Nathan and Chelcey

Married Since: 2014

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

As this decision weighs on you, please know that we think you are an absolute warrior. We have dreamed and prayed for the opportunity to adopt, and because of your bravery, we have a chance of making our dream come true. Your love for your baby warms our hearts!

Nathan and Chelcey

from Florida

Nathan

Ancestry: Unknown

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Marine Mechanic

Education: B.A. in progress

Hobbies: Woodworking

Chelcey

Ancestry: Native American

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Branch Manager

Education: B.A.

Hobbies: Recreational Sports, Local Volunteering

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

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From Us to You

First and foremost, please know that you are an answered prayer. We cannot fathom the struggles that you are facing right now, but your strength and bravery blows us away. The amount of selfless love that you are exhibiting is so impressive and if you decide to walk this road with us, we will be blessed to get to know you and your baby.

We are Nathan, Chelcey and Xavi. We live in a small, beachside town in Florida with our eight-year-old son, Xavi, and our two Shih-Tzu pups, Penelope and Pandora. We met in ninth grade, when we were just 14, but did not have interest in each other until we were in our mid-twenties. While we attempted to have a child of our own, God had different plans. Adoption is something we have faithfully prayed over and we know without a doubt that this was the plan intended for our family.

Our community is extremely active and we spend our free time at soccer practice, playing at the beach, biking and taking advantage of the attractions such as Universal Studios, Disney and the Crayola Factory. We also love vacations! This summer we spent time with our family in the Eastern Caribbean. While we are all about fun, we are also sticklers for education and are lucky enough to have one of the best school districts in Florida. God has blessed us so wonderfully and we are ecstatic that we will be able to share our beach life with a beautiful new addition. Xavi is thrilled about being a big brother and has already made plans for the nursery and wants to teach the baby to swim. Our four bedroom home sits on corner lot just four blocks from the beach. We love our small, island town and that there is always something to do! Our community is close and hosts lots of events such as concerts, art shows and festivals for every holiday.

While our second family is here in Florida, both of our families still live in Georgia. We are lucky enough to visit about once a month. There are lots of grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends who are anxiously awaiting the arrival of your little one. Adoption hits a sweet spot with our family: Nathan’s youngest brother is adopted and his sister adopted her fourth child this year. Trust us, your baby will be dripping with love.

As this decision weighs on you, please know that we think you are an absolute warrior. We have dreamed and prayed for the opportunity to adopt, and because of your bravery, we have a chance of making our dream come true. Your love for your baby warms our hearts! We have a world of opportunities and experiences planned for your baby and strive to be the most loving, accepting, nurturing parents that we can be.

Nathan & Chelcey

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About Nathan

Nathan is the oldest of five, a former military member and currently works as a Contractor with the Navy. He loves football, mechanics and woodworking. He can fix and build almost any Chip and Joanna idea that I come up with. Nathan is also a talented musician who enjoys playing the drums, guitar and singing. We have a whole room in our house dedicated to music complete with everything you need to put on a concert. His most recent venture has been to teach Chelcey and Xavi to play the drums.

Nathan has a knack for connecting with kids. In any group situation, he will be the guy all of the kids are hanging on. Our son, Xavi, loves his Papa to imitate voices and movie characters. Another aspect that I love that Nathan is hard working. He works a full time job, goes to school full time and still manages to make every practice, game and doctor appointment. Even after a long day, you can find him rolling around on the floor with our son and puppies. I also love that he always looks for the best in people and gives everyone the benefit of the doubt. He is always willing to help make my day go smoother and never complains when our lives get busy. He takes time to enjoy the little things like playing games with Xavi or making family evening walks a priority.

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About Chelcey

Chelcey is the baby of five children and works as a Registered Client Service Associate and holds an Investment Advisor’s license. She is vocal, passionate and “spunky” as she has been called. She enjoys coaching Xavi’s sports teams, playing softball , baking and going to theme parks.

Chelcey has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I have ever met. The word “caring” does not even begin to accurately describe her desire to help others. She is extremely passionate about protecting those around her, and even more protecting of her family. Before Chelcey and I were married, she worked full time, went to school full time, and was a full time mom; and not only did she do all that at the same time, she excelled in each area. She treats every kid she comes into contact with like her own, and she enjoys seeing our son Xavi play with his friends. She has a knack for baked goods and sugary treats, and between you and I, there’s not much she wouldn’t do for a lifetime supply of krispy kreme doughnuts. We really enjoy going out with our friends to a local restaurant downtown and playing trivia once a week or so. We enjoy socializing with our friends, and Chelcey is always the most lively one in the group. I am so glad I have a wife who cares about helping those in need, and will do whatever is necessary to lend a helping hand.

Chelcey got married at age 21 and had Xavi a year later. Unfortunately, age and experience did not benefit her first marriage and she was divorced a few years after. Both Nathan and Chelcey still maintain a solid friendship with Xavi’s father although he lives out of state. After graduating college, Chelcey moved to Florida for better job opportunities and put down roots. When she and Nathan reconnected, he completed one last deployment and moved to Florida as well.

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Our Families

We have made quite the home out of our beach island. Most people who live here are transplants, meaning they do not have family locally. While this is not always ideal, it has lead us all to band together to make our own family. We are very active in our community and Xavi’s school and through that, have created family bonds with these wonderful people. Our close friends, Jay and Julie, live about a mile away and are very excited about this miracle baby that will soon come into our lives. We both have boys that are the same age and they have been with us through every step of expanding our family. There are so many people praying and waiting to meet your little one. We have “adopted” our neighbor, Uncle Brandon, who has become Xavi’s favorite board game opponent and Aunt Katie who is a constant staple in our household. There are so many people who will be involved with raising this blessing that it is impossible to simply list them without going into a spill on how wonderful they are.

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Our Puppies

Currently, we have two shih tzu pups named Pandora and Penelope, who just like us, are from Georgia. These two black and white balls of fluff are biological sisters who both turn four this year. You hear about crazy cat lady’s, but we are the crazy dog people. Penny and Pan (nicknames) sleep in our bed every night, eat homemade dog food which is warmed in the microwave, and even have their own “pet” squirrels that they chase in the backyard. We laugh and say if we ever die and come back as someone else, we want to come back as Penelope and Pandora because they live the most luxurious lifestyle. On the rare occasion that we have to go out of town without them, they have a pet sitter, Miss Felicia, who comes and stays at our home with them.

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Our Home

We live in a one-story, four-bedroom home just a few blocks from the beach. It is 2300 square feet, has smoke alarms, a fenced in backyard with a large deck, a trampoline. We don’t have a pool… yet! There are two types of people in our neighborhood: families with kids and retirees. There are always kids outside to play with and we even had a block party a few weeks ago. The elementary and middle schools are a mile away, making it easy to ride our bikes and be involved in school functions. This also means that Xavi’s school friends all live within five minutes of each other, making playdates fun and frequent. Our area is also known for being active. You cannot step outside your door without seeing someone on a bike, skateboard or running. Living in an island town means our beach community is passionate about preserving nature, specifically anything ocean related. Recycling, conservation and preservation mean a lot to our area. There is a long bridge to get onto the island, and on any given day we can walk to the water to see dolphins jumping and turtles hoping to get fed. We like to say we live in God’s sweet spot because our everyday views are what movies are made of.

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Our Lifestyle

Our family of five (including our two pups, Penelope and Pandora) live a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. Currently, we are both blessed to work flexible, full time jobs which allow us to attend our son’s school events or special activities that might arise. Our son Xavi is on a competitive soccer team which allows us to site see various areas in Florida. Our weekends are usually spent on the soccer field, at the beach or on our boat. Living in a beach community keeps us very active. Whether it is an art festival, a theme park or a surf competition, there is constant entertainment.

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Family Traditions

In our family, we have two big traditions. The first is that we always go to Georgia for Christmas. Both of us grew up in Georgia and our families still remain there so we have made it a priority to spend this special holiday with those who mean the most. Our second tradition is to have as many family members as possible come down to our home for the Fourth of July. Independence Day is Nathan’s favorite holiday so we cram our house full (the most we have had was 18 people staying in our home) and spend our days at the beach, grilling and having fun.

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How We Met

We met each other in 9th grade when we both attended a Christian Academy. Usually when we say this, we hear… aww… however, we were not that fond of each other. Nate thought that Chelcey had an unnecessarily exaggerated southern accent and Chelcey thought Nate was too sarcastic. While we were around each other constantly (there were only 30 people in our class), never once did we see each other romantically. Funny how life works.

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Our Personalities

Nathan is conservative, quiet and a jokester. He is easy going, handy and patient Chelcey is unfiltered, unreserved and head strong. She is emotional, sensitive and passionate. We laugh because as far as human traits, we could not be more different. Luckily, with all of our quirks, we balance each other out perfectly. We have a quote above our bed that says “You be the anchor that keeps my feet on the ground and I’ll be the wind that keeps your head in the clouds.”

Cultural Diversity

When we entered into our adoption, one of the first questions that we were asked was what races we were open to adopting. This threw us off, as race was never a big factor to us. Differences are to be celebrated, not avoided so regardless of whether our future child has a different skin tone, a learning disability, a birthmark or just a quirky personality, that is just one more thing that makes them even more special.

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What it Means to Us to Adopt a Child

When we try to describe our desire to adopt, it is hard to find the words, as we don’t feel that any words could possibly portray just how much adoption means to us. Currently we are a family of three and our life is beautiful, but we feel this magnetic force drawing us to adoption. We live a few blocks from the beach and only an hour from Disney and Universal Studios. Our small beach town allow us to ride our bikes to Moo’s Ice Cream Shop, our son’s elementary school or to the soccer fields for practice. Our out of town family and friends always swoon at our beautiful beach life and they are right, it is absolutely amazing and the perfect place to raise our children. While many couples take the traditional route of adding to their family, we have long felt that our family would be completed by a more nontraditional approach…adoption. For years we have pursued adoption, knowing that God had a beautiful baby waiting for us, unbeknownst to us when that baby would come into our lives. As we write this, tears form in our eyes thinking about how lucky we are to be on this journey. Our hearts burst with love for a child we do not yet know and who is not yet born. It’s such an inexplainable feeling- how can you have love for someone you have never met? The best way we can describe it is a magnetic force within our hearts drawing us to adoption. We know that this is exactly where we were meant to be.

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What We will Teach our Children

Glennon Doyle Melton wrote in her book, Untamed, a quote that strongly mirrors our parenting philosophy. She said, “What if parenting became less about telling our children who they should be and more about asking them again and again forever who they already are?” We will raise our children to be warriors, to ask tough questions, to be fearless, to be kind, to be confident. We are constantly reading parenting books, life books, marriage books…. a steady pursuit to better ourselves. I feel like our motto on raising our family has greatly changed over the years. We realized that parents tend to stress and place high expectations on their child… be the star athlete, make straight A’s, be popular. One thing we feel is missed is that parents do not teach their children how to be happy. When raising our children, our first and most important question is… are they happy? As a human, you will never be able to please everyone, but what is the one thing we want to teach our children? We want to teach them to relentlessly pursue internal peace and happiness. We want them to have confidence to be themselves and not cave to the world’s expectations. We want them to follow their true north and listen to that tug on their heart that leads them. We want them to fearlessly stand up for what they believe is right, even if they’re standing alone. Currently our son has purple hair and while most parents frown on this, we feel that if he has enough confidence to sport neon purple hair, despite distasteful comments, then so be it. Ultimately, we want to teach our children how to be happy… not happy in our eyes, but truly happy in their hearts.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

Four years ago, we realized that we were facing infertility issues and began seeking other ways to expand our family. While fertility treatments were available, we both felt our hearts tugging us in a different direction. After much prayer and thought, we were convinced that our infertility was necessary to lead us to adoption. We cannot wait to expand our family and it’s hard to describe exactly why we know that adoption is for us. Have you ever had something pull at your heart? A magnetism that you couldn’t shake? That is how we feel towards adoption. At the time infertility was our greatest fear, but now we see it was a blessing because it led us to this adoption journey. We know God put us here to be the parents to a child, who was not born to us, but who we will be so incredibly honored to love, teach, protect and raise.

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