We are Don & Lauren Derby, and we are hoping to grow our family through adoption…
From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank you for taking the time to look at our family.
God laid the desire to adopt on our hearts many years ago, and it has only grown stronger since that day. It’s hard to explain the great love we already feel for a child and a Mother we have not yet met.
Our daughter Ella was born to us biologically four and 1/2 years ago, and I had some rare complications that have made it questionable as to whether I will be able to carry another child through pregnancy. Even if I was, it would not change our desire to adopt. We felt the call from God many years before we ever knew our precious Ella. She cannot wait to be a big sister and teach her new little brother or sister how to "draw and build blocks and play outside".
We are very aware that there is still a missing piece to our family yet to be filled. Becoming parents has truly been the greatest joy of our lives and we feel like we have so much more love to give. We are looking forward to expanding our hearts and our family and welcoming home another heart to nurture and to love!
Don and I both love children and have always wanted a big family. We are committed to raising a happy family that knows the Lord and that is full of joy and love! We will try our absolute best to give you a window into our lives and our family here. We hope and pray above all that you can see a little bit of our hearts and the love that fills them for another child.
Thank you for praying and encouraging and supporting us through this crazy beautiful journey! We appreciate every single one of you (and your prayers) more than you know!
We are Don and Lauren Derby from Nashville, TN. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank you for taking the time to look at our family. Even though we have not met you yet, we want you to know the overwhelming admiration and respect we have for you and also the prayers that we have already been praying for you.
Since we have not yet met you, we can't imagine what you may be going through in this moment and the many decisions and emotions you may be processing and experiencing. Please know that there is a special place in our hearts right now that is greatly occupied with prayers for you and a desire to know you and your story. One thing we do know is that the plans you are making and considering are being made out of compassion, selflessness, and love and we admire you greatly for it.
We can not pretend to know everything that you are processing right now, but we want to assure you that we support you! We support you and we believe in you no matter what decision you make. We want to honor you and everything you know to be best for you and your child.
We are here and willing should you choose to pursue a plan and a relationship with us. We would be honored to explore with you what that could look like. We also pray that the Lord would wrap His loving arms around you and guide you into all truth as you bravely walk this path.
Don and Lauren Derby