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Merle & Katie

We're glad you have taken the time to review our profile. We are excited to expand our family and continue to help the world become better one child at a time. Your/our child will experience lots of laughter, support for their personality, and fun family memories. We have lead a life of service and assistance to others and we hope we can be that to you.

About Us

Writing Specialist, Adjunct Instructor
Surgical Technologist
Master's Degree in English
Associate's Degree in Surgical Technology
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

Watching Softball at the Women's College World Series

Merle is known to be the human encyclopedia of movie and TV show trivia. He is often found playing video games online and recording movie podcasts with his brother. His sister visits often and they recently created a short film.

Merle works for a university teaching English composition and literature, is also a writing tutor and instructs at-risk youths in a math and science summer program. He goes above and beyond for each student. He has a passion for writing and his dream job would be a full-time writer.

Katie also enjoys watching movies. One of her favorites is The Hunger Games—she even dressed up as Katniss Everdeen for Halloween! Katie also loves to watch sports, especially college softball.

Another hobby of Katie's is DIY projects­—she is often found working on something new for our home!

Katie has worked as a surgical technologist for 11 years at a local hospital. As a child she became interested in medicine, which led her toward a career in healthcare. Her mom loves to tell the story of how, when Katie was a child, she would be eating mac-n-cheese while watching a show on surgery!

Fun Facts About Us

Along the Seine River, France

About Merle:

  • He is the third Merle in his family
  • He is 1 of only 10 people to set foot on a lake in northern Canada
  • He and his high school golf team placed second in the state
  • He has traveled to 21 states and 8 countries
  • He is the first in his extended family to graduate from college
  • He was on television when he was in 5th grade
  • He is a published short story author and has read 3 of his poems on NPR (National Public Radio)
  • About Katie:

  • She was a fast pitch softball pitcher
  • Despite her height, she was a track and field hurdler
  • She plays piano
  • She has traveled to 21 states and 8 countries
  • She loves DIY projects and did a kitchen and 2 bathroom remodels
  • She has seen Grey's Anatomy 7 times through
  • She has been to 7 Rascal Flatts concerts
  • Cultural Diversity

    We understand the importance of exposing our child to not only their own cultural background, but to a wide variety of cultural activities, as well.

    We will use our love of movies and literature to introduce our children to media that represents diverse cultural characters— For example, playing Disney films that show characters from non-Caucasian backgrounds like Moana, Mulan, etc.

    We live outside of a major metropolitan city that offers street festivals, music festivals and other events that are multicultural. We intend to immerse our child early in play groups and library reading groups that are offered in our city and nearby communities. There are events for adoptive families in our area that will enrich our child's life by allowing them to meet and share friendships with other adopted children.



    Enjoying the View From the London Eye
    Enjoying the View From the London Eye
    At the Top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Michigan
    At the Top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Michigan
    We Enjoy Playing Catch
    We Enjoy Playing Catch
    Color Run With Friends
    Color Run With Friends
    Katie Loves to Bake
    Katie Loves to Bake
    In the Garden of the Versailles Palace
    In the Garden of the Versailles Palace
    Go Packers!
    Go Packers!
    Hiking a Nearby Trail
    Hiking a Nearby Trail
    We Can't Wait to Become Parents!
    We Can't Wait to Become Parents!
    Family Hike
    Family Hike
    Enjoying a Warm Day Together
    Enjoying a Warm Day Together
    All Dressy For a Christmas Party
    All Dressy For a Christmas Party
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    Enjoying the View From the London Eye
    Enjoying the View From the London Eye
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    At the Top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Michigan
    At the Top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Michigan
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    We Enjoy Playing Catch
    We Enjoy Playing Catch
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    Color Run With Friends
    Color Run With Friends
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    Katie Loves to Bake
    Katie Loves to Bake
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    In the Garden of the Versailles Palace
    In the Garden of the Versailles Palace
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    Go Packers!
    Go Packers!
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    Hiking a Nearby Trail
    Hiking a Nearby Trail
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    We Can't Wait to Become Parents!
    We Can't Wait to Become Parents!
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    Family Hike
    Family Hike
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    Enjoying a Warm Day Together
    Enjoying a Warm Day Together
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    All Dressy For a Christmas Party
    All Dressy For a Christmas Party

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    We own a condo in a wonderful, family friendly city of around 36,000 people.

    Our quiet community is a great place to raise a family. We are within walking distance to the city's largest park, where in the summer there are numerous activities to do, including a beach, swimming pond, splash pad, hiking trails, tennis, baseball, soccer, summer plays and live music.

    The park also holds many festivals, include the Fiesta Latina, Germanfest and and Regnerfest (a family festival with a 5K Dirty Mud Run). In winter the park turns into a Christmas wonderland and the park lights up with thousands of Christmas lights—they even have a Disney themed night!

    There are a number or state parks just 20 minutes outside of town. If we feel like heading in to the city, downtown Milwaukee is less than an hour away.

    Our Extended Families

    Game Night With Merle's Sister & Her Fiance

    Merle is very close to his family, especially his brother and sister. Merle's sister lives in Iowa with her fiancé and visits often. Merle's brother lives in Maryland and although he lives on the East coast, they play video games together almost every weekend. Merle's grandparents and other extended family are about an hour from our home.

    Merle's parents live in Kansas City. We visit them at least twice a year and together we enjoy shopping, four-wheeling, boating, going to the movies, playing board games and exploring new areas of Kansas City, including BBQ!

    Christmas With Katie's Siblings

    Katie's family lives in Wisconsin and are 2.5 hours away from our home. Her parents live in her hometown and she has 4 younger siblings. We visit her siblings multiple times a year and enjoy hunting and fishing together. We also spend each Christmas with them, where we exchange gifts then head outside to play football in the snow.

    Katie's dad and stepmom are very involved in local musicals. Most recently they were in a production of Mama Mia! Katie's mom visits us a few times a year, where we enjoy visiting the city-wide rummage sales, outlet mall shopping and adventuring to try new restaurants and activities in Milwaukee.

    From Us to You

    Families define themselves in different ways, they don't need to be genetic and may be blended by race. Adoption is a blending of two families: birth and adoptive families. It's a lifetime bond and appreciation of emotions. We chose adoption to help us build our family and we'd like to tell you a little bit more about us.

    We met while working at the same grocery store when we were in our late teens. Merle kept talking to a coworker of ours who introduced us because Merle was shy. While working a similar shift a couple of our coworkers told us it was our turn to bring in shopping carts. We couldn't stop talking outside and Katie asked him out on a date later that day. We watched the movie Dodge Ball and talked at Taco Bell until 1 a.m.

    We married at 21 and talked about how our family would be created. We wanted 3 children and foster care, adoption and having biological children were options we discussed. We decided to wait until we were done with college and a few years into our careers before trying to start a family. We tried for 5 years to conceive and it led to Katie having surgery for endometriosis. Four months later we were pregnant, only to lose the pregnancy 6 weeks in. After we both grieved, the idea of adoption resurfaced. Since we never defined family as being genetic, adoption was the perfect fit for us. Additionally, our family and friends have supported us through 13 years of marriage and are excited for us to adopt. We've dealt with many obstacles but remain resilient.

    We enjoy traveling, though Merle loves road trips and Katie would rather fly. We've been to Europe twice, Bahamas for our honeymoon, Nashville, and Kansas City for a couple of road trips. We plan to continue to travel and include our children in our adventures such as road trips, vacations to Europe, visit theme parks like Six Flags and water parks. We played sports growing up and will encourage our children to play. We enjoy cooking meals at home, trying new recipes but we do enjoy having our restaurant date nights, especially BBQ!

    Our hopes and dreams for your/our child is to be happy, have lots of laughter, support from family, creating new memories, and be kind to others. We want the word adoption to be part of normal conversation and not brought up later in childhood. We'll talk to the child about their adoption starting when they are an infant. As the child grows and matures we'll explain what adoption is, about their birth parents and how we chose them in ways they can understand.

    We intend to send you letters and photos twice a year, create a private Facebook page and meet in person at least once before the child turns 5. When the child is older, we would like to ask them if they want more contact with you, if it's in their best interest and you are open to it.


    Merle & Katie


    Peter Stormare
    Ryan Reynolds
    Zoe Saldana
    Morena Baccarin
    Bear cub
    Norman Maclean
    Stephen Ambrose
    A River Runs Through It
    The Hunger Games
    Candy Bar
    3 Musketeers
    South Park
    Invader Zim
    Childhood Memory
    Golfing with my grandpa
    Childhood Toy
    Children's Book
    Dr, Seuss
    Classic Movie
    12 Angry Men
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    Day of Week
    Ice Cream
    Disney Movie
    Atlantis: The Lost Empire
    Finding Nemo
    Dream Car
    Pontiac Solstice
    BMW sports car
    Dream Job
    Full-time writer
    travel vlogger
    Dream Vacation
    Amonth in western Europe
    Anywhere in western Europe
    Family Activity
    Trying new restaurants
    Flower / Plant
    Venus fly trap
    Tiger lilies
    Form of Exercise
    Group classes
    Video games
    Holiday Song
    Last Christmas
    Merry Christmas, Happy Hoidays
    Holiday Tradition
    Watching the movie The Thing
    Ice Cream
    Junk Food
    Ice Cream
    Leisure Activity
    Watching movies
    Watching movies
    Game Informer
    Memory with a Child
    Walking down our property to get the mail with my sister
    The first time I babysat all 3 of my half siblings
    Memory with Spouse
    Attending our first wedding together
    Teaching him to swim
    Big Trouble Little China
    The Devil Wears Prada
    Movie Munchie
    Junior Mints
    Movie Quote
    For you, the day bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was tuesday.
    I'm a leaf on the wind, watch how I soar
    Movie Type
    Based on true events, WWII
    Dr. Horrible Sing Along Blog
    Phantom of the Opera
    Musical Group
    Mumford and Sons
    Nursery Rhyme
    The Little Piggy
    Star light, Star Bright
    Olympic Event
    Personal Hero
    My dad
    My grandma
    Escanaba in da Moonlight
    W.B. Yates
    Robert Frost
    Quality about my Spouse
    Her limitless drive to get tasks done
    How family is so important
    Life is tough, wear a helmet
    The grass is not always greener on the other side
    Red Lobster
    The Big Biscuit
    Original Submarino
    Shopping Store
    Best Buy
    Under Armour
    Science Fiction, Double Feature
    Bless the Broken Road
    Sport to Play
    Sport to Watch
    Sports Star
    Michael Jordan
    Kim Clijsters
    Sports Team
    Miami Dolphins
    Green Bay Packers
    Subject in School
    Thing to Cook
    Anything on the grill
    Chicken stuffed shells
    Time of Day
    7 a.m.
    Watching It's a Wonderful Life at Christmas
    Rummage sales
    TV Show
    Arrested Development
    Grey's Anatomy
    TV Show Character
    Michael Kelso
    Rory Gilmore
    Type of Music
    Vacation Spot
    Video Game
    Mario Kart 64
    Mario Cart

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