dear expectant mother
Dear Expectant Mother,
We recognize your courage and selflessness. What a beautiful, brave person you are to put forth the effort to give the little life inside of you such care and love from their very beginning. We believe that in giving of yourself in this way, you are quite the hero. If we are blessed with the opportunity to raise your precious baby, they will grow up with the awareness of the incredibly strong choices that you made out of love for them.
As we wait, we imagine the first bath, first steps, and first wiggly tooth all the way to the last big game, last recital, and graduation day. We anticipate celebrating even the smallest successes in their journey and praying for and encouraging them through any disappointments. We look forward to decorating sugar cookies, baking homemade pizzas, enjoying our after-Christmas vacation tradition, having at-home movie nights, playing “the floor is lava,” serving our church and community, riding bikes at the park, and dancing in the living room to every Disney song ever made, all as a family of four.
We believe that alongside our incredible support system of family and friends, we can provide a life that is grounded in a hope and Joy that will result in an outpouring of love from every angle! Growing our family through adoption truly is a dream come true. We are anxiously waiting with open arms.
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Well, hello there! We are Derek and Sidney! Let us introduce you to us! We dated and were engaged and married within 12 months, but after years of being best friends, the timing was nothing short of perfect. Our friendship was always safe, reliable, and loaded with laughter, so falling in love was icing on the cake! Having already dedicated a lot of our free time to children’s ministry in our church and community, building a family together has always been a given. Derek’s work in handling the daily operations of a trucking company utilizes his hardworking and organized personality, while Sidney’s job at her grandmother’s in-home childcare is the perfect combination of work and quality time with our daughter, Ivy. While we have many individual interests, serving as student ministers in our church and spending time together as a family are at the top of our priority lists.
Soon after our daughter had her first birthday, we began looking for a house with more space for hosting our student group, holidays with family and friends, and, ultimately, expanding our family. About a mile from our first home, in a beautiful and family-friendly neighborhood, we found a place with five bedrooms for our growing family, a screened-in back porch for shaded play on warmer days, a custom-built playset in our large backyard, and multiple playrooms in the finished basement. We believe it is the perfect place for cookouts with friends or cozy movie nights at home with family, and we hope and pray for the chance to share this space with a precious new addition.
Our Extended Family
We have both been given incredible examples of happy, healthy marriages in our parents, and being able to share a home church, holidays, and special occasions with both sides as one large family has made our lives that much sweeter.
One of our favorite traditions is getting bundled up on Christmas morning and going out for breakfast in our pajamas as a family of three before spending the evening with our other loved ones, which includes our parents, Sidney’s little brother and grandmother, and some of our close friends! We believe that because of our loving family and supportive friend group, we have so much to offer any little one that will be added to our mix. Our friends and family are beyond excited and are anxiously waiting for us to bring home this new little life we know will be a gift to us all!
What Led Us To Adoption
Even in our pre-dating friendship, we were both supportive of the other’s drive to minister to, care for, and invest in the lives of the children in our sphere. Once our romantic relationship started, it was a no-brainer to both of us that adoption, in some form, would be in our future. We decided from the beginning to do whatever was needed to make this dream and calling of ours a reality. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be given the chance to grow our family through adoption!
|Occupation||Manager/part-owner of trucking company|
|Education||B.A - Christian Education|
|Favorite Food||Pizza, BBQ, ice cream|
|Favorite Hobby||Basketball, volleyball with family|
|Favorite Music Group||NeedToBreathe, Brandon Lake, Eric Church|
|Favorite TV Show||Criminal Minds, SportsCenter|
|Favorite Book||The Bible|
|Favorite Tradition||College basketball games with Dad|
|Dream Vacation||Roadtrip across America|
|Occupation||Early childhood teaching assistant|
|Favorite Food||Sushi, tacos, cookies|
|Favorite Hobby||Playing piano, college games with family|
|Favorite Music Group||Maverick City, NeedToBreathe, Judah & the Lion|
|Favorite TV Show||The Office, The Chosen, Chopped|
|Favorite Book||The Bible, The Oath|
|Favorite Tradition||Baking Christmas cookies with family|
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Your Baby With Confidence
As you browse our list of hopeful adoptive parents, you can feel confident in knowing that all of the adoptive families working with Angel Adoption are prepared to offer your baby a safe, stable, and loving environment along with a wealth of opportunities for a happy and fulfilling life.
Each adoptive parent has been thoroughly evaluated through a home study course conducted by a licensed agency. A completed home study means the family is emotionally, physically, and financially ready to adopt a baby.
The home study process includes assessments of each parent’s character, marital stability, financial situation, lifestyle, and medical history. The agency also runs background checks to verify there is no record of criminal activity or child abuse. In addition, a social worker will inspect the family’s home to ensure it is a safe environment for a child.
Furthermore, Angel Adoption requires each family to be educated on adopting and parenting. After a baby has been placed with the adoptive family, a social worker will continue to monitor and supervise the family. We go to great lengths to make sure all the families you have to choose from are going to be excellent parents for your baby!
Not sure how to start? See our How to Choose an Adoptive Family resource page.
If you need more help, you’re always welcome to contact us any time!