Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: We love our home! It's a 1920's, 3-bedroom, brick bungalow that has tons of vintage charm that screams, "Us!" We have the luxury to be on a double lot with tons of trees and foliage. Our neighborhood is super diverse. We live near a combined middle/high school (within walking distance). We have young couples, young families with children, some families with middle school age and a few older couples. We live within walking distance of 4 parks and a nearby dog park along with living within walking distance of a cool downtown area that has restaurants and markets that we love to walk to! . We have little book exchanges on 4 corners in the neighborhood where children can borrow books and return them and Amelia loves them! They are maintained by the neighbors and it’s super neat!
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?
A: When we have a 3 day weekend, we love to escape to northern Michigan. We have a family cottage on the lake. We love going out on the boat, relaxing near the water and riding bikes in the summer or relaxing by the fire in the winter. We also, love exploring and hiking in the nearby trails and state parks. Sometimes we drive a couple hours and spend time with family for the long weekend.
Q: Do you have pets? If so tell us about them?
A: Yes! We have an amazing female pit mix rescue dog. We adopted her a little over 6 years ago, just before we were married, and she is a part of our family. She is a huge baby and such a sweetheart and lover! She is incredibly good with children and other dogs. She and Amelia are like two peas in a pod and spend most waking moments together!
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: We will tell our child that their mother was incredibly selfless, brave and strong. We will be sure that our child knows that she loved him/her so very much, she made the hardest decision in the world to put him/her first. We will be sure that our child knows how incredibly thankful we are to her.
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: We are both very much involved in our church which is a non-denominational, Christian church. Mike and I are both leaders in a ministry called Celebrate Recovery. We are very active in our leadership roles and have been for over 6 years. We are also a part of a small group that meets bi/weekly for Bible study etc.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: We have so much love to give and when we first started this journey, we so badly wanted to give our love to a child. Then Amelia entered our world and everything changed. We knew almost instantly we wanted to grow our family due to how much our hearts continued to grow with Amelia. We want to share and give the world to a child and show them the world through our eyes. Both having siblings, we know it will not only enrich our lives but also Amelia’s. Amelia has given us a whole new meaning of what love really is and we want to share that with another child.
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or day trip
A: In the beginning of November we took a weekend trip up north to the family cottage. We went to an
indoor water park, took some long walks, played in the leaves and enjoyed the outdoors!
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: We are both self-employed and are able to adjust our schedules so one of us can be home. Day-to-day
plans include lots of walks, time at the park, play time in our finished lower level that has a kids play room and lots of book reading!
Q: Will you be returning to work? If so, describe your day-care plans.
A: Our 2 ½ year old attends a school 3 days a week that we absolutely love and she adores. She started
attending 2 days a week at 6 months for more social interaction. We would most likely do the same with our next child as Amelia has thrived!
Q: When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?
A: My thoughts are how thankful I am that she felt led to entrust this perfect gift of love to us. So thankful that this courageous woman chose us to love her child and to provide and take care of the most precious gift she could give.