Gladney Center for Adoption

6300 John Ryan Drive Fort Worth, TX 76132.

817-922-6000
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Pat + Elizabeth

Hey there! Our names are Elizabeth and Pat and we've been married for 5 years. We are so excited to raise a child in the spirit of how we were both raised: we were allowed to be kids, have fun, make mistakes, indulge in our interests, create our future, stay up late, build forts in the living room, have water balloon fights with the neighbors and most importantly we were supported, encouraged, trusted and loved through it all. While we aren't 100% sure what the future holds for our family, we do know that your child has a future ahead of them filled with love no matter the choice you make!

Nice To Meet You!

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First and foremost, we want to thank you for taking the time to look through our profile and learn a little bit more about us. As we sat down and thought about writing this letter to you, some of the questions that came to mind were...

Do we have any idea how hard this is for you? - Nope, we don't!

Do you know anything about us? - Probably not, but hopefully our profile will give you a betterglimpse into our life.

Is it possible for us to give you a comprehensive view of our life? - Definitely not, but we're also hoping we have the opportunity to meet you and help you fill in the gaps.

What do we wish you knew about why we are pursuing adoption? - We have always been passionate about pursuing adoption and feel fortunate to enter this journey without history or knowledge of infertility. We want to adopt so that we can offer a child the love, experiences, and opportunities that we were both fortunate enough to grow up with.

Do we know what your hopes and dreams are for your child? - Not yet, but we'd love to.

What can we guarantee you as an expecting mom? - We can guarantee you space to make the right choice for you, transparency, patience and support. Whatever is best for you and your child is what we want you to do! No pressure to consider us, no pressure to like us!

What can we guarantee should you plan for adoption? - We could list a million things we're planning on and talk in depth about the future we see, but what we think matters the most is that we can guarantee you that we will love your child every day, every hour and every minute that we may have with them.

It's hard to put our life, our personality, our love and our future into a few pages, but we can assure you that we are ready and excited about being parents. Our friends and family are just as ready as we are to love you and your child should you choose adoption. We truly appreciate you taking the time to consider us.

How We Met!

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Super long story short... we met at a bar! I (Elizabeth) was there celebrating my thesis defense with some friends. One of Pat's roommates got invited and decided to bring his buddies along since he didn't know any of my friends. That turned out well for me, the second Pat walked up the stairs I immediately started flirting with him (he was cute, look at him!). I stole his phone (and obviously his heart), put my number in it, texted him the next morning and the rest is history!

Elizabeth

I'm an Innovation Footwear Developer and a Sports Product Management Instructor of Product Development at a local university. I have a "sneakerheads" dream job... but I'm not a sneakerhead, even though I have a ton of shoes (perks of the job!). I'm fortunate to have two jobs that I love and I'm passionate about. Pat always jokes that I have no hobbies because I really do love working. When I'm not working, I love spending time outside (ideally in the sun, I'm not a fan of the cold!), whether that's hiking, laying in the grass in the backyard or taking our dog on a walk with Pat. I'm passionate about teaching and mentoring and find a lot of joy in helping my students find their path in life.

Pat

I'm a Faculty Research Assistant working with berry crops (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc.) for our local University. Before that, I worked with turf grass and athletic fields while focusing my education on agriculture. While being outdoors is part of my everyday life, I enjoy spending time inside reading, cooking and watching bad reality TV with my wife and pup, Jola.

On the weekends, I actually enjoy going to the grocery store early Saturday morning, spending time working on the house/yard and meeting up with friends for dinner. On weekdays, I go to the gym first thing in the morning or cook breakfast for Liz. I'm a man of few words, while Elizabeth is the opposite!

Jola Bear

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We rescued Jola when she was 8 weeks old and were told she's a mix between Australian Shepard and Golden Retriever. We aren't 100% sure what her breed is, but we DO know she's a constant source of entertainment and love. While she loves hiking, going to the farm with Pat or going on walks with us, she also appreciates the air conditioning and a solid afternoon nap. She's now 5 years old, loves everyone she meets, gets along with other dogs and is amazingly gentle and patient with children, even when they pull her tail, grab her fur or love her too much!

Our Neighborhood

We love our neighborhood, the neighbors, safety, security and the ease of accessibility to the city. There is a good mix of older adults and younger couples in our neighborhood and we know quite a few couples who have younger children or babies. Luckily, since Pat brings home berries from his job, we know a LOT of our neighbors. It's very common for us to go around to 10-15 houses once a week in the summer to bring by berries... this always takes longer than expected because we love to stay and talk for awhile. We fell in love with our house because of the neighborhood and the yard- two things we found to be important as we started our family.

Our Home

Our house has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a large open kitchen/living room where we spend most of our time. In the summer, we spend a lot of time in our backyard. It's great because it's completely fenced in, private and flat (perfect for a future swing set!). Our neighborhood is in an awesome school district, is very safe, has access to a big park and has a ton of families with young children. We've found a really great community within our neighborhood and are excited about raising a family here.

Before You Go...

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Before you go, we want to share some final promises to you if you decide to continue with an adoption plan. I know we mentioned these in our preview, but I think it's important to reiterate these.

We promise to love your child every day, every hour and every minute. We promise to give your child experiences, opportunities, guidance and the freedom to explore their interests and the world around them. We promise to raise your child in the spirit of how we were both raised: we were allowed to be kids, have fun, make mistakes, indulge in our interests, create our future, stay up late, build forts in the living room, have water balloon fights with the neighbors and most importantly we were supported, encouraged, trusted and loved through it all.

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