At the heart of every family tradition is a meaningful experience. Starting at a young age, Megan’s family traveled to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula almost every year. It doesn’t take long to develop a fondness for the greenness of the world there.
Eventually Megan started her college education in the Upper Peninsula and met some friends that turned into family for her. Every year after graduation, Megan continued to travel to the Upper Peninsula to visit nature and friends.
In 2013, Adam joined Megan on his first U.P. trip. We have pictures there of our first year dating, second year dating, year we got married, expecting our first child, our daughter being less than one, and now her being two.
Each trip representing tradition, memories, family, and so much more. We’ve grown to value these trips to be more than JUST a vacation, they are meaningful experiences we hope to carry down to a third generation.
|Gender:||Any Gender, including an Ambiguous or Transitioning Gender Child|
|Ethnicities:||Any Race and Ethnicity|
|Age:||Newborn to six months|
|Total of:||1 to 3 Children|
|We Live In:||Georgetown Township|
|Kids Already:||One Child Now|
|Child Care:||Licensed Child Care Center,|
We met at our first official “out of college” job at a laboratory as chemists in 2012. After about six months of being friends, we went on our first date to an Irish Music Festival.
After that while working together, in true geek fashion, we would have fun creating graphs about our budding relationship.
Meg was and still is attracted to Adam’s intelligence, humor, and calm life approach. He is a very kind person with strong, healthy morals.
Adam was drawn to Megan because of her joyfulness and intelligence. She also has a positive attitude about life. Her positive attitude towards life is evident in the fun they share as a family every day.
Over the next few years, we grew our relationship with good meals, fun hikes, and Game of Thrones dates. In 2015, Adam proposed to Megan after she completed a half marathon in Charlevoix, MI. Meg said yes (of course) as we had been talking about it for months!
One of our closest friends officiated the wedding and both families were thrilled we finally got married!
We both feel we have a very strong marriage and have some distinct strengths. We have a lot of similar interests, and the things we like doing, we like doing together. We also find that we complement each other in a lot of ways, as in our parenting.
For example, Megan is very compassionate and nurturing where Adam tends to be more fun, endearing, and the “educator”. We are capable and enjoy doing all aspects of parenting, but we each have our strengths that help us provide strong, collaborative parenting.
Megan believes strongly in integrity and trust. Adam believes strongly in patience and learning. This translates into our family values as believing in one another, being there for each other, and having fun together.
Our primary goal as a couple and parents, is to provide our child and future children everything they need to be the best version of themselves.
As a family, with our young daughter, we enjoy visiting the library, going out to eat, watching our nephews/nieces play sports, going through antique stores, going on hikes, walking the dog, riding our bikes to the park, visiting the animals at the zoo, visiting Frederik Meijer Gardens, and many more enriching activities available in our area.
Natalie values hugs and kisses, as many books as possible, and all the stuffed animals. Natalie has a couple of friends she likes visiting with but is also ready for a new sibling to call a best friend!
At the same time, as a couple, we also appreciate little things like sharing a good book, our first cup of coffee in the morning together, watching a new Marvel movie, and ultimately trying to teach our daughter about love and respect.
Our family has always been very important to both of us. Regardless of where we are in life, we always make family a top priority.
We are lucky both of our families have members that are still in West Michigan, albeit some further than others. We stay connected through facetiming, mail, pictures, and visits.
With Adam’s sister, her kids, and his parents living just a couple miles from our house, Natalie is able to play with and spend time with her cousins one to two times a week. Natalie has grown very close to her cousins and we value their sibling-like relationship every day.
Both our families are excited and look forward to supporting our journey through adoption. We are blessed to have our children’s aunts, uncles, multiple grandparents and some great grandparents in West Michigan and can’t imagine raising our family anywhere else.
In addition to strong family ties, we cherish the relationships we have with our friends. To us, they are our family as well. We visit each other often and it is fun to watch our children grow up together.
It is a blessing to walk through phases of life with friends that are having the same life experiences, at the same time.
We started our marriage in Lowell, Michigan a small farming community east of Grand Rapids. Adam’s immediate family was about 45 minutes away.
We found ourselves wanting to hang out with them more and be part of our nephews’ and niece’s lives. However, we found that frequent visits were difficult due to the distance. When our daughter was an infant, it became even more difficult because of the oh-so-many naps!
We decided to make the move to Adam’s home town when our daughter was about one year old. We now live about two miles from his parents, sister, and her three children.
We settled into a house that has never felt more like home! It is a ranch-style home in a suburban neighborhood with lots of neighbors walking and playing about.
We have three bedrooms upstairs, a four-season sun-room, and a finished basement with an extra room as an office. Our favorite room in the house is the colorful and warm sunroom that doubles as a playroom. We have a fenced-in backyard with lots of outside toys including a sandbox, push cars, water table, balls, and a garden area to learn and play.
When our children are old enough, they will be enrolled in the Jenison Public School System. Our nephews and niece go to this school system and so far we are impressed! We have found them to be a good quality school system and are excited to have children learn with their extended family.
We both love this house and feel that it is going to be our home for a very long time.
Religion, when used appropriately, has many life lessons about being a good person. Although both of us were raised Christian, neither of us are now religious.
We both have the same views and morals and outlook on how life should be, how people should treat other people, animals, and the earth. We both want to do good in the world.
Adam has a very close-by Christian family with strong beliefs. They are always respectful to others about their relationship with God. If our children wish to explore Christianity, they have our support and have close relatives as guidance.
Both of us value our educational background and what it has allotted us in life. Our hope is that our children will encompass embody a lifelong learning approach and develop a mindset valuing growth, being coachable, and investing in oneself.
We want our children to reach and exceed their goals successfully, whatever they may be. We will support goals that include traditional higher education and/or learning a trade. Our role is to support them in healthy ways and to remind them to maintain balance.
Developing a career and growing into adulthood is important. We will encourage our children to keep perspective of the need to have a balance between education, work, interests, and relationships.
Children, even in the face of opposition or unacceptable behaviors are still just little kids learning how to be humans. Having a meltdown could be because they aren’t processing something correctly or as quickly as they would like. We are patient and ready to teach, coach, and encourage positive behaviors.
Discipline is a guide for the child that directs them towards a path to corrected and acceptable behavior. It is also a time for the child to recognize what “unacceptable” behavior is. We accomplish this by talking about why they were or are being disciplined.
We both feel that discipline should only be used if redirection or positive reinforcement won’t work. For us, the correction is explained in an age-appropriate way that the exhibited behavior was “not nice” and give a chance for the child to correct or stop the behavior. We often explain what behavior would be nice to follow-up with and we then encourage an “I’m sorry for…” statement.
We are willing to learn about any discipline techniques a child may require. However, we will not engage in any form of corporal punishment or criticizing/condemning of a child.
Adam is a software engineer specializing in quality assurance and worked for a large school system prior to Covid-19. During this transition time, Adam is the primary caregiver to our daughter.
Adam’s favorite part of quality assurance & software development is the constant problem solving and helping his clients achieve their goals. He enjoys laying out test plans that will result in software that meets all of the requirements for the users.
When a baby joins our family, Adam is planning on taking as much time off of work as possible for family bonding and to help around the house in every way that he can. Adam is looking forward to supporting the growth of love in their family as he does now for Megan and their daughter.
Megan works for an environmental consulting company that specializes in indoor air quality as a program manager. Megan values her team, the collaborative corporate culture, and the difference her team makes at a national level.
Being a leader of a small team, she feels blessed to have the ability to make them feel supported, elevated, and part of something important. Her work encourages a healthy work-life balance and is supportive of her family’s adoption journey.
Megan is planning on 10-12 weeks of FMLA leave for bonding and family adjustment. Following this, we plan on enrolling him/her at a daycare facility in our home town together with our young daughter, Natalie. Natalie’s Grandma also works at the daycare facility, which brings us great comfort in ensuring a familiar face and loving environment.
We are already on the waiting list for the infant room at the daycare. It is also only a few miles from our house and is a great location for us to both pick-up and drop off. While Natalie was just an infant, Megan was able to stop in over lunchtime and breastfeed Natalie before nap-time.
Although we work full-time, our work environments are flexible and we are able to maximize time at home as a family and minimize time spent in daycare. We love watching our daughter make new friends, learn to socialize in a group, see Grandma every day, and have an active, structured learning environment.
Hello, we are Adam and Megan and we thank you for taking the time to learn more about our family. We are so excited to be adopting and bringing a child into our family! Our daughter, Natalie, is also overjoyed and is reading stories about being a big sister and about babies!
We look forward to embracing the sense of community through adoption. If you choose to make an adoption plan, our hope is to offer as much love and community to your child as possible. All circumstances are unique and if everyone is healthy and willing, we will embrace the gift of open adoption with you and your family.
Please know that no matter what you choose, we wish you and your child all the best. We hope this gives you a glimpse of our family and the love we have to offer a new member of our family!