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A Letter from Ian & Sara

Hello from the land of 10,000 lakes and four seasons! We enjoy summers at our family cabin, combine rides with Dad in the fall, and sledding in the winter. These are the adventures we do as a family and look forward to doing with our next child too!

There are many ways to become a family, and we believe God has called us to grow our family not only with biological children but also through adoption. The beauty of an open adoption means we get to welcome you to our family too. You will always be special to us. If you would like, we are happy to share future contact. 

“In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6

This is Us

We met at a wedding dance where Sara quickly fell in love with Ian’s dance moves. Shortly after, we were married and blessed with our two daughters, Ida and Margot, who now love to have dance parties with us.
We both desire to have a big, loving, and God-centered family. We miscarried our third baby, and as hard as it was, God comforted us throughout the grieving process and guided us to a calling we knew we were meant to go on; growing our family through adoption. We feel honored to go on this journey with you!
We are a family that loves farm life, ice fishing, and Minnesota lakes. From tent camping to playing any and all board games to our yearly reunion with Ian’s family at a lake resort, we strive to make lasting memories with our family!

This is Ian

Ian is a hardworking man, which fits well with his calling in life for farming. We take time as a family to can sweet corn for the winter. He looks forward to teaching this to our children and future child. Another highlight is taking the kids on tractor rides.

Ian makes the best homemade pancakes which is a recipe passed down from generations in his family. Our girls love learning how to make these and Ian is a very patient teacher.

His latest passion is becoming an ironman triathlete. He is an active man and loves the biking portion the most.

Playing golf, skiing, and fishing are three activities he looks forward to teaching your child.

This is Sara

There are not many truths that we have in this world but here are a few that apply to my wife, Sara. She is a patient, motivated, and a rockstar mom. She is a part-time, Registered Nurse at our local hospital and works with cancer patients. Her strength amazes me every day.

Sara loves to paddleboard, run with our dog, read, and play card and board games in her free time. She is always baking with our girls and loves teaching them new life skills. I know she is especially looking forward to sharing her love of the outdoors with our newest family member when the time comes.

This is Our Family

Our daughters, Ida (4) and Margot (2), love to feed cows at Grandma “Moo Moo” and Papa’s house. Trips to the library to visit Grandma Eve working is another favorite activity. We believe in homecooked dinners where we talk about the “highs and lows” of our day and sing our favorite dinner prayers. On birthdays, they get to choose any shape of birthday cake; Margot recently chose a duck, and Ida chose a Barbie cake! Getting to see what your child will choose for their birthday cake and including your child in helping us create family traditions will be the most fun!

This is Our Home in Minnesota

We live in a mid-size community and our house is located in town. We have many parks, a library, YMCA, golf course, swimming pool and most importantly, Grandparents house, all within walking distance! We live in a three-bedroom home with a beautiful four-season sunroom that overlooks our backyard and patio. We love to do regular updates to various parts of the house; Ian recently built us a solid oak farm-style dining table where we play games, eat homecooked dinners, and do all kinds of messy crafts. The girls love playing fetch with our dog, Gilby, in our backyard.

This is Our Promise

We promise to love your child as Jesus loves us. With grace, kindness, forgiveness, and unconditional love. We promise to bring our children on family vacations, go on camping adventures, and spend summer weekends at the cabin. We promise to raise our children to have a personal relationship with Jesus and to send our children to a private Christian school. We promise to provide a financially secure life for our family and a safe, loving home. We promise to come together with you during this adoption journey.

If you would like to learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

Learn More About Ian & Sara

  Ian Sara
Our EducationBachelor's DegreeBachelor's Degree
Our ProfessionsFarmer/FirefighterRegistered Nurse
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasianCaucasian
Some of Ian & Sara's Favorites
Places we've traveledIcelandKenya
Board Games Dominion-we are nerds when it comes to gamesCribbage-we also may be a bit competitive
Ice creamVanilla with peanuts and chocolateChocolate with sea salt caramel
New goalsBecome a certified firefighterPlay the guitar more often
Yearly family reunion traditionsGolf tournament with all 50 plus cousins (We love our big family!)Duck races and piñata
Favorite RestaurantChipotle Any all you can eat Sushi
Favorite winter activity Ice fishingRunning outside on a light snowy morning
More About Our Family
3 Fun Facts

Sara has a twin brother!
Ian can sew (which Sara really appreciates)
Ian is the clean parent and Sara is the messy parent (loves doing painting and crafts with the kids)

3 Cornerstones of Our Faith

1. Prayer works
2. Life is hard, but God is good
3. True joy comes from serving God

We attend a Christian church where Ian is part of a men’s groups, Sara teaches Sunday school, and we take part in bible studies. We are blessed to be surrounded by a church community who is praying for us and for you on this adoption journey we hope to take with you!

3 Things on Our Bucket List

1. Live in the country on the farm
2. Travel to Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada with our children
3. Visit all 58 National Parks as a family

3 personality traits that makes us who we are

1.Sara is an introvert and loves to spend time reading books
2.Spending time by any body of water, lakes or oceans, is Sara’s happy place.
3.Sara LOVES her coffee.

1.Ian is outgoing and loves to get to know new people.
2.Skiing on mountains is Ian’s happy place
3.Ian’s favorite way to start the day is by golfing early in the morning.

We Prefer a Child Who Is...
Age of Child

Newborn to 2 years old.


We would happily welcome twins. Sara is a twin herself!


We are open to either gender.

Sibling Group

We are open to a sibling group of 2 with the oldest up to 2 years old.

In Closing

We are ready to talk with you whenever you feel ready. We are open to adopting a boy or girl of any race or age 0-2 years. We are open to sibling groups of two. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, we can’t wait to welcome you and your child into our lives!

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