Gladney Center for Adoption

6300 John Ryan Drive Fort Worth, TX 76132.

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Hunter + Melissa

Hello! We are Hunter and Melissa. This journey has been full of new emotions for us and we can not even imagine the emotions you are currently experiencing as well. We know we can not grasp the depth of your emotions and everything you are navigating during this time. Even though we are not able to feel those same emotions, we would still love to learn and understand as much as we can about what you are facing. We want to share this journey, the ups and downs, with you.

Our Story

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We were married in 2016 after dating for over 5 years. We met in high school, but did not start dating until a few years after we met. Hunter always told Melissa he would not propose until she finished school. Hunter stayed true to his word and proposed just weeks after she graduated from college. It was the best day and we were so excited to start planning the future we dreamed of. When Hunter proposed all of our close family and friends were there to celebrate with us. We were engaged for a little over a year before getting married at a local church. Since being married we enjoy game nights with friends, traveling, and continuing traditions with each of their families.

Meet Melissa

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Melissa has been a first grade teacher for 5 years. She graduated with her Bachelors degree 5 years ago, then went back and got her Masters degree with a Principal Certification 3 years ago. Melissa always wanted to be a teacher. She has a strong love for her students and always wants the best for them. Melissa still has deep relationships with many of her childhood teachers that are mentors to her and she desires to have the same impact on her students as her teachers did for her.

Our friend's children are like our niece and nephews and Melissa loves planning fun days for them. She is always thinking of exciting activities to do with them at our house or places to take them. The oldest, Aubree, gave Melissa a nickname when she was just starting to talk. Now all the kids call her Nema. She loves having Aubree, Greysen, and Corbin with her any chance she gets. All of the laughs and snuggles are her favorite part.

Meet Hunter

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Hunter is an outside salesman for an air conditioning company. He has worked in this field for 10 years. He enjoys the opportunity of working with customers, providing excellent service and meeting new people.

Hunter is the person friends call when they need to talk through hard life circumstances or if they need help moving. Hunter can also be very goofy. Some nights, every corner I turn, I am being scared out of my mind because he is there to jump out and scream. I can always count on Hunter for a good laugh.

Hunter enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing video games. When he is doing these things, he is always doing it with a friend. These hobbies are important to him, because he grew up doing them with his family. I know Hunter cannot wait to pass on these hobbies to our future children. Hunter has always liked traveling too and lately he has wanted to travel even more. We love to dream of our future travels together.

We have some close friends that have children and we claim these kids as our niece and nephews. When we have them over to our house, Hunter loves to get down on the floor to play or chase them around the house. Hunter has a big heart to share so much love with others.

Our Home And Pets

Our home has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. We live in a newly built neighborhood with two playgrounds in walking distance from our house. We have a fenced in backyard that serves as a great play area or place to host family parties and game nights with friends. We do not have a pool in our yard, but we do have a neighborhood pool within walking distance. We have really enjoyed getting to know our neighbors who are always out and very friendly. We also see kids playing outside with their friends and family often and envision doing that in the future with our children.

We have a calico cat and her name is Mia who is 13 years old. Melissa rescued Mia from an animal foster organization when Melissa went to college. Mia loves to snuggle in bed and sleep right by your feet. Since she is getting older she does not play as much, but if she finds a hair tie or rubber band she will for sure be kicking and slinging it around.

We also have a Black Lab named Bella. Bella is 4 years old and has been with us for 2 years. Bella loves to play fetch and will chase a tennis ball 100 times or until you make her stop because she is breathing so hard. This is her favorite past time. We like taking her to our neighborhood park, so she can run and play there as well. In the evenings she enjoys spreading out on the floor, settling down and watching TV with us.

We Believe In Keeping The Promise

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Thank you for taking the time to read about us. We look forward to getting to know you and the possibility of building a future journey with you.

If you choose us to parent your baby, we promise to love your child each and everyday, unconditionally. This journey will not always be easy, but we want your child to go to bed every night knowing how much they are loved by everyone in their life, including you. When we dream of our future children we see the nightly play time, bath time routines and the bedtime story reading. We see the Saturday afternoons at the baseball fields with Hunter coaching your little through their first time batting. We see the falls off of bikes and scrapped knees and needing love, kisses, and snuggles in that that moment. We see the honest and close family relationships. Building and pouring into our relationship with you. You and your child will always be a priority for us!

We want them to know and have a purpose to work towards everyday. We want them to understand their journey and share it with others. We promise to share the good, the bad, and the ugly, as it is appropriate, of our journey of adoption. Life is not perfect and every journey is different, but understanding this and taking each day as it comes, and praying through it will help us all grow stronger together.

We are praying for you and that you may have peace that passes all understanding!

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