S: Michael & Michelle
FC: Michelle & Michael
1: We are excited for this opportunity to introduce ourselves to you with this book, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to look through it. Although it is impossible to truly get to know someone from just a few pictures and paragraphs, the most important thing we want you to know is we will love and cherish your child. We are excited to grow our family, and we look forward to creating an open adoption with our child's birth family. | the story of us | Hello! | Michael and Michelle or M & M to our family and friends
2: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.
3: We met in 1999 when we worked together, and were married in 2001. We have experienced the "good and the bad, the sickness and the health", but overall, we wouldn't change a moment.
4: Our Marriage
5: Soul mates are the people who bring out the best in you. They are not perfect, but they are always perfect for you. | Of course we aren't perfect, but we are perfect for each other. We have a lot in common. We are both left-handed, eat one thing at a time, and like to cook and try new foods. But more importantly, we both believe a marriage should be built on respect, honesty, communication, and unconditional love. Throughout our marriage we have always wanted children, and though we can't have our own we feel that adoption is the right choice for us. We promise to always try to bring out the best in your child through unconditional love and support, and we will always be respectful and honest in our communication with you.
6: Michael | through the years... | My sister, Lorinda and I with our family's first computer....the start of a career?!
7: 3 Things Michelle loves about Michael 1. He makes up his own versions of songs. They're hilarious! 2. The way he always listens to me, even if he's busy. 3. His cooking, especially his cinnamon chocolate-chip cookies! | Spending my youth on the family farm taught me that something worth doing is worth doing right. Respect for others and hard work are the cornerstones of my values with a healthy dose of humor filling in the cracks. This philosophy has served me well in my 13+ year career in technology/computers. Currently I work as a Systems Engineer for a global company, which allows me to work with a lot of different cultures every day. More importantly, I work from home, so I have a flexible schedule to accommodate a growing family!
8: Michelle | through the years... | I had a rainbow and unicorn obsession as a kid...
9: 3 Things Michael loves about Michelle 1. That she's a planner. 2. The way she knows that I'm having a bad day, and can always make it better. 3. The way she challenges me to be my best every day. | I value compassion and empathy for others, and I bring these values to my volunteer work by serving as a court appointed guardian to a special needs individual and as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). I believe that with a lot of hard work, some faith, and a smidge of luck anyone can make a difference in the world. In addition to volunteering, I am also a stay-at-home college student. I graduate in May 2013, and plan to continue with graduate school in social work...so my schedule is ready to fit in a child's needs!
10: Some of our favorite | Michael | Authors R.A. Salvatore R. Scott Bakker Stephen King Stephen R. Lawhead | Movies Highlander The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy) Serenity King Arthur | Music Dream Theater Lyriel Elis Sonata Arctica | Television Shows Firefly Roar Castle The Big Bang Theory | Television Shows Firefly Roar How I Met Your Mother Castle | Planning trips | Goofing around | Taking pictures
11: things... | Michelle | Books She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold The Twilight Series The Harry Potter Series | Movies The Princess Bride Serenity (Really I have too many to list) | Music The Fray Norah Jones Paula Cole Jason Mraz (Pretty much anything pop/top 40) | Television Shows How I Met Your Mother Castle Mike & Molly Glee | Playing music | Cooking | Watching Movies
12: Michael has a thirst for knowledge that is unequaled to anyone else I know...and yet he can never remember the correct lyrics to a song! :-) Seriously though, Michael is the most patient, kind-hearted, generous, and funny person I have ever met. When we first met he was very quiet and shy, and now he makes me laugh until I'm in tears! He will make an excellent father because of his willingness to always put other's needs before his own. He's ready to tackle any parenting job be it a dirty diaper or a temper tantrum. | Michelle has a passion for helping others that is proven every day in her volunteer work. She is a caring, considerate, fun-loving, and independent person, although her taste in music could be better... :-) The way that she cares for the people touched through her volunteer work shows how much your child will be loved and sheltered in her arms. She has a knack for making life's problems easier to bear. | How we see each other as parents... | Michelle says... | Michael says...
13: Us trying to assemble the stroller and car seat...Michael's dad was a big help!
14: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. - Cathy Allen
15: What open adoption means to us... Building an open adoption is much like any family relationship, it takes effort from everyone to be successful. Adoption is now and will continue to be a topic often discussed in our home. We look forward to including you in these discussions through pictures, updates, or visits over the years. We believe families are healthiest and happiest when there is respectful, open, and supportive communication. | To start this process from the beginning, we have a few children's books that introduce adoption. We have also added several more to our baby registry for family and friends to purchase so they can be included in this ongoing and evolving conversation. | Of course, we also have a small (and growing!) collection of other children's books. Reading and education are important parts of our lives...
16: LOVE MAKES A FAMILY | Mack (Michelle's Step-dad), Shirley (her mom), Michelle & Michael
17: Lane, Cole, Caleb, & Lorinda (Our nephews & Michael's Sister) | Darrell & Belinda (Michael's Folks) | & | Us (M & M)
18: Frances Michael's Great-Grandma | Earl & Marjorie, Michael's Grandparents | Mack & Shirley Michelle's Step-dad and Mom | Darrell & Belinda Michael's Folks
19: ARE THERE TO HELP THE CHILD GET INTO MISCHIEF THEY HAVEN'T THOUGHT OF YET! -Gene Perret | Grandparents | Geneva Michelle's Grandma | Lona Michael's Grandma
21: Harry is our 6 year-old, indoor cat. He is the perfect companion for a child since he takes a lot of naps and is very playful!
22: Our Home
23: We live in a cozy 3 bedroom home in a mid-sized community. We are located close to a large lake, walking and biking trails, a zoo, an art center, a discovery center, several pools, a sports complex, and more. There are also good schools and lots of educational opportunities. Though we may not always stay in the same home or town, these are things we want to be available where ever we live to ensure your child has the opportunity to explore their interests and talents.
24: We are ready! (Well, as ready as we'll ever be...) | These jeans were worn by both Michael and his dad. They are washed and ready to go again! | Making a tie-blanket | Putting the crib together
25: We have the nursery ready to go with lots of handmade blankets, stuffed animals, and other necessities. And yes, that is a tent over the crib...it's to keep the cat out.
26: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -John F. Kennedy | We hope this brief glimpse into our lives gave you an idea of who we are. We are looking forward to becoming parents , and creating an open, child-focused adoption. Thank you again for looking through our book, and considering both adoption and us. We can't begin to understand the difficulty of the decision you are making, and appreciate you giving us your time. Best wishes to you! | Michael and Michelle