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Adam & Dru

We have been talking about adoption for 20 years. Our dream family of two biological and two adopted children is ignited by scripture, and strengthened by years of prayer, conversation, and research. After 15 years of marriage, two biological sons and one adopted daughter, we are excited to complete our family with one more child. Our hearts are filled with hopeful anticipation!

About Us

Adam
Dru
Job
Financial Advisor
Stay-at-Home Mom
Education
BS in Business, M of Divinity
BA in Music Education, MA in Teaching with Reading/Writing Endorsement
Children
Israel, Ezekiel, Immanuel
Relationship
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

Our Family

Our desire to adopt is inspired by our faith, not due to difficulty conceiving. Adoption has always been part of our dream for a family.

While researching adoption we learned connecting a child's biography with their biology is in the best interest of everyone. Our daughter's adoption is open, and she is thriving. We navigate the openness with her birth mom. We've spent time visiting in person and video chatting/sharing pictures online. We've gotten together to celebrate birthdays, Christmas, and just for fun. Our commitment to maintaining a healthy relationship with our daughter's birth family is unwavering.

We talk about adoption openly in our home. We have pictures of our daughter's birth family, we pray for them often, and we talk about them in conversation like we do with other members of our family. Imma calls her birth mom 'Mommy K', which sometimes surprises other people. We remind them we're not threatened by her relationships with her birth family. We celebrate having them involved in her life! We talk about them with respect, value the advice they give us about Imma's hair, and love that she has so many people that adore experiencing her grow up. We are ready and excited to build a relationship with our next child's birth family with an openness that makes them feel comfortable.

Cultural Diversity

Dru Braiding Imma's Hair

Adoption has always been part of our family's dream. Interracial adoption became a priority while Dru was teaching in an inner city school. The population was primarily low socio-economic Caucasian, African American, and Hispanic families. Dru was working on her Masters in Reading at the same time and learning about the achievement gap in our country's education system. She was greatly impacted by education policies that put students of color at an immediate disadvantage as well as the differences in expectations/discipline of African American students compared to Caucasian students in her school. That exposure to injustice is what committed her and Adam to adopt two African American children.

We prepared for our first adoption by reading about African American culture, conversations with African American friends, and interactions with other interracial families. Once our daughter was born, we invested in her culture through relationships with her birth family. They've taught us how to keep her hair healthy, shared a favorite family song to sing to Imma, and we share pictures/messages online regularly. Imma knows her birth sisters and cousins, and her birth family knows her adopted brothers. Blending our families takes energy and intentionality, and it is life changing for all of us. We will give the same amount of energy to our next child and their birth family by creating relationships that makes everyone feel comfortable and maintaining them as the child grows up.

What Made Us Who We Are Today

Faith is the foundation of both our families. Dru's dad is a retired United Methodist pastor, so her family was always committed to their home church. Adam's family was also involved in the leadership of their church through choir and Sunday School, so they attended weekly as well. We were both taught the importance of tithing to our church, giving extra offerings to organizations in our community, and volunteering at our church using our unique gifts. Those are the same lessons we teach our children now.

Adam is an ordained United Methodist pastor. He served the local church for several years before transitioning careers. He still preaches several times a year and is a mentor to newly ordained pastors in the church, but his current career is as a Financial Advisor. His company is unique in the financial industry in how it connects faith and financial planning, so he's able to help his clients holistcally.

Dru has two degrees in education. She taught elementary music for seven years before staying home with her kids. Dru chose to work with elementary students because she's most passionate about the early stages of music making where students improvise with their bodies, voices, and instruments. She is able to maintain her love of music by singing in a community choir, playing piano, and singing with the kids.

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Christmas Eve at Church
Christmas Eve at Church
Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving
A Day at Islands of Adventure
A Day at Islands of Adventure
Adam & Israel Reading Before Bed
Adam & Israel Reading Before Bed
Checking on Our Pepper Plants
Checking on Our Pepper Plants
All Dressed Up
All Dressed Up
We Love Going to the Beach in Florida
We Love Going to the Beach in Florida
Listening to Music & Playing at the Kitchen Island
Listening to Music & Playing at the Kitchen Island
Inspecting Leaves While Sharing the Swing
Inspecting Leaves While Sharing the Swing
Snow Day Fun
Snow Day Fun
Zeke All Smiles at School
Zeke All Smiles at School
Dressed Up for a Community Fundraiser
Dressed Up for a Community Fundraiser
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Christmas Eve at Church
Christmas Eve at Church
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Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving
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A Day at Islands of Adventure
A Day at Islands of Adventure
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Adam & Israel Reading Before Bed
Adam & Israel Reading Before Bed
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Checking on Our Pepper Plants
Checking on Our Pepper Plants
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All Dressed Up
All Dressed Up
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We Love Going to the Beach in Florida
We Love Going to the Beach in Florida
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Listening to Music & Playing at the Kitchen Island
Listening to Music & Playing at the Kitchen Island
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Inspecting Leaves While Sharing the Swing
Inspecting Leaves While Sharing the Swing
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Snow Day Fun
Snow Day Fun
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Zeke All Smiles at School
Zeke All Smiles at School
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Dressed Up for a Community Fundraiser
Dressed Up for a Community Fundraiser

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home in the Winter

We've lived in Missouri for 10 years, but we just purchased our 'forever home' last year. It's on a cul-de-sac, has a long, flat driveway perfect for playing, and a great backyard. We have a big garden bed that Dru is pumped to fill with vegetable plants this spring! Our family's new favorite thing is our trampoline outside. Our two-story home has four bedrooms and a big unfinished basement, so we've got lots of room as our family grows. Our favorite parts of our new home are the bright kitchen with an epic island and our sunroom just off the kitchen. Someday it will have comfy furniture for adults/teenagers, but it's currently a playroom for the kids. There are two community parks close by, and we're members of a local pool. Our street is diverse, and there's a mixture of older families and young families like ours. People often take walks with their kids and pets, so we've enjoyed getting to know some of our neighbors this last year.

Education is top priority for all our children, so we were committed to settling down where our kids would have the best public education. The elementary, middle, and high school are all within a five minute drive of our home. We also live close to an amazing zoo. Our family loves going together! We ride the train each time we go and visit our favorite exhibits - the penguins and sea lions.

Our Extended Families

Imma & Dru's Mom at the Zoo

Dru is the youngest of four daughters. While growing up, holidays, birthdays, and vacations were all spent with family. Today that tradition continues. Dru's parents have a house in the country with woods for hiking, a huge field for kickball and soccer games, and an in-ground pool. Everyone gathers there for Thanksgiving and pool parties. With 13 grandchildren and 10 adults, it's a full house! We watch football or basketball games and movies, play games outside, and play cards/board games at the game table by the fireplace. Everyone has favorite foods, so we plan our meals ahead of the each trip to make sure we eat everyone's requests. Food is our family's love language.

Summer Water Games With Cousins

Adam and his sister saw the vastness of the U.S. on their family vacations growing up. One of their favorite trips was visiting the Southwest. Adam remembers his dad waking their family up before dawn while at the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Both Adam and his sister complained about having to get up so early, until they were met with the breath taking view of the sunrise hitting the canyon floor. Adam's parents still enjoy trips in their travel trailer in their retirement, which leads to regular visits to spend time with their grandkids.

Both our families fully support our adoption plan. Our daughter has been welcomed into our extended family just like our biological sons. Everyone is giddy about our next adoption - they can't wait to love on another baby!

From Us to You

We met our freshman year of college and knew right away we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. While dreaming about our future family, we saw four children: two biological and two adopted. Scripture ignited this dream. James 1:27 talks about being truly devoted to God through caring for children who need a home. Now, we've been married 15 years, have 3 children, and we're excited to complete our family through one more adoption.

Adam is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. He served the local church through full-time ministry for seven years before transitioning careers. He is still active in the church by preaching several times a year, presiding over weddings and baptisms, and mentoring newly ordained pastors. His current career is as a Financial Advisor. His company is unique in the financial industry in that it connects faith and financial planning, so he's able to help his clients holistically.

Dru was an elementary music teacher for seven years and has a Masters in Reading. Currently she is a stay-at-home parent. Dru uses her teaching experience every day with our children: understanding different learning styles, lots of patience, positive reinforcement, and using humor and games to make tasks more fun. Dru serves home-cooked meals every day, avoids processed foods and harmful chemicals as much as possible (uses natural cleaning supplies, soaps, lotions, and shampoos), and limits electronics so our kids can play.

Adam was a full-time graduate student with a part-time job, and Dru was teaching full time and going to graduate school at night when Israel, our oldest, was born. Adam rearranged his class schedule so he could be home with Israel during the day, and Dru continued to work to support the family. Once Adam finished graduate school, Dru resigned from her teaching position to stay home with the kids, and Adam worked to support the family. Since both of us have been the provider and the parent at home, we know how to support each other - especially on stressful days!

We delight in our children. Israel (11), Ezekiel (9), and Immanuel (3) are smart, funny, kind, energetic, curious, and full of joy. When Zeke was born, we marveled at how Israel adored him. After Imma was born, we watched them both become protective big brothers together. Imma lights up any time we talk about bringing our last baby home. She is so excited to be a big sister.

Our support system is incredible. Dru's sister and her family live in the next neighborhood, and our families share meals, movie nights with our niece and nephew, trips to the zoo and the pool, and watch each other's kids. Both Dru and Adam's parents love spending time with their grandchildren, so our kids are lucky to know all their grandparents. Our closest friends are fiercely loyal. They've supported us through our adoption journeys as well as the trials and joys of work, marriage, and parenting. Any time we need prayer coverage, conversation, laughter, and company, we have friends who meet us where we are and walk alongside us.

Our daughter's adoption is open, and we cherish having her birth family in her life. We are committed to creating relationships with our next child's birth family as well. Meeting in person, sending letters, emailing, sharing pictures, video chats, phone calls - we're open to working together to create a relationship that makes everyone comfortable.

The respect we have for birth parents is the foundation for our approach to adoption. We expect our family and friends to share that respect, especially in front of our children. We are also praying fervently for our last child's birth family. Thank you for considering us in your adoption journey and for sharing our love for new life - one of God's greatest gifts!

Adam & Dru

Favorites

Adam
Dru
Actor
Paul Rudd & Jason Bateman
Dave Chappelle
Actress
Charlize Theron
Ali Wong
Animal
Penguin
Land - elephant, ocean - octopus
Author
Frank Herbert
J. K. Rowling
Book
Dune - Greatest SciFi saga of all time
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Candy Bar
Heath Bar
Almond Joy
Cartoon
Phineas & Ferb
Current - Phineas and Ferb, classic - Bugs Bunny
Childhood Memory
Eating at the Old Spaghetti Factory with family
Playing outside and swimming at our neighborhood pool
Childhood Toy
Nintendo NES
My My Little Pony collection
Children's Book
The Indian in the Cupboard
The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman, and anything by Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo, A Squash and a Squeeze, The Spiffiest Giant in Town)
City
Old City Jerusalem
St. Louis
Classic Movie
The Remake of Ben Hur
The Princess Bride
Color
Scarlet & Grey
Purple
Day of Week
Any day football or golf is on TV
Friday
Dessert
Dru's apple dumplings
Homemade pie
Disney Movie
Star Wars
Mary Poppins
Dream Car
Tesla Y
I like cars that are paid off!
Dream Job
Profitable Financial Services Practice
Being a full time parent
Dream Vacation
Mediterranean Cruise
An all-inclusive resort by the beach
Family Activity
Going to the zoo
Playing together outside and watching family movies
Flower / Plant
Flowers make me sneeze/anything that is edible
Cherry tomatoes - I like to grow plants that I can eat!
Food
Korean Mexican Fusion
PASTA
Form of Exercise
Team sports
Shaun T's T25 workout from Beach Body
Fruit
Strawberry
Blackberries
Game
Risk
Checkers - for two, Rummy Royal - in a group
Hobby
Golf
Playing the piano
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Christmas
Holiday Song
The Happy Elf - Harry Connick, Jr.
I love listening to ALL Christmas music
Holiday Tradition
Eating chocolate snow balls (family Christmas cookie)
Making special foods for each holiday with my family
Ice Cream
Turtle Dove custard from Culver's
Chocolate oreo
Junk Food
Toasted Cheez-its
My family's homemade Party Mix
Leisure Activity
Top Golf
Watching a movie or being outside
Magazine
Haven't read magazines in a while!
I used to love reading Highlights when I was a kid
Memory with a Child
Jumping on the trampoline with all 3 kids
Watching each of my kids learn something new
Memory with Spouse
Visiting Philadelphia with Dru
I love when he makes me laugh
Movie
Snatch
Changes a lot, but currently Game Night with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams
Movie Munchie
Popcorn
Custard from Culvers
Movie Quote
"Fear is the mind-killer. I will face my fear..." - Paul Atreides, Dune
"You're never gonna be jello." Julia Roberts, My Best Friend's Wedding
Movie Type
SciFi or Comedy
Either Sci-fi/Action or Comedy
Musical
Cabaret
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Musical Group
Tool
Depends on my mood...either Huey Lewis and the News or Mumford & Sons
Nursery Rhyme
Zacchaeus Was A Wee Little Man
This Old Man (sung by my Dad) and Hush Little Baby (sung by my Mom)
Olympic Event
Ping Pong
Track and field - the 50, 100, and 200 meter dashes
Personal Hero
Dorothy Day
My oldest sister, Kate
Play
Latin History for Morons - John Leguizamo
To Kill a Mockingbird
Poet
Dr. Seuss
Maya Angelou
Quality about my Spouse
Her patience and wit
His devotion to me and our children
Quote
"Baseball is America's past-time. Football is America's passion" - Howie Long
"Love is not a victory march, it's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah."
Restaurant
Kim Cheese
Cyrano's Cafe - it has the best bread pudding
Sandwich
Grilled Cheese
toasted pizza sub from Penn Station
Scripture
1 John 4:18 - Perfect love casts out fear
Romans 12:12 "Do not forget to rejoice, for hope is always just around the corner. Hold up through the hard times that are coming, and devote yourself to prayer."
Shopping Store
Aldi
Aldi for food, Target for everything else (I like stores with shopping carts)
Song
Garden by Gungor
Stardust - sung by Nat King Cole
Sport to Play
Golf
Kick ball
Sport to Watch
Football
My nephew's soccer games
Sports Star
Current - Patrick Mahomes, Childhood - Joe Montana
Usain Bolt
Sports Team
THE Ohio State Buckeyes
I'm pretty impartial, but my husband is an ENORMOUS Ohio State fan
Subject in School
American History
English/Writing and math
Superhero
Cyclops - X-Men
Childhood - She-Ra, adulthood - Wolverine
Thing to Cook
Breakfast for the kids
Something that makes the whole house smell good - like red sauce, bread, and cookies
Time of Day
Meditation 15 Minutes Before Bed
Mornings with my kids, evenings with my husband
Tradition
Script Ohio - by THE Ohio State marching band
Birthdays - my family celebrates together with special food
TV Show
Battle Star Galactica (remake)
The Office
TV Show Character
Michael Scott from The Office
Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation
Type of Music
Rock or Hip Hop
Classical - to listen to and play on piano
Vacation Spot
Mountains in the Summer Time
Somewhere warm with a beach and a pool
Video Game
Halo
Nope - video games are not my thing

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