Q: Tell us about your home.
A: We live in a quiet, rural, modest neighborhood away from any major traffic. We have farmland in front and behind us. There are small kids right next door. Our neighbors are very friendly and always willing to help if needed.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what do you like to do?
A: We enjoy spending a long weekend in Kentucky visiting family or in the Smokey Mountains enjoying the views. Sometimes we will spend it at the nearby lake fishing, camping, hiking, swimming, and riding horses. At times we enjoy spending it at home just hanging out watching movies and playing games.
Q: Do you have pets? If so tell us about them.
A: 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. Fred the ferret is playful and lots of fun. He even plays with the dogs. It's wonderful to wake up to our Australian Doves that make beautiful sounds.
Q: What do you hope to teach your children?
A: The most important things we want to teach our children is to be caring, respectful, thankful, and loving people that can be productive and happy with their choices in life.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: Honesty is very important in any relationship, so we will be telling our child what we know about their birth family as maturity allows for understanding of certain details. Anything that she is willing to share with us will be kept for her child to know. We don't want him or her 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 he or she can understand that he or she came to us out of love on the part of the birth family and adopted family.
Q: Are you active in your church?
A: Christie and daughter Cynthia attend and participate in congregation meetings 2 times a week and participate in our ministry, bible education work weekly. Mike occasionally attends congregation meetings and is very supportive of Cynthia and me in our congregation activities.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: This opportunity to have another child will give Mike and me the chance to raise a child from birth together as a couple. This is what we have wanted for so long. 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.
Q: What did you do on your last vacation?
A: Our family of 4 along with Christie's parents, brother, and sister- in- law went to the Smokey Mountains. We enjoyed several days together. We went sightseeing in the mountains, took a ride on the ski lift, went to the aquarium, and the comedy barn, and ate out. In the evenings we enjoyed staying at the cabin playing pool and cards.
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: I, Christie, work part-time at home and will continue to do so with Cynthia and grandparents babysitting. Being able to work from home will allow me to enjoy time with your baby between clients. Your child will be involved in reading time, games, play time, learning activities, playing with pets, ministry, and even cooking.
Q: When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?
A: We are so thankful for her to give us the opportunity to make our family complete. We literally could not do it without her. She must have so much love for her baby to make such an unselfish decision. She is incredible to carry, protect, and get to know this baby for 9 months, and then make the choice to give her baby the gift of a life she feels she can't, and to give a couple like us the gift of a life that they could not have on their own.