We met when Kyle was home from graduate school, visiting his best friend over winter break. His friend happened to live one block away from Danny. We hit it off immediately, and even though the first 10 months of our relationship were long distance, we knew we had something special. When Kyle graduated, he took a job in Wisconsin and Danny quickly followed. After dating for 5 years, buying a home, and building a life together, we got married. We had our dream wedding on a warm beach in Punta Cana with 40 of our closest friends and family there to celebrate. We were blessed to have so much love and support, highlighted by having both our parents walk us down the sandy aisle.
Our home is nestled in the heart of a large city on Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. We enjoy spending time on the beach or walking the many trails and parks. Our neighborhood is diverse and welcoming, with a playground, park, and elementary school less than a block away. We know many young families in the area and our child would have numerous opportunities to make lifelong friends. We love being walking distance to local shops, restaurants, theaters, and museums. We live in 4-bedroom, single family home full of historic character. One of the best features of our home is the large fenced-in backyard, where our dogs (and future child) can run around and play. We have two younger cats and two older dogs. The cats are looking forward to lots of baby snuggles, while the dogs can’t wait to help clean up all the dropped baby food. They are great with our friends’ kids and are looking forward to having a new human sibling of their own.
Kyle is an anesthetist at a local hospital. He has the tough job of ensuring a patient’s comfort and safety during surgical procedures. Kyle loves to learn new things every day, and also loves to teach others. He volunteered as a mentor for a high school student in a college readiness program, and teaches anesthesia students doing clinical rotations as a part of his daily job. Kyle’s love of learning is infectious and he can’t wait to spread this enthusiasm to his own child. He hopes our child is curious about the world, and never afraid to ask tough questions (even when we don’t know how to answer). Kyle looks forward to reading our child a bedtime story each night, just like his own dad did.
Danny is a Director at a local youth serving non-profit, overseeing the volunteer program. The best part of his day is interacting with volunteers and kids, leading them through fun games and activities. He believes that volunteerism and helping others in our communities is an essential part of daily life. Through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Danny was matched to his ‘Little’ brother Nolan six years ago. They get together each week doing fun activities, such as going to the library, rock climbing, and ice skating. Danny has gotten to watch him grow from a feisty 6yr old kid to the amazing pre-teen he is now. Danny loves animals and can’t wait to take our child for trips to the zoo to learn about wildlife and hikes that explore nature firsthand. He is also excited to use his crafting talents, drawing pictures or making school projects together, fostering a love of art and creation.