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Brad & Elyssa

Thank you for taking a moment to read about us! We wish you the very best of luck in finding someone perfect for your child, and we would be honored to be considered. You can be confident in knowing that we can offer unconditional love, a safe home, support, encouragement, and guidance to the child that's placed with us. Our dream would be realized to become parents and to complete our family through adoption.

About Us

Brad
Elyssa
Job
English Teacher
Operations Specialist
Education
Master's Degree in English Literature
Bachelor's Degree in Spanish, Psychology
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

Enjoying the Scenery in Sedona

On weeknights, we enjoy eating dinner together and winding down with our dogs while watching TV. We enjoy shows like The Office and This Is Us and we also work out most days of the week. On the weekends, we visit friends or family. We enjoy shopping, having a meal out, hosting game nights, or taking our nieces/nephews out for an activity. During the colder months where we can't be outside as much, Elyssa loves to craft and bake while Brad enjoys home improvement projects. During the spring and summer, we love walking our dogs and gardening in our yard.

We both volunteer for the STL Cure Sarcoma 6k. Elyssa is part of the founding committee and has helped to grow the event over the last five years. She runs the basket raffle for the event, which we both volunteer for on the day of the event. We walk around, get to know people, sell tickets, and all donations go toward sarcoma cancer research.

Elyssa dreams of sharing craft nights or baking with a little one. We look forward to reading with them, taking them ice skating, to the movies or the zoo or museums, letting them run their hands through the dirt while we work in the yard, etc.

Lastly, we love to travel! Traveling will always be a part of who we are—it's what connected us when we met—and we absolutely plan to show our child as much of the world as possible.

Fun Facts About Us:

Touring London

  • We've visited 11 countries between us and only have six states left to see. In 2016, we went on a four-country trip to Europe, including visits to Barcelona, London, Dublin and Munich. Last summer we visited National Parks in Arizona and Utah and visited friends in Phoenix.
  • Brad puts his talents and creativity to use by creating "family movies" on his computer, complete with cool graphics, fun music, and pictures.
  • Brad likes to say he once fell off a mountain (at least that's how he describes it). In reality, he slipped down the side of a butte but was able to climb back up with no injuries.
  • Elyssa has studied three different languages—Spanish, Russian, French. She loves learning about different cultures and being able to speak to people in different languages.
  • Brad has always loved super heroes. Among his favorites are Super Man, Ant-Man, and Spider-Man.
  • Elyssa loved boy bands back in her teenager days and once got to ask 'NSync a question on MTV.
  • Brad loves to hike and once stumbled upon a bear at Mt. Rainier. Luckily, the bear took no interest in Brad, and he left the park unscathed.
  • Cultural Diversity

    Our Annual Trip to the Greek Fest

    It's very important to us that we expose our child to different cultures and ethnic groups. Elyssa studied Spanish throughout high school and it was a natural choice to choose it as a college major. During college, she lived abroad in Spain for two months, attending a Spanish-language immersion school. After college, she spent three months in Chile teaching English to local students. Elyssa tries to keep up with her Spanish by watching TV shows and movies in Spanish, listening to Latin music, visiting regularly with her two close friends who are Spanish teachers, and getting to know her friend's sister-in-law who is from Colombia. Additionally, Elyssa has close family of Mexican heritage who we visit with regularly.

    Elyssa has also studied several other languages (French, Russian) and has tutored immigrants learning English at the International Institute of St. Louis. We like to attend cultural fairs like Greek Fest and the Festival of Nations in the city. We find so much value in being exposed to other cultures and languages as it allows people to challenge their own perspectives of the world. What better way to expand your horizons and become a more open and tolerant person than by meeting people who are different than yourself?

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    Anniversary Date
    Anniversary Date
    Walking the Dogs at the Local Park
    Walking the Dogs at the Local Park
    Beautiful Oregon Sunset
    Beautiful Oregon Sunset
    Visiting Horseshoe Bend
    Visiting Horseshoe Bend
    Holding a Friend's Newborn
    Holding a Friend's Newborn
    Times Square in New York City
    Times Square in New York City
    Building a Snowman
    Building a Snowman
    Brad Being Recognized as an Impactful Teacher
    Brad Being Recognized as an Impactful Teacher
    Dressed Up for a Friend's Wedding
    Dressed Up for a Friend's Wedding
    Holding Our Cousin's Twins
    Holding Our Cousin's Twins
    Visiting the Smoky Mountains
    Visiting the Smoky Mountains
    Exploring Ireland
    Exploring Ireland
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    Times Square in New York City
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    Visiting the Smoky Mountains
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    Exploring Ireland

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    We LOVE our home and community! We live in an Illinois suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Being a college town, our community has a very progressive, open-minded aura about it. In the summer, there are free weekly music concerts, we have an annual bike race as well as art fair, and every weekend we have a local farmer's market. Our community is also a nice blend of urban and rural. Our county also has over 100 miles of bike trails, and our town has a very unique nature preserve with a walking trail as well as a fun children's museum. In addition to all of this, as mentioned, we are very close to St. Louis and all of its amenities.

    Our neighborhood is full of kids riding their bikes, playing basketball, and simply running around in clusters. We live on a quiet street with a cul-de-sac where the houses are well-maintained and our neighbors are very friendly, down-to-earth people.

    Our home is a two-story traditional home with a fenced backyard and lots of beautiful trees that provide privacy. There are four bedrooms in our house, four bathrooms, and a mostly-finished basement that Brad has decked out in paraphernalia from our favorite movies (Harry Potter, Back to the Future, Avengers). This movie room is probably our favorite area of the house since it is a place of total relaxation. Plus, the dogs can snuggle up next to us on the couch, which is one of our favorite things in the world.

    Our Extended Families

    Family Breakfast

    We are very fortunate in that we live close to both sides of the family. Brad's sister, brother-in-law, and their three small children all live just five minutes away, and both Brad's parents and Elyssa's dad and stepmom are 15 minutes away. Elyssa's mom is a little further away at about 45 minutes, but it is still a trip we make every couple of weeks.

    Our Nieces & Nephew

    Like many families, we all get together for major holidays, but we also see family with simple pop-ins to each other's homes. Coordinating dinners out is also a common occurrence, and we are quite used to both calling and receiving calls because either we or someone else needs help moving a piece of furniture or needs assistance with a house project.

    Both sides of our family have been incredibly supportive of our decision to adopt. Elyssa's mom will be a first-time grandparent and has already decided she will be "the spoiler." Brad's parents are already grandparents to three children and love to provide all sorts of entertainment for the kids, from a treehouse built by hand to a zipline, kayaks, an art room, cookie baking, etc. The kids are never bored at their house! We know that any child brought into our family will be loved with the same passion, and our parents can't wait to spoil him or her along with the rest of them.

    From Us to You

    It touches our heart to think of the circumstances that have brought you here. We won't pretend to know what you're feeling, but we do know what it's like to have to make an incredibly tough decision in life, especially when it's one you may feel forced into by your circumstances. We empathize with the struggle you're facing, and we pray that God gives you strength to determine the right decision for you and your baby—whatever that may be.

    A little bit about us ... we met in January of 2014 through an online dating website. We connected right away through our conversations about language, travel, family, and the fact that we grew up only about 25 minutes apart. We met for our first date, and Brad likes to joke about the fact that he had stars in his eyes while Elyssa thought Brad was a bit of a nerd. It's a true story, but clearly after a few dates, Elyssa was won over entirely by Brad's kind heart and handsome smile. Our connection only grew stronger, and on Christmas Eve later that year, Brad proposed. It was the most exciting moment of our lives—until our wedding day, of course! We got married the following summer in Mexico, surrounded by a few close friends and family members. It was magical, and everything we hoped it would be.

    After we got married, we bought a house, which we've been focusing on improving over the last three years. That, our two awesome pups, and an array of hobbies keep us busy. But there has been something missing for us—a void that we haven't been able to fill, which has led us here.

    Our adoption journey and your adoption journey have obviously been worlds apart up to this point. We are here because we've struggled to conceive our own biological child. After trying for two years unsuccessfully, we decided we needed intervention. We tried certain infertility treatments but stopped short of IVF when we realized that our ultimate goal wasn't so much to become pregnant, but to become parents. That's when it hit us that adoption could very well be our path to parenting. After much discussion and taking some time to grieve our infertility, we dove head-first into adoption, and we haven't looked back since. We absolutely cannot wait to become parents and bring a beautiful new baby into our home! Most recently, we've begun working on the nursery, and sometimes we just sit in that room reading or sipping coffee just to feel a little physically closer to where our baby will one day be.

    A topic of utmost importance in the life of our child will be their adoption story. We want them to feel encouraged and welcomed to ask questions. We want them to know their history. Any child should have no doubt about their identity and where they come from. We respect that different birth parents will wish to have different degrees of communication, but we do hope that the birth parents will want to have some kind of contact or communication with their child simply because we think that would be the best thing for the child. We hope to share photos, phone/video calls, in-person meetings when possible, and any other contact their birth parents and the child feel comfortable with. We also understand that this relationship may be an ebb and flow of more or less contact at certain times of life just depending upon the circumstances in the birth parents' lives. But ultimately, just know that we want to support and nurture a relationship with you because we think it is of the utmost importance.

    Brad & Elyssa

    Favorites

    Brad
    Elyssa
    Actor
    Chris Pratt
    Chris Pratt
    Actress
    Judi Dench
    Mandy Moore
    Animal
    Giraffe
    Dog
    Author
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    J.K. Rowling
    Book
    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
    The whole Harry Potter series
    Candy Bar
    Twix
    Snickers
    Cartoon
    Doug
    Moana
    Childhood Memory
    Riding my bike around the neighborhood
    Going to Six Flags with my brothers and sisters
    Childhood Toy
    My Hot Wheels
    Rainbow Brite
    Children's Book
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Green Eggs and Ham
    City
    London
    London
    Classic Movie
    The Wizard of Oz
    Alice in Wonderland
    Color
    Red
    Purple
    Day of Week
    Friday
    Saturday
    Dessert
    Carrot cake
    Tiramisu
    Disney Movie
    Beauty & The Beast
    The Little Mermaid
    Dream Car
    Jeep Wrangler
    Volkswagen Beetle or Jeep Wrangler
    Dream Job
    Actor
    Travel Photographer
    Dream Vacation
    Australia
    City-hopping in Europe
    Family Activity
    Traveling
    Traveling together. Travel opens up your eyes to so many things, and it's neat to experience those things together.
    Flower / Plant
    Dahlia
    Hydrangea
    Food
    Pizza
    Italian or Mexican
    Form of Exercise
    Elliptical
    I have a love/hate relationship with any type of cardio
    Fruit
    Pineapple
    Strawberries
    Game
    Clue
    Cards Against Humanity
    Hobby
    Video editing
    Photography, Crafting, Gardening
    Holiday
    Christmas
    Easter
    Holiday Song
    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    Oh Holy Night
    Holiday Tradition
    Waking up early on Christmas Day
    Putting up the Christmas decorations with Brad the day after Thanksgiving
    Ice Cream
    Cookies & Cream
    Cookie dough
    Junk Food
    Gummy bears
    Toasty Cheez-its
    Leisure Activity
    Watching movies
    Watching TV on the couch with Brad & our dogs
    Magazine
    Time
    Women's Health
    Memory with a Child
    Birth of my first niece, Addie
    Holding my nieces & nephews right after they were born. There's always something special about holding a brand new baby.
    Memory with Spouse
    The day we got married. Best day ever!
    Our wedding! We got married in Mexico with about 30 friends and family, and it was the most amazing experience. We left with wonderful memories.
    Movie
    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
    Stardust
    Movie Munchie
    Junior Mints
    Raisinets
    Movie Quote
    "Great Scott!"
    "Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy."
    Movie Type
    Comedy
    Comedy
    Musical
    The Wizard of Oz
    Beauty & The Beast
    Musical Group
    I actually don't have a favorite. I like a wide variety of music.
    Queen
    Nursery Rhyme
    Row, Row, Row Your Boat
    Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
    Olympic Event
    Swimming
    Figure skating (winter) or Gymnastics (Summer)
    Personal Hero
    My dad
    I'd probably have to say my father-in-law. The guy knows how to do absolutely anything. He's also smart, witty, compassionate, and his family is always his #1 priority. I have so much respect for him.
    Play
    Cyrano de Bergerac
    A Christmas Carol
    Poet
    Walt Whitman
    Pablo Neruda
    Quality about my Spouse
    How nice she is
    He is the most patient person you will ever meet
    Quote
    The only thing successful sitting down in life is a chicken.
    "Change your thoughts and you change your world."
    Restaurant
    La Casa Mexicana
    Olive Garden
    Sandwich
    grilled cheese
    Buffalo Ranch Chicken sandwich
    Scripture
    And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
    And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
    Shopping Store
    Target
    Michael's
    Song
    Shut Up & Dance
    Spread Your Wings by Queen
    Sport to Play
    Basketball
    Tennis
    Sport to Watch
    Basketball
    Baseball
    Sports Star
    Mia Hamm
    Michael Phelps
    Sports Team
    St. Louis Cardinals
    St. Louis Cardinals
    Subject in School
    English
    Spanish
    Superhero
    Ant-Man
    Wonder Woman
    Thing to Cook
    Omelette
    Desserts, especially if I've never made the recipe before
    Time of Day
    Morning
    When work is done
    Tradition
    Cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning
    Putting together Easter baskets for my nieces & nephews
    TV Show
    The Office
    Friends or This Is Us
    TV Show Character
    Dwight from The Office
    Jack from This Is Us
    Type of Music
    Instrumental
    I like a wide variety of music, so I can't choose just one type.
    Vacation Spot
    American West
    Anywhere I haven't already been (or a beach resort always works too!)
    Video Game
    Super Mario Brothers
    Super Mario Brothers

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