Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: We built our dream home in 2014, on our beautiful 40 acres of land. Our home has plenty of room for your baby, with a main floor, upstairs and full basement. We live in the country on a dead-end road so our neighborhood is very quiet. We love that Craig’s parents live within walking distance of us, and Whitney’s parents live just a few miles down the road.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what do you like to do?
A: When we have a 3-day weekend, it is always a surprise as to what we will do. Sometimes we may decide to take a spontaneous road trip to the beach, an Alabama sporting event or anywhere we may get the urge to visit. Other times we may decide to just spend it around home riding 4-wheelers, going to see a movie, fishing, or spending time with our family playing Rook or Phase 10 card games and eating.
Q: Do you have pets? If so tell us about them.
A: We have one dog named Carley. She is a 5-year-old German Shepherd. Carley is an outside dog and is wonderful with people and children. Anytime somebody comes to visit, she just rolls over for her ears and belly to be scratched. She loves to play fetch, and she loves to run alongside the 4-wheeler when we are riding.
Q: What do you hope to teach your child?
A: The most important thing we hope to teach our child(ren) is to love and serve the Lord with their whole heart. We also want to teach our child(ren) to love others and to reach out to others no matter their skin color, social status, economic standing or cultural background. We want to teach our kids to respect themselves and others, to work hard and never give up, and to never quit reaching for their goals and dreams.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: We wish to ensure that our child(ren) is familiar with the fact that they were adopted from a young age. As they grow older and become more understanding of what adoption is, we will tell our child(ren) anything he or she wishes to know about their birth mom. We will make sure that our child(ren) know how grateful and appreciative we are to his or her birth mom for making the courageous decision to choose adoption and for entrusting us with the greatest blessing we could imagine.
Q: Do you attend church? Tell us about your activities there
A: We are very active in our church. We attend a Baptist Church where most of our family and close friends also attend. Whitney grew up in this church, and Craig and his family joined when he was in high school. We are both very active in our Sunday School classes. Craig rotates with another guy to teach the classes every other week. Craig also serves as an usher, member of the building and grounds committee, and a sound technician. Whitney attends a wonderful Sunday School class that her best friend teaches, and her class gets together one night every few weeks for fellowship time. Whitney also helps teach the 2-3-year-old class on Sunday mornings, keeps the nursery, and helps in children’s church on a rotation basis. We love our church and our church family, and we love being involved with our church.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: We know that children are a gift from God and that being entrusted to raise a child is one of the biggest and most rewarding blessings there is. We feel that having a child will add an indescribable amount of joy and love to our home. We know that a child will enrich our lives in a way that words cannot describe because of how amazing it will be.
Q: Tell us about your last vacation
A: Our most recent vacation was a great get-away to Aspen, Colorado. Whitney planned a surprise trip for Craig in celebration of our 10th wedding anniversary. Craig loves to watch the XGames, so Whitney surprised him with the Aspen trip so he could attend the winter games and watch them in person. We spent 6 days and 5 nights in Aspen, and we absolutely loved it. Not only did we attend the XGames nightly, but we also got to do a lot of fun and adventurous things like skiing, snow tubing, snow mobile tour, and riding an alpine coaster. We got to eat some good food, shop, and see some breathtaking sights from atop the mountains.
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: Whitney will return to work. Because I own my own business with my sister-in-law, we are able to bring our child(ren) to work with us if we choose. However, until the baby is older, about 1-1 ½ years old, our mothers will rotate keeping the baby on days that Whitney is at work.
Q: When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms what are your thoughts regarding the birthmother?
A: When I close my eyes and picture myself holding my baby in my arms I immediately have tears come to my eyes because I am so grateful for the gift that his or her birth mother gave us. I am humbled that she would choose us as the forever family for her baby, and I am just so grateful that she made the courageous decision to put her baby up for adoption. The birth mother will forever hold a piece of my heart, and I will think of her gift every time I look at my baby.