FC: Bradley & Nikki
1: We are Brad and Nikki, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We can't begin to know how you are feeling as you set out on this journey, but we would like you to know we truly admire your strength and courage and we pray God will give you comfort, peace, and assurance that the family you choose will meet every hope and dream you have for your child's life.. We hope this book will show you who we are as a couple, and who we hope to be as parents.
2: When I was a little boy I loved to spend endless hours creating and building things. I loved to learn how things worked and what made them tick. Chemistry sets and electronic kits were childhood favorites for me. In junior and senior high school I was heavily involved in band playing the bassoon during concert season. I had a close circle of friends I am proud and blessed to have in my life to this day. During my junior year of high school I made
3: FAVORITES FOOD: Indian COLOR: Green MOVIE: Forrest Gump TV SHOW: Frasier HOLIDAY: 4th of July PLACE: The Ball Park VACATION: Camping | the decision to join the Air Force. After graduating High School I spent four years on active duty, serving in both Germany and stateside in Utah. My time in the service developed and matured me at a young age. It was also during this time I developed a deep and lasting love for education. After receiving an honorable discharge from the military I went on to earn a bachelor's and master's degree while working at my current career as a lab manager in the oil field.
4: As a child I loved playing with Barbies, dress up, skating, swimming, dancing, gymnastics and spending time outside with my brother and cousins. | As a teen I played the flute and I was a cheerleader. I loved soccer, track and field, babysitting, music, and going to concerts with friends. | Now as an adult I love nature and being outdoors, going to baseball games, camping, crafting and taking our dogs to the park. I love doing just about anything as long as I'm doing it with my family. Most importantly as an adult I love our church, my faith in Jesus, my love for God and his Love for me.
5: FAVORITES FOOD: SEA FOOD COLOR: BLUE MOVIE: LORD OF THE RINGS TV SHOW: THE COSBY SHOW HOLIDAY: CHRISTMAS PLACE: THE MOUNTAINS VACATION: CAMPING | Hobbies | I have yet to meet a craft I didn't like. I love sewing, crocheting, making hair bows, painting and scrap booking. I also enjoy baking and reading.
6: Brad and I met in Feb 2004 | We got engaged in Aug 2005 | We were married in July 2006 | We purchased our first home in Nov 2006
7: We were transfered to Texas and purchased our current home | Waiting to begin the best part of our journey, as parents | Brad received his master's degree Dec 2013 | We met in 2004 at our favorite hometown restaurant, we were blessed to know from the beginning that we wanted to be together always. We were engaged in 2005 and the wedding was in July of 2006. It was a perfect start to our life together spent surrounded by our closest friends and family. After our honeymoon at the Grand Canyon, we packed up our apartment to move into our first house. Brad's career flourished over the next few years and we were transferred to Texas in March of 2013. With plans for children, we made sure to purchase a home with plenty of room to grow. We love our new town and our new home, and we can't wait to start the next chapter of our life as parents.
8: Our Home | We live in a family friendly neighborhood located near our town's country club golf course. There are always lots of kids playing on our block and families sitting on their porches, walking their dogs, or enjoying evening bike rides. Our home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. | Our home during the Holidays
9: Brad's Home Office | Our Family Room | Our Kitchen | Baby's Room | Our Dining Room | We have a large bedroom with two big windows that let in lots of sunshine waiting to be filled with furniture and toys but most importantly a precious little baby.
10: Holidays are so important to us. We especially love Christmas, it's a time to celebrate the birth of Christ and to make wonderful memories with family and friends. We have so many Christmas traditions we can't wait to share with a little one, like making cocoa and baking and decorating cookies to eat while we decorate our tree. We buy a special ornament for ourselves and each of our dogs every year and we can't wait to be able to hang our child's first ornament on our tree. | We also love to dress up for Halloween and hand out candy to all the adorable trick-or-treaters! We hope to have a little one to take trick-or-treating very soon!
11: Brads dear birth parent | Dear Birth Parent, I truly admire your courage and selfless decision during what is certainly a very emotional time in your life. I can assure you Nikki and I will love and care for your child with unending love. We are both completely ready to be parents and truly cannot wait for the day we are blessed. I was raised by my biological mother and my step-father. Even though there was no blood connection between us, he loved and cared for my sister and I as his own. I feel this experience gives me a deeper understanding and an ability to be an adoptive parent. Adoption will always be an open discussion in our home and your child will know how they came to us from a very early age. Brad
12: About Brad | By Nikki | Loving Brad is so easy to do, he is such a loving husband, always considerate of my feelings, values my opinions and, puts our life together first. Brad is witty, funny and makes everything we do together special. He's my best friend and I feel so blessed to get to spend my life with him. Brad is the most intelligent person I know and his hard work and dedication to our family and his schooling and career continue to amaze me. I'm full of pride when I think of all he's accomplished in the ten years we've been together. My favorite thing about Brad is his gentle and kind heart and the way he loves me and our three dogs. The thing I look forward to most about my future with Brad is seeing him become a father, getting to see him interact with our children will be a dream come true.
13: Nikki is the most selfless, sensitive, and caring person I have ever met. Everyone who meets her is immediately struck by how genuinely sweet and kind she is. There is no one in the world I would rather spend the day, much less my life, with than my wife. I am humbled by how blessed I am to have met and married her. We share many of the same interests and our outlook on life is one and the same. We spend hours laughing, dreaming, and loving each other. Nikki is incredibly crafty and creative. She loves to crochet, design, and create decorations and gifts for friends and family. I always know the season has changed by the new wreath she has made and hung from our front door. She has made baby shower decorations for many of her friends through the years and it is now time for her to have a baby shower of her own. | About Nikki | By Brad
14: Nikki with her mom and dad on our Wedding day | Nikki With her Mom and Dad at a BBQ | Nikki with her mom and dad at a birthday party | Nikki's | Nikki and her mom on a camping trip | Nikki's parents and brother | Nikki with her cousins then and now.
15: I am incredibly close to my family. My parents and my brother live 2 hours from us so we see each other almost every other weekend. My parents don't have any grandchildren yet, and they are beyond excited to have a grand baby to love and spoil! My brother is 2 years younger than me so we grew up doing everything together and are very close. My family is so supportive and excited about our decision to adopt. I honestly can't imagine better grandparents for our child than my parents. I can't wait to watch our child get all the unconditional love and support from my wonderful parents that my brother and I had growing up--and they can't wait to give it! | Ugly sweater party | Prom | Nikki and her Brother through the years
16: Brad's | Brad with hims Mom and Dad | Brad with his Grandpa and Sister
17: My family is the core of who I am today. I have been blessed beyond measure with wonderful, understanding, and supportive parents. My grandparents were an important presence in my childhood and remain among the most important people in my life. My younger sister and I have held a close relationship throughout our lives which continues today. All of these wonderful people are excited and ready to meet the newest member of our family. | Brad with his Grandma
18: Dear Birth Parent I'd like to start by saying I pray you find peace and comfort on this journey and that you know your decision is the ultimate example of unselfish love for your child. I can honestly tell you all I've ever wanted to be my whole life is a mother, it's something I just knew would be. I've always known I wanted to be a stay at home mom and I am fortunate enough to be able to do just that, so I can't wait to start the most important chapter of my life as a full time mom. I have an adopted cousin who is not only a cousin but a best friends, I knew she was adopted for as long as I can remember so adoption has always been a normal and wonderful thing in my family. I can promise you I will love your child unconditionally with everything I have and everything I am. I can't wait to watch them grow and mature, gaining confidence in who they are as an individual and help nurture them as they figure out what they love and are passionate about in life. I want your child to grow up knowing they are adopted, what a special thing it is, and how much you love them. I want to be able to share with them what you would like them to know about you, about your decision and about your love for them. | Nikki
19: Our Pets | These are our 3 dogs, Winston, Jack and Abbey. They love to play at the park, adore hugs & kisses and love everyone but they especially love kids! Nothing makes them happier than our nieces coming over to play with them or cuddle up on the couch with them to take a nap or watch a movie. | Nikki's cousin with Jack
20: We have been blessed beyond measure with our friends and family. Nikki was raised in a large extended family with many cousins, who all have children of their own. Our friends, who are all parents now, have been in our lives since we were all children ourselves. Everyone is very excited for us to become parents. | Brad's Air Force buddy | Nikki with her Cousin's Daughter and our dog Jack | Nikki & best friends | Brad playing boardgames with our nieces | Us with our twin nieces | Nikki's sweet cousin
21: Meeting our friends new baby | Candyland with our niece's | Brad with his best friend at their 10 year class reunion. | Pool party with Nikki's cousins and their kids | Halloween with our nieces Rapunzel, Snow White, Cinderella | Nikki with her cousin's daughter on a dinner date | Couple's dinner with Nikki's cousins
22: Things we to do | Our favorite place to be is in the mountains. We love camping, hiking, and the fresh air. We can't wait to take our children on camping trips in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico, Texas and Colorado.
23: We have been on several cruises. We enjoy being in the sun on the beautiful beaches. Much like our love for the mountains, we simply enjoy being outside. We also love to spend afternoons at the ball park watching baseball. Another favorite is the drive in movies or a quite night at the book store having coffee but out of all these things, sometimes just being at home watching a movie together makes for the best night.
24: Brad's Master's Graduation | Brad's Company Christmas Party | Just the two of us | 4th of July BBQ | Coffee Date
25: At a friend's wedding | Christmas Party | Camping in the Gila Forest | Road Trip!!! | Movie Night