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Our Adoption Portfolio

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S: Kim & Donnie

BC: Kim & Donnie

FC: Kim & Donnie

1: Dear Birthmother, | It is with overwhelming joy, excitement, fear, and complete admiration that we write this letter to you. Please know that while you are making one of the toughest decisions you may ever face, we are in constant prayer for you and your child, and have the utmost respect for the sacrifice you are willing to provide for us to have a complete family. You truly are giving us THE BEST gift that we could not be given any other way. We are Kim & Donnie. We first met in the winter of 2005 and married in the spring of 2008. We are both very active, loving, and committed people. We enjoy nearly anything outdoors, during all seasons. In the fall and winter we traditionally gather around bonfires, go to haunted houses, visit the local pumpkin patch, and catch a few great football games. We both enjoy snow sports such as snowboarding & snow skiing. During the spring & summer we play on a co-ed volleyball league, enjoy grilling out with neighbors, taking the dog for long walks, hanging out at the pool, and going to the lake to water ski, tube, and wake board. While Donnie has a daughter, Lauren, from a previous marriage, we always knew that we wanted to grow our family with more children. After having tried for nearly two years and multiple failed fertility treatments and medications we accepted that conceiving a child of our own was not in God's plan for us. Words cannot express the gratitude we have for you for making such a loving and courageous decision for your child. We understand how important it is to find a family that will love and care for your child forever, we can only hope that you will find that family on the pages that follow. We are honored to be considered as parents for your child and we thank you for taking the time to get to know us. Kim & Donnie

2: Our HOME

3: We live in a quite suburban neighborhood, with tons of children and friendly neighbors. We are far enough away from the big city to hear the peace and quiet at night, but close enough for a short trip to the museum, local amusement parks, and nearby shopping malls. We have many close friends in the neighborhood with whom we frequently visit and gather for weekend cookouts. Our daughter, Lauren, can often be found playing with friends, running through a sprinkler, riding her bike, or jumping trampoline with the neighborhood kids. | We built our home in 2007. It offers 4 bedrooms, 2 and 1/.2 bathrooms, and sits on a 1/4 acre lot. There is plenty of room for children to grow inside our safe and loving home.

4: Furry Family Members | Sophia B. | Pheobee Anne | Sebastian Web | Furry Family Members

5: Sebastian is a 3 1/2 year old chocolate, english labrador retriever. He has an incredibly gentle demeanor and is wonderful with children and adults. Sebastian is known around our neighborhood as the friendliest dog. Sophia is our rescue cat, as she showed up on doorstep in 2006 and won our hearts instantly. We made every effort to find her home by posting "Found" signs in our neighborhood and nearby retailers. Fortunately for us, no one came forward to claim her. She is an extremely intelligent cat that loves to be pet and held-but only on her terms and her time frame. Pheobee was given to Kim in the summer of 2003 and she is an exceptionally personable cat. She is extraordinary in that she will often greet visitors and family at the door; unlike many cats, she does not have a shy bone in her little body. Pheobee adores attention from anyone. Our pets are a great addition to our family!

6: Wedding Day

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8: K I M | I am a middle school Math teacher, I absolutely LOVE what I do and it is truly God's calling for my life. I actively serve in our church with small children and help with projects that promote youth. I am an avid reader of nearly any type of book. I enjoy running in local races and around parks in our area. Snow and water skiing are two of my favorite pastimes. I am excited to share our family with a little one.

9: I am a police officer of 16 years, and I was a EMT for 4 years. I enjoy weightlifting, golf, snow & wake boarding, spending time with my family & friends. I am excited to bring a baby into our home and share the world & our faith with him or her. | D O N N I E

10: Softball | Basketball | Cross Country | L A U R E N

11: October 2010 | May 2011 | Easter 2010 | September 2008 | Lauren is an extremely outgoing, energetic, and fun-loving girl. She has been a true joy for us to raise and watch her grow into a maturing, thoughtful young lady. She is so excited to become a big sister she says that she wants to help her new sibling "learn from her mistakes" and "teach him or her to do lots of activities". Her face lit up like a Christmas tree when we told her we are going to adopt a child.

12: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts." | Donnie's Mom & Dad | Donnie's Grandpa

13: MAKING MEMORIES | Kim's Mom | Kim's Dad & Step-mom | Kim's Grandmother

14: Donnie's Mom & Dad

16: Kim's Dad & Stepmom

17: Grandchildren are God's way of compensating us for growing old.

18: Kim's Mom | When a child is born, so are grandmothers.

20: You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them! -Desmond Tutu | Siblings | Sister & family

21: Brothers & Sisters | Brother & Family | Sister & Family

22: Lauren is a Daddy's Girl

23: Happy Father's Day

24: Friends are the Family we choose

25: "The friends we meet on the path of life make the trip worth while."

26: So Many

27: LIVE WELL LAUGH OFTEN LOVE MUCH | Lauren after a night in hair curlers. She was a cheerleader in 2nd grade.

28: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. ~Cathy Allen

29: Donnie & Kim

30: To Serve | To Protect

31: Donnie has served as a police officer since 1997. Throughout his career he has served on the SWAT Team, Dive Team, Dignitary Protection Specialty Unit, Homicide Division, and as a District Detective. He has also been awarded the "Distinguished Life Saving" honor for implementing CPR to a man in cardiac arrest. | P O L I C E | O F F I C E R

32: School is in session | Middle School Teacher

33: 8th Grade Math Algebra 1 Advanced Algebra

34: Summer Time!

36: St Thomas US Virgin ISlands | Belize | Barbados British West Indies

37: Our Travel Adventures | Punta Canna Dominican Republic

38: Trick or Treat

40: Merry Christmas

41: J O Y | Merry Christmas

43: In Closing, We hope our book has given you a glimpse into the life you will choose for your child. We hope that it has answered some of your questions about who we are, how we are as parents, and our values. We are humbled by the weight of the decision ahead of you. Please know that we wish you peace and will be praying for you in the weeks and months ahead, whatever your decision may be. | Respectfully Yours, Kim & Donnie

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  • Title: Our Adoption Portfolio
  • A glimpse inside our life as a family and our hope to adopt. Sincerely, Kim & Donnie
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