Married Since: 2010

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We feel that family isn’t always blood, but it is always love. We recognize the magnitude of this potential decision you are making and immensely respect you for considering it.

Michael and Danielle

from Indiana

Michael

Ancestry: German, Dutch, Cherokee

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Vice President

Education: M.Ed.

Hobbies: Technology, Friends, Cooking

Danielle

Ancestry: Serbian, Irish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Stylist

Education: High School

Hobbies: Crafts, Music, Reading, Friends

Baby

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

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

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Dear Expectant Mother,

We hope you are reading this letter with a sense of hope and faith in the wonderful plans God has in store for your life and your baby alike. We are in awe of your strength, courage, and selfless love. We simply cannot fathom the enormity of what is on your mind at this time, but rest assured as you read this letter that should you decide to take this journey with us, you and your baby will forever have a place in our hearts and life. We feel that family isn’t always blood, but it is always love. We recognize the magnitude of this potential decision you are making and immensely respect you for considering it. Please know we have prayed for you and your baby. We will continue to pray that you have clarity in your mind and peace in your heart as you delve deeper into this journey of searching for potential parents for your child. We pray you feel God’s love for you during this time, and know that you are enough, just the way you are. God makes no mistakes.

We are Michael and Danielle. We met 15 years ago on an online dating site and married 5 years later. We are nearing our ten-year marriage mark, and are so excited to celebrate that milestone! We are a very good match. We have the ying and yang thing going on. We are alike in a lot of ways and also different in enough ways that life stays interesting and we are able to see things from a different perspective. We were both raised in very loving homes near grandparents and extended family. We value humility and kindness, put family first, and each have a strong work ethic. We value many other things as well such as education, creativity, faith, and the power of believing in the unique potential and qualities God has instilled in us all! Together we have built a life that has a wonderful flow of careful thought and exciting adventure. We enjoy music very much. We love to go to concerts and also love to just sing together at home or in the car. We can carry a tune and hope our children enjoy music throughout their lives, too. We believe in the power of cultivating deep and meaningful relationships. Michael and I both were raised to have empathy and treat others as we would like to be treated. So, I guess you could say we live by the “golden rule,” and we are raising our children the same way. We believe wholeheartedly that life is not only about working hard to get where you’re going, but how you treat people along the way. We have been loved big throughout our lives and have continued that way of living as we parent our children. We believe less in coincidence and more in our lives being a masterpiece to which God is the artist. All things come together in His time. We feel called to adoption in the hopes to grow our family in a way that opens our hearts even more than we ever knew possible, making a place for you and your baby.

The four of us cannot wait to add another precious gift to our family! Our daughters Elin and Averie cannot wait to become big sisters! We can picture another member of our family at our diner table each evening sharing a home-cooked meal and talking about our days. We would love your child to join us laughing, playing games, walking the dogs, riding bikes, playing with the neighborhood kids, singing and playing the piano, and having family dance parties! We cannot wait to snuggle together on Saturday mornings before we make a big breakfast. We want to swing on the swing set in the backyard, have family dinner with grandparents on Sundays, and make frequent weekend visits to the kids’ maternal Grandparents’ house in Kentucky. We are a very close family of 4, and hopefully will become larger. We truly enjoy our time together! We are a goofy bunch. We love to laugh and be silly! We all love to make people smile and are definitely daily joy seekers! We really enjoy getting the kids together to play with friends! We make snowmen, go ice skating and sledding, and enjoy hot cocoa in the winter. In warmer months, we love to visit the orchard to pick apples, swim, play outside, attend sporting events, go to the beach, have picnics, and stop for ice cream!

When we were first dating we discussed adoption. We both agreed that it was an amazing way to grow a family and we would talk more about it once we started that journey. We were able to have our two biological daughters back to back and that fulfilled our desires to grow our family for a good long while. After roughly five and a half years, we decided to take the leap to add to our family again, God willing. We were blessed to conceive and I was able to carry that precious soul in my womb for 20 weeks but sadly we lost our baby, all four of us did. Our children have done an amazing job of absorbing that information and transforming that hardship into beautiful empathy and even stronger faith. And, an even stronger desire to be big sisters! Since the passing of our sweet son, Silas, we have been unable to conceive naturally. We have done less invasive fertility treatments but our hearts were led to adoption.

We have experienced the unexpected that life can bring, both wonderful and sad, but we know with all of our being that God has big and beautiful plans for each of our lives! And while our story of getting here might be different from yours, we want to convey as sincerely as possible what deep love, respect, and endless compassion we have for you and the decisions you are making. We hope to be a lighthouse in your life during this time. And, perhaps this was all part of a grander plan to lead us to where we are meant to be… right here with you! We believe in the power of connection and that life’s experiences shape us into who we are. We feel deeply that perhaps we are being called to something greater through adoption. We have so much love to give and we thrive on connection and meaningful relationships. We feel our relationship with our child’s biological parent(s) would find its natural place in our lives just the same. With great love for another human being at the center, it seems to us, we would find a rhythm of love and communication that feels good for us all.

“He makes all things beautiful in His time.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11

We cannot wait to experience this next season of love in our lives through adoption!

With All Our Hearts,
Michael, Danielle, Elin, and Averie

Q&A

Do you have any pets?

Yes! We have two family dogs. Stella is a 7-year-old boxer and Sophie is a 1-year-old pug. We adore our fur babies and give them a lot of love and affection! Elin and Averie love to throw the ball for the dogs, take them on walks, snuggle with them, and run and play with them in our yard. Both dogs are amazing with children!

Tell us about your last vacation or day trip.

Our last big vacation was to Disney World! We had a truly magical time! It was amazing to get out of our day to day routine and soak up the time with our children. It truly felt like we could be kids again, too! We loved the time together as a family creating new and special memories. We fell in love with Disney on our first family trip last year! We cannot wait to go back and it would be so much better with a sweet little one in toe! Some of our more frequent fun activities are going to the beach, going to parks, going out to dinner, visiting Chicago for the weekend, and going to nearby zoos. We also take a vacation to Florida to visit Danielle’s paternal grandparents each June. That trip is a wonderfully relaxing getaway filled with quality family time, amazing food, and lots of pool and beach time! We also enjoy visiting the girls' maternal Grandparents in Kentucky. We frequently make the 4-hour drive to spend time and do a fun activity. Most often, we find joy riding around on our golf cart, hosting get-togethers, trying out new recipes, singing and dancing in our great room, watching movies new and old, and playing games as a family.

Tell us about your extended family and friends.

Our daughters’ paternal Grandparents, Aunt, and cousin are local. We see them on a weekly basis and Michael works for his father at the family business. Michael’s mother is very active in our lives and with our children. She loves to come by to play with them or take them out for the afternoon to go to the park or to see a movie. As stated, Danielle’s parents live in Kentucky. Her sister and brother in law live there as well with their three dogs and we all do a great job of making time to see each other as much as possible. We also have an amazing tribe of friends and neighbors that we absolutely consider chosen family. We have a fantastic group of friends, neighbors, and family all praying for you, your baby, and the adoption process as it is unfolding. We have no doubts that when we add another beautiful soul to our family they will be loved and accepted with arms wide open and unimaginable enthusiasm!

What is a holiday like with you and your family?

We go big on holidays! From Christmas to birthdays we go all out! We love traditions! We built a home with a very open floor plan a couple of years ago with the intention of growing our family and hosting holidays to bring our loved ones together! We make the traditional meals, play games, sing songs, and always pray big on holidays! We wear matching family jammies on Christmas and host an ugly sweater themed party each December. Danielle has started baking the girls’ a special birthday cake each year that goes with the “theme” of their birthday party. Michael and I share a birth date, different years, and so the tradition of a big celebration has evolved and grown over the years. Honestly, we just love fun! A holiday is a reason to gather the ones we love and bring joy and that’s what we thrive on!

How would a child enrich your life?

Children are amazing! They take the ordinary and make it extraordinary daily! How beautiful and full of promise this world must be through their eyes. To us, children are a gift straight from heaven. Precious, optimistic, and full of love, children have the ability to brighten even the darkest of times. We feel our lives are richer having children and adding another would be even more so. Our daughters express their desires for another sibling most every day. They play “new baby” with their dolls and are overjoyed when we have talked about bringing home a sibling through adoption! All four of our hearts could burst with love and excitement at the thought.

Do you live in a neighborhood? What is it like?

Our neighborhood is absolutely fantastic! There are roughly 45 homes and nearly 40 children! Each home has a large yard with plenty of room for the children to play! It is common for many families to have golf carts to cruise around the neighborhood and it is great fun! Halloween is a blast in our neighborhood! We have frequent get-togethers with neighbors doing a wide variety of activities. Michael went to school in the township that we live in, and so did one or both parents of many other families in the neighborhood. Michael also taught in the local school. The roots are deep here and so our children are able to interact with these families on such a deeper level. It’s the ideal place to raise a family! We have no doubts that once we bring baby home we will have more love and support then we can even imagine! To say your baby will be loved is an understatement!

Message Michael and Danielle

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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 Michael and Danielle

  • 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!