S: Monte & Katie
BC: Made with Love by Monte & Katie
FC: Monte & Katie | Monte & Katie
1: Dear Expectant Parents, We thank you so much for allowing us this opportunity to introduce ourselves and tell you about our family. We hope as you look at our book, you will get a feeling of who we are, what we value, and our love and commitment to our family. We are very appreciative that you love your unborn child so much that you are willing to consider an adoption plan. We know that we can never fully understand the emotions you are feeling and pray you find peace as you consider your options. With Love, Monte & Katie
2: We met six years ago at a work convention in Dallas. We became very good friends because we have the same interests and morals. We fell in love and are still best friends! We married in Maui--the most beautiful place on earth! Our relationship is based on communication, love and laughter. It has helped us create a warm, loving, and secure home. We make a great team. We compliment each other very well! Monte is laid back, calm, outgoing, funny and a really picky eater. Katie is energetic, passionate, loving, sometimes shy and so not a picky eater. We truly enjoy being together! From the time our relationship began we always discussed wanting a family biologically or through adoption. We are ready to welcome another child into our hearts and home. | Our Story
3: Katie suffers from infertility and after undergoing extensive fertility treatments for years and surgery, we were blessed to have our beautiful daughter Talia. We truly want to have more children. We feel in our hearts that adoption is right for our family. We will love, cherish and appreciate each child for the unique individual he or she is. We know that being chosen by a birth mother to raise her baby is a true gift from God.
4: Favorite Food: Polish Sausage & Sauerkraut Favorite Vacation Spot Maui Favorite Movie: Troop Beverly Hills Favorite Holiday: 4th of July Favorite Sport to Watch: College Football Favorite Activity: Kickboxing | Fun Facts About Monte | Fun Facts About Katie | Favorite Food: Steak Favorite Vacation Spot Maui Favorite Movie: Bourne Identity Favorite Holiday: Halloween Favorite Sport to Watch: College Football Favorite Activity: Being outside in the yard
5: OUR HOME | Our house is located in a beautiful, safe and quiet neighborhood. There are many nice families with young children. Our house has 4 bedrooms so each child will have his or her own room. We have a large playroom with lots of toys and activities. Our backyard is big and perfect for running and playing. The school district is one of the best in the state. We live close to Katie's family and we spend lots of time together.
6: I am the oldest of 3 children, I have one brother and 1 sister. I grew up in Southwest Michigan. I played softball, volleyball, soccer and ran track. I graduated from WMU, with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. I work for a retail company with a flexible work schedule that allows me to work 3 days a week. I plan to take time off work to be with our new son or daughter. I am very active and I love to take walks outside with my family and I take kickboxing and weight training classes. I also love to cook. My favorite places to visit are warm tropical islands. I am a spontaneous person, and I love to just go-go-go anywhere. I am very close with my family. The best part of life for me is being a wife and mom! | About Katie | About Katie
7: Monte talks about Katie | Katie is a wonderful wife and mother! She is loving, caring and has a big heart. She is a very beautiful and strong woman. Her compassion and drive to have a good safe life for her family is comforting to see everyday. Katie's #1 favorite thing to do is spend time with her family. Just hanging out at home, playing like crazy in the playroom with Talia, jumping on the trampoline, watching Disney movies or having a dance party in the kitchen. It touches my heart to see the joy and love she shares with Talia. I see that Talia knows she is loved. I love how much fun they have, especially on mommy daughter days they spend together. Katie is my best friend, my love and the one I draw a lot of strength from. I cannot thank her enough for helping me get back closer to God. My words nor actions could never thank her enough for all she does and has done for Talia and especially me. I can only thank God for bringing her into our lives.
8: About Monte | I grew up in West Michigan. I was raised by a single mom and I understand the struggles and hardships that it can put on a family. I have 4 brothers and 1 sister and 16 nieces and nephews. I had to get a job at at age 13 to help support my family. I have had to work hard for everything, nothing was ever handed to me. My childhood made me stronger and I want my children to have so much more than I did! Growing up, I was known for being an excellent athlete. I played baseball, ran track, wrestled, and was the quarterback on my high school football team. After I graduated I coached girls basketball, volleyball and track I have learned a lot over the years watching my brothers and sister with their children. I truly believe it has helped me to be a loving, caring and most of all-patient parent. I am a retail store manager and I have worked there for over 17 years. Being a Dad is the most rewarding career of all!
9: Katie Talks About Monte | I couldn't have asked for a better husband and father than Monte! He is amazing with Talia! People always tell him he was meant to be a Dad. He always goes out of his way to make me feel special as his wife. He leaves me a note every day telling me how much he loves me and he also plans special trips for our family to take. Monte is my best friend! As a father, Monte is calm and patient. He loves to get on the floor and play with Talia. They build forts, play outside and anything Talia asks of him. Monte can cook, clean and even do Talia's hair. Monte is a hard worker! He provides for our family very well and we are very fortunate! Monte loves sports and is very athletic. Monte is always playing little practical jokes on everyone; he is quite the jokester. Talia and I are so lucky to have Monte as the man in our lives!
10: About Talia I'm almost 3 years old. I love to dance, sing and read. I have a very outgoing personality. My favorite food is spaghetti. I love to go shopping with Mommy. Daddy and I enjoy playing outside together. I love going to Florida, swimming in the pool and chasing birds on the beach. I would love to be a big sister! xoxo Talia
12: Dance Party | Aunt Kerry | Bada and Nana
13: Our Family We are very close with Katie's family. Katie grew up in a very loving and supportive family. Katie's parents were very active in her life and always coached whatever sport she was playing or was the room mom at school . We plan to do the same for our children. Talia is the only grandchild on Katie's side, so she is spoiled with lots and lots of love! We spend a lot of time together. For birthdays Katie's Mom will make your favorite meal. Katie's Great-Grandmother is sill alive at 101. Katie's family loves to celebrate the holidays with family parties.. Monte's family lives an hour and a half away. We have 16 nieces and nephews. We enjoy watching their sporting events. The cousins have fun when they get together playing basketball, swimming in the pool and having wrapping paper fights. We have been blessed with friends that we consider family. Our families are very supportive and excited for us to adopt!
14: Katie's family owns a condo right on the ocean in Florida. We love to take our vacations there! We walk the beach, swim in the pool & the ocean, build sand castles, visit Disney and spend quality family time together! Every Sunday there is a drum circle on the beach and Talia loves to dance and hula hoop. Our favorite part is being right on the ocean and watching the sunset. | Drum Circle | F L O R I D A
15: This is where we got married | We love Maui! We got married on a cliff at sunset--so romantic! Last year Katie's family took a family vacation with us. We snorkeled, swam in the pool, went to a luau and did lots of sunbathing! We wanted to show Talia where Mommy Daddy got married. | M A U I
16: f A m i l y f u n | Hayrides | Dance Class | Swimming in the pool | Basketball with Daddy | Fun at the park | Carving pumpkins | Jumping on the trampoline | Water Park Fun | Horseback Riding
17: Our family loves animals and we enjoy going to the zoo and aquarium. Talia's favorite animals are zebras and octopuses, Katie's is the elephants and Monte's is the monkeys.
18: Mommy Daughter Day Talia and Katie do fun girl things every week, and they call it "Mommy Daughter Day". We go shopping, get our nails done, go to the movies, have play dates with friends, go to the park and read lots and lots of books. Katie created this special time with Talia so they can have a close bond and spend quality time together that Talia will always remember.
19: Faith and Values We feel blessed to be a part of a local Christian Church. Our Church is fun and modern, yet teaches God's word by relating to today's society. Talia cannot wait for Sunday, so she can attend Sunday School. God has changed our lives in amazing ways.. | Our Church
21: We both work outside the home, so Talia attends daycare two or three days a week. Talia loves going to "school" and has lots of friends. Daycare has helped Talia learn her ABC's and counting to 20. She also gets to take gymnastics every Friday while at daycare. On Saturdays Talia takes a dance class. On the weekends we have family time and go somewhere fun like the zoo, waterparks, sight- seeing or we just build a fort in our living room and hang out. We have lots of play dates with friends. We have a dance party in our kitchen every day--so much fun! We go to church on Sundays and Talia goes to Sunday school. We promise we will be the best parents to your child! He or she will be raised in a house filled with love, fun and laughter! | Our Life