Married Since: 2005

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We respect your courage to consider adoption for your daughter. We wish we could ease any anxiety and stress you may have through this process, but rest assured that with us your daughter will be well cared for and will have a wonderful life filled with love and joy.

Michael and Rachel

from Pennsylvania

Michael

Ancestry: German, Dutch

Religion: Christian

Occupation: High School Music Teacher

Education: B.S.

Hobbies: Music, Family, Woodworking, Video games, Movies

Rachel

Ancestry: German

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Elementary Music Teacher

Education: M.A.

Hobbies: Music, Family, Outdoor activities, Shopping, Baking

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Female

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Michael

Animal
Otters
Color
Blue
Food
Pizza
Hobby
Woodworking
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Leisure Activity
Video Games
Subject in School
Music and Math
Thing to Cook
Soup
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
TV Show
Sit-coms
Music
Jazz Funk

Rachel

Animal
Panda
Color
Purple
Food
Pizza
Hobby
Jewelry making
Holiday
Halloween
Leisure Activity
Walking
Subject in School
Music and Anatomy
Thing to Cook
Shepherds Pie
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
TV Show
Mandelorian
Music
Pop - Bruno Mars
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From Us to You

We are very excited to meet you and your daughter. We know you must be extremely nervous about placing her with complete strangers to raise. We want to assure you that we will raise her as our own. We guarantee she will be well cared for and all of her hopes and dreams will be supported and encouraged.

Your daughter will have two older brothers to look out for her and help her along the way. They are very excited to have a sister. We shower our boys with hugs and kisses constantly, and it won’t be any different for your daughter. We can guarantee she will be spoiled as the only girl in our family and the only girl grandchild on Rachel’s side. Even though there are times that we are very busy, we try to eat dinner as a family as often as possible. Your daughter will be given her own bedroom while our boys will share a bedroom.

We struggled to conceive our first child, and then had some difficulty during our second pregnancy. After researching different options, adoption seemed like the best choice for us to expand our family. Our love for children led us both to become teachers and now we love being parents. Having a girl in the family will help to bring some much needed estrogen into our home. It’s all boys including our 2 cats! We are all excited to do different activities that will include our boys and your daughter.

We cannot begin to imagine what you are feeling right now, but as parents of two boys we can understand that you must be filled with all sorts of emotions. We respect your courage to consider adoption for your daughter, regardless of your reasons. We are so blessed that you are even considering us to care for your daughter. We wish we could ease any anxiety and stress you may have through this process, but rest assured that with us your daughter will be well cared for and will have a wonderful life filled with love and joy.

Warmly,
Michael & Rachel

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

Adoption is not something we just one day decided we wanted to do.  When we started dating back in 1999 I remember asking Michael if it would be something he would consider depending on how life turned out.  Not knowing if I would have the ability to conceive I wanted to make sure children would be in our future somehow. After struggling to conceive, we have 2 biological sons and we decided it was time to start the adoption process.  We want more children but I have no desire to be pregnant again since my second pregnancy was very hard on my body.  We did look into IVF gender selection as well as foster care but after doing a lot of research we felt adoption was the best option for us to grow our family.  Choosing adoption means we could fulfill our dream of welcoming a daughter into our family while giving a birth mother peace of mind knowing her daughter will have a loving and caring family to take care of her.

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About Rachel

Rachel and I met in college. I freely tell people that, from the scaffolding, overseeing a marching band practice field with over 120 people, I told my friend “I’ll take that one.” 🙂 I was attracted to Rachel immediately, and wanted to spend more time with her. We had a lot in common back then and we still do with both of us studying Music and our intended future occupations. During college, she sought out a church to attend, so I took her to my church. In 2000 I was hired as the choir director there and soon after Rachel joined the church choir. From early on we have performed together, assisted each other in many groups and have suing and played duets together. Rachel is the more emotional one in our relationship whereas she would agree I am the “over thinker.” She is a supportive wife and partner in all things; especially as a mother to our two boys. I do many things with our boys, but certain things from early on she felt were her ways of bonding with them. I like to think we share responsibilities, but sometimes I feel and say that, “She takes care of us.”

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About Mike

Michael and I met in college during marching band camp. He was the visual coordinator for the marching band, as a junior, and I played saxophone, as a freshman. The first things that attracted me to Michael were his sense of humor, his beautiful hazel eyes, and his beautiful bass singing voice. Getting to know him I realized he is also considerate and respectful to others, handy around the house, he is an all-around intelligent person and, most importantly, a great dad. I remember being out by myself somewhere and a friend asked me where my kids were. I told her they were at home with my husband and she said, “You trust your husband with your kids.” My thought was, “Why I would marry someone I would not trust with our children?” There are times he drives me crazy, but other times I don’t know what I would do without him. He always allows me to speak my mind even when he does not agree with me, and when I am stressed out he is my calm voice of reason. There are some things we don’t agree on, but I always say we have to agree to disagree. I remember one of our first dates I asked Mike if he was open to adoption. I told him I have always wanted a boy and a girl, so if God gave us 2 boys would he be willing to adopt a girl and vice versa. I figured would we cross that bridge when we got to it. We are now at that bridge and we are really looking forward to including a daughter in our family fun.

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Our Sweet Kitties

In February and March of 2021 we lost both of our cats of 14 years.  We knew the end was near, but that does not make it any easier.  When we lost them we started looking at shelters for cats.  Rachel really wanted a black cat since apparently they do not get adopted often due to superstitions.  We also really wanted female cats since our last cats were male.  On May 5, 2021, a friend posted a picture on Facebook of 2 kittens she found while taking a walk.  We had no idea what gender they were but one was tabby and the other was pure white with a grey Mohawk.  Our friend was hoping to keep them together since she found them together.  She was going to take them to a shelter, but that evening we decided to adopt them.  So now we have 2 kittens, Tiger and Frosty.  Neither is black, but we figured getting kittens versus shelter cats would give the kittens time to get acclimated to our boys.  You never know how shelter cats will act with children. Turns out, Tiger is a male and Frosty is female.

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Our Home

We purchased the house we currently live in with the intention of never having to move. It has 3 large bedrooms, air conditioning, a 2-car garage, a wood burning fireplace, a large yard for our kids to play, and a large kitchen. We have a back patio where we enjoy grilling and spending time during the warmer months. We do not have a pool because Rachel’s parents have a large in-ground pool which we can use whenever we wish.

Our nursery is all set up waiting for your baby’s arrival.  We have the crib, rocking chair, changing table, etc. that our sons used waiting for her.   Animal decals adorn the walls, since we wanted a gender neutral nursery and a Noah’s Ark theme with stuffed animals galore.   There are “touch-and-feel” books with animals, letters and numbers to read at bedtime.

Our neighborhood is secluded and our neighbors are mainly older folks, but they love our boys. One of our neighbors frequently takes our older son with her when she walks her dog. A few things we love about our neighborhood are that even though we live next to woods there is a convenience store in walking distance. Also, there is one entrance to our neighborhood, so typically the only cars that come into our development are those people who live in it; we do not get all the noisy through traffic. It is the perfect combination of quiet and private yet close enough to activity.

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Our Families

Michael’s extended family is quite large. He is the youngest of three siblings. Both of his parents are still living and they have 7 grandchildren. The 2 oldest grandchildren are girls and the rest are boys. His two older siblings are both married with their own children.

Both of Rachel’s parents are still living as well and are the main caretakers for our boys while we are at work. Rachel’s older brother is married and has a son, so her parents have 3 grandchildren who are all boys. Your daughter will have 6 cousins ranging in age from 11 to 24.

In addition to our immediate family, your daughter will have lots of family friends from our church and community who will graciously welcome a new baby into our family.

Cultural Diversity

When dealing with cultural diversity we see people, not color.  We teach our boys that there is good and bad in all people regardless of their culture.  Rachel is an elementary music teacher. There are a lot of songs that she teaches to her students from all different cultures.  Music is the universal language and a way to connect with people regardless of their heritage.  Music tells a lot about a culture, heritage and way of life.  When students listen to music from other cultures Rachel tries to have them open their minds stressing that even though it may sound weird or different to us that it is normal to the people from that culture.

We do not make cultural differences a big deal.  We really only discuss it if our boys bring it up.  David and Isaac’s Sunday school teacher is a missionary from Africa.  She is a beautiful, kind woman, which is all that matters.

When explaining cultural differences to our own children, we compare it to flowers.  Rachel’s mother has a garden full of flowers consisting of different colors, shapes and size. All those flowers together make a beautiful garden.  People are like flowers.  You need all the different colors, shapes and sizes to make the world a beautiful place.  Everyone deserves to be loved.

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Family Traditions

Our traditions revolve around the holidays.  One of the major things we like to do with our sons around Easter and Christmas is to make cut out sugar cookies.  It is something Rachel did with her mom and grandmother.  It was an entire day event.  The smell of the cookies brings her back to her childhood and memories of her grandmother.

At Christmas time we also have a tradition to go out in the field and cut down our own Christmas tree.  Michael also puts up the model train on the platform under the Christmas tree.

At Halloween we go to a local pumpkin patch.  We all pick out our perfect pumpkin for carving.  The boys enjoy seeing the farm animals, going in the corn maze and playing the different games they have around the farm.

When it comes time for our children’s birthdays we have a tradition of the “to grow” candle.  We put the number of candles of their age on their cake and then an extra “to grow.”

Other traditions that both of us have had instilled in us since we are little is to attend church every Sunday followed by lunch with extended family.

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Lifestyle

We believe we live an average middle class life.  We are blessed to have everything we need and including some extra things that we want.  Family, church and music are very important in our lives.

We are financially stable and live comfortably within our means. We do like to spend money on certain things like electronics, gaming systems and musical instruments since we are both music teachers.  We are a very practical family who does not spend excessively.

Our family holds education to a high standard.  Almost everyone in our family and extended family has a college education, while others are involved in trades such as auto mechanic, chefs, and secretaries.  Our family helps our children strive to be the best they can be both in school and in their extracurricular activities.

Our Relationship with You

As we work through the adoption process we would like to build a trusting and loving relationship with you.  We want us all to learn about each other so that we can teach your daughter about you, and so that you feel comfortable choosing us as your adoptive family.  If you have any questions for us that may not be addressed we want you to feel comfortable asking them.  We will share updates and pictures of your daughter growing through Shutterfly.

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What Adoption Means to Us

What adopting a child means to us is to give a child a chance at life.  We are so grateful that you chose to give your unborn child the gift of life.  That we can help you as a birth mom to give your daughter a chance at life is such a gift.

We love children.  We spend the majority of our day with kids whether it be in the classroom or with our own children.  Adopting a child means that we are opening our hearts and home to another child who we will adore.

Our Thoughts about You

When we picture ourselves holding your baby, our thoughts regarding you would be thankfulness.  You are both a blessing in this world.  We are thankful that you chose us to be your child’s adoptive family, and we are sure that as your daughter grows with us she will be thankful you chose us to be her adoptive family.  When we look into her eyes we will see the love you had and continue to have for her.

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What We will Tell your Daughter about You

If you choose us as your adoptive family we would love to get to know you through this process.  As we get to know you we would love for you to share with us anything special that you want us to tell your daughter.  We feel it is important for a child to know their cultural heritage and ancestry.  We could tell her your name, how old you are and where you are from.  If you would want, we could tell her why you chose to place her for adoption and why you chose our family to adopt her.   We would tell your daughter that you loved her very much and that’s why you decided to place her with a family that can care for her the way you want her to be cared for.  What do you feel is important as a birth mom that you would want your daughter to know about you?

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Our Promise to You

Our promise to you is to raise your daughter as if she were our own daughter.  She will be loved and cared for.  We realize there will be struggles along the way we have encountered some of those struggles with our own sons.  Our younger son needed speech therapy at 18 months, but now he is totally fine.  Your daughter will also receive all she needs to succeed. We will give your daughter opportunities to do what interests her, whether it be dance or karate, riding horses or playing piano.  She will have 2 big brothers to look after her and care for her as well as extended family. She will have the world at her fingertips.

Message Michael and Rachel

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Michael and Rachel

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!