Hi, we’re Megan and Dave. We believe very strongly in raising our family in a loving, nurturing environment built on a foundation of faith and traditional family values. We’re both extremely caring and fun loving people and can’t wait to start our family through adoption. Raising children together is one of our deepest desires and we hope to parent even more children down the road. We have both been so fortunate to have the love and support of all of those around us in our attempts to start our own family. God has blessed us with good health, a wonderful home, and honest genuine love. We hope to share these gifts with our children as our family grows.
Of course we’ve never met but we want you to know we pray after reading this that you might like to learn a little more about us. We may be the first or 100th profile you have read so far and if we were the 100th, thanks for not stopping at 99. We are sure that there are probably tons of things going through your mind right now, all of which are understandable. The fact that you are reading this now means that you’re a very courageous person whose mind and heart are concerned with seeking out the best possible life for your child. To us building a family through adoption is not an unfamiliar concept. My two oldest brothers were adopted back in the late 70’s. Back then however open adoption wasn’t as common so neither of my brothers ever knew their biological parents growing up. I could see that it left them with many questions unanswered and that’s why we believe very strongly in having a healthy relationship with our child’s birth parent(s).
We both grew up and lived in the suburbs of Chicago all of our lives. We love being close enough to the city to go there for a day and enjoy all that it has to offer but far enough away to enjoy a quiet peaceful night by the fire in our backyard. We’ve known each other for over a decade and became friends through high school and college. During that time Megan was pursuing her nursing career and I was overseas fighting in Iraq. Shortly after I returned home Megan and I spent a week as counselors at a weeklong camp for children suffering from cancer. Our relationship took off from there and we were married three years later in 2009.
We live in an awesome little neighborhood with great neighbors and tons of kids running around everywhere displaying their sidewalk chalk art skills and street hockey abilities. I don’t think I’ve ever driven home from work and not seen children playing in their front yards. We have a cool little park right in our neighborhood with swings and everything else a kid can dream of. Megan and I love to take our little Chihuahua Isabella (no, my friends haven’t pulled my man card yet) for walks in the evenings.
We spend a lot of time together going for bike rides around the neighborhood or run on the trails a short drive from our home. Megan loves to run and I’m trying hard to learn how to love running if you know what I mean. She participated this past summer in the 5k at Brookfield Zoo. I manage a garden center for a living so it goes without saying we have a nice landscape. One of our favorite things to do together each year is plant our flower beds. Megan always chooses the prettiest colors. We keep our outdoor lifestyle up even in the winter when we go on our annual skiing trip with friends of ours. Being active and enjoying the outside life is important to both of us and we will continue the tradition of a healthy active lifestyle with our children. When we’re home in the evenings we always eat dinner at the kitchen table together. Megan loves trying out new recipes she sees in books or on the internet and they’re always amazing.
I think the difference of having a kid and actually being a father is about as big as the difference between a mouse and an elephant. For me it’s so important that a father plays an active role in his children’s lives and is never too busy to spend time with them or talk about anything that’s on their mind. I want to be there for our kids and show them the example I was shown of how to really love your children. I have a flexible job where I don’t punch a clock and that freedom is important to me because it will allow me to be there for my family when they need me. I love being around kids, especially my nieces and nephews because I like to goof around from time to time and kids are totally on board with that. I coach Peewee football in the town where we live even though we don’t have any kids on the team. It’s so rewarding to see the kids get enjoyment out of something when we accomplish it as a team. I think it’s important for children to have structure in their lives. I can’t wait to be a Dad.
The thought of being a mommy has always been on my heart. I look forward to family gatherings and prayer time, as well as nursery rhymes and reading stories with one another. I can’t wait to see our baby grow into the person they choose to be. It’s important to me that our child knows how much they are loved every day and that there isn’t anywhere else I would rather be than in the moment with them. I work part-time as a nurse so I will be able to spend a lot of quality time with our baby. Children have always been intertwined in my life in some way. I love spending time with my nieces and nephews and hearing the laughter that they bring to us all. Having a close relationship with my cousins is important in my family and I look forward to the memories our child will make with their cousins. In years past I also volunteered in Kidz Connection, which is the child-care area at our church. I have also gone on two mission trips through our church to Costa Rica and Kenya. They were both awe-inspiring moments in my life. One day when our child(ren) get older I hope that Dave and I can go on mission trips together as a family. I believe that it’s important to give kisses and hugs to our kids every day and I look forward to being a mommy.
We both had concerns parenting might come with some hurdles as we both have medical histories that were capable of causing problems with fertility. Dave happens to be a childhood cancer survivor but he has been cancer free for 16 years now. When we think back about that time in his life it seems now that it was all part of God’s plan for us as it started us on our road to adoption and we are very grateful for that. We want you to know that if your heart guides you to choose us as adoptive parents that we would welcome an open relationship with you however that may look. We understand that our relationship could take different forms throughout our lives, but we want you to know our child will always know their story and where they started. We feel that adoption is a decision made out of Love and motivated by the courage of someone to do what they feel is best for a child. Megan and I look forward for the opportunity to learn your story as well.