Gladney Center for Adoption

6300 John Ryan Drive Fort Worth, TX 76132.

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Derek + Joelle

We're a fun loving couple who enjoys spending time with family, travel, art, music, live comedy, live theater, enjoying the outdoors and more! We cannot wait to share our love with a second child. We have prayed for you every day since we decided to adopt again and we look forward to getting to know more about you.

Mother. Honor. Love

As a mother you protect, you love and you make sacrifices. Due to circumstances, you are sometimes called to do the impossible, but a mother does it.

We have the greatest respect for you and honor your decision to consider adoption. We are humbled to be able to share in this journey with you.

We know you are considering adoption because you love your child. As a mother you are choosing to put the baby's needs before your own. We admire your love for your child and your desire to place them with an amazing family. We look forward to the opportunity to share who we are with you.

Dear Expectant Mother

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THANK YOU so much for taking the time to look at our profile book to learn more about who we are! We want you to know that we admire your strength, maturity, and selflessness for your decision in choosing life for your child. Please know that we have prayed for you everyday since we decided to adopt! We had no clue who you would be but God knew!

Our decision to adopt was a fairly simple one. Before we were married we had discussed adopting one day. Shortly after getting married we found out that we were not able to conceive children. Once the initial shock had worn off, we knew God was calling us to adopt.

We pray that God will give you strength and be with you as you make this plan out of love for your child. We can promise you that we will love this child unconditionally!

Our Story

We truly believe that God has his hand in everything we do in our life. Joelle worked at the same local shop as Derek's sister, Shannon and he would hear about this "Joelle". At first he could not meet her because Shannon did not want him to date her friends. However, Shannon finally arranged a meeting with Joelle. When they met they realized how much they had in common: they liked children, enjoyed spending time with family, art, music, live comedy, and live theater, movies, boating, and trying new foods. They dated for four years. One Sunday after church Derek surprised Joelle and popped the question. She had no clue, but we both knew it was time to take the next step in our journey.

We placed with our first child, William in August 2018. Our life together is so special and full of love, we cannot wait for the day we can share our love with another child.

Meet Joelle Through The Eyes Of Derek

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Joelle is a wonderful wife and mother. I always prayed that the Lord would prepare for me a woman just like her. Joelle first and foremost is my best friend. She is a very loving person and is fun to be with. She gets a bit competitive when we play board games but I enjoy it. She is also very creative. Every holiday she gets her creative hat on; she designs or creates something spectacular for the house. Joelle's favorite time of the year is Christmas; it can be August and she will be walking around the house singing Christmas songs, and of course she has a beautiful voice. She is an extremely hands on mother and cherishes every moment spent with me and William. She is a great dancer, thanks to her many years of ballet and our short time of swing dancing. She can be the most sporadic, cute and fun person. Sometimes I wonder where she comes up with her funniness. Yet most of all she is loving, caring, honorable, smart, empathetic, sees the best in people and I could not have asked for a better wife and mother.

Meet Derek Through The Eyes Of Joelle

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I can barely remember my life before Derek, and I cannot imagine my life without him. Derek is an amazing and supportive husband and father. He has a deep faith and relationship with God which has shaped him into the extraordinary human being that he is today. He is the most compassionate and giving man I know. He always gives 100% of himself to any task. Derek has become the most amazing father, he is smart and silly all rolled into one and loves us unconditionally.

He is incredibly handy and can build just about anything. He is currently taking online classes to obtain his Master's Degree. He enjoys hunting and fishing with his dad, brother and nephew, gardening, playing cards and is a fabulous cook.

Meet William

We placed with William when he was three days old. He has the sweetest personality and is rarely without a smile on his face. He is extremely curious and observant. He loves to read books, play with his blocks and adores bath time. He is very social and makes friends everywhere we go. We anticipate him being a caring and loving big brother. We continue to send his birthmother updates with pictures and letter.

Our Home

We live in a great neighborhood located in a quaint little southern town. We are just minutes away from our church, family and numerous activities. We have awesome neighbors, all with young children. There are always people walking and biking around our street. Our home has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with a huge fenced in backyard. We also love being outside working in our gardens or playing croquet in the backyard!

Thank You

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Thank you for taking the time to read our profile! We hope you enjoyed getting to know us! We look forward to meeting you and finding out more about you. So one day we can share with our child about your intense love for them and why you chose adoption.

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