Meet Karena

~~ My name is Karena and I am married (12 years) to the world's most wonderful husband & father! Zach and I began dating in high school my junior year ( I am 1 year older than him) and we have been together ever since!! Zach is my best friend and I can't imagine him not being in my life. He is a great father and great husband. I can be a little more loud and outgoing and Zach tends to be more on the quiet and reserved side but this is good we have a nice balance between the two of us!! 

~~ I am a Wife, Mom, Daughter, Granddaughter, Aunt, Cousin, Friend, 
~~ I am Blessed, Fun, Lazy, Crazy, Loud, Quiet, Shy, Outgoing

~~ I am a doer of all things! I love to volunteer in our community and lend a helping hand when I can. I am involved in our local Psi Iota Xi Philanthropic sorority where I am currently serving as Chapter President. I am on our schools PTO where I am currently serving as treasure. I work at our family heavy duty truck and trailer repair shop as the office manager. I am a great fundraiser / event planner so my friends tell me! I am a football, baseball, basketball and soccer mom!! I love to spend time with my family. Some of our favorite places are Panama City Beach, FL and Smoky Mountains, TN.. I love photography and wish I had more time to do it. Being outside is a plus as long as the bugs aren't being bothersome! You might often find us driving down a back road looking for deer. ( we live in Indiana and my husband hunts) We love Notre Dame and most importantly Notre Dame Football. Once season starts our Saturdays are spend watching our Irish play Football!! We love Football Saturdays!! I love to bake and cook but only when its cold outside!! I wish I had more artistic ability... I can't even cut a straight line! 

~~ James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

~~ James 1:27 is something we are very passionate about! We love the country of Haiti particularly. Haiti will forever be a part of who we are as individuals and as a family. Hopefully very soon Haiti will be -3 Orphans when we bring our children home! 

~~ Kids This is the story of our kids and how they came into our life.. 

 Kaden age 13 our first born is amazing!! He is the most kind and caring kid I have ever met! He is always thinking of others and wanting to lend a helping hand.. Kaden loves all sports he keeps us running from Basketball to Baseball to Football and camps in between he always has a ball in his hand.. I can only imagine what our Kaden will accomplish in his life. We are always telling him no dream is to big.. You Can! Kaden is currently serving as Student Council President and will be moving to the middle school next year when he starts 7th grade! 

Wesley age 7 our second born... Doesn't this kid just look ornery! Well he is.. Wesley has a mind of his own and he doesn't like being told no! Wesley made his grand appearance right before "uncle Jacob's" wedding weekend which Zach and Kaden were suppose to be in! 5 weeks early he came into this world only weighing 5 pounds 8 ounces. Wesley is amazing and sweet and looks up to Kaden in every way. Wesley was finally old enough for sports this past fall and he started Soccer and loved it!! He will now be playing baseball this summer and we will see how that goes!! 

     Derline 4 year old is our Haitian princess... We learned about Derline in April of 2011 and committed to adopt her in May of 2011. Derline is such a sweetheart and she loves to show off. She has the most wonderful smile and she is always happy! From the moment we meet her it was like she had always been a part of us. We have been fortunate to visit her 3 times since August of 2011. Missing her grow up is hard but we sure enjoy the moments we get to spend with her and know that one day she will be home with us.

 Juvens 7 years old has the most infectious smile I have ever seen! This kid is always smiling and how could you have a bad day when you see that smile! We meet Juvens at the orphanage in August of 2011 It wasn't until a few days later when Zach and I sat looking out over a tent city as Derline slept in our hotel room that Zach said maybe we are suppose to adopt a boy.. We ask a few other families if they knew of any boys and then we learned that Juvens still needed a family! At that moment we knew god was talking to us telling us he is your son! We committed to Juvens in September f 2011 after coming home and talking to the boys about it. Juvens is so easy going he loves being around people and he loves smiling! We can't wait to get him home! 

  Sophia 4 years old our 2nd Haitian princess! Sophia is a mamas girl and I will take it! I loved holding Sophia on our first visit with her. She didn't want much to do with daddy but I am sure in time she will come around! She loved Derline they are friends most of the time! She is shy and timid but she really is a loving little girl. You just have to break through that wall and then you are hooked!! I am so so happy she let me break through that wall with in the first few minutes of meeting her!