Michael and Rachel

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

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Dear Expectant Mother,

We are very excited to meet you and your daughter and to get to know more about you. We know you must be extremely nervous about placing your daughter with a family that you do not really know a lot about. If there is anything you want to share with us regarding your culture, race, or heritage, we will do our best to incorporate that into her life. We want you to know that we have the utmost respect for you. Your courage and love for your daughter is immeasurable. As your daughter grows up in our family we will share lots of pictures with you so you can see all of her hopes and dreams come true.

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. Our family gives lots of hugs and kisses to our boys, but we also show our love by spending quality time together and it won’t be any different for your daughter. We can guarantee she will be spoiled being 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. Some of our favorite meals together are walking tacos, spaghetti and meatballs, shepherd’s pie, and Friday is usually pizza. Sundays, following church, we usually have lunch with extended family.

Even though we are both music teachers, music is a large part of our lives outside of the classroom. Michael has been the choir director at his church for over 20 years and I am the volunteer bell choir director at my church. Our boys share our love of music and love singing songs and playing instruments. We turn on the radio and they sing to pop songs like “Uptown Funk,” “Dance Monkey” or “Shut Up and Dance with Me” or they sing what they learned in school or from Sunday school. They go around the house randomly bursting into the theme songs to Disney movies like “Frozen II,” “Moana,” “Zootopia” and “Trolls.” Our boys also play around on the multitude of musical instruments we have acquired over the years. Isaac has his own tiny drum set and David just started taking piano lessons. We try to let our boys experience different things to see where their interests lie. David enjoys basketball and karate while Isaac is just getting started with some different activities. Both boys love their video games, but also enjoy time at our local YMCA as well as riding their bikes and playing on our swing set. Although our boys are in different activities, we also value their school work and try to instill in them the importance of good grades. We feel that giving children different experiences will help them to become well rounded adults and I can promise the same for your little girl as she grows in 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 fill that void in our hearts. It is all boys in the household including our cat. As your daughter’s adoptive mom it will be exciting to have girl time to enjoy things like shopping, clothes, and doing hair and makeup to get dressed up. We are all excited to do different activities like bike riding, going to the movies, and swimming in the summer that will include our boys and a girl.

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

Warmly,
Michael & Rachel

Q&A

Tell us about your home and neighborhood.

Our home is in the suburbs. We live near the woods yet we could walk to a McDonald's or Turkey Hill if we had to. We purchased our home about 4 years ago with everything we wanted in the hopes we would not have to move again. Air conditioning, a large kitchen, 2-car garage, large yard, 3 large bedrooms and an unfinished basement. Our neighborhood has many older couples in it, but more young children are starting to move in.

When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?

It depends. Frequently we like to stay home and relax or work on projects around the house. Sometimes we take a day trip somewhere family oriented.

Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.

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, my friend on Facebook, posted a picture 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. My 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 be acclimated to our boys. You never know how shelter cats will act with children. Tiger is a male and Frosty is female.

What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?

We are both music teachers and involved in music in our church, so music will be a large part of their life. We hope to teach them to be well rounded, kind, empathetic, hardworking young adults. Our kids are a little spoiled, however, I try to teach them not to take things for granted. They need to be grateful for what they have and to realize that not all children have what they have. Our boys do small chores around the house like help empty the dish washer, take out trash, put their laundry away, clean their rooms, and feeds the cats. It is nothing major considering they are young, but we think it's important.

What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?

We would tell our child why her birth mom chose adoption and why she choose our family to take care of her. We would let her know her birth mom’s first name and what was her state of birth. If she happens to be of a different race or ethnic background we would explain that about her birth mother as well. We would like to ask the birth mom what she would want her daughter to know about her.

Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.

Yes. Actually Rachel grew up and is currently a member of the UCC church but Mike is Methodist. Because Mike is the paid choir director at his church, we attend his church more often than Rachel's. However, Rachel directs the bell choir at her church which is a volunteer position that she started several years ago. When the bell choir plays she typically takes the children with her since Mike still has to attend his church as the choir director. Rachel participates in the adult choir at both churches. Our children go to Sunday school and Bible school during the summer. Both of our extended families are very involved in the church in multiple ways.

How will a child enrich your life?

We love kids. We view them as a gift from God and we cherish them. Having 2 boys is wonderful, but we feel that adding a girl will fulfill the empty space in our hearts. The boys always ask if they are going to have a sister. I tell them it’s in God’s hands.

Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.

Our last vacation was actually with my husband’s marching band to Disney World. We went on charter buses with the marching band who marched down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. Our boys loved it. It was quite exhausting because Mike had to go off with the group while often times I would stay with the boys to go to the pool or let them stay sleeping. We visited Hollywood Studios where the boys were excited to do the Star Wars rides and meet Chewbacca, BB8 and Kilo Ren. In the Magic Kingdom Isaac was obsessed with Cinderella’s Castle so we got to meet Cinderella, Elena of Avalor, Rapunzel, and Tina. They enjoyed meeting the princesses that they see in the movies. It was fun but exhausting. We look forward to visiting again when we have a little girl to share it with.

Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?

Depending on our financial situation Mike may become a stay-at-home dad. Rachel will use her 12 weeks of leave as well as any sick days she has saved in order to stay home for as long as possible. We will work together to figure out the schedule with a baby and two older boys. We have learned that it is hard to plan ahead when dealing with a baby. You have to do what works for you and your family in your particular situation.

Will you be returning to work? If so, describe your day-care plans.

Rachel's parents are the main care providers for our boys. They take them to playgrounds, educational activities, and play with them at our house. When the boys go to my parents' home they have a pond, in-ground swimming pool, stream and 7 acres of woods. They keep them very busy with outside activities. Mike's parents watch our younger son one Friday a month. They live and hour away, so it’s is not as convenient for them to help out. We also have a family friend who cares for our younger son 1 day a week. She takes him to story hour at the local library and does other stuff with him. Our goal is to keep all of our children with family and friends.

When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?

We feel so blessed and thankful for the birth mom choosing our family. We see a beautiful woman who has created a beautiful baby girl and I am grateful that our little family will have the opportunity to raise, love and cherish her. We respect her for having the courage to place her child with another family. I want the birth mother to rest well knowing she choose our family to care for her precious baby.

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