Married Since: 2004

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

For someone to allow us to adopt their child to share our love with and grow together, would be the most wonderful thing that anyone could ever do for us.

Michael and Christie

from Indiana

Michael

Ancestry: German

Religion: Not Religious

Occupation: Machine Maintenance

Education: High School

Hobbies: Fishing, Hunting, Gardening

Christie

Ancestry: American

Religion: Jehovahs-Witness

Occupation: Certified Massage Therapist

Education: High School

Hobbies: Flowers, Fishing, Animals

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Jehovahs-Witness

Favorites

Michael

Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
Farming with Dad
Color
Black
Food
Hamburgers
Hobby
Gardening
Leisure Activity
Fishing
Thing to Cook
Anything on the grill
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
Music
Rock
Vacation Spot
Tennessee

Christie

Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
Family reunions
Color
Blue
Food
Mexican
Hobby
Planting flowers
Leisure Activity
Fishing
Thing to Cook
Mexican food
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night owl
Music
Classic Rock
Vacation Spot
Tennessee
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From Us to You

We are so excited to have begun the process that will make our family complete and happier than ever. We appreciate that you are taking the time to read our story and possibly consider taking this journey with us. We can’t imagine what you must be feeling right now. What we are sure of, is that to choose adoption for your baby, you must have so much love for him or her. We look forward to sharing the love that only a parent can know, with you, our child’s birth mom. We are also excited to share with your child their story of how they came to us. You would be such a big part of that story. We hope that pictures, letters, and phone calls that we would share with you would help bring you some comfort and peace in making the difficult decision you are facing.

Here’s our story! We met at our place of employment. Mike was in tool and die maintenance and I (Christie) was a press operator. We both noticed how hard a worker the other was, but we really got to know each other when I would break the dies and Mike would come to the rescue and fix them. Not much has changed there, now it just works that way at home! We started dating and almost instantly felt like a family of 4 which included my 2 girls. We were married only 4 months later. Mike was such a wonderful dad to the girls that he eventually adopted them. Mike is now working in machine maintenance and I am running my own business out of our home, which allows me to be flexible to take care of family needs. Our older daughter is out on her own now, but looking forward to lots of visits with a new brother or sister. Our younger is super excited about being a big sister and helping take care of a new baby.

We have tried on our own to have a baby since the beginning of our marriage, and have tried with the help of a fertility doctor twice with no success. We are looking forward to making our family complete through the adoption process. For someone to allow us to adopt their child to share our love with and grow together, would be the most wonderful thing that anyone could ever do for us. We hope to give you the comfort of knowing how much your child would be loved and cared for not only by our family of four, but also by grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and many close friends.

We live in a rural area with a few neighbors, and lots of surrounding farmland. We love to be outside. We enjoy spending a long day at either the nearby river or lake fishing, swimming, kayaking, or hiking, or a long weekend in the Smokey Mountains. Sometimes it’s nice to hang out at home watching movies or cooking out on the grill and spending a quiet evening on the porch swing. We also have many pets that we enjoy spending time with.

Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know a little about us. We hope to get to know you too.

Best wishes for you and baby,
Mike and Christie

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

When we got married, Christie had 2 daughters that Mike adopted soon after. Since the moment we married we had decided to have another child. We tried on our own for several years with no success. Then we tried fertility treatments with several failed pregnancies. After that we decided adoption was our best option and we knew that no matter how another child comes into our lives, he or she would be loved by us, our family and friends just as much as if we had them biologically. We feel another child will complete our family.

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About Christie

I got to know Christie while we worked a 3rd-shift job together. I fell in love with her and her girls very quickly. I was impressed that she was working 12 hour shifts at night, going to massage therapy school in the morning, and then home to her kids in the evening, driving 3 hours out of the day. She is very loving, caring, and hardworking, always putting others first. She loves flowers. Every spring and summer she is out planting and rearranging the flower beds. Serving God and teaching others is very important to her. She now takes care of her own business, our family and friends, and many other things. I love her so much and don’t know how I could make it without her.

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About Mike

Mike is such a wonderful husband, father, and provider. We met at work, and what impressed me about him was that he was such a hard worker. The first time I met his parents, I could already tell how much love and respect he had for them. I knew right away that he was the kind of man that I wanted in my and my daughters’ lives. When we started dating, I was working 6 days a week and in massage therapy school. School, work, and home were all about 50 minutes from one another. The night before our first date I was in a wreck that totaled my car. Right away he started taking turns with my parents getting me to work, school, and back home again until I had another car. In between work and school he refused to leave me waiting by myself. We would sit in his truck, he let me put my head on his shoulder and we would sleep until my class started. I knew then that I could not let this man go. A year after we were married I wanted to quit my job and start my massage therapy business. He said that if that is what I wanted to do, then he wanted me to do it. For 16 years now he has always supported me in every decision I’ve made. And when I’m wrong, he never complains or lets me know I’m wrong. He has always been just as supportive, patient, and caring with our girls. I will never let this man go and can’t wait to raise another child with him.

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Our Home

We live in a quiet, rural and modest neighborhood near a small town. We enjoy the river that is within walking distance and a good size lake with beaches, camping, fishing, boating, and hiking are about 25 minutes away. We enjoy the community park that has a pool. We also have fun with friends at the movies and bowling alley.

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Our Sweet Dogs

We share our home with three sweet dogs. We have had Chelsea the longest. She is a 9 year old Pekinese mix. She is so cute. Millie is our 70 pound, 5 year old shepherd mix that if given a chance, will be in your lap cuddling with her head on your chest. Lucy is our newest puppy. She’s a growing ball of energy. She’s really smart too. All of them are really friendly.

Our cat Simba is a big baby and Cookie is frisky and silly, and they both enjoy watching the fish in our aquarium.

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Our Families and Friends

Our friends and family are as excited to have a new baby as we are. We have waited 16 years for this experience, and so have they. Christie’s parents are 10 minutes away. We communicate with them almost daily and see them sometimes several times a week. Mike’s family is about an hour away, so unfortunately we don’t get to visit them as often, but do as much as possible. Christie’s parents are so excited and have already bought items that will help them take care of the baby at their home. Christie and her daughter were shopping with a friend and we saw an adorable set of stuffed animals. She said, “Your baby needs these!” and bought them on the spot. We already have a book especially for her little boy to read to your baby. A couple others have told us that when they go shopping they see things that they want to buy so bad for the baby but they are trying their best to wait and see if we are having a boy or a girl. One friend already gave us a present because she just couldn’t wait. Everyone is being very supportive.

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Racial and Cultural Diversity

We consider ourselves fortunate to have cultural and racial diversity among our family and friends. Our area also has events to help understand and see the different arts, experiences, history and the ways of life of different cultures and races. We have already talked with our friends and family who are racially diverse and they will be wonderful guides for us and so happy to be there for your child.

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How a Child will Enrich our Lives

This opportunity to have another child will give us the chance to raise a child from birth together as a couple. This is what we have long awaited for 16 years. We will be able to share the love that we have been holding on to for the child that we have not been able to have. Our family will be complete.

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Our Last Vacation

Our family of four, along with Christie’s parents, brother, and sister-in-law went to the Smokey Mountains. We enjoyed several days together. We went site- seeing in the mountains, took a ride on the ski lift, went to the aquarium, the comedy barn, and ate out. In the evenings we enjoyed staying at the cabin playing pool and cards.

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Our Lifestyle

Mike is in machine maintenance and Christie has her own small business at home. Time is much more important to us than “bigger and better things,” so we work enough to live a comfortable lifestyle that allows us the ability to have quality time with family and friends. We live a happy and simple lifestyle that includes times that we like to spend at home maybe grilling out and then watching deer cross the field, sit outside and watch the sun set and look at the stars, or watch movies. We might enjoy a night out on the town where we enjoy eating out at different restaurants, and enjoy going to the theater or comedy club. Time spent with family and friends is important to us. We enjoy sharing meals together and catching up on what’s going on in each other’s lives, playing games and playing with the little ones and gathering together to enjoy fun around the bon fires. We also enjoy taking trips to Tennessee or Florida.

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About Us

We met at work. We enjoyed working together, and would almost always take our breaks together. We don’t work together anymore but spend as much time together as possible when we are not working. We enjoy spending time together as a family in the evenings. Sometimes at the kitchen table, sometimes while watching and movie or we might fix something on the grill. About once a week we will have family or friends over for dinner. Yes, we do like to eat. In the summer, Mike likes to put out a garden so we can have fresh veggies. We love being active but also enjoy a quiet evening sitting on the swing or by a fire.

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Children in our Lives

We have lots of kids among our family and friends. One of my cousins has a baby and a toddler (3-month-old Ka’mira and 3-year-old Jeramyah) that we are thankful to spend a lot of time with. Sometimes my cousin asks if we can watch the kids and sometimes we call and ask to keep them for overnight visits. We already have baby and toddler toys, so we play with those. Blowing bubbles is our favorite thing to do together with the kids. Sometimes we might go to the park or lake and we usually end the day getting cozy and watching an animated movie. We can’t wait to welcome a child into our family and our friends and family are so excited to welcome your baby into our family.

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Family Traditions

Our traditions seem to revolve around food. Grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, (close and distant) get together almost every month. We take turns gathering at each other’s homes. Sometimes it’s a cookout or fish fry with outdoor games in nice weather. In cold weather it might be chili and soup with everyone playing cards and lots of talking and laughing about fun times. The last time we gathered at our house we had a taco bar and Mexican soup. Then we played euchre. Friends are an important part of our lives as well, and we enjoy getting together for cookouts, playing kickball, pitch-ins at the lake and bonfires in the evening.

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What We will Tell Your Child about You

Honesty is very important in any relationship so we will be telling your child what we know about you and your family as maturity allows for understanding of certain details. Anything that you are willing to share with us will be kept for your child to know. We don’t want your child to ever feel like there were any secrets kept from them. We feel the more trust and understanding there is between all of us, the more they can understand that they came to us out of love on your part .

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Our Relationship with You

We were previously chosen by a birth mother to be future parents to her child. She decided to parent her baby and we continue to have a wonderful relationship with her. We respect her decision and developed a bond with her and loved her even before her baby was born. Since the birth of her child, we have stayed in contact and have become closer than ever. We have a loving and open relationship and we share pictures and updates and hope to have a visit soon. As wonderful as our relationship is with her, we can’t wait to meet you and are looking forward to having as much of an open and loving relationship with you as you desire, whether you choose an open adoption or a closed adoption.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to share every bit of love we have with your baby and to always put him or her first in our lives and to provide him or her a safe and loving home. We also promise to keep the kind of relationship with you that you desire. Your baby will know that you made your decision based on love. We promise to teach your child to be loving, by loving them; to be caring by caring for them; to be respectful, by respecting them; and to be independent, by building their self-confidence. We will provide your child with everything they need to have a happy life.

Message Michael and Christie

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Michael and Christie

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!