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Donny & Emily

We are so grateful to you for taking the time to read our profile! Family is our number one priority. We have so much love in our lives, and a deep desire to share that love with a child. We long to watch a child learn and grow through laughter, love, and new experiences. We hope that you will consider entrusting us to provide your child a lifetime of love, support, and opportunity.

About Us

Software Engineer
Preschool Teacher
Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering
Bachelor's Degree in Human Ecology
Legally Married

What it Means to Become Parents

Family Christmas Picture

We would be so excited to grow our family through adoption. We always knew that we wanted to be parents, and have looked forward to sharing our lives and providing guidance, love, and experiences with a child. We anticipate the joy of sharing the milestones and moments in our child's life as we watch them grow into a wonderful and unique individual.

Enjoying a Visit With Our Niece

Donny is very active and would love to share his love of sports and fitness with a child, or just be silly and spend time playing together. Emily would be so excited to share life's little moments as a mom – from bedtime stories, to trips to the zoo, or coloring and playing together at home! We would be so grateful to grow our family and be allowed an opportunity to create new traditions and memories with your child!

Addressing Cultural Diversity

We have a strong desire to teach good values, respect, and kindness for others.  We hope to raise a child who is confident in themselves and proud of their heritage and culture.  We will provide support and encourage positive relationships and role models that encourage our child’s understanding of their own culture, as well as provide learning opportunities which allow an understanding and acceptance of the background and culture of others.  Our experiences through family, friends, and work have allowed us to learn and grow in our understanding of the challenges that may arise when raising any child, regardless of cultural background, race, or disability, and feel confident in our ability to support our child as we answer questions and encourage them to embrace our differences and how they make us special.

Our Leisure Time

Having Fun With Dinner & a Sunset

In our free time we enjoy spending time together. We love being outside as much as possible, and enjoy rollerblading on the path near our house, playing in the yard with our dog Obie, or just talking outside on our deck. We have so much fun playing yard games or board games together, and love setting aside time for game nights! When we can't be outside, we bring our game nights inside, or spend time together relaxing with one of our favorite shows, movies, or video games.

Donny has a competitive spirit, and enjoys participating in recreation softball and volleyball, as well as cheering on his favorite teams - the Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates! Emily is an avid reader, and has an artistic flair. She enjoys preparing crafts to share with her preschool classroom, and is often busy baking or working on do-it-yourself home improvement projects.



Family Vacation!
Family Vacation!
A Wonderful Trip to Cinque Terre, Italy
A Wonderful Trip to Cinque Terre, Italy
Silly Traditions With Donny's Family
Silly Traditions With Donny's Family
Ready to Cheer on the Steelers!
Ready to Cheer on the Steelers!
Decorating Cookies
Decorating Cookies
Snorkling for Shells
Snorkling for Shells
Apple Picking at the Apple Orchard Near Our House!
Apple Picking at the Apple Orchard Near Our House!
A Fun Visit with Emily's Family
A Fun Visit with Emily's Family
Carving Pumpkins for Halloween!
Carving Pumpkins for Halloween!
Donny Loves Playing With Our Niece!
Donny Loves Playing With Our Niece!
Playing Cards with the Family
Playing Cards with the Family
Backyard Fun with Obie
Backyard Fun with Obie
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Family Vacation!
Family Vacation!
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A Wonderful Trip to Cinque Terre, Italy
A Wonderful Trip to Cinque Terre, Italy
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Silly Traditions With Donny's Family
Silly Traditions With Donny's Family
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Ready to Cheer on the Steelers!
Ready to Cheer on the Steelers!
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Decorating Cookies
Decorating Cookies
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Snorkling for Shells
Snorkling for Shells
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Apple Picking at the Apple Orchard Near Our House!
Apple Picking at the Apple Orchard Near Our House!
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A Fun Visit with Emily's Family
A Fun Visit with Emily's Family
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Carving Pumpkins for Halloween!
Carving Pumpkins for Halloween!
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Donny Loves Playing With Our Niece!
Donny Loves Playing With Our Niece!
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Playing Cards with the Family
Playing Cards with the Family
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Backyard Fun with Obie
Backyard Fun with Obie

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a suburban neighborhood in Iowa. We love our community and are sure that it would provide wonderful opportunities for a child to thrive and grow. We live in a four-bedroom house on a street with many families and children, with ample space both indoors and out to spend time together as a family. We especially enjoy spending time on the back deck watching our beloved pup Obie play in the fenced yard, or relaxing together in our finished basement. Neighborhood children are frequently found playing outside and riding bikes on our street.

We enjoy visiting with our neighbors at backyard barbecues, and especially love Halloween when kids come from all over to trick-or-treat on our road – even Obie joins in, wearing his own costume as he greets the children at the door!

We enjoy being close to libraries, parks, playgrounds, and walking paths. There is a nearby path that leads to a playground and splash pad, which is one of our favorite places to walk! Our community has many great festivals and activities for us to enjoy, all within a few minutes of our home. During the summer months we enjoy time at the local minor league baseball and hockey games, as well as our amazing community farmers market. We would be grateful to be able to share these experiences with a child!

Our Extended Families

Family Picture Time

Our family relationships are very important to us. Although they do not live nearby, our families on both sides are our closest friends and greatest supporters. We enjoy visiting with them for holidays, birthdays, and special events – or just for fun! Whether we are visiting at our home, travel to see them, or meeting to vacation together in a new location, we always enjoy our adventures and time together.

Fun at a Family Reunion

When we get together with our families we enjoy talking, laughing, and playing games. We both come from large families, as we each have three siblings. We also have two nephews and one niece. When we get together with Donny's family, we enjoy cooking, visiting, and spending time playing board and yard games. We especially love getting to spend time outside on Donny's parent's large property, walking with the dogs or playing in the yard with our nephews and niece. We also enjoy getting together with Emily's family to play cards, catch up around a fire, unwind with a movie, or explore a new city. We are always looking for a new activity to try with each visit, such as trips to the Washington DC and Baltimore zoos, exploring new sites in Iowa and Maryland, or staying home to work on a new craft or home improvement project together!

Our families are very supportive of our adoption journey. They would be so excited to watch our family grow and welcome a new child into the family!

From Us to You

Hello! We admire the strength and courage it takes to consider adoption, and recognize that it is the love that you have for your child that has brought you here. We are so grateful to you for taking the time to look at our profile and hope you consider us for the next step in this journey.

We met in college. We have been together for ten years and have been married for six. We have found our best friend and greatest supporter in each other. We have made so many treasured memories and look forward to a lifetime of love, laughter, and adventure. We always knew that we had a strong desire to become parents. Early in our marriage we found that having a biological child was a struggle for us, but feel blessed that these struggles have now brought us here to our journey through adoption. We have unconditional love to share with a child and would like to share this in raising a child to be confident in themselves, in their background, and in their adoption story.

Emily is a preschool teacher and has a true passion for her job, the same passion she would love to share with a child as a mom. She loves getting to spend each day with her class planning new activities and helping them learn through new experiences. She loves getting down on their level and making learning fun. There is no greater moment than watching the proud look on a child's face when they try something new for the first time or overcome a challenge. Donny is a software engineer working in the aerospace industry. He loves the challenges and flexibility that his job provides. He is extremely laid back and fun-loving and so excited to contemplate sharing his love of life with a child.

We have both had so many amazing opportunities to share our lives and experiences with children. Donny is part a very large extended family, being the oldest of 23 grandchildren, and has enjoyed very close relationships with his cousins. Emily has been employed working with children since high school, and has thoroughly enjoyed getting to spend each day helping them learn. We would be blessed to welcome a child into our lives, and being allowed to apply our experiences as parents.

We both have a desire to be active and outdoors, and would love to share this with a child. We enjoy taking trips and exploring new places, as well as spending time together at home playing games, making dinner, or just relaxing and talking. Those little moments mean so much to us, as we feel that spending time together helps to build a strong relationship. We live in a great community that has been known for providing a safe and family friendly environment, with many fun events and festivals that will provide a child with a safe space to learn and grow while we create new family traditions.

We are very family-oriented and close with our extended families. Our families are very supportive and excited about our decision to adopt. We have always received so much love and support during our lifetimes and our adoption journey is no different! Our families would be so excited to welcome a new member to the family, and would be actively involved in our adoptive child's life.

We understand that you have a difficult decision. If we were blessed with adoption we would welcome, if desired by you, to send pictures, letters, and e-mails documenting growth, milestones, and daily successes. We want to raise a child that is proud of their adoption story and understands the love that it takes to make the decision to share their child through adoption.

Thank you so much for considering us, and we wish you peace as you make the best decision for your child and yourself.

Donny & Emily


Vince Vaughn
Zac Efron
Amy Poehler
Anna Kendrick
Sugar Glider
Nicholas Sparks
Safe Haven
Candy Bar
Milky Way
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Penguins of Madagascar
Penguins of Madagascar
Childhood Memory
"Camping Out" in the living room
Campfires with my Family
Childhood Toy
Hockey Net
Children's Book
Hop on Pop
The Pout Pout Fish
Yellow and Sea Foam Green
Day of Week
Ice Cream
Disney Movie
Beauty and the Beast
Dream Car
BMW Convertible Z4
Dream Job
Baseball Player
Stay at Home Mom
Dream Vacation
Family Activity
Game Night
Game Night
Flower / Plant
Blackberry Bush
Chicken Wings
Chicken Wings
Form of Exercise
Video Games
Fourth of July
Holiday Song
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
O Holy Night and anything Pentatonix Christmas
Holiday Tradition
Baking Christmas Cookies
Fourth of July Fireworks
Ice Cream
Peanut Butter Cup
Mint Chip
Junk Food
Potato Chips
Pickle Chips
Leisure Activity
Video Games
Memory with Spouse
Swimming with wild dolphins
Swimming with wild dolphins in Hawaii
Old School
The Greatest Showman
Movie Munchie
Cheesy Popcorn
Butter Popcorn
Movie Type
Romantic Comedy
Nursery Rhyme
Down by the Bay
Olympic Event
Quality about my Spouse
Emily's patience
Donny's positive attitude.
"Start each day with a grateful heart"
Granite City
Granite City
Spicy Italian
Italian Sub
Shopping Store
Best Buy
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Hockey and Football
Sports Star
Sidney Crosby
Sidney Crosby
Sports Team
Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Michigan
Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Ohio State Buckeyes
Subject in School
Thing to Cook
Smoked Ribs
TV Show
TV Show Character
Michael Scott
Type of Music
Vacation Spot
Video Game

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