Why we are here
Before we even got married, we talked about wanting to start a family and how we wanted to raise our children. We decided to wait for a while after we were married and fully embrace being husband and wife. Once we started trying though, we, like many others, assumed that it would just happen. That wasn't the case for us though. We suffered two miscarriages, and many years of trying before we started questioning why we thought this was the way we wanted a family. We quickly realized that how we had a family wasn't what was important, and that led us to adoption and to you looking at our profile today.
No two people are led to adoption for the same reasons, and we understand that there is a reason that you are here as well. We would love to have the opportunity to learn more about what led you here, and to talk to you more about why we are here.
I am a lifelong Kansas resident, and have had the opportunity to live all across the state. I was born in Wichita, raised in Hays, high school in Hoxie, then college in Colby and Manhattan, before settling in Central Kansas. Not only have I moved a bit, but my family has as well. My dad is in Coffeyville, where he hosts an annual family golf tournament, the Owings Coffeyville Open (yes, there is a plaque that comes with winning that tournament). My mom, step-dad, and sisters live in Central Florida which makes for a great vacation! I am a driven person who needs a purpose, I fill most of my days working for a company that administers health insurance plans for businesses. I work on the technology side so I get to problem solve a lot during the day. When I’m not working, I enjoy trying new things. I have no fear of the unknown and thrive in stressful times. I recently took on the goal of becoming a landlord, remodeling a home from the studs up and loved seeing it become a home. For a bit more relaxation I enjoy watching the Chiefs, bowling, golfing, and being active.
We met in Colby while attending the local Community College. Our first date was actually to a College play (yes, it was free, and yes, it counted towards classes). Since we met late in the school year, we both already had plans for the next semester, Charell to Hays and Jeremy to Manhattan. That didn’t last long though, and over Thanksgiving break, Jeremy announced that he was moving to Hays as well.
Two years later, we both packed up and moved to Manhattan, and a year later we were engaged. Both coming from divorced families, we took our time deciding to get married, as we wanted to be certain that it would last. Though we had known for years that we loved each other, we knew that marriage took more than just that and we wanted to ensure that we were going in with our eyes open. Once that decision was made, we committed ourselves to each other on November 28, 2009 and have never looked back.
We love to travel together! Road trips to Kansas City or Wichita, visiting family in Florida, and vacations on the beach are just a few of the trips we have taken together. When we are home, we enjoy watching shows and cuddling with the dogs, being outside working in the yard or playing Washers or Bocce Ball, or just catching up on our day. With Charell’s job at United Way, we also have come to learn so much about the non-profit groups in our area, so we volunteer when we can for these agencies. Whether it is helping build walls for Habitat for Humanity or helping at auctions for CASA or Catholic Charities, we enjoy giving back to our community. We love to just be together, no matter what we are doing.
Since the beginning of our relationship, laughter has been one of the most important aspects of being together. There are inside jokes dating back more than 13 years, and some as current as just the day before. No matter how down we may be, how frustrated we may get at work, or how stressed we are, we can always count on the other to make us laugh, and take away all the negativity of the day. Some may call us weird, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
Enzo is the first pet that we have had together, and he has been a joy to have in our home. He is a rescue from the Pottawatomie Humane Society and is our “old man”. He loves to go for walks and will do anything to get a treat, but otherwise he loves to cuddle with us on the couch, or lay on the air vent in the living room. He is too smart and we are always trying to come up with new tricks to teach him. Ellie came into our lives just a few years after Enzo. She is a sweetheart who loves everyone. When we first got her, she was terrified of men, but she is now Daddy’s girl and only gets scared on the 4th of July. When we talk to her, her tail wags so much that her family nickname is “wiggle butt” because her whole back end moves with her tail. She loves to give kisses and curl up next to you to have her belly rubbed.
A few years after getting Ellie we started thinking about getting a third dog….yes, we are those people. But instead of saving just one rescue dog, we decided to start fostering dogs. Never heard of that? Neither had we, but after looking into it and finding a local group, we gave it a shot and we love it! We have fostered more than a dozen dogs since starting in 2015. Some have been with us just a few weeks, and others a few months, but all left with a piece of our heart.
Our Extended Family
We are lucky to have a big family, many of whom are close by. We have a support system that has been there for us since day one. Encouraging us, lending a shoulder to cry on, and making us laugh. We have grandparents that we can talk to like friends, parents that are there for advice or a laugh, and siblings who we consider our best friends. Then there are the numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins that we don't see often enough, but when we do see them, it is like no time has passed.