S: Our Profile Book
FC: Rachel and Baine | 2 0 1 2
1: We hope you have the most | Dear Birth Mother, | Although we have never been in your position, and I am sure that we cannot fully understand the difficulty of the situation that you now face, we would be so honored to have the chance to get to know you better, and to tell you that we think that you have made an amazing decision. We are Baine and Rachel. We have a son named Cohen, and we live in a quiet neighborhood about 20 minutes from a large city and about 5 minutes from miles and miles of rural farmland. We have the best of both worlds! We are family oriented, outdoorsy people, who lead a pretty uneventful, but joyous life, filled with love. We hope that this book conveys our great delight in parenting, as well as our love of family, friends and life. Above all else, we value God, love, family. friends, and learning. . We know that this might not sound very exciting, but we are blessed enough to have something that I believe few other families truly possess: an overwhelming amount of love for and commitment to one another, within our immediate and our close knit extended family. Although we have all entered into the family in different ways, our love for each other is unwavering and deeply valuable to us all..We may lack extravagance, but we abound in love, faith and happiness. In our family, adoption is not something new. Rachel, as well as Baine's mom, both have cousins who were adopted. We are so glad that God has lead us to build our family in this way, and we hope that we will have the opportunity to get to know you much better. Sincerely, Baine and Rachel
2: We are so excited for you to get to know our family through this book | Our Family
3: Rachel with our niece Sarah | We hope that this book helps you to get to know us a little better. We love each other so much and have so much love to share. We are both incredibly close to our brothers and sisters, and would love nothing more than to be able to give our children the irreplaceable gift of each other through adoption. With all of our hearts, Rachel and Baine
4: March 15, 2012 | Baine
5: Baine | Baine is a chemical engineer who loves to garden, fish, cook and do woodworking. He is very outdoorsy and can fix just about anything. I always thought the phrase, "Love of my life," was corny, but he is it! He is the most honest man that I know. When I first became friends with Baine, I was attracted to his intelligence and integrity, but the more I got to know him, I realized that he is a really great person in just about every way. He has been my best friend since high school and we became sweet hearts in college. I first met him on the school bus when I was 8 years old. We dated for 4 years in college, and we currently have been married for almost 7 years. Even though I always knew what a great guy Baine is, I never fully realized what a wonderful Dad he would be, until Cohen came into our lives. I am impressed daily by what a committed and loving father he is, and the way that he genuinely enjoys spending family time with us. He is easygoing, patient, caring, silly and adventurous. He loves being outside and showing Cohen and I how to appreciate the world around us. He maintains a fruit and vegetable garden year round, and enjoys spending time on our families' farms, fishing and exploring the woods across from our home with Cohen and whoever is interested enough to follow!
6: Baine, his friend, his goddaughter and Cohen | Learning about frogs | Snorkeling off the coast of Cozumel | Best Friends
7: Rachel | 2012
8: Rachel is a stay at home mom who loves writing, knitting, photography and most of all, being a mommy. Although she has two degrees in writing and literary studies, Rachel has always told everyone how she wanted nothing more than to be a mom when she grew up. Although she still writes and does volunteer work in her free time, her main focus is on her job as a wife and a mother. Her love of children, and people in general, is obvious in everything that she does. She has such a kind heart. She is patient, loving, friendly and has an innate sense of caring for other people. She is always smiling or laughing, and you can tell that she is a person who loves life and God. She enjoys volunteering with our local Alzheimer's association benefit each year, as well as writing grants for our local elementary school. We would love nothing more than to have the opportunity to become parents again. We believe that there is nothing more important than raising strong, happy, healthy children, and Rachel does such a great job of living this ideal every day. I feel so blessed that God has given me such a wonderful and cheerful person to spend my life with, and I cannot imagine a better mother.
10: Cohen is a very happy and outgoing little boy who loves life, people and being outside. | Cohen | He loves babies and is so excited about the idea of having a baby brother or sister.
11: So Silly
12: The Happiest Guy I Know
13: Baine's Family | Baine's Grandparents | Baine, his Mom and his brother Ben relaxing | Baine's Parents trip to Montana
14: Baine with his brother and sister, Natalie | The Boys Cooling Off in the Pool at Pop and Moni's | Our nephews, Noah and Lukas with Aunt Jamie | Baine's Grandparents with cousins Hannah and Hayley
15: Rachel's Family | All of the Grandparents: Michael, Granny, Moni and Pop | Aunt Dora and Uncle Lee meeting baby Sarah | Rachel's Mom, Step Dad, and Cohen
16: Rachel's brother Joe, his wife Stephanie, Cousin Sarah and Cohen | Rachel's Parents and Sister for Aunt Beth's Graduation | Joe, Stephanie, Beth and Sarah
17: Our Neighborhood | *Pop Giving Tractor Rides *Rainy Day Play
18: We live in a small, quiet subdivision on the outskirts of town. Baine actually grew up on the other side of the block, and his parents still live here. We know all of our neighbors well and everyone regards one another as family. The amazing thing about our neighborhood, is that many of the residents grew up here with Baine, and his family. Then, like us, they got married and moved back here, to give their children the same safe and wonderful childhood that they experienced. Our high school geometry teacher lives across the street, and the houses on our side of the block are all Baine's childhood friends. There are lots of young children here to play with.
19: Our Home, warm and cozy, full of joy
21: Movies on the Lawn
22: In Our Neighborhood, we like to play and we are all friends
23: Kids in the Family | Marshall, Hamilton, Hannah and Haley | Noah and Lukas | Baine's goddaughter | McKenzie and Lane | Sarah | Our Godson
24: Baine's grandparents live on a small farm where they raise rice, ducks, geese, turkeys and chickens. | Picking eggs with Paw Paw The twins playing in the field | Baine and Cohen Cutting Rice | Rounding up the ducks
25: The family farm where Rachel grew up, is about 5 miles from out home and we spend alot of time there. | Examining the rice | Fishing in the pond
26: December 12th 2005
27: Dear Birth Mother, Thank you so much for taking the time to look through our profile book. I hope that it helped you to get to know us a little better. I also hope that we have the chance to meet in person someday soon! Best Wishes, Baine, Rachel and Cohen