S: Daryl and Leah
FC: Daryl and Leah
3: Hello, Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile book and allowing us to tell you more about ourselves. We want you to know that we are praying for you in what we can only imagine to be a very difficult time in your life. Before we even met we both felt a strong calling from God to adopt a child one day. On missions trips that we took both together and separately we were able to work with children from many different cultures. Through those experiences, God placed a special love in our hearts for all children. We both saw it as a blessing to find someone else with such a strong desire to be around children and we knew that God wanted us to spend our lives together. After trying for over a year to have a child and still being unable to do so we knew almost immediately that God was drawing us toward adoption. This feeling was cemented even more after meeting with a fertility specialist and we began the incredible journey toward adoption. Although it has been tough at times God has blessed us with strength, patience, and a wonderful group of family and friends to support us through this process. We hope you enjoy viewing our profile and that you are able to learn more about us. We look forward to meeting you and hopefully building a relationship with you. God Bless, Daryl and Leah
4: About Daryl By Leah | This is Daryl and he is 26 years old. Daryl works as an operations coordinator at an insurance company. Daryl grew up on his family's farm which we often visit since they live just down the road. I know he is looking forward to raising our children on the farm and hopefully moving back to it in the future. Daryl really enjoys playing, coaching, and watching sports. He also enjoys being involved at our church where he works with the third grade boys. I think Daryl will be a good dad because his face lights up whenever he is around children. He constantly talks about being a dad and all the things he wants to do with his children.
5: About Leah By Daryl | This is Leah, she is 25 years old, and she is a 5th grade teacher. She really enjoys her job and also likes to coach and play basketball. Leah enjoys being with her friends and family especially her niece, Graycie and nephew, Levi. Leah and I both love our church and I know that she really likes to teach the 2 year olds on Sunday nights. I think Leah will be a great mom because she has talked about it since before we were married. I watch how she takes care of her niece and nephew and I have no doubt that she will do anything for her own children.
6: We met at our church in 2003 and we continued dating throughout college. Daryl proposed in December of 2004 at a romantic Christmas dinner. | How we met
7: We were married in October of 2006 at a sunset ceremony. | Our Wedding
8: We live in a quiet neighborhood close to friends and family. We love to grill out and enjoy an evening on our back patio. | Our Home
9: Daryl worked really hard on the crib . . . | The Nursery | . . . and it turned out great!
10: Leah's Family | Leah, Daryl and her family at the local baseball park. | Leah and her dad, John, on a fishing trip at the beach. | Leah and her step-dad Larry getting ready for a motorcycle ride. | Sandy, the family dog.
11: Leah's niece Graycie and nephew Levi helping re-pot plants. | Daryl making cookies with Graycie and Levi. | Leah and her step-mom Laurie at Leah's wedding. | Leah with her brother, Jonathan, and Mom, Darlene, at her mom's birthday party. | Leah and Daryl with sister-in-law Kori, playing Nintendo Wii.
12: Daryl's Family | Daryl's family is in red, his Uncle Randy's family is in blue, and his Uncle Ray's family is in white. This picture was taken for his grandparent's 50th wedding anniversary. | Daryl and his grandparents at his college graduation. | Daryl, his brother, and Leah "relaxing" on a Sunday afternoon.
13: Brother Jake, Daryl and Leah after caving. | Future Grandparents | Brother Jake, dad Rock, mom Carol, Daryl and Leah on the family farm. | Daryl, his brother and dad watching football after the Thanksgiving meal.
14: Our Interests | We really enjoy being outside no matter if it's boating, skiing, hiking, playing sports, or anything else. | Another activity we really enjoy is working in our church's Awana program. Leah teaches the 2 year olds and Daryl coordinates the Awana Grand Prix and teaches third graders.
15: and Activities | Leah playing with a child in Peru. | Daryl and Leah with a family in Chile. | Daryl and a boy in Guyana. | We both really enjoy traveling and mission work. Together, we have been on 5 mission trips. It is because of these trips that we felt God's calling to adopt.
16: Our Friends | Leah with her friends at dinner. | Our Sunday School class at our house watching a show in 3D. | Daryl, Leah, and friends from church at the beach in November. | Daryl and his buddies playing around before our wedding.
17: We want to thank you for taking the time to view our profile book. We are praying for you and the wonderful life growing inside of you. God Bless, Daryl and Leah "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11