Michael & Melissa
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Thank you for taking the time to read about our family! From swinging, reading, and art crafts to family dinners, deep conversations, and Legoland trips, we are looking forward to including your child in everything we do and are as a family. We are especially excited to encourage them in their interests and giftings while teaching and modeling the love of God to them.
We met via ChristianMingle in 2012 and have now been married for 8 years! We currently live in Florida and have two sons, Isaac who is 5, and David who is almost 1. As a family, we enjoy spending quality time together and can often be found enjoying time outside, cooking, reading, laughing, and having deep conversations together. We truly value time spent as a family and make sure to keep family and God at the core of everything we do. Adoption has always had a special place in our hearts, and we are thrilled for it to be a part of our growing family. We look forward to sharing our lives with your child and supporting them as they learn, grow, and discover their passions and giftings!
About Mike, written by Melissa
Mike is quick to bring wit, laughter, creativity, and depth into our home. He is a caring provider, encourages us to pursue our interests, enjoys spending quality time with us, and protects and spiritually leads our family. Mike works for two different Christian ministries and is especially gifted as a teacher and mentor. His favorite interests include weight lifting, reading a variety of books, drawing, and playing his guitar. Mike completes projects around the house, as well as teaches our sons how to work with their hands and build or fix things. He's taught our oldest son to be a strong, upright, and mature young man. Mike and our sons can often be found wrestling, building legos, reading, or playing outside. He is a consistent and loving father, and I know he's excited to share his love with your child.
Fun Facts: Mike co-hosts a podcast, is a public speaker, ice skates better than anyone I know, and played hockey in college.
About Melissa, written by Mike
Melissa cares deeply for our family and fills our home with so much love. Her compassion and patience know no bounds and her faith in God is unwavering. She brings so much peace into our home and is a wonderfully nurturing mother to our sons. Working from home for a few hours every week as a Registered Nurse gives her the opportunity to teach them about new and fun things, play outside with them, teach them the importance of helping our family, and be a consistent presence in their lives. She loves brightening other people’s days through gifts, encouragement, attention, or quality time. Reading, cooking, playing piano, and creating Shutterfly books of our family pictures are interests she enjoys. She is a truly wonderful mother, and I know she is excited to share her passion for teaching with your child.
Fun Facts: Melissa knows how to drive a tractor, played in a steel drum band for many years, loves playing sports, and makes the best chocolate chip cookies in the world.
Our Home in Florida
We have lived in sunny Florida for six years and feel rooted here. Our 3-bedroom brick home is located 15 minutes from the ocean and a short drive from the library and park. The neighborhood we live in is quiet with kind, loving neighbors. Being outside is common, with a playground, sandbox, and room for sports and activities! The inside of our home has lots of space with an emphasis on things we enjoy like music, reading, art, cooking, and quality time with family and friends.
Our Sons and Family
Isaac, our 5-year-old son, is active and full of silliness and laughter. His recent interests include swinging, helicopters, and building with legos. He LOVES babies and has become a protective and loving older brother. He is so excited to “play with, live with, sing and read to” your child. David will be 1-year-old in October 2022. He loves laughing with Isaac, reading, and exploring.
Melissa's family is located in Wisconsin, and Mike's family resides in Michigan. While we live far away from immediate family, we keep in contact frequently via messaging, video chats, emails, and handmade letters or packages. Trips back home are filled with tractor rides, gardening, crafts, baking, beach trips, and lots of quality time and love. Our family and friends also enjoy visiting us and are thrilled to welcome your child into our family.
We promise to raise your child as our own in a foundation of love and truth rooted in Christ, both taught and by example of how we live and love. We promise to share their story with them and teach them to be proud of it. We will encourage your child to pursue their passions and follow God. We will provide them with a solid education focused on their individual gifts. We will raise them in an environment where mistakes are encouraged as a part of learning and will rejoice with them as they master new skills. We promise to protect, encourage, and fill their life with rich and rewarding moments.
More About Michael
Education: Bachelor's degree in English
Profession: Works at our church as the Biblical Education Director; works as COO for another Christian ministry
Racial Background: Caucasian
Hobby: Weight Lifting
Family Activity: Going out to dinner at a restaurant
Dinner: Bacon chicken
Late Night Snack: Ritz crackers with peanut butter
Spot in our House: Reading in the big living room chair
Childhood Vacation Spot: Maine with my family and best friend's family
More About Melissa
Education: Bachelor's degree in Nursing
Profession: Registered Nurse very part-time from home
Stay-At-Home: Yes and works 10 hours per week from home
Racial Background: Caucasian
Hobby: Creating Shutterfly Family Picture Books
Family Activity: Talking and singing together while swinging
Dinner: Salmon, avocado, and cream cheese sushi with fried rice
Book: Any book by Lynn Austin or Francine Rivers
Late Night Snack: Chocolate coconut almonds
Spot in our House: The cozy living room chairs
Childhood Vacation Spot: Bay Beach Amusement Park
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Trying New Things
Michael got his motorcycle license this year and has been enjoying getting more confident in his riding ability! He is also working on a large, intricate drawing that will hang in our living room once it is complete.
Melissa is Isaac's kindergarten teacher as we try out homeschooling this year! She also has been experimenting with gardening in Florida (The zinnias are gorgeous, and the tomatoes got sun-baked!).
As a family, we are receiving a ping-pong table from friends and are excited to have family competitions!
-Exploring Legoland or Disney World with family and friends
-Each person picks out a Christmas ornament every year that is meaningful or special to them
-Visiting family and friends in Wisconsin and Michigan
-Walking, biking, or skateboarding through our neighborhood
-Eating out at a new or favorite restaurant
-Being deeply connected to our church family
-Spending quality time with each other doing something we enjoy
Faith in our Home
Our home starts on a foundation of a love for Christ and a dedication to following Him. This radiates all of the values that our home carries. We as a household cherish and uphold love and compassion for others, obedience to the voice of the Lord, fulfilling the potential provided to us, seeking truth and honesty, and leading lives that honor God. As a family, we spur imagination, creativity, activity, and productivity.
Our Mission in Parenting
Our desire is to raise our children to be mature, responsible adults who love God and others and flourish in their talents, desires and passions. We do this by encouraging our children to have a love of learning and curiosity to explore the world. We teach them practical ways to be responsible and care not only for themselves but for others as well. We learn and encourage each child's individual giftings, interests, and talents. We observe and learn about each child in order to know what they need to feel loved, valued, and cherished. We model to them what a relationship with God looks like and speak His love, truth, words, and healing over them every day.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us! We are excited to provide consistent, abundant love and stability in order for your child to flourish and mature in our family, home, and in society. We look forward to building a lasting relationship with you and keeping in touch through letters, pictures, and visits at your comfort level. Know that we love you, are for you, and are praying over you.