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Craig & Lisa
Our family is ready to welcome another child! The Lord has called us to adoption again and we thank you for viewing our profile for this important and difficult decision you are considering for your child. We do not personally know the feelings you hold but we respect your courageous decision to consider adoption. We would be honored to welcome and love your child(ren). We would raise your child(ren) to know that Jesus, you, and our family unconditionally love him/her.
Adoption in Our Lives
The picture of adoption is beautiful and very real to our family. We have talked about adoption and have thought from early on in our relationship that we would adopt. Due to birthing complications after our third child was born, Lisa was unable to have more biological children, which led us to pursue adoption in 2014, to grow our family.
In 2015, our youngest son, Elijah, joined our family through adoption. We were blessed to get the phone call that Elijah's birth mom was going into labor. As soon as we hung up the phone, we jumped in the car and drove all night to make it to his birth. Elijah is the first of our children that Lisa held first due to birthing complications with the other children. We fell in love at first sight! As soon as we walked into the house with Elijah, and our other children met him for the first time, he was their brother.
Prior to our own adoption, we were fortunate to walk alongside friends as they grew their families through adoption. Our children's best friends are adopted and for our family, adoption has been the normal.Our family believes families are built many different ways and adoption is one of those ways. A family is about doing life together, supporting each other, and loving unconditional, it is more than looking alike or having the same genes. We are so thankful and have been completely blessed with the opportunity that adoption gives us to grow our family.
We are a Christian family that is active and appreciates simple pleasures. We attend a contemporary Christian church where Lisa participates in a ladies Bible study and the older children attend a children's Bible study.
We involve ourselves in our community by serving others. We enjoy volunteering for activities our children are involved with or events that our church community has going on.
Our family loves to be outdoors. We enjoy bike riding, jogging, and taking the kids to the park or community swimming pool. Together we participate in races that benefit causes close to our hearts.
Our children also love the outdoors. You can usually find them playing behind our house with several other neighborhood children. As a family we like to play basketball, baseball, soccer, bike, and take evening walks together.
When the weather does not allow outdoor activities, we enjoy games, crafts, baking, or a movie with popcorn. Occasionally we will hit the local Sonic for slushies.Vacations are usually visiting family and friends, however this summer we started a new tradition of doing a family camp together. Other family favorites are the beach, water parks, and festivals. The military life gives us the opportunity to experience different cities, scenic places, historical landmarks and children's museums wherever we live.
Our Family Traditions
Our family traditions probably seem simple but they are important to us. Our weekly traditions include Taco Tuesdays, Friday pizza night, and Saturday morning chocolate chip or sprinkle pancakes before we head off to the children's sports games. In our current neighborhood, we have the tradition of having the snow-cone truck visit every Friday after dinner where we all seem to cool off with a different favorite flavor snow-cone!
One of our children's favorite traditions are birthdays. We decorate the house for the birthday and make the day about the birthday person. As a family we have the birthday person's favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner and Lisa always makes the birthday cake of choice. On her birthday, the kids get to decorate the house and her cake!We hold many holiday traditions. At Easter we dye eggs, attend an egg hunt, and Lisa makes a homemade coconut cake to go with our meal. Fourth of July is another favorite tradition of ours as we attend a festival with a large firework show and have a cook-out with family or friends. We create a thankful tree in November leading to Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving weekend we decorate for Christmas with trees in several rooms. We also make gingerbread houses, bake cookies for gifts, watch The Polar Express in our pajamas, attend a tree lighting and Christmas Eve Service. On Christmas morning we stay in pajamas, exchange gifts, and play with new toys.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our family's motto is we make any house a HOME. The military lifestyle provides us an amazing community wherever we call home. We enjoy the diversity, support, and instant family that comes from our community. No matter the neighborhood or Army post, there are always children of all ages and usually lots of them! Military children easily accept each other, and become friends quickly.
We enjoy visiting neighborhood parks, swimming pools, splash pads, baseball and soccer fields, the library, bowling alley, putt-putt, bike paths and our neighborhood community center that has game rooms. Our children participate in Awana (a children's church program), youth programs such as gymnastics, soccer, basketball, baseball, art, and music.Our community has several annual events throughout the year that we usually attend with neighbors and friends. Some of our favorites are Easter egg hunts, Fourth of July festivities, including fireworks, Vacation Bible School, fall festivals, and a Christmas Tree lighting and festival where Santa is usually spotted and hot chocolate is on hand.
Our Extended Families
We often live away from our extended family because of the military lifestyle. However, in this lifestyle, our neighbors and friends quickly become a part of our extended family. We have been blessed at each home to have neighbors that quickly become family. We do life with these families, help each other out when needed, celebrate holidays and birthdays together, and enjoy cookouts and play dates. Over the years, we have built strong relationships with several families that makes them feel like a part of our extended family. We have done vacations with these families and meet up whenever we can for visits.
We do visit our extended families at least two times every year and usually have several family members come visit our home. Craig's Dad always welcomes us with home cooking and a stop by the local ice cream shop for the kids. Craig's Mom always prepares her famous chocolate gravy and biscuits. Lisa thought it was weird too, but for Craig anything with chocolate is a hit! Craig's brother and sister both have three children, so our visits with them are always full of cousin fun.
Lisa's family is always our constant rock regardless of distance. Her parents visit often and are kept busy with visits to Chuck E. Cheese, the bowling alley, the movies, and at home board games and crafts the kids pull out. When we visit Lisa's side of the family, we can always count on large family gatherings.
From Us to You
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for viewing our profile and considering us as your child's adoptive family. Words cannot express how courageous and unselfish you are for considering adoption. We pray that our profile and this letter will provide you a glimpse into our life and help comfort your heart while thinking about us as the family you envision.
Lisa grew up in a two-parent home with two sisters on a farm. She lived in the same house most of her childhood and her extended family all lived close. Lisa was involved in athletics, band, 4-H and church as a child and can remember her Mom and Dad being at all her activities. Lisa graduated college, married Craig and started teaching elementary school. After becoming a mom, Lisa decided, with Craig's support, that it would be best for her to stay at home with the children. Lisa has been a stay-at-home mom for ten years now and loves the opportunity to be involved in her children's daily activities.
Craig was a military child himself. He has an older brother and sister. His parents are no longer married. Craig alternated between his parents but predominately lived with his Dad. Craig went to college where he met Lisa. Once he graduated college, and married Lisa, Craig began his Army career. Craig has many fond memories and no regrets as all his experiences, decisions and roads have led him to where he is now; building a family with his best friend and serving as an Officer in the U.S. Army.
We met 18 years ago and have been best friends since. We have been married 14 years and each day together is a blessing while still learning more about each other. Military life has made our marriage a strong bond. We challenge and encourage each other on a daily basis to be better parents and partners tomorrow than we are today.
We decided to have children early in our marriage, so about a year after we were married, our son was born. Three years later we had our oldest daughter, and three years after that our youngest daughter. In 2015, Elijah became our 4th child through adoption. We love being parents and find simple and complete joy in our children every day. We are not perfect parents, but parenting has changed our perspectives and priorities in life. We strive to make our children's lives better than our own. We teach our children about God, support and encourage them in individual interests, and instill in them our family values, which include respecting and serving others, doing your best, being grateful in all circumstances, and making family first. Our family is a team, supporting and encouraging each other during the ups and downs of life.
In our family, your child would grow up experiencing hugs and kisses from siblings, bedtime stories, bike rides, park visits, homemade forts and tents, movie nights, backyard campfires, diverse friends from all over America, quality education, responsibility in chores, activities that interest them, holiday traditions, a large loving extended family, and a home of unconditional support and love.
We assure you that we will diligently share with your child the journey that led them into our family. Your child will know their identity and heritage, and will understand and feel the love you have for them as well as the love our family has for them. We create a photobook for each of our children and would like to include information from you. We will faithfully communicate milestones, family activities, and holiday traditions, as well as daily life through pictures and letters. Living distances from family gives us an appreciation and understanding of how pictures, cards, and letters keep us connected with the ones we love.Please know that regardless of being the family for your child or not, we pray you find peace in the family you do choose.
Craig & Lisa
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