Dear Expectant Mother,
We are Greg and Marissa and we are so thankful that you have
taken the time to learn about us. We admire your strength and selflessness as
you consider adoption for your child.
Our story started back in 2009 when we met each other
through mutual friends. We started off as just friends, but after some
persistence on Greg’s part, we realized that we were meant to be in a
relationship. Marissa was drawn to the way Greg could always make her laugh.
From telling funny jokes to shaving his head in a mohawk, he always tries to
put a smile on her face and keep her calm when times get stressful. Greg loves
how Marissa can keep him grounded and focused. She pushed him to finish school
and get his master’s and work towards additional licenses for his job. We
complement each other so well and are strong in areas that the other is weak.
After some time in Florida, we decided to move to the Midwest because we felt
it was a great place to start a family. We got married in 2013 in a beautiful
outdoor Fall ceremony surrounded by friends and family and have continued to
grow together in our careers, relationship, and by far, the best growth has
been adding to our family.
Our son, Connor, was born in June 2017. It is so fun to
watch him grow and learn. Being parents has been the greatest blessing
and we can’t wait to share our love with another child. We also have two dogs
that we consider our “fur children” that are now in their golden years. Gizmo
is a mixed-breed, rescue dog. Henry is a black lab. Both dogs have done very
well around Connor and we know they will love another new brother or sister.
Greg was born and raised in Iowa. His dad, step-mom,
brothers, and sister still live there and are about three hours away. Some of
Greg’s fondest childhood memories were made in Iowa. Catching monster bluegills
on farm ponds with his brother (even after his brother dropped his phone in the
pond), running bank poles for catfish on the Rock River, and watching a
baseball game with family at John O’Donnell Stadium. To this day, Greg still
loves to hunt and fish and be outside and knows that the best part about these
activities isn’t the activity itself, it’s about spending time with family and
friends and making memories. Something that Greg can’t wait to do with his
Marissa was born and raised in Florida. Her parents and
sister’s family still live in Florida but we talk with them often and we are
able to visit them every few months. Marissa is extremely close with her
family. Her sister is her best friend and was her partner in crime growing up.
Her parents are her biggest cheerleaders and support system. Whether it was
school, extra circular activities, or relationships, she always knew that her family
was there for her. Her parents and sister helped shape her into who she
is today and it’s the type of relationship she wants to make sure her children
feel as well.
We both come from very loving and supportive families and we
want to instill that closeness into the family that we build. We believe
that family is the foundation of your life. Whether it’s grilling out or
sitting around the bonfire and roasting marshmallows, family time is always the
best time. Greg’s mom and step-dad live very close to us and we see them almost
every weekend. They love spending time with Connor and are excited for another
grandchild to spoil.
Most importantly, we want you to know that we will love your
child unconditionally. As they grow we will provide them with endless amounts
of support and guidance. We will fill our home with happiness, fun, and
laughter and raise your child to enjoy life to the fullest.
We know this decision isn’t easy for you. We are
thrilled with the prospect of bringing a new life into our home and we would be
honored and blessed if you chose us to be the parents to your child.
Greg & Marissa