our family is large, loud, dramatic, and a source of never-ending fun. We have a combined 14 siblings, with our kids enjoying over two dozen first cousins as playmates. The family birthday parties, baptisms, holiday parties, and random celebrations are a source of endless memories. Our kids never have a shortage of friends in any age group. They have loving grandparents who always bring gifts for birthdays, books, fresh garden veggies and fruit and 25lb wheels of cheese (Eric’s dad is a cheese factory worker), and they always want to be involved in their grandkids’ lives.

Racial & Cultural Diversity

We strongly believe that we are all part of God’s eternal family; we are His literal children. We are all equal in His sight, regardless of race, culture, or socioeconomic status. We believe God gave us differences of skin color, language, and culture to celebrate the diversity and beauty of the human experience. We welcome any child, of any race, or any cultural background, with open arms and open hearts into our family. We acknowledge that we live in world marred with hate and racism. We promise that we will do everything in our power to educate and to empower ourselves and your baby to actively fight against racism.

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Our Faith

Our faith is simple: We believe in God, our eternal Father, and in His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. We believe that we are literally God’s children, and as such, all of us are part of His family. We know that a key part of his plan is for us to learn to love and sacrifice, and to do this in a family unit. We know that families can be eternal through obedience to the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. We try to live our Christian faith by practicing every day acts of kindness, teaching our children to love God and love their neighbor, and striving to raise them to be men and women of integrity.

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Family Traditions

Birthdays: Treasure hunt: Mommy draws a treasure map, and the siblings follow the birthday boy or girl around while they find their gifts. We keep the celebration in the family and go to a movie theatre or museum, enjoy homemade cake, and their favorite meals. We believe in spoiling them on their birthday and making them feel special.

New Year’s: We go to a specialty grocery store on New Year’s Eve, and everyone picks out an exotic food and drinks for everyone to try. We stay up till midnight playing games, and countdown!

Easter: We celebrate Christ’s resurrection with church, art, and an Easter-egg hunt with candy and toys.

4th of July: We love parades, picnics, and fireworks with extended family at uncle’s and cousins’ house. We grill a great meal and finish off with a dance party and glow-sticks with 2 dozen children. It’s wild, fun, and crazy!

Halloween: We love Halloween family dance parties with glow sticks, individual or family-themed costumes, black lights, homemade bubbling witches’ brew, trick-or-treating, and Ichabod Crane with family soup potluck.

Thanksgiving: Daddy makes a bacon-wrapped, lemon and herb turkey and Mommy makes pies. Mmmmm… We do an activity every year to remember our blessings.

Christmas: Our favorite holiday! Our focus is on family-giving. We pick a charity cause every year, the kids help pick out gifts to give to others “Secret Santa Style.” We emphasize Christ’s birth and the kids dress up for the nativity. Our house becomes a Christmas wonderland of cookie decorating, Christmas movie marathons, music, sledding, snowmen, caroling. All the kids draw names and give a surprise gift to a sibling. We get a letter from Santa, and a ton of presents Christmas morning.

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Our Lifestyle

Our typical workweek: Dad (Eric) gets up early and goes to the hospital to work. Mom (Carrie) wakes up the kids who help set the table and eat breakfast (cold cereal, pancakes, eggs, breakfast burritos, kale omelet, etc.) The kids wear their school uniforms, go to a charter school, and Mommy does family prayer and scripture with them before school.  Mommy picks them up every day, they come home, do their homework, read for 1 hour (older kids read to younger kids), practice piano, girls have ballet after school, boys have basketball, they play in the backyard. When chores and homework are done, we do a fun family activity when Daddy gets home from work, either a family bike ride, family movie night or video game, or family card game. Bedtime routine: brushing teeth, potty time, family and personal prayers, and read till lights out.

Our typical weekend: Daddy cooks breakfast (avocado breakfast burritos is a favorite, although Mommy’s pancakes are a close second) and then any number of the following activities: trip to aquarium, dinosaur museum, kid’s museum, butterfly biosphere, planetarium, hiking trails, community pool, or a lazy day of Lego-building, family movies, family video games and card games.

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Our Story

We know it sounds cheesy, but we really do feel like we are each other’s soulmates! We met when we were age 17 at a youth church camp, became friends, and then parted ways for 4 years. From our first date on a hike at age 21 we started falling in love, fell hard and fast, and were engaged within a few weeks, and married within 5 months. We joke that we didn’t know the person we married—but we connected on such a deep level that the discovery of our relationship was an adventure. Now ten years later, we have shed tears of pure joy and sorrow, raised five babies and lost three babies, laughed daily, and held hands as we’ve waded through the muddy waters of family tragedy and the challenges of medical training. Our marriage is built on a foundation of trust and respect. Our kids know without a doubt their mommy and daddy are head-over-heels, and to their embarrassment, we are still quite affectionate in public.

When We hold your Baby, these are our Thoughts

Words cannot describe the feelings! But we will try. We will feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. A profound reverence for the sacred gift you have given us. As parents, we cannot imagine the possible sense of sadness you will feel. We know we will feel a profound amount of love for you. We will be in awe of you—your courage, your strength, your faith, and your selfless sacrifice. We know we will feel an indescribable need to protect your baby, and to give them the most perfect life possible. You gave up a part of yourself to us, to hold, to cherish, and to nurture, and this gift is the most godlike gift we can imagine. We will feel so honored to have been chosen for such a sacred responsibility.

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What Kind of Parents we are

We believe strongly that children need structure and discipline. As adults that were both neglected as children, we recognize that healthy discipline is a key element of showing our children we truly love them. We start disciplining our children from a young age, 12 months usually, and our discipline methods change as they age. For young toddlers, we teach them safety by consistently putting them in time-outs, but we feel that heaping abundant praise for good behavior is just as important. As they have aged, we have focused on communication (“Let’s talk about why that was a bad decision”), and consequences for actions, eg. taking away their favorite toy or technology. When children lose their temper, yell, or throw tantrums, we focus on going to their room, letting them calm down, and then talking about their feelings. We try to always show an increase of love after disciplining, and never withhold love as a punishment for wrongdoing. We never use language such as “bad boy or bad girl,” always reinforcing they are “good” and “we are proud of them” and focus rather on “bad decisions, bad consequences” teaching them to take responsibility for their actions.

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Our Careers and Passions

Carrie is an extremely talented hair stylist and a freelance artist, mostly selling her art online. She put her career on hold, feeling very strongly that the most important work she will do on this earth is molding the character of 5 (soon to be 6) little humans. She believes that fitness is vital for overall wellness, and she teaches this to her kids via example. She is passionate about art as a form of self-expression, teaching children self-expression, service, music, and giving her kids every possible opportunity to become what they dream of becoming.

Eric is an MD, currently almost done with his residency in Internal Medicine, with plans to be a future gastroenterologist.  His life philosophy is that the measure of success of a man, a doctor, a husband, or a father is how deeply and truly did he love everyone he interacted with. He feels very deeply that his #1 calling in life is to be a godly husband and father, and that everything else, including his medical career, is secondary to this. One of our life goals as a couple is to take our children around the world to do medical missions, to expand their world view, and to teach them to serve God’s global family.

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Education

There is possibly nothing we take more seriously than our children’s education. We view ourselves as their most influential teachers. We only have a few precious years to teach them all of the critical life lessons to protect them from a world full of danger, addiction, and obstacles. We focus on their spiritual education by doing family prayers twice daily, family scripture study, and church weekly. We focus on their physical education by teaching them to love exercise, sports, bike rides, swimming, and nutritious eating. We focus on their social education by taking them to museums, service projects, teaching them how to fight racism and discrimination, and teaching them Spanish. Every day is a day of learning, as we structure one hour of reading in our home, family trivia games, and trips to the library. Our kids will have every opportunity they want and need to pursue college and beyond in order to achieve their dreams.

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Our Promise to You

We promise you first and foremost that we will love your child unconditionally for who they are, as if they were our own biological child. We promise that we will give your child every opportunity in life to excel, thrive, and become the best version of themselves. We promise we will protect your baby from those who would inflict harm physically, spiritually, and emotionally. We promise to protect your child from hate, abuse of any form, and racism. We promise to give your child financial stability. We promise to support you as a key part of your child’s life. We promise you complete honesty, integrity, and transparency in establishing this relationship with us.

Message Eric and Carrie

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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 Eric and Carrie

  • 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!