S: CLARK & KRISTIN
FC: CLARK & KRISTIN
1: about you...to answer the many questions that will come. We want to laugh, play, cry, care, and love with your child! We are not perfect but with God's help we will try to be the best parents we can be. As we think of you we want to thank you for choosing life for your baby! As you look through profiles of families we know the perfect one will stand out to you. Our prayers are definitely with you as you make this hard decision and throughout your adoption journey. | Sunset On Lake Michigan | Dear Expecting Mother, Hello to you from our country home in Michigan! We thank-you for taking time to learn a about our family! We are so excited to adopt a precious little baby! As we create this book we feel a love for someone we don't even know...You! We wonder who you are and what it will be like to meet you. Will we share some of the same interests and values? We feel a longing to share our lives with children. We want to tell your child | From Our Hearts to Yours... | In our back yard. We had just gone on a Sunday afternoon walk!
2: OUR JOURNEY TOGETHER We, Clark & Kristin, grew up seven miles from each other hardly knowing the other existed! As we entered youth age and our church youth groups enjoyed time together we began to know each other. After a few years of 'just being friends' our friendship changed to something more...love! As we pondered marriage we feel God led us to each other. Kristin was attracted to Clark's great sense of humor :) and his respect for other people. Clark thought Kristin was lots of fun to be around and he loved her laugh!We had a wonderful engagement and were married in June 2008. | Our love continues to grow each day and we are each other's best friend. | Our marriage is strong, it continues to grow every day and we love to be together. We are definitely each other's best friend. Life has not all been easy in the last 5 years but we have been so glad that we have each other when life hands us a struggle. Being open and completely trusting each other are some of the keys to happiness in our marriage.Both of our parents, along with our grandparents, have been together for many years some reaching 50+. We are very thankful for their great examples and are committed to a lifetime together! | enjoyin' the nice fall day!
3: We have always dreamed of having children someday. But after failed attempts at pregnancy and some unsuccessful fertility treatments, we began to open our hearts to a different way. After prayer for direction it feels we have been led to adoption. Over time this adoption has grown to be a part of who we are. We are as excited about this as we would be if we had just found out we were pregnant!!!Some of our friends are also adopting so it's awesome to be able to talk with them and our kids will probably be great friends. It will be wonderful for our home to echo with the laughter of children! We can't wait to read bedtime stories, build Lego towers, play at the park, and do other fun kids stuff. :) Our love is just waiting to be shared! | STEPS TO ADOPTION | At the Pacific Coast in CA! We LOVED it here!
4: Kristin is of medium build with brown hair and hazel eyes. She teaches special education at times and works part time at a local bakery checking out customers. " I enjoy meeting and getting to know people." Kristin loves to be around children. She has taught grades three, four,and,five in an Indiana Private School which she enjoyed very much! She plans on being a stay-at-home mom for our children while they are growing up. Mowing lawn and working in her flower beds, baking and sewing are some of the things she enjoys doing. Kristin loves to go shopping with her friends and their kids. Keeping her house and yard pretty and attractive are important to her. She has an eye for the beauty around her so she notices those pretty sunsets,flowers,birds and anything else in nature! | About us... | Kristin with a our friend's baby | At the zoo! Kristin likes the monkeys best! | gathering leaves!
5: Clark is blue-eyed, dark-haired,tall,and of medium build. He is an agricultural farmer & is taking over his Dad's farm so Dad can retire. Clark and his Dad have farmed together for over fifteen years, and it has always been Clark's dream occupation.His eyes light up whenever it's time to go out to the field, whether it is planting season,harvest time, or anything in-between! Clark also works part time at an equipment rental store which he enjoys.Flying and building radio- controlled airplanes is Clark's favorite hobby and he just waits for an evening when he can take his planes to the grass strip and fly! Clark also enjoys reading on those slower winter days. History is fascinating to him and he can spend quite some time in a museum. Clark enjoys telling funny poems and he soon has everyone laughing! | Clark checking his soybeans | ready for the field! | just swingin' in the hammock!
6: DAILY LIFE We love life with its exciting experiences and enjoy spending time together doing many different things! Playing tennis and biking are some of our favorite physical summer activities. We also enjoy kayaking or canoeing on nearby lakes and rivers. In the winter we sometimes go sledding on our small backyard hill. We love to play games and are always ready for a game such as Settlers of Catan, Scrabble, Phase 10, Cranium,and many more. Farming is a job we both like because it gives us lots of chances to be with each other. Its always interesting to watch the crops grow and exciting to harvest when they're ready! | Playing Tennis
7: Taking trips to see relatives in other states and vacationing up north are a highlight of the year. (Kristin's Grandma lives in CA along with some aunts and uncles.) We enjoy a quiet evening at home,but are always ready to spend time with our friends and families, too. We also enjoy going out together for supper or icecream. We have an active social life with many friends! Often we are with other couples that have children of all ages. Our children will have lots of friends to be with! Going to church to be fed spiritually is of utmost importance to us. We go every Sunday and sometimes to a study meeting during the week. Starting each day with a prayer and ending it with a Bible reading helps us every day. Our lives feel rich and meaningful. | A highlight of the evening---playing games!
8: THOUGHTS OF KRISTIN (by Clark) Kristin is very special to me, and our love for each other means everything. She loves to be with people and share in their lives. Kristin is very sensitive to the needs of others and reaches out to help wherever she can. She has a smile and laugh that are contagious to those around her. A chance to go shopping or to garage sales | with friends is seldom passed up. She also loves going to Lake Michigan to watch the sunset. She keeps the house cleaned, food on the table, the lawn mowed, and makes life interesting. Her personal dedication to God also inspires me. She has always had a heart for children that has grown through years of babysitting and teaching school. I know that she will make a wonderful mother. | KRISTIN..... | mowing lawn | at Farmers Market | and one of her best friends
9: Clark balances a neat sense of humor with much caring and kindness. He is a careful listener and patient teacher. He often tells me he loves me and our love means so much! Clark's dad spent much time with him as a child teaching him many things. Hours were spent hunting, fishing, making canoes and snowshoes,farming, and lots of other hands on experiences. Clark enjoys being with children and has had lots of fun with his nieces and nephews as they grew up. As a parent I know he will also adopt his dad's belief that much time must be spent with a child to help them become productive honest adults. Clark's faith in Jesus is the key attribute that makes him a wonderful person, husband,and future father.Trusting in Jesus helps him through any problem that comes. Clark is a man of great character and a daily inspiration to me! | THOUGHTS OF CLARK (by Kristin) | CLARK..... | ready to fly | sure likes his tractor!
10: OUR FAMILIES... | Clark's parents and his brother's family | Kristin with her Dad and Mom | Clark's Dad and Mom
11: Kristin is the oldest in her family so her two brothers and one sister still live at home with her folks. They range in age from seventeen to twenty-five and they are lots of fun. They can keep us entertained with their stories and laughter all evening. Most Saturday nights we go out for pizza with Kristin's parents and siblings. Her parents have a tradition of going to Mackinac island every year and sometimes we go along and share in the fun. We are thankful for the love and teachings from our parents and want our children to feel the same way some day. . Our families support our adoption and would love to welcome your baby into our family! As you can see we will have lots of willing babysitters if we need them. | Our families are very special to us. We are with Clark's parents quite often as they live only four miles away They are retired so they have lots of time for us such as sharing supper together, playing tennis, or telling stories. We are also with Clark's brother and sister-in-law and their family of four girls. What a lively bunch! Clark's sister and husband with their three children live in Kansas.We don't see them as much, but they do come up here at least once a year and we look forward to our trips to see them. We go once a year and spend a week with them. Their children are always waiting for us to come play games, go fishing, swimming, and lots of other interesting things! | Eating pizza at Clark's parents | Kristin's family
12: OUR FAITH LIFE We would like to tell you about our faith in God. We believe in a God who created the world and sent His Son to die on the cross to save those that would believe from their sins. We are thankful to God for His love and forgiveness to us. Even though we are not perfect He gives us power to to be Christians. We attend church to listen to Gospel preaching and to fellowship with other believers of Christ. Attending church is not what makes us Christians, but rather it is living every day for Jesus. We hope to meet you in Heaven someday! | Dressed for the Evening
13: biking | reading stories to his friends | on the dunes | ....fun times | boating
14: We live in the country on 4.5 acres of partially wooded land. There is a neat little trail through our woods where we often see deer and other wildlife. Our backyard is huge and a great play place! Our house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The kitchen and living area are quite large with a small cozy dining room. The baby's room is just across the living room and down the hall from the master bedroom and bath. It will be painted a pretty light green with a few pastel polka dots on one wall! | Sunroom | House Front | Our Home....
15: House Back | Living room | Dining room | Then there is the large finished basement with Clark's hobby room, Kristin's sewing, and a family room. A large playroom with a walk out door to the backyard is down there,too. This is our house, but our home is love, respect, laughter, and discipline.
16: Our Home | On the Lake | The Backyard | Kristin Baking
17: The Basement | Lazin Around | Clark Playing Tennis | Kristin with our Friends' Baby
18: Our Promise to You that we will love the child you entrust to us with all our hearts. that we will teach your child about God and how much He loves him/her. to tell her/him about you and your love for them. that your child will get the education that they need. that we will do our best; teaching them to be kind, honest, caring, respectable citizens of their community. that we will share letters and pictures and will discuss visits if that's what you are comfortable with. Have a good day and God bless you! | We Promise.....
19: He Keeps The Key Is there some problem in your life to solve Some passage seeming full of mystery? God knows, who brings the hidden things to light. He keeps the key. Is there some door closed by the Father's hand Which widely opened you had hoped to see? Trust God and wait--for when He shuts the door He keeps the key. Is there some earnest prayer unanswered yet Or answered not as you had thought 'twould be? God will will make clear His purpose by-and-by. He keeps the key. Have patience with your God, your patient God, All wise, all knowing, no longer tarrier He, And of the door of all your future life He keeps the key. Unfailing comfort,sweet and blessed rest, To know of every door He keeps the key. That He at last when just He sees 'tis best, Will give it thee.---Anonymous | ...a poem we've received encouragement from---so we will just pass it on.