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Michael & Abigail

We've spent years picturing our future, and we've always known that adoption is how we want to become parents. We are beyond excited to welcome a child home and shower them in unconditional love! We're grateful you're considering our profile and hope you find as much happiness in these pages as we have to give.

About Us

Michael
Abigail
Job
Occupational Therapist
Adjunct Professor
Education
Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy
Master's Degree in Creative Writing
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Discussing Adoption

We both feel that honesty is the best policy. We have made sure that everyone in our family is on the same page when it comes to telling our child they are adopted. We plan to begin by reading our child books about being adopted and how many different ways families come together when they are babies. Then as they get old enough to start asking questions, we plan to be honest and tell them how we were lucky enough to have them come into our lives. We will make sure they always know that you loved them enough to give them to us. We will always speak of you with positivity and thankfulness. When they’re old enough, and if they feel ready, we hope to be able to help facilitate a relationship you’re both comfortable with. Until then, we will share with you copious pictures, videos, and letters on their progress.

This child will have love, support, reasonable discipline and expectations, and a good amount of silliness too. We promise to do our best so that they grow up with an open heart and a strong mind. They will know passion and kindness, and be able to spread that into the world as they grow. We promise to truly love them unconditionally.

What Makes Me/Us Unique

We've Been Together Since Junior Homecoming

We used to think being high school sweethearts made us unique, but honestly, Michael’s sister and Abigail’s sister both married their high school sweethearts. We used to think our ability to communicate and work through a problem made us unique, but even that’s a skill a couple can learn in therapy.

We Got Married at the Science Center

What actually makes us unique is our understanding of one another, and our mutual desire to help the other succeed. More than finishing sentences, or anticipating needs, we know the other's hopes and always strive to help one another achieve our goals. Without being asked or told, we would move mountains to make the other happy!

Since we’ve been together for so long, we’ve been able to grow up together, and build a life with common dreams, but we've been sure to not ignore our individual aspirations. We are a true team, alternating who gets to score goals so that we can both win. We are best friends who are also deeply in love, which is unique and difficult to find.

Family Traditions

One of the first things that brought us together was our mutual love of family and we want to have a lot of traditions to build a strong foundation for “family time.” However, we recognize that as children grow older traditions can feel restrictive. So, we hope to have dinner together every night and build a space for sharing and laughing. We also hope to have family game nights like Michael’s family did, but let these nights be open to friends too.

We will still have Christmas Eve with Abigail’s mom, and Memorial Day with Michael’s mom, but we hope to take Thanksgiving as a time to bring everyone together (especially since it’s near Michael’s birthday.)

Growing up, Abigail’s house was what we called the “kool-aid house.” It was the place where all the kids would come to hang out because we always had the most welcoming home full of laughter and love, and the best kool-aid! We want to continue that tradition for our children, building a home they and their friends feel safe and welcome.

Photos

Supporting My Neice at Her Dance Recital
Supporting My Neice at Her Dance Recital
Hosting Our First Thanksgiving
Hosting Our First Thanksgiving
Michael's Family
Michael's Family
Honeymoon in Colorado 2018
Honeymoon in Colorado 2018
Boat Day at Michael's Mom's House
Boat Day at Michael's Mom's House
Being Silly With My Niece
Being Silly With My Niece
Michael and Remy
Michael and Remy
Abigail Likes to Sew
Abigail Likes to Sew
Playing with Neice and Nephew
Playing with Neice and Nephew
Our Cat Remus
Our Cat Remus
Going to Hogwarts With Abigail's Brother and His Girlfriend
Going to Hogwarts With Abigail's Brother and His Girlfriend
Michael's Masters Graduation During COVID
Michael's Masters Graduation During COVID
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Supporting My Neice at Her Dance Recital
Supporting My Neice at Her Dance Recital
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Hosting Our First Thanksgiving
Hosting Our First Thanksgiving
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Michael's Family
Michael's Family
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Honeymoon in Colorado 2018
Honeymoon in Colorado 2018
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Boat Day at Michael's Mom's House
Boat Day at Michael's Mom's House
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Being Silly With My Niece
Being Silly With My Niece
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Michael and Remy
Michael and Remy
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Abigail Likes to Sew
Abigail Likes to Sew
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Playing with Neice and Nephew
Playing with Neice and Nephew
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Our Cat Remus
Our Cat Remus
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Going to Hogwarts With Abigail's Brother and His Girlfriend
Going to Hogwarts With Abigail's Brother and His Girlfriend
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Michael's Masters Graduation During COVID
Michael's Masters Graduation During COVID

Our Extended Families

Family Trip to London

We have a large family! Both of our parents are divorced, which can be a sad thing, but it has also opened our families to more love. Abigail has a brother, step siblings, and half-sisters. Yes, that is a lot of people, but it means there is always someone looking out for you! Abigail’s dad, stepmom, and half-sisters live in California, but we’re still close. At home, it has been so fun watching our nieces and nephews grow, and we can’t wait to give them another cousin.

Michael’s family is smaller, but he has an amazing bond with his two older sisters. Seeing the three of them together is like watching the happiest movie you can think of!

On Sundays we do dinner at Abigail’s mom’s house. Everyone comes over early and lets the kids play together. It’s a great weekly catch up with each other and Abigail’s Granny. We do Christmas eve there too. You can imagine it’s hard breaking up holidays with that many people, but Christmas eve is the one certain holiday we’re all together. Every Memorial Day we go to Michael’s mom house on the river. We spend all weekend with his family kayaking, or paddle boarding. Board games are a given with only a slightly competitive edge. Being close to our families is something we hold sacred. It’s what taught us how to love and how to welcome new people into our hearts without hesitation.

Our House and Neighborhood

Home Sweet Home

We both grew up on the space coast of Florida, watching the shuttle launches from our front yards. It’s shaped the way we look at the world and encouraged us to be explorers. We both went to FSU for college, and have lived all over Florida, but when it came time to settle down, we wanted to stay close to family.

Community Pool

Currently, we’re just a short drive from being back in our hometown. Orlando has given us the chance to be close to family, but also embrace the diversity of the city and all it offers. We bought our first house in 2021 in a little neighborhood in Winter Park. We were drawn to it, because driving through the neighborhood, people waved. Even if they didn’t know us or our car, they waved! It was something we hadn’t experienced since leaving our small hometown. Since moving in, we have found the neighborhood is full of close families with children. It’s a thriving community with a playground and pool. We can’t wait to raise our children here.

Being where we are, we are able to have an independent life, but also be connected to family. We have a strong support system at our fingertips, and we’re growing it every day, making friends with neighbors and coworkers. Michael’s job at the hospital is full of people our age, in the same stage of life. It’s been great creating friendships that will last for years.

From Us to You

According to our mothers, we technically met when we were about five and played on opposing soccer teams. However we don’t remember that. We remember meeting in middle school chorus. We built a friendship for several years and got closer as we started high school marching band. During band rehearsal, Abigail used to laugh watching Michael dance by the drums when he thought no one was watching. Of course, he actually knew she was watching and was dancing just to make her laugh. Michael was drum captain and Abigail was drum major, so we got closer because of those leadership roles and eventually started dating. Our first date was to a DCI (drum core international) movie. Abigail is a year older than Michael and so we started dating our Junior/ Sophomore year and have been together ever since. Even when Abigail went away to college, we toughed it out that year until we were reunited at Florida State.

When we got married in 2018, the officiant interviewed each of us individually and then created a personalized homily. She spent the service talking about choices. How, on each step of our journey there, we had chosen one another. When we first started dating in high school and were dealing with teenage drama. When Abigail went away to college, and we continued dating over long distance. When we graduated Florida State, and supported one another through graduate school. Through our whole relationship, we have chosen to make one another a priority, and help the other achieve their best life. This same level of dedication and active choice is what we will give to our child. Helping them not just to grow, but to thrive in this world.

Abigail is an adjunct professor of English, but dreams of being a published author. Through her writing classes she teaches confidence and compassion. Studying diverse authors and helping students work through their feelings with writing; she hopes she is making a difference for at least some of them. In her own writing, she always focuses on the complicated relationships of family. Which makes sense considering her own large and blended family. Michael’s work as an occupational therapist gives him a unique perspective of the world. From 70-year-old stroke patients to 20-year-old car accident victims, Michael helps people relearn to take care of themselves and get back to doing the things most important to them. It’s a job that brings meaning and stress in equal measures. Which is why he finds relaxation in playing music, or video games. We both strive to find the balance between work and play, and know having a child will bring more of both than we can imagine. We know having a child is a responsibility we take seriously, but our child will be a source of joy and excitement in our lives.

Our house is always filled with laughter, and food, and often our cat Remus meowing at us. Joining together as a family at the dinner table is a tradition we hold dear, finding a space to share in one another’s joys and console each other’s losses. Through the support our family has given us, we’re able to go through this adoption process. We are so lucky to have a never-ending supply of support and love, and we intend to pass this on. Family is something we value above all else, and thanks to our blended family we have no fear of welcoming a child (and their birth parents) into our family through adoption. We recognize you will always be a part of them, and therefore a part of our family. We promise to stay in touch, sending pictures, video, and letters or emails regularly. We hope to help facilitate a relationship between you and the child when they get older and are ready.

We want to recognize the difficult decision you have before you and thank you for considering us to be the parents of this child. It can’t be easy making sure you’re choosing the right people, and we will do everything we can to ensure you have no doubt this baby will be loved unconditionally.

Michael & Abigail

Favorites

Michael
Abigail
Actor
Tom Hardy
Andy Samberg
Actress
Julia Louis Dreyfus
Natalie Portman
Animal
Squirrel
Otter
Author
Andy Weir
Jodi Piccult
Book
Frankenstein
"I'll Give You the Sun" by Jandi Nelson
Candy Bar
3 Muskateers
100 Grand Bar
Cartoon
American Dad
Scooby Doo
Childhood Memory
Family cross country RV trip
Disney trips with my family
Childhood Toy
Nerf Football
Lite-brite
Children's Book
Froggy Gets Dressed
"Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak
City
Jacksonville
London
Classic Movie
Sandlot
Say Anything
Color
Blue
Green
Day of Week
Friday
Thursday
Dessert
Cinnamon roll
Brownie Trifle
Disney Movie
Great Mouse Detective
Tangled
Dream Car
Tesla
Dream Job
Occupational Therapist
Published Author
Dream Vacation
New Zeland
Ireland
Family Activity
Board Games
Game Nights
Flower / Plant
Bird of Paradise
Sunflower
Food
Chicken Piccata
Steak
Form of Exercise
Soccer
Kayaking/walking
Fruit
Peaches
Gala Apple
Game
Soccer
Taboo
Hobby
Drumming
Scrapbooking
Holiday
Memorial Day
Thanksgiving
Holiday Song
"Yule Shoot Your Eye Out" by Fall Out Boy
"Favorite Christmas Story" by Capital Lights
Holiday Tradition
Looking at lights on Christmas Eve
Looking at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve
Ice Cream
Coffee
Fish food from Ben and Jerry's
Junk Food
Sour Candy or Salt and Vinegar Chips
Zebra Cakes
Leisure Activity
Watching TV
Reading
Memory with a Child
Playing soccer with Abigail's sisters
Holding my little sister for the first time
Memory with Spouse
The first time we traveled together and went to Atlanta for a weekend
Skiing on our honeymoon and him being impressed I never fell
Movie
Casino Royal
Princess Bride
Movie Munchie
Sour Patch Kids
Bunch a Crunch
Movie Quote
"Heroes get remembered, legends never die." The Sandlot
"It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live"- Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone
Movie Type
Action/Thriller
Rom-com
Musical
Sweeney Todd
The Last 5 Years
Musical Group
Our Last Night
Jukebox the Ghost
Nursery Rhyme
Ba Ba Black Sheep
I See the Moon
Olympic Event
Snowboarding
Gymnastics
Personal Hero
My mom
Sally Ride
Play
Clue
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Poet
Juliana Gray
Langston Hughes
Quality about my Spouse
Sense of Humor
His Unending Kindness
Quote
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known"- Carl Sagan
"Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What's important is the action. You don't have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow."- Carrie Fisher
Restaurant
Outback
Makoto Japanese Stakehouse
Sandwich
Publix Ultimate Sub
Firehouse ham and provalone
Scripture
Ephesians 6:10-18
Matthew 6:5
Shopping Store
Target
Old Navy
Song
"Who I am Hates who I've been"- Relient K
"Sucker" by Jonas Brothers
Sport to Play
Soccer
Snow Skiing
Sport to Watch
Soccer
Soccer
Sports Star
Justin Thomas
Simone Biles
Sports Team
Orlando City Soccer and Denver Broncos
Florida State Seminoles
Subject in School
Anatomy
English
Superhero
Batman
The Flash
Thing to Cook
Black Beans and Rice
Macrons
Time of Day
Early Evening
Evening
Tradition
Family gathering on Memorial Day weekend
Family Game Nights
TV Show
Seinfeld
Parks and Recreation
TV Show Character
George Costanza
Amy Santiago from Brooklyn 99
Type of Music
Pop punk
Indie/Pop Punk
Vacation Spot
Alaska
Disney World
Video Game
The Witcher
Lego Star wars

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