Thank you for taking the time to read this and learn about us! We can’t imagine what you are going through right now, and we are so pleased that you are considering us to be a part of your journey. Although you are facing a very difficult decision, we know that because of your strength, all of this can bring about new life and an amazing relationship between all of us!
We have always loved to laugh! Laughing and cheesy jokes are what made us such great friends when we first met. We met while we were in college at Olivet Nazarene University. We became close friends, and after 6 months of friendship, we decided to start dating and quickly fell in love.
After we graduated college, we got married on June 26, 2004. We decided that we did not want to start marriage the “normal” way by getting jobs, living in the suburbs, and saving money to buy a house. With this newfound desire to live an unordinary life, we heard about an opportunity through a friend to go to another country for a year and do volunteer work. This sounded perfect to us, and when we signed up through the organization, they had an opening working with teens at a church in Scotland. Instantly we knew this is what we had to do and we signed a one year commitment. However, we ended up staying in Scotland for four years! We loved the culture, kids we worked with, and the friends we made.
While there, Bill developed a city-wide event that brought youth from all over together to build friendships and learn more about believing in themselves and knowing the God who created them. Nicole is passionate about working with people experiencing unplanned pregnancies, and in the town we lived in, there was no center for women to get support. So, Nicole started a crisis pregnancy center in Perth, Scotland. Bill was a huge part of this as well, and soon, many people from the city were involved and volunteering.
Towards the end of our time in Scotland we heard about a church in LA called Mosaic. Bill applied for their 2 year leadership development program at Mosaic and was accepted to start in August 2008. While at Mosaic, Bill became a part of Mosaic’s film team due to his love of film and photography, and after a year was asked to lead the team. After finishing the program Bill decided to find a job in the film industry and quickly moved up the ranks at his company to be the lead Production Supervisor on Titanic 3D.
Nicole’s dream of working with expectant parents continued, and she began to dream about working more specifically with adoptions. So she went to graduate school at Azusa Pacific University to get her Masters in Social Work degree. Then, in July 2011, she got a job at Bethany Christian Services and is working as a pregnancy counselor there. Nicole loves her job and is so happy to see her dream of attaining this job come true. We both enjoy living in Los Angeles and have no plans to move away.
Our Dream of Becoming Parents:
We have always wanted to adopt someday. Our plan was to adopt older children through the foster care system after having children biologically. However, after over 4 years of trying to get pregnant, we went to a doctor and were told that we are unable to have biological children. This was devastating, but we took it as a sign that the reason we were so passionate about adoption, at the start of our marriage, is because our story was going to be defined by our adoption. We made the decision that, for our first child, we would like to adopt an infant. We cannot wait to be parents! We look forward to the possibility of having a multi-cultural family and celebrating the different cultures within our family. We also look forward to hopefully having an ongoing relationship with our children’s birthparents!
About Bill (from Nicole):
Bill is an amazing man. From the start of our friendship until now, he has always made me laugh. Bill is one of the wisest, most caring, hardest working, and funniest men I know. He loves his family (they all call him Billy) and is close to all of them. Some of Bill’s hobbies are film, photography, traveling, and sports. With sports, he especially loves baseball and soccer. Bill has a work ethic unlike anyone else I have known. He keeps his promises and commitments. When things get hard, he doesn’t give up, but instead he sees his commitments through till the end. Bill loves Jesus Christ and follows Him with his whole heart. Bill is going to be a wise, loving, strong and playful father. He is so excited to be a dad! One of my favorite things about Bill is his funny sarcasm and the way him and I can banter! My other favorite thing about him is how I can be confident in him, his decisions and leadership because of his strong character and wisdom. I still can’t believe he chose me. My love for him keeps growing. I am so blessed to be married to such a creative, fun, and loving man.
About Nicole (from Bill):
Nicole was the first girl I ever dated. I’ll never forget the moment we were driving in my Chevy S10 pickup truck, driving to 7-11, listening to the Eagles on CD, and Nicole told me that she wanted to be more than friends. All along I had strong feelings for Nicole but never had the courage to tell her. It was this moment I knew my life would never be the same and in the end I got to marry my best friend. Nicole is such a gentle woman. People confide in her with so much and whenever conflict would arise they would go to her to share their story, complain, or find a solution. By far my favorite thing about Nicole is that she is quirky. Nicole loves to laugh and for this reason she loves to joke around and has made my life so exciting. Nicole is going to be an amazing mother. Seeing her work with the teens in Scotland shows she has so much capacity for love, care, discipline and growth in people. I can’t wait for the day to see a child in her arms that she can call her own. It’s hard to put into words how I feel about her without it sounding cliché, but she is by far the most amazing person I have ever met. I’m glad she had the courage that I didn’t have to start our relationship in that little grey truck.
Bill’s parents have been married for 31 years. He has one older sister named Michelle and one younger brother named Kevin. His sister just got married to a man named Chris in August 2011. His parents, Michelle and Chris all live in Florida. Kevin lives in Northern California. They all have a close and loving relationship. Family has always been very important to them, and we try to visit them twice a year. Bill makes them all laugh with the way he jokes and playfully argues with them. We are always playing games, mini golfing or eating good food with Bill’s family. They are all great cooks, including Bill!
Nicole’s parents have been married for 39 years. She has one older sister named Lisa. Lisa’s husband’s name is Erik, and they’ve been married for 11 years. Lisa and Erik have 4 children! David is 9, Hailey is 8, Aidan is 5, and Marley is 3. They all live in Michigan, and we try to visit them twice a year too. Nicole also has a very close and loving relationship with her family. We miss them all very much and talk on the phone at least once a week. Nicole’s parents really boost her ego with the way they laugh so hard at almost every joke she cracks! We almost always travel with Nicole’s parents, as we all really love traveling.
Both of our families are very excited about our adoption. They cannot wait to welcome a new baby and birthparents into our lives. We are so grateful to have such loving and supportive families.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. We truly wish you well and hope that you find peace and comfort through this journey.
William & Nicole
Adoptive Family at a Glance
|Father’s Name: William||Mother’s Name: Nicole|
|Occupation: Self Employed||Occupation: Pregnancy Counselor|
|Education: Bachelor of Arts in Math Education||Education: Master of Social Work|
|Religion: Christian||Religion: Christian|
|Age: July 12, 1982||Age: January 29, 1982|
|Ethnicity: Caucasian||Ethnicity: Caucasian|
|Hair Color: Brown||Hair Color: Dark Blonde|
|Eye Color: Blue||Eye Color: Hazel|
|Height: 6 ft||Height: 5’6”|
|General Health: Great||General Health: Great|
Date of marriage: June 26, 2004
Interest and Hobbies: We love to travel, go out to eat, watch movies, play sports, hang out with friend and go hiking together. Bill gets his energy from photography and working on film projects with friends. Nicole re-energizes by meeting up with a friend for coffee or watching old TV shows at home – her favorite being FRIENDS.
Home: We rent a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom unit in a duplex. It’s only a few miles from downtown Los Angeles. It has a view of the downtown Los Angeles skyline from some of the windows. We love how many windows there are and how much light comes in through them. We try and host dinners for our church and friends as often as we can! We like that it is located on a quiet street but not far from some of our favorite cafes, restaurants and movie theaters in Los Angeles.
Pets: We have 2 cats that are orange tabbies. They are brothers that were rescued at 7 weeks old. Hamish has long hair and is chubby. Conan has short hair and isn’t as plump as Hamish, but isn’t skinny!
Finances: Nicole has a full time job, and Bill just recently left his full time job to pursue starting his own business. We have to stick to a fairly conservative budget, but we enjoy that so we can continue to manage our money responsibly and save for our children’s’ futures.
Why are you interested in building a family though adoption: We have always wanted to adopt, and after trying to have biological children before adopting, we discovered that we are unable to have children biologically. So that changed the timing with our adoption plans, and we are ready to grow our family through adoption sooner than planned!
Openness to Birth parents: Our desire is to have an ongoing relationship with our child’s birthparents. We believe that it is important for all involved in the adoption to know each other and be a part of each other’s lives. If this is not possible or a birthparents wishes are to not be as involved as we are hoping, then we will definitely respect that. It will not change how we treat a birthparent or how much we love our child’s birthparents.
Childcare Plans: Nicole or Bill will most likely stay at home with the baby. We will both continue to work and may have a friend stay with the baby 2 or 3 days a week during the day.
Statement of Faith: We are both followers of Jesus Christ who is the Son of God. We center our lives around God’s guidance, the teachings of the Bible, and showing God’s love to others.
We are represented by Nightlight Christian Adoptions. If you need more information about us, please contact Nightlight toll-free at 888.933.2237.