Gladney Center for Adoption

6300 John Ryan Drive Fort Worth, TX 76132.

817-922-6000
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Mike + Julie

Our names are Mike and Julie and we want to thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We cannot imagine how difficult of a decision you are facing and the emotions that come along with such a decision. We believe in you and trust your judgement. You know what is best for you and your baby, no one else does... whether that is to parent or to make an adoption plan. If you do decide to make an adoption plan, we would be honored and grateful to be a part of your journey and have the opportunity to welcome your child into our home as part of our family.

This Is Our Why

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We met on Match.com in 2010. It was Julie's infectious smile that drew Mike in from the first picture; the kind of smile where it makes you smile too. After chatting a few times, we met in person at a German restaurant near Julie's house. The first date was a short 7 hours (the 2nd date was 8 hours) where we really got to know each other and the hours flew by. It was a good thing we went for an early dinner so they didn't have to throw us out! We dated for 2 years, were engaged for 2 years and were married in 2014. We have grown as a couple and experienced ups and downs, but we always lean on each other, which makes us stronger individuals and a stronger couple!

After we were married, we struggled getting pregnant. We learned IVF was our only way to conceive. We had a few failed attempts and then we became pregnant with our daughter, Emma. Sadly, Emma was stillborn at 28 weeks.

From early on in our relationship God put a strong urge of parenthood in our hearts. The more we have allowed God to lead us on our journey the more we are blessed with strong people to help and guide us along the way. We have great friends who recently adopted their daughter and other amazing friends who were adopted themselves. The more we talk about adoption, the more stories we hear from others touched by adoption.

Meet Julie

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Julie is the type of person that lights up a room when she walks in! Her smile is infectious and her positive attitude is contagious. Julie has a fun personality and keeps me (I am more serious) on my toes and laughing. She is the hugger, the cuddler, the one full of affection who can brighten your day just by being around you. Julie is also incredibly smart, funny, and puts others before herself in everything she does. As a teacher turned Director of Education, she is passionate to ensure she can make the lives of children better.

Meet Mike

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Mike has a very down to earth personality and will do absolutely anything for his family and friends. When Mike enters the room, he has the ability to make you feel like he has known you forever and always has the right thing to say that breaks the ice. Mike is the definition of a lifelong learner. For a child that didn't like going to school, he is always continuing his education to further his career as a nurse. Being a nurse fits him because he has a heart of gold and knows how to put a smile on anyone's face.

Our Happy Place

We live in a 3 bedroom and 1.5-bathroom corner home in a small town. When the windows are open you can hear the children playing outside and it's the sweetest sound. Our town has a huge park that sits beside a large river where there are many boats to watch. There is also a children's garden at the park where kids can run around and play.

Julie's favorite spot in our home is her little reading nook off our family room. The sun comes in that window in the afternoons and you can often find her sitting there reading (and re-reading) some of her favorite books. Mike's favorite place is at the grill on the back deck!

Meet Oliver

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Oliver is our Yellow Lab we rescued in 2015. He is an amazing dog, loves people (especially children), salad dressing (not lettuce), barking at delivery drivers/mailmen, anytime you touch his leash, car rides with the windows down, treats, treats, and treats, and naps on the couch. He can easily entertain himself with his toys by throwing them up and catching them. It's funny to watch!

Our Families

Mike's Family: My parents still live in my childhood home, about 20 minutes from us. My sister also lives about 20 minutes from us. Family is one of the most important things in our lives and we see them regularly. This can look like hanging out on Sundays for football and dinner or a random Thursday date night. My sister and I are competitive, especially when it comes to baggo or washers (two games) in the backyard. My family has always been supportive and encouraging in everything I do, especially now as we are hoping to grow our family through adoption.

Julie's Family: My parents and most of my extended family all live in Pennsylvania. After I moved to live with Mike, my sister soon followed in my footsteps and now lives about 20 minutes from our house. Although my family lives out of state, we still spend holidays, birthdays, and family events/vacations with them regularly. We also spend the week days Facetiming our nephews to hear all about their days and the activities they are involved in. I came from a loud and loving family that kisses and hugs when you say hello and goodbye. With such an affectionate upbringing, I have become a nurturing and compassionate aunt, cousin, niece, and friend.

We Promise

We are excited for the opportunity to get you know you and learn about your hopes and dreams for your child. If you choose us to walk through an adoption plan with you and parent your baby, we promise that we will love and support your child unconditionally. We will work to provide them with every opportunity to get the most out of life. Life isn't easy and we are here to be the coaches and the cheerleaders through every step of every day. We will strive to instill courage in them to be the best versions of themselves.

We are lifelong learners and want to be able to provide your child with the education to follow their heart and fall in love with living life! Education is more than just the classroom and books. We can all learn from traveling, seeing, and doing in our local communities and beyond.

We promise we will laugh and love a lot. We will be grateful together for each other. We will pray together through the hard and good times. We will struggle and battle the storms as a family. We promise we will cry; we will say I'm sorry, we will hug and hold each other tight.

We promise your child will know how much you love them and how important you are to their story. We aren't perfect and we don't expect anyone else to be, but together we can grow into better people.

With love, Julie and Mike

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