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Ben & Nikki

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at our family profile. We have been trying to start our family for several years and are very excited about proceeding with the adoption process. We know this must be an extremely difficult time for you and you and your family and y'all are in our thoughts and prayers.

About Us

Ben
Nikki
Job
Senior Compensation Analyst
Special Education Teacher
Education
Bachelor's Degree in Management Information Systems
Doctoral Degree in Education
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

How We Met

Painting Class

We met in elementary school and share several childhood memories growing up prior to starting to date in college. Some of these memories include special field trips in elementary school and attending summer camp together one summer in late elementary school. We grew much closer one summer working on a mission trip. Everyone on the mission trip was divided up into teams who did home repair ministry for a week in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

Ben and Nikki were placed on a team together where we completed many jobs including replacing a floor, bathroom repair, and putting up walls in the living room. We both continued attending summer mission trips and worked together many more times where our friendship grew and eventually we started officially dating. As a couple we did several more full mission trip weeks as well as local mission work together. We both really enjoy this type of work individually and it is a lot of fun to be able to share that with someone else who equally enjoys it. After dating for five and a half years, Ben proposed and we have been happily married for almost five years now.

What it Means to be a Parent

Enjoying the Weather

Being parents means the world to us! Nikki is a high school teacher, so she spends all her days around kids and completely loves it. She not only loves teaching, but she also really enjoys getting to spend time around her kids and getting to know them as people. Nikki loves going to watch them play sports, be involved in the school plays, and sing at choir concerts. She imagines how much fun it will be when she is able to watch her own child do all of these things.

Ben is also really excited to be a dad. He's been practicing his dad jokes for years now and is fully ready to go. He talks about the things that he will enjoy doing with his children and what he wants to teach them. Things like video games, racing remote control cars, fishing, and sports. Spending time with his nephews has really showed Ben the joys of having children around and how much fun it is to watch them grown and learn new things.

Education We will Provide

Nikki's Dissertation

Education is very important to us and we will provide whatever level of education our child desires. As a teacher, Nikki recognizes the benefits of education in helping students develop, grow, and learn. We plan on sending our students to public school and fully believe in the public school system in our area. Our local schools offer a wide range of courses from advanced courses, to magnet programs, and certification programs for future careers. Both Ben and Nikki attended public school and now Nikki has been working in a public high school for the past nine years.

After high school, our child will have to ability to pursue whatever form of post-secondary education they desire based on their future career goals. We recognize the importance of all jobs and understand different jobs require different levels of education and training. We will support our child in pursuing whatever higher education they choose whether that be a certification, doctorate degree, or any level in between. Our plan is to emotionally and financially support our future child through their educational progression to allow them to achieve whatever their goals may be.

Photos

Christmas Fun with Our Nephew
Christmas Fun with Our Nephew
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
Cooking Class
Cooking Class
Fishing
Fishing
Snow Day
Snow Day
Family Picture Among the Blue Bonnets
Family Picture Among the Blue Bonnets
The Birth of Our Nephew
The Birth of Our Nephew
Nikki Spending Time with Her Best Friend's Kids
Nikki Spending Time with Her Best Friend's Kids
Nikki Getting Her Doctorate
Nikki Getting Her Doctorate
Ben Fishing
Ben Fishing
Nikki and Her Favorite Team
Nikki and Her Favorite Team
Going Camping!
Going Camping!
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Christmas Fun with Our Nephew
Christmas Fun with Our Nephew
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Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
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Cooking Class
Cooking Class
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Fishing
Fishing
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Snow Day
Snow Day
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Family Picture Among the Blue Bonnets
Family Picture Among the Blue Bonnets
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The Birth of Our Nephew
The Birth of Our Nephew
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Nikki Spending Time with Her Best Friend's Kids
Nikki Spending Time with Her Best Friend's Kids
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Nikki Getting Her Doctorate
Nikki Getting Her Doctorate
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Ben Fishing
Ben Fishing
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Nikki and Her Favorite Team
Nikki and Her Favorite Team
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Going Camping!
Going Camping!

Our Extended Families

Nikki's Family

We love spending time with our families, especially around the holidays. Nikki's family draws names each year before Christmas and then we hand-make that person a Christmas present. This tradition has been going since Nikki was an extremely young child. These gifts are the first that are opened on Christmas morning and are always the most special gifts each year. We have so much fun planning what we are going to make, getting supplies, making the gift, and then surprising that person on Christmas morning. Spending time with Nikki's family is a very laid-back experience with everyone just hanging out, chatting, and enjoying each other's company.

Ben's Family

Spending time with Ben's family is a more lively time. We have two nephews under 5 years of age, so there is a never a dull moment when we are hanging out with them. Ben likes to spend time with Zac, the older nephew, playing games, and running around with him while making him laugh. Nikki spends time with Logan, the younger nephew, holding him and feeding him his favorite foods. Our families are so excited for us to add children to our family and are extremely supportive and excited about the adoption process.

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Dining Room

When we purchased our home in Texas we made sure that we were in a family-friendly neighborhood close to good schools. Our house is a five-bedroom, three-bathroom which we purchased with the goal in mind of filling it with children. We just finished redoing the living room into a family-friendly space that we cannot wait to create more memories in with our future children. We also really love our neighborhood. We are within walking distance of the elementary school that has a big park and multiple playground areas. We love walking our dogs over to that park and spending time outside with the other families who live in our area. There are also several walking trails, a nature preserve, and a creek that is just south of our home. When the weather is nice, we go fishing at the creek and enjoy being together outside enjoying nature. Ben really enjoys fishing and is looking forward to teaching his son or daughter how to fish when they're old enough.

Home Sweet Home

From Us to You

While Ben and Nikki met in elementary school, we did not start dating until we were both in college. After dating for five and a half years Ben proposed. We got married very close to our seven-year anniversary, and have now been married for nearly five years.

Ever since Nikki could remember she always envisioned herself as a mom. After Ben married Nikki, he too knew that he wanted to have children with her one day. A few years after we got married, Nikki decided that she wanted to complete her Doctorate degree in Education and Ben decided that he wanted to wait and have kids until after that was finished so Nikki would have more time for our children. Once she finished her degree, Nikki was so excited to begin the next phase of their lives and become parents. It became apparent over time that that process was not going according to plan. After months of trying and then more than a year of fertility treatments we realized our road to parenthood would not be traditional. We decided that we still wanted to pursue parenthood and after considerable thought and prayer it was clear that adoption was what worked best for our family. Teaching has taught Nikki that she can easily love a child that is not biologically hers. Taking care of others, making them feel safe, heard, cared for, and special really brings her a great amount of joy. We plan to grow our family multiple times through adoption, so in selecting us, your child will be in a family where all children are adopted and share that unique aspect of life.

We have long imagined what our lives with a child would look like and are very excited to get to experience those things very soon. Ben imagines playing with RC cars, teaching his child to fish, and sharing his love of video games and working with his hands. He always has a project going around the house and is looking forward to having a little helper for all those projects in the future. Nikki envisions birthday parties, sleepovers, sporting events, and eventually having her own child attend the same school that she teaches at and loves so much. She so enjoys being involved in all the social aspects of the high school and can't wait to share that with her future child, going to football games, enjoying pep rallies, and getting ready for and attending school dances.

We both value the relationship between the adopted child, adopted parents, and birth parents, and want to build a strong relationship that grows with age. Both Ben and Nikki are open to yearly visits, as well as phone calls and text messages in addition to letters and pictures on a regular basis. We recognize that this is potentially a very challenging time for you and respect whatever decisions you make in regards to the level of communication you are comfortable with prior to and after the birth. We are very flexible with the amount of communication and know that you may want to change the types or frequency of communication overtime and we are very open to that as well.

We are so excited to grow our family through adoption and want to thank you for taking the time to read and consider us as adoptive parents. We will love and care for your child with all our hearts. You and your family are in our thoughts during this time.

Thank you,

Ben & Nikki

Favorites

Ben
Nikki
Actor
George Clooney
Channing Tatum
Actress
Sandra Bullock
Julia Roberts
Animal
Tiger
Giant Tortoise
Author
C.S. Lewis
Katherine McGee
Book
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Where the Crawdads Sing
Candy Bar
Three Musketeers
Reese's
Cartoon
Dexter's Lab
Recess
Childhood Memory
Opening Christmas Presents
Going on Field Trips in Elementary School
Childhood Toy
RC Cars
American Girl Dolls
Children's Book
Winnie the Pooh
Goodnight Moon
City
New York
Fredericksburg, Texas
Classic Movie
The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
Color
Teal
Lime Green
Day of Week
Friday
Friday
Dessert
Ice Cream
Cookie Dough
Disney Movie
The Lion King
Mulan
Dream Car
McLaren
The Flying Car from Harry Potter
Dream Job
Woodworking
My Current Job!
Dream Vacation
Hawaii
Going to the Beach
Family Activity
Movie Nights
Cookouts
Flower / Plant
Japanese Maples
Orange Roses
Food
Cheese Pizza
Tacos
Form of Exercise
Bicycling
Going on Long Walks
Fruit
Peaches
Strawberry
Game
Dodgeball
Spades
Hobby
Video Gaming
Cross Stitch
Holiday
Christmas
Christmas
Holiday Song
O Holy Night
Hard Candy Christmas
Holiday Tradition
Gathering with Family
Making Homemade Christmas Presents
Ice Cream
Vanilla
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Junk Food
Donuts
Anything Salty
Leisure Activity
Playing Video Games
Watching Reality TV
Magazine
Game Informer
People
Memory with a Child
Holding my little Cousin
Meeting my nephew for the first time
Memory with Spouse
Going to the Bahamas on our Honeymoon
Watching my husband graduate College
Movie
Gone in 60 Seconds
Dirty Dancing
Movie Munchie
Buttered Popcorn
Popcorn and a Slushee
Movie Quote
"You'll Shoot Your Eye Out"
"You're Killing me Smalls"
Movie Type
Action
Romantic Comedies
Musical
The Producers
Wicked
Musical Group
Breaking Benjamin
Beyonce
Nursery Rhyme
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Humpty Dumpty
Olympic Event
Snowboarding
Synchronized Swimming
Personal Hero
Dwayne Johnson
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Play
Christmas Carol
Julius Caesar
Poet
Shel Silverstein
Robert Frost
Quality about my Spouse
Being Loving and Compassionate
His Kindness for Others
Quote
"Take the Path Less Followed"
"Fair isn't giving everyone the same thing. Fair is giving everyone what they need to be successful."
Restaurant
What-A-Burger
Torchy's Taco
Sandwich
Club Sandwich
PB&J
Scripture
"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."
Shopping Store
Amazon
Target
Song
More than a Feeling -Boston
Sport to Play
Soccer
Tap Dancing
Sport to Watch
Football
College Football
Sports Star
Dirk Nowitzki
Emmitt Smith
Sports Team
Texas Tech Red Raiders
OSU Cowboys
Subject in School
Science
Social Studies even though I teach English
Superhero
Iron Man
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Pancakes
Desserts
Time of Day
Afternoon
Sunset
Tradition
Putting up the Christmas Tree
Making Christmas Cookies
TV Show
Futurama
The Bachelor
TV Show Character
Meredith Grey
Type of Music
Metal
Country
Vacation Spot
Europe
The Beach
Video Game
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Mario Kart

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