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Colin & Misael
Hello, and thank you for visiting our page! The 11 years we have spent together have given us many adventures, though none would be as exciting as becoming parents. We are eager to share all of our love, laughter, and devotion as we start a family through adoption. We are honored that you'd consider us as prospective parents to your child.
Our Cultural Heritage
Misael was born in Mexico and came to the United States when he was 3 years old. He grew up in Oregon, surrounded by relatives and former neighbors who had also come to the States. As he grew up, he was shaped by Mexican and American customs, speaking both Spanish and English. Birthdays and holidays were always a BIG deal, with an open invitation to everyone. From carne asada to burgers, and from tacos to hot dogs, the importance of family, food, and community was central.
Colin was born and raised in Michigan. His parents lived in Germany for 6 years before starting their family, working and traveling throughout Europe. They were both so grateful for the doors that their travel & education opened for them, expanding their lives in ways they couldn't have anticipated. They worked to instill Colin with that same sense of curiosity about the world, whether it was through travel, museums, musicals, or reading.
Being in a multicultural marriage, diversity is deeply important to both of us, and sharing those values with our child would be something we take seriously. We would be sure to teach our child about their background as well as ours, surrounding them with a diverse community, and ensuring they know they are loved.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Colin About Misael: There is a long list of qualities that made me fall in love with Misael, but I'll highlight some that shine brightest. First would be his sense of humor. Misael can always make me laugh and is completely willing to be the butt of the joke.
Above everything is that I've never once doubted that he loves me with his whole heart. I've been lucky enough to know that, no matter what, I have a partner by my side every step of the journey, with a clear-eyed view of our next step. Wherever life may lead us, we will face it together. That's exactly the kind of commitment I would want to model as we raise a child.
Misael About Colin: When I think about the wonderful qualities that attract me to Colin, it's nearly impossible to narrow them down to a few. From the onset of our relationship, he has been the warmest and most caring person I have ever met. It's hard to believe he is a year my junior because of how mature and nurturing he is. His ability to look beyond himself and his kind approach to life leave me in awe of how limitless his love is.
Colin has been my rock throughout every challenge we have faced. I say we because he never fails to remind me that we're in it together. Knowing this makes me excited about growing our family and confident we can instill those same values in a child of our own.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Throughout this summer, we have been fortunate enough to be able to go to Northern Michigan a number of times, back to where Colin grew up. Some of these trips have been purely for vacation and others have been getaways while working remotely. Each of these trips has been a wonderful chance to spend time with Colin's mother, grandmother, and lifelong friends, while enjoying a break from the city. We spend our time playing card games, taking long bike rides, and reliving childhood memories.
Responding to the pandemic has prompted a lot of reflection about our priorities, how we spend our time, and the meaning of family. Being able to spend weeks back at Colin's childhood home has been a wonderful opportunity to be together with family and recharge our batteries, all while having some fun in the sun.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in Illinois, just one block from Lake Michigan, and when we moved here three years ago, it immediately felt like home. Our neighborhood is very diverse and safe, with many lifelong residents. We were thrilled to buy a home here, with its friendly neighbors, tree-lined streets, and proximity to the lake. It will be a great place to raise our family!
We do our best to take advantage of all the different restaurants, parks, and annual festivals that come with city living. We love the perks of having so many amenities like shops, grocery stores, and restaurants within walking distance. We also have access to Chicago's great public transit with bus lines and the train nearby, which put the museums, aquarium, and zoo at our fingertips. These are favorite destinations whenever our nieces or nephews visit!
The beautiful shores of Lake Michigan are just a block away, with a miles-long park at the end of our street. We love walking our dogs, riding bikes, and playing lawn games in the park. Throughout the warmer months, it's always full of families grilling, picnicking, and playing. Nothing beats jumping in the water!
Throughout our time in Chicago, we have invested a lot of energy into making our home warm, welcoming, and comfortable. Since we have more space, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, we have loved hosting family and friends when they come to visit, showing off all our neighborhood and city has to offer.
Our Extended Families
Misael's family mostly lives in Eastern Oregon, where he grew up. His parents have a home with several acres where they often host big celebrations for birthdays, holidays, or for any reason, really! Misael's brother and sister both live nearby, often visiting with their children. Misael's mom is a fantastic cook of all things Mexican -- her tamales, pozole, and sopes are the envy of Oregon! Whenever we are together, our stomachs are always as full as our hearts.
Colin's family is from Michigan, though his mom and siblings are currently spread out among Michigan, New York, and Arkansas. It is still a priority that everyone gets together at least once a year for some quality family time. Growing up on a lake, everyone loves to be outside, especially if we are near water. Our time together is usually spent entertaining Colin's two very adventurous nephews, playing card games or board games, and making each other laugh.
Even though there is some physical distance between us and our families, it remains important for us to come together as often as possible. Both sets of family are thrilled at the prospect of us pursuing adoption. Our nieces and nephews are always hoping for additional playmates, and our parents have absolutely loved being grandparents. We have already received many babysitting offers from our parents and siblings alike!
From Us to You
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about us, our story, and our families. We are Colin and Misael, and while we are so excited at the prospect of starting a family of our own, we understand you are facing a very difficult decision. Know that we are filled with gratitude and admiration for your strength and selflessness in considering adoption. We are honored to share with you the story of how we got here.
We met 11 years ago at a New Year's party. It was one of those stories where we saw each other across the room, started talking, and in the blink of an eye, hours had passed, and we were the only ones left. We went on our first date shortly after, and we never looked back.
In our first year together, we faced a few major life milestones. In addition to the standard experiences of a new relationship (meeting family, moving in together, and claiming closet space), Colin's father passed away unexpectedly. In the months after, we adopted a dog. These experiences of loss and growth taught us some pretty big lessons: time can be fleeting, family is so important, and a kiss from a dog can make a LOT of problems feel a little more manageable. Navigating the challenges of life is difficult in any circumstance. The fact that we have been able to do that together has made all the difference.
We provide a lot of balance for each other. Colin's bighearted, sincere nature makes him an easy friend to just about anyone. People are drawn to his smile and warmth. Misael tends to find himself at the center of attention, his quick wit making everyone feel comfortable. Our differences are truly our strengths, forming some of the things we love most about each other. Misael grew up in a Mexican household in Eastern Oregon, speaking Spanish and English. As the oldest of three, he was the responsible, independent one. Colin grew up in the Midwest, the son of a teacher and a jeweler. He is the youngest of three children, and spent his childhood running, singing, and trying to keep up with his siblings.
These differences have helped us face life's curveballs with balanced perspectives and open communication. As we think about becoming parents, we are so excited at the opportunity to share with a child what is best in each of us. We will provide a home with love, humor, and steadfast support, as our parents did for us. We would commit to doing our absolute best to help them grow into a kind, smart, responsible, and loving adult.
Throughout that journey, we would also commit to including you in your child's life. We understand the long-term importance that you will have for them, and we are sure that they will have questions we wouldn't be able to answer without you. Maintaining a relationship and communication with you as the birth mother is very important. We would be open and honest with your child about their adoption, emphasizing the compassion and courage that guided your decision. We would be excited to build a relationship with you in the years to come, by sharing pictures and emails, updates and stories, as well as the chance to meet again in person if you would like.
We so appreciate you reading about us and the life we would strive to provide for your child. Family has absolutely shaped who we are, and we are so excited to be on the journey of building one through adoption. We are grateful for the opportunity to share our story with you, and we wish you the very best.
Colin & Misael