BC: Julie & Craig
FC: Julie & Craig
1: Love | Enjoy Life's Adventures Together | About Us
2: Craig and I met through mutual friends on a camping trip in 2004. Our relationship grew stronger and healthier with each passing year and we were married a few years later. We both love the outdoors and adventure, which is why we live so close to the water and beach. Craig and I have lived both on the West and East Coast and now call the South East home. We are looking forward to building our family and starting a new chapter together as parents. | Our Story | Fun in the sun and adventure all around is what we love. Whether it is rock climbing; kayaking; hiking or backpacking, being together is what really makes it all exciting.
3: Hi, We believe that you are making the most courageous decision. You are a strong person with a warm heart empowered by strength. We are so honored to have you learn about us and who we are; two people who met by chance and fell in love. Building a family is something we have always wanted. Even before we were married we discussed adoption as a way to build our family. From the moment we were married we were eager to start. After being faced with fertility issues, our transition to adoption came with ease and excitement. The unconditional and honest love that our families both have for each other is endless. Both of our families will welcome with open arms and hearts your little boy or little girl. Our relationship is built on a foundation of love, honesty, adventure, laughter and friendship; of which is just the beginning of what we commit to provide your child with. A safe place to call home; creating family memories; inspiring childhood dreams through experiences and exposure; advanced educational opportunities and to embrace each other is part of the definition we call family. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share our story with you. Julie & Craig
4: From the moment I first met Craig I knew he was a gentle, courageous man. I was eager to know more about this kind hearted adventure loving person. Craig is the most patient person I know. He likes to have fun and wants others to have fun as well. I know that he will be an incredible father and is eager to pass on his love for the outdoors, sports, woodworking and surfing, just to name a few, with your child. He is always willing to help a lending hand to others. Craig's positive outlook on life is inspiring. He is a simple person who wears his heart on his sleeve and really makes the most out of life. He believes that a strong work ethic and personal responsibility will help guide you through life. Craig has one of those contagious laughs that you can not help to hear and laugh yourself. I am incredibly excited for him to share his love with your child. He really is the most amazing friend and I am honored to call him my husband and lucky that I found the love of my life. | Craig rock climbing in The Red Rocks of Southern Nevada | Craig riding his motorbike that he put together himself. He is so proud! | Craig airbrushing a surfboard that he shaped. | Things that I like to do... 1. Boating and fishing with Julie 2. Surfing 3. Backpacking in the mountains 4. Snow Skiing 5. Relaxing in the backyard with the dogs and chickens 6. Building and working with my hands 7.Rock Climbing 8. Family vacations | About Craig from Julie's Heart
5: Getting to know Craig | Hello, I grew up in a small town in Nebraska with loving parents and three older sisters. I enjoyed football, basketball and golf in high school and ended up going to state playoffs in golf. As a family growing up we always went to our nearby lake every weekend and enjoyed many water sports and boating. We would also get together every year with my cousins and take exciting family vacations to either the beaches along the East Coast or the mountains in Colorado. We have so many life adventures, which we plan on continuing for many years to come. I went to college at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln where I graduated with a BS in Construction Management with a Minor in Business. I am currently working for a large construction firm as a Project Engineer. I have worked on many different projects such as a Ski Resort, Casino, Water Treatment Facility and a Movie Theater. I have a great desire for adventure and I am lucky to have found someone so special that has that same desire. My wife Julie is an amazing individual that makes our family so loving and adventurous. I can't wait to become a father to teach and show all my knowledge and journeys with.
6: Julie is the most loving, caring, honest, artistic, and kind person I have ever met. She is always making me laugh and has stood by my side when I needed her the most. Julie is the love of my life. She is extremely adventurous and loves to be outside backpacking, gardening, biking or just hanging out with the chickens and dogs. She is very hard working and extremely smart. | Julie is amazing with kids and has touched many lives with her love and laughter. She will make an exceptional mother. I am truly honored and lucky to have Julie in my life. | About Julie from Craig's Heart | Julie learning to ride a bike with no hands. "Look Mom, no hands!" | Just another day practicing putting for frisbee golf. | Things that I like to do... 1. Creating art 2. Baking cookies and pies 3. Hatching out baby chickens and watching them grow 4. Going boating and fishing with Craig and the dogs 5. Going for long walks with my dogs 6. Being outdoors hiking or riding my bike 7. Snorkeling in the Florida Keys 8. Go on family vacations | Julie and one of her chickens.
7: Getting to know Julie | Hi, I was born and raised in sunny Southern California. I was very active in sports growing up including soccer, lacrosse and basketball as well as The Girl Scouts, which my mom was the troop leader. I am very fortunate as a child that all of my family lived within a short driving distance. There would always be weekend trips to Grandma and Grandpa's house. My family, including cousins, aunts and uncles, spent a lot of time enjoying vacations together whether it is skiing, fishing, going to amusement and water parks or playing on the beach. Everybody knows when my family is around because our laughter and eager chit chat can be heard echoing off the walls. Even some of the places I have lived as an adult were childhood vacation spots. Spending so much time together has made our family very strong and close. My eye for adventure lead me to my future husband. It was while camping and through mutual friends we met. I moved states to be closer to Craig. We enjoyed living the "rough" life in the mountains right on a lake. However after almost two years we were interested in continuing our journey. We pulled out the map and picked a place...off to the Southern East coast we went. I love the South East very much and proud to call it home. Although it is far from my family we talk often and email even more often. We take many trips home to visit my family, almost every other year. I am very grateful for my family what they have taught me.
8: Julie's Family | My mom is Janet and my dad is John. My brother is Jeff and his wife is Shana and they have a daughter, Savannah. My parents have been married for over 40 years and my brother and his wife have been married almost 4 years and are high school sweethearts. My mother's parents are Fran and Earl and have been married for over 60 years! My aunt Chris and her husband Mark have been married for 10 years. Cheryl, my cousin, has been married to her husband, Kevin for over 5 years and have a baby on the way. I also have another cousin, Cindy, who is married to Tim and they have a son Timmy. They have been married for over 5 years too.
9: Julie's Family | My family loves to take trips together. From kayaking in the Charleston Harbor, SC or taking the trolley ride in San Francisco, CA. Even hiking in Lake Tahoe, CA and going to Circus Circus in Reno, NV. It is really wonderful to have a family who love to travel and be together. We always have a great time and build memories that last a lifetime.
10: Craig's Family | Dave, Stacy, Jeff, Ellen, Valerie, Veronica, Gregg, Amy, Martha, Craig, Julie, Cora, Jay, Reid and Jane. | Craig's sister, Stacy and her husband Dave and their son Laik. Stacy and Dave met through mutual friends and have been married 5 years. | Craig's sister Ellen with her husband Jeff and their two children Reid and Valerie. Ellen and Jeff have been married for 12 years and are high school sweathearts. | Craig's oldest sister, Amy with her husband Gregg and their three daughters Veronica, Martha and Cora. | Happy 1st Easter Laik! | Christmas at Jay and Jane's just after the traditional Christmas cookie decorating party. | Stacy and Craig...having a good laugh together. | Craig with his new niece Valerie.
11: Craig's Family | All of the nieces and nephews at Grandma Jane and Grandpa Jay's house. | Amy with baby Laik, the new nephew. | Vacation at the beach on the East Coast with some of the cousins. | A good old fashioned game of basketball with the family on vacation. | Jay and Stacy preparing Thanksgiving dinner. | Cora and Veronica enjoying the waves. | Happy Birthday Reid! | Jay and Jane getting their first look at their new grandbaby, Laik. | Stacy and Dave. | The nieces and nephews posing for a picture at Craig and Julie's house. | Julie with all of her sister-in-laws, Stacy, Amy and Ellen. Ladies Night!
12: Our Nieces and Nephews | Craig's cousin Jared and his wife, Jessica's son Dale holding his new baby sister, Stella. | Craig's sister, Ellen and her husband Jeff's kids, Reid and Valerie. | Craig's sister Stacy and her husband Dave's son Laik trying out the sand. | Uncle Craig and Auntie Julie with Julie's brother Jeff and his wife Shana's daughter Savannah. | Happy Halloween Reid! | Laik, Reid and Valerie at Grandma Jane's house. | Laik with his dad, Dave enjoying the sun. | Savannah with her great grandmother, Fran loving those bouncy rides on her lap. | First time at the beach for Savannah.
13: Our Nieces and Nephews | Valerie all dressed up. | Craig dancing his heart out with his niece Martha. Julie and Cora dancing swing. | Reid dancing with his dad, Jeff and his mom Ellen and his sister Valerie. | Craig and Julie with some of the nieces and nephews. Veronica, Cora, Julie, Craig, Valerie, Martha, Reid and Dale. | Cora with her cousins, Dale and Gregory exploring the yard. | Julie with newborn Dale. | Dance Veronica, Dance! | Girls just want to have fun!
14: Vacations | Silly Tourists! | Viva | Rafting!
15: From the beach to the mountains and the river to the air...we are there and can't wait to share it with your child! | Vacations | Just Engaged! | Please, no sharks! | Hang Gliding!
16: Our Wedding Day | We were married under a blooming dogwood tree in our backyard surrounded by friends and family. Everyone danced and ate vanilla cupcakes. In preparation for our wedding, Craig and I built a wooden pathway that mazes through our yard. All the nieces, nephews and children of our friends played tag and chased each other on it. It was a magical day! | Our two year old nephew Dale thought it was hilarious to play in the ice bucket and get soaked with water. He couldn't understand why his hand was so cold...he was just learning about ice. Silly Dale! | Craig's Parents, Jay and Jane with Julie's Parents, John and Janet...Family at last! | Everyone say Cheese!
17: Our Home | We take great joy in making a house . . . our home. | Our home sits nestled on a cul-de-sac in a quiet neighborhood close to the beach and parks. The kids on our street can be found playing basketball and hula hooping. It's always a great feeling to drive down our street and see all the sidewalk chalk drawings of flowers and hop scotch. | We have a fenced in backyard surrounded by tall hedges that bloom in the summer. Craig built a screened in gazebo that even has a wood burning stove. We also built a deck that stretches out from our back french doors to the tall native pine trees. A new addition to our yard is our chicken coop that we built together over a year ago. There is plenty of room to play ball and have tea parties. It eagerly awaits to be complete with a swing set. | A garden filled with pepper plants line the side of our house. Julie loves to plant flowers and enjoys gardening, which is a past time that she would do with her mother and hopes to do the same with your child.
18: We enjoy collecting fresh eggs for breakfast everyday. Our chickens are our pets and bring us so much laughter and joy. It is really fun to watch the chickens run around chasing bugs. It is exciting to watch them hatch out. | Our Chickens | Lay More . . .Bawk Less
19: Our Dogs | We have two small dogs that we rescued from The Humane Society. Oscar is 10 years old and Bella is 6. They are both very smart, loving and sweet dogs. Our nieces, nephews and friend's children love to play fetch with Oscar and snuggle with Bella. | Jump Oscar! | Oscar playing with one of my previous nanny kids, who was adopted from China. | Craig spending time with Bella, our terrier mix. | Julie and Oscar snuggled up in the snow on the banks of Lake Tahoe. | Oscar, our dacshund mix, eagerly awaiting someone to throw the frisbee. | Sit, Stay . . Good Dogs!
20: Having Fun | Craig and Julie with their friend's children Logan and Mason enjoying a summer BBQ. | A backpacking trip in Lake Tahoe with friends and Oscar. | A trip to Disneyland riding Space Mountain! | Craig and Julie celebrating their wedding anniversary...fishing. | Catch and Release!
21: Having Fun | Craig building our gazebo. | One of our stops on our honeymoon. | Nap time on the couch with Oscar. | Craig heading out into the surf with a friend to ride one of his custom made surfboards. | Craig putting the final touches on the chicken coop.
22: Our Values | Respect | Love | Family | Education | To respect everyone and everything is important to us and we will raise your child around that. | Love for yourself and love towards others. To show love and teach love. | Having a strong and caring family is one of our most important values. To be together to create memories and adventures that will last a lifetime and to overcome challenges as a family. | You can learn anything from anybody no matter who they are, what they look like or where they come from. Educate yourself and teach others.
23: Julie & Craig | Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share our story and adventures with you. We hope it gave you some insight on who we are and how we will bring our family values into raising your child. We have so much admiration and respect for your decision to choose an adoption plan and wish you peace. We would be honored to be parents to your birth son or daughter and welcome them into our warm and welcoming family.