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FC: Eugene & Andrea
1: We Met... at a Bible College in Pennsylvania. We went traveling together. We fell in love, and then got married! Life has not been all easy, but we have a strong foundation for our family. | Our Children... We have three children, Elena, Brandt, and Madelyn. | Why Adopt? We discussed adoption as a way to grow our family early in our Marriage. Also, a friend of ours had an unplanned pregnancy which she chose to end. We know that choosing to adopt is an incredibly brave decision for birth parents. We respect the decision you are making. | Wedding Day 2002 | Thanks for learning about us through this book...
2: . 1. We live on a farm in Pennsylvania 2. We have horse, cattle, cats, chickens and one dog. 3. We love going to Florida. 4. Our kids love Blues Clues 5. Gene has a small drywall company and Andrea does his secretary work from home. | Our place WINTER 2011 | Stuff You Should Know...
3: We try to go camping every summer. We also like to take the kids to amusement parks. | At my parents house in 2010 | Camping 2010 | Making smores for breakfast
4: G | 1. He lets kids be kids. 2. He is very conscious of hygiene issues! 3. He often takes the kids with him when he goes to the hardware store. He lets them do the chores with him in the barn, even though it takes WAY longer when they “help”. 4.He never berates his children. EVER. 5.He lets them ride on his back. 6.When the children get hurt, he is more sympathetic then I am! 7.He is funny and keeps them laughing. (They still talk about the time he jumped into the swimming pool with all his clothes on!) 8.His children are never a bother to him, he’s the kind of dad that simply includes them in the activities that he is doing. (He’s the fun parent) | 8 Reasons Gene is a good Dad
5: Making Elena's play kitchen at Christmas with my dad. | At the amusement park, he took a break with Madi, while I went on the rides with the kids. | Making me laugh at a friends wedding | Gene always takes time to hold his kids when they're babies
6: 8 Reasons Andrea is a good Mom 1. She is a mother that takes the time to read a story or play a game or just talk to her kids even when she is busy with other things 2.She keeps our house clean and homey 3.She loves her kids 4.She is patient 5.She put a lot of effort into cooking and makes good and healthy food for her family 6.Dedicated, understanding and caring 7.She is creative in her actives and projects so her children can have good fun childhood memories. 8. She is passionate about discovering what her childrens gifting are
7: Andrea’s Hobbies & Passions For my kids: I want to help them figure out what they are good at, what they are talented in and empower them to reach that goal. I received a high school education. I want my children to go to college. I love cooking and trying new and exotic dishes in the kitchen. (Do the kids like that? -Nah not so much) I love reading, and in the past five years I discovered I love writing as well. I wrote a book for Elena and Brandt both last Christmas. | Wild Ride | WE have tons of trees on our property, so there are lots of leaves to jump in.
8: Is fun, loud, and big! He has four brothers and two sisters, and when the family gets together there are 40 grandkids. All of Gene's family lives within 30 minutes of our house. We spend Holidays together, go camping every summer, and go skiing in Vermont every other year. | Gene's family taught me that there is plenty of love to go around. Having a big family means your heart grows bigger as your family grows bigger. | Genes Family | Cousins having fun! | Gene's Dad reading a story | Grandma does an Easter Egg hunt every year | Gene on our wedding day with his brothers and dad | Gene and his brothers and their kids in Vermont one year
9: I would describe my family as smart, polite, funny people. We love talking about business, food, and movies. I grew up in Ohio, and that is where the rest of my family lives. We travel to Ohio about every other month to be with them for a long weekend. | I have two older brothers and one older sister. I'm close to my parents, and every time we have a baby my mom comes helps us get adjusted the first week. I'm sure she will do this with the new baby too. I am so excited! | Andreas Family | My parents own a house in Florida, so one year the whole family spent Thanksgiving vacation there | My sisters the one who will watch "The Office" with me after the kids are in bed. | Cousins from Ohio visiting our farm | on the beach in Florida | Andreas family 2010
10: More about our Kids... | Elena's 6th Birthday Party | Madelyn's 2nd Birthday | Brandt's 4th Birthday | Elena with our Siberian Husky, Iya. Elena picked out the puppy's name when we bought her | Brandt is a kind-hearted cereal lover! | A typical scene at our place. Playing with kitties and cousins! | We've spoken to our children about growing our family through adoption. Elena and Brandt are excited, and keep asking when it will happen, and if will be a boy or girl.
11: Florida January 2011
12: ONe thing both Gene & I enjoy is being with our friends. We have many good memories of camping every year together. | From our friend Shannon: "Gene and Andrea are very easy-going parents. They love their kids for who they are rather than what they are. What better kind of love can a child ask for?" From our friend Marlena: "The child who joins your family will be welcomed and loved, no matter what!" | Friends of Ours.. | Camping with our friends. Lots of kids having fun in the creek.
13: July 2011 | We are so excited to bring a person into our lives here in our farmhouse. We love our family, we love our friends, and we so blessed by God that we have the opportunity to grow our family through adoption. Thank you for considering us, we would love to meet you!