BC: Thank you for considering us! -Rodney & Melissa
FC: Rodney & Melissa
1: We want to thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We would like to start by expressing our respect and admiration for you. We also want to acknowledge your courage right now. We can't imagine the feelings you have or will experience in your decision to plan an adoption for your child. We are excited that you would consider us as parents and we pray that this book will give you a glimpse of who we are and who we will be as parents.
2: Rodney has dark brown hair and green eyes. He's 34 years old and has an associate degree in business administration. | For the past 12 years he has worked as a manager in a retail store. He works a three day on and three day off schedule. | Rodney
3: Melissa has blond hair and green eyes. She is 41 years old. She is a high school graduate. | For the past 20 years she has worked as a pharmacy technician. She works 32-40 hours a week. | Melissa
4: About Rodney By: Melissa | Rodney is my best friend. He has a smile that draws everyone in. The first time he met my parents, they knew he was the one. He brings out the best in me and makes me strive to do better in everything. He's a hard worker. He's also a big kid and a lot of fun. Yet he is very responsible. He is going to make a wonderful father.
5: About Melissa by: Rodney | Melissa is one of the kindest, selfless, sweetest women I've ever known. She is always thinking of other people. She has a huge heart. It is nothing for her to give a few dollars, clothes or her time to someone in need. From the day she met my nephews and niece, she has made them her own. Libby, our niece, is her little buddy. Libby seems to always follow Melissa around.. It's traits like these that I know will make her an amazing mother.
6: Rodney's Family | Mom & Dad | Steve and Nikki
7: My whole family lives within five minutes of us. I have a younger sister Trudy who's married to Ryan. They have three kids. Cole, Ashton, and Libby. My Brother Steve is married to Nikki. My parents love their grandchildren and can't wait for more to spoil. I have both my paternal grandparents Harold and Betty. Along with my maternal grandmother Virginia. | Trudy and Ryan. Libby, Ashton and Cole | Grandma Cully | Grandpa and Grandma Surbaugh
8: Melissa's Family | Mom & Dad
9: I have a rather small family. My father Gary lives about 1 & 1/2 hrs. away. My mother has passed. I've always been very close to my parents. I have one brother Mark who is married to Kristy. I have a feisty grandma who is 86 and going strong. My uncle Harold is the one to your right and on the top right is my cousin's beautiful little girl Sarah. I treasure them all!
10: Our House | We Live in a great little neighborhood. We live within minutes of our local schools, parks, and pools. We have great neighbors and many children located around us. It's a very safe and fun environment. People are always walking, and biking by our house. and you can always hear kids playing
11: Our Backyard | Baby's Room
12: We first met five years ago at work. It was shortly after that , that we went on our first date. Our date was intended to be two friends getting to know each other. Rod had other plans. That night he grabbed my hand and held it unexpectedly. That was our beginning.. While dating I informed Rod I could never have children. Instead of running, he told me there are always other alternatives such as adoption. We where married May 1, 2010 surrounded by friends and family who have shared in our happiness. The last piece to our fairy tale life would be to have a child to share our love with.
13: Our Story..............
14: We have two small miniature Dachshunds, Their names are Gracie and Chloe. They both came from the same mother and father. Just one litter apart. Gracie is 4 and Chloe 3. There are our babies and they both look forward to adding to our family! | Our Pets | Gracie
16: Friends and family | It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away.
18: Our hobbies
19: Rodney: I am an avid sports fan I follow the cubs, colts and University of MIchigan. I enjoy spending time outside working around the house and landscaping our yard. I also enjoy spending time playing with my niece and nephews. Melissa: I enjoy reading, cleaning, playing with the niece and nephews, crocheting, traveling and going anywhere with Rod.
20: The hobbies that we both share a passion for is spending time with family, and traveling! | Zoo Day with the Family | Six Flags St.Louis
21: Our Shared Hobbies | At Disney World | Cardinals game St.Louis
22: Our Marriage is based on trust and respect. Each of us have our own undefined roles in our marriage. Rod prefers to cut the grass and maintain the outside while Melissa likes to handle the upkeep inside. We work well as a team and will step up and help the other to keep things going when needed. Our goal is to raise a child that will love life and enjoy each day as a new adventure. Having a child is something that each of has always wanted.
23: Going into our marriage we knew that having a child would mean adopting. Melissa is unable to conceive a child due to medical reasons. We are blessed to have a very supportive group of friends and family. We feel it is a privilege to bring a child into our family. We feel as if this was the plan for us along!
24: Parenting is something we are both ready to experience. We believe that we have a loving home and would teach our child to be respectful and compassionate to others | Parenting
25: Our discipline style would be age specific. We are committed to finding a style that lets our child know why they are being disciplined and that we have their best interest at heart.. We have both had great role models in our own parents. We believe our different personalities will make for a great parenting team. | Discipline
26: We will talk to our child about adoption at the appropriate age. It is important to us to make sure they understand being adopted isn't bad, but a very good thing. We will make sure they know the sacrifice that you made. We will also make sure they understand it is because of the love you had for them.
27: Adoption | We would describe you to our child in a respectful and loving light because of the choice you are making. We will send updates and pictures as you desire and will always respect your privacy.
29: We are so excited about the possibility of sharing our life with your precious child and hope this book has given you a glimpse of what that life would be like. We want you to know that our home is warm and happy and will always be a place of love and encouragement. Together we will always celebrate life.....and we will always celebrate you. We wish you courage in the days ahead and will pray for the decisions you make for you child. Thank you for learning more about us. Sincerely, Rodney and Melissa