|Our Education||Bachelor Degree||High school graduate with some college|
|Our Professions||Network Specialist for an Information Technology Center for local schools||Payroll Clerk for county auditor|
|Stay-At-Home||No||Yes, Once the baby is home. |
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Mexican/Caucasian|
|Some of Carl & Brook's Favorites
|Food||Sushi||Pizza / All things potato|
|Place to travel||Florida / Anywhere tropical||State parks / Aquariums / Disney |
|Hobbies||Camping / Fishing / Traveling / Photography / Gardening||Kayaking / Hiking / Cooking / Reading|
|Family Tradition||Family reunion every Memorial Day / Cutting down a live Christmas tree with family every year ||Yearly trips to Amish Country / Searching every local fair for the cheapest corn dog around! |
|Something I'd like to achieve in my lifetime||Visit Japan / Learn to scuba dive||Becoming fluent in Spanish / Visit all 50 states|
|Place to serve at church||Camera Operator||Information Center|
|More About Our Family
|Why we chose adoption|
Adoption has been on our hearts for many years even before we knew infertility would be a part of our lives. When Carl was eighteen years old, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. After a year of chemo and undergoing two surgeries, Carl was healthy and cancer free, however unable to conceive children naturally from then on. Having been by his side during his recovery, I was well aware that we would not be able to have children naturally when we were married in 2013. This was no concern for us as we were both excited to begin our family through adoption. Although infertility has played a role in our decision to adopt, we would have chosen this path regardless.
We believe that God exists in three persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; having sent His Son to earth in order to die to pay for our sin penalty. Giving our lives to God has been the best decision and most important decision we've each made as an individual. We believe this beautiful world we all share is a gift from God and we do our best to keep that in mind as we begin each day. Despite the hustle and bustle of every day life, we strive to set aside time to give thanks to God, share His Word and enjoy the blessings He has already given us. As Christians, we hope to share the love of God with our child in a Christ-centered home.
|How we met|
We have known each other for over 20 years having originally met as neighbors in our small Ohio hometown. Since then, we have experiences so much together from neighbors, to high school sweethearts, to husband and wife. Our honeymoon was spent on a week long Caribbean cruise, our first vacation together and an experience we will never forget! Life has certainly thrown some twists at us including Carl's battle with cancer in 2006. This has taught us to appreciate our time together even more and make the most of each day. At the risk of sounding cliché, we are truly the best of friends who fell in love and consider it a huge blessing to share our lives with someone whose known you long enough to experience all of your flaws and still love you unconditionally.
|Our daily routine|
During the week, we are thankful to start each morning together before heading the same direction for work. We are thankful to share the same work schedule in the same town which allows us to enjoy our evenings and weekends together. Although we enjoy a good meal out, we often cook at home. Brook specializes in indoor cooking while Carl really shines on the grill. When its warm out, we often take our dog, Sandy for a walk after diner, usually to the local beach downtown. On our weekends, we enjoy spending time with family or going camping. Living near the lake opens so many options to spend time together as a family outdoors. We both enjoy what we consider to be our dream jobs with flexible schedules that provides a healthy balance between work and home life. This makes us all the more excited to bring a little one into our lives as we will have the ability to work and provide for our family as well as enjoy spending time together.
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...
|Age of Child|
Newborn to 3 months old!
We are excited to be a part of our child's life from the start! Much preparation has already gone into the nursery and many of our family members have contributed to it, including a crib from Brook's sister, a changing table from Brook's grandparents, and a dresser/mirror combo from Carl's parents.
We are excited for a baby of either gender and have no preference for this.
We understand that having the option to choose would not be a part of a normal pregnancy and feel that leaving the gender a mystery only adds to the excitement!
|Race of child|
We are happy to welcome a child of any race!
We celebrate and accept people of all skin tones and cultures. Brook's mother's family is of Mexican heritage, which we regularly recognize with passion and excitement.
In closing we would like to thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We have looked forward to adoption for many years and are thankful for the opportunity to bring a child into our lives that we can love and raise as our own.