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Derrick + Lauren

This is just a glimpse of our lives. What is most important to us is that you know our promise. We promise that your child will know the special way he or she came into our lives. We commit to raising them up to know you, respect and honor you. We will put your child first in anything that we do and love them like our very own. We will make them the center of our heart and home. Be there for them through the good and bad. Our life is by no means perfect, but it is ours.

Hello There!

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We are so grateful that you have been led to our story. Thank you for taking the time to consider us as possible adoptive parents to your baby. Our hope is that by sharing our story, you will get a glimpse into our lives and what kind of parents we will be.

Your journey leading you to this decision has likely not been easy and we can't pretend to imagine the circumstances that have brought you to this moment. What we do know, without a doubt, is the love you have shown for your child already is something we deeply appreciate and admire.

We understand this decision requires a tremendous amount of trust. We hope to bring a sense of peace which allows you to know that your child will always be safe and loved. Our promise is to honor you by teaching your child how strong you are and how much you love them. Above all, we respect your decision and want you to know you will be in our continued thoughts and prayers.

Our Story

We are Derrick and Lauren and this is how Texas met Pennsylvania. If you would have told either of us eleven years ago we would meet our future spouse online we would have laughed at you. Turns out, that's how our love story really began. What started as an online friendship quickly turned into two college students flying back and forth any chance they got to spend time together. The first three years together were spent long distance while we finished college.

After graduation, Derrick knew it was time to pop the question. Derrick flew to Pennsylvania to set up a surprise romantic proposal. Of course, Lauren said yes and soon after packed her bags and moved to Texas while Derrick went on to get his Master's Degree. The engagement lasted about two and half years and we were married in Lauren's hometown on her parents 28th wedding anniversary. We celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary this year.

A Little About Lauren As Told By Derrick

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Lauren has a heart bigger than Texas. She is a giving person by nature, always putting the needs of others in front of her own. She loves crafts, decorations, DIY projects and planning theme parties. Above all, her love and compassion for others is unrivaled especially when it comes to our friends and family. She may not know it, but she is the strongest person I know. Without a doubt, she is going to be an amazing mom too. She will be the kind of mother who goes above and beyond for her child. She will raise them to be loving, caring and teach them right from wrong. She will be the mom that writes little notes for their lunch box and throws epic birthday parties.

A Little About Derrick As Told By Lauren

Fun loving, outgoing with a great sense of humor Derrick is always up for an adventure. When you meet him, you can't help but notice his super easy-going spirit. You never have to worry with Derrick, he always makes you feel calm and takes a level-headed approach to anything he does. We have five nieces and nephews and two god daughters and I absolutely love to watch him be Uncle Derrick. I can't wait to see him be a dad. He will be an outgoing and involved parent that wants to teach his child everything he can and support them every step of the way. It will be his greatest adventure yet.

Our Families

We are very blessed to have two large and loving families. They all support our plan to adopt to the moon and back and cannot wait to welcome a little one into our lives.

Meet Lauren's family! Lauren's parents are Paula (mother) and Casey (father) and they live in Pennsylvania along with her brother, Joshua. We take full advantage any chance we get to fly back and forth to spend time together. When we go home to visit, you can count on two things: you will laugh until you cry and Paula will not let you go hungry with her many home cooked meals. Casey and Joshua are two of the most hardworking guys you will ever meet and love to lend a hand whenever needed. Our favorite thing to do as a family is snuggle up and watch a movie together after enjoying one of Paula's delicious meals.

Meet Derrick's family! Derrick's parents Bertty and Peter are the foundation of the family and are only a few short hours away in Texas. Older brother Eric is married to his wife Megan and has three children: Emma, Kaylen, and Jensen. Younger brother Garrick is married to his wife Lindsay and has two children: Gavin and Camden. When we get together, no matter how long it's been, we pick up like we never left. We love catching up, telling stories, laughing, and playing with the kids. Our favorite time together is when we all sit around the table and enjoy a meal together.

Meet Max And Gidget – Our Two Little Yorkies!

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Max will be 10 this year and Gidget just turned 5. They are our little snuggle partners every night and love to take walks, ride in the car and play with the same toy. They keep us laughing and smiling and we love having them as a part of our little family! They are great with the nieces and nephews and they can't wait to be a big brother and big sister.

Our Home

We had the opportunity to build our first home together. We live on a corner lot with a huge back yard which has lots of room to let the nieces and nephews run around and play out back. We live in a very family friendly neighborhood which is close to our work, has access to the trails, river and lots of great neighbors that like to plan great family oriented functions. Our favorite events are the Annual BBQ Cookoff and Easter Egg Hunt.

Our Promise To You

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This is just a glimpse of our lives. What is most important to us is that you know our promise. We promise that your child will know the special way he or she came into our lives. We commit to raising them up to know you, respect and honor you. We will put your child first in anything that we do and love them like our very own. We will make them the center of our heart and home. Be there for them through the good and bad. Our life is by no means perfect, but it is ours. We are surrounded by two large families that will unconditionally love, protect and support our new little family. We promise to give them a great life filled with lots of experiences.

We all have something in common already. We love a child we haven't even met yet. Your adoption plan is the most generous gift anyone could receive. When we heard the news that we would not be able to get pregnant, we knew something bigger was in the works. We put our faith in God and He led us to adoption. It was meant to be a part of our story all along. This will be our greatest adventure yet and we are thrilled to be adding a pair of boots to our journey through life. Thank you for taking the time to consider us.

With love,

Derrick and Lauren

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