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Farnes & CarolLee
We are extremely grateful for the miracle of adoption and for the parent(s) who consider all the options for their child. We are ecstatic to be parents, and while we know that the only perfect parents are the ones who don't have kids yet, we know we will be wonderful parents. We will love our child unconditionally. Thank you for considering us as you go through the difficult journey ahead of you.
What Makes Us Unique
We live in the country where we can work together and where we will be able to take our kids to work with us. We see horses, cows, chickens, goats, cats, dogs, deer, rabbits, and many other animals daily. We have two horses, one is the perfect horse for CarolLee while the other is the best "kids horse" you will ever see. She has had dozens of children on her back and she always takes care of them like a babysitter. Farnes is so excited to take his children in the tractors and teach them how to irrigate pastures, fix cars, and change oil, among other life skills. CarolLee has a newborn and maternity portrait studio and is excited to teach her kids about the business and take them to work. Her job will allow her to be home most days and Farnes's job will allow the children to be with Mom or Dad the majority of the time.
We both love sports and being active, going on walks together, and working in our yard and garden. We live at the base of the mountain where we go hiking and our children will have cousins within a mile. CarolLee loves music and plays piano, percussion, trumpet, and guitar. She is excited to play her family songs on the guitar while singing with her kids. We are both active in our church and have a strong "ward family" who offer love and support that many are not lucky enough to have.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
CarolLee About Farnes: You will be hard-pressed to find a more selfless person than Farnes. He is constantly serving others - whether he is fixing Grandpa's tractor, fixing the neighbors roof, or holding lights for my sessions. He feels empathy in situations that others don't even think twice about.
Farnes is very intelligent. He can fix a huge variety of equipment, weld, and do a million other things.
Farnes is also very supportive. He is always supportive of me building my business. His support makes all the difference as my business flourishes. I know he will provide that same support to our children.
Farnes About CarolLee: Things I like about CarolLee-I don't know where to begin. We met on a blind date. I only planned for the date to last two hours-it ended up going for nine hours. I knew from the beginning that there was something very special about her and I had to get to know her better. There are many qualities I noticed right off including her being happy, outgoing, fun, charismatic, full of life and energy, and extremely smart. We would go for long walks, play in the park, and hang out with family and friends. As I got to know her better, I knew that she would make a great mom because she was wonderful and did such a great job with kids. Plus, she just loves kids. I will be eternally grateful for our friend who set us up because I truly met the woman of my dreams.
Adoption in Our Family
Adoption has affected both of us personally. We not only each have family friends who are adopted, but we also each have family who are adopted.
From CarolLee: I still remember over 13 years ago when we got the call that my aunt and uncle were bringing a new baby home from the hospital after they had experienced the loss of a newborn. They had waited 2 1/2 years for this miracle baby boy and the best way to explain how we felt and what happened in that room is the song "We Laughed Until We Cried." We were all so ecstatic! A few years later, after more loss, they finally found their "Christmas Miracle" daughter and we all fell in love with her during our family Christmas together. These experiences were such an amazing insight to the miracle of adoption and I have wanted to adopt ever since experiencing the joy that it brings. We all love our miracle cousins!
Farnes also has multiple family friends and uncles who were adopted. One of our family friends has an adopted child that Farnes teaches at church. Farnes loves playing with him and loves seeing the relationship he has with his family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in rural Nevada in a gorgeous valley just south of town. We are surrounded by trees and we have a garden in our backyard. CarolLee does many of her maternity photography sessions in our yard because her clients fall in love with the images shot there. It looks like it could be a mountain resort.
The valley is close knit (it even has a book club) and we know all of our neighbors. Our neighbors host an annual Christmas party and it is so fun to have everybody get together. Our other neighbors host movie nights where our nieces and nephews have so much fun. Many families in the valley have children who will be our children's ages and we look forward to them having such a good influence of friends so close to home. Our town is also close-knit and very supportive of one another. It is so touching to see how everybody rallies together and it has been especially amazing to see the support we have had in our journey to grow our family.
Our home is an older home, but it is very cozy and homey. Upstairs we have a living room, kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and two bedrooms. Downstairs we have an entertainment room (with a projector and games), three bedrooms, an office, and a storage room. We have decorated our walls with our favorite pictures of our family and we are excited to decorate them with images of our child.
Our Extended Families
We both have large families-CarolLee is one of eight children and Farnes is one of five children. The youngest four in CarolLee's family are quadruplets (yes, four babies born at the same time). Both of our families are close. We have 24 nieces and nephews.
Most of Farnes' family lives within a one mile radius. We love getting together at least weekly and for BBQs and birthdays. The adults enjoy visiting and the cousins love to play together. We love joining the kids when they play games like tag or capture the flag. We have been able to take our 18 month-old niece during church and we adore watching her funny faces and mannerisms. It can be hard to be quiet when she makes us laugh. Our 3-year-old niece loves seeing us, and few things can make you feel as loved as a child running towards you screaming your name and saying "I wove you" over and over again.
All of CarolLee's family lives within five hours and we get together at least every other month. We have recently started a tradition of going to Lake Powell together. This has quickly become one of our favorite times of year. It is so fun to play with the kids and the adults on the beach, in the boat, and on the lake. We love spending time together on the mountain, on vacations, and at home.
From Us to You
While we can't understand what you are going through, we know that this is such a difficult journey. We pray each night that you will have peace, comfort, and guidance as you make your decisions about not only your child's future, but your own future.
As you consider adoption, we imagine that you have many questions - Will your child be raised in patience, love, and kindness? Will your child know that they are loved beyond measure by so many? Will your child's parents have a strong marriage as a base for your child's family? Will you be able to know that they are okay throughout their lives?
We promise that we will give this child love beyond our wildest imaginations. We promise that we will be patient, loving, and kind as we raise this child to be the wonderful person that we already know they will be. We promise to constantly show this child our love and that they will grow with so many grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who will be there for them and love them no matter what. We promise to raise this child to know that they have loving parents both on earth and in heaven and that they can always have somebody to turn to who will listen to them in patience, love, and kindness. We know we will make mistakes, but we promise to try our best every day no matter how late the night, how early the morning, or how big the mess. We may not be perfect, but we will always show our love no matter the circumstances.
We want our family to have a strong foundation through a strong marriage. We have been working on this foundation since before we were married over five years ago. We know that we are stronger together and we know that our children will strengthen us and bring us even closer together.
We are excited to share our wonderful life with our children, who are already so loved. We are excited to write you updates with letters and pictures and make sure that our child knows how much you love them. We have already had so many discussions on how to make sure that our child knows that they were placed for adoption out of deep love and we will discuss this love their whole lives. We are excited that our child will have not only our love and prayers, but they will have your love and prayers as well.
Thank you so much for taking the time to view our profile. We know that you have a lot on your mind at this time and we truly appreciate the time, effort, and trust you have placed in us just by reading this. We look forward to meeting you and beginning the start of a beautiful relationship.
Farnes & CarolLee