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Winnie & Bill

Winnie  & Bill

Race of child interested in adopting:Caucasian, Caucasian/Hispanic, Hispanic or South/Central American

Gender of child interested in adopting:No Preference

Dear Birthmother,

There are no words that can capture how blessed we feel to have this chance to be part of this miracle with you. All we can do is offer all the awe and appreciation that we have for you and your true act of love. We have been blessed with an incredible daughter and have tried for the past five years to grow our family. With great sadness, we have had five losses, but we believe that God guides and has brought us to the gift of adoption.

Our lives revolve around family and it is always put first! We know all too well how delicate, beautiful, and valuable life is and we live it to the fullest. We have been married for almost 16 years and consider each other our other half. We have a home that is filled with love, laughter, and understanding. Both of our jobs allow us to be home a lot and every weekend we use as family time; going to movies, bowling, parks, road trips, and vacations.

There is a life of possibilities, excitement, silliness, and never ending love that ALL of us are just waiting to embrace a new baby with. We are so excited to share this with you and to welcome a new little miracle into all of our lives!

About Us

Our family is culturally diverse. We are made up of many ethnic and religious backgrounds, and our family units are just as diverse. Exposure to all cultures is not only important, but an interest. The one constant is that we treat all with love and respect and hold true to our faith in God. We are active in the Irish culture, and will attend many functions, concerts, etc. We also make a point to take many family vacations.

Winnie has a degree in education specializing in behavior and special needs and has been a preschool teacher for the last 23 years. Winnie loves being a mom and there is nothing in this world she would rather be. She is active in the church and also volunteers as a librarian where she helps out with other activities, such as building props for school functions, sewing costumes, and painting the school float. Bill grew up in a family of six, with two exceptional parents and three great and caring sisters. His Christian upbringing taught him to be a truthful man who constantly strives to do what is right to provide for his family and make sure they always feel safe and secure. Bill works in the IT Department at a pharmaceutical company as a computer and printer technician.

We have an incredible little girl, Sophia whom we are blessed to be parents to. She is a light in every ones' day as she brings joy, comfort, and a sense of belonging to all. She has this enormous and amazing heart. She is also very creative and a bundle of energy. She is always asking if Jesus has picked a brother or sister for her and talks about all the different things she will play, teach, and show them.

Our Home

We live in a quiet suburb north of Chicago. We are near apple orchards where we also pick berries in the summer, many forest preserves that we go fishing, and a variety of parks. The high school in our town has won awards and is rated in the top for our state. We also have a great deal of wildlife in our area. We love to set up the pool in the summer and also the mud pit, because what kid doesn't want to play in a mud pit!? We also have a patio with a canopy gazebo that we use for barbeques, eating outside, or just playing. The nursery is more than ready. The biggest thing that we can say about our home is that we make it a warm and inviting place, where all are welcome.

Our Extended Family

Winnie comes from a smaller family; her mom from Ireland, her father from Germany, and a sister who is two years older. Her father passed away two years ago, but she is extremely close to her mom and sister. They are very funny and unbelievable people who would do anything for anyone. She has an Aunt and Uncle in America, but all her other relatives live in Ireland and Australia. They can't wait for the whole family to go and visit! Her mom and sister are so excited to meet our new little member.

Bill's family is the most genuinely nice people you could ever meet and are so warm, loving, and welcoming. We will often go over to each other's houses for lunch, playtime, and movie night at Nana and Papas, since they put the best "Grandkid friendly" movie theater in their basement with a ticket booth! Bill is extremely close to his father. They work on cars, go to car shows, and go fishing together. Bill's father also helps with home projects and the two of them are currently working on a playhouse for Sophia.

Our Family Traditions

Holidays are HUGE for us, especially Christmas. We decorate each room top to bottom and have trees in each room. It's no wonder Elf is one of our favorite movies! We have a town next to us that has horse drawn carriage rides and serves hot cocoa on the square every day that we visit often. We are very active in the church and it is a busy time for Christmas programs, parties, and giving back to the community. Christmas Eve is always at our house and we are so blessed to have our "Papa" (Bill's dad) dress up as Santa every year.

"Yes Days" are days our daughter can earn by being kind to others, being grateful, etc. For one day, we say yes to everything and only have two rules, you have to be safe and can't buy anything. The "Yes Day" we had near Halloween she picked superhero outfits for both of us to wear, went for an ice cream lunch, raced at a park, then went to Home Depot (and after asking permission from the manager) we set off all of the animated Halloween decorations. We truly believe in creating those magic moments that help celebrate life.

What Led Us To Adoption

We always wanted a larger family, and when it was not our fate to have more children of our own, we knew that adoption was the right path. The moment we decided, it felt right and we can’t wait to open our arms. We truly believe that it was meant to be!

Facts About Winnie

  • Occupation: Preschool Teacher
  • Religion: Lutheran
  • Education: Associates Degree in Education
  • Favorite Food: Grilled Cheese & Anything Chocolate
  • Favorite Hobby: Mural Painting & Reading
  • Favorite Movie: Mary Poppins & Elf
  • Favorite Sport: Hiking & Biking
  • Favorite Holiday: Halloween
  • Favorite Music Group: Sarah Mclaughlin
  • Favorite TV Show: Sleepy Hollow
  • Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice & Harry Potter
  • Favorite Subject in School: Language Arts
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Ireland & Disney World

Facts About Bill

  • Occupation: Computer/IT Tech
  • Religion: Lutheran
  • Education: College Courses and Certifications in Computers
  • Favorite Food: Fish Boil
  • Favorite Hobby: Working on Classic Cars & Fishing
  • Favorite Movie: The Natural
  • Favorite Sport: Baseball
  • Favorite Holiday: Christmas
  • Favorite Music Group: Beach Boys
  • Favorite TV Show: King of Queens
  • Favorite Book: Any Book My Daughter Wants Me to Read to Her
  • Favorite Subject in School: Political Science
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Canada/Fishing Resort
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