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Michael & Amy

Michael & Amy

One of my favorite memories with Michael actually follows a painful accident. Long story short, I was holding a barbecue skewer that ended up going through my right hand. Michael was very quick to gauze and wrap my wound, and then he drove me to the hospital.

The nurses were all very impressed by his first aid care...

The nurses were all very impressed by his first aid care, and in the days following he wouldn’t let me lift a finger. He did the dishes, cooked, cleaned, scooped my ice cream, and redressed my bandages every morning and night. In our relationship, we have a pretty equal division of responsibilities.

I do most of the cleaning around the house while Michael primarily does the laundry and grocery shopping with a joint effort in cooking and dishes, but even with some separated responsibilities, we are always willing to help each other out whenever needed. Who’s turn it is to do what is never an argument, and it’s why we also know we will be excellent teammates when it comes to being parents.

Our Story

We met at a get together with mutual friends in 2014. After a couple of games of ping pong together and conversation, our connection was instant. We talked the whole night and knew that we wanted to see each other again. We planned a date of dinner and a movie a couple weeks later. Following the date, Amy went home to her sister and told her that Michael was the man she was going to marry.

They say when you know you know! Ten short months later on Valentine’s Day, Michael surprised Amy when she walked into his apartment and it was filled with rose petals, candles, and sweet notes leading her from one room to the next. Finally, he was behind the last door down on one knee, and there he asked Amy to be his wife! After the proposal, we moved in together and rescued our puppy, Nala. We were then married on November 28, 2015.

Finally, he was behind the last door down on one knee...
We also enjoy a quiet night at home watching movies, hanging out in our backyard, or playing board games.

Our Relaxation & Fun

We love to travel and experience new sites, cultures, and foods! Some of our favorite trips have included London, Punta Cana, and Disney World. Recently we also had the opportunity to go to Alaska and Hawaii and hiked through the National Parks of Utah. We also enjoy a quiet night at home watching movies, hanging out in our backyard, or playing board games.

Michael is an excellent bowler, he enjoys playing and watching tennis, and he has a newfound love of camping. Amy likes to write, cross-stitch, and is learning how to play the ukulele just like her great-grandmother and Michael’s Nana.

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 to 2 Children or 2 Siblings

a snapshot
of us

We Live In: Flint Area & Genesee County

Our Faith: Open to All Religions  

Pets: Dog(s)

Kids Already: No Children Now

Child Care Plan: Stay-at-Home Parent  

Our Family & Friends

Preserving relationships with our family and friends is very important to us. We both come from close-knit families who enjoy spending time together as often as we can. Our friendships are also just as important. We host a Friendsgiving every November, which has been a fun way to get all of our friends together and stay connected throughout the years.

We host a Friendsgiving every November...
...where we enjoy drinking our coffee on our sun porch, playing fetch with Nala in the large fenced-in space, and ending the night with a bonfire and s'mores

Our Home & Neighborhood

We currently live in a family-oriented neighborhood with many parks, lakes, and amusements within walking and driving distance. Our home is a two-story and has 3 bedrooms. Our favorite place in our house is our back yard where we enjoy drinking our coffee on our sun porch, playing fetch with Nala in the large fenced-in space, and ending the night with a bonfire and s’mores at our fire pit!

While we have loved living here, we are very excited to be transitioning to a home much closer to our family with many of the same amenities. Our new home will also be a two-story with 4 bedrooms, and it is located in a safe, new development. We are especially looking forward to being only 15 minutes from Amy’s parents’ lake house!

Our Thoughts On...

Education

Who hold value in a school system that has services for special needs, provides a variety of extracurricular activities, and fosters a positive and inclusive environment among all students and staff. We feel that education is very important and a critical part of human development. We also believe that a lot can be learned through travel, and we look forward to continuing to share the world with our children.

Correction & Discipline

We feel that when it comes to discipline, it is important to remain consistent and firm while also remaining gentle, specifically avoiding arguing, yelling, or anything physical. We want to seek out the reason behind misbehaviors and also provide ample amounts of assurance and praise to encourage good behaviors. We feel that effective and positive discipline with mutual respect will instill trust in our parent-child relationship and will guide our children’s development of self-discipline.

Our Faith Views

While we do not currently belong to a church, it is our intention to join one when we have children. We were both raised in religious households, something we have both appreciated. We want our children to be aware of religion and to have an open space in our home to discuss and form their own beliefs.

We want our children to be aware of religion and to have an open space in our home to discuss and form their own beliefs.
I'm able to help others by ensuring that they are receiving the proper care when it comes to their medications.

Michael's Career

Being a hospital pharmacist has been very rewarding. I’m able to help others by ensuring that they are receiving the proper care when it comes to their medications. The hospital environment is very fast-paced and never boring. I also get to enjoy a flexible schedule that allows ample time for my family and travel.

I plan to continue working part-time following placement. My hours are typically in the evenings, 2-3 days per week. This will allow me to be home when Amy is working and to be very present in our child’s life.

Amy's Career

As a medical scribe, I get to be a part of the examination process for doctors of many specialties. It is a very interesting and educational career. I learn something new every day, and I get to do it from the comfort of my own home on my own schedule. I enjoy the flexibility of my job and the daily variety that it provides. In addition to scribing, I also enjoy earning an income through writing. I have published 4 children’s books and a book of poetry.

Following placement, my plan is to continue my employment part time. Because I am able to work from home with a flexible schedule that does not interfere with Michael’s work schedule, we will not need to seek alternative child care. In the occasional event that child care is needed, we each have multiple trustworthy family members nearby who are always willing and able to help out.

I learn something new every day

Michael

Year of Birth: 1989
Education: Doctorate of Pharmacy
Occupation: Pharmacist
Family Background:

My family originates primarily from Scotland and Norway. I have an older sister and brother-in-law, an older brother, and a younger step-sister. Through my siblings I have two nephews and one niece. My dad has been married to my step-mom for 25 years and my mom has been with her partner for 4 years. My family also includes my loving Nana, two Aunts and four Uncles, four cousins, and a large step-family.

U of M sports are a big part of my family, every year we enjoy visiting my brother and nephew in Florida, and we all love summers together at our family cabin on Torch Lake. My extended family also shares a cabin on Black Lake in New York where in July they host an annual croquet tournament as well as a competition to see who can make the most unique, best tasting hot dog!

Amy

Year of Birth: 1990
Education: Bachelors in Writing
Occupation: Medical Scribe
Family Background:

My family originates primarily from Ireland, Germany, and Norway. I have a twin sister, another younger sister, and two brothers-in-law. Through my twin sister, I have a two-year-old niece and a nephew due in July! My parents have been married for 35 years. I also have twelve aunts and uncles, twelve cousins, and eleven-second cousins.

Every year we gather together for the holidays, my favorite being Christmas. Every Christmas Eve at my parent’s house we all open Christmas Pajamas, and then we all wake up at 6:00 am on Christmas Day to open our gifts from Santa! My parents also host a family reunion every summer complete with boat rides and water balloon fights!

We just want to say

Thank you for giving us this opportunity to introduce ourselves and to tell you about our family. We also want to thank you for the courage and love you are showing your sweet baby by considering adoption. We cannot begin to understand the very real struggle that you have and will go through in this process, but we do know that you just want what is best for your child – we do too.

We are so excited to be adopting and to be bringing a child into our lives! For 5 years we have been trying to grow our family, and after multiple rounds of IVF, it has been a long and unsuccessful journey. Adoption has been an option that has always been on our hearts, and we are very excited to be given the chance to do so. We live by the mindset that everything happens for a reason, and so perhaps the struggles that you are facing and that we have faced have led us all here.

We want you to know that if we are chosen to be your baby’s parents, they will be unconditionally loved. We and our support system surrounding us will always cherish, nurture, and guide them to be the best person they can be. Their needs will always come first, their passions will always be encouraged, and they will always know where they come from and the tremendous sacrifice you made out of love.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us, and we would be excited to get to know you as well. It is so important for us to be open with an adopted child about their background and story and to honor the importance of you in all of our lives.

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

We hope that growing our family does not just mean the addition of a child, but also the addition of you into all of our lives. We want to be open and honest with our children about their story and where they come from, and we know that having you present in some way will help them better understand.

We are very open to exchanging phone numbers and social media accounts in order to provide all of the pictures and videos that you would like as well as some visits through out the year. While we all want what is best for the child, our hearts also very much go out to you and the difficulties you have and will be facing in making this decision.

A lot of our hopes revolve around your hopes and your comfort level. We know it’s true that raising a child takes a village, and we hope you can be apart of that.

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

We hope that growing our family does not just mean the addition of a child, but also the addition of you into all of our lives. We want to be open and honest with our children about their story and where they come from, and we know that having you present in some way will help them better understand.

We are very open to exchanging phone numbers and social media accounts in order to provide all of the pictures and videos that you would like as well as some visits through out the year. While we all want what is best for the child, our hearts also very much go out to you and the difficulties you have and will be facing in making this decision.

A lot of our hopes revolve around your hopes and your comfort level. We know it’s true that raising a child takes a village, and we hope you can be apart of that.

Just one more thing...

We hope that growing our family does not just mean the addition of a child, but also the addition of you into all of our lives. We want to be open and honest with our children about their story and where they come from, and we know that having you present in some way will help them better understand.

We are very open to exchanging phone numbers and social media accounts in order to provide all of the pictures and videos that you would like as well as some visits through out the year. While we all want what is best for the child, our hearts also very much go out to you and the difficulties you have and will be facing in making this decision.

A lot of our hopes revolve around your hopes and your comfort level. We know it’s true that raising a child takes a village, and we hope you can be apart of that.

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