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Tony & Andrea

Tony & Andrea

Laughter became central to our family from the moment we met and continues to be part of our daily lives. We keep a quote book of funny things our son says, such as “I like kids, but they need to be responsible.” and “That is a fire truck. I know because my ears are intense. They are SO intense, they eat food.” (both of these were said with all seriousness). He’s a funny kid.

My ears are intense. They are SO intense.

Some of our favorite family memories include road trips to visit nieces and nephews, teaching our son how to play badminton, having a snowball fight in the backyard, throwing our son a surprise birthday party, and getting surrounded by birds at the Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park. All of these moments bring to mind fond memories of shared experiences filled with a lot of laughter.

our adoption hopes

Gender:A Boy or A Girl
Ethnicities:Any Race and Ethnicity
Age:Newborn to 3 Years Old
Total of:1 to 2 Children

a snapshot of us

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

Our Story

We met on a blind date, set up by a mutual friend (thanks Christal!). Our friend had not given us much information about the other person, but just gave us a time and place to meet…gulp.

Tony started the first date by making a joke, which was followed by further joking by Andrea, and we really haven’t stopped since. Our mutual faith and love of the outdoors definitely was an early attraction. In addition, we had similar stories of heartbreak that allowed us to relate to one another right away. We felt comfortable enough to talk for 3 hours!

We got engaged on our 4 month anniversary. We knew within a few months that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. After meeting each other’s friends and families, we had further confirmation and the blessing of our combined community. We planned and pulled off a wedding in 3 months (it helped that we are both organized and detail-oriented). The ceremony and reception were held above the restaurant where we had tacos on our second date.

As a couple, we value action over long drawn out discussions, which is highlighted by several trips planned by Tony at the mere mention of an idea by Andrea, or the many house projects we have gotten ourselves into. We have said from early on in our relationship that we are often on the same page, which helps us feel really in sync with one another.

Our friend... just gave us a time and place to meet...gulp.
On the lookout for wildlife... she's only been pooped on a few times.

Our Relaxation & Fun

We enjoy spending time playing board/card/yard games with our son and friends, taking our dog Gus for walks in our neighborhood or at a local park, going for bike rides, camping, hiking, and doing home improvement projects together. We also really enjoy visiting new places, so much so that we have a map of all of the national parks hanging on our wall, and it’s our goal to visit all of them!

Tony is an avid rock climber and has a community of friends that he climbs with weekly and enjoys traveling to new climbing destinations. He also enjoys finding interesting food projects to try out in the kitchen, such as making his own granola bars and cheese, canning pickles, and dehydrating various fruits.

Andrea enjoys reading and meeting up with friends for a meal when she isn’t doing projects in the yard. She is also on the lookout for wildlife, whether in the car or on a hike and she’s only been pooped on a few times.

Our Family & Friends

We recently started hosting a monthly potluck at our house for friends and family to gather together. Long term, we view this as a space for our friends and family to invite others so we can deepen relationships with those we know and begin new friendships. We envision this being something you could be a part of if you are interested. :) We also enjoy having game nights with friends.

During the holidays we spend time with Andrea’s family who live nearby. In the summer we go out to Andrea’s parents’ house at a lake where we go swimming, take long boat rides and eat meals out on the deck. Our son loves jumping from the top of the pontoon boat and his grandma is perfecting the art of slow-mo videos. We also enjoy taking road trips to visit Tony’s family who are scattered all over the Midwest.

Our son is going to be a great big brother. He has asked for a sibling for Christmas several times. He loves reading to his younger cousins and has a lot of great Lego ideas to share. Our desire is to adopt a child or sibling group that looks equally as different from us as our son does. We want him to have siblings that can relate to not looking like their parents.

He has asked for a sibling for Christmas several times.
...playing a board or yard game, or picking fresh cherries from our tree

Our Home & Neighborhood

We live with our adopted 11-year-old son in a suburban neighborhood that is culturally and racially diverse. Our home has a large fenced in backyard that we spend a lot of time in – whether its eating meals, playing a board or yard game, or picking fresh cherries from our tree or vegetables from our garden.

There are several families on our street who have young children who are always playing outside. We are very close to several parks, a public library, a movie theater, shopping and dining.

Our Views

We live in the Kentwood school district and highly value public education. The school district is one of the most diverse in the state. Over 90 languages are spoken in student homes, represented by multiple cultures, races, ethnicities, and religions. It is very important to us that our children are exposed to such diversity so they develop a healthy sense of identity as well as an appreciation for those who are different from them.

Well, Tony just started beatboxing. I really wish you could have heard it. But seriously, for both of us, our faith has shaped how we interact with one another and those around us. It also informs our daily decisions, big and small. Christian scripture describes the attributes of a Christ-follower as being loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and having self-control. Though we are far from perfect, this is how we strive to interact with one another in our home, as well as with our family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. We attend a large non-denominational church each week. Our son participates in the youth group, Tony volunteers with a clean water program, and Andrea attends a women’s Bible study.

Discipline should always come in the form of love and expectation. We will love our child enough to correct misbehavior so they can become a healthy, thriving adult who will be a blessing to any community they are a part of. High expectations show a child that they are capable of great things and correction done in love reminds them that they are not bad and they have a family support system to help them along the way.

Well, Tony just started beatboxing. I really wish you could have heard it.
I sell my granola bars locally, donating part of my profits to worldwide clean water initiatives.

Tony's Career

I have worked for an automotive technology company for 16 years analyzing failures and helping improve quality. My work is very rewarding and varies every day. I also took my love of cooking good food and combined it with my love of adventure to start a small raw energy granola bar company. I sell my granola bars locally, donating part of my profits to worldwide clean water initiatives.

Andrea's Career

I currently work for a publishing company in the non-fiction division and enjoy the variety each day brings. I often get to communicate with interesting public figures and I’m blessed to work with a great team of people. I assist with author contracts, endorsements, and mailings when books launch so there is never a dull moment!

I often get to communicate with interesting public figures.
We just want to say

We know this is probably the hardest decision you will ever have to make and we understand that you have a lot of options and choices ahead of you. Even though we don’t know you yet, we have been praying for you and the circumstances that have led you to this moment. As we said before, we would love for you to continue to be a part of your child’s life and know that you will always have a seat at our table.

Hopefully, the information we shared above has given you a good window into our family, interests, and the type of relationship we hope could be possible. We are happy to talk more if you have any questions. We pray you have peace with whatever decision you make.

Tony
 and Andrea

Tony

Year of Birth:  1981
Education:      Bachelor Degree, Computer Engineering from Michigan Tech
Occupation:   Electrical Failure Analysis Engineer
Family Background:

My mother’s family comes from Ireland and Germany and I don’t know a lot about my birth father’s family. I was born and raised in Michigan and have typical Midwest Christian traditions.

Andrea

Year of Birth:  1982
Education:      Bachelor Degree, Psychology from Spring Arbor University
Occupation:   Senior Administrative Assistant
Family Background:

My mom’s family goes back to the Netherlands and my dad’s family is English and some Cherokee. We all enjoy celebrating holidays together with lots of great food and conversation.

When we think of our ideal open adoption relationship, we imagine sharing meals together (Tony’s a great chef) and inviting you to the child’s birthday parties and other special events. We want you to feel like there is always a seat at the table for you. As the child grows up we want them to know who you are and honor the special bond you share.

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

When we think of our ideal open adoption relationship, we imagine sharing meals together (Tony’s a great chef) and inviting you to the child’s birthday parties and other special events. We want you to feel like there is always a seat at the table for you. As the child grows up we want them to know who you are and honor the special bond you share.

Just one more thing...

When we think of our ideal open adoption relationship, we imagine sharing meals together (Tony’s a great chef) and inviting you to the child’s birthday parties and other special events. We want you to feel like there is always a seat at the table for you. As the child grows up we want them to know who you are and honor the special bond you share.

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