Meet David & Betsy
A video message from David & Betsy
A Letter from David & Betsy
Thank you so much for considering our family and reading our profile. We are an active, adventurous, and engaged family of five constantly seeking to learn, grow, and spend time together. We have three children, one adopted, and two biological and we are excited to adopt again!
We first met in our Kentucky hometown’s church and have been best friends since the age of twelve. We have been married for eleven years now and have a strong marriage based on a lasting friendship. The Army has taken us to Germany, Alabama, California, and Japan (where we live now). Obviously, we love to travel, but parenting has been our favorite adventure. In 2014 we were blessed with the birth of our daughter Zoey and, two years later, we were overjoyed to adopt our son, Simon. Two years after welcoming Simon into the family we were blessed with the birth of our second daughter, Edie. We are thrilled to now grow our family once more through adoption. Our family enjoys doing all sorts of things together: playing board games, bike rides, swimming, cooking, and especially exploring new places. We are excited to share our love for adventure and activity with your child.
Betsy is grounded, organized, joyful, and confident. She was an elementary school teacher for four years before she decided to volunteer full-time and later become a stay-at-home mom, which she loves and still does today. She is very intelligent and driven. Betsy loves being a homemaker and enjoys teaching our children everything from how to read to how to ride a bike. She’s excited to teach your child as well! Betsy likes to cook – her enchiladas are unbelievable. She also enjoys leading and participating in women’s Bible studies. In her free time, Betsy can be found reading, exercising, learning to sew a quilt, or using a language app to work on her Japanese.
David is hard working, energetic, dependable, has a streak of goofiness, and has the ability to make our family laugh, no matter the circumstance! He is an incredible father; he is a “baby whisperer” and can answer the kids’ hard science questions with ease. David works hard as an Army officer and has many interesting hobbies, including scuba diving, where he’s gotten a chance to explore a sunken underwater ship; virtual reality gaming, where he plays in a league with a group of friends; and woodworking, his latest project was a beautiful set of tables which sit in our home. He loves getting on the floor and playing with our kids and is excited to have another “wrestling” partner in the mix.
We have three amazing and exciting children. Zoey is our six-year-old ball of energy and fun. Zoey attends Japanese public school, and she can already read and write in Japanese and speaks quite a bit! We chose Japanese school for her because we value education and diverse experiences, and we see a huge benefit to being multi-lingual. Simon is our incredibly sweet and super funny four-year-old! Simon has a lot of innate musical ability and we are focused on encouraging his talent. He makes up songs and always has one in his head – he often performs silly dances and songs that leave all of us laughing! Edie is two years old and is a very curious, independent person. Edie’s favorite toys are her stuffed animals and baby dolls.
Our two-story townhome has three bedrooms with lots of play spaces and a nursery ready for your child. We live in a friendly neighborhood where families with children of all ages live around us. We love to frequent the beach which is just twenty minutes away. We have a community pool, library, and many parks just a short bike ride or walk from our home. Our church is a short drive away and our children love participating in our church’s children’s programs.
Along with many close military friends, we have several long-time friends from our hometown and colleges, so our children have several “honorary” uncles, aunts, and cousins. Our children have 2 great-grandparents, 4 grandparents, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. We have a huge extended family totaling over 100 people- all of whom are overjoyed to meet your child!
We promise to be excellent role models to your child, demonstrating hard work, integrity, and kindness. We have a strong faith in God and are committed to raising our children so that they develop their own relationships with Jesus as they mature. We also promise to give your child diverse opportunities to learn and grow in his or her unique strengths and talents, with the goal that they grow to be a kind, responsible and well-rounded, positive contributor to our world. We will love them dearly, support them as they learn and encourage them in all that they do.
Learn More About David & Betsy
|Our Education||BS in Language Studies and MS in Management||BS in Elementary Education and MS in Special Education|
|Our Professions||Works in contracting for the US Army||Stay-at-Home Wife and Parent|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Caucasian|
|Some of David & Betsy's Favorites|
|Food||Buffalo Wings or Buffalo Chicken Pizza||Homemade General Tso's Chicken|
|Place to Vacation||Iceland||Any Beach|
|Genre to Read||Fantasy||Biographies|
|Song||Trials by Starset||Love Like This by Lauren Daigle|
|Splurge||Volz Family Recipe Homemade Grape Pie||Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coffee Ice Cream|
|Sport||Soccer||Golf and Soccer|
|More About Our Family|
|David and Betsy - The Early Years and Military Life|
As teenagers, we lived about a mile away from one another and we had a great friendship, which centered around doing fun activities together. David would often come over to Betsy's to play one-on-one basketball, we would sled together at the local sledding hill on snow days in Kentucky and we even played on the same indoor soccer team for a season as Seniors in high school. The two of us still have a lot of fun together, and now, almost 12 years into marriage, we continue to do lots of activities and try new things as a couple and we love to include our children in many of these activities with us. Some of the things we like to do together are: travel, exercise, golf, ski, snorkel, play complicated board games, and watch movies and shows together. We are keeping our love for team sports alive by teaching our kids to play baseball and soccer in the baseball complex near our house.
Even though our family moves more often than most due to David's job in the military, we have been able to maintain close connection with our family in Kentucky and Ohio, through Facetime, regular texting and social media. We also believe that these moves have been amazing growing experiences for our children and have taught each of them how to make friends, try new things, and in general become well-rounded people. We have been blessed with each move to develop extensive networks of friends which we would call "family" through our church, coworkers and neighbors at each new location.
|More About Betsy - from David!|
Betsy is the kindest and most giving person that I've ever met. She will give and give of herself to anyone that needs, especially our family. She gives each of our children personal attention, observing their strengths and likes and helps them through things. She's taught Zoey to read and write English and she practices Japanese with her - Betsy has studied English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese at different points. She's helping our kids understand music, art, reading, and so much more. Betsy loves God's Word and enjoys leading women's Bible studies at our church- she makes friends with almost anyone. She also loves to cook! She is outstanding in the kitchen and makes homemade enchiladas that are AMAZING- she can cook a steak to perfection. Betsy has a secret family salsa recipe that is a must for taco-night. Her desserts (cookies especially) are a family favorite! My favorite thing, though, is the huge smile that she has when she's spending time with us.
|More About David - from Betsy!|
One of the things that I have to highlight about David is his creativity! David is essentially a self-taught jack-of-all-trades. If there's an online instructional video about it, David can figure out how to do it. He's the smartest person I know. Over the years I have watched him use a computer program to compose an original instrumental song (he's never had any formal musical training), he also developed an interest in woodworking and bought a few slabs of a tree in Alabama, which he turned into gorgeous coffee and end tables for our living room. He even took apart and rebuilt our current computer with just online videos as his guide! Once David hammered out red soda cans and overlaid them onto cardboard to construct a giant heart with tons of little compartments that each contained a reason he loved me - it was a great Valentine's day gift. He also took Zoey out to the local hardware store here in Japan to buy some PVC piping which he combined with some table cloths to construct an indoor fort for our kids in our living room! David loves the Lord and loves our family. He is a deep thinker, a problem-solver and is kind and thoughtful in his interactions with each of our children and with me.
|Holidays With Our Family|
Something unique about our family is that we put up decorations around our house for nearly every holiday! We also have a book bin of special holiday books that only come out during that season. Our house is adorned with snowmen in January, hearts in February, shamrocks in March, you get the idea! Our children love helping to put up decorations, so it looks a little different each time! Every Thanksgiving, along with inviting family members to our house, we open our home to the many soldiers and families near our home who may be unable to spend the holiday with their families. Our personal family goal is that no one we know celebrates this holiday alone. Betsy prepares a massive feast for everyone and we all give thanks together. For Christmas we often travel back to Kentucky or have relatives from there come to visit us, our tree remains up until after New Years Day every year, because David loves the ambiance it gives our home. We also like to get together with neighbors and church friends for Easter for a potluck brunch after church - but we try to avoid the sunrise services - half our family are "night owls!"
|Special Family Traditions|
Our family has a lot of regular routines and traditions. We love to sit down at the table each night and eat dinner as a family. We keep a stack of Christmas cards from friends and family on our kitchen table and each night at dinner we choose one of the cards and remember to pray for that family. As dinner is wrapping up, either Betsy or David will read a chapter from the Bible, which usually leads to a short discussion, we are working our way through the Old Testament right now! Board games are regular occurrences in our house as well, there always seems to be a game going. We are currently teaching Zoey and Simon how to play chess! About once a month David sets up an indoor fort and the kids have "camp night" where we eat snacks (popcorn is a favorite!), play games, watch a movie, and have a living room sleepover. The kids LOVE camp nights. We are a family who loves adventure, whether it's as simple as going to the "pirate ship" beach (a beach nearby that has a pirate-ship playground) on a Saturday morning, or traveling to 4 countries in 17 days for a vacation (which we have done!) we love to show our kids new and varied experiences and places!
|Our Children's Perspectives on Adding Another Sibling|
We have been reading books to our children about adoption and about diversity in general since they were babies themselves. Adoption is a common topic in our home and our children understand that every child is born and that some of those children are adopted. It's safe to say that Zoey, Simon, and Edie are thrilled that we are going to adopt another child. Zoey loves babies and is already excited to be able to feed the new baby a bottle! When we asked Zoey what she would say to a birthmother she thought for a minute and then said "I would just say that I'm really happy that we are adopting... I think it will be really fun to have a new baby brother or sister. We are a really good family to pick and I hope whoever picks us will be really happy too. I really want to play with the baby and I want to set a good example for the baby." Simon can't wait to teach the baby new things - whenever he learns to do something new he says "I can't wait to teach our new baby to do this!" Simon was especially great at helping to calm Edie when she was a tiny baby, just by singing to her and loving her. Edie loves her siblings endlessly and we know she will be a wonderful big sister, she adores our neighbor's child who is a small baby. One of her favorite things to do is to care for her baby dolls and stuffed animals by rocking and singing lullabies to them.
|Open Adoption With Our Son's Birth Family and Military Life|
We speak about adoption and Simon's birth family quite frequently. We have kept a special photo album that has pictures of his birth family and we also have an adoption-specific baby book with Simon's story detailed that we look at and read together. We have been able to regularly update Simon's birth family with pictures and emails, and we have had visits with Simon's birth mother and birth grandparents. We view these connections with Simon's family of origin as important and good for our entire family! We look forward to talking with you and learning what your preferences are regarding an open adoption.
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...|
|Age of Child|
Newborn to 3 months
Yes! We would love twins.
|Ethnicity of Child||Any ethnicity!|
|Future Contact with Birth Family|
We are open to calls, letters, sharing photos, and visits. We send regular updates with pictures to Simon's birth family and would be happy to do the same for you if you would like!
We are so thankful that you gave us the opportunity to tell you a little about ourselves. We are excited to speak with you and learn a little more about who you are and about your child.