Hello! We are Angela and Eric and we want to thank you for considering us as a loving, adoptive family for your child. We admire your courage and strength as you make this important decision. We won't pretend to know what you are going through, but it's our hope that our little book offers a glimpse of what life could be like for your baby in our family should you choose to move forward with an adoption plan. Here is a little more about us...
We met in 2006 at a bowling alley in Michigan, not far from where we both grew up. Eric was a karaoke host and Angela was there with our mutual friends. We were married two years later on October 17, 2008. We always knew that we wanted to have children and after some pregnancy losses and a lot of careful thought, we decided that adoption would be a wonderful way to build our family.
We are committed to having a level of openness that is comfortable for you. We are going into this with open hearts and understand the need for many different types of communication. Adoption is something that's near and dear to us already. Angela's brother Larry was adopted and her very best friend Aaron was as well. We know that every family is special and each carries with it its own unique circumstances. That being said, we’re looking forward to making a plan with you and we promise to stay flexible in the future.
ABOUT ANGELA, BY ERIC:
Angela is the most honest and caring person I've ever known. She loves animals, nature and being with her family. Angela always lets the people that she loves know how much she cares for them. If she is looking at a beautiful sunset, she will give you a hug and tell you that she is glad that she is seeing it with you. She has an enormous amount of integrity and she doesn't take anything for granted. She always makes it a point to see the good things in life. If I'm ever feeling down, she'll ask me to list the things that I have that make me happy. It helps every time! She's a hard-worker, a loyal friend and the funniest woman I've ever known! I know that she will be an incredible mother. When someone needs help, she listens, offers a suggestion and shows her support. Loving someone like Angela is easy since she gives so much to others and always makes the most out of life.
ABOUT ERIC, BY ANGELA:
Eric is a quiet, loyal, funny, and kind person. He loves having one-on-one meaningful conversations with people. He asks our nieces and nephews questions about their life, and they open up to him because he is a great listener and a supportive uncle. Eric is an old fashioned romantic. Sometimes I find a bouquet of carnations (my favorite flower) in my car when I get in it to go to work. He shows his love through doing special things like making me a dinner picnic on the lake, or surprising me with tickets to a play. Eric makes sacrifices for people that he loves. If anyone needs a favor, a friend, or just someone to talk to, Eric will drop everything and be there in a heartbeat. I can't wait for a baby to soak up all of the love and care that he has so patiently been waiting to give.
We are so excited to have recently purchased a new two-story home in NW Indiana about 10 miles outside of Chicago. We've worked hard, saved money, and did our research so we can give your child the best home life possible where they'll feel comfortable and see themselves in their neighbors, no matter what ethnicity they belong to. Angela still works in Chicago and it's only about an hour commute for her. We absolutely love our quiet town with it's cultural diversity, great schools, peaceful surroundings, and friendly neighbors (and a lot of kids!). There’s even a park on the corner of our street with jungle gyms, swings and a merry-go round! We love to envision our life here with a child, playing with our Boston Terriers, Mickey and Willy, outside in our large backyard, playing hide and seek in the house, eating dinner on the side porch, having their friends over for play-dates, and having fun holidays all year round. It’s a short drive to the beach and we will be visiting the museums, events and aquarium in Chicago often as we’re so close! Art and creativity have also been very important parts of our lives and it’s something we look forward to sharing with our children. Angela has a degree in photography and Eric is an accomplished writer and artist. Both of us also enjoy independent filmmaking and are active members of a film collective in Chicago. We even had one of our films screen at the Chicago Horror Film Festival!
CHILD CARE PLAN:
We have carefully thought out our plan for when the baby comes home. At first, Angela will take a leave from work with the option to take additional vacation time. Angela makes her own schedule and has some flexibility. Eric will be teaching in an Elementary School during the school year and he has the summers off. He also tutors English as a Second Language students online in the evening when Angela returns home from work. At times we will need to use outside childcare and we will explore a number of daycare facilities and options. Angela's Aunt Cheri lives nearby and she can't wait until she can babysit a new member of our family. Our parents and siblings also visit us often and are ready to love and support your baby just as they have with us, our nieces and our nephews.
We love to travel whenever we can and have been very fortunate to see many different places. We have camped in the misty mountains of Maine, went shark fishing in South Carolina, snorkeled with tropical fish in Mexico, played slots in Las Vegas, saw a Broadway play in New York City and visited Elvis' house while in Memphis. One place we can't wait to visit as a family is Walt Disney World once the little one comes along! One of the many places we love traveling to often is our family cabin. It is in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and a beautiful drive along Lake Michigan. It's a chance for a lot of us cousins, brothers and sisters to get together and spend time playing games, antique shopping, hiking trails, going on boat rides and sharing stories by the campfire!
It is extremely important for us to give our children opportunities to make friendships with people from different backgrounds. Our home fosters acceptance and celebrates unique world views and equality. We enjoy attending festivals, work outings and community events with diverse groups of people. We work in a film club that celebrates beauty, similarities, and differences in the arts, and we enjoy listening to personal stories from our friends and family. We are excited to share diversity with your baby by playing with toys that represent all races, reading from our culturally diverse children's book collection and - most importantly - encouraging questions, listening intently, and having open and honest conversations about stereotypes and biases.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us! We hope that we have given you a good idea of what life would be like in our happy home and we wish you the very best as you consider adoption.
Angela and Eric
- Favorite Activities: Walking the dogs, camping, fishing, photography, making movies and shopping at thrift stores
- Fun Fact: Completed a 10-Week Kickboxing Challenge
- Favorite Food: Jet's Pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms
- Favorite Movies: Pretty in Pink, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Cinderella (cartoon), The Wrestler, and Sunset Boulevard
- Fun Fact: Loves to build furniture with her Dad
- Favorite TV Show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Favorite Singers: Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men
- Favorite Place: The Upper Peninsula of Michigan
- Favorite Activities: Writing, Drawing, Making Movies, Cooking, Being Silly
- Favorite Food: Pad Thai (So spicy that you can barely eat it)
- Fun Fact: Is terrified of Possums
- Favorite Movies: Batman, The Empire Strikes Back, There Will Be Blood
- Fun Fact: Recently received his Masters Degree in Elementary Education
- Favorite Singers: David Bowie, Tom Waits, Elton John, Elvis Presley
- Fun Fact: Took 2nd Place in a Karaoke Championship
- Favorite Book: Scary Stories to tell in the Dark