FC: Kent & Mary
1: Dear Birthmother, Words cannot begin to tell you how thankful we are to be considered as the adoptive family for your baby. We pray this book will help you get to know us, and you will feel God's guidance and peace through this time. We will be praying for you, your baby, and your decisions. Our hearts are touched by your courage. Kent and I have been married (very happily!) for 18 years. We have 3 biological children. We love being parents and were hoping to have a larger family. It became clear a few years ago that this was not going to happen biologically. Our extended family has been so blessed by adoption in the past. When we felt God's leading to pursue adoption, we said "yes!" God is so able to bring good from hard things. We would like you to know that we commit to raise your child in a Christian home filled with unconditional love. God has really blessed us, and we will provide for your baby's needs, as well. Quality time together is very important to us, and we are thankful to be able to have Mary stay home. She loves being a full-time mom. We also are committed to bringing up children with a great education and social activities so that they are able to pursue the path God has chosen just for them. Your child also has big brothers just waiting to love him/her, and look out for them. They are very caring kids. Our extended families are close and are so supportive of us. They are very excited about loving a new family member! Please know that we have so much love to offer your child. We will also share with him/her how much courage and love it took for you to make this choice. We will continue to pray for you as you make this decision. You have our sincere love and prayers, Kent and Mary
2: This is our family... We are so thankful for Connor, Koby, & Breckin!
3: Connor | Koby | Breckin | Connor is a 9th grader who loves to swim, watch old movies with his family, read, throw the football around, and play board games. Koby is a 7th grader and really enjoys remote control vehicles, swimming, learning about airplanes, and has a great sense of humor (just like his Dad!). Breckin is in the 4th grade and loves to be with his brothers and Mom & Dad. He also loves to swim. Breckin tends to beat us all at board games and enjoys it immensely! All 3 guys love to roller blade, build Lego "creations" together, have family read-aloud times, and are very involved in Scouts with their Dad!! They are super with their younger cousins and are looking forward to having a little sister or brother!
4: We have been so blessed with a deep love and respect for each other. We are amazed that every year our love continues to grow. | Our Wedding Day
5: Home Sweet Home
6: Kent loves to spend time outside. He also has a great sense of humor! He is kind and patient with us. | Kent... | by Mary | Kent is such a gift from God! He is a fully committed Christian, husband, and father. He works hard to provide for us, but loves to spend time with us and have fun!
7: Mary is an absolutely amazing woman. She is God -fearing, beautiful, loving, caring, considerate, and extremely fun to be with! She is an awesome mom for our children. She is truly a blessing to me, the boys, and our home. | Mary... | by Kent
8: Mary's side of the family... | Mary's family consists of her Mom & Dad and her two brothers. They both married wonderful women, and she now has sisters!! There are 14 grandkids in the family, and they have lots of fun together! Our extended family has been blessed by 3 adoptions so far. | Our extended family takes a vacation together each summer. Top - Mary and her brothers Middle- Grandma on her 103rd birthday Bottom- Enjoying "girl time" with her nieces
9: Mary's parents on Christmas Eve | Cousins having a good time together | Connor reading to his little cousin | Enjoying a picnic at the park near our home
10: Above- Christmas memories Below- the family celebrating a college graduation | Kent's side of the family...
11: We love getting together with Kent's mom and his nephews & their families. Kent's dad passed away in 2004, and he is really missed. We are very close to his mom, and she even gives piano lessons to our children! | Celebrating birthdays on the patio...
12: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart:and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5 | And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 | This is our church where we have attended since childhood. It is loving and based on the Bible and Jesus. Kent is a Sunday School teacher, and Mary helps lead Vacation Bible School.
13: We have a sweet Black Labrador named Duffy. She is a great family dog and is wonderful with kids. She loves to lay on the rug by the back door but spends most of her time outside. We also have 3 adorable cats (outdoors). They are Kit Kat, Twix, & Oreo. | Our Pets
14: Kent's Hobbies | Kent loves spending time with his family..he also enjoys being outside... | making homemade pizza for his family... | Kent is a Scout Cub Master and loves to spend time with the kids!
15: Mary's Hobbies | ...reading and drinking coffee... | ...going to the beach (or anywhere with Kent!) | Mary loves spending time with Kent and the children... she loves being a wife and Mom... | ...spending time with family....
16: Home education has been a great blessing for our family. We are able to individualize our children's education to meet each of their needs. We are using a college prep curriculum, and they are growing in knowledge and in grace.
17: There are many opportunities for socialization in our home school community. We were involved in the annual play - Connor as the Sound Technician. Koby & Breckin - in the cast. | We enjoy doing projects as a family...we love to make meals from different parts of the country and the world. | We enjoy going on field trips...some of our favorites included an animal rescue sanctuary and different museums.
18: We love to take family vacations where we can spend lots of time together. It isn't so much where we go...it's that we can all be together! | Vacation time...
21: Who are we? We are Kent & Mary, a Christian couple who has been happily married for 18 years. We have been blessed to have 3 biological children but would love to grow our family through the gift of adoption. Our family is characterized by love & respect for each other. Kent is a great husband and father. He is loving, caring, a hard worker, funny, and a great family-man. Mary is thrilled to be a stay-at-home mom and take care of their family. She loves making sure everyone is cared for and is very loving. They are both college educated. What do we look like? Kent is a 44 year old Caucasian American male. He is 5'8" and has a medium build. He has dark hair and brown eyes. Mary is a 42 year old Caucasian American female. She is 5'6" and also has a medium build. She has brown hair and brown eyes. What are our occupations? Kent is a project manager for a large general contractor. He enjoys interacting with his clients and coworkers. We are thankful that his job does not require much travel at all. He is able to be home most evenings and spend time with us! Mary is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist but once children came into our family she joyfully changed careers and has been a stay-at-home mom ever since. Where do we live? Our two-story home sits on an acre of land in the country, but we are still very close to a medium-sized town with its conveniences. We enjoy having room for the kids to run and play in a safe environment. We live close to several nice parks and live in a very nice, loving community. Why adopt? The decision to adopt has been carefully made after lots of prayer and thought. We love being parents and would love to grow our family through adoption. We have witnessed the blessing of adoption first hand in our extended family. God has led us to this path and we pray he will lead you to just the right family for your child. We feel we can provide a loving, stable home to a child and that precious child would also be such a gift to our family.