FC: Charles & Cheryl's Story
1: Charles & Cheryl Who We Are Hi, we are Charles and Cheryl. Thank you for choosing to view our book. One of the biggest struggles in this process is trying to find the right words to express our joy and eagerness to welcome a child into our family. We both have dreamed of parenting and the opportunity you are giving us to fulfill a dream will be welcomed with joy. We are a God loving, and adventurous couple who thinks the greatest joy in life is gained by having the love and support of a large family. Welcoming a new member in our little family has all of the possibilities to bring us a level of happiness and a new vision for our future. Thank you again for the potential of realizing a dream for a fun loving couple to share our life and love.
2: Our Adventures!
3: Part of our life of adventures is finding ways to relax. Our idea of fun is to travel. When we travel, we typically will go someplace warm and enjoy the water, sit at a pool with a book or some music and enjoy the sun knowing that it's cold back home. We are thinking about trying skiing for the first time. (We're not sure how that's going to play out?) We enjoy talking to each other and meeting new people and finding something in common with them. Cheryl enjoys shopping and sightseeing. Charles enjoys new foods and great restaurants.
4: I am posing in Florida. Below getting ready for the Trick or Treaters. | Senior Frog with me in Mexico | About Cheryl I told a brief story of how we met, but the reason I married her was something as simple as meeting a woman whose company I enjoyed, and she possess an elegance that I thought was like a movie star.
5: Cheryl is involved with community service and her Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha. | She loves to travel. She is in Mexico | Here we are on July 4th
6: Charles is having fun in Orlando with his brother-in-law. Having dinner with family. | About Charles He has more than his good looks going for him. He loves to play golf, and spend time with family. | About Charles
8: All because of Latrice, Anthony, and Tokay, whom we have known since they were children, we are married today.
9: All of our friends and family helped us become who we are as a couple. They are the people whose desire for us was the best life possible. They are the reason why we were able to take this journey. Their love and devotion to us makes us strong and appreciative of all of the blessing that family and faith provide. These are the people who thought enough about us to put us together and the reason we got engaged 51 weeks after our first date.
10: Home is where the heart is.
11: Our Home Shortly after we were married, we knew our 2 bedroom townhouse was too small for our family. So we began looking for a new home. We found a beautiful quad style home that looked warm and welcoming. It is in a neighborhood with lots of children, diversity, nearby parks, and recreational facilities with great school systems from Kindergarten to High School. Our home has plenty of backyard space to play football with the neighborhood kids, or badminton. We know it is a weird game, but we think it is a lot of fun.
12: Our Faith is who we are. We are defined by our love of Christ and the impact in being part of a family of people whose devotion to God and our faith pulls us closer to each other. From our faith, we have learned that people, and developing lasting and loving relationships are the cornerstone of our happiness. A child in our home will know and grow up with a foundation of faith and how it impacts a direction of life, love and the future. The joy and comfort that faith provides our family is cherished and never leaves our hearts and souls.
13: Family is a big part of who we are. Adoption is not a new concept to us Charles' brother had 3 children of his own. Later he and his wife adopted 2 beautiful girls. They are of Hispanic decent and are named Paris and Savannah. All of our nieces and nephews come together a few times a year to see their grandparents. With a family this big, food is usually involved. Every year we host Thanksgiving, it is a small informal gathering of 25 to 30 people. We sit where there is an empty spot and we laugh and enjoy the day. | Paris & Savannah | We are with our Nieces | Christina with the dolphins | Spencer our newest nephew at 5 Months
14: Spa Day | Ashley, Kieangi & Christina at Spa Day
15: Christina posing | Paris & Savannah | Halle & Tommarian | Nieces & Nephew
16: Our Family | Cheryl's Family | Mom & Dad | Cheryl & Brother | The Lowe Family at Christmas | Cheryl with Best Friends
17: Charles' Family | Charles & Mom | Charles & Spencer | The Bolton Family | We are in Memphis for our Family Reunion
18: Many faces of Charles and Cheryl | We are at Senior Frog for dinner | AKA picnic | Our Christmas tree | Disney World
19: We have been everywhere: Mexico Disney World Cubs Game Arizona PF Chang's AKA Picnic | P F Chang's | Arizona State Fair | Cheryl and Norris | Mexico
20: (top) Cheryl with friends after our girls outing. (right) With co-workers at the Catholic Charities doing community service
21: With Mother-In-Law Charles with best friends of over 20 years | Spencer @ 4 months old.
22: Our Vision A belief held by many is that the desire of all is to live a happy, healthy and prosperous life. We are not different in that regard. The vision for our family is to raise a child in our simple home to enjoy the pleasures, and manage everything that life has to offer. We want to provide a foundation for our child that puts Christianity front and center in their life. As our love grows for each other daily, we still know that we have room to love a child. We want to see a child in our home live to their true potential in life. Our vision for our family is simple. Great families don't just happen by accident. It takes planning and preparation. Faith and grace make it all come together. There may be some bumps in the road, but love and sometimes tough love can help minimize the impact.
23: Our Pledge to you We pledge that your child will know that we are blessed by our faith and family. We know that your decision will be difficult and will not be taken lightly. We are committed to each other and can commit to you that your child will be safe and loved in our home. We are open to discuss any arrangements you require for a role in a new extended family. Our ultimate pledge to you is that your child will know unconditional love.
24: Adoptive Family Information Counselor: Iheoma Okeke-Banks Date February 6, 2012 Characteristics Parent 1 Parent 2 First Name Charles Cheryl Years Married 4 Years 4 Years Race African American African American Ethnicity Black Black Religion Christian Christian Occupation Process Manager Banker Education BA MBA Hair/Eyes Brown/Brown Brown/Hazel Height/Weight 6'2"/240 lbs 5'11"/191 lbs Health Good Good Age 49 46 Child Care Plans Day Care Center - Already Chosen Children - None Other Pets: N/A Smoking: N/A Alcohol:N/A Previous Marriages: N/A Location: Suburban Interest, Hobbies, Talents Charles - Traveling, Sports, (Football & Basketball) Cheryl - Traveling, Gardening, Community Service, Going to the Movies
25: Child's Background The adoptive parents have checked/ indicated they are open to in a child's background Race or Ethnic Background African American, African American Caucasian, Other Bi-Racial Chemical Use Marijuana use by birth mother during pregnancy Alcohol dependency in birth father Drug abuse/Alcoholism in family background Mental Illness (e.g. schizophrenia, manic depression) in family background of birth parents Diagnosed Depression in family background of birth parents Learning Disabilities diagnosed learning disability in birth parents(s) diagnosed ADHD in birth parent(s) diagnosed ADD in birth parent(s) Mental Retardation in birth parent(s) in family background of birth parent(s) Other Concerns diabetes in family background rape situation child over 3 months of age under 36 weeks gestation
26: The greatest gift a parent can give a child is unconditional love. As a child wanders and strays, finding his bearings, he needs a sense of absolute love from a parent. There's nothing wrong with tough love, from a parent. There's nothing wrong with tough love as long as the love is unconditional -George Herbert Walker Bush
27: Thanks for reading our book.