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 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. I can say that we have prayed for you every day.

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

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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. I 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. I can say that 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. Mike and I grew up in the same town, however he was a couple of years older than me. We officially met in high school just before my 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 my heart for many years. When I was 21, I was told I would have issues with fertility. Mike had similar issues and also, had a heart for adoption as his Father was adopted. It was one of the key things that made me fall in love with him all over again. In June of 2016 we began our adoption journey and were chosen in January by a courageous, beautiful woman who transformed our lives. In May 2017, 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. My sister and her family live 2 hours north of us. We often spend holidays with them. My other sister and her family live a couple hours away from my parents who have been in Florida for the last few years. Mike and I 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 my 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 I saw how Mike was with our nieces and nephews and how much they loved being around “Uncle Mike” it filled my heart with joy to know the type of father he would be…he is just that to Amelia and I can’t wait to watch him 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

Q&A

Tell us about your home and neighborhood.

We love our home! It's a 1920's, 3-bedroom, brick bungalow that has tons of vintage charm that screams, "Us!" 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 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! They are maintained by the neighbors and it’s super neat!

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

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

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

Yes! We have an amazing female pit mix rescue dog. We adopted her a little over 6 years ago, 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 is incredibly good with children and other dogs. She and Amelia are like two peas in a pod and spend most waking moments together!

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

We will tell our child that their mother was incredibly selfless, brave and strong. We will be sure that our child knows that she loved him/her so very much, she made the hardest decision in the world to put him/her first. We will be sure that our child knows how incredibly thankful we are to her.

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

We are both very much involved in our church which is a non-denominational, Christian church. Mike and I are both leaders in a ministry called Celebrate Recovery. We are very active in our leadership roles and have been for over 6 years. We are also a part of a small group that meets bi/weekly for Bible study etc.

How will a child enrich your life?

We have so much love to give and when we first started this journey, we so badly wanted to give our love to a child. Then Amelia entered our world and everything changed. We knew almost instantly we wanted to grow our family due to how much our hearts continued to grow with Amelia. We want to share and give the world to a child and show them the world through our eyes. Both having siblings, we know it will not only enrich our lives but also Amelia’s. Amelia has given us a whole new meaning of what love really is and we want to share that with another child.

Describe your last vacation and/or day trip

In the beginning of November we took a weekend trip up north to the family cottage. We went to an indoor water park, took some long walks, played in the leaves and enjoyed the outdoors!

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

We are both self-employed and are able to adjust our schedules so one of us can be home. Day-to-day plans include lots of walks, time at the park, play time in our finished lower level that has a kids play room and lots of book reading!

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

Our 2 ½ year old attends a school 3 days a week that we absolutely love and she adores. She started attending 2 days a week at 6 months for more social interaction. We would most likely do the same with our next child as Amelia has thrived!

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?

My thoughts are how thankful I am that she felt led to entrust this perfect gift of love to us. So thankful that this courageous woman chose us to love her child and to provide and take care of the most precious gift she could give.

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