Dear Expectant Parents,
We are so excited about growing our family through adoption. We look forward to getting to know more about you, especially the hope and love that you have for your child. Since marrying in 2009, we have three biological children, Emmett, Marshall, and Liza. We certainly aren’t perfect but we are committed to each other and to our children. We believe in unconditional love and we can’t wait to share that with another child. We are excited for this journey and to see how God’s plan will work in our lives.
Our family is built on faith in God and our highest priority is to make sure our children have a strong relationship with Christ. If our children are Christ-centered, we feel the other values that are important for us to instill in our children will be evident – values such as love, honesty, respect, and forgiveness. In our family, we love to have fun, laugh, go places and experience new things, and we learn from making mistakes. We encourage openness and we teach our children to support each other – even if it’s just toddler t-ball!
If the weather is nice, you will probably find us outside. We love being outdoors and enjoy hunting, fishing, playing on the swing set, riding four-wheelers, or just letting the kids do what they do best – get dirty!
Emmett is our oldest son. He has such a kind-hearted spirit and a sensitive soul. He enjoys riding his bike, playing sports, watching movies, and making others happy. Marshall is our energetic one who has a contagious spunk for life. He loves taking things apart, looks up to his big brother, and enjoys being a helper. Liza is our daughter who loves to dance and take care of her babies. She is sassy and very independent. She is ready to take on the role of big sister!
Family time is very important to us and we look forward to our Sunday dinners with Aaron’s immediate family each week. He has a big family which is one of the reasons why we wanted a big family as well. Your child will have lots of cousins to run around with! Kim’s family, although a short drive away, are also a huge part of our lives. Both sides of the family are very supportive and are excited to welcome another little one.
We love celebrating birthdays and holidays as a family with different traditions. Aaron’s sister has a big Fourth of July celebration each summer with a huge fireworks show. On Christmas morning, we all get silly string in our stockings and have a silly string fight! For Christmas on Aaron’s side, the kids all wear matching pajamas, we eat Chinese food, and the adults play cards. We host the Thanksgiving celebration and we have an annual bingo game. Some common themes to all of our gatherings are food, fun and laughter!
We also have several friends who are part of our lives that are always there for us if we need someone. This includes members of our church small group, whom we meet with weekly. We gather to study God’s word, pray, laugh, and encourage each other while our children play and join us in fellowship.
We live in central Illinois in an area that has a small-town feel but has all the benefits and amenities of a larger city. Home to two universities, there are so many opportunities and things to do. Since we prefer a more rural feel, we found a spacious ranch-style home that backs up to an open field and woods. We have a large, fenced-in backyard with a trampoline, huge wooden swing set that Aaron designed and built, and a sandbox. There is also a coop for the chickens with an area for them to roam around as well as a vegetable garden that the children love to help with in the summer. Our home is surrounded by a variety of mature trees – one that is great for climbing!
As parents, we are committed to providing our children with a secure and stable home that is set in a strong spiritual foundation. We will strive to provide our children with every opportunity we possibly can so that they can use their own unique gifts to lead fulfilling lives.
We admire your devotion to finding a secure, loving home for your child. If you choose us as adoptive parents, we are willing to maintain an open and honest relationship with you, if you wish, through pictures, letters, and visits. Above all else, it is our hope that you would find comfort and peace in knowing that your child will never doubt that he or she is cherished and loved unconditionally.
Thank you for taking time to read about our family. If your heart leads you to contact us, we welcome the chance to get to know you and to tell you more about us. You can contact us at:
Aaron & Kim