Cory and Derik

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Family is Important
We would like to thank you for taking the time to read our profile. The both of us are excited to become parents and love a child unconditionally. We hope to teach our child that family is an important part of our life and they will always be there; that’s why Derik’s Mom Deborah lives with us, because she once and awhile needs our help and assistance. Also family isn’t just blood, it’s people who have been a part of your life and have been there for you no matter what is going on, good or bad. Our child will always be surrounded by loving and caring family and friends, that’s a lot of people in our life. Cory’s family who most live out of town visit often and Derik’s family ( Mom, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Sisters, & Grandparents ) live nearby. We have four nephews and one niece who we are very close to and love to be around.

As an adopting couple we want to honor our child’s birth parents’ wishes and have an open adoption if you choose. If an open adoption is what both parties agree on, we would like to exchange texts, phone calls, emails, send photos, and have visits on important events such as holidays and birthdays. Also we can take it slow and after everything smooths out, we can go in any direction both parties agree on.

Our Story

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Derik has lived in Grand Haven, MI his whole life and Cory is from Rogers City, MI and has lived in Grand Haven, MI since 2005. We met in 2005 when Cory started working with Derik. Our friendship grew into a relationship in June of 2006. Now that we have been together for eleven years and got married in May of 2013, we are to the point in our lives where we are ready to expand our family. With Derik having 20 years of employment and Cory having 12 years of employment at the same company, we hope that shows our child responsibility, commitment, and dedication. We also would like our child to know that they can feel free to choose whatever path in life they think will make them the happiest. After high school Derik worked full time and decided in 2011 to start cosmetology school. In 2012 Derik graduated from cosmetology school and got his license. Now Derik works part time at a salon in Grand Haven. After finishing high school Cory didn’t know what he wanted to do, so he worked full time and allowed himself time to decide. We want our child to know decisions like that are ok in life, as long as they are made responsibly. Ten years after Derik left college he decided to go to cosmetology school and received his license in 2011. We hope to teach our child that it’s never to late in life to start a new journey or to further one.

Travel
As a couple we love traveling and visiting new places together and can’t wait to share that experience with a child. We have been on road trips through Michigan, as we have taken road trips and vacations to Chicago, IL, Oklahoma a couple times, New York, Florida, and flew out to Las Vegas, NV and also took a road trip from there to Hollywood ( LA ), CA. On our road trips we like to stop along the way and explore new places.
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Our Home
We both come from pet loving families and have a soft spot in our hearts for animals. As of now we have four cats and only one of them was a planned family member. As time passed we took in two strays and adopted one from an animal shelter. We have three female cats Katarina (13), Elle (13), Trinket (8), and our little big man Dimitri (7). Derik’s oldest sister Sheryl has a farm with horses, cows, chickens, cats, & dogs and we can’t wait to share that love for animals with our child. Cory’s mom is also a huge animal lover with three dogs and two cats. Our child will learn and love all different types of animals.

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Participating in our Community
Being a part of a great community there are a lot of events / activities going on, we like to take part in them when we can. Every year Grand Haven holds Winter Fest, The Kite Festival, The Fourth Of July Fireworks, The Coast Guard Festival, and a Christmas Parade. We like participating in events, benefits, and other activities that support charitable organizations. Being part of Relay For Life (American Cancer Society) is important to us because we all have had a friend and family member who has or had cancer and hopefully someday there will be a cure and until then we will continue fighting. Noah’s Project is a local no kill shelter that every year puts on a 5K walk to raise money for stray animals. Great Strides is a foundation for Cystic Fibrosis, which is a long disease and Derik’s cousin is fighting that right now. So we participate in their 5K walk every year in honor of her & her fight and hope for a cure soon.

Thank you!
We appreciate you taking your time to read our profile and learning about us. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Thanks again, Derik & Cory

For more information about this family, call or text our on-call worker at 616.451.0245,
or email cathyr@greaterhopes.org