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Dear Expectant Parent(s),
We thank and praise you for choosing life for your child! We believe that your child is being “fearfully and wonderfully made” by our Heavenly Creator and that He has a plan for you and your child that is far greater than we could ever ask for or imagine. We pray for peace as you search for a family to love, nurture, and raise your child. We are grateful that you are taking the time to get to know our family by reading our profile.
Why We Feel Called to Adopt
We believe all children have a desire to belong and be loved. We take the Lord’s commandment to care for the orphan and widow to heart and feel His calling to provide a loving, safe home for a child through the means of adoption. We once read that “Adoption is less about getting a child for your family and more about giving your family for a child.” Besides God’s calling, this quote really resonates with us. For us, entering into the adoption journey has been a family decision in which all five of us are committed to loving and caring for your little one!
Marcie grew up on an acreage in Northwest Iowa. At a young age, she knew that God was calling her to educate children. She received her undergraduate degree in elementary education, with endorsements in early childhood education and special education. She then went on to receive her master’s degree in education as well. Marcie taught first grade for 10 years and then soon after the birth of their first child, she became a part-time transitional kindergarten teacher. This part-time position allows her to do the two things she loves most: educate young children and be a mom! Marcie enjoys reading, scrapbooking, walking, spending time at her parents’ cabin at the lakes, coffee dates with friends, and being with her family. She utilizes the gifts God has given her by volunteering as the kindergarten/first grade large group Awana teacher.
Jackson also grew up on an acreage in Northwest Iowa. Ever since he was young, he has loved being outside and being on his grandparents’ farm. He received his undergraduate degree in business administration and began working in the finance department at the community hospital in his hometown. After a few years, he went back and completed a second major in accounting and has been the Chief Financial Officer at the community hospital for the past 7 years. Being in his hometown allows him to farm part-time with his dad. They farm some of their own ground as well as custom farm for local farmers. He enjoys farming, snowmobiling with church friends, riding bicycle, and playing slow pitch softball. Jackson also volunteers at church in a variety of ways. He and Marcie have been high school youth group leaders and have both served on different search committees at different times. Jackson has been a deacon, and most recently helped to lead the game time at Awana.
We met in college through mutual friends. During our college years we became friends, but didn’t start dating until after college. We were married in November of 2004. We believe that one reason our marriage is strong is because we were given the opportunity to spend time getting to know each other as friends before we began dating. We not only love each other but we also genuinely like each other and enjoy spending time with one another. We chose to stay close to our families because we value their support and want our kids to know them well. After three years of marriage, we decided to start our family and God blessed us with Grace. Emma was born 2 ½ years later, and Charlie 3 years after that. All throughout our marriage we have felt the Holy Spirit leading us toward adoption and we are humbled that you would consider allowing us to enter into this journey with you.
Grace is a smart, spunky, kind-hearted eight-year-old. She is a great big sister and teaches her younger siblings so many things! She wants to be a teacher liker her mommy some day and it shows. Grace likes to try new things and pretty much enjoys everything she tries! She enjoys swimming, tubing, piano, softball, school, reading, pretending, bike riding, gardening, baking, and doing art projects. Her kind heart makes her a good friend and sister.
Emma is a sweet, quiet-spirited (almost) six-year-old. She, too, wants to be a teacher like her mommy and enjoys going to kindergarten as well as playing school at home. She is a compassionate friend and sister. She has a way with younger kids and is a great playmate to Charlie. She often has him giggling! Despite her shy demeanor, she loves being on the go and can frequently be found tagging along with one of her grandmas. She enjoys gymnastics, bike riding, working in our flower garden, and swimming.
Charlie is a fun-loving, active (almost) three-year-old. He loves anything to do with farming and can frequently be found tagging along with Jack and his grandpa on the farm. He enjoys feeding the sheep, going on four-wheeler and Gator rides, tagging along during the planting and harvesting seasons, and eating Oreos in the farm house with Great Grandpa and Grandma. Charlie also loves playing with his little farm equipment at home and can often be found “farming” in the back yard flower garden. Along with farming, Charlie enjoys playing any type of ball: softball, baseball, soccer, basketball, football… balls are not hard to find in our home!
Our family enjoys going on bike rides, attending our nieces’ and nephews’ sporting events (from 5-year-old soccer league to college football!), having weekly Sunday dinners at our grandparents’ homes, having backyard campfires with friends and neighbors (Oh and we can’t forget to mention that we love eating s’mores!), playing at the park, exploring the family farm, and spending time at Marcie’s parents’ cabin at the lakes. While at the lakes we like to go tubing, go on boat and bike rides, play mini-golf, attend children’s plays, and swim off of the dock. During the winter the kids love sledding behind the four-wheeler and building snowmen. As you can tell, we are an active family who enjoys being outside in God’s beautiful creation! When the weather keeps us inside, we enjoy reading books, having family dance parties in our basement living room, and playing games.
Our Community & Neighborhood
We live in a small, but progressive rural town. There are approximately 7500 people. There are lots of family friendly amenities in our town: a library, a swimming pool, a movie theater, several restaurants, a bakery, an ice rink, lots of parks, great public and private schools including a preschool learning center as well as a Christian liberal arts college, a hospital, several small businesses and churches. God has stirred many hearts in our community to adopt. There are many adopted children who call our community home.
Our home is a four bedroom ranch style home located on a quiet street near a bike trail, a community park, and an elementary school. It is a safe place for our kids to ride bike and play outside. Our girls walk home from school with a group of neighborhood friends every afternoon. As a family we enjoy walking or riding our bikes to the park. We are frequently outside and enjoy spending time with our neighbors.