The Story Of Us
...we are excited about and committed to providing a child with love, a peaceful home, structure and stability, understanding, hope for a great future, a broad worldview, a foundation in faith, a few adventures here and there, and a lot of laughter.
The joy of where it all began.
It seems kind of cheesy to start this off by saying “Hi, we’re Johnson and Andrea…” It sounds like we’re starting a news show or are a singing duo. But really we’re just two people who met while serving together as missionaries, became friends, fell in love, got married, and want to build on our family. So we’re incredibly grateful that you’ve taken the time to get to know a little about us as you consider what your next steps will be. We cannot imagine what you may be thinking although we have tried. We’re in awe of the great love that you are showing your child as you endeavor to make the best decision for you all. What we hope is that whatever plan you decide to make, you will have great peace. And should you decide to make an adoption plan, we hope that you will consider us. As first-time parents, we are excited about and committed to providing a child with love, a peaceful home, structure and stability, understanding, hope for a great future, a broad worldview, a foundation in faith, a few adventures here and there, and a lot of laughter. Know that we are praying for you.
We have a pretty calm and simple lifestyle surrounded by community. We are simply trying to change the world--one person at a time.
Serving together off the coast of Madagascar.
It may sound crazy but the "story of us" begins on a ship in Madagascar. We were both called to serve on Mercy Ships--Andrea working mainly as a chaplain starting in 2013 and Johnson serving in leadership in the technical department beginning in 2014. We didn't come in search of love, but God had other plans and we were married in 2016. We both knew that we wanted to build a family both naturally and through adoption. That was clear but timing is everything. In all, Mercy Ships was a special place for our family to begin, but we feel strongly that the time and space we are in now is the perfect place for our family to bloom. We left the mission field in 2018 looking to get back to land and dig in some roots. WE LAUGH A LOT. We have a pretty calm and simple lifestyle surrounded by community. We are simply trying to change the world--one person at a time. We both grew up with examples of adoption--some formal and some informal--and had long desired to have it be a part of our family's story. Serving as missionaries, it made sense for our family to start this journey biologically, but we always had the intention of growing through adoption. Adoption wasn't Plan B to a missed out Plan A but a part of the whole Family Plan from the beginning. And though our journey has included disappointments on the biological side, that has not dulled or changed our desire to build a family and we knew that the time was right to start our adoption process.
Community is the centerpiece of our lives.
Here's just a snippet of all the friends and family that make up our village.
Community is the centerpiece of our lives. Both of us have large families of parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins. And beyond the family that has been granted us by blood, we have an extensive community of friends who are like family. Both our family and friends do life with us--sharing in the laughs, providing shoulders when we cry, challenging us to be the best we can be, and keeping us accountable day by day. The support we have both near and far is truly a blessing. Everyone in our village of family and friends is overjoyed at the idea of growing our family. We are excited to create new family traditions to add to those that we grew up with.
...we would feel honored and privileged to be a part of your child’s story
We will protect and love you forever.
Thank you for taking the time to consider us in your plans. We realize that making a decision that is the best for you and your child is your utmost priority and not easy in the least. We hope that this profile gives you a sense of who we are and the kind of loving, stable, peaceful, and joyous life we will give our future children. Overall, we want to make the following promises to our child. 1. We will help you to become the best person you can be. 2. We will honor your birth family. 3. We will operate in integrity and teach you to do the same. 4. We will teach you to have faith and show you how to live it. 5. We will always be there for you through the laughter, tears, triumphs and trials of life. 6. We will guide and teach you and help you find your way. 7. We will protect and love you forever. These are our promises. Should you choose us, we would feel honored and privileged to be a part of your child’s story and look forward to hearing from you if that’s the direction you would like to go in.