Michael and Adriane

Married Since: 2013

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: Yes

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We have prayed for you every day and have thanked God for your strength and for your courage to even consider this process. Our hearts are filled with so much love and we hope to share that love with your child. Most important for us is to honor & respect your wishes and for your child to know their story and how much you love them.

Michael and Adriane

from Michigan

Michael

Ancestry: Irish, English

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Realtor/Investor

Education: BA

Hobbies: Running, Hiking, Reading, Outdoors, Music, Traveling

Adriane

Ancestry: Irish, Dominican

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Realtor

Education: Some College/Christian Counseling Cert.

Hobbies: Running, Reading, Hiking, Knitting, Music

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Michael

Color
Black
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
Sport
Football
Hobby
Soccer
Food
Ice Cream
Holiday
Christmas
TV Show
Seinfeld
Movie
Commando
Scripture
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6

Adriane

Color
Yellow
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
Sport
Football
Hobby
Running
Food
Grilled cheese
Holiday
Thanksgiving
TV Show
Seinfeld
Movie
Dirty Dancing
Scripture
"And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns." - Philippians 1:6
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

We are overwhelmed with joy and gratitude that you have chosen to take the time to read this letter. It is possibly the most difficult and emotional letter to write. There are no words to express the emotions in our hearts. We can say that we have prayed for you every day. We have thanked God every day for your strength and for the courage to even consider this process. Our hearts are filled with so much love and we hope to share that love with your child.

Let us share a little about ourselves. We grew up in the same town. However, we are a couple of years apart. We officially met in high school just before Adriane’s junior year and dated until our freshman and sophomore year in college. We broke up to “experience life” and also because we were at different Universities. However, we remained friends and in touch all through the years. We reconnected in January of 2012 and rekindled our relationship. We were married in September of 2013 and then spent time enjoying life, traveling to different parts of the world, spending time with our families and our 12 nieces and nephews! We love the outdoors and physical activities. We are runners and love running races together. We love spending time with our sweet Deborah! She is a beautiful Pit mix rescue dog that we adopted just before we were married. She loves children and is a huge lover. Even with all of this, we knew we desperately wanted to share our life and our experiences with a child. Early on, we started to research and begin fertility treatments but we knew it wasn’t the route for us. Adoption had been on Adriane’s heart for many years and Mike also had a heart for adoption as his father was adopted. It was one of the key things that made Adriane fall in love with him all over again. We began our first adoption journey in 2016 and the following year, our sweet Amelia was born. Our hearts had never been more full and we knew almost instantly that we wanted to continue to grow our family.

We are both very close with our families and spend a lot of our free time enjoying afternoons and dinners together. Mike’s brother and his wife, along with their 2 children, live two streets away. We often take walks with Amelia and our dog to their home and spend afternoons playing together. On Sundays, we have dinner at Mike’s parents’ house with the rest of the family. Adriane’s sister and her family live 2 hours north of us. We often spend holidays with them. Her other sister and her family live a couple of hours away from Adriane’s parents who have been in Florida for the last few years. We are both in Real Estate which gives us the luxury of very flexible schedules. As a result, we enjoy spending a few weeks together with Adriane’s family in the winter to escape the cold!

We love attending sporting events and are huge football fans! We enjoy taking nieces and nephews to Detroit Lions and Tigers games and travel to attend their soccer, football, baseball games, and wrestling meets. When Adriane saw how Mike was with our nieces and nephews and how much they loved being around “Uncle Mike” it filled her heart with joy to know the type of father he would be…he is all that and more to Amelia. We can’t wait to share that same joy and love with your child.

We are so blessed to be surrounded by a community of so many who support and love us and are walking alongside us throughout this journey. There are so many who are excited to be a part of your child’s journey and to surround your child with love and life. Know that your child will be in a home filled with laughter and love and that you will forever be in our hearts and a part of our story.

Mike and Adriane

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

Adoption was something that had been on Adriane’s heart for quite some time. At the age of 21, she was told that she would most likely have issues with fertility. She had overcome cervical cancer and struggled with ovarian cysts. It was devastating to hear and actually played a role in a lot of her decision-making for the next few years.  Mike’s father was adopted at the age of 3 and so adoption was something that was on his heart as well. It was also one of the key things that made Adriane fall in love with him all over again! Not long after we were married, we consulted with a specialist and made a decision to start fertility treatments as Mike also had fertility issues.  However, after a few setbacks and lots of prayers, we knew it was not the path for us.

In June 2016, we began our adoption journey trusting God to lead the way, knowing that His plan is always the best plan. We were chosen in January by a courageous, beautiful woman who changed our lives forever. In May 2017, our sweet girl, Amelia was born. Our lives and hearts instantly became so full and filled with more love than we could have imagined. We knew quickly that we wanted to continue to grow our family and for Amelia to become a big sister. We know this journey will look different than Amelia’s. No matter what comes to pass, we still choose to follow God’s lead knowing He has the best for us and our family.

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About Adriane, by Mike

Adriane is the most compassionate and kind person that I know. She has a calling and a passion for helping people, especially those who are struggling with addiction and other mental health problems. I’ve always really admired her for that. Even in her role as a Realtor, fellow agents, clients, neighbors of clients, and random strangers will confide in Adriane and tell her their whole life story. She has a warmth and understanding that attracts people to her. Her smile is large and contagious. She has seemingly unlimited amounts of energy and enthusiasm. When you’re around her your mood will automatically improve. Adriane treats everyone the same no matter who they are, where they come from, or what they do. She absolutely loves people. At the end of the day, the most important thing to Adriane is her relationship with God. Her faith is strong and unwavering and guides her in everything that she does. It was her faith and trust in God that inspired and enabled me to have a relationship with God. Ask anyone that knows Adriane and they will describe her in the exact same way that I just did. Watching Adriane apply all of the above mentioned to motherhood and to watch her grow every day as a Mom has been fascinating.  She deeply loves, encourages, and cares for us. I am grateful every day that she is my wife.

 

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About Mike, by Adriane

If I had to use one word to describe Mike, it would have to be an adventurer. Whether traveling the world, growing his investment Real Estate company, riding bikes, running races, or climbing new mountains, he is never afraid to do exactly what he wants to do and never afraid to pursue his dreams. He doesn’t let what others think deter him from achieving his goals. I have always admired that about him. Because of him, I have seen more of the world than I ever thought I would and it’s just the beginning. He has helped me to truly appreciate, experience, and love life because that’s who he is. We have had incredible adventures and many more are in store. He loves children and helping others. When we have traveled to other countries, we usually team up with a mission’s organization and help with feeding centers or children centers. I love the way his heart opens up and pours out to these children. Since Amelia entered our world, watching Mike embrace fatherhood and be a father has been the most beautiful thing I have been able to witness. I admire him and Amelia adores her daddy. Mike has always been so cool. From his high school band days to his touring rocker days and even more so now as a faith-filled man of God and a father. He is my biggest fan and encourager. He makes me believe that I can achieve anything I set my mind to and is always building me up. He prays with me, for me, and for our family. We are a team in this thing called life and I couldn’t imagine going through it with anyone else.

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What Attracted Us to Each Other

From Adriane: When I first met Mike he was a bass player in a popular band and that initially attracted me. However, when I got to know him, I found out he was quiet and a little on the shy side, complete opposite of me, but he was funny, kind and a true person. We dated for a few years and then broke up. When we reconnected, what attracted me was his quiet strength, transparency and his heart.

From Mike: Adriane’s beauty is what initially drew me to her. As I got to know her, her energy, enthusiasm, friendliness, and kindness is what attracted me to her. When we began speaking again the second time around, I was drawn to her strong faith in God, her compassion and she still had all of those same qualities that originally attracted me. We married in 2013!

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Our Relationship with Amelia's Birth Mother

We began our adoption journey in 2016. In January of 2017, we were chosen by an amazing and brave young woman. She had two little ones and had made the most courageous choice to create an adoption plan for her baby. When we were told we had been chosen, it was a moment filled with joy and so much emotion. We had our initial call with her and it lasted well over an hour. We were immediately in awe of her wisdom.  The love she had for her child flowed through the phone and it was so powerful. We felt so honored to have been picked by this amazing woman. Our relationship grew from there. Our conversations were not just focused on Amelia. We spoke about life, things that were going on, and the struggles we were walking through. We were invited to be present when Amelia’s gender was revealed and to meet her other little ones. We ended up spending close to a month in the state Amelia was born in. During that time, we were able to spend time with Amelia’s Birth Mother and her children and they spent time with Amelia. We were open to whatever relationship she desired. We send pictures to her, are social media friends, and stay connected that way. We get to see pictures of Amelia’s half sisters and they see her! We pray to remain in contact and to see each other in person again. At this time, Amelia’s Birth Mother does not choose to meet in person. If and when she ever would like to, we are ready and excited! Amelia knows her story and at the age of 3 knows how strong and brave her Birth Mother is and how loved she is by her. It fills our hearts that she knows how special she is.  We know that every situation is different but we hope to have an open relationship with you if that is something you desire. Most important for us is to honor & respect your wishes and for your child to know their story and how much you love them.

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Our Lifestyle

We love to live life as full as we can! We have known each other since high school & were married in September of 2013. Since then we have thoroughly enjoyed life by traveling to different parts of the world and spending time with our families and our combined 12 nieces and nephews! We both work in real estate. Mike focuses more on the investment side and I deal more in the residential aspect. We love what we do! Not only do we get to join people on their journey to find a place they will fall in love with and where they will raise their families, but it also provides us with flexible schedules that allow us to spend our time how we choose. We love the outdoors, nature and physical activities. We are runners and enjoy running races together.

In 2016, we began our journey of adoption that led to us being chosen by an amazing and brave woman who changed our lives and our hearts. Our daughter, Amelia was born in May 2017 and everything changed! Now, our bike rides and walks include all of us and lots of exploring! We are also very involved in a ministry called Celebrate Recovery. I have been a ministry leader for almost 6 years and Mike works with the men leading small groups and being a sponsor. This ministry is a faith-based 12 step program. However, it is not just for alcoholics and drug addicts. It is for any person who struggles with life-controlling issues such as food addiction, anger, depression, anxiety, and codependency to name a few. It’s amazing to be a part of a ministry where lives are being transformed daily and healing is taking place!

I would have to say our most favorite pastime is family time. We spend our time with Amelia and our dog, Deborah! She is a beautiful Pit mix rescue that we adopted just before we were married. She is a happy, friendly dog who loves children and other dogs. She and Amelia are two peas in a pod and are rarely seen apart. She continues to add so much joy to our lives!

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Home & Neighborhood

We love our home! It’s a 1920’s, 3-bedroom, brick bungalow that has tons of vintage charm that screams, “Us!” We think the best part about our home is that every room is so cozy and inviting. We have the luxury to be on a double lot with tons of trees and foliage. Our neighborhood is super diverse. We live near a combined middle/high school (within walking distance). We have young couples, young families with children, some families with middle school age children, and a few older couples. We live within walking distance of 4 parks and a nearby dog park along with living within walking distance of a cool downtown area that has restaurants and markets that we love to walk to! We have little book exchanges on 4 corners in the neighborhood where children can borrow books and return them and Amelia loves them! We maintain them as a neighborhood and it’s super neat! Our home is also located only 15 minutes away from where we grew up, so just a quick drive to family and lifelong friends.

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Our Dog, Deborah Jane

We have an amazing female pit mix rescue dog, Deborah Jane. We adopted her a little over 8 years ago when she was 1, just before we were married and she is a part of our family.  She is a huge baby and such a sweetheart and lover!  She and Amelia are inseparable, two peas in a pod. They go everywhere together! She is incredibly good with children and other dogs.

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Our Families & Friends

Mike’s parents had been married for 50 years before Mike’s father sadly passed in May. They were an inspiration to us in all they did. They kindly and lovingly took care of each other for over 50 years. They had 4 children, 3 boys, and one girl and lived in the same town for the entirety of their marriage. Adriane’s parents were married for 21 years. Her mom came to this country when she was 14 from the Dominican Republic. She met Adriane’s dad and they were married within 9 months. When she tells the story, which Adriane knows by heart, it was love at first sight! They had 3 children, all girls! However, Adriane’s father lost his battle to cancer when he was 42. Her mom got remarried to a wonderful man and they have been together for 17 years. As a result, Adriane gained 3 more sisters and a brother! We are all close and enjoy spending time together. Adriane’s parents now live in Florida and we love to escape in the winter to visit. Between the two of us, we have 12 nieces and nephews that we love spending time with and Amelia adores her cousins who shower her with love! We are both very close with our families and spend a lot of our free time enjoying time together!

 

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Traditions

We are both incredibly close with our families. As a result, a lot of our family traditions are celebrated with them or are extensions of those traditions! Adriane’s sister and her family live about 2 hours north of us. We spend time going to our nieces and nephews’ events and we also spend every Thanksgiving there. It’s a whole event! We spend the night before Thanksgiving and run the Turkey trot as a family on Thanksgiving morning. We then all wear our Detroit Lions attire (we are HUGE football fans) to watch the Thanksgiving day game and cheer our Lions on whether it be to victory or defeat! We play games and eat tons of food. Christmas is similar with Mike’s family. We make the trip up north where his parents own a lake home. We spend time enjoying tons of outside snow activities, warm fires, and hot chocolate! It’s a wonderful time for the whole family to be together. Another Christmas tradition Adriane enjoys is delivering treats to our neighbors every year. She has done this since we have been married but it became that much more memorable once Amelia entered our world! She loves coming along in the wagon and knocking on the door to deliver the goodies! All of the neighbors love seeing her. Probably one of our favorite traditions is going to a Lions game every season. We always go to one of the last games in December (when it’s not COVID) and take a different set of nephews or nieces and enjoy the city and the game! Amelia is just coming to the age to also join so we very much look forward to taking her to her first Lions game and it becoming a tradition with our next little one.  We are so excited to enjoy these traditions and create new ones as we grow our family!

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Cultural Diversity

Adriane’s mother came to this country when she was 14 from the Dominican Republic and Adriane’s father is of Irish/Scottish ancestry. Her mother’s side of the family is very diverse made up mostly of Hispanics and African-Americans. Coming from this background, she knew the importance of cultural diversity. Mike, also having bi-racial nephews, knew the importance of cultural diversity. So, during our first adoption when we first met with our home study caseworker to discuss adoption and our thoughts, we said we are open to any gender and all races. We just wanted to share our love with a child.  While that is exactly what we are open to, we learned through taking numerous classes and readings, that it takes more than love. Cultural diversity is so important and necessary when choosing transracial adoption. It is more than what makes up your family dynamics. We learned about the importance of introducing and being involved & educated in your child’s racial background. The importance of not just acknowledging but understanding and knowing the culture and the history. Our daughter, Amelia, is bi-racial; African-American and Caucasian. As she gets older, we see more and more the importance of cultural education, awareness, and diversity. We have made it a point to be in a diverse environment and city, a place where she will see and know people who look like her. We incorporate books and attend events that celebrate her background and her history. It is so important to us that she feels valued and knows her worth for who she is as a whole. As a result, cultural diversity is very important to us!

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Our Faith

We are of Christian faith and both very much involved in our church which is a non-denominational, Christian church. Mike was raised Catholic and started going to a non-denominational church in 2013. Adriane came to faith in 2010 through her journey of recovery where God met her exactly where she was and plucked her out of the pit. By His grace, she has been in recovery for over 10 years! We were baptized together in 2015! We hope to teach our children about Jesus Christ, to love others, to be kind and gracious.  We want to teach them about being humble, enjoying nature and all creation.

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Careers

From Adriane: I am in Real Estate and I really enjoy it!  I wanted to be a part of people finding their forever home and being a part of people’s “next chapter.”  There is so much joy! My other “career” is being Ministry Leader for a ministry called Celebrate Recovery. This is where my heart truly is. I get to see people healed and restored daily by the healing power of Jesus. I get to see broken people made whole. This is something I will be involved with for my whole life. I can’t express the joy it brings!

From Mike: I chose to become a Real Estate Investor so that I could have a very flexible schedule.  I own and manage multiple rental properties with a partner.  My business allows me to work from home and the freedom to travel and do other things that I like to do such as exercise, play music and work in the Celebrate Recovery Ministry, just to name a few.  In addition, I enjoy providing good homes for people to live in.  I have a good relationship with all of our tenants and feel fortunate that I get to do what I do.

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How We Spend Three-Day Weekends

When we have a 3 day weekend, we love to escape to northern Michigan. We have a family cottage on Walloon Lake. We love going out on the boat, relaxing near the water and riding bikes in the summer or by the fire in the winter.  We also love exploring and hiking in the nearby mountains and state parks.  Sometimes we drive a couple hours and spend time with family for the long weekend.

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What We Will Teach

We will teach our children about Jesus Christ, to love others, to be kind and gracious. They will learn how to be humble, and to enjoy nature and all creation. We will show them respect and love and lead by example. We want to teach them about financial responsibility as they get older and the importance of education. We want them to lead a balanced life by learning about fun things like playing sports, enjoying physical activities, traveling, and exploring the world!

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What We Will Share

One of our favorite stories to share at bedtime is Amelia’s story. We tell her all about her courageous & amazing birthmother. Just like we tell Amelia her story, we are honored & hopeful to do the same with your little one. We will tell your child that you are incredibly selfless, brave, and strong.  We will be sure that your child knows that you love him/her so very much and you made the hardest decision in the world in order to put them first. We will be sure that your child knows how incredibly thankful we are to you.

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When We Imagine Meeting Your Baby

The gratitude and love that fills our hearts for you is overwhelming. We will be so thankful that you felt led to entrust this perfect gift of love to us.  That you chose us to love your child and to provide and take care of the most precious gift you could give. The amount of courage, love, and selflessness this takes is simply beyond words. We will be honored to be the family you chose.

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