Dear Birth Mother,

The very fact that we are writing to you is beyond our wildest dreams. Justin, Ella and I are excited at the possibility of expanding our family in such a life giving way. We want to begin by thanking you for truly opening your lives and hearts to the idea of helping us grow our family through your love of the miracle growing inside of you. You are a hero in many aspects of the word. We are praying for you daily, knowing what an incredible role faith must be playing in your decisions. You are strong, courageous and the ultimate giver. We want you to know the place in our heart you will forever hold.

IMG_5833Justin and I have had two successful, dream pregnancies. Our little girl, Ella, was born in December of 2010 and is such a gift in our lives. We welcomed her brother, Drew, in January of 2014. Unfortunately, after living for eight short days he was taken from us as a result of a very rare genetic disorder. Justin and I found out we are both carriers of the disorder, and it can present itself again in future pregnancies. Knowing the deep loss we faced, we knew we couldn’t risk that again. We opened our hearts and had adoption placed on it. We want to grow our family and can’t thank you enough for giving us this option.

We want to tell you of the love we already have for this miracle baby. We want you to know that love will be in abundance, hugs and kisses will be showered and that no matter what, this child will always know the love you created and will always hold in your heart. We want this child to always know the gift you gave to him/her and the family that they are linked to in you. Our lives will be forever blessed because of you.

Justin is a manager at our family business, a hardware store and I stay at home with our daughter. Before my role as mommy, I was a first grade teacher with a passion for children. Ella and I love crafting, cooking and taking in everyday life moments together. I can promise you that more children would be welcomed into our extended family and friendship circle with open arms. We are a faith-filled family and will take that faith with us into this journey and the raising of our children.

We hope this autobiography will give you just the peek you need into our lives to allow us to have a special place in yours. Again, thank you for being exactly who you are. We look forward to this life-giving journey.

Justin, Michelle, & Ella
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Adoptive Family at a Glance

Father’s Name: Justin Mother’s Name: Michelle
Occupation: Business Manager Occupation: Stay at Home Mom (former elementary school teacher)
Education: B.S. Business Education: Master’s in Education
Religion: Catholic Religion: Catholic
Date of Birth: May 8, 1983 Date of Birth: April 17, 1983
Ethnicity: Caucasian Ethnicity: Caucasian
Hair Color: Brown Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Hazel Eye Color: Brown
Height: 5’8” Height: 5’6”
General Health: Excellent General Health: Excellent

Date of marriage: August 12, 2006

Children: Ella (4) is a bundle of love, energy and personality. She is so patient, caring and full of fun. She is mommy’s shadow and loves to cook, clean and craft. She enjoys reading books and playing with her baby dolls. Although, she also has a passion for cars, blocks and dinosaurs. She’s mommy’s sidekick around the house and loves to cook and clean, but she’s just as quick to accompany daddy for yard work. She is even tempered, quick to offer help and always talking. She was eager to be a big sister when her little brother Drew was born.

Drew was our precious miracle that lived only 8 short days. Diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder shortly after his birth, his goodbye was a quick as his hello. He stole our hearts and holds them today. We are grateful for him, and although his loss was painful, it helped us to find this path.

Ella will be a wonderful big sister. She is always asking about more babies in our family and gravitates toward younger children whenever we are out. We have no doubt about her willingness to accept and love a sibling. She is an old soul with the desire to love and be loved by everyone she meets.

Interest and Hobbies: Our hobbies and interests consist of anything that involves family and fun! We love to hike and explore nature. We love to travel and experience the beauty surrounding us. We enjoy movies, plays and fun community events. We love to read together and do fun crafts and projects. Making memories as a family is a daily occurrence and we are reminded with each new memory how wonderful each life experience is!
Our physical activity is based around anything we can get out and do as a family. Justin plays on a summer league softball team, and Ella picked up on his passion and loves t-ball. We have a backyard pool and spend our summer days enjoying that recreation. We love to bike, hike and take walks. We also enjoy fishing and snowshoeing and plan to take up family skiing in the coming years.

Home: While we love to travel and explore, home is truly where our hearts always are. We consider ourselves homebodies, mainly because we love the memories we create here. We live in small town America. We know just about everyone we run into at the grocery store and wave to nearly every car we pass on the street. Locking doors is optional and looking out for our neighbors is a must.

We live in the house Michelle grew up in, purchasing it from her mom two years ago. Our home is on a dead end street, close to an amazing public school system and just a stones throw away from Justin’s work. It is also within walking distance to the local ski hill, library, grocery store and downtown.

Our home is a three bedroom, three bathroom home with a large finished basement that has become the most amazing playroom. The yard is huge, though the enormous swing set that sits on it would lead you to believe otherwise. The backyard is our favorite spot, complete with large pool, deck and grill for perfect summer memory building.
We are proud to call this little town home, and have every intention of growing old right here.

Pets: We don’t currently have any pets. But Ella has two “cousins” who are dogs and loves their visits a great deal. I’m quite sure someday she’ll convince us to add some kind of furry friend to our mix.

Finances: We are financially very stable and have no debt. We leave well within our means and have a budget that we feel is the key to our success at living a happy lifestyle.

Why are you interested in building a family though adoption: Our love for children has always been at the forefront of our lives. Justin and I had dreams of a big family with several children. We love the interaction between siblings and long for that in our own family. We had a beautiful daughter just over three years ago. She added more to our life than we ever thought possible. When we expanded our family and gave birth to a son, we were overjoyed. Unfortunately, we lost our son after only eight precious days to a rare genetic disorder. Justin and I found out we were both carriers of the disorder and had a 25% chance of the disorder presenting itself again in future children. Not wanting to take that risk, but still wanting to grow our own family; we began prayer towards an answer. At roughly the same time, adoption was placed on both our hearts. We knew that the gift we could give a child in the form of a loving, strong and faith filled family was by far the greatest reward we could provide. We feel adoption will strengthen our family in terms of faith and trust. We love the idea of another beautiful human being adding to our already loving family. We marvel at the idea that a child out there is just waiting for us.

In our roles as parents, joy and satisfaction are present daily. The love and openness to be loved is by far the greatest gifts adoption will give to us. We feel the addition of a life to love and hold dear will make our home more diverse, loving and accepting. We know the gift that genetic parents have to be willing to give; and we know the openness to which we are willing to accept that gift. The satisfaction is also giving back to a world and faith that gives so much to us. We know that through God all things are possible and we are confident He will present us with the exact child that is supposed to change our lives.

Openness to Birth parents: This is one area we wish to leave some room for discernment in. We feel that the right birth parents will come along and that this is a step and decision we can make within parameters they feel comfortable and confident in.

Childcare Plans: Michelle is currently a stay at home mom and will remain so for as long as our children are growing up.

We are represented by Nightlight Christian Adoptions. If you need more information about us, or would like to meet us, please contact Nightlight toll-free at 866-832-3678.