FC: Mike and Gayla | Mike & Gayla
1: HI! We are Mike and Gayla. Thank you so much for taking time to learn a little more about us. We can only imagine what a difficult decision this must be for you, but we know that whatever decision you make it is because you love this child. Your strength and selflessness are to be admired. This profile book is just a glimpse into our lives. We hope that through the words and pictures on the pages that you are able to see who we are, what we like to do, and what kind of parents we will be.
2: We met at a party during Gayla's first week of college. That was almost 14 years ago and we are still together! We dated for 3 of those years, were engaged for 2 years and have been married for 9 years. We are best friends! We share a lot of the same interests, but also have individual interests as well. After college we moved to the Kansas City area for Mike's job. Mike is an Engineer and works for a local engineering firm. While working Mike also went back to get his Masters degree in Business Administration. Mike loves his job and the flexibility it gives him to be with his family. Gayla began working as a Site Manager for a school-age child care program in a school district. While working there she went back to school to get her Masters Degree in Education. This year will be Gayla's fourth year of teaching at an elementary school in the area. Gayla also loves her job! She enjoys being with children and teaching them new things. Gayla is lucky to have time off in the summers and around major holidays. Although we would like for her to not have to work, that will probably not be the case. We are lucky that Mike's mom lives close by and will be watching our children when Gayla does return to work. We are a happy couple with a lot to be thankful for. However, nothing would make us happier than to have a little one to complete our family. We both love being around kids. Gayla enjoys going to work to see her students. We adore Mike's nephews and niece. Going to their sporting events and taking them places is a joy! We love when our friends visit with their children and we are able to visit and play with them. We are excited to start our family and have been trying for over five years. Unfortunately our trying to conceive was unsuccessful. However, we have always known that adoption was an option and have been open to the idea. We actually talked about adoption before trying some of our infertility treatments. Gayla's aunt and uncle had gone through a similar experience and adopted a child. Also, one of Gayla's close friends was adopted as well. We know that adoption is the right way to start our family. It just feels like the right decision and that this is the path that was meant for us. We look forward to adopting a child to love and support! | About Us
3: Education is very important to us! We both graduated from the University of Missouri with our Bachelor's degrees and from Rockhurst University with our Master's degrees. | We love watching college sports (especially football and basketball)! | We enjoy traveling, especially to the beach! | We love to get together with our friends and family. They are an important part of our lives. | Things to Know About Mike & Gayla | Mike and Gayla at Mike's graduation. Mike earned his MBA. | Here we are at a restaurant to surprise one of my best friends for her birthday. | We are at a basketball game of our favorite sports team. | On vacation in Georgia. This was taken in front of a local pizzeria.
4: Mike is an amazing person! He is kind and caring. Mike is always there for me and our family and friends. He is a fun-loving guy and is always making silly jokes to make me laugh. Mike is a hard worker. He loves to work on home improvement projects with his dad and my dad. Mike is my best friend! We are open and honest with one another and tell each other everything. He is always there when I need him and I could not ask for a better husband! I could not imagine my life without him! | Mike is going to make a wonderful dad! Mike and I have always talked about having kids and I know he cannot wait to hear the little pitter patter of footsteps in the house. | A little bit about Mike through Gayla's eyes! | Mike at a baseball game. | Mike resting on the balcony of our hotel in Mexico. | Mike zip lining on a trip with Gayla's family.
5: Gayla has a fun loving and caring personality. Her smile can light up a room and she makes you feel comfortable when she is around. Her students respect her being a great teacher but love her for being a fun and uplifting person. Her students are always sad when the school year ends, because they know they won't get to have her the next year. Gayla is my best friend. She is there for me anytime I need her. Being with her just makes me happy . | Gayla will be an incredible mom. She is an incredible teacher and is wonderful with kids. I know that this combined with her fun loving personality will make her a fantastic mom. | A little bit about Gayla through Mike's Eyes! | Gayla looking for fun activities on vacation. | Making Smores on the back deck. YUM!!! | Gayla and her friend Mandy dressed up as book characters at school.
6: This is Maddy. She is our 7 year old Yellow Lab. She is an important part of our family. She loves to go on walks, play with her toy frog (pictured with her) and play frisbee. If you play with her she will be your friend for life! She is great with kids and loves to be around people. | Maddy
8: This is our home. We live in a four bedroom, 3 1/2 bath house. We have a nice kitchen that opens up to our cozy living room where we spend most of our time hanging out. Mike recently finished our basement and it has become the go to place for hanging out, watching movies and sporting events with our family and friends. We love playing in the backyard with Maddy and having barbecues (and roasting marshmallows for Smores!) on the back deck. Our neighborhood is located in a suburb of Kansas City. It is a family-friendly neighborhood with lots of children of all ages. We are in walking distance of the neighborhood pool and local elementary school. | Our Home
9: Family Room | Kitchen and Breakfast Area | Mike roasting marshmallows on the back deck! | Living Room
10: Mike's Family | Mike's parents (Mike Sr. and Susie) are very loving and supportive. Anytime that we need them they are there to help. His dad helps with all of the projects that we do around the house. Mike's mom loves children and can't wait for us to be parents. She is going to watch our children when Gayla goes back to work. Mike has 1 sister (Tina), 1 niece (Josie) and 2 nephews (Dalton and Dakota). They all love to play sports and keep the whole family entertained when they come over to visit. Josie plays soccer, Dalton plays basketball and Dakota plays football. The whole family is supportive and excited that we are adopting.
11: Gayla is very close to her family! She talks to her mom everyday and her sister's weekly! Her parents and sisters are very supportive and caring! They are always there when we need them. Gayla's dad comes up to help with big projects and Gayla's mom and sisters are only a phone call away when she needs to talk to them! Although they do not live nearby, Gayla's parents make several visits a year to see us. We also go see them a couple times a year. They cannot wait to be grandparents. They are looking forward to spoiling their first grandchild! We see Gayla's sisters a couple of times a year. Gayla and her sisters love getting together, especially around the holidays. It is always fun getting together to play board games, (recreating the family game nights Gayla and her family had growing up), watching movies, and visiting with one another! Once or twice a year we get to visit Gayla's grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. We treasure the time spent with them as it is not often! Gayla's family is excited and cannot wait for us to adopt a child! | Gayla's
12: Our friends are very important to us. They are an extended part of our family. Some live close. Others live further away and we do not get to see them as often as we would like. However, near or far they are dear to our hearts. We are truly blessed to have such dear friends that are so supportive and happy that we have decided to adopt a child. | Mike golfing with his buddies from work, Mitch, Scott, and Danny | Mike hanging out with his high school buddies, Rusty and Dusty | Mike and his good friend, Dave | Gayla & Carrie hanging out | Gayla at a concert with Carmen and Julie | Gayla's birthday dinner with Joy, Marques, and Mike | Gayla with her best friend from high school, Joy | Gayla hanging out with Hannah before a baseball game | Gayla with Julie and Jenn, her best friends from college | Gayla and her best friend from work, Mandy | Gayla and Sally, a friend from work | Gayla, Mike, Julie and Ed watching our favorite college basketball team play
13: Family & Friends | Gayla with her best friend, Julie's son Chase | Mike with Maddy and Cade (Dave and Carrie's son) | It is a New Year's Eve tradition to have Dave and Carrie over with their three boys, Clayton, Cade and Carter | The Guys!!! Ed, Mike and Steve | Julie, Ed, and Gayla Waiting before the basketball game | The Girls! Julie, Jenn and Gayla | Gayla's cousin, AJ, opening a Christmas gift from us. | Mike and Gayla's family before zip lining | Joy and Gayla with her sister, Cheryl | Gayla and her sisters after zip lining | Mike and his buddies from work at a football game in the rain! Mike with Antwan and Craig | Mike with his buddies at a baseball game. Mike, Danny, Antwan and Bryan met D. Cherry.
14: We enjoy going on vacation. It is important for us to getaway and relax as a family. We take a vacation every summer and cannot wait to share this experience with our child! | Vacations | Maui | Playa del Carmen, Mexico | Maui Hanging out on the beach | Maui At a waterfall on the Road to Hana | Maui In a lava tube | Playa de Carmen, Mexico Relaxing on the balcony! | Jekyll Island, Georgia
15: Favorite Movie: Mike: (500)Days of Summer, I am Legend, Bourne Identity Gayla: Blood Diamond, Almost Famous, The Goonies Favorite TV Shows: Mike: Community, Parks & Rec, The Voice, Seinfeld Gayla: Glee, So You Think You Can Dance, The Voice Favorite Sports Team: Mike: MIZZOU Gayla: MIZZOU Tigers Favorite Food: Mike: Steak Gayla: Tacos and Potatoes (but not together) Favorite Vacation Spot: Mike: Hawaii Gayla: The beach - any beach will do! Favorite Activity to Do Together: Mike: Vacation Gayla: Walking our dog Maddy and Traveling Favorite Holiday Tradition: Mike: Spending time with our families Gayla: Watching 24 hours of a Christmas Story and opening gifts together first thing on Christmas morning Favorite Quality about Spouse: Mike: She is Loving and Caring Gayla: His sense of humor and that family comes first with him! Favorite Childhood Memory: Mike: Going to baseball card shows with my dad. Gayla: Going on family vacations every summer and playing catch with my dad! | Some of our Favorites!
16: Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about us. We can only hope that reading this has helped you to understand how much we will love and adore having a child. We know this is a difficult decision for you and we have the utmost respect for the love you have for this child. Our marriage has grown strong throughout our nearly 14 years together. The time we spent waiting to have a family was not easy, but has made us closer than you could imagine. We have been through some difficult times, but it has only made us stronger as a couple. Deciding to adopt has felt better than any decision we have made. Please know that we sincerely plan to put all of our hearts into being parents. Living our lives with a child is a dream of ours. We can't wait to see them laugh and play the first time we take them to the beach or comforting them when they skin their knee. The daily experiences of raising a child are what we dream of. It is our hope to have an open adoption, if that is what you also want. We would like to have periodic visits with you after the adoption as well as sending letters and pictures to you throughout the years. We want to express our deepest gratitude to you for reviewing our profile and considering us as prospective parents. We would love to discuss adoption with you. If you are interested in speaking with us, please contact our adoption coordinator, Rachel Crews, at (913) 381-6919. Thank you again for learning more about us. With all of our love and respect, Mike & Gayla
18: Gayla with her mom and sister, Kelly | Gayla with her sister, Cheryl | Gayla playing mini golf while on vacation | Gayla and Mike with Gayla's sister, Kelly Boat Ride
19: Mike playing mini golf while on vacation | Mike and his dad braving the cold to watch a football game | Mike with hanging out with his nephew, Dalton | Mike with his sister, Tina, and nephew, Dalton at a college basketball game