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FC: Katie and Will
1: Hi! We are Katie and Will. Thank you so much for taking the time to read our profile and learn more about who we are. We can not imagine what a difficult decision this is for you. We respect you so much for researching all of your options and wanting the very best for your baby. What a great love! We hope our profile gives you a clear picture of us.
2: Our Story We met through mutual friends at church in 2003. At the time, we had a long distance relationship. Will was living in New York and I was in Georgia. . Six months later, Will moved back home to Georgia. We then had a "normal" relationship and were able to see each other on a daily basis. Our relationship grew serious in a hurry, and we were married the next year, June 12, 2004. That old cliche "you know when you know" we found to be true for sure! We knew from the bginning we would not be able to have children because of a medical condition I had been diagnosed with as a child. We decided to pursue adoption and God greatly blessed that decision On August 17, 2008 our daughter, Libby was born. We brought her home when she was 10 days old. From that moment on, she has been a part of us. It
3: has brought us so much joy to be parents. Watching her grow and develop and experiencing an uncondtional love like no other has been an incredible blessing. We believe, from the bottom of our heart, adding another child to our family would just add to the joy of being parents. We have a strong desire to grow our family and for Libby to have a sibling.
4: Libby Our daughter is a "girly girl". She loves princesses, baby dolls, clothes, and having her fingernails painted. She amazes us with how fast she catches on to things and her memory. Libby loves being around other children. She loves being with her cousins and friends at preschool. She is very excited about being a big sister and having a "permament" playmate. She loves helping around the house and we think she will adjust easily to having a baby brother or sister. Libby's birthmother chose a closed adoption, so we do not have a relationship wtih her. However, we are thankful to her everyday for the incredible gift she has given us. Libby is nearing the age where we will begin to tell her about her adoption. She will know early on that she has a birthmother that loves her so much she wanted her to have a better life than she felt she could give her.
5: Libby is a huge blessing to us, and we feel so proud to be her parents. We are so excited about the possiblity of her being a big sister and about what the future may hold for us.
6: Home Sweet Home We live in a four bedroom, three bath ranch-style home. It is right across the street from the elementary school where I teach. I have the great joy of walking to work every day. The best part is being home with Libby one minute after leaving work. It really is a great life. It is also the house where Will grew up , so it holds many special memories. It has a deck where we love to cook out and a nice size yard to play in. Libby loves going across the street to "mommy's school"
7: after hours to play on the play ground. We have turned a formal living room into a fun play room that Libby loves. We live in a medium-sized town that has a good selection of shopping and restaurants. We are also a close drive away from the big city. We really enjoy the central location of wehre we live. We enjoy going to see the Braves play and all of the other attractions Atlanta has to offer without having to deal with the traffic on a daily basis! We are also in close proximity to both of our families which is imprtant to us. We feel very blessed that we are able to see our families often. Both sets of grandparents are a very important part of Libby's life and she loves ( and gets spoiled by) them all!
8: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. CathyAllen
9: Fun Times We love to relax and spend quality time together as a family. We enjoy traveling, (the beach is our favorite spot), going to sporting events, and spending time with friends. We feel so blessed that we get to spend about 3 weeks every summer at the beach with our families. We love that Libby is growing up thinking that going from one vacation to another is normal! Libby has been to the zoo and the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. As a teacher, I think those experiences are valuable learning experiences. Even better than a classroom!
10: Our Family We are both close with our families. We are blessed to have both sets of parents still married to each other. They have taught us the importance of family and that the marriage relationship is the glue that holds the family together. Will has one younger brother. He and his wife have a baby girl.I have an older sister, who is married and has three children. I also have a younger brother who is single. Both families are close by and we enjoy getting together often. We enjoy holidays together and vacationing in the summer. Will's parents live in a small town about 20 minutes from | us. Will's mom has kept Libby while we are at work. Not only has this been a huge help to us, but it also has given Libby and her Nana a special bond. What peace of mind and blessing it is to know that Libby is being cared for and loved by a grandparent while we are at work! Our family is a great support system to us. They have been very supportive of us going through the adoption process. We feel very blessed to have the family that God has given us. It is because of our happy childhood and family life that we desire to give Libby a sibling and to have a house full of children, laughter, and love.
12: fact that she has Daddy wrapped around her finger. They both enjoy their special one-on-one time together in the mornings andI know it means a lot to both ofthem. Will LOVES sports and enjoys watching football and baseball especially on TV or going to the games. Other guys loving to come | Will (written by Katie) It is truly a joy to be married to your best friend. I am so proud of how hard Will is working to build a successful CPA firm. I'm also proud of how well he has balanced work and family. He makes sure that he has frequent quality time with Libby and I. It has been so much fun to watch him as a daddy. Libby is crazy about her daddy and gets so excited when he comes home from work in the evening. They have "special time" together in the mornings after I've left for school. That special time might include breakfast at Chick Fil A or just goofing around in the car on the way to preschool. Libby is very aware of the
13: over to our house to watch the game because Will is sure to have a good set-up in his "man cave!" Luckily, I get into Georgia football and enjoy watching games with him. Will is passionate about what he believes in and has strong Christian values. I am so thankful for his love of God, family, and strong work ethic. This is what makes Will the good man he is and a wonderful husband and father.
14: Katie (written by Will) Katie is the most loyal and sweetest person I have ever met. It did not take too long for me to decide that she was a keeper after a few months of dating. People often tell me how much they enjoy being around Katie and that makes me feel proud to have such a wonderful wife. Not only is Katie a great wife and friend, but she makes my life easier by being a big help in keeping our household running. She has a deep love for children which is evident in her job as a kindergarten teacher. Her favorite part of the job is working with her students and watching them learn new things with such excitement. She cares about the development of each of her students so much that she makes sure each student feels special. Katie's experience teaching small children has been a great asset as we have raised Libby. She is a person that was simply born to be a mom. She is so maternal and nurturing. I don't think I have ever met someone who loves babies / children as much as she does and she is so dedicated to being the best wife, mom, and teacher she can be. We both value spending with our familes and are very proud that both of our parents have been married for more than 30 years and hve provided such a good example for us to follow. Katie also enjoys traveling and we have been fortunate to explore some new
15: places together and experience some cool places together. Our first seven years of marriage have been great and I look forward to all that the future may bring. We may not know what that might be, but we do know that we will face the future together and that the possibilites are endless.
16: Our Faith Our faith in Jesus Christ is an important part of who we are. We were both raised in Christian homes and those values make us who we are today. We are blessed to a part of a wonderful church that is just down the street from our house. We have a great support group of friends through this church. It is such a blessing to have a group of friends that are going though the same stage of life and also share the same faith. We enjoy getting together for playdates and cooke outs. Although family time is important and we enjoy a lot of it, having our individual lives, friends, and interests is important as
17: well. Will goes to a men's bible study and I enjoy a women's bible study. The bible studies are a great time for us to develop deep friendships that are a support to us and grow deeper in our Christian walk. I also enjoy "girl time" when I go with a group of girls out to eat or to a movie. Girls' night out always leave me feeling relaxed, recharged, and blessed to have great friends. Our church has great programming for children of all ages. Libby is already learning bible verses and so much about God at an early age. It is so important, in our eyes, that a child learns from an early age that God loves them and wants a relationship with them. The verse at the bottom of the page is one of our favorite verses that we have held onto during our marriage. It has been an encouragement to us and we hope it will be an encouragement to you as well. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, " declares the Lord, the plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
18: Our Committment to You If we were to be the adoptive parents of your child, we have several commitments that we would make to you. First, your child would be raised in a Christian home by parents who would call on God to help us be the best parents we can be. Your child would be given unconditional love and guidance as he or she grows up. Your child would also have the love and companionship of a great big sister. Secondly, your child would know from an early age that they were adopted. This would NEVER be a secret we would try to keep. We can promise you that. They would be told about their birth family and how much they are loved by two families - thier birth family and thier adoptive family. If you were to desire an open adoption, we would be very willing to cultivate a relationship with you and make that happen. We know this is a very difficult decison, and we want you to have whatever kind of adoption plan that is easiest and best for you. Next, we make a committment that your child will be treated no differently by extended family, or anyone, because they are adopted. We have seen this first-hand with Libby. Libby is adored by both families and biology really doesn't make a difference at all. She is accepted and loved for the wonderful person she is, and your child would be as well.
20: In Closing We can thank you enough for taking the time to learn more about our family. We consider it a huge honor than you would want to know more about us and that you would consider us as adoptive parents to your precious baby. We would be so excited to meet you so that we could learn more about each other. Please know that you are in our prayers every day. We hope that you have much support and guidance as you make this difficult decision. We hope that you will feel a peace only God can give when you come to your decision. It is exciting to know that this profile could be the beginning to a relationship between us and an answered prayer. We wish you the very best as you go through this journey and always. With love, Katie and Will
21: Libby at the GA aquarium | Katie's Dad, "Pops" with the grandkids on Christmas | 4 generations -My special Mimi, Katie, my mom, and Libby | Libby with Mommy at Zoo Atlanta