Gladney Center for Adoption

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David + Kara

Hello! Our names are David and Kara and we are excited and blessed to be on the journey of adopting our first child! We enjoy traveling, being outdoors, going to sporting events, being active in the Christian church, and absolutely love spending time with our families. We both are very passionate about education and have enjoyed pouring into the lives of our students, but now we are ready to pour into our child. We can't wait to begin this journey with our future child and birth mother! Thank you for considering our family.

Dear Expectant Mother,

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First and foremost, we want to say thank you for the loving, selfless, and courageous path you have chosen for your child. We are humbled by the choice you have made to make two people a mother and a father. You are truly a blessing. We know the road leading to this decision hasn't been the easiest, but we want you to know that we are ready to walk with you through the journey that remains.

We believe God can turn even our worries and struggles into opportunities for grace and redemption, and it would be a privilege to have the opportunity to welcome you and your child into our lives. We have been praying for you and your child for a long time now, and trust that the Lord has great things in store for all of us.

It is our prayer to raise our future son or daughter to know the deep love of their Creator and Lord, Jesus Christ. We hope to give our child opportunities to succeed with celebration, fail with forgiveness, opportunities to see God's creation and marvel, and opportunities to grow spiritually and see the unending love of their Heavenly Father.

Two of the things we value most in this world are faith and family. We both have families that are close and bonded together in our love for the Lord. We all support and love one another through the good times and hard. Both of our families are ecstatic about the possibility of a new family member and birth mother to love and adore.

It says in the Bible in Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." We know adoption was God's plan to grow our family. We pray that as you make an adoption plan for your child, you feel God's love and know His plan is to give you hope and a future as well. You are fearfully and wonderfully made and you are loved.

Thank you for considering our family.

How We Met

We met in college when David was a Junior and Kara was a Freshman.

After a fun summer becoming friends, we knew that we thought of each other as something more. We began dating and 5 months later knew we loved each other deeply and wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. We both loved adventure, had career aspirations, but most of all knew we wanted to work together to serve the Lord.

After dating for 3 years, we got engaged and married.

Meet David (by Kara):

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David is a calm, intelligent, and thoughtful man. Although he may seem quiet at first, he is full of fun and makes me laugh constantly even though he may not mean too:) David is extremely passionate about his job as a college professor and researcher. He is a deep thinker and wonderful writer! He absolutely loves sports whether he is playing or watching. His favorite animal is the T-Rex and he has an obsession with sport shoes.

Wise. Loyal. Gentle. These are the three words that come to my mind when I think of David. He is wise in the choices he makes, how hard he works, and how he seeks wisdom from God's Word in all situations. David is loyal in that he has been my best friend and love for many years now. I never question his love for me and those he holds dear in his life. He has such a compassionate heart and is always looking for ways to serve whether it's just helping me around the house or serving others. David is very gentle in the way he has cared for me throughout our marriage in the good and hard times. He is a good listener and always makes sure we are communicating and working together as a team as we walk through life's ups and downs.

My favorite side of David to watch is when David invests in my students. The energy, attention, joy, and love he has given to my students has left an imprint on my students and an imprint on my heart. I know without a doubt he will be an amazing father who will be so gentle, nurturing, and involved in all aspects of his child's life.

Meet Kara (by David):

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Kara is my best friend, the love of my life, and a true embodiment of what it means to be her spouse's better half! She is a true joy to be around, and her bubbly personality is infectious. She does not know a stranger, and her genuine love and concern for those around her is always evident.

She is comical, caring, and a good type of crazy. There is no one else whom I would rather do life with. While I certainly love all of the adventures we share together, she makes everyday life fun, and I never doubt for a minute that she loves me. Kara also helps keep me accountable and makes sure I stay on track as the leader of our family. I admire her close relationship with the Lord and am constantly inspired by her loving spirit.

I also have absolutely no doubt that she will make a great mother. Even before I saw her interact with the kindergarteners and first graders that she has taught for the past few years, her nurturing and caring demeanor was always evident.

She has always made it clear to me that she desires to be a mom, and although we have taken some unexpected twists and turns in our journey to this stage, I have no doubt that she will do a great job. Seeing how she has handled both the joys and challenges in life has reaffirmed what I have thought about her since the day I met her: that she is a kind and loving person who does not let the bad things on this earth bring her down. Our children will be blessed to fall under her guidance.

Meet Kara's Family

My immediate family is made up of my parents who were middle school sweethearts and have been married for 35 years, my older sister Kristen, her husband David and their daughter Eva, and my younger brother Kaleb. We're all VERY close and treasure every moment we get to spend together. we enjoy traveling, going to theme parks, boat rides on the lake, football, and FOOD!!!

My parents raised us to love one another and those around us. We were very active in the Christian church growing up. My father and mother worked very hard to provide opportunities for us to succeed. They always encouraged us to shoot for the stars. My father is a loving and gentle man. He was very active in our lives. We always knew we were protected and loved. My father coached my sister and I in basketball and soccer from the time we were in 2nd grade until we graduated high school. He also coached my brother in high school. My mother always made sure our needs were met. I always know that she will be there at the drop of a hat. She has always sacrificed and put our needs before her own. They are both loving grandparents to Eva and are so excited to meet their new grandchild!

My siblings and I are best friends. We love joking around, caring for each other, and just being together. I know we will always be there for each other. We cannot wait for Eva to meet her new cousin.

Meet David's Family

My family members are some of my best friends and we are all big on having fun! Just being together over the holidays and on family vacations gets us all LAUGHING AND in a good mood.

I have one sibling, Chris, who is almost two years younger than me to the day. We enjoy a close relationship, and even as we get older we still enjoy goofing off with one another and giving each other a hard time. He and his wife Erin are due in November with their first child, a baby girl, and are super excited about the possibility of her having a little cousin to grow up with!

My dad, Nathan, is a kid at heart who often joins right in with me and my brother's antics. He coached us both when we played soccer together in college, and all three of us rank those memories among our favorite. Throughout my life he has always encouraged me to lead my own family and be a true man of God. My mom, Angie, is also a steady rock whom both me and Kara can rely on. She has a true servant's heart and runs a well-organized home. She stayed home to raise me and my brother and made it her goal to raise us right. I learned a lot of good lessons from her.

On the whole, Kara and I are incredibly blessed to have the love and support of my entire family, both immediate and extended. They all can't wait to welcome and love on their future baby!

Our Promise

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Our desire is to raise our child to know that they are fearfully and wonderfully made by their Creator. We want them to rest in knowing that our love for them does not rely on what they accomplish or decisions they make. We will always love them because of how our Heavenly Father loves us.

We promise to nurture and love them fully and to tell them of their loving and brave birth mother every day. We promise to embrace their heritage and celebrate their history, to educate them, help them to succeed, and support their dreams. Most of all and most importantly, we promise to share the Gospel with them every day and remind them of the love of their Heavenly Father.

In Psalm 139:13, it says "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

This verse reminds us of how bonded we will be through adoption. We are so thankful for you and will always be proud to have you as a part of our life. As we read our child this promise from God's Word, we will remind them that they don't just have one mother but two mothers who love them dearly. What a blessing.

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About Us

We are high school sweethearts and have been married since 2005! Our marriage is a partnership founded on friendship, mutual respect and most importantly, love. Since we got married early (at the age of 23), we've been through so much together including graduate school, multiple moves, settling down in our careers and finally, being parents. Before we ever started dating, we were friends and throughout our years together, remain best friends.

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