Alex and Kellie
Brother and Sister-In-Law
When we found out Stephen and Alex were deciding to pursue adoption our hearts were overjoyed for them. Adoption has been heavy on my heart for quite some time and I have been so blessed to get to watch this journey unfold for them. I have no doubt the they will be wonderful parents. No doubt that their child will grow up in a home where they know they are loved and understand their worth. No doubt that they will do everything in their power to give their child every opportunity but also to teach them the value of hard work. No doubt that their child will be nurtured- physically, mentally and most importantly spiritually. There is no doubt their child will be deeply, selflessly loved, as my husband and I have had the privilege and blessing of having them love our own sweet daughter long before she was earth side.
But more importantly, Stephen and Alex understand the sacrifice and magnitude of what is being entrusted to them by the birth mother. They understand that they will go home arms full, and she will not. They will rock that sweet babe to sleep, and she will not. Adoption is not possible without a great sacrifice and so they enter this chapter of parenthood sorrowful, yet rejoicing. You will not find another pair of parents more humbled and thankful for the sacrifice being made here.
As they enter into this season of answered prayers and fulfilled promises, they do so with gratitude, humility, and thankfulness no words could ever express.
Alex and Kellie Endorsed Kind, Patient and Understanding, Funny and Silly, Loyal to family and friends, open minded, Creative, Hardworking, Grounded, Joyful, Strong and Committed Relationship
Alaina and Christopher Monds
Hi! I am married and have a 4.5 year old son and live in Charlotte NC, about 15 minutes from the Maughan family. Although they are not parents yet, they truly are parents at heart.When you enter their home you feel cozy and warm. It is decorated with memories, creativeness and keepsakes. They LOVE every single child with their entire heart and soul. Alex is the first person I call when I have a daycare question, need advice or just need someone to talk to or to get ideas. We have a high energy 4.5 year old boy and when we are with Alex and Stephen our son is way more excited about holding their hands and asking them questions. Not because we aren't fun parents but because the Maughans just jump right in like the " Fun" Aunt or Uncle. They have a special way that they interact with children that makes them feel loved, secure and happy and excited to be around. My favorite memory and new tradition with them is going trick or treating all together. They are not our family by genetics but they are our family. I love hearing Stephen talk about his students at school and how much he loves them and how sad he is that school ended early this year because of the pandemic. He worries about them like they are his own children. Any child that ends up in their family will be so lucky to get to go to the beach often, have loving grandparents, have every holiday decked out in some type of theme, homemade Halloween costumes, throughout Christmas presents or experiences. I cannot wait to see them become parents and I know when they do I will still be looking up to them and I cannot wait for our children to play together.
The Monds Family
Alaina and Christopher Monds Endorsed Joyful, spontaneous, Grounded, Hardworking, Creative, open minded, Loyal to family and friends, Optimistic, Funny and Silly, Patient and Understanding, Kind, Tenderhearted, Strong and Committed Relationship
Stephen & Alex are two loving spouses plus two adorable cats. They are going to make incredible parents to a very special someone one day. They have a large loving extended family, plus many friends who will love and support their new addition.
Carly Endorsed Hardworking, Creative, open minded, Loyal to family and friends, Optimistic, Funny and Silly, Patient and Understanding, Kind, Grounded, spontaneous, Joyful, Tenderhearted, Strong and Committed Relationship
Andrew & Dorin
Reese's peanut butter cups, Wendy's french fries dipped in a frosty, these are a combination of items that make something great. That is what Alex and Stephen are personified. These 2 are the best combination of people we have ever met and have the up most honor of having in our lives. There is no doubt in our minds that they will provide the most loving and wholesome environment for any child. That child will become part of that amazing combination, something better than creamy peanuts in a chocolate cup or fries dipped in frozen milk, they will be a family.
Andrew & Dorin Endorsed Strong and Committed Relationship, Tenderhearted, Joyful, spontaneous, Grounded, Hardworking, Creative, open minded, Loyal to family and friends, Optimistic, Funny and Silly, Patient and Understanding, Kind
Friend of the family
Stephen is my best friend and has been since High School. An incredibly smart person and an absolute mind for math which was very useful when we all had no money.
Me: It costs $173.78 and there’s 4 of us. Stephen?
Stephen’s lightning quick response: $43.40 each. Give or take a nickel
Stephen’s calculating and statistical outlook is a great blend with Alex’s levity and spontaneity.
Alex is quite often the catalyst for a fun and explorative conversation. She is very family oriented and has always made me feel like I was a part of that.
It's only right to select this pair in the pursuit of rasing great human beings.
Aaron White Endorsed Strong and Committed Relationship, Tenderhearted, Joyful, spontaneous, Grounded, Hardworking, Creative, open minded, Loyal to family and friends, Optimistic, Funny and Silly, Patient and Understanding, Kind
Hi, my name is Georgia and I am Alex's aunt. I consider Alex my 3rd daughter and the best cousin ever to my 2 girls. Alex has always set a great example and taken my two under her wing. We always joke when the 3 of them are together you can't get a word in, but Stephen is great at making a place for himself in the little group. Stephen and Alex are the most loving and grounded young couple I know and they are going to create an amazing family together.
Georgia Endorsed Kind, Patient and Understanding, Funny and Silly, Optimistic, Loyal to family and friends, open minded, Creative, Hardworking, Grounded, spontaneous, Joyful, Tenderhearted, Strong and Committed Relationship
I have known Stephen since he was 4 years old. He is smart, kind, and patient. He is fiercely loyal to his friends, family and students. Alex is upbeat, energetic and creative. They are a great team, approaching life with good humor and a strong commitment to each other. They will be fantastic parents and have me and the rest of the extended family that are eager and willing to provide love and support as their family grows.
Elizabeth Endorsed Strong and Committed Relationship, Tenderhearted, Joyful, spontaneous, Grounded, Hardworking, Creative, open minded, Loyal to family and friends, Optimistic, Funny and Silly, Patient and Understanding, Kind
I have known Alex and Stephen for 8 years as we became instant sisters through the marriage of Alex’s mom and my father in law. Through that marriage, I was able to get to know Alex and Stephen in more depth and witness firsthand their character and the values that are important to them. Alex and Stephen have a great relationship with my sons. They are the “fun” aunt and uncle that everyone wants but not everyone is blessed to have. They are compassionate and intentional with the love they show my children. They celebrate each milestone my children have as if they were their own. Alex and Stephen have been very intentional in their journey with adoption and the opportunity to grow their family. Their ability to be open-minded, empathetic, supportive, and flexible in their relationships with others is what solidifies to me that they will make amazing parents one day. Their marriage is built with a strong foundation on love, trust, and commitment. Alex and Stephen lead by example by putting the needs of others first and I know their children will be blessed to have amazing Godly parents. I have no doubt in my mind that Alex and Stephen are able to provide a stable and loving, Christian based home that will allow a child to not only experience the love of Christ, but also the love of a family who chose him/her.
Rachele Endorsed Kind, Patient and Understanding, Funny and Silly, Optimistic, Loyal to family and friends, open minded, Creative, Hardworking, Grounded, spontaneous, Joyful, Tenderhearted, Strong and Committed Relationship