Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile and for considering us. We are so excited about growing our family! Not being able to have our own children has been difficult but we are so grateful that we can adopt a child. Our hearts are already filled with so much love and excitement about the thought that someone like you could choose us to love and raise your child.

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Ben Michelle
job description
Pastor/Missionary Future Stay-at-Home Mom
education
Bachelor's Degree in Intercultural Studies Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
favorites
Childhood Memory
Summers at the Baseball Field
Childhood Memory
Camping with Family
Dream Job
Park Ranger
Dream Job
Teacher
Hobby
Yard Work
Hobby
Cooking
Quality about my Spouse
Even Temperment
Quality about my Spouse
Loyalty
Vacation Spot
Hawaii
Vacation Spot
Anywhere Near the Ocean
children
None
relationship
Legally Married

Cultural Diversity
Teaching in Africa

Michelle grew up with cousins who were African American, so an acceptance and desire to learn about diversity began at a young age. We both grew up with friends who are half Native-American and Filipino and they are still some of our closest friends to this day.

Our church allowed a Russian and Hispanic church to meet in our church's building and we loved the opportunities to share in activities together. One of Michelle's favorite memories was learning some special Russian recipes from one of the families.

We have recently spent the last couple years doing missions work in Africa teaching, building churches and helping the local church. We had the opportunity to live in France for one year to learn the French language as well as study the French culture.

We have loved having the opportunity to live and work in Africa and have enjoyed experiencing different cultures and traditions. We are open to having a blended family.

Family Traditions
Christmas Tree Farm

In our fourteen years of marriage we have enjoyed embracing traditions from our childhood as well as creating our own. We begin with fall and the days spent canning peaches, pears, pickles, green beans and pumpkin for the upcoming winter. Next comes the apple press where the whole family gathers bushels of apples to make fresh apple cider. We start the holidays heading out to the tree farm, looking for the perfect Christmas tree. Then we gather all the kids and adults building gingerbread houses, which often turns into a competition. We look forward to the Christmas Eve service at church, singing carols and hearing the Christmas story. Christmas day is spent with family opening presents, playing games and having a family meal. When spring arrives we are excited for the early morning clam digs at the beach and our trips to the local farmers market to find the perfect flowers for our yard. Summers are often spent camping with family, going out on the boat and BBQs with friends and family.

Discussing Adoption
Fall Apple Press

It's our plan to be open and honest about adoption with our child. Talking about adoption will help build our child's self-esteem, strengthen our families bond and fulfill our child's right to know. It's important for us to start telling our child's adoption story early while being sensitive to their developmental stages. We believe that this is not a one-time conversation but an on-going one. We understand that it is important to give as much information as our child can handle at that age in their life. We will always be open and honest with your child about how they came to be a part of our lives. Our child's adoption story is something that will be a special part of our family. We also believe that it is our responsibility to initiate this conversation. Just because our child isn't talking about their adoption story, doesn't mean they're not thinking about it. We will be sure to listen to their feelings behind any questions they may have. We want you to know that your love and sacrifice will not be forgotten. We will raise your baby with the knowledge of your love and share with you those precious moments through letters and pictures.

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