Just some basic info
Hi! I am Sarah and my husband's name is Daniel. We have 3 biological sons: Noah 14, Elijah 13, and Isaiah 9. We have a teenie doggie named Jenna. We are seeking to adopt girls between 0-6 years old. We are open to a sibling group of 3. We are open to any race and ethnicity.
Family Comes First
Noah is our book worm that is sweet and gentle to his very core! He is a nurturing older brother and he welcomes every foster child into our home with open arms. Noah plays the Tuba and is involved in EJHS Marching Band and Pep Band. Noah is an animal lover and wants to be a Veterinarian when he grows up.
Elijah is our inventor, bashful and kind. He loves to build, create and make Lego masterpieces! It takes him longer to warm up but once he makes that connection, you will have a fiercely loyal brother for life! Elijah LOVES Orchestra, Boy Scouts and creating videos. He wants to be an animator when he grows up.
Isaiah is our laid back snuggle bunny. He takes most things in stride and loves to make people laugh! An inquisitive sort, he wants to know about his surroundings and the new people he meets. He loves to play outside on his scooter and trampoline. He would stay in the pool all day long if he could. Isaiah loves Cub Scouts and selling popcorn for the troop. He wants to be a Superhero when he grows up.
We are a very close family celebrating the success and achievements of our children. We also encourage our children when they give their best effort but the situation doesn't turn out as they hoped. As long as you do your very best...that is what matters most!! Pizza night, game nights with ice cream sundaes, movie nights and more. We are in weekly contact with our middle son's 8th grade teachers to support our son's 504 plan and the Elementary School for our youngest son's IEP. We are very familiar with the "helps" put in place for children to become their very best they can be. These are a few things things that make our family so unique. We believe in eating meals as a family and having table talk. Being involved in our children's extra-curricular activities is a priority for us!
Daniel is a Controller with a well known horse farm. Daniel drives the Boy Scout bus, he is Treasurer for our son's Boy Scout troop and is Assistant Scout Master for our youngest son's Webelo troop. He enjoys Scouting, Camping, hiking, Sports, and cookouts followed by spotlight with the neighborhood families.
I was a Preschool Teacher for 8 years and I am now a stay at home Mom. I am able to get them onto the bus and greet them when they get home from school. I help with homework, daily chores and carpooling to various events. I am able to take them to their appointments or stay at home with them when they are sick and need some TLC. I also have the opportunity to work with therapists in our home with various services based on a child's needs. There are so many blessings to being a stay at home Mom. I enjoy baking, playing with our kids, swimming, scrap booking and taking pictures. We enjoy progressive dinners, Bunco nights and movie nights including a projector on the side of our houses with big bags of movie popcorn. There are several Foster Families in our neighborhood and we have created a support system for one another and the kids have established relationships with a diverse group of children.
My husband and I strive to show our children how couples should interact and show love and affection for one another. Even though we are busy, we make our relationship a priority; we go on 1-2 dates a month. Our large support system helps make these special evenings happen.
Cookouts with corn hole, tether ball and a game with tennis balls and PVC pipe are a regular part of our weekend routines! Our neighborhood is very family friendly and we regularly sit outside on our driveways and chat while our kids play together. We are also HUGE University of Kentucky Basketball fans and we live about 15 minutes from UK, so we go to some of the games! Go CATS!!
We live in a two-story house (3 w/basement). We have 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms and we have an unfinished basement that we are planning to finish very soon. We turned our formal living room into a playroom full of toys for all ages.
We can walk to a neighborhood play ground that has swings, slides, monkey bars a basketball court and a pretty cool creek. We are surrounded by great schools hosting hoe downs, game/movie night, fundraising cake walks and numerous resources. Our family takes advantage of every opportunity we can to educate ourselves about new and upcoming resources. Our library holds family events every month and weekly storytelling in a kid friendly environment.
We love going out for brunch and dinner. Some of our favorite restaurants include: Bob Evans, Cracker Barrel, Asuka, Chili's, Red Robin, Johnny Carino's, Olive Garden, P.F. Chengs and of course, major fast food restaurants.
When it comes to foster care and adoption we have experience with both situations. We have been a foster to adopt home for 6 years; fostering 19 very different little girls. We have extensive experience parenting children born addicted to drugs, sensory issues, needing PT, OT and/or Speech, as well as children on the Autism Spectrum, diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, physical and sexually abused and ADHD. These experiences have helped us grow as people and as parents. My middle sister has adopted internationally from China and Taiwan and my oldest sister has adopted through the Foster Care system. Through our annual training we have benefitted from various class topics such as: Trans-Racial adoption, Celebrating Heritage, First-Aid and CPR, African-American hair care, Handling people's stereotypes and prejudice and Seeking out appropriate services our children may benefit from. We KNOW we have so much more love to give and our family is not complete. We have made the decision to adopt as a family and we will experience this journey as a family. We would feel blessed to be chosen as a forever family for the children in need of a home because KIDS MATTER!!!! We are really looking forward to adopting and completing our family!!!
Our church is very close to our house, and my parents live 10 minutes away. On Daniel's side we have the love and support of 2 of his grandparents, his parents and his older sister. On my side we have the love and support of 2 of my grandparents, my parents and my two sister's families. It doesn't stop there...we have Aunts, Uncles and Cousins that we stay in touch with on a monthly basis! We take a family vacation every summer with my parents and sisters; 2013 was Disney and 2014 was Destin. Each family takes a turn cooking a fun meal, always theme based. Our parents host a mystery dinner theater and we all bring costumes for the specific role we were assigned. We have hors d'oeuvres and try to solve the mystery :)
I have one sister that lives 90 minutes away and another sister that lives in Florida. Daniel's parents and sister live two hours away. Our families treat our Foster children as their own. They love and encourage each as if they have always been in the family. Extended family we see randomly even pray and ask about our Foster children; they also take part in birthday parties and other celebrations! My Mother has taken steps to participate in Speech, OT and PT therapy so she will be able to help our children to become as successful as possible! We have a program in KY called First Steps that provide services for children that display delays. Our bio son's AND Foster children have received therapeutic services and we have been advocating for children with this program for 13 years.We love family and embrace it wholeheartedly!
Commitment is KEY
Daniel and I went to school together 7th thru 12th grade and went to our senior prom together. We had never spoken more than 5 words to each other until we had to make preparations for the dance. The dance was magical! We went on a few dates and then went away to school as friends. My mom played an integral role in us getting together our freshman year in college and the rest is a history that has helped us build such a strong marriage of 17 years. The first year of our marriage we delivered a still born little girl at 24 weeks; we were grieving. We chose to grow in our marriage and continue our College education as a team. Two years later we were blessed with our first son. When he was 3 months old we discovered we were pregnant with our second son. Two babies 13 months apart and diaper costs skyrocketing, Daniel took on two jobs and went to school full time so I could stay at home with the boys. No sleep and rarely seeing each other was rough but we made it through! We could have given up on each other in the beginning after such a tragic loss but we realized our family was worth it just like these children deserve a chance. THEY ARE WORTH IT!!!