S: Eric and Melissa
BC: Trust in the Lord with all your heart . . . And He will direct your path Proverbs 3:5-6
FC: Eric & Melissa
1: Welcome, we are Eric, Melissa, Mackenzie, Kylie and Leah. We are Christian and family driven. We hope you can get a glimpse into our family in the next few pages.
2: ABOUT US | Only love can be divided endlessly, and never diminish
3: We started dating in 1996 and were married in 1998. We have three girls; 10, 6, and going on 2. Eric is in outside sales. He ejoys all sports, especially football, reading and cooking. Eric is the main chef in our family. His mom was born in China and taught him to cook amazing food with a wok. Melissa is a stay at home mom who watches two teachers children in our home. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and walking. Our home can be loud and crazy at times, but is always filled with lots of love. We enjoy spending time as a family. We have "family fun night" on Friday evening when we get in our PJ's and pop popcorn and watch a movie together. We love to go to parks, zoos, and children mesuemes end enjoy those every day moments. Melissa meet her best friend in 3rd grade and she was a foster child at the time. Sitting around their family table you were family no matter where you came from or your background. I always dreamed we would have the same kind of family. I hope kids feel welcome in our home and know they are loved no matter what. We are excited to open our home and share our life and love with your child. We promise to treat your child with the same warmth and kindness we show our children. Our hope is to unite your child back with you. We strongly believe in second chances and not judging people until you have walked in their shoes. Our hope is work along side you to reunite you and your child.
4: We live in a 4 bedroom 3 bath home. We are within walking distance to a park, library, and nature preserve with a frog pond. Our neighborhood is full of kids. | Our Home | Back yard | Our Home
5: Girl | Boy | The Playroom | Baby's Room
6: Mackenzie Faith Is 10 years old. She is a free spirit, creative, and loving. She loves all animals. She has been a vegetarian since she was only 6 years old. | Dear Child, Hello, I always wanted my parents to foster, I can not wait for the frist time I will see you. I have so many things I can not wait to do or say well...weclome! -Mackenzie
7: Kylie Hope She is 6 years old. She loves things neat and tidy. She has the best one liners ever. She keep us laughing all the time. She is very sweet and loving and has a huge heart. | Leah Grace She is a very easy going toddler. She loves her books, babies, and being outside.
8: Tatiana is our 5lb Shorkie (1/2 Shih-Tzu 1/2 Yorkie). She is very sweet and loves any lap to lay on. Howie is named after Howie Mendel, from Deal or No Deal. He is a very good natured cat. Booga was our oldest daughters birthday gift. He stays in her room because my husband is scared to death of him. I promise he is a hamster even though he looks like a mouse. | Pets
9: Ava | Howie | Booga | Tatiana | Howie
10: Mommy 2 & Pap-pal | Extended Family | Cousins | Eric's brother and his family | Eric and his dad at their annual Father/Son baseball game.
11: Both of our families live in Ohio. Eric has one brother who is 6 years younger than Eric named Micheal. He is married and they have two children. Eric's mother passed away suddenly when he was only 21 years old. His dad, Bob has since remarried a woman named Judy. Our kids affectionatly call them Grandma Kola and Bobby Joe. Eric has an Aunt Gini who lives in Chicago who is a like a second mother to him. Melissa has one sister, named Jennifer who is four years older than Melissa. Jennifer is married to a pastor and they have four children together, two of which has special needs. We are very close to all of our neices and nephews. Melissa's parents have been married for over 40 years and our children call them Mommy 2 and Pap-pal. My mom and sister are two of my best friends. We talk daily on the phone. We are very blessed to have such loving and supportive families.
12: Traditions: -Friday night we get in our PJ's and watch a movie and pop popcorn together -Every night we have each child tells the best part of their day, least favorite and most thankful for and then we pray with them. -We buy each of the kids their own Christmas ornament each year so when they move out of the house they will have at least 18 ornaments to get them started on their own tree - Every Christmas we bake a cake and sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus. -Every fall we go to a farm and pick apples and pumpkins -We fill a birthday child's room full of balloons while they sleep and tell them the birthday fairy came. | Traditions | Father/ Daughter Dance | Backyard camping | The beach, our favorite place on earth!
13: - we go to explore children museums, zoo's, parks, all the time - We write a letter to our children each year on their birthday to tell them how special they are to us and how much they have grown - Anytime we get whip cream it goes on our nose...no idea how it got started!?!? | Family time | Pap-pal reading Christmas story before we open gifts. | Matching PJ's for Christmas Eve
14: Our faith We go to a small, but loving Christian church. It is full of young families. We go weekly to a small group, that isn't so small and enjoy their fellowship.
15: Our wacky and wonderful family
16: Eric is an amazing person, father, friend, and husband. I knew from our second date on he was the man I was going to grow old with. His best qualities are his humor, loyalty, and his high moral and work ethic. He is a great dad. He reads to the girls, wrestles, and even plays Barbie's with them. He volunteer at the girl's school once a week to help with reading groups. He has a tradition of taking the girls to get bagels on an occastionial Saturday to let me sleep in. I have no doubt in my mind that he will love and treat all of our children in our home the same, biologicaly tied to us or not. He is always willing to help anyone at any time. I can not think of a better person than Eric. | It is hard to put all Daniel is into words. I can barely remember life before him and couldn't imagine life without him. Daniel is one of the smartest people I know. He can remember so much! He is very handy and can build or fix anything. One of the things that draws people to him is his quick wit and humor. He always keeps me laughing! Daniel is a godly man. He is so disciplined to spend time with God everyday and pray about what's going on in his life. Children love Daniel (or Dan-Dan as our friend's children call him). He will be a great father because of the way he loves and the knowledge he has to teach a child as they grow. | About Eric by Melissa
17: About Melissa by Eric | Melissa is the most kind and loving person I know. Early on I knew I wanted to spend my life with her. She has dreamed of being a mom since childhood. Whether it is going on walks or reading books to our kids, she just amazes me. It is great that she is able to spend summers with our kids and do what she does best, love on them and have fun times. There's a lot of laughter and love in our home and Melissa leads the way. One of her traits I admire most is her faith. Throughout the years, she has not only helped strengthen my faith, but she has been a great role model for our children. Melissa and I know that God had put on our hearts to foster. I feel honored and blessed to be going on this journey with a woman that has shown me unconditional love. I thank God everyday for her as my wife and mother to our kids.
18: Friends and Family | Eric and Melissa demostrate a warm love and care for each other, as well as a nurturing love for their children. they are great parents to their three girls, Aaron (pastor) | "I've known Melissa since we were 6. Any child will feel loved in their home -Heather life time friend
19: 'They are the most loving, gentle, kind wonderful people we have been blessed to know. If given the opportunity to adopt-or foster the child will be loved &provided for beyond measure. This child will be woven into a tightly knit family.' -Lisa and Paul; Friends for over 20 years. | "'They are a kind, loving, happy family with plenty of goofiness to keep life fun. Any child would be fortunate & supported by their love in their home' -Kate neighbor & friend
20: sunny days | We are excited about the possiblity of getting to share our life with your child, even if it is for a short time. We hope this book has given you a glimpse into our life and hearts. We value faith, family, friends, laughter, hard work, and positive attitude. We promise to provide a safe, warm, loving environment to your child as long as they are in our care. Thanks for taking the time to get to know us better. Warm wishes, Eric and Melissa
21: spring is here! | Dear Child, Hello, our names are Eric and Melissa. We have three girls, Mackenzie who is 10, Kylie is 6 and Leah who is going on two. We have a cat, named Howie, a little dog, named Tati, and a hamster named, Booga. Our house can be loud and crazy at times, but we have a lot of fun! Our downstairs is a huge playroom. We have blocks, dolls, barbies, cars and tons of craft supplies to play with. We live close enough to a park we can walk there as well as a frog pond. We love going to the zoo, parks, and just playing outside. We know you must be scared right now, but we promise our house is fun, safe, and has lots of love waiting here for you. We can't wait to meet you! Eric , Melissa, Mackenzie, Kylie and Leah