Hi there! We’re Claire & Andy,and we live on a quiet acreage in rural Minnesota with our son, our dog, and our turtles. We love animals, sports, being outdoors, the water, family adventures, and watching movies. We’ve been happily married since 2007 and became parents when Luke joined our family through adoption in 2017. We never knew we could love as deeply as we do until we met our son and we hope to share that love again. We have an open and very positive relationship with Luke’s birth family. We hope that Luke, and any other children that may someday join our family, grow up never doubting the unconditional love that surrounds them every day. Thank you so much for considering our loving family for your child. We’re looking forward to getting to know you!
Profession: 8th Grade Teacher
Education: Masters Degree
Interests: Family, pets, movies/tv, fishing, animals, being outside, gardening, horticulture, marine biology, marine ecology, the beach, boating, painting, drawing, coloring, reading
Profession: Farmer & Tax Preparer
Education: Bachelor Degree
Interests: Family, pets, movies/tv, fishing, music, being outside, LEGO, podcasting, reading, sports
Years Together: 17
Other Children: We adopted our son, Lucas (Luke), through open adoption in 2017
Pets: Barney (dog), Turtledove & Dexter (turtles), Bruce & Gary (fish)
Age: 0-6 Months
Gender: No Preference
Ethnicity: White, American Indian, Hispanic/Latino, Latin American, Pacific Islander, Multiracial, Other
Special Needs: Mildly Correctable
Type of Adoption: No Preference
Fun Facts About Us …
- Claire loves Dairy Queen’s ice cream cake so much that we served it at our wedding
- Andy is a big sports fan! He’s attended Game 7 of the World Series, the U.S. Open, and the Final Four
- Claire’s hero since childhood is Bob Ballard, the famous deep-sea explorer (NERD ALERT!)
- Andy once attended five movies in a single day at a single movie theater (BIGGER NERD ALERT!)
- Our 4th of July tradition is to watch JAWS and our Christmas tradition is to watch Christmas Vacation
- All of our towels are beach towels. Why? Why not?!
Our Home & Community
Our loving home …We live on a quiet, ten-acre property where there’s lots of room to play catch, throw a frisbee, or hit a golf ball on the lawn! We love animals and enjoy time with our neighbors’ chickens, horses, pigs, ducks, and peacocks! We love using our family memberships to the Zoo, Science Museum, Sealife Aquarium, and Arboretum and visit local parks and the community pool, often!
Our Thoughts about Parenting & Adoption
Thoughts on education, parenting, & a lifetime of love … With Claire being a teacher and Andy running a farm and achieving his BA degree in Business Management – we’re lifetime learners and we want to share our love of learning with our children. We will set up a college fund to help our children pay for whatever higher education they choose and to meet their goals, just as our parents did for us.We believe that kids should be well-rounded, so we’ll also encourage them to join teams, play sports, and play musical instruments. Our primary hope and goal as parents is to help our children be happy, healthy, kind, gentle, generous, and reach their full potential.We promise to LOVE your child selflessly, in all circumstances, and unconditionally all the years of our lives. When he or she starts exploring and crawling into cupboards, knocks boxes off the shelves at the grocery store, and paints the kitchen walls with food, we will LOVE! When our kids bring home their first dates, graduate high school and college, get married, and start families of their own, we will LOVE!
Thank You …Thank you for learning about us as you consider an adoption plan for your child. If you choose to match with us, please know that we will do whatever we can to avoid making you feel pressured and promise to support you in whatever decision you make. If you choose us to love and parent your child, he or she will be raised understanding both his or her birth and adoptive heritage and will be made secure in the knowledge that your decision was based on love.Our children will grow up in our home knowing their adoption stories from birth. We talk freely and openly about adoption with Luke and enjoy a very positive, open relationship with his birth family. To us, they are extensions of our family and we love them dearly. We hope to build a positive relationship with you too, if that is your wish.Andy & ClaireCONTACT US DIRECTLY: email@example.comFOLLOW US:http://www.facebook.com/andrewandclaireadopt http://instagram.com/andrew_and_claire_adopt