Married Since: 2010

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: Yes

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We are so thankful that you would consider offering us the privilege of raising your child as our own. Being able to become parents again would mean the world to us and we promise to love your baby every moment of every day.

Billy and Megan

from Wisconsin

Billy

Ancestry: English, Welsh, Hispanic, Portuguese, Native American

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Army Colonel

Education: MS

Hobbies: Fishing, Golfing, Hiking, Kayaking, Traveling, Cooking

Megan

Ancestry: Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Stay-at-home Mom

Education: MBA

Hobbies: Horseback riding, Hiking, Kayaking, Cooking, Reading, Traveling

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Asian, Caucasian / Asian, Asian / Hispanic, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Indian, Caucasian / Native American, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Hispanic / Native American, Hispanic / Pacific Islander, Pacific Islander, Native American Indian

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Billy

Animal
Fish
Color
Blue
Family Activity
Exploring
Food
Tacos
Hobby
Golfing
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure Activity
Travel
Personal Hero
Mom
Sport
Football
Subject in School
Math

Megan

Animal
Dog
Color
Green
Family Activity
Exploring
Food
Bacon-wrapped dates
Hobby
Hiking
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure Activity
Travel
Personal Hero
Mom
Sport
Horseback riding
Subject in School
English
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

Have you ever thought you had lost something forever, only to have it surprise you by turning up in an unexpected place? That’s kind of how it has been with our hopes for building a family. We tried to have a baby for years and the pain of infertility had brought us to our knees. It was heartbreaking to go through so much loss over and over again. Just when we thought our dreams of having a baby were shattered, something happened – someone like you gave us the greatest gift we could ever imagine.

When we received a phone call in July of 2018 letting us know that a birth mother had chosen us, we were overwhelmed with joy…and fear. What if something happened to her or the baby during labor? What if she changed her mind? The day our daughter Zoa was born was truly a roller coaster of emotions but we wouldn’t change a single minute. Because of it, we love her even more than if we’d been able to carry her into this world ourselves.

Our little family is wonderful but it isn’t complete yet. Somebody tiny and perfect and unexpected is still missing from our lives, and we can’t wait to meet him or her. We’ve always hoped to have more than one child, because both of us were lucky enough to grow up with siblings close to our own age. We know that Zoa will be an amazing big sister if you give us the opportunity to welcome your baby into our family.

We are so thankful that you would consider offering us the privilege of raising your child as our own. Being able to become parents again would mean the world to us and we promise to love your baby every moment of every day.

We realize that whatever led you to this choice could not have been easy, and we have so much respect for your strength. We hope that you will be able to take the next steps in your own life full of peace and confidence knowing that you have done an amazingly selfless and generous thing. We are supportive of an adoption that is as open or as closed as you are comfortable with, and we look forward to creating a plan with you that all of us can feel good about. Even if you choose not to be present in this child’s life, you will always be part of it in our hearts.

Thank you again for making the brave consideration to place your child with us. Thank you for helping us grow our family. Thank you for giving your baby the gift of life and for giving us the opportunity to love them, too.

Sincerely,
Billy & Megan

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About Megan

Megan is the love of my life – each day begins and ends with her. The first time we met, I was drawn to her caring eyes, loving smile and beautiful voice. Not a day goes by where I am not eternally thankful to have her as my soulmate. She is liked by everyone. Her positive energy is infectious and she lights up the room every time she walks in. She loves life and all its challenges and adventures. Megan is an incredible mother who is so engaged with our daughter. I adore seeing them interact, whether it be eating, teaching her colors and letters or just laughing and having fun. The greatest compliment was when my own mother told me “Megan is so good with her and she is a great mom.” I am so fortunate to have such a caring, compassionate and enthusiastic partner in my life. I look forward to growing our family together and what the future brings.

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About Billy

Billy is amazing! He is quick to find the humor in any situation and has a wonderful sense of calm about him no matter what life brings his way. He’s the type of guy that other people just enjoy being around. Billy is smart, athletic and handsome but what matters more is that he has the biggest heart of anyone I know. One of the things I admire most about him is his strength – he cares deeply for others and stands by what he believes in. He is patient, caring, and truly believes in putting family first. He is a wonderful father who is involved in every aspect of our daughter’s life. I love watching him with her and seeing how much they mean to each other. I’m so lucky to have him as my best friend and the love of my life! With him by my side, I know that anything is possible.

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How We Met

When we tell people that we met in a yoga class in Baghdad, they usually think we’re joking. But it’s true! We met on deployment when Billy was on active duty in the Army and Megan had been called up as part of the Army Reserve. We went on our first “real date’” almost five months later by taking a trip to Mexico together. Thankfully things have settled down a lot for us in the 12+ years since then (Megan is no longer in the Army Reserve and Billy doesn’t have to worry about deploying ever again).

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

We’ve had a lot of adventures in our lives, but we’ve both always believed that raising children would be the ultimate adventure. It’s a dream we have each held onto for a long time. When we were lucky enough to find each other and fall in love, we thought starting a family would be pretty easy. Boy, were we wrong. After more than three years of infertility treatments, several painful losses, and too many medical procedures to count, we had to accept that we wouldn’t be able to bring children into this world together. It was devastating. But just like anything else in life, we soon realized that when one door closes, another one opens. For us, that second door was the decision to adopt. We adopted our daughter Zoa when she was born in 2018 and she has been the light of our lives ever since. We know in our hearts there’s another child who is meant to be part of our little family too, and we can’t wait to meet him or her.

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Our Daughter, Zoa

Zoa showed up in our lives without much warning and she has continued to surprise and amaze us ever since! It was a quiet Saturday morning at home when we got the call saying a woman was in labor and had chosen us. We quickly packed some bags, loaded ourselves and our dog Brandy into the car, and drove nearly 18 hours straight to get to the hospital to meet our baby. Zoa captured our hearts the first moment we saw her. Now three years old, she is a social butterfly who loves meeting new people, coloring, singing, playing outdoors, and petting or hugging any animal that will let her. She’s a little daredevil who loves slides (the bigger the better), but she’s also a snuggle-bunny who enjoys cuddling up to read her favorite books together. She loves taking care of her baby doll and she is very excited about becoming a big sister.

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Our Relationship with Zoa's Birth Mother

From the very beginning of Zoa’s life, one of our goals has been to be respectful of her birth mother’s wishes and ensure she feels good about the relationship. Our birth mother told us that she wanted to receive photo updates and have the option for open communication, so we created a privately shared online photo album where we frequently post pictures of Zoa’s day to day life and activities. This gives her control over when and how often she views the pictures. We also texted back and forth pretty often at first, but as our birth mother’s life has evolved so has the frequency of our communication. She knows that we love sharing updates about the wonderful little person she brought into this world and that we are here for her any time. With her permission, we keep a framed picture of her holding Zoa among our other framed family photos and we tell Zoa little stories about how she came into our life.

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Our Lifestyle

Comfortable, active, adventurous, and casual are all ways we would describe our lifestyle. We’re at a point in our lives and careers where we are able to live well, stress less, and make family time our priority. We enjoy getting outdoors, so you will often find us exploring local parks, hiking, biking, or kayaking. We also like to eat, so we’re big fans of trying new recipes at home (we both cook) as well as checking out everything from food trucks to fancy restaurants. Prior to adopting Zoa, some of our adventures together included zip-lining, snorkeling, hang gliding, wine tasting, going to sporting events, camping and glamping (we stayed in a yurt once!), and a fair amount of travel. Now that we have a child, our adventures tend to be a little tamer and more focused on her interests: playgrounds, petting zoos, berry/apple/pumpkin picking, spending time with family and friends. We love to explore and experience new things, so we hope to instill that same passion in our children.

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Families

We are lucky to have a lot of people who care deeply about us and support us in building our family. Our family and friends are very excited that we’ve decided to adopt another child! They all love spoiling our daughter Zoa and can’t wait for her to have a sibling.

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Our Home and Neighborhood

We live in a beautiful newly-built home with a fenced back yard in a very family friendly neighborhood. An elementary school, two parks with playgrounds and a YMCA are all within walking distance of our house. We enjoy getting out for walks along the community bike trail and seeing neighbors walk, jog and bike by. The area behind our property is being preserved as a natural green space, which means we often see deer grazing or drinking from the pond that’s visible from our back deck. We’re in a small community just a few minutes’ drive away from Madison, so we get to enjoy a slower pace of life while taking advantage of everything the city has to offer. Seasonal festivals, college sports, weekly farmers’ markets and lots of outdoor activities give our area a great blend of city life and country charm.

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Our Dog, Brandy

We have a very sweet four-year-old Boxer mix named Brandy who we adopted through a dog rescue organization when she was a puppy. She is an amazing “big sister” to our daughter Zoa! She loves waking Zoa up each morning and she is always there to help us tuck Zoa in at night. Brandy loves to play and cuddle. She is very patient about sharing her toys and letting her “little sister” climb all over her. They are truly best buddies and partners in crime! The two of them together make us laugh every day.

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Traditions

One of the things that’s important to us is sharing meals as a family. We make it a priority to set time aside every day to eat together and talk about whatever is going on in our lives. We also like to celebrate holidays with special meals and treats, so we always have corned beef with colcannon on St. Patrick’s day and we welcome fall with Octoberfest-style bratwurst and potatoes. We enjoy coloring eggs at Easter, watching fireworks on the Fourth of July, carving pumpkins for Halloween, and eating way too much at Thanksgiving. Santa always has a plate of cookies waiting for him at our house (sometimes the reindeer get carrots too) and everyone receives a Christmas stocking full of surprises, even our dog. We tend to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with extended family and we often share other holidays with friends. We’re looking forward to building new traditions together as Zoa and her future sibling grow.

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What We Will Teach

We hope to raise a child who has a brave heart and a gentle soul, who finds joy in life and shares it with others. We will teach our children to love, value, and respect themselves and the world around them. We want to raise them to appreciate the things that make them unique and to feel confident about their place in the world. We also want to raise them to treat others with kindness and feel the warmth of true friendship. We plan to share our love of travel with them so they can experience different cultures, be inspired by nature, and feel gratitude for what they have. We look forward to sharing our hobbies and interests with our children, but even more than that we look forward to helping them find their own passions.

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Cultural Diversity

Over the years we’ve both had the opportunity to get to know people from all different walks of life. We’ve also been fortunate to travel quite a bit both within the U.S. and around the world (cumulatively we have visited more than 25 countries). Along the way, we have developed a sincere appreciation for the things that make people of different cultures and origins unique as well as the things we all share in common as human beings. That perspective is something we hope to share with our children throughout their lives. We look forward to celebrating your child’s identity, story, and heritage while also teaching him or her to do the same for others.

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Our Relationship with You

It’s really important to us to respect your wishes and preferences about openness, communication, and what type of relationship you would want to have with us as a family. We realize that what you want or need might change over time – maybe once or twice, maybe many times. We get that the first few steps might be awkward or difficult or a little shaky. We know that our relationship with you may be completely different from our relationship with Zoa’s birth mother. And all of that is ok. Our hope is that you will talk with us about your preferences so we can work together to come up with a plan that we all feel good about.

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When We Hold Your Child, These Will Be Our Thoughts...

Your courage and selflessness amaze us. To do what you are doing takes incredible strength. We are humbled and honored by your decision to place your baby into our care and we will do everything within our power to give your child the best life possible. Whether or not you choose to be present in this baby’s life going forward, he or she will always know their story started with a very special woman whose love and grace made their existence possible.

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Our Promise to You

We are so thankful that you would consider offering us the privilege of raising your child as our own. Being able to become parents again would mean the world to us and we promise to love your baby every moment of every day.

Message Billy and Megan

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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 Billy and Megan

  • 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!