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A Letter from Michael & Kristen

Thanks so much for taking the time to get to know us! We truly love being parents and are beyond thrilled to be adopting again and cannot wait to share our lives, love, and stable household with our second child. Celebrating holidays, having fun outdoors, and traveling are just some of the things we are excited to share.  We would love to stay connected with you through letters, pictures, and visits at your comfort level.

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About Us

We met in college during our freshman year. We were married in 2014 and moved to Virginia while Michael was in the Navy and returned to North Carolina after 3 years. After learning we could not have biological children, we felt drawn to the miracle of adoption and, in 2020 we were blessed with the adoption of our daughter. We are incredibly thankful and love her birth family so very much.

Things we love doing together include:

  • Traveling! Michael occasionally travels for work to Europe and major cities across the US and we like to tag along. We also travel to the beach and the mountains several times per year!
  • Going to church as a family- I am involved with our Children’s Ministry and Michael leads a men’s discipleship group.
  • Playing Racquetball
  • Fishing and hiking
  • Celebrating and decorating for every holiday as a family.

We look forward to sharing our passions with our next child and including them in all of our family fun.

About Michael

Michael is the hardest-working person I know. He puts his all into everything he does, including his profession, family, and hobbies. He is the first to get up in the morning and the last to go to bed. His ideal night of relaxing is one at home with us, watching a family movie or a game of football. His priority is always making sure that Anne and I have everything we need.

Michael likes to be outdoors hiking, fishing, riding four-wheelers, or working in the yard. He also likes to build things and has built some shelving for me and a swing set for Anne!

He’s an incredible dad! When Anne masters a new skill, Michael is thrilled and wants to tell everyone about it! I can always count on him to be present and active in her life and I know he will do the same for our next child. Michael can’t wait to pass on his love of Jesus, family, the outdoors, and sports to our children.

About Kristen

Kristen has so much love, patience, and compassion for all those around her.  This is not just evident in our family but in her profession as a nurse.  It has been a joy to watch Kristen teach, nurture, and love our daughter, Anne, over the past two years.  And on more than one occasion, it has been a blessing to have a nurse in our home when someone is feeling under the weather!

In addition to being a full-time mom to Anne, Kristen loves to bake, garden, craft, and go fishing! She is passing these passions along to Anne and it is such a joy to see. Our neighbors always get excited when they see Kristen at their door because a tray of yummy treats is likely close at hand. Kristen is also very involved with the Children’s ministry at our church.  I know she is excited to help nurture and teach our next child, all while sharing her passions with them as well.

Our Daughter and Family

Our daughter, Anne, is 2 years old and was adopted in 2020.  She loves to laugh and can often be found sitting at a stool in the kitchen, “helping” Kristen bake or assisting her with planting flowers in our gardens. We know she will be a wonderful big sister!

We are also blessed to live less than five minutes from Kristen’s parents and only an hour away from Michael’s parents. We see both sets regularly and enjoy sharing meals together, playing games, and exploring our beautiful state on various adventures. We are also close with our siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins and frequently gather for fun times! They are all thrilled that we are adopting again and look forward to welcoming home our next child.

Our Home in North Carolina

We finished building our dream home in 2022 and love it! Our house is a 4-bedroom home in a rural community that sits only 12 miles from a medium-sized city in North Carolina.  We have a spacious front yard and so much room inside for family get-togethers, like when we host Thanksgiving! We love having space and room to play while still having access to world-class education, healthcare, and shopping venues that are only 15 minutes away.

We share our home with our 9-year-old red miniature dachshund named Gus! His favorite activities include sleeping, playing with Anne, and snuggling and playing with his toys!

Our Promise

Our promise to you is that your child will be loved and know they are loved not only by us but by you too. We will give your child every opportunity we can provide them; a loving and stable home, education, travel experiences, a church family, festive holidays, and lots of laughter. Adoption will be celebrated in our house and our child will always hear about how much we love and appreciate you. We are open to visits, letters, and pictures that match your level of comfort.  We are praying for you and are eternally grateful for your time spent getting to know us!

If you would like to learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

Learn More About Michael & Kristen

  Michael Kristen
Our EducationBachelors in Business Administration; Graduate Level CertificationBachelors in Nursing
Our ProfessionsInvestorRegistered Nurse
Stay-At-HomeNoCurrently Part-time; will become full-time once baby arrives.
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasianCaucasian
Some of Michael & Kristen's Favorites
FoodPrime RibLasagna
Travel DestinationIcelandHawaii
Childhood MemoryFamily Camping TripsChristmas Afternoons with Family
Family TraditionChristmas Morning Gifts with FamilyFamily Beach Trip Every Summer
TV ShowThe Andy Griffith ShowDownton Abbey
DessertIce CreamAnything Loaded with Chocolate
MovieThe Hunt for Red October and The HighwaymenHarry Potter and Anne of Green Gables
More About Our Family
More About Our Home

We had always dreamed of building our forever home to grow and raise our family in. We started construction in the spring of 2021 and had finished by January of 2022. We have a four bedroom, six bathroom home on a one acre lot on a quiet street. We looked for years to find the perfect location. It still has us enjoying a quiet country feel every day, but Michael can get to work in 15 minutes.

Our Faith

We have been a member of our Presbyterian church since 2016. Kristen is very involved with the children's ministry and Michael leads a men's discipleship group. We attend every week and enjoy a close support group through our church family.

Our Traditions

-We take a long trip to the beach over Memorial Day Weekend every year with Kristen's parents. We also take a week long vacation to the beach every August.
-The 4th of July is spent each year in the North Carolina Mountains.
-Thanksgiving is spent with family; We host our family and Kristen cooks a huge meal!
-Every winter, we get together with Kristen's extended family and make Brunswick Stew and enjoy fellowship with each other.
-We open presents on Christmas morning at our home before spending the day with both sets of Grandparents.

Our Dog

We have a 9 year old red miniature dachshund named Gus! His favorite activities are to snuggle and play with his toys! He has enjoyed having our daughter Anne in the house, as it means an extra set of hands to play with him and pet him. Gus is has short red hair, weighs 13 pounds, and can be frequently found chasing sun spots to lounge in throughout the house.

We Prefer a Child Who Is...
Age of Child

Newborn to 12 months old

Twins

Yes!

Gender

Either!

In Closing

Thank you for learning about our family; we are honored that you have considered us as potential parents for your child. We are looking forward to adding a fourth member of the family to join in our adventures and celebrations, and to share in our loving home, full of laughter and happiness. Your comfort level is important to us and we are open to letters, pictures, and visits. We are grateful for the love you have for your child and for considering us as a potential adoptive family.

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