Hello, we are Ben and Karen. Thank you for taking the time to learn about us.
Ben and I met in 2002 through mutual friends. Although we grew up in completely different
backgrounds, we discovered we shared a love for movies, reading, classic cars, history, and
travel. We were married in 2005 and settled into a renovated farmhouse where we live now.
After several years of trying unsuccessfully to grow our family, we looked into adoption. We
have several people in our circle of friends and family who were blessed by adoption and
decided that that was what we wanted to do as well. Our families and friends have been super
supportive and we cannot wait to introduce them to our newest member of the family!
Ben was born into a military family and lived in several different states until his dad retired and
they made their final move to his mom’s hometown, about 20 miles from where we currently
live. He is an only child. Ben has always lived in big cities, and moving to the country was a big
change for him, but now he can’t imagine living anywhere else. In school, Ben was in the
marching band and can play several instruments. He went to technical college and got an
automotive degree and is a certified mechanic, but decided the car parts industry was where he
wanted to be. He works on cars in his spare time.
Besides working on cars, his other hobbies are science fiction, traveling, and reading. He really
has a knack for diagnosing problems in vehicles and can fix just about anything with an engine.
He loves to be around our bonus nieces and nephews and is often the go-to person when they
need help with car trouble or broken toys.
Ben is quiet and shy until you get to know him, but is extremely loyal and helpful to those in
need. He is patient and fun with kids. He will be a wonderful, supportive father who will be very
involved in his or her life.
Karen is a true country girl at heart. Both sides of the family were dairy farmers. Growing up,
she worked in the milk barn, the hay field, and did whatever else was needed on the farm. Karen
is an only child, but grew up right down the road from several cousins, so she doesn’t seem like
an only child. They were always together growing up. Karen also grew up in a family of
teachers, so it was natural to move toward a teaching degree. She has three degrees in different
teaching areas, but has taught students with moderate and severe disabilities for 13 years.
Karen’s hobbies include reading, crafting, traveling, and singing. Karen can create almost
anything with craft supplies. In high school and college, she was in the choir and sometimes
sings for weddings, funerals, and events today. She is the person for school
projects/crafts for our bonus nieces and nephews as well as the party planner/decorator for most
functions and parties in our circle of friends and family.
Karen is the organizer and planner for our family. She is helpful and the first person to
volunteer. She is patient and kind and has a heart of gold for kids. She will be a wonderful,
loving mother with endless ideas to keep a little one busy!