Greetings from Clint and Michelle!
One of Michelle’s favorite literary characters, Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, wisely said “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” While Atticus’s words are valuable guidance on the importance of perspective and empathy, they fall short when considering the relationship between adoptive parents and birth parents. You see, try as we might to gain insight into the life-changing decisions you are in the midst of making, we can never fully understand your perspective because we are not truly living it. We are simply in awe of, and humbled by, your courage and selflessness. We can only imagine the emotions that are bombarding you as you make the choice of whether to parent your child or place him/her for adoption. And in the middle of it all, you have taken the time to view our profile? We are beyond grateful that you want to get to know us!
We are Clint and Michelle from central Kentucky. We like to think that the story of our meeting would rival the best romantic comedy Hollywood has to offer! We met eleven years ago when we were both attending the University of Kentucky. Michelle was living with two friends near campus. In need of a fourth roommate, an ad was placed in the local paper. Our love story began when Clint answered the ad and moved in upstairs. Although hesitant at first, we strongly believe that God was hoping we would find each other when he put that ad in front of Clint. We married three years later on a beautiful, but chilly, fall day, surrounded by the people we love most.
A bit about our life now. We live in a cozy ranch-style home in Lexington, Kentucky. We love that our house is in a quiet neighborhood that also gives us access to some of the city’s best features, including great local restaurants and large, family-friendly parks. Clint’s leadership skills serve him well as materials manager at a local company that manufactures fireplaces and grills. He loves working with numbers and logistics. Michelle has been teaching English to 9th and 10th graders for 9 years and loves seeing the impact she can make in the lives of young people, especially those who have the odds stacked against them. We have many shared interests and beliefs, including a love for sports. You can often find us cheering on our beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats, especially during basketball season. Clint enjoys playing video games and reading science fiction in his spare time. Michelle loves curling up with a good book, watching her favorite TV shows (she won’t miss an episode of Sherlock!), and trying out DIY projects she has found on Pinterest. We are blessed with a wonderful, supportive circle of family and life-long friends so we also love hosting them at our house for food and fun.
We’ve always known we wanted children. Early in our journey to start a family, we were drawn to the idea of adoption. God planted a seed in our hearts and we were intrigued, but decided to first try for a biological child, with the hopes of adding to our family through adoption later. As we struggled to conceive, we turned the idea around in the back of our minds. After four years of failed rounds of fertility drugs and five unsuccessful IUI’s, God called us once again to adoption. We now believe we were always meant to take this path to parenthood. Adoption gives us the opportunity to do two things in which we believe strongly: grow our family and show compassion toward others. Open adoption just makes sense to us and we are hoping to teach our child about his/her heritage with the help of birth parents and as much family history as we can gather. We hope you share our dream of an open relationship but will respect your wishes. We are “open” to the type of openness you desire and would love to meet with you to discuss your hopes for your baby’s future.
If chosen, we will unconditionally love and treasure your child. We are so excited to share our blessings with a child and we can’t wait to welcome him/her, and you, into our family. We know the choices you have ahead of you are complicated and difficult, and as you explore your options know that we are praying that God will give you wisdom, clarity, and peace with whatever option you decide is best. Thank you again for getting to know the Purcell family!
Clint & Michelle
Adoptive Family at a Glance
|Father’s Name: Clint||Mother’s Name: Michelle|
|Occupation: Materials Manager||Occupation: High School English Teacher|
|Education: Bachelors Degree||Education: Masters Degree|
|Religion: Christian||Religion: Christian|
|Date of Birth: 9/24/1980||Date of Birth: 11/2/1982|
|Ethnicity: Caucasian||Ethnicity: Caucasian|
|Hair Color: Blonde||Hair Color: Brown|
|Eye Color: Blue||Eye Color: Brown|
|Height: 6’1″||Height: 5’5”|
|General Health: Good||General Health: Good|
Date of marriage: October 14, 2006
Children: Praying for our first!
Interest and Hobbies: As a couple, we love spending time with our wonderful friends and family, whether it’s a game night at our house or a weekend trip away. We bond over our favorite television shows and movies, which is why you will often find us cozied up in our den. Clint enjoys watching and playing sports, especially basketball. He is also a devoted video gamer and science fiction fan. Michelle is an avid reader who enjoys doing Zumba, experimenting with Pinterest projects, and decorating our recently purchased home.
Home: We own a ranch-style home in central Kentucky. It has three bedrooms and 1 ½ bathrooms, as well as a den and sun room overlooking the backyard. Our neighborhood is quiet and friendly, with lots of families and children walking dogs and playing basketball in driveways. Our home is located near a large park and lots of other interesting, family friendly activities.
Pets: We adore our three cats, Annie, Sherbie, and Milo. All three members of our fur family are friendly and used to children.
Finances: God has blessed us with financial security. Both of our jobs are stable and provide good salaries and health benefits. Living within our means has allowed us to save for our future, including caring for a child.
Why are you interested in building a family though adoption: Our hope has always been to build our family through both adopted and biological children. After several years of unsuccessful fertility treatments, we knew that God was leading us toward adoption.
Openness to Birth parents: We are willing to discuss and honor the level of openness that is healthiest for our child and respects the wishes of our child’s birth parent(s). We believe that openness is in the best interest of our child and we hope to build an open, healthy relationship with our child’s birth parent(s).
Childcare Plans: Clint will take several weeks of paternity leave to bond with the baby. After a 6-10 week maternity leave, Michelle will return to teaching and our child will go to a private caretaker who cares for many of Michelle’s colleagues’ children during the school day. Michelle will be home with the child for all school holidays, including a week in both the spring and fall, two weeks in the winter, and two months in the summer.
We are represented by Nightlight Christian Adoptions. If you need more information about us, or would like to meet us, please contact Nightlight toll-free at 866-832-3678.