Married Since: 2009

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

What you are considering is so loving and beyond compare. We thank God for allowing you to have faith in us and trust us with the life-changing task and awesome responsibility of becoming parents for your child.

Roy and Kristie

from Ohio

 

Roy

Ancestry: African American, Italian

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: High School Teacher and Basketball Coach

Education: M.Ed.

Hobbies: Cooking, Weight lifting, Power walking, Sports, Gardening, Reading

Kristie

Ancestry: German, French

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Teacher - Reading Specialist

Education: M.Ed.

Hobbies: Kayaking, Adventure travel, Hiking, Biking, Ice skating, Painting, Power walking

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

Favorites

Roy

Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
Vacations to Alabama
Color
Blue
Family Activity
Camping, bonfires and Barbecuing
Food
Pizza
Holiday
Christmas
Sport
Football
Subject in School
History and Sociology
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
Vacation Spot
Boston

Kristie

Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
Vacations and camping
Color
Purple
Family Activity
Game night
Food
Pizza
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Sport
Basketball
Subject in School
Art
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
Vacation Spot
Greek Isles
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From Us to You

It is with much faith that we are stepping out today to share with you our hearts and desire to become parents. We dream of welcoming a child into our lives and are looking forward to hearing them say their first words and take their first steps, their first day of school and all of the trials and tribulations of helping with homework along the way. We look forward to the many Friday night bonfires, decorating for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries and everything in between. We can’t wait to share the legend of the “Tooth Fairy” and to try to explain how money was left under their pillow. We look forward to dressing up for Halloween and telling scary stories by a fire. We get so excited thinking about their first encounter with Santa Claus and all the joy it brings. We look forward to going to church together on Sunday, sharing and nurturing our faith together as a family. And, if you can’t already tell, we just can’t wait to become parents!

Hi! We are Kristie and Roy and we live in the beautiful, rural state of Ohio. When we aren’t teaching (we are both teachers) you can find us hiking, kayaking, tending to our garden, or next to a big bonfire. We love the outdoors and would love to share our lives and our many adventures with your child. We are incredibly close with our many friends and family and really look forward to our large family reunions. Your child would be welcomed by lots of open arms and hearts.

We believe we have had three miracles in our lives. One, that we were blessed to our parents. Second, we married our soulmate. And third, Kristie was healed from cancer. We now are praying for our fourth miracle, and that is the Miracle of becoming parents to your child.

We pray that God guides you and gives you peace in deciding on the right couple to love and parent your child.

All our love,
Kristie and Roy

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About Kristie

I never thought it was possible to find someone who would love me as deeply as my parents did. I can’t imagine my life without Kristie in it. She is a loving, loyal daughter; a loving, loyal wife; and a loving, loyal friend. She will be an unbelievable mother. When I watch her interact with her godchildren, I dream of her interacting with a child of our own. She has so many life experiences, like traveling the world with students, and I can only imagine what she will share with your child. Kristie has a heart of gold. She has a loving, loyal heart. Put her in a room of strangers and she will leave with new friends. She takes “The Golden Rule” (treat others as you wish to be treated) very seriously. I’m not perfect (shocker) and neither is she, but we are perfect for each other.

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About Roy

I focused on travel and education the first part of my life. I didn’t know what plans God had for me beyond that. And then, divine intervention brought Roy into my life through a mutual student! We trusted a student’s instincts! He’s the man that I prayed for but didn’t know if I’d ever meet. Roy is solid as a rock both spiritually and mentally. He is going to be such an amazing father to your child and there is no one else that I would rather raise a child with than Roy.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

Our entire lives have been devoted to children. Kristie started babysitting when she was 14 years old and has 4 godchildren ages 1 to 12. Roy has spent 30 years coaching not only fundamentals of basketball, but fundamentals of life and he not only cares about making his team better players, but also better people on and off the court. Now we are in a place in our lives where we truly want to be parents to our own child. We have a very blessed life with family and friends surrounding us and we’d love to pass on the virtues, morals and principles that are so important in our lives to a child of our own in this ever-challenging world.

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Adoption In Our Lives

From Roy: I have always had a special place in my heart for adoption as I was adopted by my parents when I was 3 weeks old. God blessed me with the best parents anyone could ever ask for. I am the man I am today because of my parents. So many times I have tried to imagine the joy they must have felt when the adoption was finalized and having me as their son brought a sense of completion to their lives and our family. To this day, I still try to visualize the joy my mom and dad must have felt when they each held me in their arms for the very first time and looked down at my tiny face and told me how much they loved me. I hope and pray Kristie and I have the same precious opportunity to hold a child, look down at their tiny face and say, “I love you.”

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Our Home

“I’ll meet you in the middle!” We live on 10 acres in a small town in rural Ohio and each of us commutes to work in different directions. We love living in a county that invests in over 20 local natural parks. We’ve hiked and visited each park over the last ten years. We live 3 miles away from a beautiful lake where we kayak, bike and picnic at the beach. Roy loves to mow 4.5 acres of grass and tend to a large vegetable garden. Kristie likes to trim over 50 blue spruce trees and mulch flower beds. We love to relax by roaring bon fires throughout the year, especially our 8 foot high New Year’s bon fire. We have deer, wild turkeys and ground hogs that make tracks year around.

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Our Families and Friends

Relationships are very important to us. We both work at schools we attended and live one hour from our universities; thus, we have friendships from all the phases of our lives that we treasure. Travel has bridged friendships with kindred spirits all around the world. We love to host dinners for our teachers, professors, doctors, parishioners, students and family. It’s not uncommon to have fun family game nights with Kristie’s parents and brother where the games can be hilariously intense! Roy is a culinary chef who can BBQ, bake, and create dinners from any culture as well as for huge family reunions!

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Our Lifestyle

We live life deeply, fully and with passion and zest~ We are always celebrating! We realize that each and every day is a gift and we live each day to the fullest. We do this by taking every opportunity to connect with students of all ages. We are blessed with friends from every decade. We host dinners, bon fires, parties, gatherings, watch parties, write pen pal letters and joyfully accept invitations. As educators we have tools and skills to help guide and lead others. We connect with former students, teachers, professors and friends from around the world. We attend sporting events, concerts, art exhibits, and even pick up the phone and call former students. We are invited to a wedding in Italy this summer of two former students who found each other in Asia. We place a huge value on relationships. We go the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of others by personally connecting with others and meeting them where they are. We take every opportunity to be difference makers and inspire others to lead the best version of themselves. We live with integrity and make choices based on principles. We work hard but play harder.

It’s the little things in life that are the big things. We love everything that is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and admirable. We have fun with daily chores like washing dishes or picking up sticks. We love unicorns, snow storms, cultural dinners and Chicago Med. We love nature, sports, working out and recitals. We play lots of games, listen to sports talk radio and team together very well in work and play. Roy’s coaching background and my leadership training foster interesting conversations as well as debates of the time. We live in the country and near a lake so the natural world is very much a part of our lives as well. We get excited over full moons, deer sightings, solar eclipses and my brother’s dog Lilly! Roy is a culinary artist who creates the most delicious carefully prepared dishes from around the world. He makes the best hot chocolate with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon. We even make homemade ice cream from the fresh fallen snow. He is a Dean of Student and truly is a cornerstone of that school. Roy had a student dedicate a book to him when he helped her through a social crisis in high school. He lives to help young people and loves coaching basketball to young teens. I am immensely proud of his commitment to elevating young people to strive for excellence in academics, sports, music, and extracurricular. He models responsibility, accountability, and effective communication to the student body.

Are we perfect? Far from it. We have faced trials just like every human on earth. We have been humbled which makes us even more grateful for each other and for life. We teach relilency to our students thus we model it in our own personal lives. We have overcome dilemmas and helped our friends overcome challenges. We are people helping people. We are expressive and affectionate. We believe in reaching others using all the love languages. We both can perceive the feelings in a room of people which gives us a superpower in reaching others. We celebrate life’s tiniest events to international current events. We are both interested and invested in our communities and lead purpose driven lives. We would be deeply honored to raise a child and pour into them all that we love and know to be true. Roy would be a stay at home father to give our child 100% attention all the time. He is a deeply committed man who would pass on the wisdom and knowledge that his father and family so beautifully imparted to him.

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Our Careers

Everyone remembers a teacher who had a positive impact on them and that is why we are passionate about being teachers. We believe that teachers are like parents; who have a unique opportunity to mold and influence young people.

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Our Faith

We have been close to God from the very beginning of our lives thanks to our parents who taught us lessons from the very beginning and who took us to church and Sunday school. We both graduated from Christian schools. We teach where we went to school as students. It is through the church that we were introduced to each other and took seriously the sacrament of holy matrimony. It is through faith that We could bear the news that Kristie had breast cancer and was unable to have children. We also love to celebrate the many Catholic celebrations throughout the church year.

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Family Traditions

We love to celebrate with our students during the school year! We also love to celebrate the many Catholic rituals and feasts throughout the liturgical church year. On Christmas Eve, Roy prepares a spicy Indian themed dinner with naan bread, curry lamb and Jasmine saffron rice. This tradition began our first Christmas Eve when Roy bought dinner from a student whose family ran an Indian restaurant. One of the highlights of the year is our Thanksgiving Feast! Roy prepares a 20 pound turkey, Southern Cornbread Dressing, traditional bread dressing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie!

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Our Personalities

Roy is a very quick witted and kind person. He is an empathetic listener. He has transcended many stereotypes. He is a public speaker and gives academic graduation addresses. He loves coaching basketball for both girls and boys and works very hard at bringing out their best in both the interpersonal skills of a team as well as the physical aspect and raises their basketball IQ. He takes the job of being a coach very seriously; yet he knows these young students are always learning. He gives everyone the benefit of the doubt. He loves to watch wrestling and is the Cleveland Browns biggest fan. He has been a guest on Sports Talk radio for many years; highlighting team records and describing the highs and lows of a basketball season. Roy loves to read leadership and history books. He watches biographies and follows football, basketball and even soccer. He likes to follow feeds on Twitter.

I am very creative and always planning, making and designing projects and events. If I’m not planning a Right to Read Literacy Themed Week for students, I’m planning a cultural dinner with authentic visuals from paintings to sculptures. I love to help students learn to read. I love to learn and take adventures near and far. I love to visit my alma mater where I connect with former students and professors. I love visiting people of all ages, listening to them and bringing them sunshine and positivity. This summer a co teacher invited me to raft the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. I have always loved adventure and my dreams of exploring keep me awestruck of God’s creation. I used to lead students around the world; so they would have up close and personal interactions with people different from themselves. These summer trips were extremely rewarding and enriching and I still use the lessons learned to teach students today. I love to pray for others who need help or are struggling with a health crisis. I love to learn about other countries and peel back the layers of time to understand their culture and history. To seek to learn is to seek to serve. It would be my life’s honor to serve a birth mother by raising a child.

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Kind of Parents We will be

We will not be perfect parents. We will make mistakes along the way. But rest assured, EVERY decision we make will be for the well-being of your child. EVERYTHING we do will be for the betterment of your child. Your child will be showered every day with love. Your child will be the most important addition to our lives. It’s a responsibility we do not take lightly and it’s a responsibility we are very much looking forward to.

As your child ages and develops his or her own interests and passions, we promise to be there every step of the way, the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, supporting their every endeavor. We were raised by parents who instilled in us a strong moral compass, core values and a sense of faith to guide us through life. We are looking forward to passing along these same values of integrity, kindness and much more to your child. Most of all…we are looking forward to being a family and growing together each and every day.

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Our Relationship with You

Please know that you will forever be considered a part of our family. You will have given this precious being life. You want pictures? You got it. You want updates? You got it. Whatever level of relationship feels most comfortable to you is what we want. You will always…and we mean…ALWAYS…be painted in the most glowing of colors. You will always be referred to and mentioned with the utmost love and respect. It is because of you, and your unselfishly loving act, that we are where we are today. Because of you, we are able to fulfill our dream of becoming parents. For this we will always be eternally grateful to you.

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Our Promise to You

What we promise to you in some ways may sound like the vows recited at our wedding. We promise to love, to cherish, and to nurture. We promise to be by your child’s side, standing in support, in good times and bad. We promise to teach values and morals. We promise to raise your child in a loving, Christian, compassionate household, embraced not only by our loving arms but by the loving arms of Jesus. We promise that every decision we make, will always be for the wellbeing of your child. We promise to do what our parents did for us; provide a life of opportunity that well exceeds our own.

Message Roy and Kristie

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! 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!

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering Adoption Network! Mary, or one of our other adoption specialists 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!