Gladney Center for Adoption

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Mike + Kelly

The adoption process contains the full spectrum of emotions. Thank you for being brave enough to be a part of that process. We understand there are other options, but please know that we will do everything to show you this child will be loved without reserve. We believe you are noble, strong, and courageous.

Dear Expectant Mom,

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Hello, and thank you very much for taking the time to read the story of us. As we begin to write this letter, we are excited and emotional, knowing how much lives change because of adoption. I can't tell you how much we appreciate that you, as an expectant mother, are considering adoption to ensure that your baby is given a safe, loving, and nurturing home. The sacrifices that you are willing to endure to allow for the happiness of the new family that will be created do not go unacknowledged.

Our Story

We met while working together. We knew each other for about 2 years before we started dating, so we began our relationship as friends. The more we talked, we realized we had a lot in common and really enjoyed each other's company. We dated for three years before getting engaged in October 2002. After a year and a half engagement, we got married. We were married in the Catholic church surrounded by family and friends. Our parents both stood up with us as our witnesses, rather than having a large wedding party. We both felt that the having the support of our parents and us following their lead with lasting marriages was the best example we could follow. It was in February 2004, and there was a beautiful dusting of snow that occurred while we were in church.

Why Adoption?

We have chosen to adopt because we want to give the love that we have stored up in our hearts for a new member of our family. We want to be parents and to provide everything we can for the love of a child. We're looking forward to all the steps along the way of developing this little miracle into the best person possible. We're excited about soccer or dance classes, school plays, and homework, or any of the things that we can provide to encourage our child's growth and development. We have a hard time imagining not ever having our own child to love, teach, pass traditions to, and to raise to be moral and kind. We have no instances of adoption within our families, but both of our families are extremely excited about having a new member to love.

We have been wanting to start a family for about 12 years. We have tried pretty much every fancy artificial method that's out there. Doctors are unable to give any specific reason why none of them worked. We have come to the realization that having all those surgeries and taking all the pills and shots just wasn't the way for us to grow our family. Without someone as selfless and brave as yourself, we would never have the ability to make the vision of our having a family become a reality.

Meet Kelly

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Written by Mike

Kelly has a boisterous laugh and a contagious smile. She loves to be a good host and shows it by cooking great food and making people feel welcome. Her sense of humor is sharp, her work ethic is unparalleled, and her heart is full of love for her family and friends. She was an excellent student and has her MBA which helps her in her role as a Senior Accounting Manager for a large international company. She has always wanted to raise a family, and she would make an amazing Mom. She likes to garden and to decorate the space around us to feel homey and welcoming.

From Kelly

I grew up in a small Midwest town with a large extended family. We spent a lot of time together (weddings, graduations, birthdays, holidays, etc.). I grew in a very family-centric environment. I had always imagined that as an adult I would raise a few kids of my own. I enjoy cooking and baking. I'm an animal lover (especially dogs) and think that a home isn't complete without a pet. I would much rather read a book than watch television. I also enjoy home decorating projects, both inside the house and in the yard. I've refinished multiple pieces of furniture and planted many flowers and trees.

Meet Mike

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By Kelly

Mike is about the smartest guy I know. He is very charismatic and funny. He really enjoys any level of competition, ranging from board games to golf to poker. He should be every team's first choice when putting together a trivia night team. He remembers the most random and useless things, and it's pretty awesome. He's not the handiest of handymen, but he finds a way to eventually got the job done. He's been my best friend for 20 years, and I can't imagine anyone else with whom I'd rather spend every day or raise a family.

From Mike

I enjoy making people laugh and feel comfortable and able to relax in any environment. I am a mixture of competitive, sensitive, animated, and non-confrontational. I also like helping people learn, which is why I am a Training Designer. This allows me to ensure that people are doing their jobs safely and correctly, which is very rewarding. I look forward to applying this passion for learning to teaching my child everything he/she needs to know to grow into an educated, caring, respectful, and successful person.

Our Home And Coco

We have a beagle-pug mix (called a puggle) named CoCo. She's the only pet Mike has ever had, but Kelly grew up with various dogs as well as some farm animals. We love CoCo very much and is a source of constant entertainment. She is excellent around other people of all ages. We couldn't ask for a companion with better personality and temperament. (Yes, we talk to her like she's human.)

We live in a newly built 4-bedroom, 4.5 bath home in a developing subdivision in an excellent school district, with a new elementary school about 1 mile from our house, so there are lots of kids in the neighborhood. Just outside of our backyard fence is an open space with walking trails and a pond, and the backyard itself is big enough for a pool. From our front yard we can see the subdivision's clubhouse, which has a pool, splash pad, playground, and other amenities. One of Mike's favorite spots in the house is the media room. It's going to be the perfect place to have family movie night and to watch all the Disney movies. We also really enjoy the large game room which leads out to a second-floor balcony that overlooks the water view. Just outside of our backyard fence is an open space with walking trails and a pond, and the backyard itself is big enough for a pool.

Traditions

Every Christmas Eve, we get together with Kelly's family and begin preparing food for dinner and late-night snacking. Late in the afternoon we stop, and we all get ready for church. After 5:00 Mass, we come back home and race in the house to see who can be the first to put baby Jesus in the Nativity Scene. While a few more family members arrive, we get all the food set up. After all the presents are opened, we eat, laugh, joke, and just enjoy the time together. Once we're done eating and the leftovers are put away, we sit around the table and play cards or board games late into the night while the kids play with whatever new toys they got.

The next day, we go to Mike's parent's house and spend Christmas day with his side of the family. Most years his Mom has made a giant homemade lasagna. There are cookies and snacks all over the table and counter that we enjoy throughout the day (lemon squares and Chex Mix are two of the favorites). We gather in the family room to open presents. Mike's parents' tree has many ornaments on it that make noise or play music, and we inevitably try to see how many we can get to play at once. Their tree is on a rotating stand, and it's fun to see your favorite childhood ornaments cycle around the tree. Christmas evening also usually ends with us sitting around playing games.

Our Interests & Hobbies

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Most of our travels involve us visiting family, but we have had the opportunity to see Chicago (our honeymoon), Denver, New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Nashville. We would both love to see Italy and France someday. We like playing games (with friends and family), going to concerts, trying new restaurants, playing with our dog, watching Houston Astros games, and spending time with our families.

Kelly likes to cook and has a knack for trying recipes for the first time and having them turn out perfect! Having a child helping us out in the kitchen would be so much fun. We can smell the cookies now! Mike is a huge pop culture trivia fan, specializing in 80's movies and music. He likes following sports, playing poker, and doing various types of word puzzles. He thinks that it would be fun to learn to play an instrument at the same time as his child learns it and to have that common.

Thank You

We want to thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about us. We would also be eternally grateful to you for making our dreams of having our own family come true. We will speak highly of you and your role in growing our family, as well as to maintain the relationship and communication that best suits you. We promise to do everything in our power to ensure that he/she is provided every opportunity for happiness and success. We will provide an encouraging and supportive environment for your child as we teach him/her everything necessary to grow into a high-achieving person. No matter if it's dance recitals, ball games, music recitals, quiz bowl, or science fairs, we will be there every step of the way to experience all the ups and downs with him/her. We would forever cherish the opportunity to provide your child with a lifetime of love, comfort, laughter, and support.

Love,

Mike & Kelly

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