Monday, August 23, 2010
David & Lara
We are honored you are taking time to get to know us. We are proud of the choice you are making and beyond thankful that you are considering us to parent your child. The last couple of years have been marked with pain as we have struggled with infertility. Our journey from infertility to adoption is not one we expected, but one we are embracing with open arms. If you do choose us as adoptive parents, you will be fulfilling our biggest dream. Our promise to you is that we will love your child with every fiber of our being. We will be there to watch their first steps, cheer them on in their sports games, and help pay for their college degrees. We will be nurturing, supportive, disciplined, and present every day of your child’s life.
David…long walks with our dog, Mya…good conversation with great friends…a good book on a rainy day…striving to win the favorite aunt award…watching thunderstorms on the back porch…the feel of a clean house…playing card games…tent camping…hiking…bonfires...Christmas time…grocery shopping…homemade pizza…Cracker Barrel…hugs…traveling…cooking…time with family…laughing…ice cream…sleeping in…s’mores…playing board games…the Smokey Mountains…enjoying a great sunset…summer church camp…swimming…singing along to David playing the guitar…macaroni and cheese…cuddling up on the couch with a good movie…giggling with the girls…pajamas…coffee in the morning…daisies…the color green…being home
We met in college after having a couple of classes together. After a year of getting to know each other, we started dating and, thus, began our love story. We dated for two and a half years before getting married in May of 2005. Being married right out of college was truly a gift for us. We were able to experience “growing up” together. From our first jobs to buying a house, we have experienced the blessing of building a stable future. We believe good marriages are foundational to building a better society. So the effort we put into our relationship will make a difference in the world around us. We believe that we are programmed for marriage by the couples we see, and so we strive to surround ourselves with people that give 100% to their spouses. The next step in our love story is our desire to become parents. David has a stable job teaching high school math with a local public school system, and Lara’s dream is to be a stay-at-home mom. We live in a diverse community and are excited to take advantage of the multiple resources around us that are geared toward children. Trick or treating, Easter egg hunts, craft days, ice cream socials, and swimming at the local high school are events in which we look forward to participating. We live on a dead-end street, surrounded by families with young children who greet us most days as we go on our daily walks. We can see our future child being welcomed with open arms into this community.
Lara…building things…music…laughing…singing with family and friends…playing the guitar…a good problem to solve…long walks with our dog, Mya…learning how to do new things…waking up to the sun…making breakfast…yard games…productive Saturday mornings…playing soccer…falling asleep to music…teaching…reading books that make you think…eating Lara’s cooking…singing around the campfire…the color blue…homemade pizza…traveling…musicals…peanut butter on pancakes…helping friends and family with house projects…playing board games (Monopoly/Risk/Life)…leading worship…summer church camp...wading in a lake on a hot summer day…cooking over the campfire…playing tennis…learning new songs
We have simply fallen in love with Jesus and every part of our being flows out of that love. We love the community we have found in our church and have been blessed by the friendships we have found there. We are passionate about showing Jesus in our daily lives, in our work places, with our families, and in our marriage. Our faith also encourages us to embrace and learn about the diverse community in which we live. David spent the first 12 years of his life in Belgium as a son of missionaries, and we have both had the privilege of traveling to different countries. As a result of these experiences, we have developed a love for learning about different cultures and are ready to embrace a child of a different heritage into our home.Our Family and Friends:
We are surrounded by amazing people in our circles of family and friends. We have quite a few nieces and nephews and wear our aunt and uncle titles proudly. It is difficult to put on paper just how much our family and friends mean to us. They have walked with us through so many ups and downs, failures, and achievements. They have held us as we struggled through our infertility and will be there every step of the way as we take the journey to becoming parents. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this opportunity.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Despite every fabric of our being screaming “no”…
Despite the extreme disparity of David’s communication skills…
Despite our best efforts not to…
We’ve started a blog.
We wanted a way to keep friends and family informed of what’s going on in our lives. As our journey through infertility and our adventure into adoption has ensued, we’ve realized that our mass e-mails unintentionally leave people out. We don’t wish to leave people out of the loop and hopefully through this site, fewer people will be. We hope this blog will be a central location to post a record of some of the major events (and/or our “baby” steps) in our lives. (Note: Lara would not approve of the above play on words and will probably be shaking her head when she reads this).
Secondly, this blog may connect us to a potential birth mother wanting to create an adoption plan for her child.
We know God has plan for us to become parents. This plan is different from what we thought it would be, but not all that different from what we’ve dreamed it to be.
More thoughts to come.
- David -