James and Beth
We are James and Beth! We are grateful that you’re taking the time to learn a little more about us. We hope that this will help you get to know us better and understand our desire to grow our family through adoption. We respect and admire your courage in making an adoption plan for your baby. Thank you for choosing life. We pray that God will provide you with support and guidance as you make the best decision for you and your baby.
We actually met at church. We were both attending a Christian University to prepare for ministry. Beth was working on her master’s degree and serving on staff at our church. I (James) was working on my bachelor’s degree and hoping to marry a smart and beautiful Christian woman to serve alongside in local church ministry. We have been married for 10 years. We currently live in a small town in Illinois. We now minister in a wonderful and loving church. I serve as the preaching minister and Beth serves as the children’s minister. We get to spend a lot of time helping children and families. Our church is very supportive of us and our pursuit of this adoption. We know several families touched by adoption and have many people praying for us and for you. The child we adopt will be surrounded by a loving and supportive community including a wonderful church family.
God has given us a heart for children who need a loving family. He has provided us with two beautiful children. We adopted our sweet Abigail as an infant. She is now seven years old and looking forward to being a big sister again. Julius (aka Bubba) came to us as a foster child when he was nine months old. We finalized his adoption in 2015 and he is now five years old. He loves to play and make other children laugh. He’ll be a great big brother! We recently surprised our kids with a new member of the family. We adopted Zeus, a miniature poodle. He makes a great addition to our family. He is both playful and calm.
As a family we love to be outdoors enjoying God’s creation. There are some wonderful parks near our home where we go exploring, hiking, fishing and bike riding. We also enjoy swimming and eating ice cream on hot summer days. On days we can’t be outdoors, we like to read books, play games, and listen to music. In the fall we rake leaves, visit apple orchard and go for tractor rides during the harvest. In the winter we love to spend time around the fireplace, play in the snow and bake homemade cookies. Two of our favorite holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, are celebrated with food, family, and fun. Beth loves to bake and enjoys working in the kitchen with the kids.
Thank you for taking the time to read about us. We have been and will continue to be in prayer for this entire process and everyone involved. We pray that the Lord will provide you with wisdom and discernment to make the best choice for your child. Should you choose to place your child in our care, we promise to pray for you and your child for the rest of our lives. We give you our word that your child will be cared for, loved and protected. He or she will be a part of a strong Christian family and a wonderful community.
We cannot imagine what it must be like to be faced with the decision you are facing. We trust that the Lord knows where you are and what you’re going through. We pray that he will give you comfort and peace.
James and Beth