Greg & Stephanie

Father

Occupation: Professor
Education: Doctoral Degree – Economics
Religion: Lutheran
Age: 39
Interest: Baseball, tennis, gardening, biking, reading, collecting sports memorabilia

Mother

Occupation: Professor
Education: Doctoral Degree – Sociology
Religion: Lutheran
Age: 39
Interest: Cooking, spending time with family & friends, exercise, reading, Disney & amusement parks

 

Couple

Married: 17 Years
Biological Children: 1
Adopted Children: 0
Pets: Dogs

Dear Expecting Mother,

Thank you for asking to view our family profile!  We would love the chance to get to know you better and in person, but for now, here are a few things about us.

Our family is Stephanie (mom), Greg (dad), and Sam (age 6).  We want you to know how much we admire you, and your courage and strength in choosing life for your child.  We also want to thank you for considering adoption.  We know that this is not an easy decision to make, and we know how much you love your child to consider this option.  If you decide that our family is the right family for your child, we will honor you and the beautiful choice you made for your child; they will always know about the sacrifices you made for them and, if you want, they will know and love you too!

If you decide to place your child in our care, you will bless us with an incredible gift: a son or daughter for us to love, nurture, spoil a little, and be committed to for the rest of our lives.

Our family has a lot of love to give.  Greg and I met in college, about twenty years ago.  Don’t worry, we’re not as old as we sound!  J  We quickly became best friends and got married in our early 20’s.  After all this time, we still love spending time together and making each other laugh.  We have a lot of common interests, and even have the same job – teachers at a local University.

We have a six year old, Sam, who is simply awesome!  He is an energetic, loving, and action-packed kid who loves fun activities.  So, we spend a lot of time at playgrounds, museums, amusement parks, and the YMCA.  At home, we enjoy family meals, pajama movie nights, gardening in our backyard, swimming in our neighborhood pool, riding bikes, and playing basketball.  Recently, Sam joined a basketball league, so we’ve been watching basketball.  Boomer Sooner and Thunder Up!    

We are very fortunate that our jobs offer plenty of flexibility, so we’re able to make Sam (and his future brother or sister) our top priority.  We structure our schedule so that we teach on opposite days of the week.  This allows us to be there for Sam, whether that’s chaperoning school field trips or staying home if he is sick.  When we expand our family, we plan to use that flexibility to be at home with our new son or daughter as much as possible!

Our family loves to travel.  We visit extended family in Ohio twice a year, and usually take at least one other vacation to a place Sam is excited about.  This past year that meant Disney World (Sam loves Buzz Lightyear and Star Wars)!  Due to our jobs, we often get a chance to travel to other interesting places.  Last summer, we had the chance to visit London, England.  This summer, there is the possibility of traveling to Hawaii.  We’re always up for an adventure.  J

Our journey to having Sam was a difficult one that involved years of struggling with infertility.  Even before we faced those challenges, we thought a lot about adoption.  Pursuing adoption with Deaconess is fulfilling two long held dreams: expanding our family and doing so through adoption.  We have started talking with Sam about becoming a big brother.  He is so excited!  He is always telling us what he’s going to teach the baby and what toys he wants to share with his new brother or sister.  He often wonders aloud when God will “bring our baby.”  Patience is not always easy when you’re excited about something, but we know that when the time is right, he or she will be a new part of our family.  

We want you to know that as partners and parents, we are all in. If you choose us to be adoptive parents for your child, we will be deeply committed to your child for the rest of our lives.  We know that everyone faces difficulty in life, but we believe that family provides the foundation to weather life’s storms.  Family is forever.  If you choose our family for your child, we hope that you will allow your child to know you closely and for as long as you want.  However, if you envision a different relationship with your child, we respect that choice as well.  Whatever you decide is right for you and your child, we promise you will be able to see how much they are loved, nurtured, and growing.  We want to give you the situation that is most comfortable for you.

Thank you for giving us the chance to tell you about our family.  It would be an amazing blessing for us to be able to meet you and bring your child into our family.  Whether you choose our family, a different one, or decide to parent, you are a hero for giving your child the gift of life.  We pray that God gives you peace as you go through this journey, and that he will bless and keep you and your child in his safety.

With love,

Stephanie, Greg, and Sam