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David & Ashley

Hello from Wisconsin! This compassionate and adventurous family of three enjoys taking in all the experiences that life has to offer. We were blessed to build our family through adoption seven years ago and are excited to grow our family again through this amazing process. We realize that this is a very challenging time for you and we pray that God will give you comfort and peace as you make your decision.

About Us

Math Teacher, Dean of Students
Licensed Professional Counselor-In Training
Master's Degree in Education/Leadership
Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

Checking Out the Tractors at the County Fair

In 2016, as we were actively pursuing adoption to grow our family, we received a phone call that we had been matched with a baby boy. That phone call was the beginning of an amazing journey that allowed us to adopt our first child, Bentley. It also provided a new friendship with a very special woman that gave us our dream to raise children. We still have contact with Bentley's birth mom regularly, and are pleased to share in the joys of watching him grow. The opportunity to send her pictures and letters has allowed us to stay in contact and also provide awesome memories for Bentley someday. There are times when she provides us updates about her growing family that has allowed us to feel part of her family as well. Adoption is a common value that you can find weaved throughout both of our families. David is adopted himself and has been able to experience first hand a family built through adoption. David can relate to experiences and situations that Bentley and his future sibling may encounter. Adoption is comfortably spoken about in our household and Bentley is very proud to be adopted. Ashley has also experienced adoption through David, her cousin, and through the various families she interacts with on a daily basis through her work. The blessing that our family has experienced through adoption has allowed us to see that a family is more than just DNA. 

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

Day Date Golfing

Ashley About David: David is truly one of a kind and I feel very blessed to have him as my husband, best friend, and father of our children. What I love about David most is his passion, love for God, and desire to help others. I love how he can light up a room with his humor and horrible dad jokes. I enjoy seeing how his students love him and respect him as not only a teacher but a friend too. It melts my heart to see the relationship that Bentley and David share. Watching the two of them play, wrestle around, and play sports together has been so special to watch. Life has thrown us a few curve balls and I admire how David has overcome these challenges with dignity and grace. Together, I know we can get through anything! I look forward to having him by my side as we embark on another journey together.

David About Ashley: Ashley is one of the most compassionate and empathetic individuals you will ever meet. I am blessed to have Ashley as my best friend, wife, and mother of our children. I admire her strong faith and her loyalty is second to none. She shows compassion and empathy to everyone around us. She is an amazing mother and the glue that keeps our family tight. I am excited to have this next journey together.

Our Lifestyle

Bentley's Favorite Sport

We tend to live a very active, busy, and fun lifestyle. It is not uncommon to see us running from school to soccer, flag football, baseball, or swimming lessons. Sports have always been a big part of our lives and we appreciate that our son is enjoying them, too.

Despite our busy lifestyle, we do take time to slow down, relax, and rest. In our leisure time, we enjoy having family movie nights, family game nights, and spending time just the three of us.

We also take time to live out our values of faith by attending and being active members in our church.

Taking a family trip once a year is something we highly value and look forward to every year.

Bentley is looking forward to having a sibling to goof around with, play with, and protect. We look forward to the new possibilities and life adventures that will come with expanding our family!


Watching Soccer in the Rain
Watching Soccer in the Rain
Pool Time!
Pool Time!
Boys Day!
Boys Day!
Go Packers!
Go Packers!
Our Happy Family
Our Happy Family
Beach Time
Beach Time
Weekend Getaway
Weekend Getaway
Enjoying a Date to the Packer Game
Enjoying a Date to the Packer Game
Having Fun at Universal Orlando
Having Fun at Universal Orlando
Fun in the Snow!
Fun in the Snow!
Sneaking a Picture at the Children's Museum
Sneaking a Picture at the Children's Museum
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Watching Soccer in the Rain
Watching Soccer in the Rain
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Pool Time!
Pool Time!
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Boys Day!
Boys Day!
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Go Packers!
Go Packers!
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Our Happy Family
Our Happy Family
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Beach Time
Beach Time
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Weekend Getaway
Weekend Getaway
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Enjoying a Date to the Packer Game
Enjoying a Date to the Packer Game
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Having Fun at Universal Orlando
Having Fun at Universal Orlando
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Fun in the Snow!
Fun in the Snow!
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Sneaking a Picture at the Children's Museum
Sneaking a Picture at the Children's Museum

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Cozy Home

We live in a city that is a short distance away from many opportunities that a big city provides without the big city hassles.

We live about ten minutes away from beautiful Lake Michigan that provides a beach feeling in all four seasons. Our city has several nice parks, biking trails, and hiking spots. We are just a few minutes away from playgrounds, beaches, and places to picnic. A playground is just a few steps away from our house. Our house is very close to our community center which supports youth and adult athletic leagues as well as holiday and community events. It is a quick five-minute drive to the private Christian school that David teaches at and our son also attends. Within 30 minutes there is good shopping facilities, restaurants, music festivals, theater, and athletic competitions.

Our house is located on a very quiet and safe street. We live in a spacious three bedroom home with a huge fenced in backyard where we envision our future child playing and making many memories. Our basement is home to many toys, basketball hoops, soccer goals, and fun memories to be made in the winter months.

Our neighborhood is a mix of families from different cultures, backgrounds, and ages. It includes families with children and younger adults just beginning their married life. We have become very close to our neighbors and we all look out for one another. We feel blessed to live here.

Our Extended Families

Christmas With Family

We feel very blessed to share close relationships with our families.

We live within a couple of hours of most of our family on both sides. We do have some family in sunny Florida that give us an opportunity to warm up once in a while.

Football Game With Family

Being close to family has allowed our family members to play a significant role in our lives. Some of our greatest memories are playing cards, family football games after Thanksgiving dinner and volleyball at the 4th of July family picnics.

In addition to having family close by, we have a number of friends that feel like family as well. Having so many people play a critical role in our lives has allowed us to feel very supported on this new adventure.

Our family and friends are very excited about the opportunity we have to grow our family. Our children will be able to feel the love of family, friends, and participate in many experiences that make our family what it is today.

From Us to You

We are honored that you're taking the time to learn more about us and our desire to grow our family. We cannot begin to imagine what you're going through and the challenges you may be experiencing. It takes someone very special, loving, and selfless to make someone else's dreams of having a family come true. We will forever respect you for your selfless act.

As your child's parents, we promise to provide him or her with the best opportunities possible. Your child will be made aware of their adoption story, as you will always hold a special place in our hearts. There is no greater gift in life than to love and raise a child and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for considering us to parent your child. We hope our profile can help ease your mind and answer any questions you may have.

Our names are David, Ashley, and Bentley. David is a middle school math teacher and dean of students at a private Christian school. Ashley is a school-based mental health therapist. Bentley is seven-years-old and is currently in first grade. Although we love our jobs, we know that family is more valuable and has been a core value in our lives. One of our traditions is keeping Saturday a family day where we spend time together the three of us or with extended family and friends. We approach life as a team and are fully committed to each other. We value our faith and are active members in our church. It is our hope to share this tradition with your child.

We met 14 years ago and have been married for almost 11 years. Both of us were originally born in Wisconsin, but it took each of us a move to Florida in order to meet. Since the beginning of our relationship, we have always known that we wanted to become parents, so it was never a matter of if, but rather when we would have children. We always knew that if we were not able to have a biological child, adoption would be an option we would love to pursue. Adoption has always held a special place in our hearts and has touched our lives in various ways.

Like many couples, we struggled with infertility for a couple years. We know that God has a different plan for our lives and we firmly believe we were meant to be adoptive parents. Although we never expected to go through infertility, we feel blessed to know that those difficult days brought us closer and proved our marriage to be even stronger.

We have been preparing for this second adoption journey and we are so excited to welcome both you and this child into our family. Bentley is very excited about the potential of a sibling and has stated it doesn't matter if it's a brother or a sister. We know he is going to be a very kind and compassionate big brother. Our extended family and friends are also eager to get to know this little person and share with them our values of God, love, and family. We feel our compassion, nurturing atmosphere, and enthusiasm to be parents again, will be an advantage as we continue on this life long journey. We would gladly provide you updates through letters and pictures (if you desire them) so that you can see how your child is growing.

Thank you for reading our letter and considering us as parents for your child. We pray that God will give you peace and clarity as you make this difficult decision. We would like to leave you with a quote that we found. We feel it speaks to both of us in these special circumstances:

"I was chosen, by my parents that gave me life and by my parents that gave me the tools to live it. I went from wanted to wanted. From cherished to cherished. I grew in the hearts of many. I was the missing piece in grafting families together in unity. I went from loving arms to loving arms, I was adopted!" - Jammie Elkins.


David & Ashley


Robin Williams
Channing Tatum
Jennifer Lawrence
Sandra Bullock
John Wooden
Nicholas Sparks
They Call Me Coach
Anything by Nicholas Sparks
Candy Bar
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Scooby Doo
Childhood Memory
Playing youth baseball
Camping, Traveling
Childhood Toy
Nano Baby
Children's Book
Oh David!
The Poky Little Puppy
Classic Movie
The Sandlot
Pretty Woman
Day of Week
Homemade Kit Kat's
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Disney Movie
Dream Car
Chevy Silverado
Chevy Traverse
Dream Job
Principal/High School or College basketball coach
I'm doing it now! Counselor/Therapist
Dream Vacation
London England
Family Activity
Flower / Plant
A dean one
Gerbera Daisies
Form of Exercise
Lifting weights
Settlers of Catan
Playing tennis/basketball
Working Out
Holiday Song
Silent Night
Gobble Gobble by Matthew West, Thankful Josh Groban
Holiday Tradition
Christmas Caroling
Driving to look at Christmas lights and having peppermint chip shakes
Ice Cream
Mint chocolate chip
Chocolate with peanut butter
Junk Food
Leisure Activity
Working Out, Sitting outside
ESPN the magaize
Counseling Today
Memory with a Child
Holding my son as a newborn
When Bentley was born!
Memory with Spouse
vacationing in Savanah and Myrtle Beach
Bentley's Gotcha Day
Movie Munchie
Movie Quote
"You're killing me, Smalls!"
"You're killing me smalls." (Sandlot)
Movie Type
Musical Group
King and Country
Nursery Rhyme
Little Jack Horner
The Wheels On The Bus
Olympic Event
Personal Hero
John Wooden
My Grandpa
Arsenic and Old Lace
West Side Story
Langston Hughes
Robert Frost
Quality about my Spouse
She is the most compassionate and kindest person I've ever met
"Disciple yourself so others don't have to."
"I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself ...
Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse
Philly Cheessteak
Tuna Salad
"But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord"
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Shopping Store
Dick's Sporting Goods
Die a Happy Man
I Get To Be The One, JJ Heller
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Basketball and Football
Football, Basketball
Sports Star
Brett Favre
Simone Biles
Sports Team
Wisconsin Badgers
Green Bay Packers
Subject in School
Gym (physical education)
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Salmon on the grill
Time of Day
Sunrise or Sunset
Driving around looking at Christmas lights and drinking shakes with the family
Driving to look at Christmas lights and having peppermint shakes
TV Show
Law and Order
Virgin River
TV Show Character
Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory
Mel Monroe
Type of Music
Christian, Country
Vacation Spot
Cayman Islands

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