Nickname: Mike and Phyllisa

Married Since: 2021

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

There is no way for us to know what you are going through, but please know we care about, empathize with, and respect you and your decision. Please remember that you are a strong person and you are making the right choice, whatever that choice may be.

Michael and Phyllisa

from Wisconsin

Michael

Ancestry: German

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Executive

Education: MBA

Hobbies: Boating, Golf, Football

Phyllisa

Ancestry: German

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Study Assistant

Education: B.S.

Hobbies: Boating, Running, Snowboarding, Being a mom

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Michael

Childhood Memory
Summer corn roast with Dad
Family Activity
Boating
Hobby
Golf
Holiday
Christmas
Movie
Christmas Vacation
Quote
"Tear down this wall" ~ Ronald Regan
Personal Hero
My father
Subject in School
Math
TV Show
Modern Family
Music
Coldplay

Phyllisa

Childhood Memory
Camping with family
Family Activity
Beach vacations
Hobby
Running
Holiday
Christmas
Movie
Pretty Woman
Quote
"Every good and perfect gift is from above" James 1:17
Personal Hero
My mother
Subject in School
Geography
TV Show
Schitt's Creek
Music
Maroon 5
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and our children, it means the world. We know this is a very difficult and emotional time in your life, but we want to be here for you if you need extra support. Though this may be the hardest decision you may ever had to make, try to feel comfort in knowing that this may also be the happiest time as well. It’s a decision you can come to feel content with as you begin to understand how much unconditional love we have to give your child, and not just from us but from our two sweet, silly children as well. We will be sure to always honor you and raise your child to be proud of you and their adoption story. We admire your strength and selflessness in this journey.

What we can reassure your child will have now, and in the future, is emotional and financial support, a safe and stable home, a good education, and endless opportunities. Most of all, adoptive parents who will give them a life full of endless amounts of love and siblings who are over the moon excited to care for their new sibling. We will do everything we can to encourage their hopes and dreams.

There is no way for us to know what you are going through, but please know we care about, empathize with, and respect you and your decision. Please remember that you are a strong person and you are making the right choice, whatever that choice may be. We are very excited to meet you and get to know more about you. We are so thankful and feel blessed that you would consider us to raise your child.

Love,
Mike, Phyllisa, Ava & Bryce

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About Mike

Mike is my prince charming. We were set up by a mutual friend who just thought we were both wonderful, kind people who deserved to find that special someone. I remember seeing him for the first time. We met for dinner, I was nervous, but when I saw him I felt comfortable and calm enough that I actually sat next to him instead of across from him. We both love that story and reminisce about it often when we go back to our first date restaurant. He is the most loving, selfless man who I am so lucky to call my husband. There isn’t a day where he doesn’t show me and our kids how much we are loved, and I know your baby will feel that as well. He takes over when I need a break, cooks dinner, and is constantly teaching us new things. He makes me laugh at least 10 times a day, he works hard for us. I couldn’t imagine spending my life without him by my side. I love Mike more every day.

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About Phyllisa

I have been very blessed to have Phyllisa in my life. She is an incredibly caring, loving, supportive person. As a parent, she is a tremendous role model for both our children. Every day she invests time in doing something special with or for the kids. She is very outgoing, easy to connect with, and everyone enjoys her company. Her heart and her soul are her most beautiful features. As Phyllisa said in the previous section, we were set up by a mutual friend and I am forever grateful for that. She has done a great job turning our house into a home (we purchased a new home together in April 2020) and it is a very comfortable place for everyone to be. We have also developed very strong friendships with a number of families (many from the boating community) which Phyllisa initiated early on.

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Our Kids

Our Ava is an amazing little girl; at just ten years old she has a heart of gold. She is kind, responsible, and respectful. She loves school, summer camp, animals, sushi, ice cream, reading, making bracelets and most of all being a big sister. She is beyond excited to have another sibling to love. In her free time, you can find her playing tag or hide and seek with Bryce and the neighborhood kids, dancing, singing, doing cartwheels, or playing Roblox. She told us she would love to have a baby in the house, and will help with feedings, changing diapers and anything Baby needs. She will be a protector and a great role model for any child we are lucky to raise.

Our Bryce is the sweetest little nine-year-old boy you would ever meet, his kindness is contagious. Soft spoken at first, but once he is comfortable it does not take long for his spunky, fun side to come out. He loves hanging out with Ava and our neighborhood kids (who seem to always gravitate to our yard), telling jokes, building Legos, playing family games, jumping on the trampoline, being silly, and playing Roblox. Bryce told us he is most excited to have a baby brother or sister to snuggle with as much as they can. He will be the brother who will teach your child everything they need to know about Legos and superheroes.

Why We are Choosing to Adopt

We have always dreamed of growing our family and having at least 4 children. Careers get in the way and before you know it your children are 9 and 10. We are not getting any younger and unfortunately had a miscarriage last year. That was extremely difficult, we were 11 weeks along. Our kids took it pretty hard too, as they were very excited for a new baby. We decided we would start the adoption process at that point. Hopefully we will be blessed with a baby one way or another. Adoption has always been an important piece to our story from day one, however. We both talked about it from early on and what it would mean to us to adopt. We have so much love to give and have seen so much happiness as a result from adoption. Phyllisa’s best friend from kindergarten just adopted a baby and it has been their dream come true. Also, her best friend from college has an adopted sister and their bond is unbelievable.

Our Relationship with You

We are open to whatever relationship you are comfortable with. We will always share with your child as they grow up how they came to be ours and the respect we have for you to have made this very difficult choice. Our plan is to be honest from day one. We think that will make it easier for your child to understand the situation and in the future, they will be grateful for knowing all along. We would be happy having visits with you and share photos and phone calls too. We won’t pressure you, but would love for you to be a very special part of your child’s life.

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Our Home

We live in a very safe and beautiful neighborhood, about 17 minutes away from Grandma! There are so many children around that at any given time you look outside you will see them riding scooters, blowing bubbles and rolling down the hills on their tummies, there’s always someone to play with. Our backyard runs into our neighbors’ backyard (they have three little girls), so the kids pretty much have double the yard to run around in. They have a swing set, and we have a trampoline, so we all share everything. There’s always a game of hide and seek or tag happening. Every fall we have our annual corn roast and Mike grills corn for all our neighbors. It’s so much fun for the whole neighborhood.

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Our Sweet Kitties

We are a cat family for sure! We love our fur babies soooo much! We have a white Siamese girl cat named Coco Mya, she is shy and always hides form the kids, but adores Mike. Skooter is our Fluffy boy ragamuffin cat, if you just look at him, he starts purring. He is Ava’s shadow, follows her around and sleeps with her every night. He will also sit on anyone’s lap that will let him. He is the best boy – so loving. The kids can do anything to him and he’s okay with it, including dressing him up or letting Barbie dolls ride him. Padme is our youngest cat. She was a rescue and loves to eat, eat, eat. We like to call her Chubby Love. She just learned how to meow and isn’t a fan of being held, but will let you pick her up. She is Bryce’s snuggle buddy. They are each so sweet in their own way. Cats will always be a part of our home.

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Our Family and Friends

Grandma Suzy is a very big part of our lives. She is Phyllisa’s mom, recently retired, and is the kind of grandma that every child wishes to have. She is so loving, spoils the kids with attention and little “grandma surprises,” and, most importantly, is willing to drop everything any second you need her. We also have many aunts, uncles, and cousins nearby. Our niece Brya (13) and nephew Colter (11) are over a lot playing and getting into mischief with the kids. We love them like our own.

When it comes to our friends, we have multiple groups. Our boating friends are at the marina where we keep our boat; we spend a lot of the summer there as it has a huge outdoor pool the kids enjoy and an indoor pool for cooler days. We sleep on the boat a lot, explore local beaches, fish off the dock, make s’mores and read stories around the campfire. We even traveled across Lake Michigan last summer! In our boating circle there are 8 families and a total of 16 kids of all ages, it’s a blast and everyone watches out for all the children. Every summer we seem to add on a new family or two to the crew. It’s basically our summertime family. We also have our long-time friends who we enjoy traveling with and dinners out or fun weekends at home. Mike has a great group of work friends who Phyllisa has become close with. We hang out with often, with or without kids. Mike likes to golf with the guys and cookout. Phyllisa likes to go for runs with girlfriends, go shopping, or have movie nights. On Thursdays, our friends’ daughter, Bella, comes over for games and dinner. We call Bella our Thursday night daughter.

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Our Lifestyle

We work hard and play hard. Mike runs a paper company; it’s a very demanding job. Phyllisa has worked in clinical research for the last eight years, but plans on being a stay-at-home parent if we are blessed with another child. When work is done, we enjoy every moment with the kids. They keep us young! Our family togetherness time includes playing outside, riding bikes, boating, family dinners, visiting aquariums and zoos, gatherings with friends and neighbors, playing ping-pong, swimming, arcades, Legos, walks, playing with the cats, game nights, waterparks, and the list goes on. We stay very busy as a family but also enjoy quiet movie nights at home.

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About Us

We have a great deal of love and respect for each other. Even though it took us a little longer than expected to find each other, we both can attest to it being well worth the wait. We take the time to talk every night before bed about our day and what we are feeling. We have a date night almost every Wednesday where we can reconnect without the kids making the plans. We enjoy walks together in our neighborhood in the evenings while the kids ride bikes or scooters. We complement each other well and never take for granted our time together. We cannot imagine our lives without each other. Raising our children together is our priority and the best gift we have been blessed with.

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Our Personalities

Some of the words I would use to describe Mike’s personality include, devoted, generous, funny, loving, and driven. He is the kind of man who has a little bit of everything going for him. He always puts loved ones first and is respected by all who know him. He is also very smart and driven in life and his career. He has a way of bringing out the best in the people around him. When he wants something done, he makes it happen, and I’m talking within hours. Yet when it comes to the kids, he has great patience and is soft spoken. His devotion to me and the children is the most impressive part.

Phyllisa can be described as outgoing, compassionate, selfless, loving, inclusive, and motherly. She always puts the children (and me) first, which is so appreciated. The neighbor children feel free to stop over any time we are home and hang out with our kids or our cats… and Phyllisa always makes them feel welcome! She has the purest heart, which is the primary reason I fell in love with her in the first place.

Racial and Cultural Diversity

We both love to travel and immerse ourselves into other cultures and ways of living. We have lifelong friends from all over the world. We find culture interesting and fun; we love sharing our culture as well. Between us, we have visited 4 out of the 7 continents and loved every minute of it. Our dream is to share many life experiences with our kids and teach them about different races and cultures. We take at least one family vacation each year that supports this.

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Family Traditions

We have a tradition for almost every holiday; we love any reason to celebrate. We love seeing the magic in the kids’ eyes when the elf on the shelf comes at Christmas time, the night we put the tree up. Or after the Easter bunny hides their baskets on Easter morning leaving behind a trail of jellybeans. We always decorate Christmas cookies, color Easter eggs, carve pumpkins, and decorate the house for birthdays. We have a very open floor plan in our home, making it easy to be together and to host parties. We always do a Christmas gathering and wear our matching Christmas pajamas. We just recently started hosting Thanksgiving and Phyllisa cooked the turkey! It turned out amazing. We let the kids pick their birthday themes on their special days. Phyllisa’s brother “Uncle Sam” throws a 4th of July cookout since he is Uncle Sam and he wears the Uncle Sam hat too. It’s a magical hat! We have a “Summer Opener” party every summer with our boating friends where we get little gifts for all the kids like matching jammies they can wear on the boat or a glow stick to run around with or new floaties for the pool.

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Vacations

We love vacations and try to go on a few every year if possible. Travel is something we all enjoy and get excited to plan each upcoming trip. Last year we explored North Carolina, Nashville, Florida, Michigan, and the Virgin Islands. We do a week vacation with the kids every year to a place the family can all agree on. In the past it’s been San Diego to see the ocean, Chicago to visit Lego Land and the American Girl doll store, Bahamas to swim with the dolphins, and Atlanta to see the aquarium. Phyllisa and Ava usually do a girls’ trip to Florida every year to visit friends and leave the boys home to do boy things. We also do some traveling together with Mike as he goes to New York, North Carolina or Florida for work and make long weekends out of it as we are able. We can never get enough of showing our children the world.

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Our Hobbies

We have many hobbies we enjoy together including boating, golfing, taking walks, going to concerts, playing pool, movie nights, cooking and traveling. Our last vacation together was Palm Beach, Florida in February. We also have many separate hobbies which we think is a good thing too. Mike enjoys going to the driving range, guys’ nights with his best friend Cliff, listening to music, travel, football (he’s a huge Packer fan), and tasks around the house. Phyllisa enjoys running, kayaking, paddle boarding, bike rides, snowboarding, girls’ days, shopping and travel. As a family our hobbies are swimming, boating, game nights, and campfires. Pretty much anything outside.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to you that you will never have to worry about your child or regret your decision. Your child will be so loved by so many people. We will make sure they grow up knowing how much you love them too. We vow to speak of you often. Your child will grow up in a home full of love, laughter and stability. We promise to teach your child to be strong, compassionate, and confident every day. We will always listen and hug a lot! We are very open with our kids, and any conversation is welcomed. We will also be open to any requests you have, for you have given us the most precious gift any family could ask for.

Message Michael and Phyllisa

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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 Phyllisa

  • 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!