About Our Family - My Baby's Family

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About Our Family

We met through mutual friends at a local festival. We both had a pretty good idea of who we were and what we wanted out of a relationship, but being with each other exceeded our expectations. We not only learned about each other, but also about ourselves - we were better together. We had a fun winter wedding with our friends and family. We have two cats (Po & Binx) and one dog (Gunner), all from the humane society. We love them both dearly and they bring a lot of joy into our lives.

In our free time we like to stay active, work on projects around the house or yard, go camping, or activities with friends and family. There's also times where we just like to relax, start a fire, and watch movies together.

We try to live simply, stay productive, and appreciate the things that really matter. Although we do go out sometimes because Madison has excellent restaurants, the large majority of the time we cook at home and eat at the table together. We enjoy going to the farmers market and trying new recipes. We also grow vegetables and herbs in a little garden during the summer. We definitely want our future children to learn to value nature and respect the earth.

We talked about all the different options of having children, whether through birth, adoption, or fostering, before we were even engaged. We decided that we were interested in all these options and would pursue whichever opportunities opened to us. We first started the process to be foster parents, then learned that our community already had more foster parents waiting than children being placed (which I think says something good about our community!). After experiencing two failed (ectopic) pregnancies, we started the homestudy process to adopt. During that time, we found out that getting pregnant would continue to be a life threatening risk due to a uterine abnormality. We were happy that we had already started the homestudy process, and were excited to move forward with adoption!

We never really saw adoption as a “plan B.” We always viewed it as one of many options – we were open to having both biological and adoptive children if we could. Many people experience grief through infertility, but we are very thankful for a lot of things. We are thankful we were able to find out our infertility cause earlier than most. We are thankful that we live in a time and place that has access to the medical care we needed. And we are thankful for our lives in general - that we have a solid marriage, a cozy home, a great circle of family and friends, wonderful pets, and overall good health.

If you choose us to be the adoptive parents of your baby, he or she will become a part of a fun and caring family. You will always be an important part of our lives. As your baby grows up, we will encourage his or her inquisitiveness, embracing both biological and adoptive backgrounds.