They may not have our eyes and they may not have our smiles, but they will have all of our hearts.
We are grateful you have courageously chosen an adoption plan for your child/children. They may not have our eyes and they may not have our smiles, but they will have all of our hearts. We met in college in the Midwest. We went roller-skating with a college church group and that’s where Lisa was smitten with Michael. Michael says he was smitten too. We would often walk around campus talking at night. It was during an earlier walk, that Michael said that he hoped that his future wife would always pursue her dreams and passions, and that he would be honored to help her. Lisa decided right then that she wanted to marry him. We dated for 3 years and got married over spring break. Michael is a computer guru and we moved back to Texas for his work. Lisa worked in radio and was also a professor at several colleges and universities. Lisa also started teaching bible studies at our church. We work hard, but we also like to have fun! Our favorite hobby is skiing, and we go several times a year. One year, we were able to spend a whole month skiing in Jackson Hole, WY. We went skiing every day and spent the afternoons walking around the small town of Jackson. One evening, Lisa went to walk their dog, and they came upon the biggest elk, with huge antlers. Our dog was used to chasing deer in Texas, so he took off after it! All Lisa saw was their dog, running up the mountain in the snow. After searching for him, he dog returned panting down the mountain. Oh, the story he would have told if he could have spoken!
As the years went by and we didn’t have luck on our own, we decided to pursue adoption!
Us in Dubai
We really wanted to have a family of our own. As the years went by and we didn’t have luck on our own, we sought doctors, and did various surgeries and tests with no luck. We decided to pursue adoption with CPS after 5 years of failed IVF treatments. Even though we fostered two infants, we were never able to adopt them. After several months with us, they were all reunited with their families. With our first foster baby we were called and two hours later, we were taking a 5-day old little boy home. We had nothing ready, and our church friends rallied together and decorated a nursery for us, donated all the furniture and baby items, and put it all together for us. Not only did we feel blessed to foster this child, but we were doubly blessed by our friends generosity.
What We Enjoy
During the winter, we spend as much time skiing in the mountains as our schedules will allow.
Skiing in Jackson Hole, WY!
We are a very active family and have an active extended family. We walk, run, and hike on trails. We just got a ping pong table and are having daily tournaments as we try to best each other. During the summer, we travel down to the coast and spend several hours bodyboarding in the ocean. We also rent jet skis and a boat and take it out on the local lake. We enjoy swimming and spending time outdoors. During the winter, we spend as much time skiing in the mountains as our schedules will allow. We love skiing downhill and finding new places to have hot chocolate. At the end of the day, we like sitting by the fire, watching the sunset. Michael grew up traveling, and to date, has traveled to over 25 countries. Lisa is quickly catching up. We enjoy flying to new locations and exploring new lands, culture, and food. Over the last few years, we have been fortunate enough to travel to 2 new countries each year. We also love driving across the United States to see family and friends. If we have only a day, we will drive to nearby towns for an outdoor hike or lunch. But, if we have a few days, we will travel 16 hours to see a different part of the country. We enjoy traveling in the car, singing songs, listening to podcasts, and eating gas station snacks.
We promise to love and encourage your child to the best of our abilities.
In the snow!
Becoming parents is one of our lifetime dreams. We’ve had this dream for a family since we met and you are allowing us to fulfill that dream. We promise to love and encourage your child to the best of our abilities. And, along the way, create great memories and a family that they can depend on and be an integral part of that’s filled with laughter, love, and memories.