We are so grateful you are taking the time to get to know us. We know this is likely a very difficult time, and your strength and courage is amazing to us! We’re high school sweethearts who are so ready to be parents. Whether it’s embracing new cultures when we travel or snuggling in bed while our dogs wrestle each other at our feet, we can’t wait to share those experiences with a child. We have a huge, fun, extended family that is excited for another child to enter the party. Thank you so much for considering us. We hope you have peace in whatever path you take.

We met in our high school theater class and have been together ever since. Despite attending colleges two states away from each other, we stayed together and got engaged after graduation. We married two years later and moved to Seattle. We loved the West Coast but missed our families, so after three years we moved back to Chicago, bought a house, and began trying for a family. We had always talked about expanding our family through adoption because it’s part of our family already - two of Jim’s aunts are adopted. After struggling with infertility, we knew it was time to move forward with adoption. We’re “parents” to two fur-babies (Lemmon, a greyhound, and Zo, a coonhound) who have been begging us to add a human baby to the family.

 

Jim, by Laura

I’ve always been drawn to Jim’s sense of humor - from those first days together in our theater class, he never fails to make me laugh. His patience has helped me to be a more patient person as we’ve shaped each other through the past 14 years together. He’s my biggest cheerleader, and my favorite person to be with, whether we’re walking our dogs, camping in the woods, or taking in a Cubs game. He’s an amazing chef who spent the first decade of our lives together working in restaurants, which not only honed his cooking skills, but also his Spanish - he’s able to communicate fluently when we travel. Four years ago he made the brave decision to dedicate his life to others, becoming a paramedic. I’m so in awe of his courage and his selflessness. And in his new career, his patience and humor help him to be an amazing paramedic. Whether he’s telling me stories of kids on the ambulance or babysitting his nieces and nephews, I know he’s going to be an amazing father. I can’t wait to see him be a dad!


Laura, by Jim

When I met Laura in theater class I was immediately drawn to her smile and how when she laughed, she did so with her entire body. She was and is way out of my league. You should know Laura is so brave. She often is doing things I would be too scared to do (getting a tattoo and waterskiing on only one ski!). Laura has a wonderful sense of humor that makes me smile every single day. She also has taught me to stand up for people who can’t do so for themselves.Through the years I've known her, she has shown me how strong she is by becoming a leader at work. She is a wonderful sister and aunt and I know she will be the best mother.


Our Family

Family is so important to us - it’s why we moved back to Chicago. Laura’s mom and two older sisters and Jim’s parents and three of his four older siblings all live in the suburbs of Chicago. We have 11 nieces and nephews ranging in age from 6 months to 20 years old, so there are always little feet running around at parties. And we’re close with our extended families as well - Jim’s family has a huge Christmas party each year that over 60 people attend, including Laura’s family - not to mention Santa himself!

Our Home

Today we live in a sunny bungalow on Chicago’s northwest side. We have a big yard that our dogs love to run around in, where we host parties, doggy play dates, and drinks over the bonfire. We’re just a block from a playground and the train (which Laura takes to work), and our neighborhood is nestled between two forest preserves where we love to bike and walk our dogs. We can’t wait to provide a loving, supportive, fun, creative home for a child where we can nurture a sense of wonder and excitement. We are open to adopting a child of any race, and we are committed to keeping the child a part of their birth culture. We love the diversity that being in the city of Chicago brings us. Our family and friends span most races and religions, and we appreciate their willingness to include us in their cultures.

Openness

We look forward to working with you on what openness in the adoption looks like, whether it’s texts, calls, emails, visits, social media, etc. We plan to be open and honest with a child about their adoption, and know how important their birth parents are to us. They say it takes a village to raise a child - so the more people that love a child, the better.


Thank You

Thank you so much for taking the time to consider us! We hope you enjoyed learning a little about us, and we wish you peace and courage throughout your journey.

Fun facts

Laura
  • I love creative hobbies - writing, photography, painting, and sewing. Each Christmas, I sew a gift for my younger nieces and nephews, ranging from puppets to mermaid tail blankets.
  • I did a polar plunge once, and loved it!
  • I love cows - they’re my favorite animal, I call out every one I see on long car rides, and I have cow sculptures around our house.
  • Halloween is my favorite holiday.
  • I love researching family histories. So far our family tree has 1,172 people on it, dating back to the 1700s.
  • I’m not a great cook, but I love to bake - I always ask to make dessert for family get-togethers.
Jim
  • I love to cook and to entertain friends and family. I learned my passion from my mom and dad and practiced my skills as a chef for years.
  • I listen to all types of music and love going to concerts with my wife.
  • Even though I can’t act or sing very well I joined theater to meet girls in high school. It worked - I met my wife in theater class sophomore year. 
  • I love Christmas activities! Parties giving gifts singing carols decorating a tree.
  • I know the lyrics to an embarrassing amount of Disney movie songs.
  • I grew up playing ping pong and love to play at any opportunity. 

Pregnant and exploring adoption?

If you’re interested in learning about adoption for your baby, we can help. We’re available 24/7. All of your information is confidential.

To speak to someone now, call our 24-hour hotline: (800) 272-3534 or text us at (312) 800-1559 (answered 8:30am-8pm).

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