Andrew & Lauren
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Hello! We are best friends and both business owners who come from large, faith-based families. Starting our family through adoption is so exciting and something we know will change our lives in the most amazing way possible. We love playing with our two dogs, going to sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. We are blessed to live in a great community surrounded by family and friends. We are open to any level of openness you are comfortable with through visits, photos, and letters.
“Always live life to the fullest!” has been one of the promises we made to each other – and we do our absolute best to live that every day! We also LOVE a good adventure. Ever since we met, we have traveled to Vancouver, Cape Cod, Australia, Jamaica, Florida, and so many other places across the USA. One of our favorite things to do is to play with our two dogs, Louis and Brady. We love taking them to local parks and playing tug-a-war with them! We enjoy movie nights, date nights, playing golf, going to football games, and playing with our nieces and nephew. Family is very important to us and family cookouts are usually our go-to fun event that includes board games, good food, and reminiscing.
Although our battle with infertility has not allowed us to conceive, we are very excited to be adopting and have so much love to share. We are thrilled to become first-time parents and look forward to teaching our child about our faith, sharing family traditions, traveling, and ultimately doing everything in our power to support his/her dreams.
My Husband, Andrew
Andrew is kind-hearted, fun-loving, and full of life. He thinks about others before he thinks of himself and often prays for his employees, his friends, his family, and anyone else he connected with that day. He is a successful business owner of a marketing agency with 20 employees and clients all over the United States! I get to hear his deepest thoughts, challenges, and wins every day before we go to bed. When Andrew is with his family, he is at his peak of happiness. He loves his nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters, parents, in-laws, cousins, and second cousins all so much. Andrew lights up the room with his happiness and joy (and sometimes his ridiculous sense of humor!) Andrew is a HUGE football fan and looks forward to sharing that love with our child.
My Wife, Lauren
Lauren loves with all her heart. She cares so much that her love shines through everything she does. She is intentional in all that she does and is full of love, life, and whimsy. Lauren is creative, loves spending time with family (Especially our nieces and nephew!), and has a deep love for fashion. She has turned that passion into her career and now owns and operates her own women's fashion boutique that is located just across the street from our neighborhood. It was always her dream to own a fashion brand of her own, and she is living that dream! I am so proud of her.
She always tells me that one of her dreams is to walk with our child along 5th Avenue in New York City to see all the fun windows and fancy stores at Christmas time.
Our families are both close-knit, extremely loving, and so excited for our adoption! Between our two families, we have SO many traditions! We are excited to share those family traditions with our child.
Andrew's family is fun, lively, and they LOVE to sing! Andrew has two brothers and two sisters that are spread out across New York, Chicago, Nashville, and Indiana (his brother lives right down the road from us). His parents live about 8-minutes from our home. We also have three nieces and one nephew.
Lauren's family is loving, close-knit, and loves new experiences. Lauren’s immediate family includes her brother and her parents who all live in Ohio and we see at least once per month!
Our Home in Indiana
We live in a family-oriented neighborhood, near many parks, trails, and food/shopping within driving distance. The neighborhood has a community pool, tennis courts, and a golf course. Our two-story home has 4 big bedrooms, a large dining room for family meals, a huge finished basement for activities, and a big ½ acre fenced backyard. Oh, and our yard backs up to a horse farm! How cool?!
We currently have two dogs in our home, Louis and Brady, and they are both wonderful with kids! Our neighbors are a mixture of cultural backgrounds and have children from newborns to college students. We LOVE our neighborhood!
We promise to unconditionally love your child and provide them with emotional and financial support, a safe and stable home, and a wonderful education. Your child will grow up surrounded by loving family members, cousins who LOVE to play, friends who would do anything for them, and a church that will support them as they grow.
We look forward to sharing with your child our countless family traditions, our love for traveling, puppy dog kisses, Notre Dame football games with Andrew, and shopping with Lauren.
More About Andrew
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Profession: Business Owner: Marketing Agency
Racial Background: Caucasian
Places we've traveled: Australia - my sister lived there for 3 years!
Dinner: Lauren's Mom's pizza!
Ice Cream Flavor: Moose Tracks
Weekend Activity: Attending football games!
Restaurant: Marcel - Atlanta, GA
More About Lauren
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Profession: Business Owner: Women's Clothing Boutique
Racial Background: Caucasian
Places we've traveled: Vancouver - it was absolutely STUNNING!
Dinner: Steak and Shrimp
Ice Cream Flavor: Black Raspberry (with fudge)
Weekend Activity: Walking the dogs!
Restaurant: Sesuit Harbor Cafe - Cape Cod, MA
More About Our Family
What we like to do in our spare time...
We have two dogs - and they LOVE to play! Playing fetch in the back yard, going to different parks around town for a long walk, or playing tug-of-war in the basement.
We also love to travel. We usually take a trip (part for business, part for fun) every 3-4 months. Whenever we travel, we try to find the most unique restaurants and try new things. Some cities have great entertainment, so we try to hit a show or two if possible. Sometimes, we just need some rest and relaxation and hang on a beach or poolside.
When we are in town, family cookouts are usually our go-to for fun events. Our nieces are so much fun, full of energy, and keep us all on our toes! If our nephew is in town, it's even more exciting. The adults like to play board games or just reminisce on stories. We love spending time with family!
A glimpse into our Faith...
We are both Catholic and love the Christian faith. Prior to making the decision to explore adoption, we actually invited our priest to our home for dinner. He discussed with us the beauty of adoption, the history of adoption throughout the Bible, and even shared his own family's personal journey with adoption.
We pray every night before bed and attend church every Sunday. Our faith is so important to our family and to our lives.
Our musical interests...
We love all types of music: Country, Alternative, Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Christian, Rap, etc.
Andrew comes from an extremely musical family and loves to belt out singing the songs in the car! While Lauren loves to listen to music.
Some favorite family traditions
One of our favorite traditions is Lauren’s Mom’s “Italian Night” dinners where she decorates her home like an Italian restaurant and serves the best food.
Andrew's family hosts a Christmas Caroling party every December.
For Christmas, we wrap up the pieces to the Nativity set and unwrap one figurine every day leading up to Christmas morning. On Christmas, we unwrap baby Jesus and sing Happy Birthday!
We also create a HUGE hot chocolate bar on Christmas eve. We have treats like brownies, marshmallows, candy canes, powdered sugar, whole candy bars, and so much more! The whole table is covered in treats. We then bring out our collection of big, fun Christmas mugs and make hot chocolate for everyone to decorate.
We tried to count all of our family Christmas traditions, but couldn’t keep track (there are SO MANY)!
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We are so excited to meet you! We pray every day that God watches over this journey of adoption and we pray for you and your child. We want to respect your level of openness in the adoption and promise to always include you (whether that is through visits, photos, letters, or more) in your child's life. Becoming first-time parents is something we are beyond excited about. We look forward to sharing our lives with your child.