S: John 10:10 "I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
BC: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
FC: Chad, Lauren Oliver and Stetson
1: We are Chad and Lauren. Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. As you flip through these pages, we hope you feel the same love that we feel for each other and our family. We cannot pretend to know your thoughts and feelings right now, and have certainly never walked a mile in your shoes, but please have comfort in knowing that we could possibly have one very special thing in common: a child. It's comforting to know and understand that God takes circumstances in our lives and works them out for our good, and we pray that same comfort over you. We are so very excited to be adopting a precious child. We could have never guessed or planned this journey for ourselves. It has been divinely and beautifully orchestrated by God. | C | L
2: Chad has blond hair and blue eyes. He is 30 years old and has an undergraduate and Masters degree in engineering. He is employed at a large, local corporation as a project engineer. | Chad
3: Lauren has blond hair and blue eyes too. She is 28 years old and has a bachelors degree in nursing. Although Lauren loves working one day a week at a local pediatric office, her true passion is the work she does at home taking care of her children. | Lauren
4: Chad is an amazing man following after God’s heart and I feel so blessed to be his wife! He has a servant’s attitude and places others, especially his wife and children, above himself. He is humble, kind and very, very patient. Chad is an amazing father. He takes great joy in our boys, and loves spending time with them. Not only does he uplift them verbally, but he models his loyalty by sacrificing things he loves in order to give them his time. | About Chad by: Lauren
5: About Lauren by: Chad | Lauren is an extraordinary woman who takes great joy in caring for her family. The trait that I admire most is the way that she opens her heart to allow the Holy Spirit to speak and work through her. She is full of life and always looking for an adventure. She is a gift that I do not deserve and a blessing to me every day.
6: Oliver | Oliver is our firstborn son. He is three and a half years old. He has a passionate personality and is full of life! He is determined, energetic and adventurous. He loves to be outside and he loves to play with tractors, cars and trucks. Oliver is so excited to be adding a new baby to our family and he tells mommy and daddy that he wants to be a big helper!
7: Stetson | Stetson is our youngest child. He is two years old. He has a sweet and loving personality. He is easy going, affectionate, and loves giving hugs and kisses. Stetson loves to do anything his big brother is doing, and he loves to sing and talk! He will make a great big brother!
8: We attend a baptist church in our community that is five minutes from our house. We are actively involved there. Chad and Lauren teach a life group class and are part of the church's orphan care ministry.
9: Chad is actively involved in the music ministry at church. He loves to sing in the praise team, choir and be a part of holiday musicals. | Lauren helps facilitate a small group Bible study through church. She loves growing closer to God while growing closer to her best friends. They have learned to lean on each other and provide a tremendous support system for each other. | Church Family
10: Lauren's Family
11: Mom and Dad | Jacob, Trish, Dakota, and Corban | S I L L Y | I am a family girl, for sure! Chad, the boys and I spend a lot of time with my family. My mom and dad (Gigi and Papa) live 15 minutes away and the boys adore them. My brother, Jacob, and his family live in another state, but we see each other often. Jacob and Trish have two children: Dakota is 4 years old, and Corban is 2 years old. The cousins love to have adventures together!
12: Chad's Family
13: My family lives within 10 miles of Lauren and I. My mom, dad and sister all love to spend time with our boys. I have one sister who just graduated from her medical residency and is starting her career as a doctor. As a family, we enjoy traveling, eating out for special occasions and getting together with extended family during holidays.
14: Dating | Married | Engaged | Our Story | We grew up in the same small Baptist church and have pictures of ourselves in children's choir together! However, when Lauren's family moved to another state, we lost touch. When her family moved back, we were reconnected where we attended the same high school. We were friends for a long time before we started dating, but finally in 2001, when Lauren was a senior in high school and Chad was a freshman in college, we started a more serious relationship.
15: Honeymooners | Newlyweds | New Parents | We attended the same college where we grew in friendship and love. Finally, after four and a half years of dating, Chad completely surprised Lauren with his proposal, as he hired a photographer to catch every part of that day on film! A year and a half later, we were married on Christmas Eve! The years we spent dating, engaged and of course, our wedding day, are memories we'll cherish for a lifetime. When we'd been married three years, we welcomed our first son, Oliver into the world and were thrilled to be entering the next phase of our lives: parenthood! | Love
16: Our Marriage | 12.24.05 | Our desire is to have the kind of marriage that God intended. We work together to make decisions and have the same goals in parenting. We are strong in communication and compromise. We are always striving to learn more about each other's "love language" so that we can better serve and love one another. We are committed to one another for life.
17: In this house We do second chances We do grace We do real mistakes We do I'm sorry's We do loud really well We do hugs We do family We do love
18: Family Room | P L A Y R O O M
19: Home Sweet Home | We live in a large, suburban neighborhood that has access to pools, community centers, and walking trails. We feel so blessed to have two other families on our street that have adopted children as well.
21: We have a lot of hobbies as a family, but our favorite thing is just being together. We love the water including the lake and the beach! We love to be outside playing with our boys, hiking and camping and riding bicycles. We also enjoy spending time in our community's quaint downtown. | Chad loves woodworking, home improvement, singing, playing the piano and reading | C | Lauren loves shopping, spending time with her friends, and working on house projects with Chad. | L
22: Adoption | Why is adoption right for us? Ephesians 1:4-6 says, “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.” Because Jesus Christ has adopted us into his family, we feel called to extend that same grace to a child who needs a home. Adoption is an amazing testimony of God's grace and we plan on celebrating that testimony throughout the life of our child. Adoption will be freely discussed in our home, and with family members and friends. We will make sure our child knows not only the love of his/her earthly parents, but also the Heavenly Father.
23: We are excited about the possibility of sharing our lives with your precious child. We hope this book has given you a glimpse of what our lives look like and you're confident that our home is a safe place of love and encouragement. Together we celebrate life and the decision you've made. We pray courage over you in the days ahead. Thank you for learning more about our family. | Thank You