Gladney Center for Adoption

6300 John Ryan Drive Fort Worth, TX 76132.

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Luis + Laura

If you choose adoption, our desire is for you to feel loved and valued as a part of our family. We hope you know that we have been praying for you for many years, and we will continue to pray for you daily for the rest of our lives. We hope you get a sense of who we are as a couple and as individuals. We pray you see our devotion to this life long connection with you and your baby if you choose to do life with us.

Hi There Sweet Friend!

Our names are Luis and Laura. We want to welcome you and say thank you for taking the time to open our profile and explore our way of life.

We cannot begin to imagine the emotions you must be thinking, feeling, and experiencing as you navigate what the best option is for you and your baby. We recognize that this is such a difficult decision, and we pray for peace and clarity in the midst of one of the hardest choices you may ever have to make.

Our Story

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We first crossed paths in high school. Luis was a Junior and Laura was a Freshman. We would see each other in the halls every day, but didn't exchange words, just flirtatious glances in passing. We had mutual friends but were never with them at the same time. That was until, we were both chatting to the same friend on AOL instant messenger (old school and she told Luis to message me and he did!!

We talked online for a few weeks before we started talking on the phone. We went on our first date in August of 2004, and have been together ever since. In the fall of 2008, we got engaged and a short 6 months later in March of 2009, we got married.

We were blessed to be able to purchase Laura's childhood home from family within a few months of getting married where we made it our own. We lived there for almost 10 years. We moved into our current home almost 2 years ago, and have been loving the new space!

Why Adoption

We found out very early in our marriage that it would be difficult and very unlikely for us to have biological children. That was very difficult to take in at 23 and 25 years old. We were happily married and ready to grow our family. We took it a little hard at first, but we didn't let it defeat us. We knew in our hearts growing our family would happen in time.

We put the idea of children on hold for awhile and focused on our marriage and our faith. We were baptized again almost 4 years ago, in our current church. We felt like we had a strong foundation in the Lord and in our marriage, and were ready for the next step.

That's when we began to research our options and the more we dove in, the more the Lord encouraged us to pursue adoption. Reading and listening to anything we can about adoption has truly opened our eyes to this beautiful and hard world of open adoption. We know this is exactly where we are supposed to be.

Meet Laura

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Hi, I'm Laura! I am 31 years old, which seems crazy, but I embrace getting "old" with goals of pure sass like the Golden Girls. Iced coffee is my weakness. Breakfast is my favorite, especially Texas shaped waffles and boiled eggs. I have 12 tattoos, with intent for more. I am an avid couch potato who enjoys binge watching my shows and cuddling my fur babies. Game nights with family and friends is a must. I have a pack of 5 amazing gals called the "Good Rats" who are my rock/biggest support (we have matching rat tattoos, so you know its serious!)

I love traveling, especially with Luis. I am always looking for the "Worlds Largest ___" wherever we go to snap a picture. It's also a must on our trips to find a good donut shop to stop at. I have a 13 year old sister who I adore and love to spend time with going to the movies or eating desserts on our weekly hangouts. I also have 3 brothers who are all adults, and we get together frequently.

Something unique about me is that I have been collecting Hot Wheels for well over 10 years. They have always been a favorite of mine. I have an odd love for dinosaurs and would watch any/all of the Jurassic Parks on the daily if I could. I truly embrace the weird and love laughing and joking with everybody. I also enjoy working with our youth group at church. Wednesdays and Sundays are my favorite days because my church family means a lot to me. Lastly, you can probably find me listening to a good crime podcast.

Meet Luis

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Hi, I'm Luis. I am 33 years old. I was born in Mexico and my family and I moved to the U.S. when I was 3 years old. I proudly became a United States Citizen in 2018. I travel to Mexico every few years to see my family and help my parents with their mission work. I have an older sister and younger brother that I love and speak to daily in our family group message.

Before my day truly starts, I have to have a good cup of coffee. I prefer being outdoors as much as possible; watching the sunrise and sunset led me to discover my love for photography. I recently started a small photography side job that has been growing over the past few months. I enjoy cooking and grilling any chance I get and I'm a sucker for tacos or a good steak. I also have a weakness for banana pudding!

I'm not big on watching T.V, but if I do, you'll catch me watching documentaries, Marvel movies, or "How To" videos on Youtube. I listen to crime podcasts over the radio as well. I find satisfaction in fixing or building something myself over paying someone, which also gives me an excuse to use my power tools. This allows me to continue learning new things.

On the weekends, or when we can, I enjoy road trips with Laura and traveling to new places. One of our favorite trips we take ever summer is to the middle Texas area to browse the fun shops and food trucks. Lastly, you should probably know that Crocs are the ultimate in footwear.

Our Home & Our Animals

We live in a ranch style home that sits on about 1.5 acres. It has a fenced in back yard with plenty of room to run around in. We also have a metal shop that we use when hosting family gatherings, which we try to do often! There's a field next to our shop that is big enough to play sports or other large group activities. What we love about our neighborhood is that its very diverse and calm. It's common to see people out for a stroll, walking their dogs, kids playing, and people riding their golf cart or bikes.

We have 2 adorable Schorkies, Nemo-Bella and Charlie. They are siblings and both 9 years old. We got them when they were puppies.

Nemo-Bella is our goofy, belly scratch loving, treat addicted little girl who will talk back to you if you don't give her a treat in a timely manner. Charlie is our toy loving, fetch playing, snuggle muffin who is always at our ankles and wants to snuggle.

We also have a sassy and spoiled old ginger cat named Suzy who is 16 years old and rules the roost. She demands her cat nip and a good bowl of wet food before bed. If you sit on the couch, you can guarantee she is coming for you to cuddle.

Lastly, Before You Go

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You are so loved already. We have been praying about adoption for a very long time. One of our favorite verses is Proverbs 16:9 "in their hearts humans establish their course, but the Lord establishes their steps". We hold dear to this because as we all know, things may not go the way we want, but God always has our desires in mind and gives them in His time. His timing is perfect!

If you choose us to parent your sweet baby, we promise to love your little one with our whole hearts, unconditionally. We promise to speak respectfully of you and honor you daily in our home. We promise to be honest with them about who they are and where they are from. We promise to protect them. We promise to laugh with them. We promise to provide a nurturing and secure home. We promise to always help them reach for their dreams, no matter what they are. We promise to go on adventures and see the world as often as we can. We promise to raise them to love the Lord.

We hope going through our book you have seen our hearts and know that if you choose us to parent your child, that you will become family too. We desire to have an open adoption, if this is what you desire as well, for the prospect of sharing our lives with your child and you. We promise to always uphold the level of openness you are comfortable with. We want to grow a lasting and life long relationship with you and look forward to meeting you one day!

love,

Laura Luis

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