Hello! We are Mike and Ashley

We would like to thank you for taking the time to learn more about us.  We are so excited to work with Journeys of the Heart in developing an open adoption with you and your child.  We hope looking through our profile will give you a picture of the love our family will provide to you and your child.

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parent,

We would like to thank you for taking the time to learn more about us.  We are so excited to work with Journeys of the Heart in developing an open adoption with you and your child.  We hope looking through our profile will give you a picture of the love our family will provide to you and your child.  

This summer (2018) will mark our 10 year wedding anniversary.  Recently we moved to the Oregon Coast where we both work as teachers.  Ashley teaches 3rd grade, and Mike is a high school business/technology teacher.  We love the outdoors, spending time with family, and enjoy traveling.  Besides our love for each other, we have one very special member of our family who has been praying for a little one to play with.  Ebony is our 10 year old Black Lab rescue who is excited to have her family grow.  

We hope to have an opportunity to develop an open adoption and look forward to developing a relationship between our families.  We absolutely love the idea of helping your child grow into a kind, thoughtful, and loving individual.  We will do everything we can to help them know their heritage, history, and where they came from.  Most of all, we want you to know how much love we will have for your child.  Thank you so much for considering our family as you make your difficult decision.  

About us

We have spent our lives helping children.  Ashley grew up teaching swim lessons and directing summer camps on military bases throughout college. For the last seven years she has taught elementary school.  Mike grew up also working at summer camps, coaching sports, and for the last 15 years has taught high school business classes.  We love being teachers!  We have an opportunity to work with children every day.  We also have an opportunity to spend time traveling during the summer, and love to see the amazing sites and enjoy the great outdoors.  We hope to share our love of travel with our child.

Fun Facts about Ashley

  • Is a third grade teacher. Has also taught Kindergarten, second grade, and fourth grade.
  • Traveling is a favorite pastime. Has been to all 50 states.
  • Grew up singing and still enjoys singing in a choral group at the coast.
  • Loves to create projects and crafts from recycled goods.
  • Enjoys reading books. Has over 1,000 books in classroom library.

Fun Facts about Mike

  • Has been teaching for 15 years.
  • Enjoys woodworking and building rocking horses for our friend’s kids.
  • Has hiked over 150 miles of the Oregon Coast
  • Grows a mustache every year in support of men’s health
  • Loves to watch the Oregon Ducks play (and win) 

We recently moved to the Oregon Coast.  We live in the small and quiet community of Gearhart, Oregon.  We are located just north of the city of Seaside.  Our house has a large fenced backyard with lots of space to play. Our Black Lab Ebony is just waiting to run around and play with a new sister or brother.  We live on a very quiet street and are within walking distance of the beach. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to look through our family.  We are so excited and honored to grow our family.  It is difficult to state in words the love we have created in our house for a new child.  We are forever grateful for the sacrifice you are making for your child, and want you to know you will always be a key part of their life.

We hope to meet you and your family soon and learn about your story.  Even though we have not met, we want you to know we are thinking of you and support you as you develop your adoption plan.  Thank you again for considering us.

Love,

Mike and Ashley

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