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Chad & Megan
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to read our profile. We are a fun-loving, energetic couple and have been married for 13 years. We are the proud parents of a beautiful two-year-old boy through adoption and we cannot wait to expand our family. We are honored that you would consider us and are praying for you during your extremely difficult decision.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption holds a very special place in both of our hearts. Adoption is the greatest gift of love that we have ever received. We became parents through adoption when our son Wybrant was born in July of 2016. Holding our son for the first time was an amazing experience and we both knew without a doubt that he was the child meant for us. The road to our choosing adoption was not an easy one, as we had to deal with infertility. Once we knew that conceiving a child may not happen for us, we started to discuss adoption, and never questioned that we would adopt. We are so happy that we choose this path because it led us to our amazing son. We have a great relationship with our son's birth mother and we consider her a part of our family. Through adoption we know that we can expand our family once more. We are so excited to go through the adoption process again and we will be so blessed to have two children that are adopted. We know that adopting a second time will be different from the first, but we believe that it will be just as special and meaningful. Adoption has made it possible for us to become parents and have a family, and for that we are forever grateful.
Our Leisure Time
We have several activities that we enjoy doing as a family, but we also have a few individual hobbies. One of our favorite things we like to do together is to get outside and play. Whether we are at a park, the beach, going for a walk, or just hanging out at home, we love to be active outside. We also love traveling together. We have taken 6 trips since Wybrant has been born, our favorite being a trip last summer to Door County, WI. It was our first trip together as a family and we enjoyed exploring the different harbors, shopping, eating good food, and hiking. We loved watching Wybrant as he explored his new surroundings. We also love to watch sports, especially baseball (Cubs fans) and football (Bears fans), attend sporting events, garden, and hang out with friends and family. We are excited to take Wybrant to his first Chicago Cubs game when he gets a little older. We also like to attend sporting events at our local high school/middle school. Individually, Megan likes to read books, shop with her mom and sisters, and she has a few television series she enjoys. Chad enjoys do-it-yourself projects, especially woodworking, and archery. We also like to work out together and individually. We both enjoy running, bike riding, basketball, and circuit training. Chad enjoys lifting weights with his brother and Megan enjoys workout videos. We definitely like to stay busy, but always find time to relax and enjoy being together!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Megan About Chad: The qualities I admire most in Chad are his hardworking nature and his ability to give 100% to whatever he is doing. Chad will come home from a long day at school and is always ready to help out around the house and play with and care for Wybrant. He is highly energetic and does not get discouraged easily. Chad has always had a heart for helping and encouraging others. He is patient and loving with whoever he comes into contact with. Whenever I am having a bad day or am stressed about something, Chad always knows how to cheer me up and make me laugh. He usually knows how to calm Wybrant down and make him laugh if he is upset or scared. These qualities make Chad an excellent father.
Chad About Megan: Megan's best quality is definitely her selflessness. She always puts others first, and this has definitely contributed to her being a great mother to Wybrant. She is very easygoing, but expresses her opinion in a gentle way. Megan is caring and supportive; I would definitely not be half the person I am without her by my side. She also loves to laugh and have fun, and is usually up for anything. This is a great quality, because I might ask out of nowhere, "Want to go ___?" She is a solid, respectful person, and I have been so proud watching her put all of her good qualities to use as a mother!
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is a ranch style, three bedroom, two bath, located in a rural community in Northern Illinois. We built our home in 2005 on farm land that has been in Chad's family for many generations. We love living on a quiet, private lane with our family members as neighbors. There is a lot of room to run and play and this spring we added a small play area with a toddler swing set and play house. Our garage is one of our favorite rooms because we like to have parties and gatherings in it. Most recently, we had a screen installed so we can relax in the garage on summer evenings and not be bothered by bugs.
We have a wonderful park district within five miles of our home that offers family activities, a large park, walking trail, and animals to feed including deer, llamas, donkeys, pigs, and a horse. The town we live in hosts many family-friendly activities throughout the year, our favorite being the annual summer carnival. We loved taking Wybrant last year and he enjoyed riding the small train and carousel.
We attend church in a neighboring town and our church has several young families with young children. Our church has children's church each Sunday and many different activities throughout the year. Our favorite is the annual Vacation Bible School. We are blessed to live in a small and safe community, with many opportunities close by.
Our Extended Families
Chad is last of four brothers, coming 15 years later than his previously youngest sibling. His oldest brother lives right next door to us and Chad's parents live next door to him. The other brothers and extended family are also in the area which makes it easy to get together often. Chad's oldest brother and wife absolutely love Wybrant and they are willing to babysit whenever we need them to. Wybrant loves to run around the farm and explore and visit with his Aunt and Uncle and Grandparents often. They each keep toys at their homes for when Wybrant comes to visit.
Megan's parents live about a mile away from us and her older sister lies right next door to her parents. Her sister has three boys - ages 11, 9, and 5. Wybrant loves to play with his older cousins and we love to go places together like the zoo, museums, the beach, and parks. Megan's younger sister lives in Alabama with her husband and two daughters - ages 2 and 8 months. We go as a family once a year to visit her in Alabama and they will come back to visit once a year as well. We enjoy celebrating holidays, family birthdays, swimming and hiking together.
Both of our families are nothing but supportive and are anxiously awaiting a new addition to the family!
From Us to You
We cannot thank you enough for taking the time to read our profile and learn more about us. Although our journey is very different from yours, we have likely felt many similar emotions - uncertainty, fear, and sadness, but most importantly, hope! We are so hopeful to expand our family and know that we are ready and capable to care for and nurture a second child. We believe it is your hope for your child to grow up in a stable and loving home and be given opportunities to have a bright future. We are confident that we can provide this for a child.
We have been together for 15 years and married for 13 years. Our time together before we became parents gave us the opportunity to establish a strong and stable marriage. We have had wonderful examples of good marriages, as both of our parents are still married - Megan's for 41 years and Chad's for 59 years. We love to do almost everything together and we share the same values and beliefs. Our commitment to each other and to our family extends from our commitment to our faith. Our Christian faith teaches us that the most important thing in life is to love. We try to model this in everything we do. If you choose us to parent your child, we will love them unconditionally and they will be our number one priority.
Before Wybrant was born, we had wanted to become parents for a long time. When we found out that we could not have children of our own, we knew that adoption was the next path for us. We have always wanted two children, and know that this will be possible through adoption. We pray daily for our future child and for the child's family.
We know that parenting two children will be the hardest job we will ever do. Our lives will change once we have two children to care for. Our children's needs will always come before our own. We believe that our faith in God and the support from our family and friends will be the two most important things that will help us be great parents.
Your child will be welcomed into our family with open arms. We believe your child will benefit from having a sibling who is also adopted. They will always have someone who understands their special story and relates to the ups and downs of being adopted. They will share the special bond of not only being raised by the same parents, but also being united through adoption.
If we are honored enough to be chosen by you, we will make sure your child will always know their adoption story and we will share with them how much you love them and the sacrifice you made for them. We will always look upon you with respect and admiration. If you choose us to parent your child, we will be forever grateful. You will always be considered an extended family member and we will keep you up to date with letters and pictures. We are also open to discussing more contact, such as emails and phone calls, and possibly visits.
We know that there is a child out there for us to complete our family. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for considering us. We will be praying for your during your journey.
Chad & Megan
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