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A Letter from Carl & Brook

Hello from Ohio! We are a spontaneous, adventure-seeking couple with a deep love for delicious food, good music, and family fun. Our happy place is outside! We love to explore anything new but also enjoy finding adventure in our own backyard in between family vacations. Our faith in God has led us on this path to adoption as first-time parents. We are excited to welcome your child of any race and gender into our family and look forward to creating a positive relationship with you at your comfort level.

About Us

Our story began over 20 years ago when we became friends as childhood neighbors! Not long after, that friendship grew, and we have now been happily married for over 9 years. After so many years together, we are very in sync with one another and enjoy spending as much time together as possible. Some of our favorite activities include traveling, camping, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with our family and friends, all of which we look forward to sharing with your child. In the summer, we enjoy walking down to the local beach, enjoying s’mores by the campfire, going to the zoo/aquarium, and catching a good drive-in movie!

We both enjoy our work and are thankful to have a short commute from home with flexible schedules. This allows us to make the most of each afternoon and gives us a healthy balance between work and home life. We are also very excited to have Brook become a stay-at-home mom once we bring baby home. We’re excited to go ALL IN as parents and raise our child with good morals and values. We are so blessed to have the option to comfortably transition to one income, allowing us the ability to give your child the love and care they deserve.

 

What I love about Carl

Carl is truly the most genuine and caring guy I’ve ever met. He’s hospitable, hard-working, dedicated to his family, thoughtful, and compassionate. He’s the kind of guy that holds the door for you, always uses “please” and “thank you”, helps around the house, and plans spontaneous weekend surprises just because. Carl enjoys his career at a local IT company that provides internet and technology services for many of our local school districts.

When we host gatherings, it brings him so much joy to serve others. Outside of our home, Carl enjoys serving at church, either operating cameras or serving coffee. He loves the opportunity it gives him to meet new people and spark a friendly conversation. In his free time, Carl enjoys being outdoors camping, kayaking, fishing, gardening, and shooting photography. He is excited to share his love of nature with our child.

What I love about Brook

Brook is the most respectful and honest person I know. She is dedicated to her faith and enjoys serving at our church. Brook works hard and puts pride in her job as a Payroll Clerk as well as caring for our home. Cooking, music, reading, and traveling are just a few of her passions. It brings me true joy to see her excitement when we visit new places or catch an unexpected giggle when she is deep into a good book. Brook has wonderful memories of learning how to cook with her grandmother and looks forward to sharing similar moments with our child. She is often elected as the holiday host for our family and friends as well as the family birthday cake chef!

Brook’s determination to better herself has encouraged our family, friends, and even myself that anything is possible, something she will surely teach our child.

Our Family and Traditions

Our families both live nearby and could not be more excited to support our adoption and welcome your child into our family! We are thankful to share many combined gatherings with both of our families as well as small family traditions.

Every Memorial Day, Carl’s family gets together for a reunion with lots of food and fun at a local state park. During Christmas, we enjoy spending the day searching for a live Christmas tree to cut down.

Brook’s family traditions include decorating the house for Christmas after enjoying our Thanksgiving meal. Her family also has fun visiting the local fairs and trying all the good food trucks!

We feel that spending time together is a gift and make a point to visit often.

Our home in Ohio

Our home is in beautiful Ohio in a quiet, lakeside town. We both grew up in this area and love the activities it offers, including a local amusement park, various islands on the lake, and all the water activities one’s heart could desire! We have a three-bedroom, two-bath home with a fenced-in backyard, making it an ideal safe space for our child to play. Our home offers plenty of space, featuring a large living room, an updated kitchen, a guest bedroom, and a Disney-themed nursery! Recently, we completed the nursery, making us even more ready to welcome a child home! We love the covered porch in the backyard, which has a custom porch swing that Carl built by hand. We share our home with our dog, Sandy, and our cats, Monty and Mako.

Our Promise

We promise to love and raise your child in a safe, stable, Christ-centered home. We will take time to appreciate and celebrate the little moments and to always make time for family. We promise to make memories, share traditions, and have plenty of laughter together! We promise to listen, be honest, be patient no matter what, and never be too proud to say sorry when necessary. We promise to support and encourage your child in all future dreams and provide them with every possible opportunity to succeed. We promise to respect you and never talk negatively of you to our child. We look forward to sharing letters, pictures, and visits with you at your comfort level.

If you would like to learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

Learn More About Carl & Brook

  Carl Brook
Our EducationBachelor DegreeHigh school graduate with some college
Our ProfessionsNetwork Specialist for an Information Technology Center for local schoolsPayroll Clerk for county auditor
Stay-At-HomeNoYes, once the baby is home
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasianMexican/Caucasian
Some of Carl & Brook's Favorites
FoodSushiPizza / All things potato
Place to travelFlorida / Anywhere tropicalState parks / Aquariums / Disney
HobbiesCamping / Fishing / Traveling / Photography / GardeningKayaking / Hiking / Cooking / Reading
SeasonSummerSpring
Family TraditionFamily reunion every Memorial Day / Cutting down a live Christmas tree with family every year Yearly trips to Amish Country / Searching every local fair for the cheapest corn dog around!
Something I'd like to achieve in my lifetimeVisit Japan / Learn to scuba diveBecoming fluent in Spanish / Visit all 50 states
Place to serve at churchCamera OperatorInformation Center
More About Our Family
Why we chose adoption

Adoption has been on our hearts for many years. When Carl was eighteen, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. After a year of chemo and undergoing two surgeries, Carl was healthy and cancer free, however unable to conceive children naturally from then on. We were both aware of this and even discussed adoption prior to our wedding in 2013. Infertility was no concern for us as we were both excited to begin our family through adoption.

Our Faith

We believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Giving our lives to God has been the best and most important decision we've made. We believe this beautiful world is a gift from God and we do our best to keep that in mind as we begin each day. Despite the busyness of every day life, we strive to set aside time to give thanks to God, share His Word and enjoy the blessings He has already given us. As Christians, we hope to share the love of God with our child in a Christ-centered home.

Fun facts about us!

-Brook plays the flute! She's played since she was 11 years old!
-Carl is a very talented photographer in his free time!
-Brook can juggle! She even taught our oldest nephew!
-Although Carl works with computers, he is quite the handy man! He's tackled many projects in our home.
-Brook adores old music, even enjoying some songs dating back to the 1940's!
-Carl loves to go flying with his uncle who is a private pilot!
-Disney cartoons and marvel movies are Brook's go-to for a good night in!
-For a time, we lived in Georgia before moving back to Ohio.

Our daily routine

We are thankful to start each morning together before heading out for work. Until Brook becomes a stay-at-home mom, we share the same work schedule which allows us to enjoy our evenings and weekends together. Although we enjoy a good meal out, we often cook at home. Brook specializes in indoor cooking while Carl really shines on the grill. We look forward to seeing each other every day after work and chatting about our day. When its warm, we often take our dog for a walk after dinner or drop our kayaks in the river downtown for a relaxing evening on the water. Spending time together is extremely important to us!

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

Newborn to 3 months old!
We are excited to be a part of our child's life from the start! Much preparation has already gone into the nursery and many of our family members have contributed to it, including a crib from Brook's sister, a changing table from Brook's grandparents, and a dresser/mirror combo from Carl's parents.

Gender

We are excited for a baby of either gender and have no preference for this.
We understand that having the option to choose would not be a part of a normal pregnancy and feel that leaving the gender a mystery only adds to the excitement!

Race of child

We are happy to welcome a child of any race!
We celebrate and accept people of all skin tones and cultures. Brook's mother's family is of Mexican heritage, which we regularly recognize with passion and excitement.

In Closing

In closing we would like to thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We have looked forward to adoption for many years and are thankful for the opportunity to bring a child into our lives that we can love and raise as our own.

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