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Mike & Eryn
Thank you so much for taking the time to view our family profile and for considering us as potential parents for your child. Our family is filled with love, laughter and smiles, and we cannot wait to welcome another child into it through the process of adoption. We would love to walk through this journey with you.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption has positively impacted our lives in many ways! When Eryn was in middle school, her family adopted a girl from Thailand, and the two of them became best friends. That experience taught Eryn how wonderful adoption is, and it showed her that family is whatever you make it.
This early understanding and appreciation for adoption led us together down a path to one of the best days of our lives - the day we became parents by adopting our son, Connor. It is also why we are looking to complete our family by adopting our second child. We want both of our children to grow up understanding and respecting their histories, and we want them to be able to take that journey together.
Eryn is on the Board of our local non-profit adoption agency that organizes events and education opportunities for local families whose lives have been made better by adoption. We attend these events as a family and will continue to do so as we raise both of our children. We cannot wait for the next best day of our lives - when we complete our family through adoption!
We are a very active, outdoorsy family. We love spending time outside every day. Our neighborhood makes it very easy to be active because everything is within walking distance of our house, so we walk places as a family instead of driving. We love it. There are days when our dog Reese gets four or five walks a day! We both work from home, so we all walk Connor to school every day, even the dog! The walk gives us a wonderful opportunity to talk about the day or what he is learning about in school.
We also enjoy riding bikes as a family. Connor just recently learned how to ride his pedal bike, which was a really proud moment for all of us.!
At home, we love to cook and bake together and try new things.
We love exploring our state and taking road trips or, as Connor calls them, adventures together. We definitely cherish experiences together as a family!
Our Family Traditions
Family traditions are very important to us, and they are so fun to create! A lot of our favorite traditions revolve around the holidays with our family and friends in our neighborhood. We do an annual Easter egg hunt at our neighborhood park with all of Connor's cousins and friends, and then we have brunch at our house. Halloween is one of our favorite traditions because our local shops and restaurants host a festival for the little kids. All of our family and friends gathers at our house, dressed in adorable Halloween costumes, and then we trick-or-treat as a group. The grandparents love it! We love hosting Thanksgiving dinner and spending all day cooking, watching football, and eating with family and friends. Christmas also comes with many fun traditions that we've created over the years. Our neighborhood hosts a Holiday Festival, so we always attend that and drink hot cocoa with Santa. Our whole family rides the annual Christmas Train together. It's so fun to see the magic of the day through the eyes of the kids, and they love riding the train. Picking out and decorating our Christmas tree is another thing we look forward to every year. Connor loves putting the star on the top!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a beautiful, family-friendly neighborhood that is surrounded by mature trees and plenty of parks and lakes.
We live in a three-story house that has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Our backyard is the perfect size for a family soccer or baseball game, complete with a treehouse that Connor loves to share with his cousins and friends.
Most of our neighbors have young children around Connor's age, so it's really fun to watch the kids on our block grow up together. Our neighborhood is quiet enough that Connor can ride his bike in the street, but it is also walking distance to many amenities, including our local schools, restaurants, and even our pediatrician's office! We love being able to walk to school or to dinner as a family.
Our neighborhood is part of a village that puts on holiday festivals for Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, and Christmas, which we absolutely love! It is so fun to watch all of the neighborhood kids go trick-or-treating at the local businesses on Halloween and drink hot cocoa with Santa around Christmas time. And the best part is that it's all walking distance from our house!
One of the best things about where we live is that both the mountains and the beach are nearby, so we can easily take trips to play in the snow or the ocean. Our favorite lake is also close to us, which is why we are always spending time together outside!
Our Extended Families
Both of us come from very close-knit families who have been supportive of our every move and decision.
Mike's family lives in Texas, but they visit very frequently for extended periods of time in order to spend multiple holidays with us.
Eryn's whole family lives very close to us, which is great because her sister has two young boys who are best friends with Connor. We love watching them grow up together.
The city we live in is close to the beach, so it's very easy to round up the whole family and head to the beach for a day of fun in the sun! One Thanksgiving we even rented a large house at the beach and spent the holiday there with both of our families, cooking, eating, and playing in the sand.
Both of our families are beyond excited for us to adopt another child!
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We can't begin to understand the decision you are facing, but we hope this profile gives you a glimpse of our life and makes that decision a little easier. We can't wait to grow our family, so we appreciate your time and consideration.
We met and fell in love in college, and we've been together ever since. We had a perfect wedding in 2007 where we made commitments to each other in front of our family and friends. The best part for both of us was the fact that we married our best friend.
We always knew that we wanted to have a family. We tried to conceive naturally for many years but were unsuccessful, so we worked with a Reproductive Endocrinologist who diagnosed us with unexplained infertility. After trying some less invasive procedures that did not work, we tried IVF. Our first cycle led to a positive pregnancy test, and naturally we were elated. Unfortunately our joy was short-lived when we learned that we had had a miscarriage at six weeks along. This news was devastating, heartbreaking, and the worst news of our life. We tried two more IVF cycles, but they were both unsuccessful. This was a very difficult and sad time for us, but exploring adoption brought us new hope and excitement. And it was the best decision we ever made, because it brought Connor into our family! We adopted him in 2016, and now we want to give him a brother or sister to grow up with. We believe that having a sibling who is also adopted will be a great benefit for our children as we celebrate each of their unique adoption stories. We think that having a big brother can give a child someone to play with, learn from, and look up to. We can't wait to go on adventures and create memories as a family of four (or five if you count the dog!).
We live in a wonderful, family friendly neighborhood in a top-notch school district. It is the perfect place to raise our children. We even have a treehouse in our backyard! We have a wonderful network of friends and family nearby who will be so excited to welcome another child into the group. We can promise that your child will be loved beyond measure. Connor will be thrilled to take on the role as a big brother!
Family is very important to us, and we plan to ensure our children know how loved they are. We both would love to develop a strong, open, ongoing relationship with you and want you to be a vital part of our child's life. We have a great relationship with Connor's birth family and would love to develop one with you too. We believe openness with birthparents is essential for our child's growth and development. We can guarantee that we will provide you with pictures and letters of your child's life and experiences. We have become very good at documenting each adventure we go on, and we will absolutely share those with you! We are happy to communicate via email and phone calls as well if you would like. We are very flexible and understanding.
We wish you the best of luck with your extremely difficult decision. We would be honored to be selected as your adoptive family and look forward to creating a permanent, open relationship with you. Thank you for looking at our family profile and considering us.
Mike & Eryn