Austin & Sam

“Adoption has been our greatest blessing and we cannot wait to begin this journey again to grow our family!”

Location: Kansas

Ages: 29 and 30

Religion: Christian

Professions: Physical Education Teacher/Special Education Teacher

Other Kids: 1 Son

Preferences: Any Race, Either Gender, Newborn up to 6 months

How We Met: We met through mutual friends at church; we both caught each other’s eye and had our friends introduce us! We developed a close friendship and started dating soon after meeting. We went sledding on our first date and afterwards we were pretty inseparable. Just a year later, Austin’s father suddenly passed away. His passing really drew us close together and we learned how to rely and lean on each other through even the darkest moments. It showed us how much we could experience and grow together. Ultimately that’s how we knew we were meant to be together. (Thankfully Austin already knew he was planning to propose and had shared it with his father who supported it 100%)

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other: Austin has an incredible ability to find the light in every dark situation. He is beyond patient and compassionate and he finds joy in every situation. He is so funny by nature and people are so drawn to his inviting and kind personality. I am so blessed by his incredible servants’ heart. He is the best and most devoted husband and father. Austin is the most dedicated and loving father; he will never stop trying to do everything he can to support and love his family. Samantha is the most compassionate person. Her love for people, especially children, is unmatched. When someone is in need, her heart breaks for them and she puts their needs above her own. She is a walking example of the golden rule and is the definition of empathy. Family is her top priority. Sam is an absolutely incredible mother and teacher. She refuses to let a child feel inadequate or unsuccessful; she works tirelessly to make sure every one of her students feels important, successful, and safe. She is a true advocate for her students and our son. She has an innate ability to connect with children of all cultures and backgrounds and treats all children as if they are family.

Our Hobbies and Interests: We are lucky to work jobs that allow us to spend so much time together. We have family pizza and movie nights weekly, and make it part of our nightly routine to spend special time reading and playing together each night as a family before bed. We enjoy cooking and baking and love a good weeknight dance party. During the summer we like to spend time at the lake. Sam’s parents and grandparents both own boats so we like to relax out there. We enjoy exploring new places around town, taking walks with the dogs, snuggling up for family movie nights, and spending time with friends and their families. We value family time and spending our time together. We are pretty active and love to adventure as a family. We love spending time as a family going on trips to the zoo and discovery centers, sporting events, lots of fun nights out to eat, holiday events like the polar express train and pumpkin patch, lake adventures, countless trips to playgrounds around town, and so many others. We love to travel and cannot wait to have even more adventures as our family grows.

Why We Want to Adopt: We knew we wanted to be parents soon after we got married. We are both people who love to be around our family and couldn’t wait to start one of our own. We are unable to conceive biologically so we decided pursuing extensive medical intervention isn’t a good fit for us. We quickly realized that adoption has been God’s plan for us all along. Adoption has been our greatest blessing and we cannot wait to begin this journey again to grow our family! We are grateful that our son and future children will be able to connect and bond knowing they share adoption stories. Our extended family and friends are so excited to support us and our growing family through adoption again.