We know that this decision has not been an easy one. But we believe that your decision to create an adoption plan can result in something wonderful.
We would love to walk with you through this pregnancy and create a forever home for your child. It will be a home full of love and full of discovery. Michael cannot help but make an exciting game out of even the most basic activities. Brushing teeth, learning math, walking on the sidewalk — they all become distant planets, or underground cave explorations. Karin will be our child’s champion. There is no better person to have protecting and fighting for our child. Karin has an amazing ability to organize the different needs of those around her. She will also be a place they come for comfort, as she is for everyone she knows.
We will make sure your child gets the best start to prepare him or her for their future, whatever they eventually dream to be. We will work at home to prepare him or her for living their lives as good members of society. We will introduce them to ethics, and belief systems, and encourage them to investigate what makes sense to them.
Above all, we promise that your child will always know that they are loved unconditionally, that they have a family and a home, and that they have people surrounding them on whom they can rely today and throughout their future. We will always be open with your child about his or her history and where they came from. We will try and explore those pieces of them that are unique, and, should you desire, we would welcome an open adoption, where you might always have a place in your child’s life.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for reading this and for considering us for this journey. We are grateful and humbled beyond words.
IT ALL STARTED WHEN…
We met 15 years ago in Vienna, Austria. We still disagree about the date - but we do agree that it was fate.
Neither of us were supposed to be there that night. Michael was supposed to leave the country three months later. It was not the ideal time to fall in love. But we couldn’t help it. We fell. We fell as we lost ourselves in each other and in the streets of Vienna, as Karin explored her homeland through Michael’s eyes while Michael learned the unwritten history of his host country. We spent an incredible three months together, which came to an abrupt end when Michael had to return to Minnesota. We decided to try for long distance. Really, there was no alternative—there was no chance we were letting each other go, even after such a short time together. This was it for us. We navigated the choppy waters of a new relationship spent on separate continents and found that the challenges only strengthened us. After three years, Michael asked Karin to marry him and we decided to move to Vienna. It was intended to be a permanent move, but the universe had something else in store including stops in Iowa, Chile and our current home New York City.
We got married in a 600-year-old church in Karin’s hometown in Austria. People came from far and wide, including Michael’s 80-year-old grandmother from El Salvador who described Vienna as “the other side of the world.” That night we celebrated with our guests in a converted stable with traditional food and wine, untraditional music (including a Mariachi Band), and lots of smiles, laughter and love.
We have had lots of adventures over the last 15 years, and we confirm every day that our instincts were right during those first three months in Vienna—this was it. This was right. This is love. We decided very early on in our relationship that we wanted to adopt children. We’re more than ready for this adventure. And that’s why we’re here.