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Kyle & Jonelle

Kyle & Jonelle

Although we both went our separate ways after high school, Kyle would often call my cell phone just to see if it was still was my number. If I ever picked up the phone, he would hang up.

We never spoke over the 7 years...

At some point, I suspected that it might have been him calling from a blocked number on a regular basis, but we never spoke over the 7 years prior to our reconnection. We lived in a world prior to social media so we weren’t able to keep up on each other’s lives; however, we seemed to be tied to one another and eventually found our way back.

our adoption hopes

Gender:Any Gender, including an Ambiguous or Transitioning Gender Child
Ethnicities:Any Race and Ethnicity
Age:Newborn to 5 Years Old
Total of:1 Child or 2 Siblings

a snapshot of us

We Live In:Battle Creek
Our Faith:Christian
Pets:No Pets
Kids Already:Three Children Now
Child Care:Licensed Child Care Center, Nanny, Stay-at-Home Parent

Our Story

We are high school sweethearts that took the long way around. We met and dated in high school right before Kyle graduated. After Kyle’s graduation, we went our separate ways but never fully moved on from one another. After about 7 years, we reconnected and picked up right where we left off. Within the next year, we had dated and got engaged.

We were in the beginning stages of planning a wedding when we took Kyle’s sister to Florida for her spring break trip. While in Florida, we decided to skip the formalities and took 2 days planning our beach wedding. It was the best decision we have made to date and the rest is history!

We were always tied to one another and always will be. Kyle often tells me that I am his family and there is no choice in the matter. We truly are each other’s “person” and together, we make an excellent team.

It was the best decision we have made to date and the rest is history!
We all love playing with Griffin.

Our Relaxation & Fun

We love to spend our free time together as a family. Kyle and Jackson enjoy working out together in the garage gym. Jonelle and Jordan enjoy running out for little shopping trips or going to music concerts together. We all love playing with Griffin. Most days after work, we go to the park, ride bikes, and take walks through our neighborhood trails. Jonelle really enjoys traveling and organizing fun trips or activities for the family.

our adoption hopes

Gender: Any Gender, including an Ambiguous or Transitioning Gender Child

Ethnicities: Any Race and Ethnicity

Age: Newborn to 5 Years Old

Total of: 1 Child or 2 Siblings

a snapshot
of us

We Live In: Battle Creek

Our Faith: Christian

Pets: No Pets

Kids Already: Three Children Now

Child Care Plan: Licensed Child Care Center, Nanny, Stay-at-Home Parent

Our Family & Friends

We both have very close relationships with our families. Our siblings are actually some of our closest friends. Our family and most of our friends still live in Indiana where we both grew up. We talk to them all on a regular basis and visit them often as well. We enjoy getting together to eat and just be in one another’s company.

Our siblings are actually some of our closest friends.
...which the kids have officially taken over.

Our Home & Neighborhood

We love our current home and neighborhood. Our house has a basement which the kids have officially taken over as one, big playroom. We spend so much time together in the basement and kitchen. The kids all have their own rooms which they enjoyed decorating and making their own. We also have a spare room that our family members utilize when they visit us. That spare room also serves as my home office where I work from home.

Our neighborhood is actually made up of 4 smaller subdivisions that are all connected with several bike and walking trails which we utilize on a daily basis. The neighbors we have met have all been so wonderful to us. We love meeting new neighbors with children while playing at the neighborhood park. It is a very diverse neighborhood, and we look forward to meeting more people over time.

Our Thoughts On...

Education

Education is very important and highly valued in our family. Kyle got a job right out of high school and did not attend college at the time. He is now one year away from obtaining his bachelor’s degree while also advancing up in career. Jonelle also worked full-time jobs while earning her bachelor and master degrees. We have shown the kids that working hard and applying oneself to an education leads to positive outcomes and results. The kids are doing very well in school, and we help support them in every way we can.

Correction & Discipline

We believe in positive reinforcement as well as teaching our children that all actions have consequences. We assist them in setting goals and expectations, and then we help them figure out how to achieve the desired outcomes. It is important to us that our kids understand they have the freedom to make choices and the responsibility to handle the outcomes.

Our Faith Views

Jonelle has spent her entire life as a pastor’s daughter. Religion and church taught her the fundamentals that helped shaped the person she is today. Kyle did not grow up with a religious background but when he met Jonelle in high school, he started attending church with her.

We still attend my father’s church whenever we are back visiting family members in Indianapolis, Indiana. Here in Michigan, we just started attending a new church after a year of attending different online church services.

Love is the fundamental root of our belief system.

When he met Jonelle in high school, he started attending church with her.
I have worked for the same company for over 15 years...

Kyle's Career

I manage a division for a trash and recycling company. I run the Operations, Landfill, and Mechanics teams for the business unit. I have worked for the same company for over 15 years and have enjoyed advancing my career from a truck driver into management. I am also one year away from earning my bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership. I look forward to continuing to provide and care for my family.

I will continue to work during the days, assisting with the child care plans whenever necessary. I am able to adjust my schedule to accommodate any family needs that arise. I also look forward to times that I can drop off or pick up kids at school.

Jonelle's Career

I have been blessed with a management job that is a permanent work from home position. I manage operational teams for an Appraisal Management Company that accommodates the appraisal process for home purchases and refinances. I am so grateful that my job allows me the flexibility to take the kids to and from school, oversee their care from home, and take off time to be with them whenever necessary.

My youngest child will start out-of-home daycare for the first time in the fall of 2021. Previously, I have always worked with him at home with me. Over the past year, we hired an in-home sitter to assist with his care while I work. I will continue to work from home and after placement, I will be able to provide child care at home or accommodate whatever is best for the children.

I am so grateful that my job allows me the flexibility to take the kids to and from school.

Kyle

Year of Birth: 1985
Education: Obtaining Undergraduate Degree in Organizational Leadership
Occupation: Division Manager
Family Background:

My family comes from Irish and German backgrounds. We all grew up in a very American culture though. My mother’s family spends a ton of time with one another so a lot of my memories include my immediate family as well as my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. In addition to all the national holidays, one huge tradition in my family is attending the Indianapolis 500 race each year.

Jonelle

Year of Birth: 1986
Education: Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development
Occupation: Senior Vice President of National Operations
Family Background:

Both sides of my family come from Irish backgrounds. However, my family’s culture is American. I have a very close-knit family and a part of our traditions is simply doing things together as a unit. We get together to eat and celebrate all holidays and birthdays. We coordinate schedules and sometimes move celebrations to different dates or times to ensure we can all be together.

We just want to say

Thank you for considering our growing family as a potential extension of your own. We empathize with you during this delicate time and can assure that our plan is love and accept your child as our family. Our children have made us exponentially better people as we dedicate our lives to loving and providing for them. Our hearts and the hearts of our children have grown so much over the past decade as our family has expanded, and we still have so much more room to grow and love to give.

Kyle
 and Jonelle
Completed Educational Sessions
  • Behavioral and Emotional Needs of Adoptive Children
  • Child Separation, Attachment, and Bonding

We would love to enable an open and healthy environment that promotes the very best for the child(ren). We hope there will be comfortable lines of communication in all directions. We want the child(ren) to feel as loved as possible and willing to do whatever it takes! We already practice this with our two oldest children who came from a previous relationship. We are no strangers to large, blended family communication and gatherings in order to love on and support our children. We make it a point to put their needs above everything else.

OUR COMFORT LEVEL WITH DIFFERENT ADOPTION OPTIONS

Meeting together before placement:  
Meeting your family members:  
Exchanging phone numbers:  
Following each other on social media:  
Supporting your adoption counseling:  
Being with you for your prenatal visits:  
Discussing baby names with you:  
Shopping together for baby’s needs:  
Inviting you to see the nursery:  
Being at the hospital during delivery:  
Caring for baby when you are ready:  
Inviting you to workshops, picnics, etc.:  
Keeping you up-to-date with photos:  
Keeping in touch by written messages:  
Keeping in touch with phone calls:  
Keeping in touch with video chats:  
Getting together in person:  
Sharing your photos, gifts, etc. you send:  
Including you in some family photos:  
Introducing you to our extended family:  
Inviting you to some family events:  
LEGEND
Very Comfortable
Mostly Comfortable
Unsure
A Bit Uneasy
Not Comfortable

We would love to enable an open and healthy environment that promotes the very best for the child(ren). We hope there will be comfortable lines of communication in all directions. We want the child(ren) to feel as loved as possible and willing to do whatever it takes! We already practice this with our two oldest children who came from a previous relationship. We are no strangers to large, blended family communication and gatherings in order to love on and support our children. We make it a point to put their needs above everything else.

Just one more thing...

We would love to enable an open and healthy environment that promotes the very best for the child(ren). We hope there will be comfortable lines of communication in all directions. We want the child(ren) to feel as loved as possible and willing to do whatever it takes! We already practice this with our two oldest children who came from a previous relationship. We are no strangers to large, blended family communication and gatherings in order to love on and support our children. We make it a point to put their needs above everything else.

To Learn More About This Family
Call or Text: 616-451-0245
(616) 451-0245
(616) 451-0245
Greater Hopes
2453 28th Street SW
Wyoming, MI 49519