We live in Illinois where both of us were raised. Our home is located in a family friendly neighborhood full of children and nearby activities. There are many parks, walking paths, beautiful nature preserves, golf facility, and pools right in and around our neighborhood. Around the corner from our home, there is an annual Scottish Festival we enjoy attending with family. It has games and races for children, a dog show, numerous sporting events, music, food, and fun. In the same location, there is a huge 4th of July celebration which was attended by 42,000 people this year. It is a wonderful event that we love sharing with our family. We make an entire weekend of it. We love getting out and enjoying a wide variety of activities. We have season tickets to the Bulls, a membership to the zoo, we visit the aquarium, museums, and take in the occasional Cubs game! There are so many wonderful activities for children where we live and we are eager to share these experiences with a child. This is really a terrific place to live and raise a family.
We have both been fortunate to come from very loving families. Dana is one of 6 children and Dale is one of 3. Together we have 18 nieces and nephews, 6 of which are under the age of 5 ... with more to come! Our families live in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, and Wisconsin, so we have a lot of fun places to visit.
Dana has family close and we get together regularly. One of our favorite weekends hosting family at our home is during the 4th of July. We also enjoy spending time with family during the holidays (Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas).
Every two years, Dana's family has a reunion in a national park. Dana's great grandfather established the Interpretive Program in the national parks and was a Superintendent of the Grand Canyon. The reunions are always held in a national park as many family members have lived or worked in them. Dana's mother was born in Grand Canyon National Park and her Grandmother was born in Yosemite National Park. We love to visit the parks and take vacations and can't wait to share these experiences with our children. We want them to experience as much of this world as possible.
Our families are as excited about the adoption process as we are and, once again, can't wait to have a new little one join our family!
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