Abe & Steph
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Hello from our mini-farm in Pennsylvania! We’re a happy, active, financially stable family of three who loves adventure outside, watching college football, and home cooked meals together. We have a strong Christian faith and care deeply about our family and friends. We met on a blind date through a mutual friend. Now happily married for 7 years, we love being parents and are so excited to grow our family through adoption!
We’ve felt called to adopt a child ever since we dated and believe adoption is truly beautiful. It would be amazing to get to know you and hear what you want for your child’s life. We welcome an open adoption relationship with you too, if that is what you want.
Our family loves to be outside! As parents we are excited to share our love for gardening, nature, and animals with our children.
Together we enjoy:
• Kayaking on the river
• Hiking in the woods
• Going for drives to find new ice cream spots
• Off-roading in the side-by-side
• Helping with youth ministry at our church
• Splashing in the creek
• Hosting backyard picnics
• Traveling to explore national parks across the U.S.
• Playing volleyball
I love being a stay-at-home mom! Before I had our son, I got my Master’s Degree in organizational development and worked for a college. I loved working in education, so it’s been fun to help Thad learn and discover!
Abe says: Steph is selfless, kind, calm, and encouraging. She has a gentle spirit and makes sure our son knows he is loved and valued.
• Dancing (especially The Wobble!)
• Canning vegetables & jelly
• Coaching field hockey for the high school
• Reading her favorite books from childhood (like Little House on the Prairie or Chronicles of Narnia)
I'm a self-employed forester and run a small trucking company. I love working outside and having flexibility for my family and special events.
Steph says: Abe is good-natured, easy-going, kind, and works hard to provide for our family. He’s always positive, can talk with anyone, and looks for the good. Abe is a supportive dad who takes time for games and activities with Thad (and he can make our son laugh like no one else can!).
• Playing electric, acoustic, & bass guitar
• Leading worship at church
• Hunting & archery
• Finding deals at public auctions
• Going to local fairs and festivals
• Time at the family cabin
• Attending concerts (big fan of 90’s country!)
Thad is a happy, curious little boy who loves animals, running or jumping, and anything with wheels or about farming. When we were pregnant there were complications and we were told he wouldn’t survive. His life is a miracle! Thad is deaf on one side, but he does well for his hearing loss. He will be a kind and protective big brother and is already practicing with his stuffed animals by sharing snacks and tucking them in bed.
Our Home in Pennsylvania
We live on a small farm-ette in a rural area in a small agricultural community. It’s very family oriented here, with 5 playgrounds nearby and a great farmer’s market for produce and live music. We enjoy time on the river and off-roading in the state parks.
Every year, from spring to fall, we raise a couple beef cows for market. We treat each steer with affection and look forward to teaching our children about responsibility and caring for animals.
Highlights about our home:
• Restored and fully transformed barn from the late 1800’s
• 4 bedrooms, a large kitchen, and an open layout
• The nursery is ready to welcome another child
• Acres of woods, a small creek, fruit trees, and space for a garden
• Quiet and peaceful
• Lots of room to explore and play
We will be supportive and attentive parents who encourage and cheer for your child each step of the way. We will model truth, kindness, and grace. As parents we will make sure our children know they are always loved, safe, and valued. We promise to provide a strong education and support your child in his or her dreams. We will give him or her every opportunity to become a healthy, happy, stable individual.
As your child grows up, we will talk openly about adoption, always speaking of you with respect and honor. We will help your child know their story and how special you are to us.
We are already praying for you and your child. Thank you for considering us! We look forward to getting to know you and welcome continued contact after the adoption, if you’d like. To contact us just call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.
With love, Abe & Steph
More About Abe
Education: High School
Racial Background: Caucasian
Dessert: Cherry Crumb Pie
Outside Activity: Off-roading in the side-by-side
Musician: Tim McGraw
TV Show: Longmire
Place to Visit One Day: Redwood National Park in California
Gift as a Child: Bicycle
More About Steph
Education: Master of Science Degree
Profession: Stay at home mom
Racial Background: Caucasian
Dessert: Chocolate Marshmallow Ice Cream
Outside Activity: Kayaking on the river
Musician: Dolly Parton
TV Show: Great British Bake Off
Place to Visit One Day: Mackinac Island in Michigan
Gift as a Child: Basketball Hoop
More About Our Family
What We Value Most
• Relationships with family and friends
• Faith and encouraging our children to have a personal connection with God
• Hospitality and helping others
• Education and learning from new people and places
Abe comes from a big family and Steph has one sibling. Together we have 10 nieces and nephews and all of our family lives within driving distance. We see our families at least once a week and love getting together for holidays, birthdays, and football games! Everyone is excited to welcome the child we adopt.
• Making homemade doughnuts & ice cream
• Watching lightning bugs in the summer
• Making applesauce in the fall
• Snow sledding in the winter
• Setting off fireworks at Fourth of July
• Helping Steph’s family in the poultry barn
Steph: I am a huge fan of Dolly Parton! My friends once threw me a Dolly-themed birthday party full of glitter and country music.
Abe: I love horsepower! I restored an old Mustang and it’s fun to take the family out for summer drives.
Thank you for thinking about our family as you decide what you want for you and your baby. We would be honored to get to know you better! We'd love to hear the type of adoption you picture, or learn about the hopes you have for your child's future. We love being parents and are excited to share our lives with another child. When you're ready, just ask Lifetime about us so we can set up a time to talk or video chat.