|Our Education||Firefighter/Paramedic Certification ||Some College|
|Our Professions||Firefighter/Paramedic||Homemaker |
|Stay-At-Home||Chad's Job lets him be home two out of three days||Full time|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian ||Caucasian |
|Some of Chad & Abbey's Favorites
|The thing I can't live without||Coffee||Air Conditioning|
|Favorite thing to do with our children||Take them fishing||Paint rocks and hide them around town|
|Favorite children's book||Pickles the Fire Cat or Grumpy Monkey (I can relate to that one)||Mama Do You Love Me|
|Favorite vacation place||The beach. Any beach! Lake or ocean, as long as there is sun and sand||Lake Geneva in the winter time|
|Favorite hobby||Working on my vintage JEEP||Anything creative (paint, draw, sew, sing etc.)|
|Favorite holiday||Christmas-I love waking up early and watching our kids open presents and playing games with our siblings||Thanksgiving-family time and delicious food, what could be better!?|
|Always wanted to try||Skydiving||Surfing |
|More About Our Family
Piper, loves art and anything crafty, especially drawing. Our loving firstborn is a typical oldest who likes to be in charge! She is a super big sister and cousin. She is especially excited for our newest addition since she is really big enough to help out and remember it all.
Suzanne (Zuzu) is our little spitfire! She is vibrant and funny and very outgoing. She lives life to the fullest! Zu loves anything that involves moving, most of all dance. Out of all of our children she is the most tender hearted and empathetic, though she is never holding still she will stop to love on you for a moment before running off on her next adventure!
Wren is ornery and spunky and definitely has a mind of her own! She is a people person and loves to chat with ANYONE, which can make for interesting trips to the grocery store. If she wasn't clearly the smallest I think people would think she were the oldest from how much she tries to boss her big sisters. She is always keeping us on our toes!
God and church are a huge part of our family. Both of us were raised in Christian homes and we are trying to raise our kids up to have a deep relationship with Christ to the best of our abilities.
We have been going to the same church for over 13 years and we love our church family immensely! We have always felt love and support from them but going through the adoption process has made us really realize just how much we value them. The children look forward to going to Sunday school every week and we are just as excited to see our small group and worship.
|Our Musical Interest|
Our taste in music could not be more different. Between the two of us we listen to just about everything!
Chad likes pop rock and new music. Some of his favorite bands are 5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low and Our Last Night.
And Abbey likes classic rock, smooth jazz and indie pop. Abbey's favorites include Harry Connic Jr., Ingrid Michaelson, and any classic rock artists (especially The Who and Queen).
|About Our Home|
We live in a small but happy home. It's a three bedroom that we moved into in summer of 2013. It has an open plan kitchen-dinning room-living room and a small play room. Our favorite part of our house is the big backyard! There is hardly a day that we don't play in the backyard and hardly a night that we don't sit on our front porch after dinner.
|Our Extended Family|
Chad's side of the family lives on a small farm in Texas where they raise chickens, goats and bees and where we love to visit. Chad's dad is a Christian counselor and his mom makes products from their farm that she sells at their local flea market. Chad comes from a big family of eight kids, seven boys and a girl, and most of his siblings live near his parents.
Abbey's parents and two sisters all live within ten miles of us and her brother and his wife live in Texas. We love living close to family and see them all the time! Abbey's parents still live in the house she grew up in. Her dad is semi-retired from the Ag business and her mom is the children's director at our church. Neither of us had family close by when we were growing up, and so we really cherish the fact that we get to raise our kids this close to our family.
|We live in the state of...|
Illinois. But not city-Chicago-busy Illinois, we live in small town, corn and fields and open space Illinois!
We love our neighborhood. We live an entire eight blocks away from Abbey's parents and sister and nephew! We go over to their house multiple times a week. As we've mentioned we live in a small town and we walk or ride our bikes everywhere. Our town has a wonderful library and lots of parks and we know just about everyone. We always feel safe here and knew when we got married that we wanted to raise our children here.
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...
|Age of Child|
Anyone younger than our youngest (who is four). We would like to maintain our kids' current birth order.
Sure, the more the merrier!
We are absolutely happy with either! We are pleased with whatever God places with us.
|Ethnicity of Child||Any|
|Future Contact with Birth Family|
We would really love to have an open adoption relationship but we also understand if that's not what bio-mom wants. We feel that the more people loving on a child the better and we would love for our child's bio family to always be a part of their life.
We are a good team and love parenting together and we are so looking forward to this next adventure as a family. We are ready. Our Homestudy is done. Our funds are there. Our house is ready. Our children are ready. Our hearts are READY! We are praying for you as you make this decision and hope to hear from you.
God destined us for adoption as His children through Jesus Christ according to the good pleasure of His will