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Dan & Maureen
Thank you so much for taking the time to read our profile. We are a loving, kind couple who believe adoption is the most selfless act a parent can do for their child. We believe families are made from love and every child is a precious gift from God. We have a loving, happy home and look forward to years of laughter and love as our family grows. We are looking forward to our journey and wish you well in yours.
What it Means to be Parents
To be parents is the most important role we will have in our lives. It is a humbling responsibility. We feel that a child is truly a gift from God that we will cherish and nurture always. A parent is a child's greatest teacher, protector, and source of love and encouragement. Parenting has been our dream individually and as a couple. We will never take our role as this child's parents for granted and it will always be our priority in everything we do.
We look forward to being a family unit. We are so excited to enjoy our everyday life together from morning breakfast time to kindergarten and high school graduation, and cherish every moment in between. We will be so overjoyed with this child's milestone firsts, but also look forward to teaching and guiding them through life's challenges. We are looking forward to family vacations, teaching life skills, sports, hobbies, and just making plans as a family.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Marueen About Dan:
Dan is a very gentle and patient person. He is always helpful and willing to do anything for his family. Dan is kind hearted and fair. He is easy going and finds the bright side in almost any situation. I know he will be a wonderful and loving father. Dan will be an excellent example for our child to follow. He will be a patient teacher, a good listener, and always encourage their dreams.
Dan About Maureen:
Maureen is the sweetest and most caring person that I have ever met. She makes every day better and more fun. Being a caregiver is not only part of Maureen’s job as a nurse, but it is also a part of who she is as a person. She is always looking out for family and friends, and is there to provide whatever assistance is needed. She loves children and she is great with them, including our nieces and nephew. I know that Maureen will be an amazing mother, who will always put our child’s needs above anything else.
We plan to always be open and honest about this child's adoption. It is important to us and for this child that adoption is always spoken in a positive and respectful manner. We will always answer their questions truthfully and thoughtfully. This child will know how much you selflessly loved them and how that love made us a family. We want to include you in their life. We will talk about you and anything you feel is important to share with your child.
This little one will always know how loved they are by all. We plan to always keep you updated with pictures and notes and are open to a yearly visit if that is something you would want. We plan to tell this child often about the day they were born and special memories around that time. Their grandparents and extended family will always be accepting and respectful of their adoption story.
Our Extended Families
We are committed to our family which includes Maureen's parents, Dan's mom, our older siblings, and our nieces and nephews. Both of our families live close by and we enjoy seeing them as much as we can. We attend many of our nieces and nephews’ sports, dance activities, and all of their birthday celebrations. We always spend time with both of our families at the holidays and have many family traditions. Some of the holiday traditions that we enjoy are seeing the Christmas zoo lights, Christkindlmarket, hosting gingerbread house making, Easter egg hunts, special family dinners, and our annual pumpkin carving gathering.
We both enjoy travel and we travel with each other's family often. We have been to Disney World with both families, travel to Ireland every other year, and go to our family vacation house in Florida. We also enjoy sharing foods and traditions from our heritage. Some of our favorite recipes are Irish soda bread, polenta, and pierogi. We look forward to continuing these traditions and also sharing this child's heritage in the same way.
Our families are incredibly supportive of our decision to adopt. Our parents are thrilled to be grandparents again and look forward to all of those special first moments with this child. Both of our families live within 30 - 45 minutes of our home, so this child will see their grandparents and cousins often.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a two story, four-bedroom home in the suburbs in Illinois. We have redone almost our whole house and love to spend time at home and in our yard. We enjoy eating outside or having fires whenever the weather allows. We have a fenced in yard with a vegetable/flower garden and look forward to adding a sand box and swing set.
Our house is on a quiet street with several other young families. We live near excellent schools and have a wonderful park district with fun pools and sports activities We also have a lovely park within walking distance of our house. We feel family life is highly valued and at the core of our village life.
There are activities available for every age group, as well as family activities. Our library is recognized as one of the top libraries in the area. They offer really exciting programs for all residents that are engaging as well as educational.
We really feel that we have the best of both worlds where we live. We enjoy living in a quiet neighborhood, but we also love the short drive to everything our city has to offer, such as museums, aquarium, zoos, a lakefront with beautiful beaches, concerts, holiday activities, and sporting events.
From Us to You
We want to thank you so much for taking the time to review our profile. We appreciate the responsibility you must feel, and we hope this gives you a small glimpse into what kind of people we are, our life together, and our hopes for our family.
We met seven years ago and have been married for over five years. We have a loving relationship and have built a happy home life together. We feel incredibly blessed to have found the love and support we have in each other. We have always wanted a family and we had discussed adoption as a way to build the family we longed for even before we were married. We believe that a family is made from love and we have trusted from the beginning that God has a plan for us.
Our hope and dream since we were first married was to start our own family one day. We both grew up in loving, nurturing homes. We were both raised Roman Catholic and we want to raise our child with Christian values as well. Our parents lead by example with their actions and words and we will always strive to do the same for our child. As parents, we will support all of our child’s goals and dreams. We will value and prioritize education and family time. Family means everything to us and we want to provide that to our child. We want to give them love, stability, and lots of laughter to grow and mature into adulthood. We look forward to all of the milestones, but also the everyday life of being a family and being together.
Our lifestyle is quiet and comfortable though we try to be healthy and active as much as possible. Dan enjoys golfing and skiing while Maureen really enjoys gardening and other creative projects. We also spend time working on projects at home, cooking, and entertaining family. We enjoy travel and the activities our city has to offer, but also cherish our time in our home and outside in our yard. We are so excited to bring a child into our lives and share all of this with them!
We want to include our child's full family story for them. We would never take for granted what a privilege it is to raise this beautiful gift and we would always include you and your love in our child's family stories and memories. We understand that you may have questions and we would be happy to share with you letters and pictures of special occasions, milestones, and their growth. We would also include an annual visit, if you would like.
We look forward to experiencing so many things together as a family. We promise to always provide a home filled with nothing but love, laughter, and a safe haven for them.
Again, we appreciate your time and thoughtfulness in reviewing our profile and getting a small glimpse of who we are. We know you have only the best intentions for your child. You have an incredibly selfless heart and have already shown how much you love your baby. We know that this is a difficult decision that you are facing. We wish you well and God bless you on your journey.
Dan & Maureen