S: Andy & Kristie
BC: "Sometimes it's the smallish things that take up the most room in our hearts" -Winnie the Pooh
FC: Andy & Kristie
1: We are Andy and Kristie and we want to thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We would like to start by expressing our respect, admiration, and thanks for 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 loving parents and we pray that this book will give you a glimpse of who we are and who we hope to be as parents.
2: Andy has dark brown hair and hazel eyes. His height is 6'2" weighing 300 pounds. He is 30 years old and has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. | He works as Director of Operations at a performance car shop. He works around 40 hours a week but has a very flexible schedule. As an added bonus that time is spent working with great friends! | Andy
3: Kristie has dark brown curly hair and blue eyes. She is 4'10" weighing around 130 lbs. She is 33 years old and has a Master's Degree. She has worked at Procter & Gamble for almost 14 years and works around 40 hours a week. | If she returns to work part time, childcare will be provided by grandparents and church daycare. | Kristie | After a child is placed in our home, Kristie will return to work. Childcare will be provided by an in-home childcare provider.
4: It's hard to put all that Andy is into words. I couldn't imagine life without him. Andy is one of the smartest people I know. He is a whiz when it comes to computers and technology. He is very handy and can fix just about anything. One of the things that draws people (and especially me) to him is his quick wit and humor. He keeps me laughing! Andy is fun loving and just a pure joy to be around. Children love Andy and gravitate to him. He loves to get down on the floor and play Legos or even have a tea party! He will be a great father because of the way he loves and the knowledge he has to teach a child as they grow. | 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 Andy by Kristie
5: If I had to define Rachel in one word it would be selfless. I have never known someone so willing to give of themselves like she does. Her service to our church's mercy team and service guild highlights her heart for other people. She is so talented and creative that our friends always ask her to plan and decorate their baby showers. Despite our struggles with infertility, and her personal pain, she is still willing to give of herself to help others. That's how I know she is going to be a wonderful mother. Her personal sacrifice goes largely unnoticed, and sometimes unthanked. Yet despite this, she continues to give of herself. Her life is an example of "love your God with all your heart your soul and your mind and to love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:37-39). | About Kristie by Andy | Kristie has one of the biggest hearts that I know. She is always ready and willing to do something for someone at a moments notice. She enjoys helping others by baking treats, picking up for family events, or even running to the store for them. Both sides of our family love her mini cupcakes that she makes for family functions. She is very close with her family and enjoys spending her free time with her sister and her kids at their sports games or going shopping and then to dinner with her Grandma. Kristie has always placed family first in her life. Her love and attention for everyone will make Kristie a wonderful mother.
6: Andy & Stephanie | Andy's Family | Grandma & Mom | Mom & Dad | Dad, Mom, Andy & Kristie
7: My parents live about an hour away from our house. We spend many weekends at their house and often meet for dinner during the week. My grandmother lives only a few minutes from my parents allowing us to spend a lot of time with her as well. I have a 28 year old sister, Stephanie, who moved to Florida 3 years ago and is a preschool teacher. Despite the distance we are a very close family. We spend the holidays together and take family trips together. When we can't be together we are only a phone call away. I share a love of cars and computers with my dad. This is something we both look forward to sharing with a child.
8: Kristie's Family | Kristie & Michael | Mom & Dad | Kristie with Robyn, Mom, Grandma & Madison
9: I am blessed to have my whole family live within minutes of each other. I have a sister Robyn, 35 years old, who has 4 kids: Connor 14, Madison 10, Carter 9 and Mira 7 months. My brother Michael is 26 and loves to teach our nieces and nephews how to play baseball and football. My grandma and I have a special relationship and have dinner together almost every week. My parents love spending time with their grandchildren and are looking forward to having more. My family is very close and we love to get together for special occasions or for absolutely no reason at all.
10: Family, Holidays & Traditions | We love to spend time with our families and are very lucky that both our families like to spend time together.
11: Holidays are full of fun and traditions like making homemade donuts at grandma's house and then trick or treating at our house on Halloween.
12: Our little sweetie pie | Our Home | Baby's Room
13: We live in a great neighborhood. We are only a couple minutes away from family, church, and elementary school. We have sweet neighbors with kids and very safe and fun environment. There are always people walking around our street. Our house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a cozy family room to spend time together as a family in.
14: We have lived in this house for over 6 years. We love to entertain our family and friends ..grilling and relaxing. | Our Family Room | Back Yard | Warm and Cozy... A great backyard...
15: Nursery Ideas | Girl | Boy | & family room ready for fun
16: We met in college at the University of Cincinnati. College was a fun time for us: learning to live on our own and meeting new people. We were both part of the marching band, Andy was a drummer in the drumline and Kristie a featured baton twirler. We quickly became very good friends. We started to spend more and more time together over the next two years. We both realized our feelings were no longer just those of friends and we began dating in January 2001. | 2001 | 1999 | we met | started dating | Our Story
17: 2006 | 2005 | 2005 | 1st house | engaged | married | Andy proposed in May 2005, the night before Kristie graduated college and we were married in April 2006. Due to Kristie's dad being in the hospital we actually got married twice! First in the hospital chapel so Kristie's dad could be there and then at our church. It was a special day shared with our family and friends. After a honeymoon in the Maya Riviera in Mexico, we came home to begin our lives together and start our family.
18: These are our dogs. Marshmelloo is 8 years old & Reece Cup is 7 years old. They are very sweet and love to cuddle. | Pets
19: Marshmelloo | Reece Cup | Dr. Pepper | We also have a cat Dr. Pepper. He is 3 years old and loves to play with the dogs!
20: Our Friends
22: Going Clockwise... Kristie & Robyn at Relay for Life, camping, Andy and the kids at the drive-in, Andy in the drumline, hiking at Hocking Hills, Reds baseball game, Pee-Wee football, NHRA Drag Racing.
23: Our Hobbies | Andy Enjoys all things cars from working on them to watching them race. He loves grilling and hanging out with our great friends. He still likes to practice drumming and wants to learn to play guitar someday. Kristie Enjoys sports, exercising and spending time with friends. She loves to bake, especially with her grandma! She recently has started to learn to sew and has been making lots of tutus. She is also involved in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, raising awareness and money for cancer research.
24: Out of all the hobbies & interests we have, our favorite is just being together. We love to go to college football games. Tailgating and going to the game is fun. One of our favorite things to do is pack up the dogs and head to the park. We take a picnic lunch along with a football, Frisbee or soccer ball.
25: Having Fun | Whether it's watching a movie, making a meal, or just riding in the car: we are going to have fun and enjoy each other. We are so excited for the chance to bring a child into our family to share the love that we have for each other.
26: Our Marriage | We have always felt our marriage is solid and strong because we built a foundation of friendship first. We had the opportunity to truly get to know one another. Because of this, our strengths include good communication and the tendency to know what the other is thinking. We do not have distinct roles in our marriage. We are a great team and work together to make decisions. Our family goal is to raise a child who is successful in whatever they choose to do and encourage them along the way.
27: Although we tried to conceive for 5 years, we have always talked about adoption as being a part of our family. It is something that is very dear to us since both our mothers are adopted. There was no hesitation or difficult decision for us to start the adoption process, it felt natural. Our family and friends are incredibly supportive of us.
28: Parenting is something we are ready to experience. We have both spent a lot of time with our nieces and nephews. We believe that there must be a balance between discipline and fun. Our home is a loving home and we will teach our child to be respectful and compassionate to others. | Parenting
29: We can assure you our discipline styles will be age appropriate and we are committed to finding a way to make sure our child knows that we mean what we say and they can trust us. | We both had great models for parenting with our parents and grandparents and believe that our different personalities will make for a great parenting team. | Discipline
30: sunny days | Our child will always know they are adopted. We will share information about their adoption when it is age appropriate. Because our mothers are adopted we feel they will be incredible resources and support for our child. We will make sure our child knows the love of their parents . | Adoption
31: spring is here! | Baby Girl | We will describe you to your child in a respectful and loving light because of the choice you are making. We will send updates and pictures of your child as long as you desire and will always respect your privacy.
32: 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. Our home is warm and happy and will always be a place of love and encouragement.
33: Together, will we always celebrate life . . . and we will always celebrate you. We wish you courage in the days ahead and will pray for the decisions you will make for your child. Thank you for learning more about us. Sincerely, Andy & Kristie