Hello! We are Karen and Doug. We believe that everyone’s life is a story. It is filled with happiness and sadness, opportunities and challenges. We want to hear your story and are thankful for the opportunity to share ours with you at this time.
The Love Story
Like so many couples, we met in college. We both had gotten out of long term relationships, and were ready to start dating again and hopefully find “the one.” A mutual friend set us up on a date and we were engaged a few months later. All of our family and friends attended our elegant Christmas wedding. After being married for several years, it became apparent we were unable to have a baby. We immediately knew we wanted to build our family through adoption.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption is such a big part of our lives as we adopted our daughters, Maddy, Kayleigh and Breigh. Being excellent parents is so important to us as we have so much love and fun we want to share. We love our daughters so much and would do anything for them. We have always dreamed of having more children in our family. Adoption has given us a family we’ve always dreamed of having, one so big and full of love. We are so excited to grow our family again and welcome another child into our home.
A Little Bit About Karen:
Karen is my smart and beautiful wife with blonde hair and brown eyes. Karen spends the day caring for our two youngest girls. She loves filling each day with outings, activities, and creative play. Most days include a walk with the stroller around the neighborhood, playing, and reading stories. Karen also enjoys taking them to swim, music, and dance lessons. She loves watching her girls grow up and develop their own personalities.
Before she became a mom, Karen earned a doctorate of education specializing in students with learning and emotional disabilities. When she has a free moment, Karen usually spends her time cooking delicious foods. I frequently find her baking chocolate chip cookies or decorating cakes in our kitchen!
She is very structured with the kids and loves to be with them. We are fortunate that Karen can stay home to raise our children as well as keep order and harmony in our home. I am always blown away by how she gets it all done. After the baby arrives, Karen is thrilled to continue in her role as a stay-at-home mom!
A Little Bit About Doug:
Doug is an amazing man with brown hair and brown eyes. He is a wonderful and dedicated father. He and our daughters play together every day. One of their favorite activities is swimming in our pool. I’ll never forget the very first time he took Kayleigh to swim. He was so excited to be the first one to go in the pool with her. It was the beginning of summer, and our outdoor pool had just opened up. She had a blast floating in her inner tube and blowing bubbles back and forth in the water.
Before he became a dad, Doug earned his college degree in business and owns a successful construction company. His hobbies include biking, going out to eat at restaurants, and vacationing. Doug enjoys traveling with our family to Disney World and even took us on our first Disney cruise. He is counting down the days until he can take our little one on our family’s next cruise.
Maddy is a typical first born—strong and determined. She is very kind and has such a heart for other people. She has a great group of friends as well…her friends always say how lucky she is to have younger sisters. Her hobbies include downhill skiing and swimming.
Kayleigh is our wild one, always full of energy and super social…she definitely keeps us on our toes. She loves reading and playing with her sisters. When she loves something, she goes all out…nothing can stop her! Her current favorite Disney princess is Jasmine, which also happens to be her middle name. Just like her other sisters, she loves to dance and swim. Her dance instructor always comments on how gracefully she moves. Kayleigh also started music lessons and is picking up rhythms so quickly.
Breigh is our silly one. She is incredibly sweet and has such a sense of humor. Just like her sister, she loves to swim and dance…especially to any of Princess Tiana’s songs from The Prince and the Frog. Last month, she was able to dance with Princess Tiana at Disney World! At swim lessons, she always encourages the other kids who are scared to go in the water. She is such a good friend to others.
All of our girls are so excited to welcome a new baby in the family…they can’t wait to meet him or her.