Gregory and Marissa

Married Since: 2013

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We know this decision isn’t easy for you. We are thrilled with the prospect of bringing a new life into our home and we would be honored and blessed if you chose us to be the parents to your child.

Gregory and Marissa

from Wisconsin

Gregory

Ancestry: Mexican, Irish

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Accountant

Education: MBA

Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing

Marissa

Ancestry: Sicilian, Russian

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Accountant

Education: MSA

Hobbies: Reading, Baking, Gardening

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Hispanic

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nondenominational

Favorites

Gregory

Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
Holidays with family
Color
Blue
Family Activity
Bike rides
Food
Barbeque
Hobby
Hunting
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Movie
Dumb & Dumber
Sport
Football

Marissa

Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
Summer family trips to North Carolina
Color
Teal
Family Activity
Playing in the pool
Food
Mediterranean
Hobby
Reading
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Movie
The Princess Bride
Sport
Basketball
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

We are Greg and Marissa and we are so thankful that you have taken the time to learn about us. We admire your strength and selflessness as you consider adoption for your child.

Our story started back in 2009 when we met each other through mutual friends. We started off as just friends, but after some persistence on Greg’s part, we realized that we were meant to be in a relationship. Marissa was drawn to the way Greg could always make her laugh. From telling funny jokes to shaving his head in a mohawk, he always tries to put a smile on her face and keep her calm when times get stressful. Greg loves how Marissa can keep him grounded and focused. She pushed him to finish school and get his master’s and work towards additional licenses for his job. We complement each other so well and are strong in areas that the other is weak. After some time in Florida, we decided to move to the Midwest because we felt it was a great place to start a family. We got married in 2013 in a beautiful outdoor Fall ceremony surrounded by friends and family and have continued to grow together in our careers, relationship, and by far, the best growth has been adding to our family.

Our son, Connor, was born in June 2017. It is so fun to watch him grow and learn. Being parents has been the greatest blessing and we can’t wait to share our love with another child. We also have a dog named Gizmo that we consider our “fur child”. gizmo is a mixed-breed, rescue dog in his golden years. He does very well around Connor and we know he will love another new brother or sister.

Greg was born and raised in Iowa. His dad, step-mom, brothers, and sister still live there and are about three hours away. Some of Greg’s fondest childhood memories were made in Iowa. Catching monster bluegills on farm ponds with his brother (even after his brother dropped his phone in the pond), running bank poles for catfish on the Rock River, and watching a baseball game with family at John O’Donnell Stadium. To this day, Greg still loves to hunt and fish and be outside and knows that the best part about these activities isn’t the activity itself, it’s about spending time with family and friends and making memories. Something that Greg can’t wait to do with his children.

Marissa was born and raised in Florida. Her parents and sister’s family still live in Florida but we talk with them often and we are able to visit them every few months. Marissa is extremely close with her family. Her sister is her best friend and was her partner in crime growing up. Her parents are her biggest cheerleaders and support system. Whether it was school, extra circular activities, or relationships, she always knew that her family was there for her. Her parents and sister helped shape her into who she is today and it’s the type of relationship she wants to make sure her children feel as well.

We both come from very loving and supportive families and we want to instill that closeness into the family that we build. We believe that family is the foundation of your life. Whether it’s grilling out or sitting around the bonfire and roasting marshmallows, family time is always the best time. Greg’s mom and step-dad live very close to us and we see them almost every weekend. They love spending time with Connor and are excited for another grandchild to spoil.

Most importantly, we want you to know that we will love your child unconditionally. As they grow we will provide them with endless amounts of support and guidance. We will fill our home with happiness, fun, and laughter and raise your child to enjoy life to the fullest.

We know this decision isn’t easy for you. We are thrilled with the prospect of bringing a new life into our home and we would be honored and blessed if you chose us to be the parents to your child.

With love,
Greg & Marissa

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About Marissa

Even before Marissa and I started dating I had a thing for her. We would hang out with our mutual friends and I would flirt with her the entire time. My aunt kept telling me that I should ask her out because she thought that Marissa liked me. I never thought she’d want anything to do with me until I finally mustered up the courage to ask her to dinner. After that, I knew there was definitely something special between us. We had a strong connection from the very beginning and I sometimes had to pinch myself because all I could think about was spending more time with her. Even now that we’re married and have a child, she’s still the loving, fun, caring, smart, and selfless Marissa that I’ve always known. She brings out the best in me because that’s exactly what she deserves. We’ll always be each other’s other half, but without a doubt, she will always and forever be my better half.

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About Greg

Before I met Greg I was convinced I would never get married. I was very focused on growing my career and there was no way I had the time to find someone who met the standards I looked for in a husband. But then by chance, I met Greg through mutual friends, and everything changed. He was loving, funny, respectful, kind, caring…. really, he was perfect. I knew right away that we were meant to be together forever. We are a team, best friends, and love each other unconditionally. We are completely on the same page when it comes to morals, values, loyalty, and trust. We like a lot of the same things, but we also have differences that complement each other so well. Greg is rational when I am emotional. He is funny and sweet when I get sad. He makes me better than I could ever be by myself. Greg is an amazing father to our son. Watching the way they interact together melts my heart.

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

Our desire to adopt started out as an answer to growing our family after we discovered our infertility issues. We struggled for many years with several failed attempts at getting pregnant. We felt beyond blessed when we were able to have our son through IVF. However, even after we had our son, we still felt strongly compelled to adopt. It was just something we felt we were meant to do. Families come in all forms. We have so much love to give and want to share it with another child. It doesn’t matter how a family comes to be, as long as there is love.

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Our Lifestyle

We both have full times jobs – Greg as a Budget Analyst and Marissa as an Accountant. While we work full-time, we prioritize spending time together as a family. It is so fun to watch our son, Connor, grow and learn. He is so funny and keeps us on our toes. Greg recently started a new health routine, so we are all joining in on a healthy lifestyle which includes eating better and being much more active. We try to exercise, take walks, and ride bikes regularly. We have lots of friends on our block so we are always outside chatting while Connor plays with the other kids. We are lucky to live in a great neighborhood that is perfect for raising children.

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Our Home and Neighborhood

We moved into our home 7 years ago and we absolutely love it. Our house is a 2 story, single-family home. It is very spacious with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. We also have an unfinished basement space that we plan to finish in the future. The house backs up to woods so we get lots of beautiful wildlife in our backyard (deer, turkeys, birds, etc). We have a nice big yard with a fire pit and we love sitting around the fire. We live in a newer neighborhood that is very safe and full of young families with children. We have a walking/ biking trail that we can access from our neighborhood and we especially enjoy the trails in the fall when the leaves have changed colors. There is also a playground and splash park within walking distance from our home that is great for kids.

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Our Dog, Gizmo

We have a 15-year-old terrier mix named Gizmo. Gizmo spends most of his time relaxing under the bed. Even though he isn’t as playful as he used to be, he still gets excited when the doorbell rings. Connor usually likes to take him outside every morning with Greg before we head out for the day. We have been teaching Connor how to gently lead Gizmo on his leash. It is a work in progress, but each day gets better. Dogs have always been a part of our family and we expect that we’ll always have a family dog.

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Education

Education is a big part of our life. We both have master’s degrees and Marissa is a certified public accountant. It’s not necessarily the material you learn that is important, but the process you go through to learn it. Being able to think critically and problem solve are life lessons. We want to make sure Connor and his sibling will have the same opportunities that we had with our education. We’ve been saving money for our children’s college tuitions since the day Connor was born.

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Our Hobbies

Greg has always enjoyed hunting and fishing. Most of Greg’s vacation time is taken in the fall and winter to give him more time to enjoy those hobbies. Those are some of his fondest life memories and he’s excited to create new memories with his family.

Marissa enjoys reading, baking, doing puzzles, and going to concerts. She especially enjoys cooking with Connor. He has so much fun mixing up ingredients and making a huge mess. But the messier it is, the more fun we have!

Together, we enjoy cooking and anything that gets us outside. During the warmer months, we try to get outside for a family walk or bike ride every evening.

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Vacations

Vacation has been put on hold recently because of the pandemic, but we really enjoyed going to Great Wolf Lodge in the Wisconsin Dells this past fall. We likely won’t be able to go this year but are excited to plan another visit once it’s safe to do so. Usually, all of our vacations are to visit family. We go back to Iowa and see Greg’s family a few times a year. We also make a yearly trip to Florida to visit Marissa’s parents as well. We try to take a yearly trip by ourselves for our wedding anniversary to experience somewhere neither of us has been before. Once our children are a little older and can handle longer trips, we anticipate all of our vacations will be with the family. We enjoy seeing new places and we want to share that time and experiences with our children.

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Our Traditions

One of our traditions is to take a family trip once a year. It is an opportunity to get away from all of our day to day stresses, disconnect, and focus on family. Another tradition we have is that we eat dinner as a family every night. We turn off all electronics and talk about the day. Our son is still very young, but as he gets older we hope to develop more family traditions focused around holidays and time with family. We can’t wait to experience our family traditions with another little one.

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What We Will Teach Our Children

There are a million things we want to teach our children but there’s a handful that we find are most important and are a good foundation. We absolutely want our children to understand the importance of family. Your family is everything – the people who support you, the people you rely on, the people who will always be there for you no matter what happens. We want our children to be respectful. It’s part of what makes you a good person. We think teaching our children empathy is also important. To understand where someone is coming from requires that you put yourself in their shoes. We have learned the value of hard work and we want our children to do the same. We want our children to know that nothing worth having comes easy. The word consequence generally has negative implications, but it doesn’t always have to be bad. Good decisions usually bring a beneficial consequence. Lastly, we want to teach our children to have fun. You can’t be serious all the time. We teach Connor this by taking time to get away from our day to day routines and we will make sure to teach your child the same.

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