BC: The End.
FC: We hope this photobook will help you get to know us while you are making such an important decision. | Holly, Ashley, and Caleb
1: We are a fun-loving family who are very active, enjoy the outdoors, love life, and love our families.
2: Dear Birthparent, First, I honor you in this difficult, life-long decision that affects both you and your baby. I hope this book will help you come to know us a little better, and maybe trust us to raise your child if you feel we are the right ones. We started the process of building a family five years ago. We were foster parents for four babies with hopes of adopting each one of them, but they were all placed back with their families. We decided to work with Hope Cottage so we could adopt a forever baby to raise because letting go of the little foster babies was so difficult. We also decided for Ashley to try to conceive because we've always wanted two rather than an only child, and we had Caleb last December. Now, we can't wait to adopt a second one and complete our family. Kids have always been a major part of my life. I am a biology and aquatic science teacher, so I work with kids everyday. I also LOVE to travel and can't wait to have my own children to take to some of my favorite places - like Australia and New Guinea. I also love being active and being outside. | We hope to raise our children to be believers in God , yet who can think independently and be confident in themselves and their values. We are both strong believers and know the value of having God in your life. We want to help our kids develop their interests and talents. We want to teach them all the fun things there are to do in this world and let them grow as individuals. We both come from strong, supportive families, and that's what we want to give to our children. We know being entrusted to care for someone else's baby is a huge responsibility and honor. I fully respect your decision in this process, no matter what it may be. Sincerely, Holly | Holly
3: Dear Birthparent, As you begin your journey to learn more about us, I would like you to know that I respect and admire your decision and wanting to know more about the family who will love and nurture your baby. I want to assure you that Holly and I are truly ready and excited to have an addition to our family. I grew up in a small town in Texas. As a kid, I enjoyed playing soccer and softball and continue to play now. I enjoying playing both indoor and outdoor soccer. It helps me keep active, and I enjoy the camaraderie with my teammates. Running and mountain biking are a couple of my other interests. I have completed four half marathons, one for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I have always liked being outside enjoying nature. We like to go camping as often as possible. There is nothing better than getting outside and seeing all that God has created. I am a school counselor at an alternative school and love my job because I get to work with kids on a daily basis. I enjoy helping them | Holly and I plan to raise our children in a loving Christian home. We plan to teach our children the morals and values we both learned from our parents. I hope this introduction has given you a glimpse into who I am and what I believe in. We hope you will consider us to be the adoptive parents of your child. Sincerely, Ashley | get back on the right track in life. My family is very important to me. I am especially close to my sister and her family. They and all my family members are very excited about us choosing to adopt and can't wait to welcome him/her into our family. | Ashley
4: Caleb was born December 2011. He is a happy, healthy little boy with big brown eyes and a playful personality. He will make a great brother! | Caleb
5: We want to have two children close in age so they will always have each other to play with, learn from, and rely on. | Conceiving and birthing another baby is not an option for us, so we hope to adopt.
6: Ashley has one sister who is married with three little boys. We spend lots of time with them! | Casey, Dayden, and Bryant at Easter. Dayden was excited about his first chocolate rabbit!
7: We enjoy watching them grow and playing with them! | Sister - Angela | Bro-in-law Chad | Ashley's mom 'Nana' with Casey
8: Holly has a sister who is married with two boys and she has a brother - they all live close. | Fynn | Chance
9: Holly's family at the lake. | Dad Grandma Mom | Brother - Lee | Sister - Jennifer | Bro-in-law Ron
10: Both of our families are loving and can't wait for us to adopt! | Holly's sister, brother in law, and nephews. | Holly's grandma. | All our nephews together!
11: Two of Ashley's grandparents. | Ashley's Dad and Mom.
12: We are both very active and love to be outdoors. We play soccer, softball, run, do adventure races, camp, hike, bike, water ski, fish, travel, snow ski, and cook out with friends and family. | We've even gotten one of our nephews involved in mud runs! (the others are too young...)
13: Camping out with friends is great fun! | Ashley and our friend Todd like to pretend they're on "Deadliest Catch" when they go fishing!
14: We have three dogs: Macey, the fox terrier, Lucy, the brown mutt, and Jacey, the yellow lab. We also have a cat named Cruz. They are so sweet and can't wait to have another kid around the house!
15: We live in a neighborhood with lots of young families. We have two great parks within walking distance. Our backyard has a huge shade tree and a tire swing our nephews love to play on.
16: New Orleans | Fun Facts about Holly: - She's traveled all over the world and wants to take her children on great vacations some day. -She's not real good at sports, but still likes to play! - She loves animals and refuses to watch movies where the dog dies. - She's a biology and aquatic science teacher. - She would rather be outside working on a project than watching TV. - She knows random stuff about trees and plants and bugs. - She's left-handed AND an Aggie. -She ran the 2011 New York Marathon. | Costa Rica
17: Fun Facts about Ashley: -She dressed our dog Lucy as a skunk for a Halloween 5k and won the best dressed dog contest! - She's really athletic and is especially good at soccer. - She is a school counselor at an alternative school and likes to work with hard to reach kids. - She's afraid of snakes, spiders, and airplanes. - She's a great listener. - She used to coach soccer. - She can grill perfect burgers and steaks. | Telluride, Colorado | Ashley and Lucy the skunk!
18: Mud run with Chance - Fynn can do it next year! | Holly's Favorites: Activity: Adventure Racing Food: Thai and Mexican Color: Green TV Show: Survivor & Glee Place to Shop: the mall Animal: Dog Ice Cream: Rocky Road Snow Cone: Peach Musician: Lady Gaga Time Killer: Facebook Place: Australia | Galveston
19: Ashley's Favorites: Activity: Bike Riding Food: Mexican Color: Red, Blue, Green TV Show: Deadliest Catch Place to Shop: Target Animal: Dog Ice Cream: Rocky Road Snow Cone: Coconut Time Killer: Reading or TV Sport: Soccer | Ashley's playing indoor soccer
20: Fun Facts about Caleb: His birthday is December 14. He has not been camping yet. He loves the lake. He loves to laugh. He appears to be left-handed. He loves sweet potatoes.
21: Caleb's Favorite Things: Grandparents Mommies Dogs Cousins Playing Sleeping Eating Books The Itsy-Bitsy Spider Sitting on the porch swing
23: Together, we are: Strong Faithful Loving Committed Sure Happy
24: We hope this book has given you an idea of who we are. We hope and trust you will make the best decision for your baby that you will feel the most at peace with, whatever that decision may be.
25: Thank you for considering us. May God bless you throughout this process.