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Trey & Stephanie

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about us! We're excited about adoption and grateful you'd consider us for such an incredible, life-changing gift. We look forward to sharing the immense love we have for each other with a child, and investing ourselves to create a loving, safe, and joyful home, where your child will thrive and be ready to accomplish any goal they pursue in life.

About Us

Trey
Stephanie
Job
Writer
Attorney
Education
Bachelor's Degree
Doctoral Degree
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

Visiting the Golden Gate Bridge

We try to balance our leisure time with a healthy mix of “active” and “relaxing.” On the active side, we do CrossFit, go biking on weekends, and love ski trips. In the summer, floating in our pool is a great way to relax and cool down. We also love to watch movies and can’t wait to introduce a child to some of our favorites: Avengers, Star Wars, and Planet of the Apes. One of Steph’s favorite childhood memories is of her father waking her up to watch a late-night showing of the original King Kong. We’d love to create similar memories with our child.

In addition to being a writer, Trey is a book worm. We have bookshelves crammed with stories of all kinds—action, sci-fi, mystery, adventure—and he looks forward to passing that love of reading along.

As a kid, Steph grew up fishing in the pond and exploring for frogs in the creek at her family’s farm. As adults, we still visit the farm during the spring and summer, relaxing with family over Fourth of July and dreaming of the day when we can take our kid down to the creek and watch them have their own adventures.

Our Favorite Vacation Spot

Vacation and travel are extremely important to us—our desire to experience new places, cultures, and people is one of the things that drew us together. This love of striking out on new adventures is something we can’t wait to share. Some of our favorite places so far include Costa Rica, Italy (Rome and Venice), France (Paris), and Scotland. We’re also excited to see the Australian Outback, go on a photo safari in Africa, and visit the beaches in Greece.

We love travel because it lets us immerse ourselves in different cultures and explore new sights and tastes. We believe experiences like this shape a child’s life—stoke their curiosity, make them unafraid to tackle new challenges, and expose them to the bigger, brighter world. We want your child to not just see new places but to also experience the best of them first hand and incorporate those experiences into who they are. Our home will always be a safe and comfortable place to grow up, but we also want a child to see the world beyond their neighborhood.

Adoption in Our Lives

We Can't Wait to Share Our Lives and Adventures with a Child

We’ve seen first-hand the unbelievable impact that adoption has on an entire family. Trey’s step-sister adopted a brother-sister pair from Ethiopia. Lucy was an infant at the time, while Drew was five.

Five years later, both kids are thriving in their new home…and the house is full of energy, activity, and laughter. Trey’s sister and brother-in-law are raising not only Lucy and Drew, but two biological children as well. At Christmas, we joined them at Disney World and watched the kids go crazy for rollercoasters, Disney characters, and fireworks—and we felt so fortunate to share in their joy and excitement.

Trey’s sister and her husband are committed to being completely up-front and honest regarding adoption. They believe that Lucy and Drew should understand where they come from, know that their birth parents love them greatly, and know that the adoption decision was made out of that love. We plan to emulate that approach. As we’ve watched Lucy and Drew grow and become a source of pride, amazement, and joy for their adoptive parents, the experience strengthened not only how we felt about adoption, but also about parenthood in general.

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Photos

At a Beautiful Lake in Italy
At a Beautiful Lake in Italy
Steph with Our Niece, Lexi
Steph with Our Niece, Lexi
After a Tough Crossfit Workout with Our Friends
After a Tough Crossfit Workout with Our Friends
On a Snowmobile Tour in Aspen
On a Snowmobile Tour in Aspen
Posing with Our Nephew and a Stormtrooper
Posing with Our Nephew and a Stormtrooper
Snuggling with Farfel
Snuggling with Farfel
Rappelling in Costa Rica
Rappelling in Costa Rica
Exploring Venice
Exploring Venice
Just Finished the Color Run
Just Finished the Color Run
Dressed Up to See the Opera in Venice
Dressed Up to See the Opera in Venice
Reading with Uncle Trey
Reading with Uncle Trey
Our Dogs, Farfel and Lulu
Our Dogs, Farfel and Lulu
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At a Beautiful Lake in Italy
At a Beautiful Lake in Italy
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Steph with Our Niece, Lexi
Steph with Our Niece, Lexi
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After a Tough Crossfit Workout with Our Friends
After a Tough Crossfit Workout with Our Friends
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On a Snowmobile Tour in Aspen
On a Snowmobile Tour in Aspen
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Posing with Our Nephew and a Stormtrooper
Posing with Our Nephew and a Stormtrooper
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Snuggling with Farfel
Snuggling with Farfel
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Rappelling in Costa Rica
Rappelling in Costa Rica
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Exploring Venice
Exploring Venice
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Just Finished the Color Run
Just Finished the Color Run
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Dressed Up to See the Opera in Venice
Dressed Up to See the Opera in Venice
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Reading with Uncle Trey
Reading with Uncle Trey
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Our Dogs, Farfel and Lulu
Our Dogs, Farfel and Lulu

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a two-story, four-bedroom house in the suburbs of a major Midwestern city. One of the things that drew us to this house, aside from its location in a quiet, safe neighborhood, was that it has a big yard that backs up to woods, and an in-ground pool - the perfect spot to teach a kid to swim. Inside, we have a large family room surrounded by windows, eat-in kitchen, dining room, finished basement with a game room, and Trey’s office, where he does most of his writing. The house also came with a two-story wooden play house in the yard - the perfect “fort” or “castle” from which your child can start all kinds of make-believe adventures.

Our area is centrally located to everything - the elementary school is only a mile from our house, one of the nation’s best zoos is 20 minutes away, plus there's a large park with a huge playground less than a mile from us. Steph’s parents live about 10 minutes away and we have a family farm with a pond, pool, and a freshwater spring that's only a 45-minute drive from our front door.

Our Extended Families

Steph's Family

We have a huge family, and everyone is excited at the prospect of us adopting a baby! Most of Steph’s family lives nearby and we see them often. Trey’s parents live in Texas, and his brother lives near Kansas City. Trey’s step-mom lives in Florida, and his step-sister is in Michigan.

Even though Trey’s side of the family is spread out, we try to see each other 3-4 times a year. Last Christmas, we went with Trey’s step-sister’s family to Disney World—a trip we loved, and one we can’t wait to take with our own child one day.

Trey's Family at Disney

Spending quality time with family is one of our favorite things – be it for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Year’s. When we get together with Trey’s step-family to celebrate Christmas, family tradition includes a card-game gift grab. We laugh a lot and talk smack as we compete for little gifts. When we celebrate Hanukkah with Steph’s family, we eat potato pancakes, light the candles, play dreidel, and exchange gifts.

Another family tradition we can’t wait to share is picking out a pumpkin for Halloween. Growing up, Steph’s family rule was that she could have the biggest pumpkin she could carry out of the patch by herself. We plan to use that same rule with our child, once they’re big enough to carry their own pumpkin.

From Us to You

We’d like to start by saying thank you - both for considering adoption, and for considering us. We know this is not an easy decision and we respect your courage in making it.

We’re here because, while we love and enjoy each other’s company immensely, we want to share that love with a child. We’ve known each other for more than six years, and have been married for the last three. Our relationship initially began with friendship rather than romance, which gave us a solid foundation from the start. We also had already established our own lives and careers before we met, so we could focus our energy on building our lives as a couple, since we already knew who we were individually. Very early in our relationship, though, we knew we wanted our lives together to include a child. However, in spite of extensive efforts, including medical assistance, we weren’t able to get pregnant. That fact hasn’t changed our enthusiasm for being parents at all, just the way we need to go about it - which brings us to you.

We can assure you, if you select us, we will love your child with everything we have, and our lives will be devoted to providing a safe, happy home for him or her to thrive.

We strongly value education and live in an area with public schools that are ranked as some of the best in the state. We both went to public school and benefited from growing up with children of various cultural and economic backgrounds. We also both went to college, and would prepare the child to attend the college of their choice when the time comes - if that is the path they choose. While we value academic education, we also believe life experiences play a huge part in a child’s development and happiness. We look forward to sharing many of our interests: things like fishing, visits to museums, hiking adventures in the woods, camping trips, and reading lots of stories. We’ll play with the dogs in the yard, learn to swim, do arts and crafts, and share our favorite movies as the child grows into them. We’ll travel too, going somewhere new, in the U.S. or internationally, as often as we can.

We can’t wait to share all the things we love, and see the child develop his or her own favorite things. Our mission is to provide a happy, healthy childhood, but also a strong foundation for the child so they have the choice to do whatever they want in life.

And through it all, we want to include you in the picture. We are open to sending letters, e-mails, pictures, having periodic phone calls, and are open to future visits. Above all, we want you to see how your child is doing, and we want your child to know where they came from and to understand they are loved by you as well as us, and what a gift adoption is.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and we wish you well no matter what you decide.

Trey & Stephanie

Favorites

Trey
Stephanie
Actor
Chris Pratt, Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks, Don Cheadle
Actress
Sandra Bullock, Salma Hayek
Cate Blanchett, Melissa McCarthy
Animal
Dog, any dog...preferably puppies
Giraffe
Author
Dean Koontz
Doris Lessing
Book
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Anathem by Neil Stephenson
Candy Bar
Snickers
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Cartoon
Simpsons
Tom & Jerry
Childhood Memory
Going to my first major league baseball game (Royals) with my grandpa.
Disney world when I was 7. My grandfather got me a big stuffed Winnie The Pooh.
Childhood Toy
Atari game system
Stretch Monster, Stuffed Winnie the Pooh
Children's Book
Love You Forever
Where The Wild Things Are
City
Edinburgh, Scotland
New York
Classic Movie
Star Wars
Wizard of Oz
Color
Green
Green
Day of Week
Saturday (doesn't everybody have the same answer?)
Sunday
Dessert
Chocolate pie
Chocolate Souffle
Disney Movie
Lion King
Dumbo
Dream Car
Ferrari
Ferrari 458 Italia
Dream Job
Major League Baseball Player
Owner of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory
Dream Vacation
African photo safari
African Safari
Family Activity
Six Flags/Disney/Universal Studios
Playing games
Flower / Plant
Dogwood tree
Dahlia
Food
Tacos
Blue crab with old bay seasoning
Form of Exercise
CrossFit
Skiing
Fruit
Grapes
Watermelon, Cherries, Nectarines
Game
Cranium or Taboo
Balderdash
Hobby
Writing
Painting Furniture
Holiday
Thanksgiving--the only holiday ALL religions can do; everyone is thankful for something!
Thanksgiving, followed by Halloween
Holiday Song
White Christmas by Bing Crosby
Holiday Tradition
Being with my entire family at Thanksgiving--all the food cooking, the smells, the laughter
Enjoying a good meal with family
Ice Cream
Pralines & Cream
Baskin Robbins Chocolate Peanut Butter, or Pistachio Almond
Junk Food
Doritos or Tostitos w/salsa
Shoe String French Fries
Leisure Activity
Movies--LOVE going to movies. Adventure, sci-fi, comedies, anything.
Going to movies
Magazine
Time or Popular Science
National Geographic
Memory with a Child
Reading Comic Books with My Niece
Holding My Niece for the First Time
Memory with Spouse
The night I proposed to her
The first time he made me laugh so hard I literally fell on the floor
Movie
Raiders of the Lost Ark/Die Hard/Aliens/Jaws/The Matrix...I CAN'T DECIDE ON JUST ONE.
Thomas Crown Affair, Planet of the Apes
Movie Munchie
Popcorn. Butter. What else is there?
Small buttered popcorn and a white cherry Icee
Movie Quote
"I came here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and I'm all out of bubblegum," from "They Live"
"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die," from The Princess Bride
Movie Type
Action
Sci-fi
Musical
The Blues Brothers. Don't argue with me...it had music. It counts as a musical!
Chicago
Musical Group
The Police/Van Halen/Fallout Boy/Foo Fighters
Primus
Nursery Rhyme
Humpty Dumpty
This little piggy
Olympic Event
Wrestling
Field Hockey
Personal Hero
My brother Zack--he died of cancer very young. The strongest, bravest person I'll ever know.
My Grandfather
Play
Much Ado About Nothing
Poet
Eugene Field
Quality about my Spouse
Sense of humor. Hers is as good as mine. :)
His sweetness
Quote
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." -- Albert Einstein
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Restaurant
Anything Italian
Farm to table type places that have creative and well prepared food
Sandwich
Turkey and swiss on wheat bread, with a little too much mayo
Italian sub
Scripture
"Love thy neighbor as you would thyself" If more people did this, the world would be a better place.
Do Unto Others
Shopping Store
Amazon
Amazon.com
Song
Soooo many. "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood, "Walk This Way" by Run DMC, "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars
My name is mud
Sport to Play
Snow skiing. It's as close to flying as I'm gonna get.
Hurling or Field Hockey
Sport to Watch
NFL football
Ice Hockey
Sports Star
Albert Pujols
Usain Bolt
Sports Team
St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Blues
Subject in School
History
Art
Superhero
Iron Man
Groot
Thing to Cook
Spaghetti
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Time of Day
Afternoon
Early morning when I don't have to be anywhere
Tradition
Thanksgiving Day and football with the family
Eating breakfast cake the morning after a birthday
TV Show
Friends
Grey's Anatomy
TV Show Character
Chandler Bing from Friends
Type of Music
Rock
alternative rock, opera
Vacation Spot
Italy
Italy
Video Game
Anything Star Wars
Galaga

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