We were, and still are, active in a running group and met at a social event, a Jimmy Buffet cover band concert. We believe it was absolutely God's timing! It was so special, and we met on Valentine's Day. After that, we saw each other and got to know one another more through our running group and became friends before we began dating. We learned that we had a lot in common...love of music, family, fitness, and faith. We both enjoy the outdoors and included picnics and hiking as part of our dating journey. We got engaged on a trip to Colorado on the top of a mountain.
The following year, we were married at a beautiful church surrounded by friends and family. We are a great team, and our love and relationship grows better every day. Katie is very outgoing, bubbly, and has never met a stranger. Kevin is quieter, kind, creative, and enthusiastic. This makes for a wonderful partnership. Communication, honesty and strong faith are the cornerstone of our marriage. We both feel grateful to be blessed with one another and can't wait to share our loving home with a child through adoption.
Kevin and I were blessed to be brought together later in our lives. We have tried for years to have a biological child. We chose to explore fertility treatments and were unsuccessful in conceiving a baby. The reality of infertility has been a hard and painful journey, but we have grown closer as a couple and to God through it all. We believe that God's plan for our family includes adoption and so we began this journey!
We live in a very close-knit community. The population is around 4,500 residents. We enjoy the neighbors and friends we have made here. Kevin has lived in our town his whole life, and I was excited to move here after we were married. Our Church is just a few minutes away from our home and the local fire department runs on volunteers. We have a 4th of July parade that goes right by our house. Our family will come and watch with us before a picnic later in the day. A local pharmacy and grocery store are two examples of local family traditions that continue in our town. We enjoy the beautiful park just blocks away from our home. Our downtown riverfront is also close by and provides a number of fun activities year round.
We have the convenience of a larger city "right next door." Our home, sweet home is simple and welcoming. We spend a lot of time on our patio in our backyard. We enjoy our flowers, bushes, trees, and our friends (feathers and fur). Our bird feeders are enjoyed by dozens of birds everyday, which is a beautiful scene to watch. We feel peace in this space and hope to share our home with our future family.
I am proud to share that my life has been devoted to children. After 22 years of teaching, I understand the many needs children may have. Both of my parents were teachers. My love for children continues to grow and my efforts to help them increase every year. My time with kiddos warms my heart and spreads joy in my life. I have referred to my students as "my babies" for decades and am very excited to be able to have a child that Kevin and I can parent together. My mom has always been my hero. Watching her be a mom has made me dream to be an amazing mom as well. I was raised within a faithful Christian family and had friends around me to support our values. Our respect for all life has been valued for our entire lives. My dad, brother, and sister have also been a part of my life and continue to encourage and support me. Both of my siblings have been married for many years and are each blessed with four amazing children. This dedication and selfless living is in our future with the grace of God blessing us with a family.
Many of my favorite things to do are enjoyed outside. A few of them are running, hiking, golfing, and yard "work." I also love to sing, dance, and enjoy yoga, too.
I am fortunate to have found a career that I love. Katie and I both are fortunate. I work in creative services at a tv station as a video producer. I have been working there for over 20 years within different positions. It allows me to work on all sorts of different projects and is always interesting. I also do freelance and production work for businesses, individuals, and not for profits. I enjoy volunteering at an organization for veterans, local missions, and Special Olympics.
I love to listen to music and going to concerts. Sunday mornings I play the guitar and sing in the choir (Katie too) at our church. I really enjoy fitness and eating healthy. Katie and I make it a point to have that as part of our daily lives. I also like beekeeping which is a project I have been doing the last several years with my sister. Every chance I get I am outdoors hiking or running on trails. I am blessed to have found Katie, and we are really excited to share our lives and love with a child through adoption.