Cara & Christopher
Dear Expectant Parent,
Thank you for wanting to learn more about us. We appreciate that you are taking time to look at us and consider us. We are excited to share our lives with you and possibly our future baby.
It has been a dream of ours for years to raise and have children that we can call our own. My husband and I have been married for 14 years this August 2022. When we first got married in our mid-twenties, we didn't know we would have these infertility issues and had no idea they would be part of us. Our infertility issues have helped shape us and mold us to who we are today. We are strong. We are stable. We love each other and will look forward to what the future holds for us together as husband and wife.
In the first 5 years of our marriage, I figured out my thyroid issues might have played a role in our infertility. My husband helped me through multiple infertility treatments. We cried and worked our way through the failed fertility treatments. Still, we pushed forward. Still, we didn't give up that tiny bit of hope. Hoping that someday my dream might come true.
After realizing it was hopeless to conceive on our own, we went through social services. I became very close to my social worker. She helped me figure out that my heart was all about helping children. Our goal ultimately was changed to keeping children safe. Just helping them with whatever path they might have in foster care. My social worker was my shoulder to cry on. She was a good listener and friend. She placed 14 children with us in a period of 3 years. One of those little ones, a 6-month-old baby boy, got to stay forever. I received the call on June 29, 2017, there was a 6-month-old baby waiting for us. What a joyous day that was!! My heart was pounding! Our excitement level was through the roof! Foster care also has hardships. For our child we had prayed. We prayed without ceasing. About 8 months in, the goal changed from reunification to adoption. Within one year exactly, on June 29, 2018, our baby was forever ours! What a glorious day that was!
My husband and I have had a very long, bumpy road to building a family. With each bump, came a stronger desire to help children. A stronger will to keep moving forward. Here we are, moving forward again. Moving forward trying to give another baby a good home. A home with one amazing boy we call our son. He is now 5 years old. Sharp as a tack and keeps us on our toes. Truly, we are blessed to have him.
Last but not least, we'd better share with you that we are financially stable. My husband has had the same job for 17 years. He is a machinist at a nuclear company. The interesting thing about his job is that it is top secret. We also have a large family farm. And with that, my son loves tractors. We have a big garden in the summer and a bunch of crazy chickens.
I am a part time, private piano teacher. We are truly blessed because my job is optional. But I work a few days a week and enjoy teaching for a side job. We live in the country in a large farmhouse with plenty of wide-open space.
There's a little about us. If you would be interested in learning more, we would be thrilled to share more. Our lives have been an open book. Our journey isn't over yet. Can't wait to meet you! We hope to be supportive, so we are totally fine with the idea of closed, semi-open or open adoptions.
Best wishes and blessings to you!
Christopher, Cara, and Lyle