We love to be outside and we enjoy camping seasonally every year. A typical weekend during the summer is spent being at the camper grilling, playing cards, swimming, or fishing.
One day our neighbors let us borrow their paddle boat to take out on the lake which was half covered with beautiful water lilies.
Neither one of us had ever been in a paddle boat before so we decided it would be fun to try! About half way out, somehow we got tangled in the water lilies, and we were stuck! Neither one of us brought a cell phone, so all we could do was laugh about it and pedal as hard as we could!
Finally we broke free of the lilies and Justin picked one for Brittany for their picnic table as we headed back to shore. We like to think that we look at life in this way, always laughing to keep trying times light-hearted, and working as a team to overcome obstacles together.
|Gender:||Any Gender, including an Ambiguous or Transitioning Gender Child|
|Ethnicities:||Any Race and Ethnicity|
|Age:||Newborn to 18 months|
|Total of:||1 to 2 Children|
|We Live In:||Portage|
|Kids Already:||No Children Now|
|Child Care:||Family Member Child Care, Stay-at-Home Parent|
We met through friends 13 years ago in October 2007. Brittany’s best friend was dating Justin’s best friend at the time, and one night she invited Brittany to a party where she met Justin. It was an instant connection full of laughter and guitar hero! We moved in together 3 weeks later and have been inseparable ever since. We lived in South Carolina together for 3 years before deciding to move to Michigan.
In November 2010, we decided to move from South Carolina (where Brittany is from) to Michigan to be closer to Justin’s family. Justin grew up in southwest Michigan and really missed living here. Once we moved here, we both fell in love with the area and all it has to offer.
We bought our first home together in April 2012 and just a few months later in December of that year, we were engaged. We were married in May 2014 and we spent our honeymoon in Jamaica. We started trying to build our family soon after we were married in 2014 and it was not in God’s plan to have a child biologically.
After trying to get pregnant for a few years, God laid adoption on our hearts and we began to pursue this journey. We have spent time together preparing a nursery and continuing to have hope that we may one day be parents through adoption.
We enjoy many activities. Being outside is a must. Brittany plants a garden every year and spends a lot of time taking care of it during the summer. We both value exercise, Brittany runs and practices Yoga and Justin enjoys lifting weights.
During the summer we seasonally camp and spend a lot of time there, it is a home away from home. We are able to swim or fish, enjoy campfires and spending time with other campers while just enjoying the outdoors. Justin enjoys all sports, and plays a lot of golf.
We both enjoy live events and try to get to as many as possible. When we can’t be outside we like to play board games or cards and enjoy a good movie. We also enjoy staying connected with our friends and family in South Carolina via video chat.
Our family and friends are extremely important to us. Brittany has a biological sister, 2 step sisters, and 3 step brothers. We have 6 nephews from all of these siblings! We get to see 4 of them a lot because they live in South Carolina in Brittany’s hometown.
It is very important to us that we travel to SC at least once a year to visit family. Brittany’s parents and grandparents live in her hometown too, so when we go home, we usually get to see everyone! Brittany’s Dad flies to Michigan a lot to visit also.
Justin is an only child and his parents and grandparents live in Portage and School Craft, so we see them often. Justin, his Dad, and his step mom love to go golfing together and we all like to enjoy a craft beer here and there. We get together with all of our family for birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, alternating years in South Carolina.
We have friends who are truly just an extension of our family. They are exactly what you expect when you say you have best friends. They are all there for us any time day or night and are so supportive of our adoption journey.
When we get together with them we like to have potlucks, play games, and celebrate holidays together like New Years and Fourth of July. We host a chili cook off at our house every year and everyone participates and makes their own chili. Our friends and family are a huge part of our lives and they have helped to shape who we are today.
We currently live in a ranch style home in Texas Corners which is part of Kalamazoo County. It has 3 bedrooms up stairs and another in the finished basement. This is our first home together and meets all of our current needs. We love the town we live in, it is safe and offers a diverse culture without a large city feel.
There are several close lakes and parks to enjoy. Nearby is a park with a playground, basketball courts, and ball fields, and trails for walking, running, and biking. There is a weekly farmers market within walking distance of our home.
In the near future we look to buy or build a new home. We would like to stay in this area, but look forward to having more of a neighborhood feel where our child will have other children to play and grow up with.
In a perfect world we would like to have some property where we could enjoy other outdoor activities like planting fruit trees or playing football in the backyard. We would like to have a few animals like chickens, goats, and a doberman puppy.
We highly value education of all types. We believe that a skilled trade or a degree is extremely valuable in life because of the opportunities it opens up for yourself and your family. We fully believe that a person always has room for growth and improvement in all aspects of their lives. We will support and encourage our children to achieve their dreams, whatever they may be.
We would like to implement the concept of “1-2-3 Magic” because we want to encourage a positive environment through our parenting. We also would like to use the “Love and Logic” approach to encourage sharing and critical thinking. We agree with the idea of using empathy with consequences so our children can learn from their mistakes and still feel the love and compassion that we have for each other.
We hope to implement a discipline technique that works best for our children, knowing that for each child, the technique may be different, and some things may not work for everyone. We want to inspire our children to develop self-discipline because it is a big part of being successful in life.
We both grew up going to church every Sunday and we both profess to be Christian. We celebrate Christian holidays including Easter and Christmas. Every other year we go to South Carolina to celebrate Christmas with Brittany’s side of the family.
Currently, we attend a Baptist church nearby occasionally. We both listen to a variety of music including worship music and we pray often. We are still growing in our faith and we hope to share our faith with our children someday.
I am the General Manager at a large collision repair facility in our town. I started in this industry right out of high school in the lowest position there was and have since worked my way into higher positions. Because I have worked many of the positions, I feel like it helps me to be more well rounded in my current position because I am able to understand what each stage needs to succeed.
When a vehicle comes in with damage, it is very satisfying to see it go through all the stages to come back to pre-accident condition. I also play a large part in dealing with our customers in one way or another. It always makes me feel good to see a customer become whole again once they get their vehicle back and move on from a scary situation after having an accident.
I lead a team of 20 employees and I enjoy the challenges this job provides me. It has prepared me for many situations that come up in life and one of the most rewarding parts is to see an employee grow as an individual and in their skill here.
I will take at least two weeks of paternity leave in order to bond with our baby.
I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2009. I enjoy working with my hands and taking care of others. When someone comes in with pain, it gives me great joy to be able to help them out by relieving their pain.
Being a Massage Therapist has been an extremely rewarding career, however, I have decided to change careers to become a Dental Hygienist. I recently graduated in April 2020 and will continue to work as a Massage Therapist part time until finding a position with a dental office. I enjoy learning about science and anatomy so becoming a Dental Hygienist was the best option for the next step in my career.
Currently I work part time in a Chiropractic office practicing massage. I will take off at least 6 weeks following placement. Once I have a job working as a Dental Hygienist, I will take as much time as possible, depending on what the job offers. My hope is no less than 6 weeks leave.
Once we return to work, our plan is to have immediate family provide child care at our home and theirs. After our baby turns 1 or 2, we want to look into options for a daycare or preschool part time to allow the child social interactions with others their age.
We would like to thank you for looking at our profile. We understand the challenges you are facing are overwhelming and difficult. It takes a lot of love, courage, and selflessness on your part to make this decision, and we do not take that lightly.
We hope to have a somewhat open adoption plan. We hope to have some visits throughout the year and keep in touch through email, texts, and letters. We anticipate that we would share pictures and gifts, especially if it is important to you to send a birthday or Christmas gift. We hope to include some extended family during visits and we wish to be open with our child about the adoption.
We are so grateful that you are taking the time to read through our profile, and we ask that you consider us as a family for your child. We ask that as you read through what we have written about ourselves, that you keep in mind how much love we have for children. We hope that it helps to put your mind at ease as you make this life changing decision.