S: HOPING TO ADOPT
BC: Gary, Angie & Gage
FC: Gary & Angie
1: HELLO | We are Gary & Angie from South Dakota. We are so excited to introduce ourselves to you. We were so lucky to become parents for the first time nine years ago through the miracle of adoption & we are anxious to GROW our family! We are on a journey to find the child that God has in mind for us. We admire your courage as you consider an adoption plan & know you only want whats best for your child. To bless another couple with the gift of a child is the most selfless thing a person could do. We are praying you find comfort & peace of mind in the choices that lie ahead.
2: WHY WE ARE CHOOSING ADOPTION All we ever wanted was to be a Mommy & Daddy. We assumed it would just "happen". When fate brought us together, we learned that neither of us could conceive, so we had to put our dreams of children in Gods hands. And after five years of wishing on stars, we were blessed with our son, Gage, through adoption. We are wishing & praying again to expand our family. We have so much love to offer. Our son is overjoyed at the thought of becoming a big brother & we can't wait to welcome a new baby into our life. | Then .... | & Now
3: HOW WE MET Gary & I met through a mutual friend. She invited me to a cookout that Gary was hosting. I guess you could say it was love at first sight & we've been together ever since. After being married for almost 15 years, we are more in love than ever & we are best friends. Its funny, I always said I wanted someone to love me like my Mother did, you know, no matter what ,unconditionally & we found that in each other. We have so much fun being parents. We can't wait to double our joy with the addition of another child. The "wishing on stars" has made us so much more appreciative of our family & our gift to be parents. We don't take anything for granted, we soak up every minute being parents !!!.
4: Our Home | We live in the most amazing small town in South Dakota, it's like going back in time. Everyone knows each other & they wave as they drive by. It feels like one big family. Its a safe place for kids to grow up, where people can still leave their doors unlocked. The park has a pool & a new playground. It's where we have the corn stalk festival. Down at the café, the farmers sit around having coffee & talk about the weather, harvest time & working on the John Deere combine. We love to sit out in the front yard & watch the tractor parade go by. The sunrise coming up over our Church is a sight to see. We live about 4 blocks from the elementary school where i work & our son attends. | Our Home
5: We love snowball fights & sledding | fun in the backyard with a pool & play-set | Can't wait to see a highchair here | Can't wait to see a highchair here
6: Gage & I recently decided to learn how to ride a unicycle. It is a lot harder than we thought it would be, but we have gotten so much satisfaction for accomplishing our goal. We've had quite a few laughs too. We also love to go to the rollerskating rink as often as we can.
7: Tractor Parade | Worlds coolest snowman | Tubing at the snow park | Chef Gary makes fish
8: Gary's first class of graduates | Gary is a Power- line Instructor at a Community College. He was a lineman & an engineer in Florida. Now, he has the honor of teaching young men how to safely do line work. He loves his job & the students look up to him. His career has afforded us a comfortable lifestyle & we are financially secure. We have planned ahead so your child will have every opportunity to go to college & pursue their dreams. | Angie works part time 4 days a week at our elementary school. She has the summers off to be with Gage. Its the perfect job ! I love to joke around with the kids, sometimes I'll pretend to have an accent or sing & dance. I love that I have so much time to devote to a new baby & a job where I can be involved when they go to school.
9: We have a soft spot in our hearts for animals, for sure ! Gage prefers cats. Angie is a dog person. And Gary is a friend of all animals. He even stopped the car one time to save a grasshopper that was on our windshield ! | Gracie | Boss-man | Polecat | Jewel | Banana Pepper
10: We are originally from Florida, where we were both born & our extended families live. Angie's brother moved his family to South Dakota in 2003. Her parents followed & after visiting them both, we knew it was the perfect place to raise OUR family. Her brother has 8 children through adoption with multi -cultural backgrounds. We are proud of our diverse family & love to get together with them. We take turns cooking & then we all play Wii. Grandma & Grandpa live across the street and are very active, they spend time with the grandkids riding bikes and making crafts. They are super excited to have a new grandchild to spoil. | Our South Dakota Family | With our nephew's baby | Wii Tournament
11: on the way to the College World Series | Grandma "Mema" | Grandpa "Papa" | Thanksgiving 2012 | My brother's family
12: Our Family in Florida | Thankfully, we are able to visit our Florida family twice a year, in the summer & at Christmas.. We enjoy sitting around a fire & listening to country gold Saturday night on the radio. Sometimes we enjoy a relaxing boat ride with family. We gather for a big meal & watch the kids swim & play. We exchange funny stories. Our cheeks usually end up hurting from smiling so much. They are so happy & excited for us to adopt again. | Fourth of July at the river | riding the waves at Cocoa Beach | Venice Beach
13: Disney World on the record hottest day in July ! Whew ! | At Gary's sisters house with the family
14: Trout fishing in Colorado | We are blessed to have so much time off together during the summer. We have a tradition of choosing a place we haven't been, then we load up the motor-home & spend a few weeks exploring. We like to drive the back roads so we don't miss anything. Sometimes it's a National Park, sometimes it's just where a movie was filmed. One trip, we found the center of the U.S. & the geographical center of North America. Another trip, we panned for gold in a stream in the Black Hills. We have learned a lot about this beautiful country we live in, while making memories !
15: Utah | the movie site in Iowa | learning about sulfur ponds | more marshmallows please
16: Gary Talks About Angie Angie is a practical joker. She always keeps us laughing. She has a contagious personality & is always in a good mood. She is very outgoing & makes friends easily, in fact, i don't think she's ever met a stranger. She is the best Mom to our son, you can find her building a fort under the kitchen table or playing a game of soccer out back. She is also my best friend. I can't wait to come home to her after work & kiss her goodnight. She enjoys camping, rollerskating & unicycling.
17: Angie Talks About Gary To know Gary, is to love him. He's honest, to a fault. He's someone you can depend on. He's a man of his word. He's the one who remembers to call you on your birthday. He is a devoted Dad who is always planning fun weekend activities like fishing or laser tag. He helps Gage with his homework. He coaches Gage's baseball team. I can't imagine a better man to spend life with & raise children with. He enjoys baseball, golf, campfires & fishing.
18: About Gage Gage is nine years old & in the fourth grade. We have raised him to be honest, responsible. & respectful. He studies hard & gets good grades. Of course, P.E. is his favorite subject because he likes to be active. He loves to try new things. He enjoys science experiments, archery, remote control cars & fishing. He plays baseball & soccer. He is looking forward to having a baby brother or sister to grow up with & play hide n seek.
19: We are grateful you have taken the time to know us better & hope you have a sense of the happy, down to earth family that we are. If we are given the privilege to adopt your baby, he/she will always know the choices you made were out of great love. We look forward to sharing pictures & letters, so you can watch them grow into the beautiful child that God has planned. We will provide a stable, safe home with every advantage a child deserves. We promise to be good role models & lead by example. We want to make the dreams you have for your child come true. We would love the opportunity to meet you & get to know each other better.. We wish you all the BEST ! Sincerely, Gary & Angie & Gage | In Closing . . .