FC: Mitch and Julia | Adoption Portfolio
1: From Julia | Dear friend, Words cannot express how much respect I have for you and the life decision you have made for your child. Mitch and I have faithfully prayed about growing our family and know that God led us to adoption through Bethany Christian Services because of our strong belief in the ongoing care, love, and support for the birth parent(s), which is provided by Bethany. God truly blessed me when he sent Mitch into my life. Mitch is such a genuine, caring, loving person who constantly gives of himself. He always forfeits his needs and wants for that of others. We are so fortunate that Mitch owns his own business, which provides a lot of flexibility for our family. Mitch has worked very hard to build a solid foundation for our family. His strong desire to provide for his family is one of the many things I love so much about him. He is a devoted husband and father who wants nothing but the best for his family. We love each other unconditionally, we are committed to each other....our relationship is unbreakable. Mitch and I both have big hearts and so much love for children. We have served (and are currently serving) in various areas of Children's Ministry at our church. We absolutely fall in love with every child that crosses our path. Our daughter, Ann Marie, is 12 years old and shares our love for children. She cannot wait to be a big sister and I have no doubt that she will be a wonderful helper and mentor for her brother or sister. We are extremely close with our families. I feel very strongly about creating wonderful family memories, as that is something my parents instilled in me. We love having family game nights, taking family vacations, we are always together on holidays, we have family birthday parties, we celebrate every special occasion there is to celebrate! We are very fortunate that both of our families are ALWAYS there for us, no matter what. We have a huge support system between our families, close friends, and our Church small group. Mitch and I were both raised in Christian homes and we have built our relationship, parenting, and home around the same Christian values we were raised with. Our parents are wonderful grandparents, my sisters are wonderful aunts, our nieces and nephews are very close. The only problem we will have is getting everyone to "wait their turn" when our new addition arrives! About me - I currently work outside of the home, but Mitch and I agree that our goal is for me to stay at home if we are blessed with an addition to our family. I love to cook for my family, I love to be at home, but I also love to travel and have new experiences. I love life! I love being a wife! I love being a Mom! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. I will continue to pray for you throughout your journey, and your life. | Trust in the Lord with all your heart... and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6
2: From Mitch | Hello friend, | I am very humbled to be writing this letter to you. I want you to know that I honor and respect your courageous decision to choose adoption as your plan to secure your child's future. Julia and I have longed to grow our family and though it has not worked out the way we originally thought it would, we both feel that we are right where we should be. Our relationship has grown stronger through this process and we both know God has control and has placed us here at this time in our lives. Julia and I have explored many options to love a child, but it wasn't until we found Bethany Christian Services that we knew we were at the right place. We are so comforted that the birth mother is cared for, as well as the adopting families. Julia and I met through a mutual friend 16 years ago. When she came into my life, I knew that she was the right person for me. She is a very caring person who puts family first. She has lots of energy and an infectious smile and laugh. I have seen her place her family in front of her own needs many times. It is most evident by the way she has tirelessly cared for our daughter. Ann Marie just turned 12 years old. She can't contain her excitement over the possibility of becoming a big sister. She is a sweet little girl who has a lot of love to give. I know she will be a huge help to a little one, and will want to be a good role model to a brother or sister. I am very fortunate to have married into a great family. "We actually like each other!" The aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews are ready to love and support another family member. We have lots of fun together. Family trips, dinners, ballgames, birthday parties, cookouts, camping, and pool parties are all very common. We gladly attend each other's events and support one another. Also, we are there to pick each other up when needed. We are also blessed to have great role models. Julia's mom and dad, and my mother and stepfather are great Christian examples who are active in our lives and who offer unconditional love and support. We also have great friends with great children. Between our church group, family, and our friends, there are always children around. We love it! A little about me. I love being a husband and a father. I really like to stay active, especially outdoors. I enjoy being self-employed but make sure that God and family come before my work. My heart is wide open and ready to share with another child. My home will be a place where a child is loved and cared for. A place where they can be themselves and be taught to be the best person they can be. They will know the difference between right and wrong. Most importantly, they will be taught about God and will have a place that they can always call home. Thank you for considering us as your adoption family through this difficult journey. I will continue to pray that God will give you piece and will comfort you. I will also pray that your child will experience love unconditionally.
4: Things we believe in.... | God | Giving Praise..way to go! | Provide encouragement... | memories | YOUR DECISION | Vacations | Be kind | SING | Adoption | Respect others | Dance | Play | second chances | Grace | Courage | Relax | Commitment | Rest | Trust | Faithfulness
5: It's the little things that make life beautiful. | Worshiping and serving our Lord | CHURCH | The power of prayer | faith | be yourself | be | Tell the truth | Celebrate | Do the right thing | Hugs | Kisses | be humble | forgiveness | Dedication
6: Love/Valentines Day/Anniversary | "I love you, not only for what you are, But for what I am when I am with you." -Roy Croft | "Lucky I'm in love with my best friend"
7: The best thing about me is you.
8: The ribbons of your love are woven around my heart | Julia
9: "Flowers have the sun, children have their mothers." ~Kay Andrew
10: I LOVE YOU DAD!
12: Ann Marie | Born February 4, 2000 | School | Cheer
13: "The more you laugh the longer you live" | Life is Good! | Loves ice cream | Piano recital | Loves ice cream | Christmas with the Rockettes | Fun with Hippy & Huey | Ice cream days | Life is good! | Relaxing
14: Our Happy Home | Huey | Hippy
15: Nursery is being transformed for a warm welcome!
16: We love vacations! | Florida | Bahamas | Cancun | With cousins in Cancun
17: The Best Summer! | Bahamas | Florida | Swimming with the dolphins in the Bahamas
18: "Good times are even better when they are shared" | Julia's Family
19: "The more you laugh the longer you live" | Julia with mom and dad (aka Mama J & Daddy J), and sisters Debbie (aunt DeDe) and Jill (aunt Jill). They can't wait to have another member of our family! | Mama J and Daddy J with their grandkids....can't wait to add #7 to the group! | Fun times with silly cousins - Rachel, Raegan, Ryan, Savannah, and Kyle. They are so excited about getting a new cousin!
20: Mitch's Family | Aunt Carolyn is wonderful! | Ann Marie with cousins Makenzie, Diamond, and Michael --so excited about a new cousin! | Julia and Ann Marie with Mitch's mom and stepfather (aka Nana and Papa)...have said many prayers!
21: Mitch and his mom (aka Nana).. so excited about having another grandchild. | Uncle Randy and Aunt Inie are so great! | Sweet cousins - fun times together!
22: Good times are even better when shared with | Lake trips | Trick-or-treat | Pool fun
23: "Friends are Flowers that Never Fade" | best of times! | Best of friends.... | Birthdays | Halloween party | Summer fun | Hanging out | Family nights