S: Mike & Holly Britton
BC: We are excited about what the future holds for us as a family, and look forward to this next part of our journey. We cannot imagine how difficult this decision must be for you to make, but we know that it is a decision you are making for the love of your child. We would love to meet you in person if you would like that opportunity. We hope you have peace during this difficult time. -Mike & Holly
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1: Dear Birthparent, Before we tell you all about us, we thought we'd take a moment to express our admiration for your consideration of adoption. We are so grateful you are taking the time to read our profile and getting to know a little about us. While we can't pretend to know what you're feeling or the weight of these decisions in front of you, we would very much like to say thank you. It must take a great deal of courage and love for you to make an adoption plan. Although we expected to be able to begin a family naturally, we are eager to adopt a child as our very own. We hope, after viewing this brief snapshot of our lives, you have a better understanding of how much it would mean for us to receive the blessing of a child and just how loved that child will be. Sincerely, Mike and Holly
2: Mike is my friend, my helper, my handy man and my strongest support. He is very affectionate and gives great hugs. He doesn't always do or say the right thing but he always listens and tries very hard to understand my needs. He is always available to help me in any way I need. He is a loyal son who helped take care of his father when he became ill. He now helps his mother around her house whenever she needs it. Mike would do anything for his friends, often helping them with moves or fixing their computers when they break. | Mike by Holly | putting in a fence | project car
3: Mike can be goofy at times. He takes me by surprise when he breaks out in a random song while we're driving in the car. He loves building things and working in the yard. He also enjoys restoring his classic car. Mike will make a fantastic father. He has a strong work ethic and I know he will do anything to make sure his family is taken care of. I'm lucky to be married to such a kind and loving man. | with our friend's son | in a friend's wedding | on our Honeymoon | in the rain forest in St Lucia
4: Holly is my friend, my confidence, and my strength. She is the one person I know I can share anything with. I am always amazed at the level of devotion she has for her family. Although most of her family lives several hours away she always finds a way to make time to see them a least twice a year. Her commitment to helping children through her volunteer work collecting Christmas donations for children and helping with an annual party for foster children who graduate from high school are just two of the many things I admire about her. | HOLLY, by Mike | Holly on our wedding day | Botanical Gardens in St Lucia | on our Honeymoon
5: Holly always looks at the best in people. Although she does not always agree with everything I say or do, she never looks down on me. No matter how bad my day has been I always feel better when I come home and see her infectious smile. Holly has never turned down a friend in need. When I look at her and see all the obstacles she has faced in her life I know she is one of the strongest people I have ever met. The one thing that means most to me is having her by side. No matter what trials lie ahead I know I will never face them alone. | College Graduation | Holly and our niece Stephanie | Holly and her sister Jolene | at a friend's wedding shower
6: 2003: We meet and start spending time together. | 2005: We decide we want to be more than friends. | 2006: We get engaged! | Our Story | We met through friends in 2003. We were friends for about a year before we decided to start dating. We were blessed to be part of a great group of friends who spent a lot of time together playing games, going camping, canoeing and just hanging out. During that time we got to know each other really well and knew we wanted to spend our lives together. Mike proposed to Holly on Christmas Day in 2006. We had a small wedding in July of 2007 with family and friends . | 2007: We get married!
7: 2008: We move into our new home. | 2011: We decide to pursue adoption after trying to have a baby for 3 years. | We both knew we wanted to start a family right away. We tried to have children after we got married but after a few years of trying and seeking fertility treatments it became evident that we wouldn't be able to conceive. Although our inability to have children has been trying at times, we would not trade that time for anything. We have grown so much in our marriage and friendship, and we now know with even more certainty how much we want to be parents. We can't wait to grow our family through adoption.
8: Mike graduated from Cincinnati State with a degree in Electronics. Mike works as a System Administrator at a manufacturing company. He has worked there in the IT department for over 5 years. Mike enjoys being outside, working in the yard or on his car. Mike loves riding roller coasters, playing pool, going camping and hiking. Mike makes a point to plan at least one camping trip per year with his friends. Mike grew up playing a lot of sports including soccer, baseball and track. | A little more about
9: Holly graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Holly works for Hamilton County as a social worker. She has worked there for over 11 years. Holly organizes a Christmas program every year matching donors with needy families. Holly enjoys working in the garden and getting to see all the plants and flowers grow. She gets so excited every Spring to go to the garden center and see what new plants she can add to her garden. Holly loves to sing along to music, her current favorite is Adele. | Mike and Holly...
10: Mike's sister, Amy, loves animals and works in a veterinarian's office. She has three little dogs that are a lot of fun to be around. She also rescued a bird with one foot that has lived longer than anyone expected. Mike's parents were married for 38 years when his father passed away a few years ago. Mike's mother is retired from the school system and is really looking forward to grandchildren. | Mike's FAMILY | Mike is the oldest of two children. His father retired from General Motors and his mother stayed home with him and his sister, Amy, when they were little. After Mike and Amy both started school, Mike's mom started working for the school system so she could be home with Mike and Amy after they got home from school.
11: Mike and his mom dancing at our wedding | Mike's mom and sister in Gatlinburg | Mike and his sister, Amy | Mike with his mom and sister at a cookout | Mike's mom and sister in Williamsburg
12: Holly grew up in Midland, Michigan in a non traditional family. Holly's mother was not always able to take care of her children and Holly never really knew her father. Holly has three sisters and two brothers. They live in Michigan, Kentucky, Virginia and Florida. Holly's childhood included many transitions. This afforded her the opportunity to get to know many people who stepped in and helped take care of her when her mother wasn't able. Holly's biological mother and father have both passed away. When Holly was in high school her oldest sister, Stephanie, obtained custody of her and two other sisters. Holly moved in with Stephanie and her best friend, Jean Mashue. Jean's family welcomed Holly and her siblings into their life and essentially became Holly's family. | Holly's FAMILY | Holly and her sisters at her wedding | Holly's sister Michelle and her family | Holly's sister Jolene and her family | Holly and her siblings
13: It is important to Holly to travel home to Michigan for the holidays to see the Mashues and other family who still live there. Holly also hosts Christmas at her house in Cincinnati since it is central to where all of her siblings live. It is a wonderful weekend full of fun, food and strong traditions. All of Holly's family are extremely supportive of our choice to adopt and can't wait for the newest addition to the family. | Holly and her niece and nephews | Holly's sister Sherry and her family | The Mashue Family | Holly's brother Jerry and his daughter.
14: Annual Girls' Day | Christmas Traditions | Holly and dear friend Jean | Holly's sister Sherry, niece Sophia and cousin Stephanie | Our close friends | Niece and Nephews on Christmas | Our friends Jeff and Christine and daughter Breanna
15: Holly with her sisters | Holly's dear friend Karen | Our friends Dave and Suzanne | Mike and Holly with our niece Sophia | Holly holding Jeff & Christine's daughter Breanna | Our Friends & Family are our biggest supporters in life.
16: Our home is in a quiet subdivision with many families and children. We live in one of the highest rated school districts in Cincinnati. There is an elementary school and playground which can be seen from our front porch. There is also a hospital, and public library within walking distance. Our home has 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, a family room, living room and dining room. We love our home! | Home Sweet Home | Our Home | Living Room | Dining Room
17: Mike takes care of mowing and trimming the lawn while Holly loves to work in the garden. When the weather is warm, we love sitting on our front porch and watching our neighbors walk with their families and their pets. We also enjoy having friends and family over for grill outs and get togethers. | Flowering trees in front yard | Family Room where we spend most of our time | Playground within walking distance
18: Holly adopted her cat, Henry, before she met Mike. Mike was never around cats growing up but he has come to love his "step kitty." Henry loves Holly and stalks her through the home wherever she goes. Mike made Holly promise that after we bought our home we would get a dog. We went to the local pound and knew Sylar was the dog for us right away. | Henry & Sylar
19: Our pets have brought a lot of love and companionship into our lives. We enjoy taking Sylar for walks to the local school playground where she loves to run and play on the slide.