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H
i!Totellyouhowexcitedwearetobeparentswouldbe
anunderstatement!We'velookedforwardtobringinga
childintoourhomeformanyyears.We'vetriedtocon-
ceivechildrenforthepastsevenyearsusingallsortsofmedicalassis-
tancewithnoluck.Nowwelookforwardtoadoptingandknow
thatthisisthepathGodintendedustofollow.Wearethrilledatthe
anticipationofadoptingachild.Wehopeasyoureadmoreaboutus,
you'llseeallthelovewearereadytoshare.
Wegrewupgoingtochurchtogetherandwestarted"going
together"inthe7thgrade.ThenShannon'sfamilymovedtoGer-
manyanddidn'treturnuntiloursophomoreyearofcollege.When
shemovedback,westartedrebuildingourrelationshipandtwo
yearslaterweremarried.We'vebeenmarriedfor13yearsandwe
knowthatGodtrulyplannedforustospendourlivestogether.
WeliveinathrivingcommunityinnorthwestArkansas.Lifehereis
quietandlaidback.Wehaveachocolatelab,Rebel,whoweloveto
takeonwalksorgoswimminginoneofthemanylakesinourtown.
Beingsurroundedbytreestoclimbin,plentyofgrasstoplayonand
lotsofspaceforaswingsetareafewreasonslivinghereistheperfect
placetoraiseafamily.
Michaelismybestfriendandalsomygreatestsourceofstrength.
Wetrulydocompleteeachother;Godmeantforustobehusband
andwifeandforthatIamsothankful.
Michaelwasabletofulfillhischildhooddreamofbecominga
firefighter.Michaelhasmanytalentsandoneofthemishisability
tobealeader.He'sthelieutenantathisfirestationandinchargeof
themenonhisshift.Hisjoballowshimabitofflexibilitysohecan
dootherthingshe'sinspiredtodo.Recently,hebecameresidential
homecontractor.He'salwaysenjoyedworkingwithhishands-
whichissomethinghelearnedfromhis"Pop."
Shannonismyinspiration.EverymorningIwakeup,IthankGod
forgivingmesuchabeautifulandlovingwife.Herglassisalways
halffullandsheseesthegoodineveryone.Notonlyisshemywife,
butshe'strulymybestfriend;Iwouldn'tbethemanIamtoday
withouther.She'sanangelsentfromHeaven.
ShehassomanygoodqualitiesanditwouldfillthispageifIlisted
themall.WhatIadmirethemostisherabilitytomakepeoplefeel
good.Whenshewalksintoaroomshemakespeoplehappy-older
folkssmileandchildrenlaugh.It'saGod-giventalent...agift.
Wehavenodoubtthatthischildwillbeabsolutelyshoweredwith
loveandattention.Thiswillbethefirstgrandchild/nieceornephew
toenterourfamily.Bothfamilieshavebeenprayingforthisbaby
tocomeforsuchalongtimeandtheyarereadytoacceptthemwith
openarms!
Faithhasbeensuchan
importantpartofourlives
andwewouldn'tbeasstrong
aswearetodaywithout
it.WearebothChristians
andareactiveinthechurch
weattend.Michaelhas
gonetoMexicotowork
withmissionariestobuild
homesforthoseinneed.
Shannonteaches2ndgrade
Bibleschool,workswithour
church'swoman'sministry
group,andhelpswithVaca-
tionBibleSchool.WearealsoactivewithourLifeGroupsandregu-
larlyhostdinnerwithourchurchfriends.WeknowthatHehasgreat
plansinmindandadoptingachildisjustoneofthemanyblessings
Hehasinstoreforus.
Wepromisethatwewilllove,protectandgiveyourchildeverything
heorsheneeds.WecommittoraisingyourchildinaChristcentered
homewiththeloveoftwoparentstoguidethemthroughouttheir
lives.
Wewouldbeopentosharinglettersandphotoswithyou,ifyou
wish.Adoptionisourdreamcometrueandifyouwouldlikemore
informationaboutourfamilypleasecallLifetimeAdoptionat
1-800-923-6784.
WithLove,
Michael & Shannon
michael & shannon
IF YOU Are INTereSTeD IN THIS FAMIlY, PleASe CAll 1-800-923-6784
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