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Hello Birth Parent(s),

We understand you are looking at this letter as you try to figure out what your next step is. In 2017 we adopted our son, so after walking our side of the adoption journey once before we have witnessed just how incredibly hard it is to make the decision you’re facing. We hope that as you get to know us, you will find closure and peace in whichever choice you make.

But first, please allow us to share a little bit about ourselves. In 2009 our eyes met, but it was not “love at first sight”. When I first saw my rustic, small town husband, I thought, “Wow! He’s hairy.” And when he first laid eyes upon me—his quirky, big city wife—he thought, “She’s hot, but a little strange.” And so, our story began. For the next year we worked together as Resident Assistants at Evangel University and as our friendship grew, so did our love. On August 7, 2010, our official dating relationship began and on September 2, 2011 we became husband and wife. Five years later, we decided it was time to expand our family of two to a family of three. In May of 2016 we began the adoption process for the first time and just over a year later our beautiful son, Jadon, entered our world.

During our eight years of marriage, we have been able to pay off debts, travel, and renovate three houses. Paying off our debts was the first big milestone that freed us to travel and save for our future family. We’ve also been able to sell two houses and renovate three. With each new home, we have been able to gain some awesome new skills like laying flooring, painting walls like the pros, and rebuilding our deck. We are very hands-on and truly embrace the do-it-yourself mentality. For Derek, that DIY mindset is often used at work, where he has been the manager of his parents’ furniture store for seven years. He loves figuring out how to make the business better and trying out new methods to do so. For Rachel, it’s using those skills to manage our home: constantly reorganizing, decluttering, and whippin’ up all of our tasty food. Not to sound too cool or anything but we can figure out almost anything. Our son is quickly picking up on the “I can do that” attitude, too (one of his first phrases was “me do it”). Most of our family activities are centered around cooking, reading books, and playing with Jadon’s toy trucks (we do that A LOT). We also throw in some creative moments when we make our own finger paints or build cool cars using connecting toys.

We chose adoption not for health reasons or infertility concerns, but because of a deep sense that this is how our family is meant to be. Having the experience of an open adoption with Jadon’s birth mom has opened our minds and hearts to love far beyond ourselves. We understand and respect that an open adoption may not be for everyone, but having had face-to-face communication with Jadon’s birth mom and now getting to send her emails with pictures and updates on how Jadon is doing has been such a gift. We hope we can share this same gift with you if that’s what you choose.

Deciding whether to parent or place is heavy, so our prayer is for you to have complete peace during your journey.


Derek & Rachel                                             

We are represented by Nightlight Christian Adoptions. If you want more information about us or would like to meet us, please contact Nightlight at 866-832-3678.

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Jennifer Harvey

Omg yay!!! I am so excited for you guys! I pray that this will be an amazing journey and that everything will come together smoothly! How amazing it is to adopt a child who needs a home:) many blessings to you guys!

Adam Perryman

This will be a lucky and blessed child. Wishing you the smoothest possible journey.


I hope this kid isn't allergic to cats... ;) Good luck to you guys!

Jeremy and Zandra Henderson

We love you both and are so proud of you! May God bless you in this journey :).

Brayden Bates

My mommy and daddy are proud of you guys and I told them I wanted to help out! We love you! -Brayden Bates

Stephen and Julie Garman

We are so excited for you both. God already has His eyes on your little one. Love you guys!

Levi Costello

GUYS! We're so excited for you! Levi's family adopted his youngest sister and it was one of the most incredible journies they took together as a family. It's such an amazing thing you are doing and we couldn't be more excited for you and whoever is lucky enough to have you as parents. Love you both!

Grace Kelley

I love the Neill fam (and I can help offer relocation ideas for Kilo if he acts too gangsta with the new baby....Just kidding (or am I?) ) Pre-congrats on kiddo number four! (Kilo, JB, BBJ, ___)

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Keenan and Krista Gore

We love you guys. We prayed about where we felt our monthly tithe should go and you were placed on our hearts. I cannot wait to meet the child that the Lord has planned for you both! We will continue to pray with and for you friends!

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Aaron & Rachael Meusborn

We are so excited for you guys! You're going to be amazing parents, and we can't wait to meet our new cousin! Love you guys!

Alli Pool

We love you both! Cannot wait to meet your little one!

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Valerie Hooten

God bless you and lead you through every step!

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Claude Singer

Keep me up to date in what is going on.

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Martin, Isabel, Felipe

We love you and are soooooooo excited for you…and us!!!

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Nicholas Cordova

Here's to your new family! I couldn't help but to jump at the opportunity to contibute to you and your child's happiness!