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Rob & Erica

Adopting another child is an opportunity for more in our lives. More love, more laughter, more hugs, and more fun. We have always dreamed of being a family of four and having a younger sibling for our son to grow up with. Being parents has been the greatest adventure of our lives, and it is one that we hope you will consider us as parents for your child.

About Us

Rob
Erica
Job
Senior Strategist
Part-Time Physical Therapist
Education
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree
Children
Liam
Relationship
Legally Married

Why We Chose Adoption

Disney Vacation

When we found out we were pregnant with our son, Liam, we were cautious. We had already endured a miscarriage together, but truly could not contain our excitement. The pregnancy turned out to take quite an emotional and physical toll on both of us. Erica was sick for the majority of the pregnancy and at six months along was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. The pregnancy did not get easier, and it took about 18 months after giving birth for Erica to go into remission. Although Erica is healthy now, and the symptoms resolved we were instructed not to get pregnant again. Hearing this information was devastating; we always pictured our family being larger, and Liam growing up with siblings.

In our life, there has been no greater adventure than watching our family grow together. Through each challenge and success, though, we find ourselves saying we want more: more dancing, singing in the car, bedtime stories, and hilarious little kid moments with cuddles in the middle of the night. Liam shares our need - he informs us often that he can't wait to have a little brother or sister in his life. This is our hope for adoption: to fill a need in our family for more love, more laughter, and more support for each of us through all of life's adventures and challenges.

Our Cultural Heritage

With Our Nieces & Nephews

Growing up, Rob and Erica enjoyed learning about their own cultural heritage. Erica's hails from Polish-Italian and Swedish-German families; Rob's background includes Native American bloodlines to the Cherokee tribe. Exploring our mutual heritage gave us the foundation to grow into who we longed to become and it's something we will continue to research in the future, as we believe it's an important part of knowing who we are. 

Our hope is to pass a multi-cultural lifestyle on to our children. We want our children to feel rooted in who they are and where they came from, with pride in their history and confidence in their future. We want our family to embrace difference and strive to teach Liam to be a friend to everyone.

Our goal as parents is to help our children understand and embrace their own culture and heritage, biological or adopted. Each of us brings a different background and we share that heritage as a family. 

Education We will Provide

Education, and a lifetime of learning, is very important in our family. It required discipline, hard work, and the love and support of our families to get through graduate school. Now, with our children, we intend to instill our love of learning at young ages. Part of our love for learning has come from reading (anything and everything) from a young age, and our being encouraged by our parents to explore questions instead of easily being given "the answer". We look forward to the challenge of finding the fun and love of learning within our children.

Growing up we were both in Scouts, honors societies, school councils, research teams, and Rob even attended space camp. We hope to provide even more opportunities for learning, facilitating our children to thrive with what they enjoy learning and challenge them to push the limits where they may be uncomfortable. We are blessed to live in an exemplary school district that shares our passion for learning and provides extensive resources and extracurricular activities to give our children a stellar education. (And Rob looks forward to going back to Space Camp, one day, with the kids!)

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Photos

At a Wedding
At a Wedding
Rob in India
Rob in India
Water Balloon Fight with Mom
Water Balloon Fight with Mom
Indoor Skydiving
Indoor Skydiving
Star Wars Fun
Star Wars Fun
Beautiful Day for a Hike
Beautiful Day for a Hike
6th Anniversary Date
6th Anniversary Date
Family Ski Vacation
Family Ski Vacation
Buzz Lightyear & Liam
Buzz Lightyear & Liam
Best Friends
Best Friends
Summertime Fun
Summertime Fun
Our Happy Family
Our Happy Family
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Rob in India
Rob in India
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Water Balloon Fight with Mom
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Indoor Skydiving
Indoor Skydiving
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Star Wars Fun
Star Wars Fun
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Beautiful Day for a Hike
Beautiful Day for a Hike
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6th Anniversary Date
6th Anniversary Date
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Family Ski Vacation
Family Ski Vacation
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Buzz Lightyear & Liam
Buzz Lightyear & Liam
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Best Friends
Best Friends
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Summertime Fun
Summertime Fun
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Our Happy Family
Our Happy Family

Our House and Neighborhood

Home Sweet Home

We live in a bustling suburb in Kansas. Our neighborhood is filled with young, diverse families. The neighborhood has large, expansive play fields where the kids congregate for soccer, baseball, or a game of tag. All of our neighborhood kids play together, the adults pitch in if anyone needs help, and in the summer there are outdoor celebrations for holidays and baseball playoffs. Our neighbors take active interest in our lives which gives a great sense of community. The area we live in is safe and has exemplary school district ratings. Since an active outdoor life is important to us, our home is centrally located to parks, lakes, and community pools (which are wonderful!). Our town home is two stories tall, with three bedrooms and two baths. Our favorite part of our home is the open living area; we can spend time cooking in the kitchen while playing in the living room with our son.

As for the best parts of Kansas? While there are many wonderful things, our favorites are the great, big, open skies and the kind people who live here. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking and our mid-Western friends are even better!

Our Extended Families

Rob's Family

We are both blessed with large loving families. Even "small" family gatherings often turn out to be a lively affair with parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews because we can't imagine anyone missing out! Naturally as we have all continued to grow up our extended family has continued to grow in size, with each new addition a cherished little contribution. Although we may be spread all over the United States, it hasn't stopped our families from seeing one another each month. If anything it has given us a reason to travel and explore more often while making happy memories along the way.

Erica's Family

Between visits we make a point to video chat with our families a few times a week, often with our son reading books with his cousins and grandparents. We are sport enthusiasts from birth, often trying to fit in a variety professional events with each visit, and if nothing else a party to commemorate the game. This past summer we were lucky enough to have Erica's entire family at a baseball game together to celebrate her grandfather's 80th birthday. Everyone was dressed in full Pittsburgh Pirates gear, and had fashioned signs to show our family pride.

From Us to You

Every parent has a goal to do their absolute best for their child. At this moment we are hoping and praying that you determine us to be what is best for the little lovey you are carrying. We cannot imagine the burden you bear in making this decision and hope that in getting to know us that burden may be lifted.

Our story together began in August of 2009 when Erica began physical therapy school and Rob was finishing his own physical therapy degree. We were friends before we began dating, but undeniably fell in love. Our first year of knowing one another was a whirlwind of vacations, weekend getaways to adjacent cities, meeting each other's family members, and discussing our dreams for the future. We were married in October of 2011 and in April of 2014 our family went from two to three. During our eight years together we have been through multiple moves, weddings, funerals, births, and everything in between. Our decision to adopt has not come about lightly. We have spent years discussing our best course of action hoping to become a family of four and for many reasons have decided adoption is the path we should take.

Before we were blessed with the birth of our son, Liam, we struggled with a miscarriage and an extremely challenging pregnancy for Erica's health while she carried Liam. It wasn't until after giving birth to Liam that we realized how close Erica had been to requiring major surgery to correct the toll Crohn's disease had taken on her body. It took almost two years from the time Erica was diagnosed with Crohn's disease during her pregnancy until she was formally in remission. Those two years were filled with the joys of having our first child and the devastation of having three separate physicians advising us to take measures not to become pregnant again. The decision to pursue adoption became much easier when we considered the quality of life we wanted to provide for our children. That quality of life did not include a sick mother who required surgeries and hospitalizations. Being in remission has meant we can live an unrestricted life like anyone else and we can all fully experience the joys of being a healthy and thriving family.

Despite being a happy and healthy family we still felt incomplete. We still dream of being a family of four. Liam continues to let us know he would love to have a sibling each time we see families with multiple children out playing together. Adoption had frequently come up in conversation, even prior to becoming pregnant with Liam. We had always considered adoption to be a rewarding opportunity to grow our family while providing unconditional love to a tiny human. What we have only recently come to realize is how we need another child as much as they may need us. When we picture growing older as a family we see our children playing together, becoming friends as they become adults, sharing in their experiences as they find love and start their own families, and allowing us the gift of being there to support them as their parents.

Being a parent has been an honor and a gift beyond our wildest imaginations. It has changed us each personally, how we view the world, our relationship with one another, and has helped is to truly understand what is important to us. Adopting a child is one of the most important things we will do in our lives, but it is only the beginning of a story that we cannot wait to be a part of.

How the story of our adopted child plays out will be an adventure to behold. We hope, and intend, to share this adventure with you in the form of letters, photographs, etc. We thank you for taking time to get to know us and hope to get to know more about you soon.

Kindest regards,

Rob & Erica

Favorites

Rob
Erica
Actor
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
Actress
Kristen Bell
Julie Andrews
Animal
Dog
Owl
Author
Jim Butcher
John Grisham
Book
The Dark Tower
Eat, Pray, Love
Candy Bar
Mounds
Almond Joy
Cartoon
Voltron
Dexter's Laboratory
Childhood Memory
My fondest memories were of family reunions and holidays.
My fondest memories involve playing in the woods behind our house or at camp.
Childhood Toy
Legos
Doll house
Children's Book
Ender's Game
A Wrinkle in Time
City
Stuttgart, Germany
San Fransisco
Classic Movie
Gone with the Wind
Singing in the Rain
Color
Normal Green
Chartreuse Green
Day of Week
Thursday
Thursday
Dessert
Derby pie
A fresh, homemade chocolate chip cookie
Disney Movie
Beauty and the Beast
Up
Dream Car
Ford Explorer
Aston Martin DB5 (favorite James Bond car)
Dream Job
Astronaut
Astronaut
Dream Vacation
Backpacking Through Japan
River Cruise on the Rhine River
Family Activity
Lazing around with my family at home
Vacations or weekend trips
Flower / Plant
Tulips
Sweet Alyssum
Food
Bacon
Tacos
Form of Exercise
Cycling
Yoga
Fruit
Bananas
Apple
Game
Dungeons and Dragons
Pictionary
Hobby
Cooking
Reading memoirs
Holiday
Christmas
Christmas
Holiday Song
Greensleeves
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Holiday Tradition
Replacing lyrics in my wife's favorite Christmas carols
Driving around to look at Christmas lights while singing carols and drinking hot cocoa
Ice Cream
Oreo
Pineapple whip ice cream
Junk Food
Popcorn
Buffalo pretzel pieces
Leisure Activity
Reading
Going to the movies
Magazine
Game Informer
Food Network Magazine
Memory with a Child
Playing hide and seek
Being up in the middle of the night with my son while the whole world seemed asleep
Memory with Spouse
Trip to Hawaii
Going to a botanic garden Christmas display during a blizzard
Movie
Star Wars
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Movie Munchie
Popcorn
Sour patch kids
Movie Quote
"We have a Hulk." -Avengers
"As you wish." -The Princess Bride
Movie Type
Marvel Movies
Marvel Movies
Musical
Les Miserables
The Phantom of the Opera
Musical Group
Pink Floyd
The Beatles
Nursery Rhyme
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Peter Piper
Olympic Event
Soccer
Summer: swimming, Winter: hockey
Personal Hero
My wife
My parents
Play
Much Ado About Nothing
Amadeus
Poet
Leonard Cohen
Robert Frost
Quality about my Spouse
My wife's passion and commitment to our lives.
His unyielding ability to see the bigger picture and help me to see it also.
Quote
"A ship in harbor is safe- but that is not what ships are built for." - John A. Shedd
"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Restaurant
Thai restaurants
Farm to table restaurants
Sandwich
Philly cheesesteak
Nonna's veggie from Primo's sub
Scripture
Matthew 22:39 - "And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."
Shopping Store
Best Buy
Target
Song
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Let It Be - The Beatles
Sport to Play
Golf
Soccer
Sport to Watch
Football
Football
Sports Star
Aaron Rogers
Mario Lemieux- Pittsburgh hockey
Sports Team
Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steeler's
Subject in School
Physics
Anatomy
Superhero
Ironman
The Hulk
Thing to Cook
Barbeque
Desserts
Time of Day
Morning
Evening
Tradition
Looking at Christmas lights with my family
Saying our prayers together and giving thanks before bed
TV Show
Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Mr. Robot
Gilmore Girls
TV Show Character
Raylan Givens
Lorelai Gilmore
Type of Music
Alternative
Rock music
Vacation Spot
Hawaii
Hawaii
Video Game
Final Fantasy 7
Diablo

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