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Mik & Rachel

Thank you for choosing to learn a little more about us. We are at a place in our lives where we are beyond ready to add more love, joy, and giggles to our home. We understand and respect that this process does not come without heartache. The decision you are facing is immeasurable - immeasurable for you, your baby, and for us so we want to honor that. You will always hold an important place in our hearts and in our day-to-day lives.

About Us

Mik
Rachel
Job
Security
Financial Advisor
Education
Bachelor's Degree in Business Management
Bachelor's Degree in Finance
Children
Sawyer
Relationship
Legally Married

Why We Chose Adoption

Last Hike Before Snowfall

We always envisioned having children close in age and just before Sawyer turned two we started trying to conceive again. Much like before, we became pregnant right away, but lost the baby just over three months into that pregnancy. Despite the heartbreak of losing a child, we tried again, but after three consecutive losses it became apparent we had little chance at sustaining a pregnancy to term. We had a lot of heartache, but found joy again when we began to explore the idea of adoption. It was like sunshine pouring down on us - we knew adoption was exactly the path we were meant to be on! We cannot wait to share our lives with another child and watch him or her grow and learn. LOVE is in abundance in this home and we cannot wait to share with you and your baby!

Our Lifestyle

At the Pool

We definitely have an active lifestyle. You would be hard-pressed to find us lounging inside unless someone is sick. On the rare occasion that we do spend a weekend inside we are most likely remodeling a room or doing a home improvement project. We love to include Sawyer on our projects so that can experience the gratification of completing a job.

We enjoy hosting other families with young kids so we can entertaining the children with make-your-own pizza parties, covering the table in sketching paper and giving them finger-paints, tie-dyeing shirts - lots of arts and crafts.

All of our activities are really centered on the kids. In the spring Rachel dedicates some of her time to giving batting lessons to youth baseball players. Once baseball season is in session, a couple nights a week are usually spent watching their games and chasing the younger kids around in the grass. During the warm summer days we go camping up in the mountains and fish at our many surrounding lakes and rivers. Sawyer has taken an interest in motocross, so we have been giving him the opportunity to explore that further including many weeknight rides and taking him to events. When snow covers the ground in Montana, Sawyer's interest shifts to hockey, which is a new sport to us, so we're all trying to learn the ropes together and build the right connections to provide Sawyer with the opportunity to learn. We feel strongly that it is our job to listen to our children's interests and make sure the opportunities are available for them to explore those further. We have noticed that interests sometimes stem from a biological inclination and we cannot wait to see what interests your child has and then to provide them with the right opportunities to nurture those interests.

What It Means to Be Parents

Happy With Daddy

Rachel's initial attraction to Mik was based around seeing how well he interacted with children, his easy-going tendencies, and how great of a caretaker he was. Being parents is our purpose in life. There is nothing as sweet as the joy children find in the little things. Just being able to witness that and the opportunities to spark that joy and discovery is such a privilege as a parent. We love waking up early on a Saturday mornings to find a fun, new activity to do with Sawyer, whether that is going to the trampoline park or building a cardboard fort. We love baking together as a family and watching Sawyer develop from clanking spoons together, to now completing some recipes on his own. We are all good with spills and messes because with a kid even the clean-up can be fun. The best part is teaching new skills of life and watching them learn, observe, and absorb new knowledge through trial and error.

Photos

Coffee Together on a Chilly Morning
Coffee Together on a Chilly Morning
Fishing in Idaho
Fishing in Idaho
Summer Hike
Summer Hike
Swimming Lessons
Swimming Lessons
A Rainy Morning Walk
A Rainy Morning Walk
Out on the Canoe
Out on the Canoe
Riding Into the Sunset
Riding Into the Sunset
Rachel's Version of 'Me Time'
Rachel's Version of "Me Time"
Rachel & Her Dad Kayaking
Rachel & Her Dad Kayaking
Our Typical Morning
Our Typical Morning
Getting Ready for T-Ball
Getting Ready for T-Ball
Mik, the Special Effects Coordinator
Mik, the Special Effects Coordinator
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Coffee Together on a Chilly Morning
Coffee Together on a Chilly Morning
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Fishing in Idaho
Fishing in Idaho
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Summer Hike
Summer Hike
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Swimming Lessons
Swimming Lessons
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A Rainy Morning Walk
A Rainy Morning Walk
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Out on the Canoe
Out on the Canoe
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Riding Into the Sunset
Riding Into the Sunset
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Rachel's Version of 'Me Time'
Rachel's Version of "Me Time"
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Rachel & Her Dad Kayaking
Rachel & Her Dad Kayaking
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Our Typical Morning
Our Typical Morning
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Getting Ready for T-Ball
Getting Ready for T-Ball
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Mik, the Special Effects Coordinator
Mik, the Special Effects Coordinator

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in the beautiful state of Montana. We are so fortunate to have such abundant public land to explore.

We live in a three bedroom, three bathroom house with a large basement that has been transformed into a play room. We spend a lot of time on our back deck barbecuing, roasting marshmallows, or watching outdoor movies! Our house is tucked away from the main road, and we have a large fenced yard we play baseball in, blow up our bounce house, or ride bikes around.

Living in such a rural part of the country, we don't have professional sports teams to cheer for, so the whole community rallies around our high school sports. When the two high schools play against each other the whole town picks their side wearing the school's colors. It is a really great rivalry. Our town invests a lot in parks. We have seven kids' parks to choose from within walking distance from our house, as well as three different baseball/softball complexes and a pool/splash pad that is open in the summers. Our neighborhood is centered between the best elementary school in the area, and one of the two aforementioned high schools. Both are just a few blocks away, so the neighborhood is made up of a lot of young families. It is our goal to have the house our kids' friends want to come to, to grab a snack or hang out after school.

Our Extended Families

Cousins on Vacation

We don't live in the same town as our extended families, but we make frequent weekend trips to stay with Rachel's family on the lake. When the weather is nice we spend all day out on the boats fishing and swimming around sand bars or finding hidden beaches. Rachel's dad is an avid outdoorsman and loves sharing those experiences with his grandkids. The kids love asking him questions about encounters with bears or other wildlife and they seem to think he is some kind of superhero. Rachel's mom can most often be found crawling on the floor with the kids, concocting a cardboard box into something bigger with their imaginations. She has a knack for making everyday life feel like magic to her grandkids.

Exploring With Grandma

Mik's family lives near a beach in California, so we don't see them as often, but when we do, we have tons of FUN! Trips with grandma and grandpa to the park, sightseeing in the city and a little splashing in the ocean.

Most of our holidays are spent in large family gatherings exceeding 30+ people. Our extended family is adventurous, and playful. They are all so incredibly supportive and excited to meet your little one and cannot wait to welcome him or her with open arms! There are many family traditions they are already planning to share with your baby!

From Us to You

The first thing we want you to know is that without even having met you, we already have immense respect and compassion for you. Those are just words, but when the time comes for us to meet you we will prove this to you through our actions. We do not know the circumstances that brought you here, but through this process we have made a point to do some deep soul searching on what it means to be a birth parent. What we have concluded is that birth parents are some of the most selfless people on the planet, and that birth parents are facing a more difficult decision than most people will ever have to face in their lifetime. We want you to know that with us you will have a safe space to react to the feelings involved no matter how that might look.

We have been married for five years and have been together for eight. We have both focused our adult lives towards creating a stable life and home to build our family. It is our purpose in life to be parents and our daily decisions reflect that. Since the beginning of our relationship, seven years ago, we have kept a promise together to prioritize communication above all else. Together we can address any potential conflict by clearly communicating our needs. Love to us means going out of our way to improve each other's lives. Mik is the steadiness, Rachel is the excitement. Rachel is the type to wake up early with the little ones while Mik runs to the store in the middle of the night when something is needed. We have found such a balance between the two of us to keep everything running smoothly.

Our son, Sawyer is more than ready to be a big brother. He regularly asks why he has had to wait so long, and dreams about what fun he and a sibling could have together. Our love for each other is centered on the values we share and willingness to put in the work ensuring a lasting marriage.

Through an adoption we promise to provide your child a loving home, consistency and an abundance of fun opportunities without ever having to worry whether their core needs will be met. Raising babies into good-hearted humans is our deepest passion. There is nothing we love more than seeking opportunities to incite a child's curiosity. Our children will have parents who get down on to their level and play in the mud. They will participate in baking cookies even if it means as much sugar ended up on the floor as in the dough. Your child will have our undying support in whatever they find interest in. They will lend a helping hand to those in need and experience a love for the great outdoors. Most importantly, your child will know that our LOVE for them is unwavering through the good days and the bad days.

We hope that through this adoption we can help you maintain a connection with your child that is special and unique. We look forward to having contact with you, if that is your wish. You will always have a place in our hearts and we plan to tell your baby all about you from day one! We do not take lightly the commitment and sacrifice you made for your child and we want you to know that in our house you will always been seen as a godsend.

Mik & Rachel

Favorites

Mik
Rachel
Actor
Sean Connery
Vince Vaughn
Actress
Kathy Bates
Jennifer Garner
Animal
Hippo
Deer
Author
Jocko Willink
Nancy Tillman
Book
Catche in the Rye
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Candy Bar
Almond Joy
Depends on my mood
Cartoon
He-man
Peter Pan
Childhood Memory
Filming wrestling videos with my brother
Family vacations, especially Disneyland
Childhood Toy
Bonzo, my stuffed monkey
Stilts my great grandpa built for me
Children's Book
Mikey and the Dragons
Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You
City
Austin, TX
Seaside, OR
Classic Movie
Cool Hand Luke
For Love of the Game
Color
Black
Green
Day of Week
Friday
Saturday (That's easy!)
Dessert
Chocolate chip cookies
Lemon bars
Disney Movie
Flubber
Peter Pan
Dream Car
1995 F350 crew cab
Range Rover
Dream Job
Police officer
Daycare or teacher
Dream Vacation
Jamaica
Ireland
Family Activity
Camping
Traveling together
Flower / Plant
Aloe Vera
Ferns
Food
Steak
Cheese
Form of Exercise
Running
Rowing
Fruit
Kiwi
Hucklerries
Game
Gin Rummy
Hide & seek
Hobby
Archery
Camping
Holiday
Independence Day
4th of July
Holiday Song
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Jingle Bells
Holiday Tradition
Getting a Christmas tree
Showering all the kids in the family with gifts and treats
Ice Cream
Salted Caramel from our local ice cream shop, Big Dipper
Ben & Jerry's Salted Caramel Core
Junk Food
Kettle brand krinkle cut salt and pepper potato chips
Pizza
Leisure Activity
Fishing
Soaking at hotsprings
Magazine
National Geographic
Local / parenting
Memory with a Child
Fishing on Father's Day
Taking my son and nephew to the ocean and running back and forth with the waves
Memory with Spouse
Our wedding
A spontaneous weekend trip to the Oregon Coast
Movie
Crocodile Dundie
For Love of the Game
Movie Munchie
Butter Finger Bites
Popcorn
Movie Quote
'That's not a knife. Now that's a knife."
"To live would be an awfully big adventure" - Peter Pan
Movie Type
Adventure and Action
Family friendly
Musical
Fiddler on the Roof
Mary Poppins
Musical Group
ACDC
George Strait
Nursery Rhyme
The Wheels on the Bus
You are my Sunshine
Olympic Event
Discus
Softball
Personal Hero
Jason MacDonald, one of my mentors from military school
My husband
Play
Fences
Beauty and the Beast
Poet
Edgar Allen Poe
Shel Silverstein
Quality about my Spouse
She is decisive
He is an excellent caretaker
Quote
"Fear not the thorns or sharp stones on life's path"
"Sometimes you have to talk to a two-year old just so you can understand life again." -Unknown
Restaurant
Marrakesh
Our local bakery, Vanilla Bean
Sandwich
Capistrano
Roast beef with horseradish
Scripture
Ezekiel 35:17
1 Samuel 1:27
Shopping Store
Murdochs
I enjoy shopping local - my current favorite is Wild Child Collective
Song
Blowin' in the Wind by Bob Dylan
This changes frequently, but currently Made For You by Jake Owen
Sport to Play
American Football
Softball
Sport to Watch
Rugby
Baseball
Sports Star
Mike Tyson
Derek Jeter
Sports Team
New Zealand All Blacks
Yankees, but I honestly prefer watching youth sports
Subject in School
Math
P.E.
Superhero
Wolverine
Batman if I had to choose
Thing to Cook
Chicken Piccata
Lasagna
Time of Day
Night
Morning
Tradition
Getting a Christmas tree
Every Saturday we go to the bakery for breakfast
TV Show
House
The Office
TV Show Character
Ron Swanson
Creed
Type of Music
Rock
Country
Vacation Spot
Oceanside, OR
Anywhere from North Dakota to Hawaii, I just love exploring new places
Video Game
The Legend of Zelda
Mario Kart if I had to choose, but I'm not generally a fan of video games

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