Hello and thank you for taking the time to learn about us.  We are Julie, Bob, and Chloe and we are very excited to continue to build our family through adoption.  Sharing our life together, and now raising our daughter, fills us with such incredible joy and happiness that it felt natural to reach out to The Cradle again.  We truly believe that love multiplies and our greatest wish is to have another child to cherish.

Adoption and Openness:

Quite honestly, Bob and I began talking about having a family on our third date!  When we decided we were meant to spend the rest of our lives together, we also decided to pursue adoption as soon as possible.  Julie had already been thinking about adoption for quite some time, and Bob embraced the idea without hesitation.  Adopting Chloe was a dream come true, and every day we feel immense gratitude to have her in our lives.

We embrace the spirit of open adoption, have reached out to Chloe's birth parents, and have been talking to Chloe about her story since she was placed with us.  Chloe's birth parents requested a closed adoption, but we send letters and pictures to the Cradle in the hopes at some point they decide otherwise.  We know that with adopting again, no two relationships will be the same, and it would be an honor to welcome not only your child, but you into our lives through an open adoption.  In an open adoption, we will work alongside you to find the perfect balance of openness that is most comfortable to you.  To us, the most important aspect of open adoption is that our children know they were loved from the very beginning.

Home life and Family:

We are both close with our families, each have a brother and sister, nieces and nephews, and close friends that are like family.  We live in a very family oriented community in the western suburbs of Chicago.  In fact, there are more children at our annual block party than there are adults!  We can easily walk to parks, playgrounds, the library, and the elementary school, and we have very friendly and welcoming neighbors.  Amazingly enough, on the same block, there are three other children almost the same age as our daughter, and more babies on the way!  We started enjoying play dates when Chloe was only 6 weeks old.

Our sun-filled ranch home has a finished basement and 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.  We are excited to be able to transform one of the guest rooms into a new nursery once we welcome a new baby!  We love having enough space so that when family comes in town they can comfortably stay with us.  We of course now have toys and children's books in every room.  Just hanging out together at home is great fun, but we also love to be on the go and enjoy all that the city and suburbs offer for family outings. 

Bob's thoughts on Julie:

"Julie is very fun loving and I think that's what attracted me to her at first.  But, I quickly discovered she is very responsible too.  She is extremely patient and understanding, the type of person who calmly faces a crisis and figures out what she can do to make things better.   I can see how she is a perfect fit for the job she has working with children.  Seeing her care and concern, not only for family and her many friends but also strangers, make me feel all the more blessed that I found her for my lifetime partner.  I knew she would be a wonderful mother, but I'm regularly in awe of her devotion to our daughter.  She was meant to be a mom!

Julie's thoughts on Bob:

"Not a day goes by that Bob doesn't make me laugh, and yet in general he has a quiet calm presence that allows me to believe we can get through anything that comes our way.  I love the way he has bonded with my mom and the rest of my family, and seeing him play with all the kids in our family has always warmed my heart.  Bob is the kind of man that just wants to do whatever he can to make others happy.  He is an incredible partner and "papa" with a balanced mix of serious and fun."

Work and Childcare:

Julie is blessed to be the school social worker in an elementary school 10 minutes from home.  The job is ideal in many ways; for one, she gets to spend her days working with children, and two, she will have essentially the same schedule as our own children when they become school aged.  Bob's work as an electrical engineer is only 10 minutes from home as well.  He has a great deal of flexibility in his work day, and is home every night early enough to cook dinner.

Our initial childcare plans include Julie taking at least 12 weeks off of work, and Bob will take some time off as well.  Julie will always have summers off to be at home, but during the school year, we have an excellent provider that Chloe feels safe and loved with.  Our current day care provider is excited to welcome Chloe's little brother or sister in to her care as well.  We believe it takes a village to raise happy, confidant children and we have a strong support system amongst our family, friends, and colleagues that make up that village!

In closing:

Thank you again for taking the time to get to know us a little better.  We wish you the absolute best in this journey. We truly enjoy being parents and are excited to go from a family of 3 to a family of 4.  Having adopted our first child, we know that adopting again is 100% right for our family, and would be filled with gratitude if you decide we are right for your child.

Fun facts

  • Has played an April Fool’s Day joke on her mom every year since she was 3-years-old!
  • Loves watching Dancing with the Stars.
  • Has a crooked pinkie from breaking it playing kickball in grade school.
  • Coached junior high track and field for 2 years without knowing anything about track and field.
  • Played the clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, and also the tuba in high school band.
  • Thinks crunchy peanut butter is MUCH better than creamy.
  • Would race home after grade school to fly his kite!
  • Watches hours of news shows and a sports channel that primarily broadcasts soccer matches.
  • Speaks English, French, and Spanish.
  • Favorite music is from the 80’s and 90’s; favorite band is Chicago.
  • While in college, was challenged by a classmate that he would not last a week in the Armed Forces. Taking this challenge seriously, right after receiving his bachelor of science degree he enlisted in the US Navy where he served for four years.
  • Will only eat creamy peanut butter.

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