|Our Education||Bachelor's Degree||Associates Degree / Certificate|
|Our Professions||Military / Safety Manager||Cardiac Tech|
|Stay-At-Home||Maybe Part-time if job allows||Home two days during the week|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Caucasian|
|Some of Joel & Rayna's Favorites
|Favorite Sport||To Play: baseball ; To Watch: football||Baseball|
|Favorite Color||Sky blue||Green|
|Favorite Movie||Saving Private Ryan and Shawshank Redemption||The Goonies|
|Favorite vacation spot||Gulf Coast Florida||Any warm beach|
|Favorite Quote||"The greatest joy in life is learning new things" - Aristotle||"Enjoy the little things in life. For one day you will look back and realize they were the big things"|
|More About Our Family
|Our Special Interests|
We enjoy cooking together, going to sporting events, and local festivals to listen to live music. We go bowling, bike riding and hiking at the local sand dunes and always love going to the Dunes National Lakeshore to relax and unwind at the beaches, which are only 10 minutes from our house. We enjoy having date nights with dinner and a movie, or just being outside, whether it is going to the county fairs, ice skating, or going for walks with our 2 dogs. We also enjoy quiet nights on the patio with a small fire and taking vacations`.
We are a Christian couple who go to church every Sunday. We are involved in a few ministries in church including Agape Go! which is a community service and outreach program. We are part of the Hospitality Committee where we greet members and visitors before the church service at the entrance to the church. We are also involved in the Welcoming Committee where each quarter we meet and have a luncheon with the newest members and visitors of the church.
|About our home|
We live in a 4 bedroom bi-level house with a big fenced in yard. We have a big concrete patio to enjoy sitting with fires on nice nights. We love to decorate the house for the various holidays and we always make sure it is warm and inviting to our guests. Most importantly we love to open our home to family members visiting from out of town.
|Family holidays and traditions|
Holidays are spent in a very traditional way. Easter is started with a church breakfast and then dinner with family. 4th of July is parades, cookouts, and fireworks. We do a fall family picnic close to Halloween where we cookout, hike trails, and carve pumpkins. We do Thanksgiving with Rayna's parents and do the yearly ornament exchange that she has been doing since she was young. The day after is spent with Joel's big family to celebrate. Leading up to Christmas it is spent with family decorating, visiting, and gift exchanges. We also enjoy going to the local tree-lighting where they have carolers and ice skating. New Years Eve we have friends over for dinner and game night.
Rayna's career goal is to start working as a Cardiac Sonographer. I recently finished school and after the adoption will look to start my new position in that field. Either in the same hospital I am currently at or another one closer to home.
Joel plans on continuing his career in the military until retirement where there is plenty of room for advancement. I am already halfway to the 20 year mark and plan on taking advantage of all the benefits the military offers, especially the ones for our future child. The military offers great benefits to include health insurance and education benefits so our child can go to college. I will soon be promoted to Captain and will take on a commanding position.
|We live in the state of...|
We live in a quiet neighborhood with a good school system. There is an elementary school at the end of our block. We have great neighbors. We have a big fenced in back yard for the dogs and kids to play in. There's a bike path 2 blocks from our house to enjoy walks on. "The region", what we call northwest Indiana, is made up of close suburban towns near Chicago so we have a good amount of diversity and culture, but it's far enough outside the city so it's not too crowded and there is plenty of open space and nature to enjoy. Our community is very active with carnivals, music festivals, weekly movie night and other community involved events.
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...
|Age of Child|
Newborn to 1 year old
Yes! Joel is an identical twin. We also have lots of twins in the family.
Any gender is great
|Ethnicity of Child||Caucasian, Hispanic, Native American, Caucasian/Asian, Caucasian/Hispanic, Caucasian/African American, Hispanic/African American, Caucasian/Native American, Caucasian/Hispanic/African American|
|Future Contact with Birth Family|
We would love to update with phone calls, letters, pictures and once a year visits.
Thank you for taking the time to read through our profile. Our home is faith centered, caring, loving, and supportive. We promise to provide a safe environment for your child. We know we will be great role models and teach them to be respectful with good morals. We will encourage them to be the best they can be. Your child will grow up with the love and support of our close-knit family and friends. We pray for you every day and hope to hear from you soon!