“Sandy” by Greg
Describing my wife as spider-woman may be a stretch, but at times she seemingly has super-human powers to me. Her love for her family is unrivaled and her endurance seems bottomless especially when family events occur. A simple phone call from a family member has us responding like firefighters heading to a blazing fire. The love that Sandy has for life is enormous, just like the family she was born and raised in. She is the youngest of five brothers and sisters. Her maternal instinct kicks in to high gear when she is tending to her 12 nieces and nephews and 6 great nieces and nephews. The love that Sandy’s family has not only for each other but for their friends and neighbors is amazing to witness. They are also a great group of chefs, with Sandy being right there with them! Her cooking warms the soul and when you enter our home the aroma is intoxicating! She has all the necessary ingredients to provide our child with unconditional love and offer a safe and nurturing environment to grow within. I am so excited for the day that Sandy will become the WONDERFUL mother that she is meant to be.
“Greg” by Sandy
Greg is the most caring and honest person I know. He’s sometimes a bit too honest but that is what I love most about him. I know that I am going to get his honest opinion when I ask him how I look before stepping out the door. Greg is a Chicagoan, born and raised on almost every side of the Windy City - the North, South and West Sides. He was raised by his mother and was an only child. We lost his mom, Dorothy, almost 2 years ago and not a day goes by that we don’t miss her. Ms. Dorothy was a fabulous cook and Greg has mastered her grilling techniques. He may not be the best cook in the kitchen but give him a grill any day and he can make magic happen, or at least the most delicious burger. What I love about Greg is that he is my superhero— reliable, unshakeable and downright huggable! He remains cool and rational in every situation and has the ability to calm a rowdy crowd. The only exception is when we’re watching a Bears game. Greg is a loyal Bears fan and begins every season by hoping to perform the Super Bowl Shuffle with the Bears once again. I share this hope with him too. But most importantly, I share the hope and dream of Greg becoming a father someday. I believe Greg will be an exceptional loving and patient Dad.
“How We Met”
by Sandy We met in of one of the oddest places—a grocery store! I never thought I would meet “The One” inside a Jewel-Osco (a grocery chain here in Chicago). Greg was picking up breakfast for the office and I was buying some items for a friend’s baby shower. Our eyes met at the self check-out line, we smiled at each other, introduced ourselves, became great friends, and fell in love. We married 4 years later and 150 of our closest family and friends helped us celebrate our joyous union. It was an amazing day. A gospel choir sang their hearts out during our beautiful ceremony at a Catholic church. We partook in the Mexican ceremony traditions and added the African tradition of jumping the broom to signify our union of two cultures now joined as one. A Mariachi band played classic Mexican songs at the reception and a DJ played every genre of music to keep our families dancing and laughing together all night. It was a day we will never forget; an incredible day that marked the beginning of our lives together
“Us” by Greg and Sandy
We love to travel and fell in love with Hawaii, which has become our vacation destination over the past 4 years. We have visited every island except for “The Big Island” and we hope to explore it one day with our child. We imagine helping them build huge sand castles and then helping him or her to destroy them like Godzilla, swimming in the ocean and showing them the beauty of the island. Not all of our travel includes 8-9 hour flights; some of our fondest memories are from our annual family camping trip we go on every summer. Our family picks a new camping spot each year. We set up tents, rent cabins, and do all the fun things associated with the outdoors, including, my favorite pastime of cooking s’mores around an open camp fire. YUM!
We live in the suburbs outside of Chicago but we love all that Chicago and its surrounding areas have to offer. We love to venture out to local festivals, museums and zoos. In the summertime, there is nothing better than watching a movie in Grant Park while eating Garrett’s popcorn. It’s one of our favorite activities that we are looking forward to sharing with our child. We love having fun and enjoy each other and we know how blessed we are to be able to see the world at a moment’s notice. We are ready to begin a new adventure together by starting a family.
“Why Adoption” by Sandy
I lost both of my ovaries to non-cancerous borderline tumors from the time I was 19 to age 23 (before I met Greg). I reached menopause overnight and suddenly I had to deal with the realization that I was infertile. Knowing this has caused one of the most difficult, painful and trying times of my life. But it was the love of my family, friends and a strong relationship with God that has helped me through it all. I told Greg about the infertility in the beginning of our relationship and he was open and willing to pursue alternative options to have a family. After we were married and the time came to start a family of our own, it was obvious that it was always God’s plan for us to adopt. We are both Christians and will raise our child in faith. We believe that our faith is the foundation for how we live our lives.
While looking at our options, we decided to choose The Cradle adoption agency because it reflects our beliefs on having an Open adoption. We hope that we can develop a relationship with our child’s birth mother that will bring comfort, laughter and the sharing of special moments with a child.
Our hearts, and our family’s hearts, are open and we all anxiously await our new addition. We dream of the days that we are awaken by the sounds of a crying child that needs a bottle or a new diaper. We dream of rocking our baby to sleep in our arms in a glider chair, only to be awakened two hours later. In the end, we pray that God gives you the strength, peace, and the clarity to help you to choose the right family to adopt your child.