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Location: MI
Religion: Unitarian/Christian

dear expectant mother

Hello!  We are Nate and Mackenzie and we are so thankful you have taken the time to read about us. We are overjoyed to begin our adoption story and are excited for you to be a part of it. Thank you for considering us as adoptive parents, please know that our thoughts are with you during this journey.

We can’t promise to understand all the emotions and fears you must have, but we can promise to be good listeners and open-books when it comes to any questions you may have. We know that it takes a strong and loving person to be embarking on this journey, and we want to be as supportive as possible.

We are both very excited to be growing our family through adoption. We’ve always felt that a family is so much more than biology. We will teach your child about their beginnings and about where they were born and who you are. Our home will always be a house of understanding, love, and great experiences. We believe it is love and support that bonds people together, and we can’t wait to share with a child who their birth family is and that they have so many people who love and care about them.

We appreciate this opportunity to introduce ourselves and hope that as you look through our profile you can see how much love, support and joy we have to offer.

About Us

The right place was Washington DC, and the right time was 2011, when we both bumped into each other at a friend’s birthday party. Before we knew it we were attached at the hip and running off to get married in the mountains of Virginia, surrounded by family, friends, and fall leaves.

Both of us loved living in D.C, but we also shared a dream of farmland and chicken-ownership. So after a decade of city-living we packed our bags and headed north to a farmhouse and new adventures. We’ve traded in our late-nights for early mornings, but we are having just as much fun. When it’s warm outside we spend our days attempting to garden and taking our boat out on the lake. If it’s snowing then you can find us in the yard playing with the dogs and making snow angels.

We are both lucky to have flexible jobs that give us a lot of time to spend time together and to travel. Nate works from home as an AV automation designer and Mackenzie works as the Executive Director of a local animal shelter. Most nights you can find us making a mess in the kitchen (right now we are working on making pasta from scratch). Mackenzie is also learning to play the banjo (just like Kermit the Frog), and Nate is working on a commercial helicopter pilot's license (he already has 167 hours of flying under his belt!).

Our Home & Pets

We were in town for a family reunion when Nate’s mom mentioned that “his grandparent’s old farmhouse had a “For Sale” sign in the yard.” We thought it couldn’t hurt to take a look and before we knew it we were the proud owners of a 4-bedroom farmhouse, complete with a big red barn and a pond full of turtles.

We’d heard all the stories about growing up on the farm from Nate’s family. From playing hide and seek in the barn to catching tadpoles, and we are thrilled at the possibility of giving another generation those same memories.

We also love being part of a community full of nice neighbors, good schools, and being minutes from lakes, beaches, and parks.

We share our house with our 2 dogs (CousCous and Barley), 2 cats (Pistachio and Sesame), Mango the turtle, Saffy the bunny, 3 chickens, and a family of barn cats.

Our Extended Family

Both of our families enjoy getting together every year for big reunions, holidays, and family trips. Mackenzie’s family lives a couple states away, but we drive down to see them every chance we get (or every time she has a craving for country ham and biscuits, which is frequently).

Nate’s mom has a lake house only 5 minutes away from us, so we spend a lot of time at her house for Sunday dinners and lazy afternoons on the lake. In addition to his Michigan family, we frequently visit Nate’s brother that lives in Chicago and his sister and brother that live in Washington DC. His sister is also starting the adoption process, and we are all super excited to be able to support each other and share in this experience.

What Led Us To Adoption

When it came to growing our family, adoption was our first choice. Early on in our relationship we discussed our desire to adopt, and as the years passed the desire only grew stronger. It definitely feels like the best path for us, and we couldn’t be more excited to get to fulfill our dreams of becoming parents through adoption.

Fun Facts

About Nate
Occupation AV Automation System Designer
Education B.S. - International Studies
Race Caucasian
Favorite Hobby Boating, Water Sports, Flying
Favorite Sport Football
Favorite Holiday Thanksgiving
Favorite Subject in School History
Favorite Activity Boat rides on the lake
Favorite Tradition Valentine’s Day Pizza
Favorite Animal Monkeys
Dream Vacation Galapagos Islands
About Mackenzie
Occupation Executive Director, Animal Shelter
Education B.S. - Communications
Race Caucasian
Favorite Hobby Painting, Playing the Banjo
Favorite Sport Baseball
Favorite Holiday 4th of July
Favorite Subject in School Biology
Favorite Activity Watching the sunset at the beach
Favorite Tradition Christmas Eve board games and popcorn
Favorite Animal Turtles
Dream Vacation Great Wall of China

Contact Nate & Mackenzie

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Choose a Family for
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.
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