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Steve & Heather

We love our little family of four, but it feels like someone is missing. We have seen first hand how wonderful the gift of adoption can be and decided that this was our path to complete our family. We appreciate you taking the time to view our profile and have no doubt that we will provide a stable, loving, fun-filled home with two of the best big brothers you could want!

About Us

Stay-at-Home Dad
Registered Nurse
Bachelor's Degree in Theology
Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
Theo , Grant
Legally Married

Why We Chose Adoption

Our Family

Heather has a reproductive condition that increases her risk of infertility. Knowing this, Heather was under the assumption that she would have to adopt in order to become a parent. So much in fact, that when she was 28, she became a licensed foster parent as a single woman. When we met each other in our 30's, and we decided to get married, we assumed that infertility was going to be something we faced. Fortunately, we were able to conceive two children with no difficulty. Since we were able to conceive our biological children naturally, we thought adoption might not be our path to parenthood as previously thought. After we tried and failed to conceive a third child, we came to the conclusion that we were going to be a family of four, but struggled to accept it. We both feel strongly that someone important is missing from our family and have decided that adoption is the route to take. We have seen how wonderful the gift of adoption can be: we both have family and friends who have been positively impacted by adoption. We have seen how biological families, adopting families, and children can come together to mutually benefit everyone. So we decided to find that missing someone and are now hoping to be matched, connecting two families forever through the mutual love of a child.

Our Leisure Time

Bike Ride!

Due to Heather's fantastic work schedule, we have many opportunities for quality time. She does not work weekends or holidays and has at least one weekday off per week. Her days off usually mean family fun time!

We live close to a great zoo and have a season pass, so we frequently go there just to stroll around and explore. We usually pack a lunch and make a day of it!

We go camping several times a year at one the many camp sites in our state.

Our county has a wonderful parks system that features hiking and biking trails, playground equipment, swimming ponds, and pools. We go to a lot of parks! Bike rides are a must in the summer. Our oldest will transition to his own bike soon so our youngest will need another copilot in the bike trailer!

While at home, we read lots of books, play with trains, do arts/crafts, and have movie nights. We spend a lot of time in our large fenced-in backyard complete with play gym. We have even been known to set up a tent and camp outside... just because! Even in the cooler months, we spend a lot of time outside, playing in the leaves, building snowmen, or hitting up a park.

Fun Facts About Us:

Steve's Musical Family

  • Heather's dad was a jeweler and helped Steve pick her engagement ring.
  • We love brunch so much that for our wedding reception, we had a brunch buffet. We had cinnamon rolls instead of cake in memory of Steve's mom, who passed away. She loved to bake, and the cinnamon rolls were her specialty.
  • Heather has been a cancer care nurse for 15+ years.
  • Heather arranges the kids toys/books into a playful new ensemble most nights so they know momma loves them and is thinking of them despite being at work.
  • Steve eats pickles like they are going out of style.
  • Steve's extended family is very musically inclined. Members of his family play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, auto harp, accordion, piano/organ, and have beautiful voices. Jam sessions break out often when they get together, which included our wedding.
  • We started dating July 5th and married almost a year later on July 2nd.
  • Steve went to college with the intention of becoming a pastor but decided two years into the Seminary that it wasn't his calling. Indirectly, that decision lead him to being a stay-at-home dad. If you could see him in action, you would see that he made the right choice!
  • Photos

    Live Music at Irish Fest
    Live Music at Irish Fest
    Story Time!
    Story Time!
    Happy Together
    Happy Together
    Cruising Around
    Cruising Around
    Exploring Alaska
    Exploring Alaska
    Zoo Fun
    Zoo Fun
    All Smiles
    All Smiles
    Taking in Niagara Falls
    Taking in Niagara Falls
    Annual Camping Trip
    Annual Camping Trip
    Cousins Are Awesome!
    Cousins Are Awesome!
    Our Wedding Day
    Our Wedding Day
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    Live Music at Irish Fest
    Live Music at Irish Fest
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    Story Time!
    Story Time!
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    Happy Together
    Happy Together
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    Cruising Around
    Cruising Around
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    Exploring Alaska
    Exploring Alaska
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    Zoo Fun
    Zoo Fun
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    All Smiles
    All Smiles
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    Taking in Niagara Falls
    Taking in Niagara Falls
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    Annual Camping Trip
    Annual Camping Trip
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    Cousins Are Awesome!
    Cousins Are Awesome!
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    Our Wedding Day
    Our Wedding Day

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    Our suburban neighborhood is known for its many parks, biking trails, and top-rated schools. Our home has four bedrooms and three baths. It has a three-seasons porch which looks out into our large fenced-in yard with a playset. In the warmer months, Heather loves to read out there as the kids play.

    We've lived here three years and have come to know our neighbors well. Steve, as a stay-at-home dad, has had the opportunity to cultivate these relationships. "Omi" lives kitty-corner to us and loves to feed treats to our kids and dog. "Auntie Kay" lives behind us. She has a pool that we frequent in the summer. A block away is Heather's co-worker and friend, who has four children. We rely on each other for child care needs and hang out often. It is the type of neighborhood where, when you walk by someone you don't know, you wave, say hi, and often strike up conversation. Kids play safely in the streets and there is a neighborhood park where we often congregate to play kickball or baseball. There are also two community pools nearby and lots of year-round community programs for kids through the library and park systems.

    Our Extended Families

    Steve's Family

    What probably sticks out the most with Steve's family is the size. He is the sixth oldest of eight kids. There are a total of 31 nieces and nephews and still growing! Our family gets along very well and we try to get together whenever possible. Three of Steve's brothers, a sister, his dad and stepmom all live relatively close in Wisconsin, with remaining families living in Texas and Florida. Each year, Steve's oldest brother hosts a week-long family reunion/summer camp at his property in the country. The kids and adults enjoy just about anything you can think of: volleyball, soccer, football, wiffle ball, bike-riding, games, crafting, go-carts, hiking, swimming, playing musical instruments, campfires, etc. It is a great time for everyone to re-connect.

    Nana & Papa

    Heather's side of the family is smaller but still full of love! We see her parents, Nana and Papa, about once a month where they get some undivided attention! They have 128 acres in central Illinois, where we love to explore, feed/ride the horses, go on ATV rides in the woods, play with their dog, cats, and eat Nana's cooking.

    We have seen firsthand the blessing of adoption. Steve's brother and sister have each adopted a child and our family is more complete because of them. One of the adoptions is open. Our niece's birth family has been welcomed with open arms into our fold. Needless to say, they are excited and supportive of our decision to adopt!

    From Us to You

    Thank you for taking the time to review our profile. We understand that while we are excited to grow our family through adoption, we acknowledge that you may be struggling with the decision to parent or adopt, which just shows the love you have for your child. Here is a little more information on our family as you wrestle with that decision.

    We had what we call a "whirlwind romance." We were engaged 6 months after our first date, and 6 months later we were married on Heather's parents' farm, almost a year to the day of our first date. We have been together almost 5 years. We knew we wanted children but were unsure if our path to parenthood would include biological children and/or adopted children. We were sure, however, that we envisioned having three children and set up our lives in anticipation of this. Heather, at a young age, was diagnosed with a fertility issue that can prevent some women from conceiving. Knowing this, we had discussed, accepted and welcomed the idea of adoption as a blessing for our family, especially since we have seen firsthand how wonderful this journey can be. Steve's older sister and her husband adopted a baby girl while his older brother and his wife adopted a son. Fortunately, we were able to conceive with little difficulty despite our age and Heather's diagnosis. We now have two beautiful boys. We tried for a third child but after trying for 10 months, we decided to return to our original plan of adopting to complete our family of five. We are looking forward to adding a new little one to our family and are confident that our boys will be great big brothers and will welcome a new sibling with open arms.

    Our core value we hold dear is family. We make small and large decisions every day with this in mind. Our dynamic is what we like to call "traditionally untraditional." Steve opted to leave his job when our oldest was born and become a stay-at-home dad extraordinaire. And that he is, in so many ways. Heather works at a nearby hospital as an oncology nurse and service coordinator for their bone marrow transplant program. She works four days a week, 10 hour days. She does not work weekends or holidays and has a rotating day off each week, which allows us to spend lots of time together as a family. On these days, we do something fun like go to the zoo, take a long bike ride, or go to the pool. Before the pandemic, Steve and the boys would visit Heather every day for lunch. Heather's co-workers and patients became accustomed to seeing us and became invested in our little family. Once they were no longer permitted to visit the hospital, they would pick Heather up and go to a nearby park for lunch. Now that it is winter, we FaceTime for lunch. We are looking forward to returning to our lunch dates when the pandemic is over. Heather's co-workers and patients would be so delighted to see we have added to our family.

    We are hoping to have an open relationship with our birth family and are flexible with what that may mean. We look forward to navigating and defining this relationship with you. Whether that is sending letters and pictures, exchanging phone numbers for calls and texts, sharing email addresses and/or setting up visits, we embrace the possibility of you becoming a permanent part of our lives. We want what is best for the child and believe that a connection to his or her birth family may be vital to the child's wellbeing.

    Whatever your decision is, know that we appreciate you looking at our profile and wish you well through this process. If our paths do cross because you think we are a match, know that we are confident our family, both immediate and extended, will provide an amazing life for your child with your involvement. They will be loved, supported, and accepted beyond measure! Blessings to you on this journey.

    Steve & Heather


    Mark Wahlberg
    Bradley Cooper
    Nicole Kidman
    Sarah Paulson
    Dogs (We don't deserve those sweet souls!)
    Khaled Housseini
    American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
    The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns
    Candy Bar
    Reece's Pieces Peanut Butter Cups
    Milky Way
    Old school Transformers
    Tiny Toons (90's cartoon)
    Childhood Memory
    Bluegrass festival/camping with my big family
    Playing on my Grandma's farm with my cousins
    Childhood Toy
    Green bike with a banana seat
    Cabbage Patch doll
    Children's Book
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    Milwaukee during festival season
    Milwaukee (especially in the summer!)
    Classic Movie
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Breakfast at Tiffany's
    Deep Dark Purple
    Day of Week
    Sunday Funday
    Ice cream cake
    Chocolate chip cookies
    Disney Movie
    The Little Mermaid
    Dream Car
    Late 60's Muscle car
    Acura RDX
    Dream Job
    Stay-at-home Dad
    Own my own business (coffee shop/brewery + pizza farm)
    Dream Vacation
    Australia - New Zeland
    Family Activity
    Zoo (seeing the animals, having a picnic, riding the train, and playing in the park)
    Flower / Plant
    Sweet potato vines
    A big, sloppy sandwich
    Form of Exercise
    A ripe, juicy peach
    Fresh juicy peach
    Yard/garden work/landscaping
    Arts & Crafts, Decorating house
    Fourth of July
    Holiday Song
    "Jingle Bells" by the Crash Test Dummies
    America the Beautiful (for 4th of July)
    Holiday Tradition
    Eating extravagant meals
    Month leading up to Christmas (advent calendar, nightly Christmas reads with kids, tree decorating, music, St. Nick gifts, cookies, holiday lights)
    Ice Cream
    Moose Tracks
    Vanilla (I know boring!)
    Junk Food
    Leisure Activity
    Reading (fiction)
    Sports Illustrated
    Memory with a Child
    My kids playing in sprinkler at Nana and Papa's house with their new puppy
    Before the pandemic, our kids would come to work and have lunch with me. Not only do I miss them visiting but my co-workers and patients do as well.
    Memory with Spouse
    10-hr first date at Summerfest
    Our first date (10 hours at a music festival)
    The Princess Bride
    So I Married An Axe Murderer (90's comedy)
    Movie Munchie
    Flavored popcorn
    Popcorn with a Diet Coke
    Movie Quote
    "No more rhymes now, I mean it!" "Anybody want a peanut?"
    "Exsqueeze me, baking powder?" - Wayne's World (90's comedy)
    Movie Type
    Comedy or action
    Fiddler on the Roof
    Musical Group
    Electric Light Orchestra
    Avett Brothers or Black Pumas or Beck
    Nursery Rhyme
    Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake, Baker's Man
    Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
    Olympic Event
    Downhill skiing/ beach volleyball
    Personal Hero
    My Mom
    My husband
    Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
    Husband; He wrote me a poem almost every day while we were dating. I have saved every one of them!
    Quality about my Spouse
    Her selflessness
    Laid back, easy going
    "That's what she said!"
    "Be kind, it's that simple." (My most memorable patient, who was a teacher)
    Motor Bar and Restaurant - Milwaukee
    Turkey, bacon, tomato, pickles, more pickles, banana peppers, oil & vinegar, oregano
    Peanut butter and jelly or #9 from Jersey Mike's (extra bacon, please!)
    Ephesians 2:8-9 - For it is by grace you have been saved through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast."
    Treat others as you would like to be treated (Golden Rule)
    Shopping Store
    Hobby Lobby
    Changes frequently, right now probably "Twilight" by ELO
    "Shallow" by Lady Gaga
    Sport to Play
    Volleyball (how I met my husband)
    Sport to Watch
    Sports Star
    John Randle
    Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals)
    Sports Team
    Minnesota Vikings
    Subject in School
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    Thing to Cook
    Sour Cream Noodle Bake
    I have to admit, I don't cook.
    Time of Day
    Nap time
    Morning (Coffee!!!)
    Backus Bash - our annual camping week/ family reunion with all (or most of) my immediate family and their families
    Halloween night (trick or treating, costumes, handing out candy to kids, fire in our driveway and have open door policy for food/drinks with neighbors)
    TV Show
    Real Housewives (any franchise); it's my guilty pleasure (don't judge!)
    TV Show Character
    Barry "Big Tasty" Goldberg from The Goldbergs
    Ross Geller (from Friends)
    Type of Music
    Impossible to name just one
    Vacation Spot
    Alaska (honeymoon)
    Video Game
    Dr. Mario
    Old school Mario Kart

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