Seven years ago we met at the rock climbing gym. Michael was the co-founder of a tech startup and Ronie was just retiring from mountain bike racing and we met through a big group of friends. We spent our time climbing, hiking, snowboarding and biking and traveling.
One fall weekend we went camping in Telluride, Colorado to see a concert and found out how much we love live music together, so we started seeing tons of live music and made a lot of friends all over the country.
Two years later on a surprise trip to New York, Michael proposed at a concert during one of our favorite songs!
We have been seeing a lot of jazz and funk music since then together, dancing any chance we get. We love feeling the groove and enjoy being with so many people who are having a good time.
Michael has a great job with an app design company, and Ronie owns a health coaching business and teaches nutrition, fitness, and meditation. We have really solid jobs with great flexibility which allows for opportunities to still travel and see music and friends.
We are close to our family and friends in Chicago, California, and Boston who are all very supportive of our decision to adopt, including possibly a multiracial family. Ronie is from a mixed family with cousins who are black, and with her being Christian and Michael being Jewish, we feel we will be good at navigating life and guiding a kiddo who might be of a different race or have biological parents of a different religion or ethnicity.
We have taken parenting classes and training on working through situations as an adoptive family, so we feel well equipped when our child faces any adversity in school or out in the world. We are really open people and accepting without judgement and hope to instill those values into our child.
We celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah and are spiritual and believe in God. We pray for strength and protection for our friends and family, especially if we are ever having a hard time or fighting. We don't really fight a lot but sometimes we have a hard time just sharing space. Ronie grew up as an only child so is used to being a little messy and leaving her things around, and Michael has a brother so likes to have his own place for things and is super tidy and clean, so it creates a little bit of an issue sometimes but we try to just be respectful of each other's way of doing things.
Michael's family is very open-minded and supportive, and Ronie's best friend is her mom so she gets unconditional support and love.
We imagine spending the days with our child reading and playing and are looking forward to fun weekends at the beach and hanging out together doing family stuff like cooking and watching movies and joking around.
We love to travel and are excited to offer that to our child and travel to Europe and Australia so they (and we) can see the world!
We have a nice cozy apartment that is on the top floor and full of sunshine. We enjoy cooking healthy foods and visiting the gardens and parks in our neighborhood. There are many great elementary schools around.
Some days we just spend time together reading and watching movies and eating homemade pizza or watching sports. Michael loves to tell jokes and thinks he's pretty funny so there's a lot of eye rolling that goes on...
(Written by Michael)
Ronie loves to help everyone be happy and healthy. She is always making healthy food and staying active. She loves to ride bikes and dance. She takes the best care of me and always puts family first and has a kind and loving heart.
Ronie is so excited to spend time making healthy baby foods for our little one and reading them stories.
She is planning to stay at home as a mom. She loves her job so might want to continue and maybe work part time, but she knows how busy it will be to have a kiddo so is prepared for that, too.
Ronie loves dogs and hopes our child grows up and wants to get a dog so I finally have to say YES!
(Written by Ronie)
Michael really loves life and I am so excited to see him to be dad (although I feel like he already is because he tells so many "dad" jokes ;)
He has a deep curiosity of how to make the world a better place and fun to be around even though he comes off as a little serious and intellectual.
He likes history, world events, technology and sports. His favorite team, The Chicago Cubs, won the World Series last year and he went back to Chicago to watch the game with his brother, dad and uncle. He's really into hockey, too. I watch games with him but usually end up falling asleep..unless it's one of my favorite players on the Chicago Cubs, Javier Biaz or Anthony Rizzo!!
He is especially excited to teach our child about the world and that there are all different types of people and to not judge or be critical and give people a chance.