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.
We live in a small town of around 2,500 people. The town has its own school district so class sizes are small. Our daughter has enjoyed being a part of a smaller class size in school.
Our town is very family friendly. We have a great library that puts on many activities for kids. The town itself also provides activities for kids throughout the summer. And we have an outdoor city pool with two great parks within walking distance from our home.
We live at the edge of our town. Our backyard is fenced in with a patio, garden, and swing set.
Behind the backyard is a cornfield. The front of our house faces a city street with neighbors all around. Many children live close by.
Our house is a 1 story ranch home with a full unfinished basement. We have 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. We also have a sunroom that looks out into the backyard. We are looking into finishing our basement in order to add more bedrooms, another bathroom, and another living room.
I grew up in a small town in northern Illinois, and as a boy I was often found at the library getting new books to read, playing with my friends, or learning how to cook something good to eat. I especially enjoyed spending time with my family cooking and made Mexican tamales during the holidays.
I was raised in a Christian home, and I carry those same values with me to this day in my own life and with my family as well. From a very young age I found myself often going on missionary trips to Mexico, and I fell in love with the culture, language, and – big surprise here – the food. Going on missionary trips really taught me to see the world differently, and that what is really important in life is helping other people.
After graduating from high school, I decided to join the Navy. I spent 6 years traveling all over the world and seeing many interesting places. While in the Navy I started working on computers, and I discovered that I was pretty good at it. I also found myself working with different people from all over the country. I learned that despite all of our diversity, we can still find much to have in common.
Lastly, after the Navy, I was able to go to college where I studied Spanish and Information Technology. Eventually, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, and I currently serve the technology needs for a local school district. I love working in a school and being around the energy that students bring to the day. I am excited to work with them in bringing technology to the classroom and seeing how that changes learning for everyone.
I was born and raised in northwest Illinois. I spent many hours exploring my creative side – coming up with adventurous story lines through pretend play with my siblings, writing stories and poetry, and creating my own at home theatrical productions to show off to my parents.
In addition to all of this, I was also a dancer for 8 years and finished my last few years on competitive dance teams. I enjoyed exploring sports as well and played softball, soccer, basketball, and volleyball at different times throughout my childhood. When I entered high school, I decided to switch my focus to music and theater and soon found my passion for singing.
Music is still a large part of my life today. I have sung in choirs, performed in musicals, sung on worship teams in church, and led children’s church worship. If there is music playing, I’m probably singing!
I gave my life to Jesus while in college, and I have never looked back. He is the most important thing in my life, and without him, I would be lost in this world. His love for me amazes me each and everyday. Jesus teaches me to love everyone, and I firmly believe in this, that everyone deserves to be loved and respected.
In college, I received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. I found a love and desire in my heart for helping children, which lead me to pursue a graduate degree in school psychology. I work as a school psychologist where I serve several school districts helping to evaluate students for special education services and interventions and developing those educational plans. I enjoy being a positive adult in the students’ lives.