Gladney Center for Adoption

6300 John Ryan Drive Fort Worth, TX 76132.

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Stuart + Mona

Hello There! We are so thankful that you are taking the time to read and learn a little about us as part of your life's journey and considering giving us the gift of adopting your child. To be honest, we are so nervous right now and we kind of figure if we are nervous then we just cannot begin to imagine how nervous you must be and we wont pretend to. Instead we'd like to make you a suggestion, how about we take each others hands and be nervous together? We feel that will be better for us all, we can lean on your obvious strength and vice versa and together navigate our way through this journey as a group, there will be tears and laughter along the way, however with us all leaning on each other we will make it. How does that sound? We can say with certainty that if you do decide to move forward with us, that we will love your child unconditionally and respect them for all they are.

All About Us

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Mona will say that their journey began back in the middle ages, when the Norwegian Vikings first invaded the UK, from that point on it was written in the old Norse books of lore that they would meet.

Stuart would laugh insisting it was English charm that drew them together. Regardless of the who, what, when and how.... something 9 years ago clicked when we got together and we have not looked back since. Stuart was still working in the UK and Mona in Norway when we first met, having a flexible job really helped out and Stuart moved to Norway a short while afterwards and we lived together on a small farm in southern Norway. We enjoyed the delights of fresh food and the amazing Norwegian culture. Then 7 years ago, came the call. Would Stuart be interested in relocating to the US with work? We made the decision as a family and jumped on the opportunity!

Fast forward 7 years, and here we are! Living in beautiful Washington as residents, we married (next to a waterfall), bought a house, and declared this was it for us, having found our home and roots. We knew after 6 months we had found where we were meant to be. Now we are on the next part of our journey as a family, a journey where we are hoping to add the tiny pitter patter of feet to our home and complete our loving family.

Meet Mona - By Stuart

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I AM ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES Mona is my best friend and I managed to find her and end up married to her! For all my weaknesses Mona's strength fills in my gaps. I have never met someone so strong, so empathetic and caring for others. As cheesy as it sounds, I would be lost without her by my side. She is confident and so driven, and when she puts her mind to it, nothing gets in her way, including me! She is generally quieter and more thoughtful than I am and that lends perfectly to balance our relationship as I tend to be leap then look. She is my grounding stone and safe place to fall. She is the heart and soul of our family, always planning our fun adventures with friends and where we should be focusing our energy. Just hearing Mona's laugh makes all around her smile and join in.

Meet Stuart - By Mona

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MY 'SOULMATE' IS WHAT I WOULD SAY If I had one word to describe Stuart. After 9 years together we have almost become one, complimenting each other at every turn. There is nothing I cannot share with him, nothing I could never ask for help with if I needed. I know he would always be there for me. I could not ask for a better husband to be raising your child with. He is a strong proud man, who takes pride in providing for our family and way too logical for his own good sometimes.

Our Home

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Washington State became our home over 7 years ago, we managed to find our forever home in the perfect location. We live in a rural city, about 40 minutes outside of Seattle. Nestled in a lush green deep valley with the beautiful Snoqualmie river flowing through the middle. We have mountains 20 minutes away, an amazing family park less than a minute from our front door and are spoilt by having some of the best schools in Washington state in our city. All topped off by being so close to all the nature and trails you could imagine!

Our Families

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We are both very close to our families, even given the great distance between us. Both families make frequent visits to us and vice versa, we try to get back to see them once a year. Both Grand Mothers in waiting are avid knitters, so we are expecting an endless supply of hats and socks for your child!

The Puppy

We have always been dog owners, and soon after we relocated to the US we found Sam at a shelter, it was love at first site. She is just a cuddle machine and if you so much as look at her, she will flip on her back so you have easy access to give the tummy rubs she is fishing for.

Sam is a Border Collie, otherwise known as a 'sheep dog' one of her favorite pastimes is keeping an eye on our neighbors children to keep them safe, if she ever sees them straying too far off, she will tell them off to make them go home!

Our Friends

It's fair to say we are blessed with our friends in our community! Advantages of small town life in a rural setting.

We share frequent days out together with our close family friends as one giant extended family, cooking for each other at each others homes. Twice a year we all vacation together as a giant family, in the summer we all go camping together and in the winter we all visit a lodge in the mountains to play in the snow. They have all been our rocks during this process and offered us so much support. We are known as Auntie and Uncle to all their children and have been honored by some to be chosen as their children's guardians.

One Last Thank You

Its a challenge to tell you every single thing about us in one profile, however we hope that you got a good glimpse of us, our home, family and friends and of course Sam and some of our core values. From the bottom our hearts, WE THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING US and allowing us the time to show you a little bit more about us.

We promise to raise your child in a home filled with laughter and hugs, summer days at the beach or hiking, winter mornings playing in the snowy mountains. Christmas cookies being baked and S'mores being eaten at the campsite, lazy days in the yard and school trips galore and perhaps most importantly, endless love and tenderness.

We are sure you share many of our passions and values such as love and kindness and truly hope you wish to learn more about us and start on this journey with us by your side.

Ultimately even if you do choose another family whilst we wait for the call, we hope reading and learning little about us, will grant you some smiles and laughter for the day. As that on its own would be a blessing.

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