| 573-569-5730

Dave & Mandy

https://www.adoptimist.com/adoption-parent-profile/34595

Dave & Mandy
Last Activity: 2 hours ago

Happy, Loving, Christian Family Hoping to Adopt

Dear Expectant Mother,

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our family. We are so excited and hopeful to add a child to our family through adoption. If you think our family might be the right family for your baby (or babies), please contact us at any time. The decision to allow a family to adopt your baby must be so difficult. We are amazed by your selfless sacrifice. It is so, so important that you choose a family that you are completely sure will be the best fit. Please ask us anything and everything. If you do choose us to be your child's parents, we want you to know without a doubt in your heart that your child will grow up in a family that is perfect for him or her.

About Our Family:
We are Dave and Mandy, and we live in Missouri. We were married in December of 2012. Shortly after, we started to try for a baby. Several years of infertility and miscarriages followed. We were so happy when we did give birth to our son Nolan in May of 2016. Nolan came with many surprises. He was born with a genetic condition that causes his muscles to be very weak. Due to this, he eats through a feeding tube, uses a ventilator through his trach to help him breathe well while sleeping, and uses a wheelchair to explore the world. We adore our son so much, but we don’t want to put another child through all of things he has been through. Our faith in God has taken a situation which could have been devastating and turned it into the most joyous and best thing that has ever happened to us.

About Dave:
Dave is the youngest of 4 boys. He grew up in the country with lots of land to play on. We actually bought this land and are excited to watch our children, explore, play, and have many adventures in the woods and the sprawling yard. Dave works as an instructor at a nuclear power plant. He provides a comfortable living for his family while working at a job he enjoys and is good at. Dave is enjoys working outside, playing sports (especially baseball), fishing, hunting, and of course, playing games with Nolan.

About Mandy:
Mandy is the oldest of three; she has a brother and sister. Mandy used to teach 7th grade but now stays home to care for Nolan. She plans to stay home with her children until they are all in school, at which time, she will likely return to teaching. Mandy enjoys making people laugh with her sarcastic sense of humor, reading, crocheting, playing guitar and singing, and she loves doing every activity under the sun with Nolan.

About Nolan:
Nolan loves to read books, listen to music, sing, play with his toys, and explore new places. Nolan has 10 cousins, one girl and nine boys, that know how to bring the entertainment. He just learned to sit up and can sit up by himself for 8 straight minutes, and he is VERY proud of himself! He adores his grandparents, and he likes his parents a lot too.

Our Adoption Hopes:
We have no preference about race or gender. We are hoping for a healthy baby this time around. That said, things happen. If our adopted baby is born with an unforeseen condition, we will walk through that situation with our child. We want to work with the birth family to find a plan that we are all comfortable with.

Please don't hesitate to contact us!

Dave & Mandy

Latest Photos

Who We Are

Dave and I (Mandy) met on match.com (how romantic, ha!). It's funny, because we were at the same small college at the same time and never met. After college, I moved to a random town, and ended up living 10 miles from Dave; we still never met. Once we finally did meet, we both knew right away that we would end up married. For the first time ever, it just felt right. It was easy. I went to work the day after our first date and told my friends that I was going to marry this guy. We got engaged after 6 months and married 6 months after that.

We started trying to have a baby a few months after getting married in December of 2012. Month after month, the pregnancy tests were negative. We did several of years fertility treatments. Twice we became pregnant and miscarried soon after. We were ecstatic to became pregnant with our son. He was born in May of 2016.

In spite having a healthy pregnancy, Nolan surprised us all by having a genetic condition that causes him to have low muscle tone. We spent his first 3 months in the NICU, trying to figure out the best way to help him eat and breathe and even be held without hurting him. Turns out, Nolan was also born with a condition called Super Awesome. This kid has worked his little butt off since the day he was born, and today, at age 3 can sit up by himself and even cruise the grocery store in his wheelchair. He eats through a feeding tube and breathes through his trach. His thinking and ability to learn is totally normal. Nolan definitely has a case of Only Child Syndrome and would benefit so much from getting to be a big brother.

We are a Christian family. I know that can look different for different families. For us, we attend a protestant church weekly. We read Bible stories to our son and pray with him every day. Without God, I don't know how Dave and I would have coped with everything during the first three months of Nolan's life. We knew that everything works for the good of those who love Him and that God has good plans for us - not plans to destroy us, but plans for a hope and a future. It was so hard to see at the time, but our lives are so full and joyous now. It will be so wonderful to share that joy with our adopted son or daughter.

We were always told that marriage isn't easy, that it's something you have to work at. Honestly, the easiest thing in our lives is our marriage. We are best, best friends. Having a child with a medical condition breaks a lot of marriages. For us, it's really shown us how much we need each other. We're a good team. We fight for what is best for our son, and we will do the same for all of our children.

Adoption Diary

Cooking for My Family

First, let me say that I love our son Nolan dearly. He’s an awesome kid who is tougher than most grown men. One of Nolan’s challenges is swallowing. Right now he’s working hard to learn to swallow some saliva, but food is a long way down the road, if ever. There’s just something about being a mom that drives you to feed your children. Sure, I cook and blend Nolan’s food daily and use a syringe to push it directly into his stomach through his feeding tube. He’s fed; he’s healthy, but there is no joy or pleasure in eating. One thing I am so looking forward to is cooking healthy and yummy meals for the child we get to adopt. It would be so awesome to hear my child tell me she loves my veggie pizza quesadillas. It would also be funny to watch the drama unfold as we try to make her try a bite of asparagus. I’m excited for these new experiences and doubt I will ever take them for granted. I’m also excited to see if Nolan suddenly becomes more interested in tasting and trying to swallow when his brother or sister is eating and being praised for it. A little competition from a sibling can be a great thing!

Baby Monitor

One of favorite thing is listening to Nolan on the baby monitor. Kids are hilarious when they think no one is watching or listening. Nolan’s favorite word us hi-yah (think karate). Im currently listening to him sing a slow, sad sounding song with hi-yah being the only lyric

Thank You for Visiting Our Adoption Profile

We want to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Dave & Mandy

573-569-5730 (toll-free)

or View More Families
Dave & Mandy