BC: Where there is great love, there are always miracles . . . | - Willa Cather
FC: Our Story . . . | Ray , Michelle Cameron & Christian
1: Thank you for reading our story! We are very excited about beginning another journey to fulfill our lifelong dream of completing our family with a daughter. We fully respect your consideration and courage for pursing an adoption plan for your child. You have already given your child the greatest gift she will ever receive... LIFE... and with your blessing, we welcome with open arms the opportunity to offer her a lifetime filled with unconditional love and affection. Adoption is already something that is very special in our family. A littler over seven years ago, we domestically adopted our oldest son, Cameron. | After Cameron turned one, we wanted to continue growing our family. Through a successful fertility treatment, our second gift was delivered on Christmas day in 2005 when our son, Christian was born. We are blessed with the opportunity to have experienced both miracles of adoption and pregnancy. We continue to hope for a natural pregnancy, but realize that we may not have any more children biologically. Through years of infertility we have always tried to stay focused on the good fortunes in our lives. Our love for each other and our commitment to grow our family is stronger today than ever. We know that you want your child to grow up well cared for with every opportunity to succeed. We will raise your child in much of the same way we were raised, providing her with unconditional love, encouragement to grow and become her own unique individual, a happy and secure home and the opportunity for great education. Within our home, promises are always kept, dreams are chased and passions are followed. Michelle left her teaching career to be a stay at home mom for both Cameron and Christian. This was such a fulfilling experience that she looks forward to doing it again! We hope this is the beginning of fulfilling our dreams of becoming parents of a daughter and your dreams of finding a special family to provide your child with a life that you chose for her. | Ray & Michelle
2: Our relationship is one of a kind. We met when we were only fourteen years old and have been together ever since. We were engaged at twenty-two and married at twenty-four and will be celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary this July. We are best friends and soul mates! | "The quality that first attracted me to Ray was his sweetness. He would often write me notes and buy me little things that made me feel special. Most of all, I was amazed at how interested he was in getting to know me." | "The quality that first attracted me to Michelle was how cute she was. I knew she would be the girl I would marry because she always gave me a special feeling inside of happiness and comfort that is difficult to put into words." | Our greatest strength as a couple is the time we invested in our relationship from a young age. Growing up together allowed us to develop common goals and philosophies about life. We believe the foundation of our relationship was developed prior to getting married, which enabled us to begin our marriage with respecting one another, being honest with one another and sharing open communication.
3: We live in a small, friendly, suburban community in a raised ranch home on a dead end street. Both of our families also live in town. | Our home is situated on a half acre of property with a very large backyard for our children to play, as well as a fenced in-ground swimming pool. We often enjoy spending time throughout the summer barbecuing with our family and friends. Cameron and Christian love swimming everyday in the summer months!
4: Having Cameron in our lives has been nothing short of a miracle, a true blessing from God. Every adoption story is unique. Cameron's adoption was an amazing experience and is proof that everything that happens to us in life is meant to be. Since Cameron was born we always found an age appropriate way to discuss his amazing journey in finding us. We continue to openly have conversations with Cameron about being adopted. Now that he is seven, he is beginning to understand a lot more about his adoption story and asking us more questions. We were fortunate to have met Cameron's birth mother and learn about her and her family before he was even born. Our memories and experiences with her are the “piece of her” that Cameron will cherish for the rest of his life. | Cameron's Adoption Story...
5: Once Cameron's adoption was finalized, we named the official court date “Cameron Day”. Each year on this day, we always do something special as a family that Cameron gets to decide. It’s a day for all of us to reflect on how blessed we are to have him in our family. We often will share or retell parts of his adoption story and always give him a book to add to his adoption collection that has a special message written by us on the inside cover. Cameron always seems to put a smile on everyone's face. He is a smart and sensitive boy with a great sense of humor. We know we are blessed to have Cameron in our family and can't imagine life without him!
6: Having experienced an amazing adoption, we were anxious to continue growing our family. We tried to get pregnant for over six years through various medical tests, surgeries and fertility treatments. After Cameron turned one, we made a difficult decision to pursue in-vitro fertilization. We agreed to give it only one attempt and knew God was on our side when we got the news Michelle was pregnant. | On December 25, 2005, we were blessed with another miracle! Each Christmas day we are reminded that our son Christian is truly another gift from God. Giving Cameron a brother close in age to grow up with is very special. It is exciting to watch their relationship grow over the past 5 years. Today they are best friends and enjoy playing and learning from each other. We certainly are proud parents! | Our Greatest Christmas Gift...
7: Best Buddies | Cameron and Christian love spending time together swimming, sleigh riding and playing golf with dad! | The boys enjoy taking karate lessons twice a week and recently earned their orange belts. This is an achievement they have been working on for the past two years. | Christian is a very thoughtful and loving child who always tries to include his big brother in everything he does. He also has a great sense of humor and together they make a silly pair!
8: "Of all the things I have to play, I'd choose my brother any day."
10: A Family Is A Gift That Lasts Forever
11: Making "quality time" is our priority as we continue to create family traditions that our children will always remember!
12: We have many hobbies we enjoy as a family. We love to travel. Some of our trips are short getaways and others require us to take a plane. Our sons enjoy spending nights at hotels and experiencing what other states have to offer.
13: We also enjoy swimming in our pool, relaxing on our boat, going to the movies and riding our bikes at the park. As a family we attend many events in our community including cub scouts, recreational sports and library activities. Together we attend mass every Sunday and will continue this practice so that our children will have the opportunity to learn about the Catholic faith.
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16: I am the middle child in a family of three children. I have an older brother, Jim and a younger sister, Darlene. Currently we live in the town where I grew up only a mile from my parents. My brother, sister-in-law and niece also live in town. Living so close to them makes it easy for us to see each other often. Our sons think the world of their older cousin, Talia who is nine. My sister recently married and moved out of state. I appreciate the time we get to spend with her and Wade when they visit and I speak to her on the phone regularly. | Michelle's Family | Michelle, her mom and grandma, who turned 90 years old this year | Jim, Lisa and Talia | Darlene & Wade on their wedding day with our boys and Talia. | Michelle's parents, Bernie & Joe.
17: I have one younger sister, Lisa. She and my brother-in-law, Todd have one daughter, Emily who recently turned one. Both my parents, as well as my sister live only a few miles from our home. During the week it's common for my family to invite us for a week day dinner or come watch the boys play an organized sport on the weekend down at the recreation fields in town. Cameron and Christian really enjoy having Emily in their lives. Its amazing to see how they both interact and play with a baby girl. | Ray's Family | Ray's parents, Vincent & Patricia with our boys | Todd, Lisa & Emily on her 1st birthday | Cameron & Christian's cousin, Emily
19: Our close friends and sons' Godparents | The two Grandmas pose for a photo at the zoo! | Aunt Judy loves spending time with all of us! | Grandpa & Pop Pop demonstrate a few baseball tips!
20: Families created by adoption are one of a kind! We acknowledge that birth parents and adoptive families have all kinds of relationships with one another. Most importantly, everyone needs to feel comfortable and do what is right for the situation. We are eager to meet with you so we can learn what's important to you for your child growing up. We want you to know that your child will know her adoption story and the way we all became a family. We hope our story provided you with an idea of the loving and secure home we can provide your child. It takes a very special person to choose adoption for their child and we look forward to meeting you in person! | Life holds special magic for those who dare to dream . .