Dan and Annie - Ellen Kaplan Adoptions
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Dan and Annie

“Although our journey through infertility has not been easy, we are so excited about the possibility of growing our family through adoption.”

Location: Missouri

Ages: 37 and 35

Religion: Christian

Professions: Chemist/Pediatric Nurse

Other Kids: None together, Dan has a son from a previous relationship

Preferences: Any Race, Either Gender, Newborn

How We Met: As cliché as it may be, we met online, on a dating website. We were both looking for someone who valued faith, honesty, and loyalty, principles that we have built our family upon today. In early 2018, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Dan’s first message to me just so happened to be on my mom’s first day of chemo. My mom, now a cancer survivor, later commented, “The Lord’s timing was so sweet to give you Dan during such a difficult time”. Dan proposed during winter, on the same bench where we shared our first kiss. We were married soon after and are grateful every day for God’s goodness, faithfulness, and perfect timing.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other: Annie: Dan is faithful, loyal, and honest, and I love that I can trust him with anything. He is a wonderful provider for our family and a fierce protector. He is calm in stressful situations and can always make me laugh. Dan is the best husband and father and is excellent at showing his family love. Dan: Annie is a loving and attentive mother to Connor. I admire the work she does as a pediatric nurse and am grateful for the home she has helped create for our family. I love how much God and family mean to her. Annie is my best friend and I love how playful she is and how much we enjoy each other’s company.

Our Hobbies and Interests: We love spending time with family, whatever the activity. Some of our favorites are family game nights, movie nights, and visiting our family cabin for hunting and fishing. Dan likes to spend time restoring his 1996 F-350 truck and woodworking. He just finished building a beautiful dining room table to seat all our family for dinners and game nights. Annie is always up for trying new baking recipes and Dan and Connor are always available to taste test. Since we have been married, we have made it a goal to take a yearly family vacation. We have a map in our home marked with all the places we have been and all the places we would like to see.

Why We Want to Adopt: We always knew we wanted to expand our family. Connor is Dan’s biological son, and it has been one of our greatest blessings to parent him together over our 4 years of marriage. One of our greatest desires is to add to that joy by having the opportunity to parent another child together from infancy. Adoption was always a part of the conversation when we discussed what having more children might look like. And so, after months of trying to conceive without success, we started having the conversation about next steps. Although our journey through infertility has not been easy, we are so excited about the possibility of growing our family through adoption.

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