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 and are excited to expand our own family. We are very close to family and love spending time together regularly with aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. Everyone is anxiously awaiting and supportive of our hope to welcome a little one into our family. We have lots of fun family traditions we will share and expand upon with our little one.
We have always desired to have children both through natural conception and adoption. We decided to begin our journey to parenthood through natural conception, but were met with challenges. After 3 years of unsuccessful fertility treatments, we decided to take steps towards becoming foster/adoptive parents in hopes of building our family. In December 2016 we welcomed a 12 month old boy into our home. He was with us for 10 months and then went to live with his grandma. Although we were unable to adopt him we are blessed that he is still actively involved in our lives. Our desire to be parents continues to motivate and encourage us forward.
Our fostering experience was both wonderful and heartbreaking, as it did not end in a permanent placement. This experience showed us that, emotionally, we could no longer emotionally pursue the foster care system- so we decided to come here. We are both hopeful and excited to welcome a child into our home and hearts through adoption.
It is our hope that as you consider adoption, that you will be able to find peace in the decision that you make. We want you to know that we are 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, 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 including a splash park, and other child friendly activities such as museums, local bounce houses, zoos, and lakes. We look forward to taking our future child to all fun community events and places!
What Michelle has to say:
"Brent will be an amazing dad! He is always ready to play & 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 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 & will always sacrifice, love, and care for her 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