We dreamed of being parents even before we met, and tried to have children for several years before coming to the decision that adoption was our path to growing our family. We and our entire extended family are so excited to welcome a child into our family through adoption.
We met at a party before a Cubs' game and went on our first date shortly thereafter. We were married in December 2007 which is a tradition in both of our families (3rd generation to do so). We live in a family friendly neighborhood with great schools and parks. Our home is a place where we welcome family and friends for barbecues, watching the football or game nights.
About Eli: Eli is a special education classroom assistant. Eli spent part of his childhood in Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin. Eli is the oldest of 6 children and is very close to his family. We enjoy spending time with Eli’s family whether it is celebrating a holiday, a family dinner or a family camping trip. Some of Eli’s best friends are his cousins and we hope that will be true for our future child.
About Clare: Clare works as a fundraiser at a non-profit. Clare studied human development and family studies in college. We spend lots of time with Clare’s family -from family dinners to family vacations. Our future child would be the first grandchild for Clare’s parents.
Our Life together: We enjoy spending time together taking long bike rides, dancing in the kitchen to our favorite music or playing board games. We both grew up Chicago Cubs fans and we enjoy going to games together. One of our newest hobby is gardening. We enjoy planting and tending to our garden in the summer. In the summer it is great to have a summer meal that has come from your own hard work.
We also enjoy traveling. Our future child will get to experience and learn about the world through travel.
We and our extended families, look forward to sharing holidays and family traditions with our future child. We decorate and celebrate all holidays but Christmas is our favorite. Our friends joke that our house is a winter wonderland in December. We also promise to respect and honor your child’s culture and ethnicity.
Eli’s hobbies include Running and visiting museums. Clare’s hobbies include baking, playing cards.
We hope to share our hobbies with our future child and to help them discover their own life passions.
Thank you for letting us tell you a little about ourselves. If you were to place your child with us, please know how much they will be loved. We will be there for your child when they learn to crawl, speak their first words, start school, and explore their dreams. We will share these moments with you through letters and pictures. It would be an honor to have you in our lives if you choose to. We promise to tell your child that you loved them and what a brave decision you made. We hope you find peace and comfort while you make this difficult decision.
Eli and Clare
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