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A Letter from Dereck & Sarah

Hi! We are Dereck and Sarah!

We live in Indiana with our two dogs, and we are SO incredibly excited to start our family through adoption! We cannot wait to share our beautiful life with you and your child. Everything we do and who we are is completely centered around the one that gave it to us in the first place, God. Our faith in the Lord is the most crucial part of us and we are praising Him for the opportunity we have to even be sharing this with you now. We love to have fun and be adventurous, and we can’t wait to share that with your child! We would love to keep in touch with you, if you would like.

A Little About Us

We met the first day in our freshman year of college. After becoming instant best friends, we began dating and within that next year we were engaged. This year will be our 10th year married. We are so blessed! We have desired to be parents for so long, and we now know that this is the time God has called us to start our family through adoption and we couldn’t be more excited!

Things we love to do together include…

  • Getting outside and walking the dogs
  • Strapping the kayaks to our car and heading out to our favorite beach spot to explore!
  • Cooking
  • Heading to the beach to swim and read
  • Watching movies
  • Traveling to new places
  • Trying new foods from different cultures
  • Serving in different church ministries

About Dereck (By Sarah)

Dereck is one of the strongest and most loving individuals I have ever known. He is incredibly hard-working and does not do anything half-heartedly. He feels and cares so deeply about those who he loves and strives to make everyone around him better. Dereck has a passion for serving others and has the most helpful spirit. Dereck is looking forward to helping our child grow and sharing his love of adventure with them. He is also looking forward to guiding our child in their relationship with Christ and making the small moments count!

Dereck is a leader. He is resilient and leads our family so well. Dereck puts God first, his family second, and himself third. I have never felt more loved or cared for by another person, other than maybe my own parents, in my entire life.

Fun Facts about Dereck:

  • Dereck has a twin sister!
  • His first time on a plane was our honeymoon, and now after being married to me, he is on them all the time! Ha!
  • Dereck LOVES kayaking
  • He played the trumpet
  • He can fix pretty much anything
  • Can grill an AMAZING steak 🙂

About Sarah (By Dereck)

Sarah is truly one of the most loyal, loving and genuine people you will ever meet. Sarah looks forward to teaching our child to love and serve others, no matter where they come from or what language they speak, and being there for the accomplishments and achievements, while also comforting our child in the heartaches and let downs. She also looks forward to taking them on new adventures, encouraging them to try new things and stepping out of their comfort zone! I truly cannot wait to see her dream of becoming a mom come true!

Some of my favorite things about Sarah:

  • Her love for Jesus! Sarah is consistently pursuing to walk with Jesus and grow her relationship with God.
  • She’s a genuine listener. Sarah is a great listener and is very soft spoken and has a humble spirit.
  • She’s adventurous. Sarah enjoys experiencing new places, cultures, and foods. She is a strong independent woman and isn’t afraid to step outside of her comfort zone.

Some of Sarah’s favorite activities include:

  • Reading a good book
  • Enjoying the beach
  • Walking for enjoyment
  • Teaching her students
  • Quality time with family & friends
  • All things Christmas
  • Joking around with me!

Our Home in Indiana

We live with our two dogs in a two-story home in a wonderful neighborhood! Our neighborhood here in Indiana is very quiet, peaceful, and spread out with a lot to enjoy. Here in our city, we have the best of both worlds; we live within 30 minutes of a major city, while also enjoying the quiet and peaceful small-town life. We live within 10 minutes of our church, and we have friends who live in our neighborhood as well as nearby. We have a big backyard with a nice sized patio. Our two-story house has three bedrooms. We are blessed with a huge neighborhood for lots of walking, a playground, a neighborhood pool, and lots of wonderful schools around us in our area.

Our Sweet Family and Friends

Family and friends mean everything to us! Our families are one of our biggest support systems. We both are very blessed to have wonderful, loving families who fully support our marriage and our decision to adopt. Both of our sets of parents have/had beautiful, godly marriages and we look up to them so much.

Dereck is one of five children and has a twin sister! We love that Dereck is a twin; it’s so special. We are blessed with 6 nieces and nephews that keep us busy. Sarah has one younger sister, and they are only 16 months apart. We love having family time and enjoy dinner, movie nights, birthday celebrations, and family vacations! We have wonderful relationships with our siblings and parents. We are lucky to have all of them living close by us in Kentucky.

Where would we be without our wonderful friends? We see them as much as we can, and they are always there when we need them.

Our Promise to You

Thank you for learning a little about us. We promise to provide your child with a loving, caring, nurturing, Christian home. We promise to always be there, support in any way, and love your child unconditionally throughout their entire life. It is our desire to help your child be the best version of themself that they can possibly be. They will be cherished, loved, and heard. We want to share our love of travel, cultures, adventures, and trying new things with them and we cannot wait to get started! It would be our pleasure to welcome an open relationship with you through letters, emails, and occasional visits, if you would like.

We’d love to talk or answer any of your questions. Please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

Learn More About Dereck & Sarah

  Dereck Sarah
Our EducationBachelors of Science in Business AdministrationBachelors of Science in Elementary Education & Masters of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Our ProfessionsProject Manager Teacher
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasian Caucasian
Some of Dereck & Sarah 's Favorites
Childhood MemoryCamping with my entire family in tents in our backyard, growing up in the countryVisiting my great-grandmother's farm every summer with our cousins in Kentucky (where my dad taught me how to fish!)
Bible VerseJohn 14:6 Psalm 116:1-2
GameCheckers...Sarah has never beaten me! Cornhole! I love outside games!
HobbiesKayaking, Traveling, Small Projects around the houseKayaking, Reading, Walking the dogs, Biking, Swimming
Type of Music Country! This is so hard to answer, but I'll go with Christian Contemporary & Pop!
FoodBarbeque, nothing beats good barbeque! Ribs are my favorite!Sushi/ Any kind of seafood
TV ShowThe Crown, Madam Secretary, Jack Ryan The Office, Elementary, & Parks and Recreation
More About Our Family
Our Faith

Our faith is the most important aspect of our lives. Without God, we wouldn't be here. We strive to serve Him every day with the way we treat/serve others, the way we handle our marriage and our finances, the way we approach work, and the way in which we are wanting to parent. It is the love of God and His faithfulness that has led us here to Lifetime, and we are so incredibly humbled and blessed to be sharing a glimpse into our faith with you.

We look forward to loving our new child with the love of the Lord and bringing them up in a faith-based home! What an honor that will be!

A Love For Diversity

Throughout our 10 years of marriage, we have devoted ourselves to a love of diversity. Our love for all people, no matter what race, ethnicity, or cultural background, was instilled in both of us from the start of our lives. A love for mission work, cultures, and languages sparked Sarah's love of teaching English to international students. Some of our closest friends are people from other cultures, backgrounds, and are speakers of other languages. It is our desire to also instill this same love of people who come from different backgrounds and walks of life into our child!

Back in late 2019, we hosted a Foreign Exchange Student from Beijing, China who would end up living with us for a little over a year. Being "new parents" to a 17-year-old Chinese boy was quite the challenge at first, but God gave us everything we needed to be there for him while he was finishing his studies abroad. We still to this day consider him a member of our family and we are still in contact with him.

Adventure Time!

We love to travel and experience new things! We are always looking for new, exciting, and adventurous ways to spend time with each other, family, or our friends. We are hoping sometime soon to explore more outside of the United States.

Some of our favorite adventures:
- Snorkeling in the Bahamas on the island of Exuma
- SkyDeck from Willis Tower in Chicago
- Exploring underwater caves in Mexico
- Jet skiing in the Pacific Ocean
- Taking two different cruises through the Caribbean
- Kayaking with manatees in the Gulf of Mexico

Our Plans for Childcare

We are extremely fortunate to attend a church that has a full-time children's STEAM academy starting at 6 weeks old, through preschool age. It is such a comfort knowing our church family as well as we do, with the knowledge that our child will not only be receiving loving care, but also the beginnings of their educational foundation and even more importantly a foundation on who God is and who they are to Him! Our plan is to send our child to this academy while we are at work, however, with Sarah being a teacher, she has many breaks throughout her school year and summertime off!

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

Newborn - 12 months


Yes! Dereck is a twin himself!



Sibling Group

Yes, with the oldest up to 4 years old

In Closing

Your involvement in our adoption journey means everything to us! God has been so faithful and having your child as a part of our journey would be the greatest blessing of our lives. We promise to love your child, and devote our lives to raising them in a safe, loving, and caring home for the rest of their lives. It is our desire that our future child would have not only a deep sense of connection to their adoptive family, but also to their biological family as well! We would love to get to know you better and stay in contact with you! Thank you so much for checking out our profile!

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