We would like to begin by expressing our immense admiration for the strength it takes on your behalf to form an adoption plan for your child. It requires equal parts courage and selflessness. To that sentiment, we would be honored to be considered as the family for your little one.
The path that led us to adoption has been full of beautiful challenges. We read a Chinese Proverb once that says: "The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all". Isn't that true? How we navigate the tough parts of life really has the opportunity to lead to the wildly unexpected beauty!
We have been married for 8 years now. After struggling to start a family on our own naturally, we arrived at the realization that adoption has always been part of our path. Growing up, we both had friends and family members who were part of the adoption process in some form. We have also helped support several of our friends through their own adoption journey! So despite our own struggles and challenges, we have a deep and honest sense of peace with our decision to adopt. We hope that you are able to enjoy a similar sense of peace as you form your adoption plan and begin considering families for your child.
We are thrilled to be welcoming a little one into our home, lives and family.
A recent Brewers game. Ashlee won tickets! Check out our photo bomber!
Ashlee and her sister prepping their brother for his wedding.
Ashlee's niece loves to do her hair. It's not painful at all.
Ashlee and her siblings at the Back to School Prom.
Celebrating being the first 2 voters in our ward!
Who We Are
Even though we were acquaintances and worked service jobs across the street from one another for a couple of years, we officially met through a mutual friend on Travis' 21st birthday. From there, we courted each other as good friends for another year––sending mail back and forth while Ashlee taught 3rd grade in another city. Ashlee eventually moved closer while Travis wrapped up his video and animation college degree. Friendship transitioned into a relationship and we were married four years later. Throughout this time, we began to create lifelong traditions and bonds within our families and friend groups. We have cultivated the beginning to our own family in a myriad of ways: biking through the city and out onto the bike trails, packing up the car to camp for a long weekend at one of the nearby state parks, finding vocal harmonies in the songs we write and play together and making sure to share homemade meals each evening. These things, coupled with our passions that led to our careers, have naturally revealed to us that we want to share all these joys and adventures with our own kids! Our families and friends are all ecstatic that we are navigating this adoption process path together!
Over the past weekend, we got to enjoy a balance of productivity and fun. The weather here in Wisconsin was finally cooperative enough for us to complete our front porch makeover! After sanding, scrubbing and priming we were able to repaint it. While this endeavor consumed a large part of our Saturday, we were still be to sneak away while the second coat of paint was drying and enjoy a Brewers game that Ashlee won tickets to. It was a great game!
Afterwards, we had a relaxing campfire and a much needed early bed time! Sunday, we headed to church and enjoyed a challenging message that gave us plenty to talk about while getting coffee at our favorite neighborhood spot. On Sunday afternoon, we took a long walk along the lake and talked more about our hopes and visions for our expanding family. We are trying to remain mindful of embracing our weekends in this way-a balance of project completion and relaxation.
We had a great Memorial Day weekend this year. It felt a bit like everyone had finally come out of their winter hibernation this weekend-man! On Friday evening, we went to see our friends play some live music at a local venue that we love. It was great to see so many of our friends and their families. On Saturday, we took a long bike ride along Lake Michigan and had a cook out with friends. We also planted some flowers in our backyard: lilacs, sunflowers and other wildflowers. Sunday, we woke early for coffee and church. Afterwards, we had some friends and their almost 3-year-old daughter over for brunch. Travis made some pretty incredible pancakes! We took another bike ride with Ashlee’s brother-22 miles this time! In the evening, we had our first campfire of the year. The neighbor boys came over and we reminisced about our favorite memories of last summer. The top contenders were: the time we played “toilet tag”, making s’mores using Reese’s peanut butter cups, and the time we set up the tent in the backyard! The neighbor boys are 12, 9 and 7 and it was awesome hearing all their memories of the times we’ve spent together. Monday was a rainy day so we worked on some in-home projects and Ashlee made a spice cake that filled the home with a pretty incredible aroma! Throughout the weekend, we kept talking about how we can’t wait to share all these experiences with our children.
Thank You for Visiting Our Adoption Profile
We want to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.
We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.