|Our Education||Four-year Electrician Apprenticeship program; Some college||Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications|
|Our Professions||Designer and Project Manager for an engineering firm||Account Executive for a marketing and communications agency|
|Stay-At-Home||Yes (works from a home office with some travel)||Part-time once we adopt|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Caucasian|
|Some of Derek & Melissa's Favorites
|Food Treat||Homemade hash browns||Popcorn|
|Holiday||Thanksgiving||Super Bowl Sunday|
|Music||Coffee shop music||Country|
|Books||Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett; Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card||Mysteries; Books about designing and building houses|
|Vacation||Cross-country road trip: 49 days, 20 stops||Sailing in the Caribbean|
|Bible Verse||With nothing I came in to this world and with nothing I shall leave it. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. ~Job 1:21||Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7|
|More About Our Family
|We live in the state of...|
Forget any myths you’ve heard about Alaska. We aren’t isolated, and we don’t live in igloos or travel by sled dog. Haha!
Having lived in multiple states, we always enjoy our home state the best. The scenery is breathtaking. Every weekend brings a new adventure. One day we’re floating the creek, the next, we’re backpacking to a glacier.
In addition to city conveniences, our town also boasts nearly 300 miles of trails, 250 parks, and over 80 playgrounds. Alaska is a wonderful place to raise children!
People here are friendly and helpful. Our school district is home to the top three most ethnically and racially diverse high schools in the nation.
|Our Special Interests|
We enjoy playing all kinds of games: cards, board games, yard games, video games. We complete several jigsaw puzzles a year, then frame them for wall art. Derek likes woodworking with hand tools. Melissa loves crafting. Her current favorite project is using Derek’s wood shavings to create wreaths. For quiet time, we both enjoy curling up with a good book.
Religion plays a key role in our home. We participate in a local congregation and strive to have Christ-centered lives. Having grown up in Christian households, we look forward to attending church as a family. We will teach your child how to study God’s word and think critically about spiritual matters.
Good morals will be the foundation for raising our children. They will be taught to love and respect all people. Values such as honesty, generosity, and forgiveness will be key in their upbringing.
|Our Loved Ones|
We have close friends and family in 20 states! Having these connections around the country makes it easy for us to visit you over the years. Our parents have had lengthy marriages, as have many of our friends and extended family members. What a great example for our future children!
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...
|Age of Child|
Newborn to 12 months
|Ethnicity of Child||Any race|
|Future Contact with Birth Family|
We are flexible and want to participate in the type of adoption you desire. We're open to letters, photos and visits.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We hope our adoption journey is not only a blessing to us, but also to you and your baby. We look forward to sharing family meals, embarking on adventures and starting new family traditions! We hope to hear from you soon and look forward to sharing pictures, letters and visits.