Nickname: Greg and Jess

Married Since: 2018

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Your child will be cherished and taught what it means to love and be loved. Your child will know how you made an incredibly courageous and difficult decision, and how you loved them first.

Gregory and Jessica

from Minnesota

Gregory

Ancestry: Eastern European

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Research Scientist

Education: PhD

Hobbies: Golf, Cooking, Playing with the dog

Jessica

Ancestry: German

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Nurse Practitioner

Education: DNP

Hobbies: Crafts, Quilting, Music

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

Favorites

Gregory

Animal
Dog
Color
Green
Family Acitivty
Playing with Pete
Food
Steak
Hobby
Studying Economics and Philosophy
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Leisure Activity
Hiking with the dog
Personal Hero
My dad
Quote
Anything worth doing it worth doing right
Subject in School
Physiology
TV Show
Golf tournaments
Vacation
Door County / Wisconsin Dells

Jessica

Animal
Otter
Color
Navy blue
Family Activity
Hiking
Food
Chocolate
Hobby
Crafting
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure Activity
Hiking with the dog
Personal Hero
My grandma
Quote
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." ~Dalai Lama
Subject in School
Biology
TV Show
Will & Grace
Vacation Spot
Florida
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

We want you to know that as parents we are all in. We will be there for the fun and exciting, learning to ride a bike, preschool graduations, band recitals, and soccer games, as well as the tantrums, listening to baby shark playing for hours on-end, self-inflicted bad haircuts, the break ups, the parent-teacher conferences, and emotional teenage years. We look forward to every minute.

We cannot begin to fathom your thoughts and emotions right now. Please know that we see you, we care for you, and think of you often. You are incredibly courageous, and we respect the decisions you make for yourself and your child.

Jess’s nephew was welcomed to our family through adoption. Since that time we knew adoption was how we wanted to grow our family. He has grown up with the understanding that he was first loved by his mother, who picked out his parents to care for him and love him. Your child will know that you loved them first, and how generous and courageous you are.

We were both raised to appreciate the importance of family. We spend time together each day, sharing our triumphs and hardships and offering support to each other. Your child will enjoy nightly family dinners, family game nights, and weekends spent having fun and learning together. Your child will be surrounded by love and support. They will be welcomed with open arms, and hearts.

We will help them to explore their interests whatever they are, music, sports, science, construction, or crafting. We will help them to find the resources they need to help them learn and grow. We look forward to summers spent exploring the outdoors with neighborhood friends, seeing who can make the best s’more, and learning how to make water rockets, and winters spent with snow ball fights, building snowmen, and contemplating the best way to make hot chocolate.

Your child will be cherished, and taught what it means to love and be loved. Your child will know how you made an incredibly courageous and difficult decision, and how you loved them first. We admire you and respect the decisions you are making for yourself and your child.

With love & respect,
Greg & Jess

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

We have known since we initially started dating that we wanted adoption to be part of how we grew our family. Our nephew was welcomed to our family through adoption. He has grown up with the understanding that he was loved first by his mother, who hand-picked his parents for him, to care for him and love him. To us, family is so much more than a group of people. Family is where you can go for love and support, family is where you can share your burdens and celebrate your successes, and family is what helps you develop your character.

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About Greg

Greg is a unique mixture of laid back and analytical. He makes it a point to be grateful, and laugh daily; his laugh is infectious! He is very family-oriented and would do anything for friends or family. He especially enjoys cooking for others and is a perfectionist when it comes to grilling. He also loves to teach, and enjoys passing on his expertise and skill, almost as much as he loves learning. He is incredibly caring when it comes to friends, family, and animals. He has long been considered the “fun uncle” by the nieces and nephews, the one that is always up for a water balloon fight, and will without a doubt be the dad that initiates prank wars and teaches them how to build the most epic snow forts.

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About Jess

Jess is a very kind and giving individual who is always trying to help people. She pays great attention to detail and to the feelings of others. She is a hard worker and is very persistent. She is very affectionate, caring, and loyal. She is known to send a random text or email of encouragement and inspiration and is great at cheering people up when they are down. She loves spending time with her nieces and nephews reading books and doing puzzles. She would make a great mom because she shows unconditional love for her family and friends and will do anything she can to help them.

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Our Sweet Pete

We adopted our dog, Pete, in 2018. He is a Jack-Rat terrier. A majority of our favorite pastimes involve Pete. We enjoy taking him for walks and rollerblading, exploring local state parks, and going for car rides. Pete loves to play and get the zoomies; he also enjoys snuggling on the couch and getting belly rubs. He enjoys squeaky stuffed animals and playing tug-of-war. He loves treats like carrots and especially peanut butter. Pete is also very gentle and good with kids. When around our niece and nephews he will play with them and let them hold and pet him.

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Our Home and Neighborhood

Our home is a 3-bedroom, 4-bath, ranch-style house in a quiet neighborhood of our city, which is rated in the top 25 places to live in the country. The house is very spacious with room for a child to play, and a backyard to explore. The area is quiet and safe. Everyone tends to look out for one another. In the winter, neighbors will pitch in to help shovel driveways and sidewalks, or help a stranded driver.

There are many children in our neighborhood, and seemingly ceaseless activity in our cul-de-sac. On any given summer night there may be a pickup game of whiffle ball, a make-shift race track or a game of basketball. In the winter the focus is on sledding and building snowmen or forts. There are several parks and playgrounds in our neighborhood and there is a walking path nearby that goes through the entire city.

The floor plan to our home is quite open. The basement is the designated play area and is within ear shot of the kitchen, living room and dining room. The nursery is right across the hall from the master bedroom, and is decorated in neutral tones. Continuing the family tradition Jess will make a quilt that is unique to your child for them to cherish throughout childhood, as she has for all the nieces and nephews in the family.

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Our Family and Friends

We are very close with both sides of our family. We are fortunate to have supportive parents, siblings and close friends who are as excited as we are about our starting a family. Holidays are always spent with family from one side, or both, with the occasional close friend or coworker.

Jess’ parents live in town, so we often have Sunday evening family dinners together. We enjoy working on home projects with them, then having a relaxing evening on our deck. Papa (Jess’s dad) can’t wait to have water balloon fights in the yard, play catch, frisbee, and go to baseball games. Gram (Jess’s mom) will make certain they know “when mom says no, ask Gram”. She has already laid claim to the first sleep over and Disney movie night.

We frequently make trips back to Milwaukee to visit Greg’s family, as well as Jess’ childhood friend and her family. We also enjoy hosting and entertaining family and friends.
Grandpa (Greg’s dad) will most certainly teach them the finer points of golf, and will ensure they have a club in their hands by the time they learn to walk. Grandma (Greg’s mom) can’t wait to spend time with them in the kitchen – making delicious baked goods and meals!

Our last trip was to visit Jess’s parents in Florida. We try to make this trip every year, often as a long weekend, to take a break from the long Minnesota winter. While there, we spent plenty of time at the pool and visited the Gulf of Mexico. We enjoy taking in the sites and enjoy going to the Twins’ spring training games. We even went paddling with the Manatees.

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Our Lifestyle

We have our own inside jokes and lighten things up with a little nerdy humor, a dad joke, or a funny YouTube videos.

When we were engaged we wrote each other letters. Greg, being the scientist, wrote a letter titled “Blind squirrel finds nut: A Case Study” which outlined our early relationship according to the scientific method. We have turned this into a family tradition, each year our Christmas letter is a “study” (we use this term VERY loosely) on our year, previous years have included surviving obedience school with Pete (Nubbin’ Tail dog goes to school), the patterns of canine zooms when quarantining, and “Pete’s hierarchy of needs” outlining the basic needs and desires of our dog Pete, according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Yes, we are those people.

We also enjoy preparing meals together, especially ones involving firing up the grill. Physical and mental fitness are important, so we eat well and try to stay active. Our dog, Pete, helps us with this as he is always wanting to go on a long walk, or chase around the house. Both of us like to work out or do yoga during the week. You can also find us trying to solve the daily Wordle while winding down at night. Greg loves golfing, and can be found on the golf course or driving range when the weather is nice. Jess enjoys tinkering in the garden, and working on home improvement projects when time allows. While we are active most of the time, we recognize that it is good to rest, recharge and just enjoy life.

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On a Typical 3-Day Weekend

We enjoy relaxing and spending time together. We often use our long weekends to travel to see family and friends, whether it is visiting Jess’s brother and his family, or going to Wisconsin to visit Greg’s family, we do our best to fit in quality time with the ones we love. Often, this entails grilling, playing games, water parks or hiking.

If we are unable to get away for a long weekend, we can likely be found spending an afternoon hiking at a local state park with our dog and trying a new recipe on the grill. In the evenings in the summer we will likely have the fire-pit going. Sometimes, we spend time with Jess’ family for a day-long get together or do a home project.

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Family Traditions

We enjoy eating dinner as a family every evening. This typically starts with a prayer of thanksgiving, and is followed by each of us talking about what we are most grateful for that day. We typically get together with either side of the family for holidays. These gatherings typically involve LOTS of delicious food, games, laughter and love. If we are in Milwaukee, Greg’s mom typically does the cooking for the holidays, and has her specialties like duck with dressing and French silk pie. As we and our siblings have have gotten older, we have become more involved in meal preparation and try new things, so we are developing our own traditions. Greg’s family also likes to play Catch Phrase and other fun games after the meal. When spending a holiday with Jess’ family, the whole family participates in meal preparation, and then there is time spent playing with nieces and nephews. Each summer, there is a big family get together at a Twins game. We also try to visit Jess’ parents in Fort Meyers each winter. While we are there we enjoy the weather and outdoor activities like golf and a spring training ballgame.

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Vacations

Our last trip was to visit Jess’s parents in Florida. We try to make this trip every year, often as a long weekend, to take a break from the long Minnesota winter. While there, we spent plenty of time at the pool and visited the Gulf of Mexico. We enjoy taking in the sites and enjoy going to the Twins’ Spring training games. We even went paddling with the Manatees.

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Ethnic and Cultural Diversity

If there are celebrations, foods, or other aspects of your culture that you hold dear, we will incorporate those into your child’s life. We look forward to introducing them to their background and culture. We will teach them that it is part of their story, and encourage them to embrace it. We will help them explore role models that have the same ties, and encourage them to discover and establish their identity. We promise to initiate conversations and welcome questions they have about their identity.

We have the honor of being surrounded by diversity in our community. We have both developed friendships through our roommates, classmates and work colleagues throughout the years. It isn’t unusual to get together with friends from work and realize that we are the only people that were born or raised in the United States. In fact, there have been times when every continent was represented at a small social gathering (with the exception of Antarctica of course). This has afforded us a variety of rich experiences and a sincere respect and appreciation for diversity and different cultures. We have shared holidays with friends from India, celebrated Mass with a friend from Italy, and learned how make recipes from Ethiopia, Ghana and India from friends from these countries.

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How a Child will Enrich Our Lives and What we will Teach Them

A child will multiply the joy, love and happiness that we currently share. They will remind us of the magic in the little things and the wonder of the universe around us. They will remind us of the importance of patience and the beauty of the simple things in life. We will enjoy passing on the wisdom and knowledge we both have accumulated through our lives. Eventually, we will enjoy activities together, like hiking, sporting events or playtime with Pete. We look forward to sharing life events and accomplishments with your child whether that is their first steps or words, scoring the winning goal, or celebrating a first job.

We will teach your child the importance of family, faith, perseverance and hard work. We will teach them how to love generously, and how one kind act can ripple around the world. We will teach them that a grateful heart can make even the worst of days more bearable. We will teach them to use their individual talents to the best of their ability, and to respect the rights of others. We will teach them to think as an individual, and to recognize their emotions. We will teach them that failure is okay and to keep trying until they succeed.

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Our Careers

Jess – I have dreamt of working in health care since I was in first grade. I have been blessed to be able to see that dream come in to fruition. I have had the opportunity to work as a nurse in the ICU setting and over the past several years have been working in family medicine as a nurse practitioner. Every day I have the honor of helping people take steps to improve their health.

Greg – My parents recognized my skills in math and science and encouraged me to go into engineering at a great school in Milwaukee. I enjoy problem solving, and implementing this into reality. I was a successful researcher in graduate school, and continue to do this in my career as a research scientist. I also enjoy teaching and demonstrating to students, so I did a bit of teaching after graduate school. In my current job, I often support/lead challenging and interesting projects, and get to present at conferences. I constantly meet new and talented people in my field.

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Our Thoughts About You and What We will Tell Your Child

Your child will know that you loved them first. They will know how incredibly strong, courageous, and generous you are. They will know that they are loved and respected. They will never doubt your love for them.

When we picture ourselves holding your precious baby, we are filled with immense and overwhelming gratitude for you. When thinking of these intimate and serene moments with your child, we are overcome with love for you. The courage you have and the gift you gave will never be forgotten, and will always be cherished.

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