Meet Russell & Candace
A video message from Russell & Candace
A Letter from Russell & Candace
We are so excited to become first-time parents, and we are grateful that you have taken the time to learn about us. We have been preparing to adopt for the past six years of our marriage. We knew that adoption would be part of our story from before we were married as well. We are excited to share the love and joy that we have found in God and in each other with your child.
We are active and creative. Many weekday evenings you can find us at the track or on the treadmill at home, and on many weekends you will find us walking in our neighborhood or rollerblading or biking on our favorite trail in town. We are frequent hikers in the summer, and we like taking regular trips to local parks and events. We love snuggling up for a Friday night movie night, singing in our church choir together on Sunday mornings, and reading books out loud together. These are activities that we are both so excited to share with our child. Our families also instilled in us a love of learning, which we look forward to passing on to a child. Even with these regular activities, we love being creative about new ways to make memories. Baking a new recipe, going to a theme park or Christmas parade, or finding a new puzzle to set out on our coffee table are all creative ways we enjoy making memories.
Russ is the wisest man I know. He is thoughtful, discerning, and patient. He is principled, full of conviction, and he lives out his faith with sincerity and integrity. He is a wonderful listener, generous, assumes the best in people, is understanding and compassionate, and is quick to forgive. He is creative and spontaneous, and, while being thoughtful and wise, he is also a goofball. This military lawyer who loves his work also loves to dance around the kitchen and in the car, and he makes more puns and “dad jokes” than I can keep track of. I know that he will be an amazing father. He is so excited to help a child fall in love with art and science through fun projects, and he is also excited to teach him or her to play or sing music.
Candace is an amazing woman and I know that she will be an excellent mother. She is constantly trying to find ways to be of service to those around her. She is also unwavering in her love for God. Any child raised by Candace will have a mother who will be a fierce advocate, an example of humility, a shoulder to cry on, and his or her greatest cheerleader. Candace is as interested in teaching wisdom and virtue as she is in teaching knowledge, and I know that a child in our family will receive all three from her. Candace likes to run outside and loves to curl up with a good book. She goes out of her way to build a home that welcomes everyone and bends over backward to make strangers feel like family. She cannot wait to read with our child and teach him or her to sing. She is passionate about her work as a Ph.D. student and lawyer but is prepared to raise a family full-time when the need arises.
We live in a warm and inviting three-bedroom house in a beautiful Ohio suburb. We very specifically chose this home with our adoption in mind. Our third bedroom is all ready to be a nursery, and the house has everything a little one needs to be happy and comfortable. We have a spacious kitchen where we love to bake (while dancing around, of course!) and a cozy living room with a gas fireplace where we have many movie nights and entertain guests. We want everyone to feel at home when they come to visit us, and our goal is to make our house feel like a home to everyone who enters.
Our home is a safe place full of warmth and happiness. Our community is a wonderful place to raise a family. There are many children in our neighborhood, and our community has many nearby features including trails, farms, sports fields, a mall, and a theatre.
We were lucky enough to grow up in amazing families. We had parents who taught us wisely and siblings whom we cherished as friends. Both of us reminisce about our childhoods frequently, and we want our children to look back on their early years as fondly as we do ours. We are close to our families, and any child in our family will have doting aunts and uncles and four loving grandparents who value God, family, education, virtue, and FUN. We just welcomed a darling little nephew named Joel into the family, who, if he could speak, would say he can’t wait to play with his new cousin! Your child will also get to participate in many family traditions like family movie nights, summer beach trips, baking Christmas desserts, and singing Christmas songs together.
We promise that your child will be cherished, provided for, and nurtured. We will be diligent in teaching and caring for him or her, and we will faithfully seek God’s wisdom in doing so. Your child will know his or her story and grow up knowing that he or she is loved by God, by you, and by us. We promise to provide him or her with all of the support, love, and comfort necessary to grow spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Our home will be a place of love, safety, grace, and truth. It will be a place where cherished memories are made as a family. We look forward to getting to know you and sharing letters, pictures, and visits with you (if you desire) throughout the years.
Learn More About Russell & Candace
|Our Education||Law School||Law School/Currently in Ph.D. Program|
|Our Professions||Lawyer/Air Force Officer||Lawyer/PhD Candidate|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Caucasian|
|Some of Russell & Candace's Favorites|
|Favorite Childhood Memory||Family movie nights: hot dogs, mac 'n cheese, and homemade popcorn!||Surprise trip to Anaheim Angels baseball game, age 9|
|Our Favorite Books||C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters||Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities|
|Favorite Christmas Movie||Scrooge||The Preacher's Wife|
|Favorite Dessert||Apple Pie with Ice Cream!||Ice Cream!! (Vanilla with Oreos or Reese's)|
|Favorite Sport to Play||Volleyball||Softball|
|I want to teach my child to...||Swim, rollerskate, play guitar||Sing and play a sport|
|More About Our Family|
|In Our Spare Time We:|
- Go on hikes
Our faith in Christ defines everything about our family. His love is the example that we seek to follow in our relationship with each other and in our relationships with others. His truth and guidance are what we pray for, both for ourselves and for our future children. His word is the instruction that we apply to each aspect of our lives, including our work, our marriage, our finances, and our interactions with others.
|Our Musical Interests|
We love music! We have both sung in choirs for many years, and we find joy and laughter in singing together. Candace grew up with a mother who taught her to sing. She, her mother, and her sister still sing together at family gatherings. Russ comes from a musical family too, and he and his 50 aunts, uncles, and cousins have been known to perform choral music together at Christmas. Russ also taught himself how to play the guitar and piano in high school. We sing together in our church choir.
- Despite athletics and military service, neither of us has broken a bone (knock on wood)
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...|
|Age of Child|
Yes! We would love twins.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We are so excited to become parents. The opportunity to love, teach, and provide for a child thrills and humbles us. We will care for and nurture any child in our home with great joy, diligence, and reliance upon God. We would be happy to share photos, letters, and a visit if that is your desire.