Stephanie & Michael
Race of child interested in adopting:African American
Gender of child interested in adopting:No Preference
Thank you for taking the time in getting to know us and for considering placing your child for adoption. We are grateful for the opportunity to share our story with you. From the beginning of marriage we wanted to adopt a child into our family. We met each other at church and became friends. As our friendship blossomed, we fell in love. We met in Minnesota and spent many years there, but we both fell in love with the Pacific Northwest after visiting here the first time. We kept coming back every few years and decided we should move here. We enjoy taking hikes through the waterfalls and seeing the mountains. We also enjoy sightseeing and discovering new places.
Our home has three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths with the bedrooms on the second level. Our home is located in a cul-de-sac community, which is quiet while being close to the city. The neighborhood is diverse with many children in the community.
Our Extended Family
We have large family gatherings for birthdays once a month to celebrate those with a birthday. We sing Happy Birthday in English, Spanish and sing "May the good Lord bless you!" to the tune of Happy Birthday. We always gather for major holidays with games, food and music. We are grateful for each other's families embracing us despite being from different cultures. We like to spend time with our nieces and nephews and take them to special places and make memories with them. On Monday nights, we have a "family time" to discuss plans for the week and to connect with each other on how we are doing.
Our Family Traditions
We have large family gatherings for birthdays once a month to celebrate those with a birthday. We sing Happy Birthday in English, Spanish, and sing “May the good Lord bless you” to the tune of Happy Birthday. We always gather for major holidays, with games, food, and music. We live 30 minutes from everyone in the family. We are grateful for each other’s families embracing us despite being from different cultures. We like to spend time with our nieces and nephews and take them to special places, and make memories with them. On Monday nights, we have a “family time” to discuss plans for the week and to connect with each other on how we are doing.
What Led Us To Adoption
We always wanted to have children and dreamed about being parents since we got married. We knew it may be difficult having children even before we were married, but we had faith that anything is possible with God. After years of not getting pregnant, we tried a couple rounds of IVF, which were unsuccessful. We discussed adoption even before marriage as something we would want to do even if we were able to have children. Being able to raise a child and show them all the love that we have to give is something we have felt called to do. We love being around children, but being parents is a joy that we have been longing to fulfill for 15 years. We have a great marriage and we love each other very much, and it would be so wonderful to love a child together working as a team. We are grateful for this opportunity and would cherish everyday that we were parents.