Our first date started with dinner at the Cheesecake Factory (Micah loves cheesecake) followed by ice skating downtown. It ended with Ali coming down with the flu. It was Micah’s kindness in those moments that made Ali know that this was something special. We were inseparable from that point on, and we knew we were meant to be together. It was something about the way our personalities clicked that just felt right. Micah is a calm and collected soul. He is the perfect balance of practical, thoughtful, and kind, and his actions speak louder than his words. Ali on the other hand is more spontaneous, spirited, and playful. She brings spunk and liveliness to the relationship, and she is always up for an adventure. Through our differences we bring out the best in each other. We are a team, we are fun-loving, and we are fiercely loyal.
Micah- in the words of Ali
Micah is my rock. When a bird (that I thought in the moment was a bat) broke into my house, I called Micah ...in Isreal. As I stood outside in the rain, he talked me through the situation. My phone was dying, so HE called the landlord... from Israel. When a snake slithered over my legs and into my blanket while studying at a park, I called Micah... at work. He grabbed his keys and was halfway out the door before he realized my cries for help were about a garter snake. He talked me through the predicament, and eventually, I recovered my blanket. When I bought the perfect couch but forgot to account for the turn radius entering my apartment and couldn't get it in the door, I called Micah. Although he was recovering from knee surgery, he drove to the apartment and then, in the back of a van, in the pouring rain, he disassembled, moved, and then reassembled my perfect light blue couch. (See picture below of Leo on the couch). Micah is truly the kindest, most dedicated soul I have ever met, and I cannot wait to watch him become a dad. (Also pretty impressed by his slightly nerdy ability to take things apart and put them back together).
Ali- in the words of Micah
Ali knows how to bring the fun. She plans our weekend trips, restaurants to try, and activities to do. When we go on vacation she brings a list of what we’ve gotta hit. When the weekend comes around she’s always got something up her sleeve for us to do. I love that she always keeps us moving and having fun. On our 3 year anniversary, I decided I was going to do something special. I made plans at what I thought was a cute, little French restaurant not far from where we live. When we rolled up, with me in my finest chinos and Ali in her finest jean jacket, immediately we knew we were terribly out of place. Pressed white linen table cloths, candles, and fancy butter…this was the kind of restaurant where the waiter opens your napkin for you. We sheepishly looked at our menus and were a little shocked by the prices. The first course consisted of a quarter size piece of cheese with a couple of berries on top. We looked at each other and struggled to control our laughter. Tears streaming down our faces, we tried to act casual. The minuscule portions continued along with suppressed laughter thanks to Ali. We wound up having a blast even though we paid a fortune and needed to get Chipotle afterwards. I love how spontaneous and energizing Ali is. No matter what we do Ali knows how to make it fun. There is no such thing as a bad date, and she always keeps me laughing. I can’t imagine life without her.
"Ali and Micah have always wanted to be parents and will put their whole hearts and souls into ensuring their child is healthy, happy, kind, and always knows how deeply loved and wanted they are." -Family Friend
We promise to tell your child how much you love them, and what a brave thing you did because of that love. We will share with them their story, and we will always honor you for your selfless act. They will know that your love for them is forever.
A Letter to You
Dear Expectant Mother/Parents,
We want to thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We're wishing you peace as you consider your best options, and we feel so blessed that you have been led to our story.
We understand that you have been on quite a difficult journey as well. Maybe together we can be the missing link in each other's stories. Adoption has been growing in our minds and hearts for some time now, and we are feeling all the emotions as we start this next step in our journey to bringing home a precious baby. We are hopeful, excited, nervous, and more than anything READY. We dream of the day that our family becomes 3 (and eventually 4, but let's not get ahead of ourselves).
Ali & Micah
We would love to adopt a child of any race or ethnicity.
We do not have a gender preference.
We are Christian, and we respect all religious backgrounds.
We are open to any and all forms of contact. We would love nothing more than to have you in our life and family if that is what is best for you.<3
I'm a pediatric speech-language pathologist, and it's the best job in the world. I worked in an elementary school for 5 years and recently transitioned to early intervention so that I can have a more flexible schedule as we begin to build our family. I love spending my days surrounded by children!
I love playing pick-up soccer, paddle boarding, and trying to keep up at running club. Some of my favorite things include: smoothies, pumpkin spice, pumpkin spice smoothies, and Wisconsin cheese (a Sheboyganite over here).
I also thoroughly enjoy hiking, and I want to like camping. Put me anywhere outdoors and I'm happy. :)
I'm a civil engineer with a sense of humor, and I currently work as a project manager for a major transportation company. I have been working at my job for 7 years.
I enjoy taking Mr. Leo on hikes, golfing mediocrely, going to the beach, and playing in local sport/social leagues. I also enjoy cookouts at my parents pool nearby. Some of my favorites include ice cream sandwiches, falafel with homemade hummus, and anything for my cat or dog (I mean you can never have too many laser pointers).