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Mike & Jen
Thank you for reading our profile. We know what a brave and selfless decision you are making, and that being adoptive parents is a beautiful gift that comes with great responsibility. We hope that as you glimpse into our life you will see how much we look forward to this journey with you. We have a strong, loving foundation as a couple and are ready to bring a child into a home filled with kindness, love and support.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
We are definitely a Disney family!
Growing up, both of Jen's great-grandmothers lived in Florida, so visits to them usually included a trip to Walt Disney World. In fact, every time Jen and her mom visit the Magic Kingdom together, they recreate a picture taken in front of the ice cream parlor when she was just 3 years old.
Mike grew up going to Disney almost every year, and once we started dating, his family included Jen in their summer Disney plans. Even now that all of us are adults, we still travel to Disney together every couple of years. Jen and Mike's sisters take girls trips there and have even run the Disney Princess Half Marathon dressed as different Disney princesses.
Some of our favorite times to visit are during Christmas to see the beautiful decorations and during special festivals to try new foods. But our ultimate Disney vacation happened a few summers ago when we traveled as a family to the Disney resort in Hawaii. It offered so many fun activities and Hawaii was one of the most awe-inspiring, beautiful places on this earth.
We like the Disney parks so much because when you are there, you can take a break from your everyday hassles and enjoy the magic. We look forward to being able, as parents, to continue the family tradition of visiting Disney often and making it a part of our child's fond memories—just as it is for us.
Our Leisure Time
We are an active couple who love to spend time outdoors and activities with friends and family. You can find us every weekend taking a stroll up to our local coffee shop to hang out and people-watch. We both enjoy outdoor running, and have each run several half-marathons. Mike is the more serious runner, however, and runs full marathons. We bowl in a league once a week with Mike's best friend and brother, which is really fun. Jen also enjoys golfing in the summer.
We both enjoy reading, and Jen participates in a book club with a small group of friends. Jen also collects cookbooks and loves to try new recipes and use fun new kitchen tools. We are both musically-inclined. Jen has played trumpet since middle school, and also plays a bit of guitar. Mike has been playing guitar since college, and is very talented. Most recently, we've both begun playing ukulele. We also love to see live concerts, theater productions and local musical acts.
Jen enjoys crafting, with scrapbooking and sewing being her favorite activities. She creates a scrapbook for every trip that we take and likes to make Disney-inspired items.
We enjoy traveling together and with family. Each year we plan a trip with Mike's brother and sisters and go somewhere completely new. Wherever we travel, we seek out the things that are special to a certain location, like a popular local food stand or a beautiful natural wonder. Jen enjoys planning trips and researching what these new places have to offer. We look forward to encouraging a child to have curiosity about new places and experiences.
We both volunteer in the community when we are able and we believe that giving of our time not only helps the receiver of our service, but also helps us grow. We hope to share this belief with a child and help them grow into a kind, generous and compassionate adult.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Jen About Mike: Mike is one of the most caring people I know. He always puts the needs and feelings of others before his own. He is very empathetic and uses that empathy to guide his actions when dealing with others. He is incredibly funny, and is great at using laughter to lighten up a tough situation. He works hard to provide for us a great home and fun life experiences, and takes his professional responsibilities seriously. Family is important to Mike, and I have no doubt that he will be an amazing father.
Mike About Jen: Jen makes everyone around her a better person because her positivity and attitude are contagious. She puts family and friends first and always goes out of her way to make time for both of our families. She is very responsible and organized, and puts those skills to work in everything from grocery shopping to planning the annual trips we take each year with our siblings. Jen is extremely smart and ambitious, but also has a great sense of humor. Because she is great at balancing responsibility and fun, she will make a wonderful mother.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is located in a safe, quiet suburb just west of a major metropolitan city in the Midwest. We live in an excellent school district, and our neighborhood is interwoven with walking and biking trails, with two parks within walking distance from the house. The town offers family activities, holiday events, concerts in the park, and movie nights. For hiking and outdoor activities, we have access to many nearby forest preserves, and our town has its own aquatic center. We also enjoy heading in to the city to take advantage of the museums, restaurants, and theatres. We look forward to strolling along the lakefront path with a baby, watching the boats out on the lake.
Our house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, with an open floor plan that keeps us connected no matter what we are doing. We have the perfect room ready to become a nursery, a large basement for indoor play, and a great backyard with room for a playground set. Each year we open our home to our extended family to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays and summer barbecues. We cannot wait to make new memories and traditions in our home with a child!
Our Extended Families
Mike comes from a large family. His parents live close, and we see them often. They are looking forward to being grandparents for the first time. He has two younger sisters and a younger brother, who all live nearby. They will make fun aunties and uncle! We all get together twice a month for dinner and go on a family trip together each year. Mike's parents have a pool, so in the summer there are barbecues and pool parties. We go to the pumpkin farm every Fall with his siblings and celebrate Christmas Day together. Mike has many aunts, uncles and cousins who live in the area, so we have the great luck to be able to see them regularly.
Jen's parents live in the same neighborhood as Mike's, and we are close with them, as well. They are excited to have a new grandchild and are ready for babysitting, trips to the zoo, and vacations together. Jen's brother and his family live nearby, and we have two nieces and a nephew that are excited to have a new cousin! For Christmas Eve, Jen's entire extended family gathers to celebrate. Someone always dresses as Santa Claus to pass out gifts to the kids and the holiday is especially fun because we get to see our family members who live out of state.
All of our family is very supportive of our adoption journey and they can't wait to have a new family member!
From Us to You
We'd first like to thank you for viewing our profile and considering us to be adoptive parents of your child. Our hope is that as you make this courageous decision, you will be comforted by reading about our commitment to raising your child in a compassionate, loving and fun home.
We have not been successful in having a biological child, and having coming to terms with that, we know that adoption is the best way for us to build our family. Know that based on your wishes, we will share your child's progress, life experiences and milestones through photos, emails, letters and keepsakes. We will always be open with your child about their adoption story and you can be sure that they will know how much you care about them and that your incredibly hard decision was born out of love.
We met in 1995 when we were in college and working together for the summer at a local fast food restaurant. We dated for seven years while we finished school, started our careers, and pursued graduate degrees. We were married in 2002, in a beautiful traditional ceremony that brought our relatives together from across the country to celebrate with us.
Mike works as an executive director of finance for a large bank. He will be an incredible role model for a child with his strong work ethic, reasonableness and empathy for others. Jen taught high school and college math for 15 years, and now works for an education company. She understands child development and psychology and will be a great support to a child, especially at times when they are experiencing difficulties at school. Both of us believe in lifelong learning and are committed to presenting your child with superb educational options.
We are excited to share our holiday traditions, love of travel and passion for new experiences with a child. We have been to so many wonderful places and have so much fun together and we want to show this great, big interesting world with a child.
Know that our families value kindness, faith and generosity, and they will help us to pass those values on to your child. Our parents and siblings are extremely excited to have a new member of the family and look forward to spending quality time with a little one. Our home is cozy and always plays host to family and friends. A child will grow up here knowing that they are surrounded by people who have their highest and best interests at heart.
Thank you again for considering us as potential parents for your child. We are ready to take this journey with you and to work together toward a special relationship built on admiration and respect. We commit to you that your child will always know that you loved him or her enough to allow us the chance to love, support and provide for them.
With much gratitude,
Mike & Jen
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