We first met 9 years ago when we were introduced by Michelle's sister. Although our journey began as friends it wasn't long before we started dating. We quickly learned how much we had in common and knew we were meant to be together. After about 2 years of dating, Brent proposed and we were married on June 7, 2014.
We both come from families with older siblings who all have kids and are excited to expand our family through adoption. We have lots of fun family traditions we will share and expand upon with our little one (see photos to get a closer glimpse!)
Our friends & family tell us we have an abundance of love in our personalities and skills to share with a child. Before pursing private adoption we were foster parents. Although we were unable to find a permanent placement through the foster care system, we loved every minute of being foster parents. This experience affirmed to us that adoption is the right path for us! We are hopeful for an open adoption as we currently have an open relationship with our former foster child and his grandma. We see the immense benefits, but are also open to having the type of relationship that makes you most comfortable, whether that is open, semi-open, or closed. We believe that is your decision to make. We also would like you to know that we cannot begin to imagine what a difficult decision this must be, and we want to wish you all the strength, courage, and hope as you go through this process.
We live in a quiet & safe neighborhood in Central New York. We purchased our home over 5 years ago and have enjoyed renovating it ever since. It is a warm & cozy space both inside & out. We have a large fenced in backyard with a swing set, large sand box, and lots of room to run and play.
Friends and family are always welcome and we love hosting get togethers and holidays throughout the year. We are excited to share our love of the outdoors & time with family with our future child.
Our neighborhood is peaceful and child-friendly with a park and playground we walk to often. Our community has many local libraries, parks, beaches, a splash park, and other child friendly activities such as museums, local bounce houses, and zoos.
Making s'mores in the backyard and camping out is one of our favorite things to do!
What Michelle has to say:
"Brent will be an amazing dad! He is always ready for adventure & makes life fun. He is patient, thoughtful, kind & loyal. He is never afraid to get down on the floor & play. Brent is active & loves sports. He can often be found enjoying the outdoors. He is smart & loves to create & build things. I know that he will support & love our future kids through all the moments of life."
Occupation: Structural Engineer
Favorite show: Seinfeld
Favorite food: Pizza & Chocolate
Favorite place: Anywhere outside
Can't live without: Fantasy Football
Best day: Any day I spend with my wife & family
What Brent has to say:
"Michelle will be an amazing mom! She loves kids, is creative & has been waiting eagerly for many years to have kids. Michelle loves throwing parties, baking, crafting, photography, and being outside. Michelle is strong, warm, compassionate, and is never afraid to try new things. People around her love her sense of humor & authenticity. Michelle is deeply committed to her family & I know she will always sacrifice, love, and care for our future children."
Occupation: Marriage & Family Therapist
Favorite show: This is Us & Gilmore Girls
Favorite food: Lobster
Can't live without: My Family & My Camera
Best Day: Hanging out with food, family & friends