To potential expectant parents who are considering adoption:
Each family situation is unique. For Misti and I, adoption was always “Plan A”. We want our family to include both biological and adoptive children. After welcoming our biological daughter Macie, 5 years ago, we took a few years to adjust to being new parents, but our desire is for our next child to join us through adoption. We began to educate ourselves on the adoption process, consult with other couples that had already adopted and God opened the door for us to move forward.
We know that choosing to grow our family through adoption could potentially be lengthy and have bumps-in-the-road. With God, and armed with the knowledge that “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…” (Theodore Roosevelt); we’re ready for it! We are REALLY excited to grow the family through an open adoption – we want YOU to become a part of our extended family!
If you’d like to take a closer look at our family, you can view an electronic version of our profile book via Google Drive in the Social Link section.
Who we are as a family:
First and foremost, we are passionate about our faith in Jesus Christ. We strive to live out our faith in our every day lives. We truly believe that our actions need to speak louder than our words. Character and values are caught, not taught! We definitely don’t do this perfectly! A common phrase in our house is, “I’m sorry; will you forgive me?” Growing up in our home, our family’s motto is: make mistakes, celebrate successes, extend grace and forgive quickly!
Next to our faith, family is one of the most important things in our life! Our home is cozy, our guest bed is often full, and our dining table is often short on elbow room. We adore having family and friends stay with us (no matter how long or short the visit). Our friends are wonderful and we spend a lot of our time together barbecuing, going to parks, date swapping, playing games, and sharing meals together. Many of our weekends are spent road-tripping to see Grandma & Grandpa, aunts, uncles and cousins. Our friends and family have both been essential supporters of our journey to adoption!
Adam is a loyal Bears fan (Go Bears!), loves taking photos, playing disc golf and basketball. He loves his job as a User Experience Designer helping make websites user-friendly. Misti loves to paint, read, is learning how to sew, enjoys crafting, loves tennis and baking, and treasures her time out with her best friends. She’s been a stay-at-home Mom for the last 3 years and truly enjoys it! A lot of her time is spent introducing, teaching and learning new things with our daughter. Macie’s in preschool this year and growing into such a loving and generous little girl (she’s set aside books and toys to share with her new sibling)! She’s also become quite the helper around the house by helping train, pick-up after and take care of our new puppy, Ruby. All these new skills are preparing Macie for a new sibling!
Our views on openness in adoption:
We’re receptive to a variety of situations in regards to openness. We realize that you and/or the child’s needs may change over time and we’re prepared to discuss them and adjust accordingly. Our hope is that our relationship grows and evolves naturally. Our desire is for you AND the people important to you, to become an integrated part of the child’s life and our family. We envision initially exchanging pictures and updates. As our relationship develops, we look forward to our openness expanding to include scheduled phone calls, meeting for play dates, and extending invitations to attend birthdays, holidays and other important milestones.
We would love to meet you prior to the child’s birth and begin to lay the foundation for our life-long relationship. Our desire is to get to know you and allow time for you to ask us questions. Our prayer is that by the time you choose us as your child’s adoptive parents, you can find comfort and peace in your decision knowing that not only are we committed to a lifetime of raising and nurturing this child, we’re just as committed to our relationship with you and those that are important to you!