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Mike & Ashley

Hello and welcome! We are a happily married, fun loving couple living in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area hoping to adopt a child. We cannot wait to welcome a child into our lives and provide it a future filled with unconditional love and opportunity. We are excited to grow our family through adoption and would be honored for you to come alongside us in this journey.

About Us

Mike
Ashley
Job
Staff Officer
Fan Engagement Coordinator; Future Stay-at-Home Mom
Education
Master's Degree in Education
Bachelor's Degree in Marketing
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

A Relaxing Evening in Myrtle Beach

Mike is passionate about coaching football. He currently coaches at a local high school, but Mike's dream is to, one day, retire and become a head football coach in Smalltown, USA. Mike also enjoys playing basketball, bicycle riding, and weight lifting. In addition to sports, Mike enjoys movies and cooking – so much so, he recently enrolled in Cinema and Culinary Arts classes at a local community college. Each weekend, Mike can be found at the movie theater or cooking something in the kitchen. Lastly, Mike is an avid reader.

Ashley is very crafty and makes everything from wreathes to shirts to costumes. She can find something on Pinterest and figure out a way to make it. Ashley loves to entertain and host family and friends, always organizing their next big adventure. She also enjoys sitting down with a good romance novel and at Christmas you can guarantee there will be a Hallmark movie on and cookies in the oven.

Together we go to concerts, festivals, sporting events, plays, and travel. We've also gradually renovated our home over the past 6 years. Most important, we spend a lot of time with family, friends, and neighbors. We enjoy hosting our family for holidays and plan a yearly pig roast for family and friends at Mike's childhood home, which includes a bounce house, slip and slide, and water balloon contest.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

Our Wedding Day

Ashley About Mike: The thing I love most about Mike is his heart, he is so loving and always puts his family first. He is the type of person that people want to be friends with and always makes people laugh and wants to make sure their having fun. His caring and compassionate manner can be seen when he coaches high school football. All of his players look up to him greatly, he has taken boys to visit colleges whose parents weren't able to make the trip. We will walk through stores and boys who graduated years ago will call out to him "Hey Coach!" give him a hug and talk about what they're up to. He is a natural leader who can take charge in any situation. His love for life and making people laugh is contagious.

Mike About Ashley: I married Ashley because she was the happiest person I ever met. I loved that her happiness came from within and was not dependent on myself, her parents, or anyone/anything else. Even in times of doubt or hardship, Ashley's happiness will eventually find a way to shine. While I would like to believe I add to her happiness, the truth is that Ashley came to me that way and made me a very happy man. Ashley is also a very compassionate and positive woman who will make a great mother.

Professional Lives

Attending a Football Game

Mike is proud of his diverse work history that has allowed him to travel the world. After college, Mike worked as a teacher for court adjudicated youth, as a head football coach in Sweden, and a Social Studies teacher in Pennsylvania. Wanting to see the world, Mike served six years as an officer in the United States Navy. In 2010, he transitioned to a civilian career with the United States Government. Mike has also coached high school football for the past 19 years, it's his passion.

Ashley at Work

After graduating from college with a marketing degree, Ashley worked as an admissions representative at a small college. Later, Ashley worked in marketing for a cable company and a financial firm. Most recently, Ashley worked for NBC Sports Washington as the fan engagement coordinator, including the Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, and Washington Nationals. Mike is jealous because Ashley gets to go to games and talk with athletes and TV personalities! Upon bringing a child into the home, Ashley will become a stay-at-home mother.

Video

Photos

At a Steelers Football Game
At a Steelers Football Game
Mike & Lilly Reading
Mike & Lilly Reading
We LOVE Disney!
We LOVE Disney!
Pumpkin Picking
Pumpkin Picking
At Our Friend's Birthday Party for Their Twins
At Our Friend's Birthday Party for Their Twins
Ashley With Our Nieces
Ashley With Our Nieces
Orioles Baseball Game
Orioles Baseball Game
Attending a Festival
Attending a Festival
Having Fun at The Wharf in Washington, D.C.
Having Fun at The Wharf in Washington, D.C.
A Fun Evening Together
A Fun Evening Together
Touring the Biltmore
Touring the Biltmore
At Myrtle Beach
At Myrtle Beach
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At a Steelers Football Game
At a Steelers Football Game
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Mike & Lilly Reading
Mike & Lilly Reading
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We LOVE Disney!
We LOVE Disney!
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Pumpkin Picking
Pumpkin Picking
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At Our Friend's Birthday Party for Their Twins
At Our Friend's Birthday Party for Their Twins
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Ashley With Our Nieces
Ashley With Our Nieces
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Orioles Baseball Game
Orioles Baseball Game
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Attending a Festival
Attending a Festival
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Having Fun at The Wharf in Washington, D.C.
Having Fun at The Wharf in Washington, D.C.
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A Fun Evening Together
A Fun Evening Together
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Touring the Biltmore
Touring the Biltmore
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At Myrtle Beach
At Myrtle Beach

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a beautiful townhouse located approximately 12 miles south of Washington D.C. Our house was built in 1991 and has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, two half bathrooms. We routinely host family, friends, and neighbors for barbeques, holidays, and parties, but also enjoy quiet nights alone watching movies. Our backyard is small and fenced, but walks out to a wonderful walking trail and playground. We also have access to a pool that offers swimming lessons and a polar bear slide.

We remodeled our entire home over the past six years. Our most recent project was the master bathroom, where we relocated our washer and dryer from the basement to the top floor. We completed all renovations ourselves, including design, plumbing, and tiling.  Ashley never thought she would learn how to lay hard wood floors or take down a wall!

Our neighborhood is conveniently located in Northern Virginia with quick access to Washington D.C. It’s easy to ride the metro, take a car, or hop on a bike and explore all that this region has to offer – Smithsonian museums, Potomac River, National Zoo, concerts, biking trails. More specifically, our neighborhood is located within walking distance or a short ride to parks, bike/walking trails, playgrounds, restaurants, pools, theaters, and shops.

We feel fortunate that we are able to live close to Washington D.C., great schools, and work. In selecting our house and location, we prioritized quality of life over a longer commute and larger house.

Our Extended Families

With Mike's Family

We both come from loving and supportive families, which live a little over an hour from our home. Mike has an older sister, two brothers, and nine nieces and nephews. They are a fun family who enjoy spending time together, laughing, and playing games. Mike makes family a priority in his life and creates opportunities to get together and celebrate.

Ashley is an only child with many cousins who have families of their own. Ashley’s parents treat every holiday like Christmas and enjoy opportunities to get with family via holidays, reunions, and other activities. Ashley’s family is very active in the community and volunteer with different groups to help those in need.

Ashley's Family

We get together with both Ashley and Mike’s side of families for every holiday. Every Christmas Eve we have dinner at Ashley’s parents, attend church service, and open 1 present – last year Ashley made us matching pajamas.  On Christmas morning we get up and open presents, then travel to Mike’s parents’ house.  We gather with all of his siblings and their families and enjoy games, cooking, and old family stories, while the kids run around having fun.

All of our loved ones are excited and supportive of our journey to adopt. They cannot wait to help us welcome a child into our family.  Our nieces and nephews have a lot of questions, which, we believe, will help support open discussions with the child we welcome into our home.

From Us to You

Thank you for getting to know us through our profile. We would like to acknowledge that this may be a challenging time for you and your decision to place a child for adoption can come with a host of emotions and challenges. You have our respect, support and encouragement. While we cannot truly know or understand what you are going through during this process, we would like to recognize that it may not be an easy decision, which may lead to feelings of grief and loss. Our hope is to remain supportive of you and the child's welfare throughout this process and beyond.

We faced challenges and coped with grief and loss in discovering that we would not be able to have biological children. However, our desire to have a family and raise children led us to you. The ride was extremely tumultuous and, at times, unforgiving, but we look forward to establishing a family. You can help us live that dream.

If you select us, we cannot promise the child will become a doctor, lawyer, or professional athlete. What we can promise is to raise the child with unconditional love and the belief they are worthy of all the opportunities life has to offer. To ensure the child's life is filled with love and a sense of worth, we promise to:

  • Provide love and encouragement for the child to find their own dreams and to try different things. We will also teach the child that success does not come without hard work, determination, dedication, and, sometimes, luck.
  • Provide support for the child throughout their journey. We will give our continued love and support and hope it will serve as a stimulus for the child throughout his/her life, wherever they go and whatever they do. The child will never be alone, because we will always be a text, phone call, or email away to listen first and help when needed.
  • Provide the confidence to deal with failure and defeat. We will be there to help the child face defeat and failure, learn from it, and try again. If the child expresses doubt, we will remind him/her that "the secret to life is to fall seven times and get up eight." Facing perseverance will help the child grow and understand they are worthy for what they worked so hard to achieve.
  • Help the child to realize they are worthy of their dreams and goals. When within reach of their dream or goal, we will be there to listen and remind the child that he/she is loved, not alone, how hard they worked, and that they are worthy.
  • We love each other very much and have a strong commitment to our marriage. We want to share that love and commitment with a child. Our extended family and friends are very excited for us to become parents, and will also welcome the child into their lives. We look forward to making a child part of our family, friends, and community. We will also do everything within our ability to help them grow into a loving and caring person.

    We are open to routine communication and yearly visits with you to support you and the child. We openly acknowledge a child will want to know his/her birth parents and would like to facilitate a positive, ongoing relationship. However, we are willing to wait until you are ready. Whether it's today, tomorrow, or 20 years from now, we promise to be open to communicating or coordinating a meeting. We believe it's beneficial to both you and the child.

    We pass along our hopes and prayers to you during this process. Whatever decision you make, thank for considering us and we wish the best for your future and the child's.

    Mike & Ashley

    Favorites

    Mike
    Ashley
    Actor
    Jack Nicholson
    Matthew McConaughey
    Actress
    Jodie Foster
    Reese Witherspoon
    Animal
    Dog
    Pink Flamingo
    Author
    Larry McMurtry/Zadie Smith/ Jeffrey Eugenides
    Carl Hiaasen
    Book
    Lonesome Dove/The Alchemist
    Skinny Dip
    Candy Bar
    Whatchamacallit
    Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
    Cartoon
    Looney Tunes
    Angelina Ballerina
    Childhood Memory
    First Bicycle - Freedom
    Getting a puppy for Christmas
    Childhood Toy
    Transformers
    Barbies
    Children's Book
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Love You Forever
    City
    New York
    Boston
    Classic Movie
    Casablanca
    Oklahoma!
    Color
    Blue
    Pink
    Day of Week
    Friday
    Friday
    Dessert
    Cherry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
    Anything chocolate
    Disney Movie
    Peter Pan
    Beauty and the Beast
    Dream Car
    95 Ford Bronco
    Jaguar F-Type Convertible
    Dream Job
    Football Coach
    Disney Imagineer
    Dream Vacation
    Drive Route 1 down the West Coast
    Touring Europe
    Family Activity
    BBQ
    Traveling
    Flower / Plant
    Sunflower
    Peonies
    Food
    Spaghetti Carbonara
    Steak
    Form of Exercise
    Basketball
    Biking
    Fruit
    Orange
    Strawberries
    Game
    Football
    Heads Up
    Hobby
    Sports, reading, remodeling
    Crafts
    Holiday
    Christmas
    Christmas
    Holiday Song
    Spirit of Christmas
    All I Want for Christmas is You
    Holiday Tradition
    Picking out, decorating and enjoying a Christmas Tree
    Christmas Eve with the Family
    Ice Cream
    Black Raspberry
    Chocolate Peanut Butter
    Junk Food
    Peanut M&Ms
    Chips and Dip
    Leisure Activity
    Movies
    Shopping
    Magazine
    Sports Illustrated
    Southern Living
    Memory with a Child
    Inventing a game with my nieces
    Playing with our niece at the beach
    Memory with Spouse
    First Christmas Morning
    Trip to Hawaii
    Movie
    Unforgiven
    Sweet Home Alabama
    Movie Munchie
    Popcorn
    Snow Caps
    Movie Quote
    We are men of action. Lies do not become us. -Princess Bride
    "Why would you wanna marry me, anyhow?" "So I can kiss you anytime I want." -Sweet Home Alabama
    Movie Type
    Action, Comedy
    Romance
    Musical
    Guys and Dolls
    Oklahoma!
    Musical Group
    Alice In Chains
    Dave Matthews Band
    Nursery Rhyme
    Hickory Dickory Dock
    Five Little Monkeys
    Olympic Event
    100m
    Figure Skating
    Personal Hero
    My Mother
    My Dad
    Play
    A Christmas Carol
    The Nutcracker
    Poet
    Walt Whitman
    Maya Angelou
    Quality about my Spouse
    Happy & Kind
    Sense of humor and love for family
    Quote
    Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh
    "Being happy never goes out of style" -Lilly Pulitzer
    Restaurant
    Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
    Chuy's
    Sandwich
    French Dip
    Italian
    Scripture
    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
    Deuteronomy 31:6
    Shopping Store
    Costco
    Loft
    Song
    The Weight
    Honey Bee -Blake Shelton
    Sport to Play
    Basketball
    Soccer
    Sport to Watch
    College Football
    Football
    Sports Star
    Bo Jackson/Michael Jordan
    Alexander Ovechkin
    Sports Team
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    Capitals
    Subject in School
    History
    Science
    Superhero
    Batman
    Wonder Woman
    Thing to Cook
    Lasagna
    Sugar Cookies
    Time of Day
    Evening
    Morning
    Tradition
    Hosting Yearly Pig Roast/BBQ for family and Friends
    Christmas Eve Dinner
    TV Show
    Deadwood/The Cosby Show
    Grey's Anatomy
    TV Show Character
    Al Swearengen, Deadwood
    Olivia Pope
    Type of Music
    Al Swearengen, Deadwood
    Country
    Vacation Spot
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    Disney World
    Video Game
    Madden
    Tetris

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