Meet Justin & Carly in Illinois

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Justin and Carly are waiting to welcome a child into their heart and home through open adoption.

Learn more about them!

Hello, we are Justin, Carly, and Lillian and we thank you for taking the time to learn more about our family. We hope to have the chance to get to know you better as well. We are so excited to be adopting and bringing another child into our family! We hope our story will help you in making your choice. We believe in open adoptions and the importance of having and maintaining an open relationship. The more people who care and love the child will help in guiding them throughout their life.

Please know that no matter what you choose, we wish you and your child all the best. We hope this book gives you a glimpse about our family. To help you see how much love we have and share for each other, our family, and our future child. We look forward to meeting you.

A Little About Us

Justin and Carly originally met in the United States Air Force in 2005. Justin was just coming back from an overseas tour as Carly was preparing to leave for hers. They became friends and stayed in touch while they were apart for the next year. When Carly came back, they began spending a lot of time together and shared some close mutual friends. Carly and their mutual friends all shared a home, and before long they were seeing each other nearly every day. They enjoyed going to music concerts, hiking, going to baseball games, and several other social events. Before long they began dating and moved to Illinois after they left the service. Justin and Carly both started to attend school and work while continuing their relationship and growing closer. After they completed their schooling and the start of their professional careers they were married on July 14, 2012.

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About Us & Fun Facts

About Carly

Carly grew up in a small town in Illinois. She has three brothers. Carly’s family is very close and has always been very important to her. Carly joined the Air Force shortly after high school and following her enlistment in the Air Force Carly finished her Graduate Degree in Nutrition and Wellness and is now a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Carly loves working with the community and educating all on health and wellness. Carly enjoys cooking and being creative in the kitchen and volunteers monthly at a cancer resource center. Carly loves being active and outdoors, she also enjoys yoga. She is very creative and enjoys arts and crafts.

About Justin

Justin grew up on a small farm in central Iowa with his two brothers. Shortly after high school Justin enlisted into the Air Force. He obtained his Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters in Education and today is an entrepreneur who owns and operates several small businesses. Justin enjoys a variety sports, but he loves both football and baseball. He likes being outdoors and taking hikes, exploring new places, swimming to name a few. Justin’s favorite hobby is to travel and explore new places all over the country and world. He likes learning about new places and taking in their culture and history. Justin is also an avid volunteer with military non-profits who aid veterans and their families.

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Our Children

Lillian is a very active four-year-old. She loves playing with mommy and daddy. Lillian has such a big and loving heart and shows a great deal of compassion for everyone she sees.

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She loves animals and especially being a big sister to her little forever puppy Zoey. Some of her activities include horseback riding, piano lessons, dance, swim, and tee ball. Lillian loves to help around the house and cook with mommy whenever she can. She is also very excited about her garden and keeps up on her daily chores of watering all her plants. Lillian spends time often with her grandparents who read, play, and do a lot of arts and crafts with her.

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Our Home and Community

We live in a family-oriented neighborhood, with many parks, trails, and bike paths all within walking distance. Our home is a two story with four bedrooms. Our favorite place in our house is our large family room because it is set up for family fun! We have a large backyard and enjoy playing on the swing set and trampoline with Lillian.

Our Families

Justin’s family is large, and he is very close with his two brothers. Justin has nine uncles, nine aunts, and sixteen cousins. His closest friends are considered extended family and join us for the holidays and family events. Originally from Iowa, his family is located throughout the Midwest.

Carly’s family is located throughout Illinois. She has three brothers, four uncles, six aunts, and numerous cousins. Each year Carly’s extended family has a reunion that everyone attends. Her family is very close, loving, and enjoy spending time with each other. Carly talks to her parents daily and Lillian spends as much time as she can with her grandparents, uncles, & cousins.


Zoey is our little teacup Yorkshire Terrier. She is a huge part of our family and love her so much. We adopted Zoey as a puppy ten years ago. Lillian loves taking Zoey for her daily walk and reading her bedtime stories. Zoey loves to play and run around, but also enjoys snuggling with us.

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Our Interests

In our free time we love to hike, ride bikes, and explore nature and new places as a family. We appreciate the beauty of world around us and try to soak in as much as we can each year, whether it’s around our home or in a far-off destination. Recently we had the opportunity to go hiking in Washington and Oregon, explore Banff Canada, absorb the history of Prague and Vienna, and cruise the Atlantic Ocean.

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Lillian and Carly enjoy family yoga time together. We all love baseball and enjoy watching Lillian play on the weekends during baseball season. We love animals and enjoy our time with Lillian at the horse barn, walking Zoey, and going to the zoo. We like to get creative in the kitchen and cook as a family. Family time, especially family dinners are very important to us.

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Thank You

We have always dreamed of having several children and being loving parents. Lillian has such a compassionate heart and has expressed her desire to be the best big sister ever. We are very excited to be adopting and have so much love to share with this child as we expand our family. Please always know we will unconditionally love and cherish your child and we will make sure that he/she will be proud to be adopted. We hope this book gave you a look into our lives and we look forward to meeting and sharing it with you. Thank you for taking the time to read a little about us.

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