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Kia ora! Thank you for taking the time to consider us as adoptive parents. We are a Christ-centered, homeschooling, creative family of four living in Louisiana. We love spending time with family and friends, visiting new places, and enjoying the beauty of the world. We are so excited to add a precious soul to our family through adoption.
We met at college in an art class, married soon after, and have enjoyed 14 wonderful years together. For nine years we lived and worked in New Zealand with a church. During that time our two sons, Silas and Asher, were born. The New Zealand lifestyle taught us to enjoy our surroundings and to have a healthy family/work balance, as well as appreciate the beauty in different cultures. We have been back in the U.S. since mid-2021. Lance works as a minister with a local church and Kristen is a stay-at-home mother and homeschool teacher.
At home, we play hard and work hard. We are very active with our church and love spending time with them. We really look forward to having another little one in our family to love, guide, and share our lives with. Our boys are SO excited to have another sibling.
Together, we enjoy:
*Going on walks
*Traveling and adventures
*Anything and everything creative
Lance says: In a fast-paced, big-picture world, I could not be more thankful to have Kristen in my and our children’s lives to remind us to see love, beauty, and even God Himself in the little things. To watch her coach our children as they grow up to be loving, creative, and expressive human beings is a daily treasure to me. She helps the entire family develop our talents and pursue our interests, while always reminding us of our family’s goals. Kristen loves to guide and train our children, read to them, play with them (especially at the park), and take them on weekly adventures. She’s also wonderful at keeping them plugged into the wider family.
*Sewing and embroidery
*Planning family adventures
Kristen says: Lance is one of those rare, truly genuine people. He is patient, kind, and funny, which has made him a fantastic father and a wonderful husband. What I love most about him is his gentleness—both in speech and action. He is a very hard worker and provides well for our family. He always makes time for playing games with the kids and loves reading to them before bed. He is a mega Lord of the Rings and Hobbit nerd and is excited to share this passion with a new child, just as he has with our children. He loves his coffee twice a day and he is always ready with a great dad-joke! He keeps us smiling.
*3D printing and laser engraving
*Playing and listening to music
Our Sons and Family
Our Sons: Silas (9 years old) is creative and loves designing and building. He wants to be an engineer when he grows up. Silas is a natural leader. He is very excited to have a new sibling to teach all the “cool stuff” to. Asher (6 years old) is a gentle, loving soul. He spends most of his free time in pretend play as a cat, dog, or superhero. Asher truly loves everyone he meets. He will be such a sweet and helpful big brother.
Extended Family: We have a close-knit relationship with our large extended family and love our time with them during holidays and “just because” trips! We are able to visit with them at least 4 times a year and talk to them weekly (if not more!). All of the grandmas and grandpas are so excited to have another grandchild. We are blessed with the best bonus family, our church, who are delighted to have another little one to love and spoil.
Our Home in Louisiana
We live in a spacious, open-plan 4-bedroom home in a quiet neighborhood. We have a backyard great for playing and swinging as well as a large, covered patio area that is perfect for drawing with chalk and riding scooters. We have plenty of space out front to ride bikes or play basketball. We have a cat named Shire that is very sweet and great with kids. Our neighbors are friendly and many of them have children too. There’s always something for the children to explore, including lizards and toads they enjoy catching. We enjoy visiting the nearby playgrounds with friends. The local library has weekly story time and a great summer program that we really enjoy attending. We are close to great museums, an aquarium, and the zoo.
Although we currently live and work in Louisiana, we plan to make the move to West Tennessee in early 2025 to be closer to family. We expect to make many wonderful memories there.
We truly appreciate you. Thank you for considering us as adoptive parents of your little one. We promise to love them as our own. We will treasure all of their unique qualities and guide them as they discover their talents. We will maintain an environment where they are free to be children in a safe, stable, and nurturing home. We commit to providing them with a knowledge of God as we do our best to model Christ in our own lives. You will always be spoken of in the highest level of love and respect. If you wish, we will happily share visits, photos, letters, and achievements with you.
More About Lance
Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Ministry
Racial Background: Caucasian
Dish: Lamb Korma Curry
Dessert: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Vacation Spot: Otago, New Zealand
Down Time: Woodworking
Music: Satellite by P.O.D.
Candy: Whittaker's L&P
Hot Drink: Flat White
More About Kristen
Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts
Profession: Stay at Home Mother/Homeschool Teacher
Racial Background: Caucasian
Dish: Greek Chicken Gyro
Dessert: Dark Chocolate Brownies
Vacation Spot: A Sunny Beach
Down Time: Sewing or Reading
Music: Most things by the Beatles or Disney
Candy: Whittaker's Chocolate
Hot Drink: Mochaccino
More About Our Family
Family Fridays --- Every Friday, we either go out to eat as a family or get something to bring back home. We spend the evening just enjoying our time together as a family—playing games, watching a movie, or working on a project together.
Christmas --- We have continued a tradition we learned in New Zealand: sitting down to the Christmas meal and snapping open Christmas crackers together. They are like large poppers with a silly joke, a paper crown, and little toys inside.
Birthdays --- We make a cake together the day before. On the day, we sing and open gifts. The birthday person gets to pick what they want to do on their special day. That might be anything—go eat somewhere special, go watch a movie at the theater, or go on a swamp tour!
As our Creator and Redeemer, God must be number one in our lives. Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). We believe “all Scripture is inspired by God” (2 Timothy 3:16). We have three family goals: (1) Be like Jesus. (2) Make heaven our home. (3) Take as many people with us as possible. To be like Jesus is to do the Father’s will, provide for the needy, and grow in the knowledge of His word. We believe a successful life belongs to the one who knows Jesus and will spend eternity with Him.
Sitting down as a family to eat a meal is when we enjoy discussing the day. We talk about our hopes, dreams, and concerns. Lance usually finishes eating first and then reads a devotion while we're at the table. When the kids get ready for bed we gather for “Bible Time" to sing a hymn together and pray together. Afterward each child gets to choose a story for us to read. (Asher’s current favorites are the Dr. Seuss books, and Silas is currently going through The Chronicles of Narnia.) We love this time to wind down and end our days as a family!
A Typical Homeschool Day
The beauty of homeschool is its flexibility! So these times are estimates...
7am: Wake up
9am: Start working on school with our 6 year old
9:30am: 9 year old starts Language Arts and Math
10am: Snack break (very important to the kids!)
10:30am: Finish up Language Arts and Math
11am: Family style History or Science, depending on the day
1pm: Family style Bible study
1:30pm: Room time for individual play
2pm: Free time until dinner! We might play outside, garden, build Lego, play Minecraft, do some baking, or arts and crafts.
We have so much respect for you and thank you for your time. We hope we can provide comfort to you knowing how loved your child will be as we share our lives, adventures, and faith. We will do our best to teach them about God and provide opportunities for them to bloom into who they were created to be. If it is your wish, we would love to share this journey with you through visits, pictures, and letters. You are your child are in our prayers.