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FC: Michelle & Derek | Getting to know
1: Dear Birth Mother | HI! WE ARE DEREK & MICHELLE:) Our love is bursting at the seams and ready to overflow and spill into the life of your child. We are in awe of your courage to choose an adoption plan. Your decision exhibits more love, bravery and selflessness than any other act we can imagine. Since the day we became engaged we've had dreams of having a family full of energetic children. The gift of adoption is one we have actively pursued as we anxiously prepare for the journey of parenthood. We want nothing more than to welcome a baby to our loving home. We both grew up in Western New York, but on opposite ends of the spectrum. It has been a fun adventure blending together Michelle's suburban upbringing with Derek's country lifestyle. We met while in grad school as we both prepared to be high school math teachers...yes, how nerdy? We have found teaching to be a very rewarding career as we provide our students with the necessary courage and ambition to tackle their wildest dreams. We spend much of our free time cheering on our schools' various athletic teams. Our lives are woven into the fabric of our school and we have developed the deepest bond with our community. We have dreams of building a house full of love, stability and compassion as we encourage our children to try new things and to take risks. Life is full of many obstacles, but it seems like the greatest challenges bring the sweetest rewards.
2: Our Story | Started Dating 2007 | Engaged 2008
3: Married 2009 | Bought our first home! 2008
4: Our Wedding | Wow, what an amazing day!! Our family and friends came together to share in our most memorable day. The church's beauty was outdone only by Michelle and her gorgeous dress. Our parents, siblings, grandparents and extended family showered us with their support while our friends provided the entertainment and numerous laughs.
5: July 4, 2009
6: Derek | Derek's Baseball Team | Derek is a compassionate and loving person with a passion for learning. He is incredibly smart and I find myself learning new things from him daily. Derek has a passion for life and loves to live each day to its fullest. He has this amazing ability to make everyone he meets to feel special. That's one of the many reasons I fell in love with him. | Derek is laid back yet has an incredibly strong work ethic for everything he pursues. His favorite sport is baseball and carries out that passion coaching our local high-school and an elite travel team. He teaches these young men more than just the game of baseball. He is a mentor, a teacher, a friend, and like a father to many of them. In the winter Derek keeps busy referring high-school and college basketball. | BY MICHELLE:
7: Michelle | BY DEREK: Michelle has a very soft and gentle soul as her tendency to love and nurture are undeniable. I was first attracted to her by her sweet charm and genuine sincerity and this is why I am now convinced that she will be the most amazing mom. It's been over five years since we first started dating and my life has been immeasurably richer ever since. Michelle has been the ultimate teammate and has made several sacrifices in order for me to pursue some of my passions. She is incredibly passionate about her students and often becomes the rock steady source of support for them that she is for me. At home she enjoys spending time with our golden retriever, Baily, and redesigning our house one room at a time.
8: Meet Baily Baily is our first adoption experience. He is a golden retriever with a great personality. He thinks everyone is his friend. He loves riding in the car, hiking, playing in the yard and sleeping upside down (we can't explain this:).
9: Baily thinks he's ready for his road test!
10: At a glance | Birthday | Derek | Michelle | Baily | 7/5/1980 | 10/03/1981 | 1/9/2012 | Occupation | Math Teacher | Math Teacher | Favorite Color | Favorite dessert | Sport | Favorite TV Show | Anything chocolate | Modern Family | Hawaii 5 - 0 | Blue | Pink | Baseball | Basketball | Lover | Derek's sandals | Ice-cream | Cuddling | Brown (dog food) | Dog Whisperer
11: Whether it's watching a movie, cooking a meal together, or just sitting on our back deck, we have fun and enjoy each others company. We are so excited for the chance to bring a child into our family to share our love. | Buffalo Bills Game | Out of all the hobbies and interests we have , our favorite is just being together. LOVE is spelled "T-I-M-E".
12: when you love what you do it doesn't really feel like a job! We couldn't possibly be more proud of our students. They have been the focal point of our lives and they continue to amaze us. Our classes are less about math and more about setting goals, working incredibly hard and overcoming our fears.
13: Tag team effort on the thanksgiving diner. | Our Holiday time revolves around our extended family.
14: Our home | Our home | Our home | We are remodeling our new house one room at a time. We've tackled each project together and have created many laughable memories.
15: Our Backyard | Den | We live in a fantastic neighborhood. Our house is very close to several parks. There are great schools near by and many families with young children. Our house has 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a family room, den, and a dining room. | Our backyard can't wait for little feet to start running around.
16: Derek grew up on a dairy farm with his parents Richard and Donna and younger brother Darin. The dairy farming tradition is deeply embedded throughout their extended family. They take great pride in giving their cows the best home possible. One of their favorite traditions is showing their cows at the fair. | Rich & Donna | Grandma & Grandpa Hill | Grandma Lundmark | Derek's Family:
17: Darin, Katie & Blake
18: Michelle's Family | Michelle's parents Bob and MaryAnne have four children.: Michelle is the oldest, BJ, Brandon, and Christine. Her family meets regularly for birthdays, holidays and special occasions. | Brandon & Amber
19: The Whole Gang | Christine & Al | Bob and MaryAnne | BJ
20: Hill's Valley Farm Derek's family grew working on the farm together. They spent countless hours together and learned the value of hard work and discipline. They regularly ate meals together and make sacrifices for each other. | "CallMeCrazy" Our first champion cow...she is an absolute sweetheart!
21: Our teamwork leaps into action during the fair season as we work hard to train and get the cows ready for show time. Michelle's mom, Mary Anne, has become a prominent and valuable member of our fair team.
22: St. Louis, MO | Antigua | Los | Chicago, Illinois
23: our travels | Nashville TN | New York City | Ohio State | Angeles, CA | The time we've spent together on our trips have created some of our best memories. We can't wait to share them with a little one!