Gladney Center for Adoption

6300 John Ryan Drive Fort Worth, TX 76132.

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Cody + Allison

We wish we could grab a cup of coffee with you and just listen to your full story beginning to end. We don't know the sadness and heartache that you've already endured, but we do know that you are incredibly brave if you are even looking at this profile right now. We firmly believe that God can take whatever sorrow and pain you have and weave them into something beautiful. He can rewrite stories and redeem the broken pieces in your life and ours. If you ultimately choose to pursue an adoption plan with us, know that we will cherish your child and provide the best opportunities we possibly can. We will prioritize laughter, learning, and love in our home.

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Regardless of if you choose to parent or pick a couple other than us to parent your child, we pray for peace and divine wisdom as you make this beyond difficult decision. Even though we've never met, know that you are not alone. You have us praying for you and others walking alongside you in this journey as a support system.

We hope one day soon we'll have the honor of sharing that cup of coffee with you and embarking on this perfectly imperfect journey together.

This Is Our Why

Allison's best friend growing up was adopted and Allison always knew adoption would be part of her story someday. Apparently, she even shared this with Cody on one of their first dates (thankfully Cody doesn't scare easy and didn't freak when Allison started talking about kids so early in their relationship)! We honestly thought we'd adopt a third child, but after 2 years of secondary infertility, we are completely at peace with adopting a second (and at some point, a third) child. Some of our closest friends adopted transracially 8 years ago. We've been with them every step of the way and are so thankful to have them as a resource as we embark on this lifetime process. We are not naive to how hard this will be at times - we've witnessed firsthand some of the challenges that can surface, but we also see the joy and love of their family.

This Is Our Story

One day Cody's good friend asked him to be his wing-man for country dancing because he wanted to date one of Allison's friends. Allison went as her friend's wing-woman and met Cody. Cody asked her to dance and showed off his awesome dancing skills. At one point, he was trying to impress Allison and decided to lift her in the air. Little did he know that she had had 2 back surgeries and while the dance trick was cool, it scared her, and she cussed loudly out of nervousness! They had a good laugh about it afterwards and danced the night away...the rest is history!

They got married about 8 years ago and during the ceremony, sang the worship song, Love Came Down. The chorus reads "mountain high or valley low, I sing out and remind my soul, that I am yours...I am forever yours." They've already been through several mountains and valleys as a couple. They lost Allison's father to cancer in their first year of marriage, but then a few years later, they were blessed with the birth of their son, Harrison. Regardless of what comes their way, they are forever His and each other's.

Allison

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"From the moment I first met Allison, I could see right away she was a very caring and genuine person. She is sweet, authentic, and really enjoys life. Her faith in God gives her strength and a confidence that shines through even during the dark days. Allison is independent, strong, and hardworking. She attended the University of Texas and earned both her bachelor's and master's in accounting. She became a CPA and now works in a blend of tax and HR consulting. At the same time, she takes such good care of Harrison and I. One minute she's packing lunches for everyone and then the next she's doing a handmade craft with Harrison. You can tell Allison was raised by educators because she is always finding fun ways to teach Harrison through play without him even realizing he's learning. Last weekend she let Harrison "cook" Jell-O with her and she was teaching math to her unsuspecting pupil. Allison's nurturing side is second to none. She has a nightly routine of reading several books to Harrison and then snuggling with him in bed while singing the ABCs to help him wind down. On the other hand, she is so good at empowering Harrison to make smart choices and has embraced his adventurous personality. I know with any future children we have, she'll cherish what makes that child unique and help them grow into the best versions of themselves." - Cody

Cody

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"The first thing that drew me to Cody when we met was his wonderful sense of humor. He loves to laugh and is just down right jolly. Cody also has an adventurous spirit that is so fun. At the age of 3, he was banned from watching the Dukes of Hazard after he launched his big wheels off of a hand-made ramp he had constructed in the family living room. This love of adventure has carried on into adulthood where he loves being outside and traveling to far off places. Cody is brave, patriotic and loyal as can be. He served our country in the Army for over 3 years. He then used his GI Bill to enroll at Texas A&M where he earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. Although he has moved into managing a team of engineers now, he definitely still has an engineer's mind and is constantly tinkering with things outside and around the house - I love that he is instilling these mechanical teachings in Harrison along the way. Cody's strength is definitely how he leads and serves both within our family but also at work and in our community. His teams at work love him and they often seek out his counsel for both professional and personal matters. Cody sacrifices so much to provide and take care of his son. Harrison adores Cody and wants to be doing whatever he's doing at all times. I know with any future children, Cody will cook up amazing and fun adventures for them to share together." - Allison

Harrison

Harrison is 4 years old and he can't wait to be a big brother! He is constantly asking for a baby brother or sister and has already started setting aside toys for them. Harrison loves trains, cars, trucks, airplanes...really anything that goes! We just took a special trip to Hawaii for Cody's 40th birthday where he got to ride in an airplane, helicopter, submarine, boat, and train all in one week...he was in heaven! He's got his momma's independence and this daddy's no sense of fear, so he's an absolute ball of excitement.

At his uncle's wedding when he was only 2.5 years old, he took his job of ring bearer very serious and ran all the way down the aisle to deliver the goods and then ran all the way back out of the church! On the other hand, he is so affectionate - he's a cuddler and every day when we pick him up from his Christian Montessori school, he hugs all of his teachers and no less than 5 of his friends!

Harrison is always out playing or riding his bike in the neighborhood where he brings joy to the young, old, and everything in between! He wants to be Spider-Man when he grows up and he's very adamant about it!

Our Happy Place

We live in Texas in a mature neighborhood with huge trees! We estimate that the tree in our backyard is over 100 years old. Our house was built in 1960 and we completely remodeled it in 2015. It is over 2,400 square feet with 3 bedrooms/2.5 baths and a huge open living room and kitchen. We use the formal living room/dining room as a big kids playroom so it feels more like a 4 bedroom house. Our favorite part is the backyard where we added a covered patio with couches, a tv and a fire pit along with a big play set that Harrison is dying to share with a sibling. We are blessed to live in a neighborhood that is so close! Almost daily a group will hang out on someone's front porch enjoying coffee, wine or iced tea while the kids and dogs run around in the yard. It is a multi-generational neighborhood, so Harrison not only has lots of friends his age, but also many honorary grandparents, aunts, and uncles. We have many traditions in the neighborhood from Memorial Day picnics at the pool to family-friendly Mardi Gras parties to white elephant gift exchanges at the holidays. As our contribution, we throw an annual outdoor college football watching party in the fall. Our neighborhood is diverse in terms of team allegiances so usually over 40 neighbors attend to cheer on their team and engage in some friendly trash talking!

Lily

Lily is a 2-year old Vizsla. We got her as a puppy for Harrison at Christmas. She is high energy yet will cuddle with the best of them! Most importantly she has grown up with Harrison and all of his friends, so she is so good with kids. Even when Harrison is roughhousing, she is playful yet gentle.

Our Promises

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If you choose to pursue an adoption plan with us, we promise to provide a stable, loving home full of fun and laughter for your child. We promise to share from the very beginning what a selfless decision you've made. We will do our best to help your child understand your sacrificial love and the beauty of being chosen twice!

We promise to speak a blessing over your child every day and tell them who they are in Christ....smart, kind, handsome/beautiful, strong, confident, funny, and loved! We promise to encourage education and foster a lifetime of curiosity and learning in your child. We recognize it takes a village to successfully parent and we commit to staying in community with family and friends who will help us raise a son or daughter that you can be proud of. We promise to show your child how incredibly blessed they are by God and instill a spirit of giving in them.

We promise to fiercely love your child through it all - easy times and hard ones. We are hoping for an open adoption, but we will be respectful of your wishes whatever they may be and recognize that they may evolve over time. We are committed to being intentional and transparent with you, but most of all prioritizing your child above all else. Regardless of your choice, know you are constantly prayed for and deeply loved!

With much love.

Cody & Allison

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