Hi, we are Krista & Nick. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our family. As parents ourselves, we understand how difficult it would be to make an adoption plan for your child. Please know that we have so much love in our hearts for our family and cannot wait to add another member. We both come from families that have grown through non-traditional methods. No matter how someone enters our family, they are still family because love is the one thing you need to make a family. "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." 1 Corinthians 13:7

We met each other when we attended college at Northern Illinois University; although, we actually lived 15 miles from each other most of our lives. After college we moved to the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago together. Nick proposed in 2007 in Central Park, NYC on a rowboat. (He was very nervous about dropping the ring in the water!) We were married in 2008 in our hometown on Nick's grandparent's wedding anniversary. We have always wanted children, and in April 2013 we gave birth to our biological daughter, Avery Jean. She has taught us so much about being good parents and strengthened our marriage. We cannot wait to add another child to our family, and Avery is excited to become a big sister!


Openness

We look forward to an open relationship with the birthparent(s) of our child. We are open to a variety of different open relationships, including texts, phone calls, scheduled visits, etc. To us, openness means that there are more people out there who love our child, and every child needs as much love as they can get.

We understand that not everyone is comfortable with all facets of openness, so we would love to discuss our plans with you and come to an agreement on what works for everyone. We see openness post placement as an ongoing and ever-changing relationship. We are willing to explore what feels right at the beginning, then re-evaluate as we all go through the adoption journey together. The important thing is that we all love this child and want what is best for him/her.

We look forward to meeting you and discussing what openness means to you.

Krista

Krista works for an email marketing agency based out of Austin, TX. She splits her time between her home office and the "Chicago" office located near Schaumburg. She has been working in the email marketing field since 2008 and has a true passion for it. Being able to work from home provides Krista with the flexibility to stay home with the children if they are sick or day care is closed. When Krista isn't working, she enjoys being around her friends and family. She has a green thumb and works all summer to keep her flowers looking great! Krista loves to be outside whether it's chasing after Avery in the backyard, running at the nearby park or hiking at one of the many state parks in Wisconsin where they camp.  Krista loves Country music and has attended close to 30 concerts with her mom and sister-in-law, Brandy, over the years.

Nick

Nick works as a manager in the compliance department of a commodities trading regulation organization. In other words, he makes sure that the companies doing business in the financial markets are meeting the rules and regulations set forth by the government.  He has been working in the financial industry in various capacities since college. In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with his family. Nick has recently taken up running and participated in his first 5K last year. He does all of the cooking for his family and has become a very good cook over the years. He can eat a dish once at a restaurant and then come home and reproduce it and even improve on it. He is also very handy and has done a lot of the improvements around the home himself.

Our Home

We have lived in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago since moving here in 2006. We fell in love with the area and knew right away that we had found our home. The neighborhood is full of families with children of all ages. We live one mile from Avery's day care and we often walk over to pick her up during the summer months. There is a park less than a block from our house where we spend countless hours sliding and swinging with the neighborhood kids. The high school is less than a mile from our house, and we can sit on our deck and hear the marching band practice during the school year.

Raising a Biological & Adopted Child

Before we started on this journey of adoption we asked ourselves what it would mean to raise an adopted child. Would it be different than raising our biological child? Would the love we feel for this child be any different than the love we feel for Avery? Would our families welcome this child into their lives with the same welcome arms that they did for our own child?

We can honestly say that yes, this experience will be different than raising a biological child, and that's wonderful. An open adoption brings with it the possibility of an extended family of people that love our child as much as we do, which is such a powerful thing in a child's life. An adopted child will also have different traditions and customs than we have in our own family, and we are so excited to learn these customs and blend them together with our own traditions.

When it comes to the love we have for our children, there is no doubt that whether the child is biological or adopted, the love is the same. Biology does not make someone family, love makes family. We never knew how much love we could give to someone until Avery was born, and we still have so much more room in our hearts for another child.

Fun facts

Krista
  • She has been to over 10 Keith Urban concerts with her mom.
  • She cannot carry a tune but that doesn't stop her from singing in church every Sunday!
  • She ran her first competitive race (Shamrock Shuffle) in 2012.
  • She won a Markie (Oracle Marketing Award) for email marketing in 2012.
  • She has never had a speeding ticket (and hopefully isn't jinxing herself!)
  • She still has the ticket from the football game where she met Nick.
Nick
  • He does all of the cooking for the family and is quite the chef.
  • He dropped out of high school but went back and got his GED then earned his Bachelor's degree.
  • He bought Krista's engagement ring for her after she pointed it out in a jewelry store in New York.
  • He has a nearly photographic memory which makes him unbeatable at Jeopardy.
  • His family can trace back their ancestry to the 1700s when they first arrived in the U.S. and they have a big family reunion once a year in Wisconsin.
  • He still has the ticket to the football game where he met Krista.

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