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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Our Extended Families
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
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.
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