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Walt & Melissa

Family is an incredibly important part of our lives and we believe adoption is a beautiful gift that will help our family grow. We look forward to sharing our love and laughter with your child and creating memories as a family. It would mean so much to us for you to choose us to be your child's parents. Thank you for reading our profile and considering us.

About Us

Staff Physician
Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement & Justice Administration
Doctor of Medicine
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

Fishing With Our Nephew

Our leisure time is treasured as it is family time. We are best friends and enjoy spending our time together. We are blessed to live in the house of our dreams on a mid-sized lake in the county yet still within a community. We spend a lot of our free time either boating on the lake or working and playing in our yard. At night, we enjoy bonfires, looking at the stars, or watching movies, especially Marvel movies or action movies. Walt enjoys fishing off our dock while Melissa enjoys sitting outside with him reading a book. Both of us, and our dog, enjoy swimming in the lake or taking walks around it. Playing with our dog, Indy, is also something we really enjoy. Many weekends we will travel to Melissa's parents' house to meet up with family for the weekend. Those weekends may involve playing in the yard or going to a zoo with the nephews. We enjoy attending extended family gatherings with potlucks. We are excited to include your child in our leisure time!

Qualities We Love, Admire & Respect in Each Other

Date Night

We have been together for over 15 years and married for 9 of those years. One of the greatest things about our relationship is that we are best friends.

Melissa loves that Walt is so kind and compassionate. He is wonderful with his nieces and nephews - they tend to flock to him at gatherings. They love to roughhouse with him. He's always the first uncle to run outside to throw the football or play dolls or cars. Additionally, Walt is incredibly patient. He is going to make a great father. She respects that he is so just and caring in his career.

Walt loves that Melissa is great with kids and loving. She is the first aunt to grab a niece or nephew to place dress up, read, or cuddle. Her nieces and nephews are always excited to come to Aunt Meme's house or when she comes to visit. Walt loves her good heart that she demonstrates daily in her love for her family and care of her patients.

Our Family Traditions

Family is Important to Us

Holidays are a big family tradition for us. For each holiday we decorate the house, not just Christmas and Thanksgiving, but also St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day, Easter, and the Fourth of July. We also like to watch holiday movies - from It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown to the Santa Clause. We also get together with both sides of the family several times per year to see aunts, uncles, cousins, and now our cousin's children, too. These are typically potlucks with each family member contributing - we now almost have too much food at the gatherings because there are so many people bringing dishes! On one side's extended family gatherings, there are typically 40-50 people sharing Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas dinner and the great grandkids opening presents.

Another wonderful family tradition is that the great grandkids of Melissa's grandmother get together at Melissa's parents' house yearly for a weekend sleepover in the summer. The children range in age from 2 years old to 16 years old. They go to a local water park, play at the park, and have a movie night. The great grandkids love this and look forward to Great Aunt Nettie and Great Uncle Bob's sleepover every year.



Roasting Marshmallows After a Day on the Lake
Roasting Marshmallows After a Day on the Lake
We Can't Wait to Share Our Adventures With a Child!
We Can't Wait to Share Our Adventures With a Child!
Luau in Hawaii
Luau in Hawaii
Fun at the Zoo With Our Nephew
Fun at the Zoo With Our Nephew
Hiking in Maui
Hiking in Maui
Hayride With Our Nephew
Hayride With Our Nephew
Hiking is One of Our Favorite Hobbies
Hiking is One of Our Favorite Hobbies
Aunt Melissa is Great for Snuggles & Giggles
Aunt Melissa is Great for Snuggles & Giggles
We Love Spending Time Together
We Love Spending Time Together
Our Pup, Indy
Our Pup, Indy
Storytime With Our Nephew
Storytime With Our Nephew
Selfie Before a Dinner Party
Selfie Before a Dinner Party
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Roasting Marshmallows After a Day on the Lake
Roasting Marshmallows After a Day on the Lake
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We Can't Wait to Share Our Adventures With a Child!
We Can't Wait to Share Our Adventures With a Child!
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Luau in Hawaii
Luau in Hawaii
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Fun at the Zoo With Our Nephew
Fun at the Zoo With Our Nephew
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Hiking in Maui
Hiking in Maui
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Hayride With Our Nephew
Hayride With Our Nephew
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Hiking is One of Our Favorite Hobbies
Hiking is One of Our Favorite Hobbies
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Aunt Melissa is Great for Snuggles & Giggles
Aunt Melissa is Great for Snuggles & Giggles
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We Love Spending Time Together
We Love Spending Time Together
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Our Pup, Indy
Our Pup, Indy
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Storytime With Our Nephew
Storytime With Our Nephew
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Selfie Before a Dinner Party
Selfie Before a Dinner Party

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a wonderful lakeside community of fewer than 1,000 people in rural western Illinois. We enjoy the small-town life and the beautiful atmosphere of the lake. We are also very lucky to live within a 20-minute drive of a metropolitan area of just under 400,000 people. This offers us the best of both worlds. We have all the amenities of the city - sports, plays, shopping, and movies, as well as the quiet of the country and ability to see the stars every night.

We live in a four-bedroom house overlooking the lake. Our favorite room would have to be one of the two family rooms. They have cozy furniture to cuddle in and we can read books by the fireplace with a beautiful view of the lake outside.

Our community offers many unique opportunities, such as boating, two beaches, a golf course, and a park that is just a short walk from our house. There are also many regularly scheduled activities for kids, such as a fishing derby, Easter egg hunt, fireworks, and Halloween bash.

The local elementary school is just down the road and there are many children that live at the lake to play with. If we don't send your child to public school, our church has a wonderful private school associated with it.

Our Extended Families

Game Time With Family

Family is an incredibly important part of our lives and we are excited to share our families with a child.

Boating With Our Nephew

We typically see our extended families a few times per month. We live within 2-5 hours of both our extended families. We enjoy getting together and having potlucks with both sides. Your child would have plenty of cousins to play with and would see them often. Some weekends we go boating at our house and other weekends we go to the zoo or football games.

Your child would have an abundance of love from both sides of the family. Our families are very supportive of our adoption plan and are incredibly excited to meet this child. We look forward to sharing these experiences with your child and welcoming them into our family.

From Us to You

We are so grateful that you have taken time to consider us as a family for your child and allow us to share a little about ourselves. This journey is long and unique to each of us, but please know that you and your child are in our prayers. We admire your selflessness and humility.

We met on our first day of college and quickly became friends due to our mutual involvement on the track team and in honors classes. We started dating at the end of the first semester and dated throughout college. After we graduated, Walt started his career while Melissa attended medical school. We maintained a successful semi-long distance relationship for three years and married during Melissa's final year of medical school. We then navigated the complexities of medical residency and a blooming career in investigations in two separate cities an hour apart. Once we were settled in the same town, we started to establish our family. Unfortunately, Melissa was then diagnosed with a medical condition that would make it inadvisable for Melissa to carry a pregnancy to term. After many discussions, we feel that adoption is the method of completing our family that best fits with our values.

We have always wanted to be parents. We have dreams of having a family that is as loving as those which we both grew up with. We both came from stable, extended, loving families who remain close. We will open our arms and hearts to your child. We plan to provide a childhood full of family, friends, sunny days on the lake, and wonderful memories. Our dreams are that he or she has every opportunity to develop into the man or woman they are meant to be. They will have abundant amounts of love, play, family, education, and travel. We hope they have a childhood they treasure, like we both did. We hope they develop into a strong man or women who is able to pursue their own dreams, whatever those may be. We hope that they get to know you and know they are loved by many people. We hope they know they can always come home and we will be there to welcome them with open arms.

Know that your child will be loved so incredibly much and we will protect him or her. We will raise him or her to the best of our ability and provide them will all the opportunities we can. Faith, family, love, and education are our priorities in life and we hope to share our morals and values with your child. Your child will have the greatest support system.

We look forward to having a relationship with you, whatever you choose for that to be. You will always play a significant role to us and this child. We are excited to share photos and stories of your child's life. We enjoy traveling and are open to visits when the time is right. We are delighted to be on this journey with you, though our paths are not exactly the same, we can work together to maintain a healthy relationship. We promise that we will always speak highly of you and that your child will know your love. You have made an incredibly brave decision and we will forever be grateful for your selflessness.


Walt & Melissa


Arnold Schwarzengger
Harrison Ford
Scarlett Johansson
Anna Kendrick
Brian Jaques
Elizabeth Peters
The Hunger Games series
Candy Bar
Peanut butter Twix
Scooby Doo
Childhood Memory
Fishing and boating
Family vacations
Childhood Toy
GI Joe
Barbies, Pet Shops
Children's Book
Berenstain Bears
I'm more of a country person
I prefer the country
Classic Movie
Star Wars
Star Wars
Day of Week
Ice cream
Oreo cookie dessert
Disney Movie
Lion King
Lion King
Dream Car
Dodge Charger
Any Aston Martin
Dream Job
Dermatologist; work at animal shelter
Dream Vacation
Bora Bora or Australia
Family Activity
Anything outdoors
Flower / Plant
Gerber daisy
Form of Exercise
Weight lifting
Weight lifting or walking
Catch Phrase
Working out
Reading or boating
Holiday Song
Silent night
O Holy Night
Holiday Tradition
Extended family get togethers at Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and Memorial Day. Decorating for the holidays.
Ice Cream
Chocolate peanut butter
Junk Food
Anything sweet
Leisure Activity
Reading, boating
ESPN the Magazine
National Geographic
Memory with a Child
Fishing with nieces/nephews
Going to the zoo
Memory with Spouse
Playing with the dog
Honestly, I love the day to day life with Walt; if I had to pick, our Bahamas vacation, Sedona vacation, or wedding
Star Wars
Lord of the Rings series
Movie Munchie
Popcorn and M&Ms
Movie Quote
May the force be with you
When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible (When Harry Met Sally)
Movie Type
Romantic comedy, superhero
Muppet's Christmas Carrol
Rock of Ages
Musical Group
Country in general
Anything country
Nursery Rhyme
Mary had a little lamb
Itsy bitsy spider
Olympic Event
Track and Field
Anything track and field
Personal Hero
Peyton Manning
Mother Theresa
Romeo and Juliet
Edgar Allen Poe
Shel Silverstein
Quality about my Spouse
Loving, good, patient man
Do or do not. There is no try. Yoda
You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. Desmond Tutu.
Dairy Queen
Johnny's Steakhouse
Peanut butter and jelly
Philippians 4:13
John 3:16
Shopping Store
Don't rock the jukebox by Alan Jackson.
When I said I do
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning
Sports Team
Indianapolis Colts, Iowa Hawkeyes
Dallas Cowboys, Iowa Hawkeyes
Subject in School
Calculus, Microbiology, Immunology
Thing to Cook
Anything I can grill
Anything I can bake
Time of Day
Hunting or fishing with family
Family get togethers
TV Show
Game of Thrones or Outlander
TV Show Character
James Spader as Red in Blacklist
Type of Music
Classic rock
Vacation Spot
Caribbean or hiking in a national park
Video Game
Star Wars
Super Mario Brothers 3

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