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Colin & Madeline

We are so excited to adopt and expand our family. Adoption is a difficult but rewarding journey. We are best friends who love each other so much and we are ready to bring a child into our home and share our lives with them. Thank you for visiting our profile. We hope you consider us to be your child's parents!

About Us

Colin
Madeline
Job
Software Developer
Academic Advisor
Education
Master's Degree in Computer Science
Master's Degree in Social Work
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

Cheering on the Badgers!

Madeline loves to knit! Knitting is something her mom taught her, and when they get together, they are almost always knitting. She is so excited to start on baby knits - blankets, hats, tiny sweaters - our baby is going to be so cozy! Madeline also loves to cook. She loves finding new recipes to try. Every year for Christmas, she takes a couple days off of work to bake cookies. This past year, she made over 1,300 to share with friends and family. She can’t wait for our child to be old enough to decorate cookies with her.

Colin has been playing hockey since he was ten. His dad taught him how to skate and coached all of his teams. He even got to play hockey on a team with his dad when he got older. He recently taught our nephew how to ice skate and can’t wait to teach our child. Colin also loves the outdoors and exercising. He enjoys snowboarding and snowshoeing in the winter and waterskiing in the summer.

Together we are super into games. We have tons of board games and are always excited to learn new card games. There are so many awesome games for kids to play and we’re both really excited to teach our child to play our favorite games.

Our Family Traditions

Apple Picking at Madeline's Dad's Farm

We have lots of traditions around food and family, two of our favorite things! Colin’s family is part Polish and at Christmas they make pierogi. Madeline’s mom’s side is Croatian and a big part of Croatian culture is cooking meat on a large, outdoor spit. We go to Madeline’s family’s house every summer for a lamb roast and to play lawn games.

We try to visit Colin’s family in Arizona a couple of times a year. We always go at Christmas and they try to come to Wisconsin in the summer. Our visits always include game nights. We’ve even taken decks of cards to restaurants. When we go to Arizona for Christmas, Colin’s mom organizes a fun excursion outside of the house. One year we went to the Phoenix Art Museum, another year to the Musical Instrument Museum, and one year we watched a puppet show. It’s always fun and unique and makes the visits even more enjoyable.

One of our favorite things to do with Madeline’s dad is to go to his tree farm. He has dozens of apple trees that we pick from every year to make applesauce. We also go to his place every December to cut down our own Christmas tree. We drive the tree home and decorate it while watching Elf. We can’t wait to share this tradition with our child!

Cultural Diversity

There are so many ways to talk about and incorporate diversity in our home. From the books we read, to the toys and games we play, making sure our child sees him or herself represented is important to us. Outside of the home, it is important to be aware of the places we go - parks, schools, grocery stores, salons - and make sure our child sees people who look like him or her so our child will feel connected in the community. Ultimately, children ask questions about the world around them as they are making sense of it and answering those questions honestly and thoughtfully will help our child know how much we love and celebrate them.

We have our own cultures we were born with and our child will have theirs. Adoption is unique in that it is an opportunity to blend multiple cultures. It’s important to us that our child identifies and celebrates their birth culture as well as their adopted culture. We know this could cause difficulty for him or her at various times of his or her life, but we hope to foster a connection to all sides of his or her heritage. We welcome questions and know we’ll have some of our own. It will be an ongoing education and we’re excited and committed to continue learning.

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Photos

All Dressed Up
All Dressed Up
Visiting Redwood National Park
Visiting Redwood National Park
Christmas with Our Niece
Christmas with Our Niece
Building a Snowman with Our Nephew
Building a Snowman with Our Nephew
Dog Pile on Uncle Colin!
Dog Pile on Uncle Colin!
Just Being Silly
Just Being Silly
Learning Woodworking with Colin's Grandpa
Learning Woodworking with Colin's Grandpa
Biking Down to the Football Game
Biking Down to the Football Game
Summer Bonfire
Summer Bonfire
Checking Out the Trails in Utah
Checking Out the Trails in Utah
Game Day!
Game Day!
Our First Broadway Show
Our First Broadway Show
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All Dressed Up
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Visiting Redwood National Park
Visiting Redwood National Park
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Christmas with Our Niece
Christmas with Our Niece
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Building a Snowman with Our Nephew
Building a Snowman with Our Nephew
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Dog Pile on Uncle Colin!
Dog Pile on Uncle Colin!
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Just Being Silly
Just Being Silly
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Learning Woodworking with Colin's Grandpa
Learning Woodworking with Colin's Grandpa
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Biking Down to the Football Game
Biking Down to the Football Game
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Summer Bonfire
Summer Bonfire
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Checking Out the Trails in Utah
Checking Out the Trails in Utah
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Game Day!
Game Day!
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Our First Broadway Show
Our First Broadway Show

Our Extended Families

Family Time in Utah

We are both close to our families. Colin's family is just a plane ride away in Arizona. We visit Colin's family a few times a year and spend a lot of time catching up, playing games, and going to Colin's favorite restaurants from his hometown. His mom usually finds a few fun things for us to do, like check out museums or shows we haven't seen. Any free time we have with our nieces and Colin's sisters are spent playing cards.

Christmas with Madeline's Family

Madeline's family lives close by. We spend a ton of time with the kids taking them to the neighborhood park, sporting events, local museums, and the zoo. Madeline's family is also super into games and we try to organize weekends to stay with her sister to play games. Colin also spends a few weekends a year at Madeline's parents chopping wood to bring home for our fireplace.

Our families are super supportive of our adoption plan and are so excited for us and this child. There are tons of kids to play with and, between the two of us, our baby will have six grandparents to love them.

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a 1950's ranch style house in Wisconsin. In the few years we've lived here, we've completely renovated the kitchen and bathroom. Our kitchen is huge and used constantly - when Colin's family visited last year, all 8 of us were cooking together! The house also has a wood-burning fireplace that we love to use throughout the winter. It makes our home so cozy!

Pushing the Kids on the Swing in Our Backyard

We have a big backyard where we have cookouts and bonfires. We put up a tree swing that our nieces and nephew love. We also have a hammock that Madeline loves relaxing in. Although we live in a city, our house is on a quiet cul-de-sac. Our neighborhood is an older, established neighborhood so it's full of parks and families of all ages.

We're just two blocks away from a huge park with playground equipment, basketball and tennis courts, and two ice rinks. The park hosts all sorts of events, including our favorite 4th of July party, complete with a parade kids can be in. About a block away is one of our city's bike paths that leads downtown. We often go on walks or take the path to grab dinner close by. Also close by are a library, ice cream shop, and a great pizza place!

From Us to You

Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile and get to know us. We met six years ago and have been married for four. When we realized conceiving a child wasn’t possible for us without fertility treatments, we had a long conversation about our options and what we wanted to do. Ultimately, we decided we’d try fertility treatments for a little bit, but we always said if our fertility option was IVF, we were much more interested in adopting. We both thought about adoption before we met, and realizing adoption was how we would be able to grow our family was actually really exciting. Getting pregnant and carrying a child has never been the important part - we want to be parents, no matter how that happens for us.

We know parenting will be difficult, but immeasurably rewarding. We have a tremendous support system surrounding us to help and encourage us. Our sisters have been amazing and are so excited for us to have a baby. Also excited? Our child’s six grandparents! Madeline’s retired mom is even planning on helping with childcare like she did for Madeline’s sister, so we know our baby is home with someone who loves him or her. Madeline’s mom raised two daughters who turned out pretty well, so we think she’s a good choice!

There are so many experiences and traditions we’re excited to introduce our child to. From board game and puzzles to travelling around the country or world, a child will fit right into our family. Colin can’t wait to teach our child to ice skate at the park nearby. Madeline’s eager to cook and bake with our child. Both of us are excited to take our child to his or her first football game. Mostly though, we’re excited for the day to day with our child - teaching him or her how to read, playing with Legos, and curling up in front of the fire with hot chocolate.

We know raising a child is constant education on our part - even more so with a child who is a different race than we are, and we don’t take that lightly. We want our child to be proud of his or her heritage and that starts with us. We will make sure our child sees him or herself in the toys and books we buy, the movies we watch, and the stores and restaurants we go to. Most importantly, we’ll listen. Kids ask tough questions: some we’ll be prepared for, and some we won’t be. The more we educate ourselves, the easier it will be to answer those unexpected questions.

We believe it’s important for children to know who they are and where they come from. We never want our child to think of adoption as a negative or a last resort. We want to celebrate our family and the way it was created. Because of that, we plan on being open with our child about his or her adoption story. We want our child to know who his or her birth parents are and want to keep you updated as well. We promise to send pictures and letters and let you know how he or she is growing up. We respect that this relationship will evolve over time and want to make sure you're comfortable with it.

We know this is a difficult decision for you and respect whatever you decide. We hope that our profile shows that we would provide a loving, nurturing, and encouraging home for your baby.

Yours truly,

Colin & Madeline

Favorites

Colin
Madeline
Actor
Jim Carrey
Gary Oldman
Actress
Natalie Portman
Maggie Smith
Animal
Dog
Red Panda
Author
Douglas Adams
JK Rowling
Book
The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy
All of the Harry Potter series
Candy Bar
Reese's Cups
Kit Kat
Cartoon
Calvin and Hobbes
Scooby-Doo
Childhood Memory
Playing hockey with my dad
Childhood Toy
Legos
Legos & American Girl Dolls
Children's Book
Oh the Places You'll Go
Is Your Mama a Llama?
City
Chicago
Chicago
Classic Movie
Clue
Meet Me in St. Louis
Color
Teal
Purple
Day of Week
Friday
Saturday
Dessert
Pizza Cookie
Pavlova with strawberries
Disney Movie
Toy Story
Mulan
Dream Car
Subaru BRZ
A self-driving one
Dream Job
Programmer for educational games
Book editor
Dream Vacation
Croatia
Taking Colin to Croatia to see where my family is from
Family Activity
Playing Cards
Playing board games
Flower / Plant
Cactus
Roses
Food
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Homemade gnocchi
Form of Exercise
Hockey
Going for walks
Fruit
Blackberries
Apples & grapefruit
Game
Pandemic (board game)
Pandemic & cribbage
Hobby
Hockey
Knitting
Holiday
Christmas
Christmas
Holiday Song
I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas
Mary's Boy Child
Holiday Tradition
Visiting family in Phoenix
Finding a lopsided tree for our house
Ice Cream
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Anything by Ben & Jerry
Junk Food
Barbeque Chips
Popcorn
Leisure Activity
Board Games
Magazine
Handyman
This Old House
Memory with a Child
Teaching nephew to ice skate
Taking the nieces and nephew to their first hockey game
Memory with Spouse
First date
When I told him I loved him the first time
Movie
Snatch
Meet Me in St. Louis or Clue
Movie Munchie
Popcorn
Popcorn
Movie Quote
Anything from the movie Clue
"What makes you think she's a witch?" "Well, she turned me into a newt!" "A newt?" "...I got better."
Movie Type
Comedies
Comedy
Musical
Hamilton
Hamilton
Musical Group
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Queen
Nursery Rhyme
Frere Jacques
Wee Willy Winky
Olympic Event
Gymnastics
Gymnastics
Personal Hero
My dad
Eleanor Roosevelt
Quality about my Spouse
Her quirkiness
His humor
Quote
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. -Wayne Gretzky
"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." Albus Dumbledore (JK Rowling)
Restaurant
Oreganos
Eno Vino
Sandwich
Turkey/bacon/avocado
Pesto, cheese, and apple
Shopping Store
Costco
Target
Song
What I Got (Sublime)
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
Sport to Play
Hockey
Soccer
Sport to Watch
Football
Football
Sports Star
Aaron Rodgers
Simone Biles
Sports Team
Packers
Green Bay Packers
Subject in School
Math
English
Superhero
Batman
Black Panther
Thing to Cook
Meatballs
Soup
Time of Day
Evening
Morning
TV Show
Black Mirror
Friends & Psych
TV Show Character
Marshall Eriksen from How I Met Your Mother
Phoebe from Friends, Gus from Psych
Type of Music
Rock
oldies
Vacation Spot
Breckenridge for snowboarding
Anywhere with interesting museums
Video Game
League of Legends
Lego Harry Potter

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