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A Letter from Ray & Michelle

Dear Birthmother,

We are so excited to share a little about ourselves with you! We are Ray and Michelle and have been happily married for 10 years. We feel strongly led to grow our family through adoption. Our children are just as excited as we are about adding another family member to our household and we are looking forward to hearing from you!

About Us

We love being together! We especially enjoy the holidays, spending time with friends and family on the lake, and snuggling up to watch movies in our bonus room. Education is important to us, as we both work for our local school district. We share a passion for working with young people through school, church, and local ministries. Our faith is our greatest commonality. The love we have been given through Christ is the most important gift that we can pass on to our children!

 

About Ray

Ray is the rock of our family. His courage, faith, and loyalty are unwavering. He is a problem solver and cannot turn down a challenge! He gives everything he does his best effort, whether it be parenting, working, or playing. It’s important to Ray to continually serve others, either through his gifts with technology, his love of fishing, or his passion for playing the drums. He enjoys sharing these activities with youth and really looks forward to sharing them with your child! Seeing Ray as a father to our children has been a source of great joy. His patience, kindness, and gentleness naturally draw children to him.

About Michelle

Michelle is funny, compassionate, and works hard at everything she does. She loves to read, exercise, and spend time with her family. She uses her gift for connecting with children as a middle school teacher, through her volunteer work, and in her personal ministry with teenage girls. Michelle has a gift with words and enjoys taking the time to offer encouragement to people when they need it the most. Her love for other people comes naturally, and she looks forward to sharing that love with your child!

Our Children and Family

Chloe is a conscientious, organized, and thoughtful big sister. She enjoys cleaning (yes, really!) and has a tremendous sense of responsibility. Her calm presence and witty sense of humor are a blessing to our household.

Meredith has a genuine heart for others and has been praying for us to adopt for years! She is an excellent athlete and loves to make people laugh.

Luke is silly, sweet, and energetic. He loves being around people and enjoys spending time with his sisters’ friends as much as he does his own. Luke likes to help in the kitchen and loves music!

We are fortunate to have Michelle’s father live with us, and Ray’s parents live in a nearby town. All of Ray’s siblings and their families live close by as well, allowing us to gather together often. This is great fun for everyone, and has led to some seriously spoiled grandchildren!

Our Home in South Carolina

Our home is on the lake and is a great gathering place for family and friends. We can fish, swim, canoe, ski, and go tubing right in our backyard! Ray built a play area with a tree fort, sandbox, slide, water cannon, and swings for our children and their friends to enjoy. We live in a 6 bedroom house with an open floor plan. Our bonus room upstairs has a movie projector, ping-pong table, and air hockey table. We live in a quiet cul-de-sac and are 1/2 a mile away from our nature museum. There is always something to do at our house!

Our Promise

We promise to raise your child in a home full of faith, love, and laughter. We will do all in our power to raise your child to know and experience love at home, through extended family and friends, and in a supportive church community. We will ensure that your child has access to educational opportunities to fulfill the plans he or she feels led to follow. Lastly, we promise to honor you and keep in touch with you in ways that you are comfortable with. We promise to pray that God will fulfill His plans in your life as well as in the life of your child! To learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

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An audio message from Ray & Michelle

  Ray Michelle
Our EducationAssociates DegreeMasters in Teaching
Our ProfessionsNetwork engineerMiddle School teacher
Stay-At-HomeNo, but I have winter and spring break with the children.No, but I have winter, spring, and summer break off with the children.
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasianCaucasian
Some of Ray & Michelle's Favorites
Favorite Movie:Star WarsTrolls!
Favorite thing about your spouse:She has a very humorous wit!His ability to laugh at himself!
Favorite Sound:Fan noise - helps me focusChildren's laughter
Favorite Food:Michelle's meatloafPound cake
Favorite Holiday:ChristmasChristmas
Favorite Sport:FootballFootball
Favorite Musical Artist:David Crowder BandTodd Agnew
More About Our Family
Our Special Interests

We both enjoy working with youth, using our gifts to teach, support, and encourage others. As a family, we volunteer with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, by taking middle school students to the state retreat at the beach every year. We also assist with school lock-ins and work with the children and youth in our church and schools. Michelle holds Bible studies in our home for teenage and young adult women. Ray plays drums in a praise band and helps with the youth band at church as well. We enjoy investing time in young people- it is a source of joy for us.

Our Faith

Our faith is the center of all that we do. We love and live for Jesus and strive to show Him to others that we interact with every day. It is through our adoption as children of Christ that we have felt led to pursue the miracle of adoption!

Our Musical Interests

We enjoy music in various formats. For the most part, you will hear Christian contemporary music played in our home and in our cars, but we love other forms of music as well. Ray loves playing drums and we both ALWAYS have a song in our heads and are either humming or whistling something!

Our Children

Our children are very excited about our adoption journey! They have been praying for you and your child to feel embraced in our household.

Chloe is a conscientious, organized, and thoughtful big sister! Her sense of responsibility and witty sense of humor will be enjoyed by your child.

Your child will also appreciate Meredith's compassion and consideration for others. She has been praying for us to adopt for years and is looking forward to having another family member to spoil!

Luke will provide live entertainment for your child! He sings, dances, and works hard to make sure everyone is smiling!

Your child will immediately be embraced!

About Our Home in South Carolina

The best thing about our home is that it is centered around children! We have many things for children to do inside and out, and we love that our children's friends want to come over often. Inside they can play the Wii, ping-pong, air hockey, or watch movies on the projector upstairs. Outside they can jump on the trampoline, ride in the boat with us, ride in the canoes, ride bikes, or ride the hoverboard go-cart. Our home has an open floor plan which allows for a lot of interaction between people and is at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Living on the lake allows us to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors every day!

We live in the state of...

South Carolina! We are not far from beaches, mountains, or amusement parks. Though we have a lot of fun things to do at home, we have many places we can go visit and enjoy in SC!

Our Traditions

We host family gatherings at our house for holidays and other special occasions. Birthdays are important in our family, as each one has its own theme. These are entertaining for everyone that attends! We also set aside "Family Fun Days" where we go different places with the clear intent of spending time together.
Christmas is our family's favorite time of year. Christmas movie marathons begin the day after Thanksgiving- the same day we go together to cut down our tree. We love to go out on the boat and enjoy the Christmas lights on the lake with friends. Our favorite activity is attending a local Christmas parade together, where only tractors and horses are allowed to pull floats. It is a great way to celebrate Christmas!

We Prefer a Child Who Is...
Age of Child

Newborn - 12 months

Twins

Absolutely!

Gender

Either

Ethnicity of ChildWe are open to Any Race
Future Contact with Birth Family

Letters, photos, and visits if you are comfortable.

In Closing

We believe that a happy home is one where laughter is present, where faith is practiced, and love is abundant. We promise that your child will be given educational opportunities to thrive, and will see his or her value as a member of society. We promise to nurture your child through adulthood and to do our part to maintain a relationship with you.

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