S: Derek & Kelly
BC: Derek & Kelly | "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
FC: Derek & Kelly
1: Hello! We're Derek and Kelly and we want to thank you for taking the time to get to know us more through reading our life story! We hope that with each passing page you'll see a family grounded in Christ, in love with each other and full of life! Even though we have not met yet, we're praying for you and your baby. Ephesians 3:14-17 says "For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." We're praying that you would be filled with the fullness of God's love for you and that He will strengthen you thorough that love! We're so excited to expand our family through adoption and we can't wait to see God glorified through it all! | In Christ, Derek & Kelly | "For with God nothing will be impossible." Luke 1:37
2: The beginning of our story... Our Wedding Day November 2004
3: In 2004, at age 20, we got married on a very windy and magical day! For 9 years we have done life together. Laughed together, cried together and grown together. We strive everyday to make Christ the center of our lives as individuals and as one.
4: All about our family! | After our wedding in 2004 we began our lives together! We spent the first few years just the two of us traveling, growing and having carefree fun. But, we knew from day one that our dream was to become parents and in 2010 we saw our dreams come true as we adopted our precious daughter, Isla , through Bethany Christian Services. Becoming parents has been better than we could have imagined! She is the biggest blessing from God and is constant sunshine in our lives! Adoption has also blessed us with unexpected gifts; Not only do we have our sweet girl, but we have the blessing of having a relationship with her birthmama and birthfamily! As a family, we love to travel, play outdoors, go to Disney, do fun craft projects, raise our backyard chickens, spend time with family and be the hands and feet of Jesus. We've grown so much in the Lord these last few years, seeing what truly matters in life and we want more than anything to share that with our kids.
6: All About | Kelly
7: Things I love about Kelly (by Derek) *Her sense of humor *Her beautiful smile *Her dedication to being my wife and Isla's mommy *Her heart for God *Her compassionate nature *Her patience *Her eagerness to teach Isla about life | 10 facts about Kelly! 1) I love Jesus! 2)I played soccer for 8 years growing up, play basketball in 9th grade and played lacrosse in 10th grade! 3)Even as a child all I wanted to be when I grew up was a mom. When Isla was born that dream came true! 4)I worked as a Vet Tech for the years leading up to becoming a stay-at-home mom and loved it! 5) I make jewelry and sew. 6) My dream is to one day live on a farm 7) I love to cook 8) I love food. (you really can't have 7 without 8, right?) 9) I have twin older brothers 10) I'm very close with both my mom and Derek's mom and feel very blessed by that!
8: Things I love about Derek (by Kelly) *He can build anything or fix anything *He's passionate about life *He's the hardest worker I know *His love for the Lord *He's gifted in all sports *He has an amazing drive to succeed at things *He loves being a Daddy | 10 facts about Derek 1)I'm a small business owner 2)I love lasagna 3) I'm marathon runner and triathlete 4) I love mountain biking 5) I'm a short term missionary 6) I volunteer with at risk boys 7) I drive a diesel truck 8) I'm small group leader both at home with my wife and with our youth group. 9) I'm the oldest of 5 with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. 10) I'm a follower of Jesus Christ
9: All about | Derek
10: Isla | Facts about Isla *She loves to sing and dance *She's very athletic * She shares her middle name with her birthmom * She loves to cuddle | all about
12: Titan Titan is our amazing dog and Isla's best bud. He's the most gentle, sweet thing and a precious member of our family!
13: We live in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, spacious house on a cul-de-sac with a large back yard. Our neighborhood is quiet, diverse and family oriented with lots of kids! We love our neighbors and community! Just down the street is one of our favorite places to visit: the horse farm! A few times a week we take a walk down to feed and pet the horses and enjoy our beautiful surroundings! | But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15
14: Family Time! | Mimi (Derek's mom) and Isla making cookies! | Grammy (Kelly's mom) | Kelly's Mom & brother Scott | Christmas in Tennessee with Derek's family! | We're very close with our families and love spending time with them!
15: Love makes a family | Derek, Isla and Papa (Derek's dad) | Derek's youngest sister Lauren | Pop (Kelly's dad) and Isla
16: Fun | Times! | F r i e n d s | F a m i l y
18: We love to travel and go on family vacations!!
19: Every year we love to go away on vacation. Some of our favorite memories include family vacations to Ohio, Christmas' spent in cabins in the mountains, fishing in the keys and snowboarding in Colorado! We hope over the next years to add too all of those memories with great vacations and new locations!
20: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.
21: Our Promise to you: Love. There will never be a day where your baby won't be loved. We promise to love unconditionally, through thick and thin, sharing our love through words and actions. Truth. We promise to always be honest in sharing your baby's history, heritage and life story. We promise that your baby will grow up knowing the extent of your love for them and your strength for giving them this life. Safety. We promise to provide a safe loving environment where your baby can grow in their own individuality and strengths and still express their fears and weaknesses. Faith. We promise to raise your baby in a Christian household, teaching them Gods word through example, reading the word together and attending family worship. Family. We promise to be silly and spontaneous, to be a soft place to land after a hard day, a shoulder to cry on and a high five to celebrate with. We promise to be patient and understanding through life's challenges and to encourage and cultivate strengths in life's joys.