Our story began seven years ago. We had both moved to the same small town at the same time. Ethan moved to manage a ranch for the company he works for, and Casey moved to teach special education. It didn’t take long for us to find each other as the only two new people in town. We fell in love with the countryside, the community, and each other. We went together like peas and carrots! We were happily married among our family and friends in 2017. We are both passionate about our jobs. Casey continues to teach special education, and Ethan manages the ranch where we reside. When we are not working, you can find us in the outdoors. Fishing and hiking are some of our favorite hobbies. We are adventurous and love taking vacations with our families.
We feel very fortunate to have such a supportive family. They have been with us every step of the way. Our parents are thrilled to have grandchildren! Ethan is the oldest of four, so his parents will be grandparents for the first time. Ethan’s mother is sure to bake your child lots of tasty treats. Ethan’s brothers and sisters are eager to become aunts and uncles.
Casey is also one of four. Her brother has two little girls who are excited for a cousin to play with. Casey’s mother is a midwife, so babies are her business. We feel very fortunate to have her guidance. She loves playing dress up and restaurant with her grandchildren.
Growing up, we spent a lot of time at our family cabins. We are excited to take family trips to these cabins, where the kids love to ride on Grandpa’s boat and fish in the creek. Both of our families are from rural areas, so we look forward to carrying on the tradition of 4-H and attending the local county fairs. Both of us have very large extended families. When you get us all together, it’s a beautiful mess of food, children playing, laughter, and love.
Our journey to grow our family began after we were married. We decided we were ready for a family and it was time to start trying. Over the next two years, we experienced two miscarriages and infertility. During this process, we kept coming back to adoption. It had always been a discussion from the time we realized things might be difficult. After lots of prayers, we strongly feel adoption is the path we were meant to take. Everything about our decision feels right, and we are deeply committed to it. The night we opened our hearts up to adoption, we knew it was the beginning of a beautiful journey!