We met each other in church in 2005 when a mutual friend introduced us. We married in 2007 and spent the next few years of our marriage finishing school and working on our careers.
As a couple, we enjoy going out to eat, watching movies, going to theater productions, and attending bible studies. The two of us are very laid back and often enjoy just spending our time together doing simple things – sharing a bowl of popcorn while watching tv at home, spending a day browsing stores, or laughing together as we talk about growing up in and experiencing the totally awesome fads of the 80’s and 90’s (“the good old days” as we like to refer to them).
In 2010, we welcomed our daughter, Joelle. We very much enjoy our time spent together as a family. You can find us all going on fun adventures together to the zoo, museums, movies, pumpkin patches, fairs, swimming, and anything princess related (Joelle’s favorite!).
When we aren’t seeking adventures, Dan spends his time at home cooking and gardening with Joelle. If left to his own devices, he will often engage in random acts of baking with his partner in crime, Joelle. Since Dan works for a school, he is able to spend most holidays at home with the family and enjoys nothing more than just being home with everybody. Lindsay enjoys reading to Joelle along with singing, having mini dance parties in the living room, and making crafts with her. In addition, due to Lindsay’s work schedule, she is able to spend holiday breaks and summer break with Joelle. We play outside, hide-and-seek, board games, jump in the leaves in the fall, and become Joelle’s audience for her on-the-spot theatrical performances as well as taste testers for her pretend food creations in her toy kitchen set.
Our greatest joy as parents has been watching Joelle become a person with her own personality, thoughts, ideas, and interests. We would be so excited to be able to raise another child and to watch them grow up into their own person, while we love them and cheer them on. And Joelle is thrilled at the prospect of becoming a big sister!
We feel that a child needs to know that they are special to us. Our desire is that our children get a chance to live the best lives that they can live and follow their hearts wherever it takes them. In addition, we also want them to know that home is a safe place to be, and that we will always be there for them no matter how old they are.
We live our lives as a family based on this verse, “Let all that you do be done in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:14). Our hope is that this will be the foundation for a child’s life in our family. We have worked to instill this in Joelle and have seen the fruits of this already begin to manifest in her life by her caring and compassionate personality toward others.
Our faith is a core part of our individual selves as well as central to our marriage and family. We are both Christians and attend church regularly. We have also served in ministry in church on and off during our lives. The both of us come from faith backgrounds that have taught us to be free in our expression of our faith, while still being respectful to others. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love our God and love others. We strive to put forth that love daily toward everyone we encounter.
We very much would like to have an open adoption. It is important to us that a child knows that they are adopted, and that their birth family loves them. We think it is essential that we communicate to a child that it was because of this love that an adoption plan was put into place. We would be happy to work with you in regards to communication, photos, visits, and letters.