Charlie and I met at church more than six years ago and became friends. We hung out with our Youth Pastor Marc and his wife Crystal a lot, watching football games, eating quesadillas, and playing card games. It didn't take long before we started dating. It was a whirlwind courtship and we became engaged shortly after the new year in 2004. We planned our wedding and were married on July 10, 2004 in a large ceremony at our church.
While we were dating we talked about adoption. I had an idea that we might have trouble getting pregnant, and so I brought it up in order to make sure he was okay with becoming a father that way. He was totally on board, and I felt that it was a confirmation of God's plan for us.
I work as a Librarian for a local charter school that serves children in grades K through 8th grade. It is a high performing school, and has been honored with a School Of Excellence grading for years. The school is bright and cheery and I enjoy sharing my love of literature with the children. I read to kids everyday and I love it! Hopefully, our child would be able to go to this school when the time comes.
Charlie grew up in North Carolina and has only briefly lived in Missouri while he went to college. His entire family lives near here and is always around and doing something interesting. He majored in Bible in college and now works for our church as the Media Director and is the current Fantasy Football Champion! He is also in love with his Mac and iPod, but might not want me to mention that!
Charlie loves holidays and really gets into the Fall Family Festival at our church. He likes to decorate the car and hand out candy to the church kids! In the picture below, he had our dog Lucy dress up as Wonder Woman. The kids loved it!
Our faith is very important to us and we love our church. It is a large fellowship and the people are so friendly and they have been so supportive of our adoption process. We have several friends that have adopted from China and their daughters are so adorable.
I also love the pumpkin carving part of the holiday. We spent this year with our friends Phil and Bethany and carved pumpkins. I made a glamorous face and they made a Dallas Cowboys pumpkin!
Our families are so important to us and we are so excited about adding to it. Below is me with my mom, who moved from Florida to be with us in her retirement. She is looking forward to babying a grandchild and being a Gramma. My father died when I was in college and I have two brothers (Drew and Rich) that live in other states, but they are great big brothers!