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Paul & Laura

We are honored that you would consider us as parents for your beautiful child. Adoption is an amazing and powerful gift that has immensely blessed our family. We have so much respect for you and the great courage you have while considering this decision.

About Us

Paul
Laura
Job
Real Estate
Stay-at-Home Mom
Education
Bachelor's Degree in Construction Science
Master's Degree in Business Administration
Children
Stephen
Relationship
Legally Married

Why We Chose Adoption

Happy Family

Adoption has always been an option for us. During the first ten years of our marriage, we openly talked about creating a family this way. After experiencing challenges getting pregnant, we tried a few medical procedures but did not spend years exhausting all of our options. We decided early on that we would rather focus on raising a family than becoming pregnant. This led us to the greatest, most wonderful gift of our son, Stephen, who we adopted five years ago. We had an incredible experience during the adoption process, and know how truly blessed we are to have Stephen as our son. Every day we give thanks that he is in our lives.

We are choosing adoption again to further build our family. Stephen dearly wants a baby brother or sister, and we are looking forward to adding a new member to our family. One thing that makes our situation unique is that Stephen and his future sibling will share the bond of adoption. We hope this common experience will strengthen the sibling relationship and give them another shoulder to lean on in their childhood and adult years.

Our Leisure Time

Canoeing Fun

We believe that creating memories together as a family is one of the most important gifts we can give our children. When our son, Stephen, was two years old we began camping as a family. We found this to be a great way to unplug, get outdoors and do new things together. When we go on a camping trip, our favorite activities are fishing, biking, hiking, roasting popcorn and marshmallows on a campfire, and playing with Stephen.

Last summer, we took the plunge and made a two week road trip with our travel trailer. We visited a family cattle ranch in the Texas panhandle, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and watched the Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 on a ranch in Wyoming. It was the trip of a lifetime! We made so many memories and enjoyed the time together on the road, seeing new things and learning about our great country. We look forward to bringing a new member of the family to join in our favorite family activity!

How We Met

So Happy Together

We are high school sweethearts...our story starts at summer church camp when we were just 15! We were assigned to the same team and spent the week water skiing, playing team games, and singing and praying in assembly. We became friends but didn't see each other after camp. The next summer, we both happened to go to a dance at a local lake with mutual friends. We hung out that evening and scheduled our first date to go water skiing together the next week.

We continued dating throughout high school, and when it came time to choose a college, we decided to go to the same university. We knew early on that we wanted to get married, so we got engaged in college at 19 years old and got married two weeks after graduating from college. And the rest, as they say, is history!

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We Can't Wait to Grow Our Family
We Can't Wait to Grow Our Family
Hiking in the Grand Tetons
Hiking in the Grand Tetons
River Fun on a Camping Trip
River Fun on a Camping Trip
Picking the Perfect Pumpkin
Picking the Perfect Pumpkin
Celebrating Memorial Day
Celebrating Memorial Day
Fourth of July Neighborhood Parade
Fourth of July Neighborhood Parade
Family Trip to Yellowstone
Family Trip to Yellowstone
Exploring in Colorado
Exploring in Colorado
Trip to California
Trip to California
Disney World!
Disney World!
Cousins!
Cousins!
Visiting Family
Visiting Family
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Celebrating Memorial Day
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Family Trip to Yellowstone
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Trip to California
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Disney World!
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Cousins!
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Visiting Family

Our House and Neighborhood

Home Sweet Home

We live in a quiet, historic neighborhood in the heart of our city. We are within five minutes of several parks and like to meet friends for play dates. Most of our parks have swimming pools or splash pads, which are a huge hit in the summer. One of our largest parks even has a kiddie train and a spring-fed pool! Our neighborhood is filled with young families with kids. Every evening, you'll see people walking their dogs, kids riding bikes, and moms pushing strollers.

Last year, we completely renovated our house before moving in. We have lots of space for kiddos to run and play. Our house is bright with lots of natural light. We have four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Our favorite room is our breakfast room, where we have a large round table surrounded on three sides with windows overlooking the backyard. It is a bright and cheerful space where we share meals and make memories with family and friends.

Our Extended Families

Laura's Family

We both have close extended families and spend a lot of time with them. Paul's family lives within a couple hours of us. Whenever we get together, we like to tell funny stories about growing up. Paul's sister and mom are very close to our son, Stephen. They love to spoil him with special outings and treats, and come to visit whenever they can. Paul's mom also likes to travel with us, and most recently went with us on vacation to Longboat Key in Florida. We always have a ton of fun!

Fall Festival with Paul's Family

Laura's extended family mostly lives within our hometown. There are over 30 family members who are minutes from our house. She is very close to her sister, who has two kids who are best friends with Stephen. The little cousins get together several times a week and we do lots of family dinners and outings. Recently we took the kids on their first boat ride on the lake where they went tubing. They had a blast! Getting everyone together is always very lively and filled with activity. Everyone is looking forward to welcoming a new member to the family to join the fun!

From Us to You

We are honored to join you on this journey. Poet Robert Frost's phrase, "the road less traveled" continues to come to mind when we think of our paths converging. We are all on the road less traveled right now, which is exciting yet difficult - and every emotion in between. Please know that we are with you. We are brought together through this process. We are already praying for your health and peace, and also the new life growing inside of you.

We are high school sweethearts who pretty much knew immediately that we were meant to spend our lives together. We have been married for 16 years and are still going strong! We support each other and believe that we can overcome life's challenges by sticking together. We have each other's backs and are best friends.

Although we have faced several challenges through the years, staring down infertility wasn't something we expected. We always talked about adoption as a way to create our family, but were still surprised when God pointed us this way. Adoption is a beautiful process, and it has already given us a precious son, Stephen, who we adopted as a newborn in 2013. Through this incredible experience, we have seen first-hand the power of two families coming together for the benefit of a child, and we would be forever grateful to you for the chance to further build our family this way. It is a privilege that we will never take for granted or forget, and we will share pictures and letters to update you.

You may be curious to know what our life is like today. We are a very active family that enjoys camping together on the weekends and spending time with our extended families. There is never a dull moment in our house, and Stephen is beyond excited to have a sibling to love and share life's experiences. In a typical week, we will have dinner with Laura's sister's family while the young cousins play together. Our son and niece will tell you they are "best friends", and it is truly a blessing to see our young kiddos forming lifelong friendships. Having strong family bonds is very important to us. We also value creating memories, whether by beach and mountain vacations, or hitting the lake at home. These years with young kids are precious and we want to give as many wonderful life experiences to our children as possible.

Even though we haven't met, we have a great deal of respect for you. It must take immense courage, love and selflessness to consider this path. We will never fully understand how it feels to be in your shoes, but we are grateful beyond words that you are considering this decision, because you could make our dreams come true.

Thank you for the opportunity to share our story. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost

With much love,

Paul & Laura

Favorites

Paul
Laura
Actor
Mark Wahlberg
Hugh Jackman
Actress
Rose Byrne
Melissa McCarthy
Animal
Dogs
Dogs
Author
Ray Dalio
Margaret Mitchell
Book
Principles
Gone with the Wind
Candy Bar
Snickers
Payday
Cartoon
Paw Patrol
Berenstein Bears
Childhood Memory
Playing baseball with my dad
Organizing plays with my cousins on Thanksgiving
Childhood Toy
RC cars
My Little Pony
Children's Book
Goodnight Moon
Charlotte's Web
City
Chatham, Mass. (Cape Cod)
New York
Classic Movie
The Godfather
Sound of Music
Color
Blue
Green
Day of Week
Saturday
Friday
Dessert
Ice cream
Carrot cake
Disney Movie
The Lion King
Mary Poppins
Dream Car
Porsche 911
Corvette Stingray
Dream Job
Retired
Archaeologist in Egypt
Dream Vacation
Camping in the canadian rockies
Hiking in Switzerland
Family Activity
Camping
Camping
Flower / Plant
Hibiscus
Tomato plants
Food
Lobster
Macaroni and cheese
Form of Exercise
Lifting weights
Walking
Fruit
Banana
Strawberries
Game
Baseball
Skipbo
Hobby
Camping
Photography
Holiday
Christmas
Thanksgiving
Holiday Song
Joy To The World
Mele Kalikimaka
Holiday Tradition
Spending it with family
Cooking Tex-Mex Christmas Eve dinner
Ice Cream
Chocolate
Cookies 'n Cream
Junk Food
Pizza
Cheetos
Leisure Activity
Fishing
Reading a magazine
Magazine
Mens Fitness
Cooking Light
Memory with a Child
Hiking the Grand Tetons with Stephen & Laura
The day we met our son, Stephen
Memory with Spouse
Meeting Stephen for the first time
The day we met our son, Stephen
Movie
Tommy Boy
Christmas Vacation
Movie Munchie
Popcorn
Junior Mints
Movie Quote
I'll make you famous.....
"Alright, alright, alright..."
Movie Type
Comedy
Comedy
Musical
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Musical Group
Pearl Jam
Dave Matthews Band
Nursery Rhyme
Mary had a little lamb
Little Bo Peep
Olympic Event
Swimming
Figure skating
Personal Hero
My dad
Mother Theresa
Play
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
Poet
Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson
Quality about my Spouse
Her patience
His enthusiasm and sense of humor
Quote
Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
Restaurant
Eddie V's
Anything Tex-Mex
Sandwich
Ham & Cheese
Chicken salad
Scripture
Philippians 4:13
Revelations 21:5 "Behold, I make all things new."
Shopping Store
Nordstrom
Athleta
Song
Amarillo by Morning
Billy Joel's "Piano Man"
Sport to Play
Golf
Volleyball
Sport to Watch
Football
Tennis
Sports Star
Nolan Ryan
Rafael Nadal
Sports Team
Texas A&M
Texas Aggies
Subject in School
History
English
Superhero
Batman
Batman
Thing to Cook
Steaks
Roasted chicken
Time of Day
Early morning
Evening
Tradition
Christmas with family
Spending holidays with family
TV Show
Billions
This is Us
TV Show Character
Bobby Axelrod
Rachel from Friends
Type of Music
Texas country/red dirt
Country
Vacation Spot
Cayman Islands
Grand Cayman
Video Game
NCAA Football
Super Mario Brothers

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