Children already in the home: Vanessa is a biological daughter who is 8 years old. She loves to dance, sing and paint. She also loves animals, especially dogs and horses. She is a student in the same school that Samantha teaches at. She loves to be around children of all ages. She is outgoing and creative.
Brock is a biological son who is 6 years old. He loves to play with cars, dinosaurs, and all of his toys. He enjoys 4-H, technology, his friends and being outside. He is affectionate and independent. He goes to school at the same school that Samantha works.
Education/Occupations: Hardy works as a Senior Site Specialist in a customer support role for a company helping to serve the scientific community. He has a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from a State University and further schooling in Energy Systems Engineering from another State University.
Samantha has a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Special Education both from the same State Universities as Hardy. She works as a kindergarten teacher in a public school and is a dance and cheerleading coach.
Where we live: We live in a rural community in a house that was built in 1914 then renovated and added onto in the late 2010s. We are within walking or short driving distance to parks, grocery stores, the school, and more. There is a small community college in our town which is on a reservation. This provides us with a unique variety of opportunities to learn and grow.
Religious affiliation/practice: We are members of our local Catholic Church. We are very involved in our church; Samantha teaches faith formation to the primary elementary students at our church. Our faith is very much part of our lives, we want our children to know the love that God has for each one of us.
Health: Good health for all.
Child care plan: We have connections with different home daycares as well as a center in the community where we live. After both Hardy and Samantha take a leave to be home with the child after placement, the child will attend one of the daycares we are connected with.
School preference: Our community has a wonderful public school district. This is the same school that Samantha works at, it is our intention to have our children attend this school.
Hobbies/Interests: Hardy:Being with family, science, nature, movies, cooking and community events. Samantha: Being with family and friends, coaching, theatre, music, playing games and watching movies with her family.
Time spent as a family: We like to do anything and everything together! We are involved in our church and community and go to sporting events and other activities. We spend time with our extended family and friends. We play games, go swimming, see movies, and travel whenever we can.
Pets: 2 small dogs
Dear Expectant Parent(s),
We are Hardy and Samantha! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to introduce ourselves. We thank you so much for choosing life and for considering adoption. We cannot imagine all that you are going through as you make this tough decision. The admiration and respect that we feel toward you for making this decision for your child is beyond measure.
Since getting married in 2011, we couldn’t wait to start our family. Adoption was something that we both felt called to and knew we wanted at some point in our lives. With the help of infertility specialists, we were able to have our biological children, Vanessa and Brock. We also have a baby waiting for us on the other side of heaven, Graham. We still felt the call to adoption and the yearning to have a big family, so we started our adoption journey. Once we began the process, we knew we were where we were meant to be. We are so excited to grow our family through adoption.
Parenting has been the greatest joy in our lives. As we started our life together as a couple, we dreamt of the day when we could love our children and share the beauty of the world and the love of God with them. Now, as we grow our family, we love doing things with our children and can’t wait to experience all life has to offer as we grow our family. We love to watch movies, go to sporting events and theatre, play games, read, and have fun together. We are looking forward to sharing these experiences and more with all our children. As parents we have found that love, faith and togetherness are what makes our family so special.
If you choose us to parent your child we promise to love your child unconditionally. They will always know how loved they are, not only by us, but also by you. It is your love that made them and your selfless love that brought them to us. Adoption is so full of love and we want them to know how wanted and special they are. We are willing to talk about what your desires are and what is best for your child.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and get to know us. We are forever in awe of your strength and love to make such a selfless decision. We hope that we get the chance to meet you! We will be thinking of you and praying for you as you make this difficult decision.
"Family is so important to us. We enjoy our family so much and would love to add to our family through adoption. We and our extended families have lots of love to share and would so welcome a new little one into our home."