Brian and Angela

Married Since: 2010

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Please know that we promise to care and love your child every day for the rest of our lives. We will show your child the world and help them explore what life has to offer them. We hope for an open adoption where you choose how much involvement you have in your child’s life.

Brian and Angela

from Illinois

 

Brian

Ancestry: Irish, Polish, English

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Computer Technician

Education: BS

Hobbies: DIY home projects, Golf, Softball

Angela

Ancestry: Irish, English

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Registered Nurse

Education: MBA

Hobbies: Sports, Puzzles, Spending time with family

Baby

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

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

We are Angela and Brian along with Daisy, our eight-year-old “puppy” boxer-mix. We hope this letter finds you well and that the morning sickness has subsided. We cannot imagine what you are going through right now and you must be feeling a flood of emotions from contemplating this lifelong decision. We hope that this letter gives you a snapshot into our lives and we cannot wait to meet you, if that is what you decide.

Angela is a registered nurse who works in an operating room. She helps patients when they are at their most vulnerable and scared. She is the one to hold their hand when they go to sleep and the first to hold it when they wake up. She has a caring, nurturing soul that will make her a wonderful mother. Brian is a computer engineer who loves to help others. When he is not at work, he is working around the house on DIY projects, lawn maintenance, or helping to fix a family member’s computer. He is a loving person who cannot wait to be a father. He looks forward to teaching your child about sports, learning to fix things, and showing them the world through travel. He will be an amazing father.

When we are not working, we are spending time together on projects around the house, maintaining our rental property, spending time with family and friends, or playing with our dog Daisy. Both of us come from large families. Angela has fourteen aunts and uncles with over 29 cousins who have started families of their own. Brian is one of five children from his father, but an only child to his mother. Both his parents had large families and he also has over 20 cousins who also have started their own families. Needless to say, family get-togethers are large and full of laughter.

We love to travel and try to get away often. We reserve one trip a year as a vacation to a place where we have never been. Most of our trips are to visit family throughout the country. Family is very important to us and getting to see them is a great way to make everlasting memories. We always knew we wanted a family from the moment we started dating. After going through four miscarriages and failed IVF attempts, we decided adoption was our next step. We want to have a child who we can show and teach about the world. We want them to explore and learn what life has to offer them.

Please know that we promise to care and love your child every day for the rest of our lives. We want to have an open adoption where you choose how much you would like to be involved in your child’s life. We understand that placing a child for adoption is one of the toughest decisions that anyone could make. We also see it as one of the most selfless gifts anyone could give and we would eternally grateful for this opportunity.

Lovingly,
Angela & Brian

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About Us

We are the friendly couple next door who are always willing to lend a helping hand. We enjoy joking around with each other and having fun. We like to work on do-it-yourself home projects together. We have installed a new kitchen hardwood floor, a bathroom closet, and completed a built-in bookshelf/fireplace mantel project. We look forward to bigger home projects in our future. We feel there is no task too large to accomplish as long as we are working on it together. Angela thinks she is the muscle of the pair, but we know Brian is the brawn. We love watching and playing sports together. We play 16-inch softball on Tuesday nights and play golf on the weekends when we can. When we aren’t playing, we go to sporting events throughout the year. We love cheering on the Chicago Cubs at baseball games or the Bears at football games. We love sports. When we are enjoying quiet time, Angela likes working on puzzles. She can sometimes convince Brian to sit down and find a few pieces from time to time. We also enjoy traveling. Most of our trips are to visit with family, but we have been able to visit a few destinations that we have really enjoyed. We have gone on a European cruise that stopped in Spain, France, and Italy. We have visited Ireland, Mexico, along with multiple domestic locations. We hope we can share all of these experiences with your child someday.

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About Brian

The first thing that I noticed about Brian when we first met was his love of life. He always has a smile on his face and tries to make others around him laugh. He cares about others and will be the first to volunteer if you need help moving, IT computer help, or help with any project around the house. His friendly personality always has him joking with strangers or chatting with random people when we are traveling or even at the grocery store. He is very friendly and outgoing.

Brian has been my rock through good times and bad. He helped me grieve the loss of my mother three years ago. He supported me and was my biggest cheerleader when I decided to go back to school to become a nurse, and then further when I went back to get my dual Master’s degree. He is always available to help me or others that are in need.

Brian is very helpful around the house with cooking and cleaning. He LOVES to play in the snow and snowblow the walkways. He even drives the snowblower down the sidewalks for our elderly neighbors so that they are safe in the wintertime. Fall is his favorite time of the year because it is football season. If we aren’t watching football at home, we are at a friend’s house and he is helping to teach their kids about sports. I cannot wait for him to be a father so I can watch him coach a child in anything they put their mind towards. He is an amazing person and I love him dearly.

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About Angela

Angela is my hero and our love story almost never happened. Angela is from a little town in Washington north of Portland, Oregon. Angela made a life-altering decision; drive 2,000 miles across the country to Illinois after she graduated from college. Did she move to Illinois for me? No, it was for another guy. But lucky for me, things did not work out and she decided to move into a house with me, a single guy who had a dog. Her parents were really questioning her decisions right about then. I was looking for roommates and Angela was my first roommate. Other roommates moved in shortly after and we all hung out together quite often. Angela and I had developed a special bond during this time. Since she was not from the area, I would bring her to all my family events, holidays, birthdays, and other celebrations. We became quite close but we just thought of each other as friends. It took almost 9 months before I would recognize that she was perfect for me. Other than her being 3 inches taller than I am, she liked my family and they really liked her, she liked sports, and she got along with all my friends. So in early 2008, we started dating. I finally got to meet her family back in Washington and we got along really well. Angela has a younger brother Kyle and they are very close. Her mother and father were not together anymore but I had no problems bonding with all of them. In 2009, I decided to ask Angela to marry me but first I had to get her parents’ permission. We made a trip out to Washington and I approached both her mother and father separately, but they both had the same response “No returns”. I laughed and to this day we still laugh about it. Angela comes from a large extended family very similar to mine. Both her mom and dad are 1 of 6 children and there are a lot of aunts, uncles, and cousins. I think that is one reason we have the same ideas about family, the more the merrier.

After we got married Angela decided to go back to school and become a nurse. I think it was one of her best decisions. She started as an Operating Nurse right after graduation, which was very rare at the time. After working for a couple of years, Angela decided to go to grad school and get a Master’s in Nursing and a Master’s in Business Administration. Someday she hopes to be in an upper management position. While in her final semester of grad school we bought our house and moved to the suburbs. It was a happy time for both of us, but Angela’s mom had been diagnosed with cancer and would not make it to the end of 2017. Life is not always perfect, it threw us a nasty curveball but Angela has been a rock. This is why I think she will be a great mother. She has life lessons that will help your child grow and succeed to become the best they can be. That is how I define a hero.

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

We both have large families that spend a lot of time together. Since the day we started dating, we knew we wanted a family of our own. After we got married and Angela finished nursing school, we started trying for our first child. After a year, we finally got pregnant. We were both ecstatic. We started to download books on what to expect and tried to learn as much as we could about being parents. A few days into the pregnancy, Angela started to experience complications and a month later we had our first miscarriage. We had two other miscarriages before a fertility specialist would see us. Since we were getting pregnant roughly once a year, we couldn’t be diagnosed with “infertility”. Once we finally saw a fertility specialist, we tried intrauterine insemination (IUI), which lead to another miscarriage, our fourth to date. Finally, we tried IVF. After months of drugs and rounds of tests, one egg of the 24 harvested was successfully fertilized. We had it tested and it was determined to have multiple genetic abnormalities and would not survive past the first month. It was at this time that we knew we had tried everything we could to conceive on our own. We want to grow our family so we are hoping to adopt. Coming from large families full of different personalities, we know that our love for a child will be unconditional, whether they are biologically ours or not.

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Our Lifestyle

If we had to choose one word to describe our lifestyle it would be “social.” When we are not working, we are spending quality time with family and friends. That could mean softball on Tuesday nights, BBQ on a weekend, or providing technical support or health advice to those who need it. We love to host our family and friends for weekend BBQs. Brian tries hard on the grill while Angela makes a killer pasta salad along with all the fixin’s. We host our family every Thanksgiving. We often cram 30-40 people in our house to enjoy great food and excellent stories. Everyone is always welcome and even with 2 turkeys, there are never any leftovers. Both of us like to help people. Angela is a surgical nurse by trade and in this profession, she is able to care for and advocate for individuals undergoing surgery. In her field of work, she takes care of anyone between the ages of 6 months to 100 years old. Brian, on the other hand, works with computers and is often called upon for his technical skills by anybody who has his phone number. This can be anything computer-related as well as audiovisual issues. Entertaining and helping others bring joy to our lives.

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Our Dog, Daisy

For the last eight years, we have been lucky enough to have our dog Daisy in our lives. We adopted Daisy, a boxer mix, when she was eight weeks old. She was a puppy sleeping in the middle of all her rough housing siblings. She is a calm, friendly, and playful dog who is great with kids. Daisy loves belly rubs and playing with her tennis ball. She loves to be outside, especially when Brian is mowing the lawn. Daisy will drop the ball right in front of the mower’s path so Brian has to stop and throw it for her. If we are outside doing yard work or shoveling snow, we often find Daisy close by trying to get one of us to throw her the ball. If a neighbor is walking by with their dog Daisy will bypass their animal and head straight for the human to say hello. When Daisy is given the chance, she loves playing with children. We often discuss with our friends, who will get tired first? Daisy or their child who is throwing the ball for her. Daisy enjoys long walks and our neighbors have volunteered to walk her because she is so friendly. On those occasions when we are out of town and Daisy cannot come with us, Daisy stays with family. They are always trying to keep her or exchange her for their pets. Daisy has been known to steal mom’s warm fuzzy blanket in the wintertime or suddenly become a 65-pound cuddly lapdog. Daisy will make an amazing protector and handout plenty of kisses to your child.

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Our Home and Neighborhood

We live in a split-level home that is in a quiet neighborhood with a highly rated school district located in the suburbs. Our neighborhood has been voted in the top 10 for safety, public schools, diversity, and good for families. We live walking distance from a grade school that has a park, multiple playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a baseball diamond. There are lots of sidewalks to go for family walks with our dog and say hello to our neighbors. Our house has a nice deck and large backyard, which is great for playing catch or Frisbee with our dog Daisy and socializing with our family and friends.

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Our Families

Both of us have large extended families. Angela has a younger brother named Kyle who she is very close with and Brian is an only child to his mother but has four half-siblings; Monica, Judy, Brittany, and Bobby. Angela’s parents are both one of six siblings. Growing up with twelve aunts and uncles made Angela’s cousins feel more like her siblings. Angela’s aunts and uncles live throughout the United States and we spend one or two long weekends each year traveling to visit them. Brian was born and raised in Illinois. His mother was also one of six children and they all live in Illinois, too. We spend our weekends in the summer with family celebrating birthdays, graduations, and summer get-togethers. Brian’s mother Judy currently lives with us and we enjoy the stories of her growing up in the city and how it has changed over time. Judy, who is the matriarch of the family, loves to spoil all of her nieces and nephews, she is really excited to one day be a grandmother. Family is a big part of our life and we want to share our love for family with your child.

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Our Traditions

One tradition that we cherish every year is the passing of the oplatek on Christmas Eve. Oplatek is a thin, wafer that is broken between two individuals to symbolize forgiveness and love between one and another. It is also a way of wishing each family member health, happiness, and prosperity for the new year to come. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ. For our family, it is a celebration of a new beginning. This is why the oplatek is so special. We understand that our family may have differences throughout the year, but when we come together as a family, we know we can forgive each other and that we will always have the love of family with us throughout the year. Another tradition in Angela’s family is monthly birthday celebrations. There is at least one family member’s birthday for each month of the year. The birthday celebrations are a time to catch up and see how everyone is doing along with eating good food and CAKE! Although we don’t get the chance to be there to celebrate every month, we go whenever we can. It is a special time to catch up with the family.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to love, provide for, and protect your child. We want to provide as many opportunities to explore the world with life’s adventures. We promise to teach your child right from wrong. We will give them a sense of love and family. We promise to keep you as updated as you want and respect your wishes for raising your child. Once they become part of our family, they will experience unconditional love and understand that no matter what they do or who they become, they will be treasured for their entire life. Your child will be taught to love and respect themselves as much as they love and respect others, giving them a strong sense of self-worth. They will appreciate all that this life will give them. As parents, we will instill in them that hard work and perseverance are the foundation to living a successful life.

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