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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.

About Us

Ardell
Lisa
Job
Build Engineer (IT)
HR Benefits Administrator
Education
Master's Degree in Information Technology
Master's Degree in Business Administration-Human Resources
Children
Jaden
Relationship
Legally Married

Why We Chose Adoption

Family Hike

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

Fun at a Wedding

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

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.

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All Dressed Up
All Dressed Up
Family Run
Family Run
Lisa Loves Baking!
Lisa Loves Baking!
Snorkeling in Punta Cana
Snorkeling in Punta Cana
Date Night
Date Night
Fun at Disney With Jaden
Fun at Disney With Jaden
A Night Out in Miami
A Night Out in Miami
Navy Ball
Navy Ball
So Happy Together
So Happy Together
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
Lisa & Jaden
Lisa & Jaden
Vacation Fun
Vacation Fun
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All Dressed Up
All Dressed Up
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Family Run
Family Run
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Lisa Loves Baking!
Lisa Loves Baking!
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Snorkeling in Punta Cana
Snorkeling in Punta Cana
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Date Night
Date Night
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Fun at Disney With Jaden
Fun at Disney With Jaden
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A Night Out in Miami
A Night Out in Miami
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Navy Ball
Navy Ball
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So Happy Together
So Happy Together
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Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
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Lisa & Jaden
Lisa & Jaden
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Vacation Fun
Vacation Fun

Our House and Neighborhood

Home Sweet Home

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

Ardell & His Sisters

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 Parents & Sisters

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.

Sincerely,

Ardell & Lisa

Favorites

Ardell
Lisa
Actor
Danzel Washington
Denzel Washington
Actress
Meryl Streep
Angela Basset
Animal
Dogs and cats
Dog
Author
Edgar Allen Poe
Kimberly Lawson Roby
Book
Diary of Anne Frank
The Shack
Candy Bar
Milky Way
Butterfinger
Cartoon
Tom and Jerry and Thundercats
Tom and Jerry
Childhood Memory
Going Fishing with my dad and his friends
Playing in the neighborhood in the summer time
Childhood Toy
HeMan action Figure
Barbie Dolls
Children's Book
Where the Red Fern Grows
Green Eggs and Ham
City
Chicago
Chicago
Classic Movie
It's a Wonderful Life
Harlem Nights
Color
Black and Gold
Black
Day of Week
Friday
Saturday
Dessert
Cherry Ice Cream
Chocolate Cake
Disney Movie
Bambi
Lion King
Dream Car
Corvette
Porsche Cayenne
Dream Job
Public speaker
Fulltime Baker
Dream Vacation
visiting Rome and/or Europe
Hawaii
Family Activity
Watching movies
Watching Movies
Flower / Plant
Lilly
Lilly
Food
Spaghetti and meat balls
Pizza
Form of Exercise
Weight lifting and running
Bikram Yoga and Strength training
Fruit
Cherries and blueberries
Grapes
Game
Monopoly
Taboo
Hobby
Building Model Airplanes
Baking
Holiday
Christmas
Thanksgiving
Holiday Song
Nat King Cole's a Christmas song
This Christmas
Holiday Tradition
Buying tree orniments for each individual
Buying personalized ornaments every Christmas
Ice Cream
New York Cherry
Chocolate or cookies and Cream
Junk Food
Cake and chips
Potato Chips
Leisure Activity
Playing video games
Massage
Magazine
Sports Illustrated
Essence
Memory with a Child
Birthday parties with my nieces and nephews
Memory with Spouse
All the romantic dates we've gone on over the years
Vacation in Punta Cana
Movie
Purple Rain
The Devil wears Prada
Movie Munchie
Popcorn
Popcorn or Twizzlers
Movie Quote
"The Truth, you can't handle the truth" -- A few good men
"I'm just one stomach flu from my goal weight"
Movie Type
Horror, drama, thriller, action
Drama
Musical
Jazz and R&B
West Side story
Musical Group
Boyz II Men
SWV
Nursery Rhyme
Engine, Engine number nine, going down Chicago Line
I'm a little tea pot
Olympic Event
Swimming, track and field, and basketball
Track
Personal Hero
My mother
Play
Tyler Perry's Marriage Counselor
Marriage Counselor
Poet
Langston Hughes
Quality about my Spouse
She is Very Giving
His Sense of Humor
Quote
Believe nothing of what you hear, but only have of the things you see
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up
Restaurant
Ruth Chris
Ruth Chris
Sandwich
PB&J
Italian BMT
Scripture
Ephesians 4:4-9
"I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." Phil 4:13
Shopping Store
Banana Republic
TJ Maxx
Song
My Life - Mary J. Bliege
We win
Sport to Play
Basketball
Kickball
Sport to Watch
NBA and NFL
Sports Star
Kobe Bryant, Lebron James
Sports Team
Chicago Bears
Subject in School
Math and Science
Math
Superhero
Spiderman
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Spaghetti squash
Tacos or chicken fajitas
Time of Day
Morning
Early morning
TV Show
Game of Thrones
Anything on HGTV
TV Show Character
Ghost on Power
Mary Jane
Type of Music
Jazz
Gospel
Vacation Spot
Punta Cana, DR
Dominican Republic
Video Game
NBA 2k18 and Maddan

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