S: John and Benita
BC: We both feel like we have learned so much in life we want to share with our child. We really look forward to doing simple things as a family - like taking our child to the park, teaching them to play sports, ride a bike, and having game nights with family and friends. We look forward to watching our child play with their cousins, and seeing the joy in our parent's eyes as they interact with their grandchildren. - John & Benita
FC: John & Benita
1: Hello! We want to thank you for taking a moment to read about us and learn about our dream of growing our family through adoption. Although we can't know what you are going through, we do know it takes a strong person to make an adoption plan, and we admire your courage and love for your child. We are so excited to become parents and are ready to provide all our love, emotional and financial support, educational opportunities, and family values to a child. We believe with all our heart that there is a child God has set aside for us to adopt. We know that this must be a very difficult decision for you, and we hope that after you look over our book you will feel that we can provide the type of home and future you want for your child. As you read through this book know that we believe the gift of adoption is an act of immeasurable love and selflessness. While praying for our future child, we will also be praying for you. We understand this is not an easy decision and we truly respect your choice in determining what is best for your child. We wish you peace in your decision and hope you will be comforted in knowing that your child will be deeply loved, well cared for, and will be raised knowing of the loving sacrifice you made for them. With Love, John & Benita
2: 1. John is a high school math teacher and boys basketball coach. 2. John has his Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and a Master's Degree in Math Education. 3. John enjoys running, camping, fishing, watching all sports, playing piano and singing. 4. John's life verse is Philippians 3:7-8. | John | John's Favorites: Food: Lasagna Dessert: Cinnamon Rolls Color: Blue Music: Brad Paisley and Chris Tomlin Teams: South Carolina Gamecocks and Indianapolis Colts TV Shows: NCIS:Los Angeles and The Middle Movies: The Patriot and Hoosiers
3: 1. Benita is a homemaker. 2. Benita has her Bachelor's Degree in Human Services and Resources. 3. Benita enjoys crafts, watching TV, movies and football. She also enjoys listening to music, playing piano and singing. 4. Benita's life verse is Jeremiah 29:11. | Benita's Favorites: Food: Spaghetti Dessert: Pound Cake Color: Purple Music: Bon Jovi and Rascal Flatts Teams: Clemson Tigers and Atlanta Braves TV Shows: Glee and Grey’s Anatomy Movies: Pirates of the Caribbean and Sweet Home Alabama | Benita
4: Our Story | We met in Sunday School at our church in August 2005, and we began dating almost immediately. John proposed in November 2006, when he hid the ring in an ornament box and Benita found it as they decorated the Christmas tree together. We were married in May of 2007 at our church and we were blessed to have many friends and family celebrate with us. After our honeymoon, we moved into the house where John proposed, where we still live today. We love our life here!
5: When we got married we knew that our circumstances may not always be perfect, but we decided then to let God use us in negative circumstances as well as positive circumstances. Benita had health problems that led to a hysterectomy and we felt God calling us to adopt. Our experience confirms what God tells us in His word in Romans 8:28, that “all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.”
6: John is a wonderful, godly husband who is very loving and caring. He is so disciplined to spend time with God every day and pray about what's going on in his life. The love and support he gives to me makes me fall in love with him over and over again. If I ever doubt myself or get discouraged, he is always there for me. He always treats me with respect and he works very hard to provide for us. His loyalty to friends and family makes me respect him even more. Another quality I enjoy is his sense of humor and he is constantly making me laugh. | JOHN by Benita
7: One of my favorite things about John is that he is who he is. He is consistent regardless of who he is around. I believe God brought John and I together. I know he was part of God's plan for my life and we definitely complement each other. He is my best friend and I never want to imagine my life without him. The relationship that we share is truly special. I believe John will be a great father because of the way he loves and the knowledge he has to teach a child as they grow.
8: Benita is the most beautiful person I have ever met, inside and out, and I love her with all my heart. Her love for God, for family, and for me makes me love her even more. I still remember walking into Sunday School over six years go and seeing her for the first time and thinking “I really need to get to know that girl over there.” Benita is one of the most sincere people I have ever met and she will do anything for anyone and never expect anything in return. Her greatest desire is to help other people and she always puts others before herself. We have nine nieces and nephews and they call her “Bees.” She treats each of them as if they were our own and loves them unconditionally. | BENITA by John
9: I consider her my best friend and I don't know what I would do without her. She supports me and prays for me in all my endeavors. I always tell her that I love her more than she loves me and she always disagrees! I know I am partial, but I believe she will make an incredible mother. When we watch TV or go out in public and she sees a baby, her eyes light up and she just looks at me and smiles. She will love and nurture the child God chooses for us with all her heart.
10: We live in a quiet neighborhood close to family, friends and church. Our house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a large fenced in back yard. Our community has a great school system and there are many opportunities for our family. There are places to fish, ride bikes, camp, and opportunities for involvement in athletics and the arts. | Our Home
11: We attend a small Southern Baptist Church and love the people there. We are involved in their ministries with John serving as the music minister and Benita serving alongside him. They also have a great Children's Ministry! | Our Church
12: John has a very close family and lives in the same town as his dad and sister. John's dad is retired, but he currently makes decorative wrought iron for homes. In addition to his dad, he has an older sister and a twin brother. John's mother passed away unexpectedly in April of 2006. His sister teaches special education and is married with two sons. His twin brother is a missionary in Africa and is married with one son. We spend a lot of time with his family and they are all ready to welcome another child. | John's Family
14: Benita has a very close family and lives in the same town as her parents and two older brothers. Benita's dad currently works as an industrial engineer and her mom is a retired cosmetologist. Her oldest brother is a quality process manager and is married with two daughters and one son. Her other brother is a high school guidance counselor and football coach and is married with two daughters and one son. We spend a lot of time with her family and they are all ready to welcome another child. | Benita's Family
16: Frannie has been a part of our family for 2 years. She is a miniature dachshund and is full of energy. She is very sweet and loving towards everyone. She is so smart and is a great snuggle buddy! She has been around infants and children and plays well with them. | Frannie
18: We love going to the beach! Our favorite place to visit is DisneyWorld! | Oh, the Places We Love to Go!
19: Our Life in Pictures
20: God Gave Me You By Dave Barnes I’ve been a walking heartache I’ve made a mess of me The person that I’ve been lately Ain’t who I wanna be But you stay here right beside me Watch as the storm goes through And I need you God gave me you for the ups and downs God gave me you for the days of doubt For when I think I’ve lost my way There are no words here left to say, its true God gave me you There’s more here than what we’re seeing A divine conspiracy That you, an angel lovely Could somehow fall for me You’ll always be loves great martyr I’ll be the flattered fool And I need you God gave me you for the ups and downs God gave me you for the days of doubt For when I think I’ve lost my way There are no words here left to say, its true God gave me you On my own I’m only Half of what I could be I can’t do without you We are stitched together And what love has tethered I could baby, never undo God gave me you for the ups and downs God gave me you for the days of doubt For when I think I’ve lost my way There are no words here left to say, its true God gave me you