Our wedding day describes us perfectly as a couple. We love to have fun, are a little goofy, and are most fulfilled when we’re with our family. We are also pretty opposite people; Chad is laid-back and easy going, while I am quick-witted and pay much attention to detail… I like to plan.
We were surrounded by our family and had our very best friends to stand beside us. As my mom helped me get ready, Chad’s mom tried to keep the boys on schedule. About a half hour before the ceremony was to start, Chad’s mom burst into the bridal suite to announce that Chad forgot his entire suit 40 minutes away at his house and was not wearing pants!
We had two members of Chad’s band playing nice melodic guitar music while everyone waited on us and we found out later that while some friends were driving Chad’s suit up to the church so he wouldn’t walk down the aisle in his underwear, his band mates were actually playing slowed down Metallica tunes to entertain the congregation.
But hey, all in all we got started only ten minutes late and had such a beautiful day celebrating our two families coming together with everyone we love!
|Gender:||Any Gender, including an Ambiguous or Transitioning Gender Child|
|Ethnicity:||Any Race and Ethnicity, Multiracial Ethnicity: Any|
|Age:||Newborn to an Older Child|
|Total of:||1 to 3 Children|
|We Live In:||Hastings|
|Pets:||Both Cat(s) and Dog(s)|
|Kids Already:||No Children Now|
|Daycare Plan:||Stay-at-Home Parent|
We’ve been together more than half our lives! We met in elementary school but started dating in high school. It’s an odd version of the high school sweetheart story… our first date was after a football game when Chad heated up a day-old pizza on the engine of his truck and drove us to have a picnic in the Meijer parking lot.
It wasn’t the stuff romantic movies are made of, but we were crazy about each other and dated 10 years before we got married in 2014!
We went to college in different cities and really grew as individuals during that time, and once we graduated and started our careers, we knew it was time to really begin our happily-ever-after!
What we love about each other:
Chad always puts his family and friends first and is eager to offer help when someone may need it. He is easy-going and fun, and truly enjoys his career and working on things at home to build our gardens and fix anything that may need it.
He also likes to goof around and is going to make such a great dad; he relates so easily to kids and loves to teach them how to build things and enjoy the outdoors. -Stacy
Stacy takes time to enjoy the moment, whether snapping a picture of our days catch while fishing with her Dad, or preparing crab dinner for us and our friends on New Year’s Eve, she celebrates the good things in life.
She also thinks long term. She takes time to read all the ingredients in everything that we bring into the house to make sure it is safe and to keep our family happy and healthy. – Chad
We love spending time with our family and friends! Stacy’s parents live on a lake and many summer weekends are spent floating around on the boat, swimming and fishing. We also have a very tight-knit group of friends and we really enjoy spending weekends with them and their kids.
We regularly have big home-cooked dinners with movie nights together and really enjoy vacationing with our family and friends. We also love to spend quiet time at home, cooking together and baking, gardening, watching movies or cooking dinner over a camp fire.
Chad has a golf cart we like to ride around on our property and the neighborhood, “zooming” with our old, sweet little dog Pookie. We love to spend time outdoors!
We have the very best family and friends! We spend much of our free time with them and always look forward to holidays when we can get together with our extended family as well. Weekends are often spent at Stacy’s parent’s house swimming at the lake or hanging out with our group of friends and their kids at parades, shows and festivals. Chad is an only child and Stacy has an older brother, so we both have very close, small families.
We have a cozy home that is warm, inviting and tidy. We live on almost 10 acres, so there is a lot of room to run and play! We also have two friendly barn cats and six chickens that provide us with fresh brown eggs. Many of our neighbors are also good friends and we trade our eggs for their fresh vegetables and fruit they grow in their gardens. There are often kids playing out in the neighbors’ yards and everyone is very welcoming.
We have been looking for a little larger house with more property in the same area of our community and hope to find the perfect home soon! Until then, we are in the planning stages of finishing our basement to create a suite for Stacy’s mom to stay when she visits to help with childcare and spend time with the family.
We are both very passionate about education. Right from the start, we value the idea of spending as much time as possible reading, playing and learning with our children. We also believe it is so important that children are provided with every opportunity to receive a good education and learn about things that are of interest to them as they grow up, whether it’s through a trade school, certificate programs or university. It is our goal to help our child build a foundation that will allow them to be successful throughout their life.
We believe that discipline is very important and it helps children to grow and eventually be respectful and responsible adults. We feel that positive reinforcement, a reward system and praise when children correct their behavior help them become confident and empowered. When disciplining is necessary, we will use the “1-2-3 Magic Positive Parenting” technique that helps to discourage negative behavior without arguing or spanking. We will never hit or spank a child.
While we don’t regularly attend church and often only go on holidays, we both have a strong faith in God and try to live our lives in a way that is in service to others.
I work for our local energy company repairing the aerial lift trucks, fleet vehicles and a lot of equipment the electric and gas crews need to keep the power on for our community. I enjoy knowing I’m helping to keep my colleagues safe and learning skills to help maintain our own home and vehicles.
I will immediately qualify for time off following placement and have vacation time saved. Once my paternity leave is over, I will continue to work full time to provide for my family. My shift is four days a week and I will get to stay home three days a week with long weekends.
I use ultrasound to image a patient’s organs to try and figure out what is causing their symptoms, like kidney stones or blood clots. I also perform ultrasound exams to evaluate babies before they’re born to ensure they are healthy. It’s very rewarding to be able to work closely with patients to calm their fears, provide comfort, and ultimately be a part of a team that can lead to a diagnosis and save lives!
Thanks to Chad’s hard work and income, I am fortunate that I will be able to be a stay at home mom following placement. In the future I may continue to occasionally work a weekend shift to maintain my skills and registries, and eventually go back to part time work if the time is right for our family. We are also very close with my mom who is able to stay in our home and help provide childcare when we need her.
We don’t know each other yet, but we already have great respect and admiration for you. Your courage, selflessness and the loving, difficult decisions you are making are pretty amazing. If you want to be a part of all our lives, we welcome an open adoption and whatever level of involvement you’re comfortable with, and this child will know how very loved they are by you, right from the start.
We have hoped to start our family for a long time and are thankful you are considering us. Chad was adopted as an infant and we believe his experiences will help us to raise a child with openness and a strong sense of identity. Our dream is to provide a child with unconditional love in a warm and happy home. We look forward to beginning our journey together.