Hello! We are Lauren and Evan, and we are truly humbled to meet you.  We are so excited to begin our life by growing our family through adoption but can only imagine the complexity of this decision for you.  We have so much respect for the strength and courage you have had in your journey to explore adoption.  We hope that we can provide you a real glimpse into our life, but most importantly, who we are as people and potential parents.  We know the road is not always easy, but we are so excited for a future that is filled with lots of laughter, love, family, and happiness because that is what life is all about!  We look forward to sharing this journey with you.

“Our Story”

Our story began 17 years ago when we first saw each other in the halls of our high school.  As any normal high school crushes goes, friends set us up, and eventually Evan asked Lauren to the senior prom.  Evan made a cake by hand, which had Prince Charming picking up Cinderella and going to the prom.  Lauren never actually ate the cake as, let’s say, it was more artfully done than tasty (Lauren’s opinion), but needless to say it became a small part of our history.  Jump ahead to 2011 at our wedding rehearsal dinner, Lauren paid it forward by making her own cake for Evan (well, let’s be honest, she paid someone to bake it), but this time instead of Prince Charming and Cinderella, it was Lauren, Evan, and Bella (our beagle/terrier) running to the wedding altar.  We love the story of the cake because at 18 years old, it was the start of our life together: we just didn’t know it yet.

“Our Life Today”

We love to spend time outdoors, whether it’s working on our yard, having barbecues with friends, bicycling on the trails, or playing with our dog, Bella.  We are lucky to live in a very safe, family-friendly Western suburb that is surrounded by hiking trails and forest preserves; our spilt level even backs up to a park with a man-made lake, walking trail, and playground. 

Lauren is a Senior Human Resource Generalist and enjoys anything creative (she has re-painted most rooms in the house three times already): this includes DIY projects, scrapbooking, and spending way too much time on Pinterest.  She also loves to shop, unfortunately for Evan!  Evan is an Ecologist working as a Senior Project Manager.  He grew up playing tennis and regularly plays with his parents and even plays with his 89-year-old grandmother! Evan is also an avid cyclist and spends his free time hiking, taking photographs, and cooking.  We also both love to read. This is how we can be found at night before bedtime. 

“Meet Evan by Lauren”

Evan is the nicest guy I know.  He is calm, thoughtful, loyal, and very smart.   Over the course of the ten years we have been together, I have never questioned his loyalty or love for me, and I know that he will be the same way with our future child.  He is very good with finances; he is a planner, a saver, and thinks ahead, which I admire tremendously. He is going to be an amazing dad.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us. 

“Meet Lauren by Evan”

Lauren is the sweetest, most caring person I’ve ever met.  She is always there to listen to me and provide support, and I know that she is going to do the same for our future child. Lauren’s caring nature extends to her love of all animals: she has raised dogs, rabbits, and guinea pigs in her lifetime.  Lauren finds it very important that our future child learns compassion and empathy.  She is also very responsible, making sure that everything that needs to be done gets done: she calls herself the director of operations in our house.

“Family/Friends”

 A big part of our life is family; both of our parents, and some of our siblings, live within 15 miles of our house.  Our parents and siblings play a huge role in our lives, through family gatherings, traveling together, or just providing overall love and support.  We have traveled quite a bit with our families, whether it’s to Washington, Michigan, Spain, Florida, Oregon, Morocco, France, or New York. We shared great memories and will continue these family trips, but this time we hope we can add one more person to the roster with whom to share these adventures.

Our friendships are very important to us, as both sets of our friends have been part of our lives since grade school. Within Lauren’s circle there are eight children ranging in all ages.  We look forward to a future that includes outings to the zoo, local activities, apple picking, and just enjoying good company and time together as a group.

“Parenting”

Adoption is in both our families.  Evan has two cousins who were adopted domestically, and Lauren has cousins who were adopted from Ethiopia.  Lauren will take three months off to be home when our future child arrives, and Evan will take time off as well.  In the long term, Lauren may decide to stay home full-time, or we will use a mixture of day care, family, and our flexible work schedules; we are very lucky to have options.  We also have both sets of our parents locally who are ready for babysitting and playtime duties as needed!  Lauren also plans on teaching our future child Spanish.

Do we have all the answers? We’ll be honest: we don’t.  We will we have to figure out some things along the way, life will us throw curveballs, and we won’t do everything perfect.   What we can promise, though, is there will always be love, support, and commitment for our future child and family. We are very open about our journey to adoption and will answer any questions you may have or may want to know.  At the end of the day though, it has always been about being parents not about being pregnant. 

“Openness”

We want to work toward creating a relationship that has open communication, supports the best interests of the child, and the ability to work together so everyone feels comfortable.  We will make the commitment to you that we will keep the dialogue going, and you will be part of our lives in whatever way you are most comfortable.   

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for taking the time to read a little about us. We are truly grateful.
 

Fun facts

Lauren
  • If Lauren could go back in time she would have become a vet.
  • Lauren has an obsession with olives.  Even as a child, her mom packed her olives in her lunch, and almost every meal Lauren includes olives for herself.
  • Lauren has had the same four best friends since she was six years old.
  • Unfortunately for Lauren, growing up she had braces for almost six years! Even had to have them put back on in college, this was awkward to say the least. 
  • Lauren has taken part in four cancer walks with her mother and brother within the last two years in honor of her late uncle.
  • Lauren gets defensive about Bella’s name and swears it was pre-Twilight era, although Evan debates this.
  • Lauren loves coffee especially anything with mocha or white mocha flavoring in it.
  • Lauren is not known for her cooking skills, she has been known to burn pasta.

 

Evan
  • Evan loves ice cream and chocolate and would eat that all day if he could.
  • In Evan’s job he handles animals on a continual basis from shrews to mice, from mussels to even bats!
  • Evan has to bribe Lauren to do the weekly grocery shopping with him by buying her a Dunkin Donuts coffee because she hates grocery shopping.  Hence, as you can imagine Evan is the cook in the house.
  • Evan is known for his baking skills which include his family’s legendary secret rugala and brownie recipes.
  • Evan tries to garden but fails miserably.
  • If Evan could live anywhere in the world it would be Maui, he fell in love with Maui on our honeymoon.
  • Evan loves barbecue. Whether it is ribs, pulled pork, rib tips, or brisket he enjoys barbecue and can make it really well.  He is also known to make a mean crock pot mac and cheese.
  • Evan’s favorite authors are John Grisham and Michael Crichton.

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