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Brian & Andrea
Our hearts are wide open and we cannot wait to be given the opportunity to grow our family through adoption! We are so excited that you are considering us as adoptive parents of your child. We feel that we can provide unconditional love, support, stability, laughter, and fun in their life. Words cannot express how we appreciate you taking the time to learn more about us!
Our Leisure Time
We fill our time outside of work with a variety of activities. Together, we love to walk and play with our dogs, Miller and Carli. They are a source of never-ending love, laughter, and snuggles. They are so gentle with our niece and nephews and our friends’ children!
We frequently explore our city by trying new restaurants, visiting our favorite parks and campgrounds, and attending local football and hockey games. We love to explore the world together too. We've traveled across Europe and throughout the U.S., looking for the best food and memories we can find.
Andrea loves to use her sewing machine for home projects and to help our family and friends decorate theirs. She plays the guitar and piano and enjoys going to concerts with friends. She’s also come to enjoy running and time at the gym, she finished her first official race in the fall! Brian loves to cook and perfect new recipes, he also enjoys running and cycling, completing a half marathon and a 100-mile bike race this year!
While we love to be active and have many hobbies, we make sure to balance busy time out with enough quiet time home together. We are so excited to share the activities that make us happy with our future child!
Our Family Traditions
We were both raised in families with many annual and holiday traditions. As we've built our relationship, we've also developed a few of our own.
Brian and his brothers grew up with an annual summer trip to Noah's Ark, the world's largest water park, in Wisconsin Dells. We've gone together several times and can't wait to splash around as a family. Andrea's family frequently camped around Wisconsin in the summers and we've made it a goal for one long trip, at least, each year.
We've both love watching 4th of July fireworks snuggled up under the sky, gigantic family Thanksgiving feasts, Christmas stockings, and Santa Claus. Brian is excited to resume his family tradition of one Christmas-Eve gift to open early (just one!) as our family grows. We're both excited for the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny to bring their magic back into our lives, as well. We're thrilled for the chance to continue to follow our fun family traditions with our child!
Our Dogs, Miller & Carli
Our dogs, Miller and Carli, hold onto a very large piece of our hearts. We were lucky to rescue each of them from our local Humane Society.
We both grew up with pets and were thrilled to have one of our own; that's when we got Miller. He taught us the importance of quiet time and calm, as he came to us with significant fear and anxiety from his previous home. We've taken the time to help him adjust and he's now a happy, healthy, friendly, and curious 9 year old. We welcomed Carli home 5 years ago-after we moved into our current house. This pup taught us patience and to manage our frustrations, as we found she was able to jump the fence in our yard if she's in the mood.
We've learned to embrace their widely different personalities and have so enjoyed seeing Miller and Carli come to love each other. Every day, we look forward to coming home from work and being met with their ever wagging tails and kisses. We love our dogs unconditionally (chewed up shoes, tipped over garbage cans, and chases through the neighborhood included) and feel they're truly a part of our family.
Our Extended Families
Our families have never failed to show us unconditional love and support. We feel that we will be able to provide the same to our future child if you choose us to be adoptive parents. They will have 2 sets of grandparents with enormous hearts. Their excitement and outpouring of love over our plan to adopt has truly humbled us.
Brian is the oldest of 3 brothers. Joey is a pastor and his wife, Carrie, stays at home with their 3 wild, beautiful children that cannot wait for a cousin to love and play with. Curtis and his fiance, Brittaney, are Army sergeants and have both been through recent deployments to the Middle East. Andrea is the oldest of 2, and her younger brother Paul is a musician, touring the U.S. throughout the year with a variety of music groups. Everyone is so excited to welcome a little one into our family!
Almost everyone lives within an hour drive and we get together often. Family holiday celebrations are a must, Thanksgiving and Christmas are spent with a very full house and more laughter than you can imagine. This year, we ran a family Turkey Trot 5K with Brian's siblings before coming home to cook together for a dual-family feast!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a larger city in Wisconsin, in a suburban neighborhood with friendly neighbors and a great park just at the end of our block. We're just a short drive from an incredible children's museum, beautiful zoo, and multiple swimming pools and splash pads, where we love to go with our niece and nephews. We love to explore the local farmer’s market, go to outdoor concerts, and take in all the great summer festivals that our beautiful city has to offer. Also, we have many opportunities to attend neighborhood festivals, events, and activities in our area that are perfectly suited to families and children of any ages.
Our home has 3 bedrooms and a big kitchen where we love to cook together. Our living room is inviting and cozy. We also have a great finished basement that's perfect for our family gatherings and watching football and hockey games with our friends. We tend a large backyard garden in the summer and love to grow new and unique veggies (tomatillos, this year!). Our fenced in yard is perfect for our dogs to run and has a hill for sledding, along with plenty of play space. We are so excited to share our home and what makes our city special with a child!
From Us to You
Our names are Brian and Andrea and we are so thankful you've taken the time to get to know us. As we've traveled down this road, pursuing adoption, we've come to deeply appreciate the challenging decision and sacrifice you're facing. We hope, that by reading this, you can understand the abundant love and opportunities we will be able to provide in your child's life. We also wish you strength in reaching a decision that brings you peace and comfort.
We met by chance! We were passing in a hallway at just the right time to be introduced by a mutual friend in college. It was immediately apparent that there was a connection and within weeks we were nearly inseparable and very much in love. We dated for several years, became engaged, married, and just like that-more than a decade has passed!
In that time we've graduated college, gotten jobs, and built careers. We purchased a house that we've built into a home, explored the country and the world, and added two wonderful dogs to our little "family". We've continued to grow our love for each other and strengthen our relationship and marriage along the way. As we've built an extremely stable foundation for growing our family further, we realized that nothing had ever felt as immediately perfect as the moment we chose to pursue adoption rather than more traditional methods of having children.
We know that we have as much love in our hearts to give as any parents could possibly have, and we have never felt that the only way to give that love is through a biological birth. We've chosen adoption because we know there will be a child at the perfect time that will be waiting to be given our whole hearts. We couldn't be more excited to welcome the child that's grown in our dreams into our family.
We can't wait to experience family holidays, hikes and camping trips, excursions to the farmers' market, football games, or quiet nights at home as a family rather than a couple.
Our family and home are just waiting to grow by 2 small hands and feet. Your decision to choose us as adoptive parents is a decision we know is not to be taken lightly. Our hearts are wide open and we cannot wait to be given to opportunity to grow our family with a beautiful child. We're confident that we'll be able to provide the best possible life for our child, overflowing with love, support, encouragement, and stability.
We respect the decision you're making and can offer our eagerness to remain in touch with updates through email and photos and would love to offer at least one visit, if you're interested, in person. We cannot wait for this child to learn all about you as soon as they can begin to understand.
It's an odd feeling, to already feel unconditional love for a child we have not yet met and a love and respect for you, the woman bringing them into the world. We've found this feeling to be growing within us as we wait to be chosen as a perfect match. You can be certain we will provide nothing but the most love and endless possibilities for the brightest future. We cannot wait to hear from you soon!
Brian & Andrea
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