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Will & Sarah

Will & Sarah

“This is the top-rated trail in all of Washington, you’re gonna love it!” There we were, two Michigan hiking experts looking for adventure! We were so excited to spend our second anniversary together that we rented a cabin up in the Cascade Mountains, got on our hiking boots, and were ready to hit the trail! Nothing could slow us down. Except when we got to the parking lot and saw many signs warning us of cougar and bear sightings. “You’re in cougar country,” one sign said. Not to worry, Will grew up in Washington and had never seen a cougar before (and only one bear, see the picture in the gallery).

We also decided to talk extra loudly so everyone would know we were there.

Sarah, unconvinced, insisted on finding the biggest stick she could possibly hold in order to fend off any would-be attackers (also see the picture in the gallery). We also decided to talk extra loudly so everyone would know we were there. With our plan in place, we set off on a beautiful hike. But before too long, Sarah, ever alert, called out “Hey, watch out for that dog poop on the ground.” It was not dog poop. It was one of the biggest snakes we’d ever seen in our lives. At that point, we both looked at each other, said “Nope, that’s enough” and turned around to walk back to the car. On the way down the mountain, we stopped next to a glacial river, found a beautiful rock to sit on, had lunch just the two of us, and Will jumped in for a very cold swim. It was one of the best days of our whole marriage. We were reminded that it didn’t really matter what we were doing, the important part was we were with each other. Laughing. Talking. Having an adventure. That’s us in a nutshell.

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

a snapshot of us

We Live In:Kentwood
Our Faith:Christian
Pets:Both Cat(s) and Dog(s)
Kids Already:One Child Now
Child Care:Family Member Child Care  Stay-at-Home Parent  

Our Story

It all began on Will’s birthday- little did he know he was about to receive the best present of his life! We met in 2011 when Will walked into Sarah’s then work, where she asked to talk to him because the shift was really slow. We started dating shortly thereafter and moved to Chicago in 2012. Here’s where we realized we would spend the rest of our lives together, and in 2014, Will (finally) proposed with the help of our new puppy, Joey!

After our wonderful son, Brian was born, we knew we wanted to be closer to our friends and family, so we returned to Grand Rapids. We were married in Grand Rapids in 2016, and it has been the best 4+ years of our life! We are best friends in every sense of the word.

Hi, Sarah here! I have always described our relationship as the cliche of “opposites attract”. We grew up in completely different worlds across the country from each other. He is more reserved and quiet, whereas I am outspoken and constantly making noise any chance I get. Even though we have quite a few differences, we have even more commonalities, and over the last 10 years, our relationship has grown into the best one I have ever had. Every day I feel like the luckiest woman in the world to have such an amazing man in my life who makes me laugh until I cry, challenges me to be my best self, helps me conquer my dreams, and always has a listening ear. We have so much fun together and have gone through many hard times which has only brought us closer. My friends always tell me I have won the husband lottery and I can’t help but believe them. We understand each other on a level that is so deep, intimate, and personal that we hardly need to speak to know what is going through the other’s mind. We value the same foundational things in a relationship such as communication, honesty, respect, and integrity, and find ourselves living these out daily. I love everything about us, who we are as a couple, and who we are as individuals and I am looking forward to spending another 50+ years with my best friend, confidant, and husband.

Will here. Sarah is the most supportive partner you could possibly ask for. She is smart, funny, insightful, and a fantastic mother. We have so many inside jokes that I have lost count, and we are laughing at something nearly every day. It’s like we finish each other’s sandwiches. It doesn’t really matter what we’re doing, it’s always better having her along for the ride. She is my best friend, and I love being a partner to her throughout all of life’s amazing adventures, especially co-parenting our wonderful son with her. I am a better man for having her in my life.

Little did he know he was about to receive the best present of his life!
We love to travel and hope to see the whole world as a family.

Our Relaxation & Fun

We love the water, and during the summers, you will find us boating, kayaking, or swimming as often as possible. We also enjoy hiking and love taking Brian and our dog Joey on the trails in West Michigan. We love to travel and hope to see the whole world as a family in the fullness of time. We also love going to sporting events, and it is one of Will’s dreams to visit every baseball stadium and hockey arena in the country.

I (Will) love playing any sport and am an avid golfer, long-distance runner, and trying my best to get better at hockey. I love anything Star Wars related, and Brian and I have spent hours on end building Star Wars LEGOs on rainy days.

I(Sarah) also love sports (but golfing is not my thing). I enjoy playing soccer and baseball with the boys as well as rollerblading and dancing. During the gloomy days, Brian and I have an exceptional time-building forts and obstacle courses that we can run through a thousand times. We also turn into cats and jump around on our beds.

On days when we are feeling adventurous, we have taken random trips to the airport to jump on a flight just to ride the trains at another airport and go home. (When you have a kid that loves trains this is an ultimate pass time). You will also find us taking random weekend trips to Florida just to get an extra bit of sunshine during the long winters!

At the end of the day, the most fun we have is when we are together as a family. Whether it’s simply going to the park, playing LEGOs, curling up to watch a movie, or doing arts and crafts as long as we are together it is another great day.

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

a snapshot
of us

We Live In: Kentwood

Our Faith: Christian

Pets: Both Cat(s) and Dog(s)

Kids Already: One Child Now

Child Care Plan: Family Member Child Care  Stay-at-Home Parent  

Our Family & Friends

We are both beyond blessed to have such a loving, caring, and supportive family. We can honestly say there is nothing our family wouldn’t do for us and vise versa. For example, when Will told his parents about our adoption plan, they (and Will’s brother) were so excited that they decided to move all the way from Seattle, WA to Grand Rapids to be closer to us. They plan on taking a much more active role in Brian’s life and are just as committed to being there for the newest member of the family. We are very close with both sets of our parents, and we talk nearly daily in some form or fashion. Sarah’s parents live 30 minutes away, and we find ourselves spending many weekends playing on their ten acres, and enjoying a home-cooked meal from the best cook in town. All four of our parents are unique individuals, who bring a colorful perspective into Brian’s world; whether it’s teaching him how to build a car, creating science experiments, knitting blankets, or making art projects. We have no doubt that your child will have many wonderful memories and experiences with our amazing family.

Being that Sarah grew up in West Michigan, many of her closest friends have been by her side since childhood. They are a loyal bunch, always willing to lend a hand or bring their kids over for a playdate. Since moving into our current house, we have been able to create lasting friendships with many of our neighbors, which has strengthened our support system even more. If Sarah has something on her mind, a quick Meijer’s trip or a girl’s night is food for the soul.

Many of Will’s friends are not in West Michigan, however, being an airline pilot, he is able to travel and see them often. During the pandemic, we have taken to hosting a trivia night on Zoom, which has caused a small problem since Will tends to laugh way too loud late into the night. He has also been able to find some golfing buddies in the neighborhood, which is food for his soul.

One of the first things that attracted us to each other was how we put family at the top of our priority list. We are blessed to have such loving and supportive network of friends and family, and they couldn’t be more excited to be with us as we continue our adoption journey together.

We find ourselves spending many weekends playing on their ten acres, and enjoying a home-cooked meal from the best cook in town.
Our very own "domestic petting zoo", which includes 4 loving cats, the friendliest dog you could possibly ask for, a glow fish tank, and yes, a crested gecko named "Firecracker".

Our Home & Neighborhood

We became homeowners in 2016, and have lived in the Kentwood area ever since. Our cozy house is located in a quiet subdivision, where we know all of our neighbors and Brian has tons of friends to play with. We are mere steps from a great park and elementary school, where we spend many warm days having picnics and playing on the jungle gym. Our house has three bedrooms, one for Brian, one for Sarah and Will, and one set up for a new child. Most of our time is spent on the main level in our family room, where we enjoy each other’s company and can feel the sunshine through our large windows. Our finished basement is a combination of a playroom and a workout room, where mom and dad can get a run in while enjoying the laughter of our kiddos. We have a relatively private backyard, where we spend many a night barbequing, chasing each other around, and ending the night sharing s’mores with the neighbors. Our house also comes fully equipped with our very own “domestic petting zoo”, which includes 4 loving cats, the friendliest dog you could possibly ask for, a glow fish tank, and yes, a crested gecko named “Firecracker” (take a guess who named that one).

We love our neighborhood and are so thankful to live in an area where there are lots of diverse families and have become good friends with many of our neighbors. We also love how close we are to outdoor spaces. In the next few years, we have discussed moving into a bigger house close by, to allow for more room for our growing family.

Our Thoughts On...

Education

We both believe to our core that learning is essential, ongoing, and paramount to our lives and the lives of our children. We have always made education a priority in our family, and that is why Sarah returned to college to finish her degrees at the age of 26. Will is always trying to learn more about anything (not just to try and appear on Jeopardy!), and we both love including our son in our learning, even if the topic may go a little over his head. We will encourage our children to pursue higher education, and we will continue to foster a learning environment in our household, where questions are encouraged, discoveries are wondrous, and “I don’t knows” are absolutely acceptable. We are both so curious about the world and all the things in it, and we are constantly looking things up and sharing our findings with each other. Being in a learning environment is part of what keeps people engaged in education, and we believe our enthusiasm for not only education, but for learning in general, will inspire our children to engage in a lifetime of learning about all the world has to offer. We also believe education goes beyond the classroom, and if college isn’t the right fit for our children, we will support them 100%, while insuring that learning is still an active part of their lives.

Correction & Discipline

We believe that if you yell or scream at a child, the child only hears the yelling and will not hear the words or the message. This also holds true with spanking and other forms of corporal punishment. We have not and will not engage in corporal punishment. We believe in quickly intervening and correcting behavior where safety is in jeopardy (running in the street, hitting a sibling), but we tend to treat discipline as a learning experience. There’s no such thing as a bad kid, but kids can make poor choices. Choices have consequences, and when a child makes a poor choice (throwing spaghetti at the wall) that no one else made for them, a consequence (no TV this evening) should follow that is age-appropriate. We also teach that lying will always merit a tougher consequence. Again we have found that the more our son takes ownership of his own actions, and the more he realizes that choices have consequences, the easier it is for him to see a pathway towards better and more appropriate choices. We always love learning more and have read (and continue to read), books on parenting children, including books outlining different techniques for discipline.

Our Faith Views

Will and I both identify as Christian, but we would not consider ourselves as fundamentalists. We enjoy attending our church which is founded on Jesus Christ and of Wesleyan faith. We love that our church is striving to be a multi-cultural church where everyone can come together, feel welcomed, and be in community. We do identify as Christian and we strive to live out the values of the Christian faith such as loving and helping others, honesty, integrity, and having respect for all. Where we find religion to be the most helpful to us in our lives is knowing there is a higher power at be which gives us comfort in times of both happiness and sorrow. We are open and value other points of view in regards to religious beliefs and believe that faith is having a personal relationship with God. Although we do attend church, we do not attend small groups and are not currently active outside of service at church. You will find Sarah reading her Bible in the morning and praying during meals.

We love that our church is striving to be a multi-cultural church where everyone can come together...
Standing at the door and thanking the passengers at the end of a flight is extremely gratifying, especially getting to hand out wings to our youngest flyers.

Will's Career

I can honestly say that I have my dream job. I have wanted to be an airline pilot since I was six years old, and being able to travel the world and call it work is truly a dream come true. I enjoy the teamwork aspect of working in tandem with a whole crew to get people where they need to go, and being able to explore new cities at the end of a workday.

Standing at the door and thanking the passengers at the end of a flight is extremely gratifying, especially getting to hand out wings to our youngest flyers or showing them the cockpit. Plus you can’t beat the view from the office!

My company is very family-oriented, and I plan on taking a few months off to bond with the wonderful new child entering our home. Once returning to work, I am generally gone 3 days, followed by 3 whole days at home.

The nice part about this schedule is I am home and present the entire day and night, and plan to spend those hours caring for our children and playing with my family.

Sarah's Career

From the day I was hired, I told my boss “I am a mom first, a student second, and then an employee” and she was completely understanding about this. From an employee standpoint, I enjoy having the ability to help others who are in need. Working with those who suffer from domestic violence allows me to empathize with people in ways I could never imagine. I truly see the amazing strength of women when working in this field. I also enjoy that I am part-time and my boss gives our schedules out three months ahead of time; allowing me the ability to schedule fun activities at home.

I am also completing my Masters in Social Work in hopes of becoming a clinical therapist helping those with depression, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse disorder. Therapy is truly my passion in life and if I can assist in one person making huge strides in their life I have done my life’s work. So many times does mental health get pushed to the wayside and I feel called to spread awareness and advocacy on the importance of the mind and overall health of individuals.

I am a mom first and foremost and my employer is already aware that we are trying to adopt a child and I will be stepping away at that time to be home. My studies will continue, however, I am also part-time and have been juggling a full-time school schedule since the birth of our first son. My husband and I are able to organize our work schedules effectively so that one of us is always home and present.

Working with those who suffer from domestic violence allows me to empathize with people in ways I could never imagine.

Will

Year of Birth: 1988
Education: Bachelor’s Degree
Occupation: Airline Pilot
Family Background:

My father’s side of the family is primarily Scandinavian, with my Grandfather being the son of Swedish and Norwegian immigrants. I was lucky enough to visit Norway in 2006, and the trip was all the more special knowing that our family had come from there.

My mother’s side is Scottish/English. Growing up I always enjoyed Thanksgiving, as my mom would host dozens of friends and family. We would play football while the turkey was cooking, except the one year when we forgot to turn the oven on. Thank goodness for take-out.

Sarah

Year of Birth: 1989
Education: Bachelor’s Degree (2), currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Therapy/Social Work
Occupation: Mom/ Student/ Domestic Violence Advocate
Family Background:

My mom is primarily of Polish descent, and my dad is primarily of Dutch descent. We always enjoyed making polish meals and taking trips to Holland, MI in the summer when I was younger. As I grew older Christmas traditions became more apparent. We would always decorate the Christmas tree and watch The Santa Claus. Every Christmas morning it was always my mom who would wake me up early to open presents and see what Santa brought me. My dad and I would always go fishing in the summer, almost every weekend to catch Salmon and Steal head.

We just want to say

We cannot imagine the emotions you are feeling right now. We cannot imagine having to make such a life-changing decision to place your baby with another family. What we can say is that we think you are so incredibly strong, resilient, selfless, and amazing to be able to choose adoption. This is not a decision we expect you to take lightly and we want to support you in any way you may need. If our family seems like the right fit for you and your child, you have our word and promise that we will love your child unconditionally and will embrace them in every way. We will make sure to give your child anything they may need in order to succeed in this life. We want you to know that our entire family is looking forward to meeting you and your child and our current son Brian has already written down 84 things he wants to teach his new brother/ sister (that list is growing). We also want you to know that when talking about adoption with our future child, adoption will be celebrated, you will be celebrated, and this child will know how deeply you love them. No one makes this decision without true love in their heart. As a family, we have no intention of closing the relationship between you and baby and we want this child to know who you are, where they come from, and just how special they are to have so many people in their life that love them.

Sincerely Yours,

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

Ideally, we would hope our relationship will be child-centered where they know nothing but love and support. The more people that love our children unconditionally the better, and we will strive to be open and transparent in our hearts and minds.

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

Ideally, we would hope our relationship will be child-centered where they know nothing but love and support. The more people that love our children unconditionally the better, and we will strive to be open and transparent in our hearts and minds.

Just one more thing...

Ideally, we would hope our relationship will be child-centered where they know nothing but love and support. The more people that love our children unconditionally the better, and we will strive to be open and transparent in our hearts and minds.

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