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Mike & Lisa

We are so excited to become parents and welcome a child into our family through adoption. While the road has had its twists and turns, this experience has been a blessing and we are ready for the next adventure. We are honored that you are considering our family and we look forward to learning more about you. Wherever your heart takes you with your decision we hope that you find some comfort on this journey.

About Us

Mike
Lisa
Job
Sales Manager
Senior Director of Marketing
Education
Some College
Bachelor's Degree in Communications
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

Celebrating at a Wedding

We are 100% ourselves around each other and laugh a whole lot. Our relationship is very supportive, open, and honest. We really value each other's opinion and prioritize one another.

Mike according to Lisa: Mike is incredibly personable, warm, and has a large group of friends. He is very social, loyal, spontaneous, and full of BIG stories. He can pretty much strike up a conversation with anyone. His curiosity and engaging nature gives him the ability to connect with people. Mike is also very thoughtful. He never forgets anyone's birthday, milestone, or anniversary and every year is just as important as the last.

Lisa according to Mike: Lisa is an incredibly driven and passionate person. She has a quick sense of humor and has no problem breaking the ice in a room full of strangers. She cares deeply about her family and loves spending time with them. She has a great imagination that our niece and nephews gravitate towards and she is known for creating fun games to play. Lisa is the planner and pays attention to every detail. You can always count on her to plan a huge family dinner in under 24 hours.

Our Family Traditions

Apple Picking With Lisa's Family

Family traditions, no matter how large or small, are a big deal to us.

December 6 is a special date that combines a few family traditions. It's Lisa's parent's anniversary, Mike's birthday, and a German holiday called St. Nicks Day. St. Nicks Day is when kids leave their shoes by the front door and they are filled with candy when they wake up.

One of our favorite things to do is rent out a summer house with our family. We cruise around on beach bikes, have picnic lunches, make sandcastles, and build bonfires at night. This time is important because it allows us to connect with our family, create memories, and spend some much needed time on the water.

We are also looking forward to creating new memories together. We want to go to the pumpkin patch and create epic Halloween costumes; camp over the July 4th weekend; spend falls full of football, apple picking, and baking; and leave out carrots/cookies for Santa and his reindeer. Lisa is looking forward to weekends full of going to the park, making crafts to display on the refrigerator, packing lunches together, and Mike is excited for the pool, summer camps, movies, firework nights, and baseball games.

All of this and more is what we want for our family!

Fun Facts About Us

About Lisa:

  • I work in sports which tends to surprise people.
  • Mike is the first and only person to say he likes my singing voice. Apparently I can sing a 90's tune with the best of them.
  • I am obsessed with dogs, always have been.
  • I have a bucket list of travel destinations that I want to experience as a family. Next up, Greece and London.
  • I can break it down on any dance floor at any time.
  • If I had it my way, I would eat Mexican food every day.
  • I could watch Harry Potter movies over and over again.
  • I go on walks with my mom every Sunday. We can clock 10 miles in a day!
  • About Mike:

  • I am part Brazilian and have visited family there a few times.
  • I like every type of music except country music (though I can even tolerate a few of those songs).
  • My favorite all-time artists are Outkast and the Rolling Stones.
  • I have been to 8 different countries.
  • My favorite actors are Robert Deniro and Denzel Washington (If they are in it, I am watching it).
  • My favorite sports teams are the Bears, Cubs, Bulls, and Blackhawks.
  • I work in almost every town in my area and make it a point to know the best places to eat in each one.
  • I can play the piano.
  • Video

    Photos

    Cheering on Our Favorite Team
    Cheering on Our Favorite Team
    Mike Cheering on Lisa at Her Half Marathon
    Mike Cheering on Lisa at Her Half Marathon
    Spending a Beautiful Afternoon Together
    Spending a Beautiful Afternoon Together
    Kayak Adventure With Manatees
    Kayak Adventure With Manatees
    Lisa & Our Nephew
    Lisa & Our Nephew
    Visiting Legoland With Our Nephew
    Visiting Legoland With Our Nephew
    Late Night Snack With Stan & Our Nephew
    Late Night Snack With Stan & Our Nephew
    Rooting for Our Basketball Team
    Rooting for Our Basketball Team
    Mike on the Boardwalk in Charleston
    Mike on the Boardwalk in Charleston
    Road Trip Adventures Through Spain
    Road Trip Adventures Through Spain
    Date Night
    Date Night
    Taking in the Tunes in Nashville
    Taking in the Tunes in Nashville
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    Cheering on Our Favorite Team
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    Mike Cheering on Lisa at Her Half Marathon
    Mike Cheering on Lisa at Her Half Marathon
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    Spending a Beautiful Afternoon Together
    Spending a Beautiful Afternoon Together
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    Kayak Adventure With Manatees
    Kayak Adventure With Manatees
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    Lisa & Our Nephew
    Lisa & Our Nephew
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    Visiting Legoland With Our Nephew
    Visiting Legoland With Our Nephew
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    Late Night Snack With Stan & Our Nephew
    Late Night Snack With Stan & Our Nephew
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    Rooting for Our Basketball Team
    Rooting for Our Basketball Team
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    Mike on the Boardwalk in Charleston
    Mike on the Boardwalk in Charleston
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    Road Trip Adventures Through Spain
    Road Trip Adventures Through Spain
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    Date Night
    Date Night
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    Taking in the Tunes in Nashville
    Taking in the Tunes in Nashville

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Condo Building

    We live in the heart of a vibrant city in Illinois. We love the diversity of our neighborhood, the art murals, and supporting the family owned businesses in our neighborhood. Our community feels very connected with generations of family living within blocks of one another. We love walking our dog, Stanley, throughout the neighborhood and stopping for coffee.

    We live in a four-story building in a two-bedroom condo. Lisa really likes home decor and watches HGTV, so she has really changed our condo so it's bright and colorful. We have a huge dining room table, lots of seating in our kitchen, and family room so it's great spot for gatherings.

    There are a lot of children in the neighborhood because of the easy access to parks and schools. We live within a block from an elementary school, a few blocks from the high school, and have several parks around us. It is easy to go visit the pirate ship park one day and the next day bike along the lakefront or go to an art fair. There is a recreation center only two miles away that hosts movies in the park and tons of kid friendly activities--even a pet parade! We also like how accessible the museums are and look forward to visiting the aquarium and science museum.

    Our Extended Families

    Mike's Family

    Most of Mike's family live on the west coast which is the best place to escape our cold weather during the holidays! Mike's mom is an excellent chef, especially with Brazilian dishes. Mike's dad is a professor and is active in causes around campus. We love visiting them and going to farmers markets and trips to beach side towns for whale watching.

    Mike's brother and his wife are both veterinarians. They have a young son and a daughter on the way. Mike's sister lives on the east coast with our other niece and nephew. She has hilarious stories from babysitting Mike as a child.

    Lisa's Family

    Lisa's family lives a few miles away and we have them over weekly for dinners. Lisa's dad and Mike are fans of rival baseball teams so there are always healthy debates. Lisa's mom is our #1 supporter and she goes on long walks with Lisa every Sunday. They are both in love with their roles as Gramps and Mimi and are excited to welcome their next grandchild to the family.

    Lisa's younger and older sisters are also eager to lend extra support. We have two-brother-in-law's who can't wait to compete to be the cool uncle. We also can't get enough of our two nephews who will most definitely be part of a weekly play group.

    From Us to You

    Hello,

    Thank you for taking time to read our profile as you consider what is best for your child. Thank you for learning about the life we lead and the hopes we have for starting a family through adoption.

    Our approach to embracing adoption is always to be honest, open, patient, and when all else fails you can count on us to break the ice with humor.

    When we first started this process, we wanted to show you what would make us unique as parents. We realized pretty quickly that we may seem like your typical, everyday couple. We work and live in the city and have a very cute rescue dog, Stanley. We don't have any crazy hobbies or hidden talents. We are not actors, musicians, or star athletes. So we took a step back and realized that when it comes to parenting, none of that actually matters. What does matter is we will work our hardest to give our child opportunities so that they can do all of these things, if they want. Mike doesn't have to be a lead singer in a band to be a great dad, but if our child wants to be a musician, we will get them a guitar and singing lessons. Lisa doesn't have to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to be a great mom, but if our child loves the outdoors, we are ready to rough it. We know that each child will have their own personality, likes, and dislikes and we will always be there to listen and fully embrace what makes them unique.

    We promise to encourage compassion, diversity, adventure, a good sense of humor, empathy and generosity. We want to be the type of parents that can make our child a laugh-out-loud kind of friend, dedicated partner, well-rounded person, and someone everyone wants on their side. We have a supportive community to make sure they are surrounded by love.

    We feel like we are at a point in our life and in our relationship where we ready for this next step. We have been together for over 12 years and married for six. We have worked hard, built a home, traveled, maintain healthy routines, support a lovable dog, pursue stable careers, love our supportive friends and family, and have faith that this will work out. We are grateful for this opportunity and hopeful for the future.

    Most importantly, we believe that a huge factor in all of this will be our relationship with you. We value open adoption and it is our hope that you will want to stay connected.

    Overall we are so excited to start a family. We know this is going to be a wonderful adventure and we can't wait to start it. Our dream is to have a family and give a child the love and support they need to be their best. Should you choose us on this journey of adoption we look forward to learning more about you and your hopes for your child.

    Thank you,

    Mike & Lisa

    Favorites

    Mike
    Lisa
    Actor
    Robert De Niro
    Matt Damon/Bradley Cooper
    Actress
    Charlize Theron
    Jennifer Lawrence
    Animal
    Panda
    Dogs
    Author
    Alex Kotlowitz
    J.K. Rowling
    Book
    There Are No Children Here
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    Candy Bar
    Three Musketeers
    Skittles or Sour Patch Kids
    Cartoon
    South Park
    DuckTales
    Childhood Memory
    Visiting Grandmother in Montana
    Apple Picking with my family
    Childhood Toy
    He-Man Sword
    Barbie
    Children's Book
    Green Eggs & Ham
    Goodnight Moon
    City
    Chicago
    Chicago
    Classic Movie
    The Godfather II
    Sound of Music
    Color
    Green
    Yellow
    Day of Week
    Friday
    Thursday
    Dessert
    Cheesecake
    Cheesecake
    Disney Movie
    Remember the Titans
    Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast
    Dream Car
    Jeep Wrangler
    Mini Cooper Convertible
    Dream Job
    Sports Analyst
    Owner of an outside concert venue or food hall
    Dream Vacation
    Backpack through Europe
    Road trip through Italy
    Family Activity
    BBQ's
    Family Dinners
    Flower / Plant
    Palm Tree
    Tulips
    Food
    Italian
    Mexican
    Form of Exercise
    Playing basketball
    Running/Lifting Weights
    Fruit
    Apple
    Grapes
    Game
    Catch Phrase
    Jenga
    Hobby
    Bike riding around the city
    Cooking and Shopping
    Holiday
    Thanksgiving
    Christmas and Halloween
    Holiday Song
    Carol of the Bells (Home Alone Version)
    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    Holiday Tradition
    Watching Football/Traveling to California
    Funny gift exchange on Christmas Eve
    Ice Cream
    Cookie Dough Ice Cream
    Mint Chocolate Chip
    Junk Food
    Chicken Wings
    Chips & Dip
    Leisure Activity
    Watching sports with friends
    Watching TV, Bike riding on lakefront
    Magazine
    Sports Illustrated
    People
    Memory with a Child
    Taking my nephew Lincoln to Lego Land
    Pizza dinners with my nephews
    Memory with Spouse
    Traveling through Spain with Lisa
    Road trip to New Orleans
    Movie
    Saving Private Ryan
    The Goonies
    Movie Munchie
    Sour Patch Kids
    Nachos or Popcorn
    Movie Quote
    "I do what I say and I say what I mean"-Robert De Niro
    Movie Type
    Action/Drama
    Romantic Comedy
    Musical
    Hamilton
    Hamilton
    Musical Group
    Outcast and Nirvana
    Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Olympic Event
    100 yard Dash
    Swimming or Skiing
    Personal Hero
    Anthony Rizzo
    My Grandmother
    Poet
    AESOP
    Shel Silverstein
    Quality about my Spouse
    Lisa's sense of humor
    Incredibly outgoing and kind
    Quote
    No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. --AESOP
    Happiness can be found in the darkest of time, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
    Restaurant
    Mart Anthony's
    Nicks Cove, Bodega Bay CA
    Sandwich
    Italian Beef
    Caprese
    Shopping Store
    Dicks Sporting Goods
    Target
    Song
    Sitting by the dock of the bay
    Anything by Lizzo, Lauren Hill, Janet, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine
    Sport to Play
    Basketball or Golf
    Sport to Watch
    Football
    Basketball
    Sports Star
    Michael Jordan
    Serena Williams
    Sports Team
    Chicago Bears
    Chicago Bulls
    Subject in School
    History
    English
    Superhero
    Superman
    Batman
    Thing to Cook
    Steak
    Pasta or Taco Bar
    Time of Day
    Noon
    5 pm
    Tradition
    Going to Michigan for the weekends in the summer
    TV Show
    The Office
    Anything on Bravo, TLC or HGTV
    TV Show Character
    Dwight from the Office
    Type of Music
    Rock or Rap
    Hip Hop/ R&B
    Vacation Spot
    Bodega Bay, CA
    Italy, Spain, New Orleans
    Video Game
    Madden

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