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Ardell & Lisa
We believe adoption is a gift and one that we treasure dear to our hearts. We are really excited about expanding our family and appreciate you taking the time to read our profile. Our home provides love, laughter, devotion, and all levels of support any child could ask for. We know that you have a very difficult decision to make and we pray that you consider us. We are looking forward to this journey ahead.
Why We Chose Adoption
We have wanted to expand on our family since the day we were married nine years ago. Ardell has a son named Jaden from a previous relationship. Jaden was just 8-years-old when we were married and he and Lisa are very close. When Jaden started his freshman year in high school he came to live with us full time. We have a great relationship with Jaden's mother, Sabrina, and Jaden goes to visit his mother as often as he likes. Jaden loves his school and has many friends that he's made over the last few years. He is looking to attend college in the fall 2019. Jaden enjoys art, music, and bowling. His favorite past time is watching movies on Friday nights with his family.
We love having Jaden in our lives, so it was natural for us both to want to share those same experiences with another child. However, after years of trying and multiple infertility treatments, we realized that having children naturally on our own is not possible. It seemed very natural and easy for us to turn to adoption because we understand you don't have to be genetically the same to love another person. We are so very excited to be on this adoption journey and we cannot wait to share our lives with another child!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
We both have such great individual traits that we bring collectively into our loving marriage. One of the most enduring qualities we love about each other is our heart for each other and our ability to communicate through the difficult issues that comes up in a marriage. We are far from perfect, but we strive to always protect each another's feelings through active listening and conversation. We believe listening is a major component of our success and one of our biggest attributes. Our hearts are that of a kind and loving nature. We are giving of our time and energy in helping others achieve greatness through the relationship-building ministries we lead at our church. We each admire the other person's view points on issues important to them individually. We never judge each other and understands that we are two unique separate individuals bonded as one body through Christ and his covenant of marriage. Our ability to be sensitive and fair towards the other person's feelings is inimitable and loving all in the same context and it's no surprise why these characteristics are loved, admired, and respected by us both.
Our faith is very important to us. We both believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We believe in the Holy Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Ardell was born and raised as a Catholic up to the age of 21, in which he made the decision to become a born again Christian and was baptized under a non-denominational church, which teaches word-based, Bible teaching that believes in the power of praise and worship.
Lisa was born in a family that had a foundation of Christ. Lisa's father was in ministry for 50 years and ordained Bishop for 25 years.
We both live and believe that Jesus Christ shall be and will be the cornerstone of how we live our lives. We all attend church regularly and serve in ministry, as well.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a very family oriented community. Our housing development has a large park with soccer field at the entrance and two small parks placed through the neighborhood. They usually host some type of reading or movie night event once a month.
We are surrounded by families with small children. We actually walk our neighbors' kids to the bus sometimes or pick them up. Even though we don't have our own small children we don't mind pitching in to help. We constantly see moms and dads pushing strollers on nice days. This neighborhood was definitely created to support new and growing families.
We have four bedrooms, a large living area on the main floor (open floor with the kitchen), and a finished basement (known as the man cave). We also have a large back yard with a lot of room to run and play. Occasionally Ardell plays catch in the back yard with Jaden. Our favorite space is the main living area, we sit and watch movies on the couch. We also can watch TV while we cook. It's cozy in the winter with the fireplace and nice and cool in the summer with the cross breeze from all the windows.
Our Extended Families
We come from pretty large families. Lisa is the youngest of nine children and Ardell is the youngest of five!
What's unique about Ardell's family is there are two sets of twins (he has a twin sister name Alana). When you add spouses and children to the picture, it makes for a pretty large family gathering. Ardell's family loves to play games when they get together. We hosted a family reunion for his sisters (he's the only boy) and cousins a few years ago and we had a blast. It was an entire day of good food, games, and laughter.
Lisa's family is huge — she has eight siblings (six that are married and one who is engaged) and 13 nieces and nephews. There's not a game big enough for them to play but they are a lot of fun. We spend holidays with her family and there is never a dull moment. Their favorite holiday is Thanksgiving and they are great cooks so food is always amazing. If being large is not unique enough, just know they are extremely close. They talk to each other through the week and they travel to support each other. It's actually something that's very rare for a family so large.
We actually wish we lived closer to our siblings, but we make sure we visit often. We have a great support system and our family is very excited about our adoption journey. They have been very instrumental in the providing us with any help that we have needed in this process.
From Us to You
We are Ardell and Lisa and our story is pretty simple, we met online (e-Harmony) in 2007 and had a long-distance relationship for two years before we got married in 2009. Lisa lived in Indiana and worked in human resources and Ardell lived in Ohio and was active duty military with the Air Force. One week after our wedding and honeymoon, Lisa relocated to Ohio to live happily ever after.
We live in our spacious two-story home (with a finished basement) in the suburbs of Ohio with our teenage son, Jaden (Ardell's son from a prior marriage). We live pretty normal lives; Ardell is a network engineer and serves in the military once a month with the Navy (reserve duty). Lisa still works in human resources and runs a small baking business, and Jaden is a junior in high school. As a family we love movies and hiking together. Jaden enjoys music and art, Ardell's favorite place is the gym, and as for Lisa she loves baking and yoga. We often talk walks in the neighborhood on the bike path that leads to 3 different parks in the area. We also find time to travel and see our family throughout the year, ESPECIALLY during the holidays. We are really excited about adding a baby to our family; we know they will bring both excitement and unpredictability to our lives.
We strive to give a balanced and stable home to Jaden and our future child. We will stand with them when they make both good and bad decisions. We believe it's important to teach them lessons they will need to be strong men and women. We want to allow them to know how to succeed and fail. We want to prepare them to bounce back when their plan A doesn't work. In the words of Lisa's mother, "Your plans are not always God's plan."
We couldn't imagine having to make the decision you have ahead of you. You want to make sure that you find a loving home for your baby, where they will be loved unconditionally and given the best. Just as you desire, we want to provide a home, love, and security for your baby. We want them to be happy, healthy, and protected from all harm. We have been praying for protection, provision, and the health (mental, physical, and spiritual) of you and your baby. These prayers were not for selfish reasons but for you to find peace in the decision that you have in front of you. We want you to know that there is a family that respects you and the decision that you have. We look forward to being the resource that God uses to give you and your child what you will need. God has a plan for you, your child, and our family. We don't know what it is or why, but we know that His will (plan) is good, perfect, and acceptable.
Ardell & Lisa
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