The Beckstein Family

Kirk and Julie Beckstein – Indiana

Our Family:
Hello! We have two sons who are biological and two who are adopted. Our two biological boys are 15 and 12. Our oldest was diagnosed as a toddler with Autism and SID but is now fully mainstreamed and is a normal teen thanks to years and years of therapies and hard work. Our 12 year old is in the Gifted and Talented program at his school. Our next son is from China and was adopted at 23 months of age. He has Severe Plagiocephaly, Developmental and Speech Delays, as well as club feet but is pure sunshine. Our youngest son is 2 years of age and had no prenatal care but is doing just great! Lastly, we have our Savannah who came home to us in April of 2012. She was a “rescue baby” situation and has brought so much joy to our lives! I am a full-time mom, and my husband teaches Special Education and is an Investor. We live on 10 acres of land and have plenty of room for fun!
Our Faith in Christ:
We are a family of believers in Christ and know that he saved us all from our sins. The children know Him and we pray together. We believe that Christ is our Savior. He died for our sins and without him there is no life. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life!!
Our Desire to Adopt:
We have 2 children with special needs and have the hearts and the abilities to take care of another child who has special needs. My husband teaches Special Education as well.
Dear Birth Parent(s),
Thank you for considering our family for your child. The decision to place a child for adoption has to be a very difficult one, and we can’t begin to understand what you must be going through. Please know we pray for all of those in your situation and hope that you will find peace whatever your decision will be.
Here’s a bit about us: We are a very close-knit family who believe in traditional values but yet love to have fun and be silly. Kirk and Julie have been married nearly 17 years but, wow, it has gone by quickly!! We have been blessed with two sons through adoption and two sons who are biological…..plus a baby girl in April of 2012. There truly is no difference between our adopted and our biological children. Each of them fill our days with love and laughter and their own unique talents and wonder.
How did we meet? We went on a blind date and liked one another from the first moment we met. We truly are best friends and spend a great deal of time together. We are both close to our extended families and feel truly blessed to have such great people in our lives. We are just normal parents who do our very best to raise kind and loving children. Our greatest goal is that we raise kids who are kind to others and proud of who they are….no matter what they decide to do in their lives.
Kirk works as a Special Education Teacher and as an Investor. His schedule allows him to help with homework and also take the children to and from school on occasion. It’s wonderful as he is always around if one of the boys wants to show off a good test score or how well they can kick the soccer ball. Kirk’s hobbies include working on old cars and tractors, farming, and reading about historical events. He is very tall (6’4) but is one of the most gentle people that Julie has ever known. He adores children and is very patient and nurturing. Kirk has a degree in Journalism and recently graduated with his Masters in Special Education.
Julie is a Stay-At-Home Mom and loves being home with the children. Julie’s hobbies include riding dirt bikes, scrap-booking and cooking. Julie loves to watch cooking shows and tries to recreate some of the dishes. Sometimes this works, sometimes we wind up with take-out! :) Julie also loves reading and music. We recently beat Rock Band 3 on X-Box as a family and are VERY PROUD! Julie has a degree in Criminology, Human Resource Management and also Elementary Education. Both Kirk and Julie have been active in Big Brothers/Big Sisters and still keep in touch with our matches….even though they are now grown and in their twenties.
Our children are Thomas (15), Henry (12), Rory (9), Sam (2) and Savannah (7 months). They are very kind kids who love reading, sports, and animals. They often are found outside looking for frogs or playing tag. Savannah just likes to hang out with people and loves to smile!! We love having a big family and the kids love always having a playmate at their side! Together as a family, we love to take long walks and go on picnics. We also have dirt bikes and a Gator that we love to drive back through our woods to a noisy creek. We love old car shows and attend many local festivals and other events. Holidays are huge around our house! We decorate for every holiday from Valentine’s Day to Christmas. We always eat supper together as a family and talk about our daily activities. Each night, Kirk and Julie spend time reading to the children, saying prayers, and tucking them into their beds.
We live in a wonderful neighborhood filled with families of all ages and races. Our home is a large restored 100 year old farmhouse and sits on about 9 acres of land. There is plenty of room to run and play. We also have a fenced swimming pool out back along with a giant swing set, playground and playhouse.
We have a big red dog of our very own. His name is Murphy and he loves everyone. Delivery guys always show up with treats for the Murph as everyone around town knows him. :) Our local elementary school is top-rated, and Julie does a lot of volunteer work on mornings when I have friends watch the little ones.
We attend church often. We want our children to have a strong moral upbringing and try to always instill in them a good sense of right and wrong. We always want our children to confident and happy in their lives. There are also some Sunday mornings where we like to sleep in and just cook pancakes and bacon and be lazy in our pajamas, too.
We would love to become parents to your child. We give you our most heartfelt promise that he or she will always receive unconditional love and support. We would always keep you a part of our lives if you so desire, too. We understand the importance of open adoption. Thanks so much again for your time. We will keep you in our prayers and hearts.
May God Bless You,
Julie and Kirk
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