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Benitta & Gregory

Hi, we are Benitta and Gregory. We are deeply honored that you have taken the time to learn more about us. We were very nervous when writing this profile because there is so much we want you to know about us. We hope the words and images we have selected provide you with a snapshot of our life. At the end of the day, we are a couple who love each other deeply and are fortunate to have the support of our family and friends as we start our adoption journey.

Our Story

Benitta and I were both born and raised in Chicago but on opposite sides of the city. While she loved going out with her girlfriends, I preferred staying home with books and television. Soon after we met, we realized that we were meant to spend our lives together. We were married a year and half after our first date and have been happily married for 8 years.

About Benitta (told by Greg): Benitta carries a sense of family and belonging everywhere she goes. She is such a loving, caring and giving person. I’ve watched the way she’s made my family feel special with her thoughtfulness. She welcomes my entire family into our home for holiday dinners because the tradition of being together on special occasions means the world to her. I can’t wait to share this love with our child.

About Greg (told by Benitta): Greg is humble, kind, and compassionate. Although we do not have our own child as yet, he has been a father figure to hundreds of kids. In his role as a high school principal, he was committed to all of his students and took the time to get to know them individually. He enjoys outdoor running and fitness and never misses an opportunity to tell me how well he played baseball and basketball when he was younger!  I get excited at the thought of him being a sports dad or just throwing a ball around with our son or daughter. I know he will be the biggest kid playing with our little one.

Our Community

We live in a culturally diverse neighborhood in Chicago and are surrounded by friends who live within walking distance; plus, we are a short drive from our parents. The ability to recreationally walk to neighborhood stores and restaurants give us a daily dose of fresh air and community interaction. We fell in love with our community because we enjoy being outdoors and this neighborhood offers beautiful parks, an athletic field, and tennis courts nearby.

Just for Fun

When we travel we visit all of the “must-see” tourist attractions, but we are also adventurous and travel off of the beaten path to discover sights rarely seen by tourists. Our most memorable experiences have been without a tour guide or Uber driver. Not to say that all of our adventures go as planned but we always have something to laugh about when we return home.

Thank you

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We know that this decision takes strength and courage and we hope that you find comfort in knowing that your child will be loved, cared for, and welcomed into our family. Should you open your heart to us, we promise to tell your child how much you love them, send pictures and updates to The Cradle, and respect your wishes for how involved you remain in your child’s life. 

Fun Facts

Benitta
  • Played the trombone in high school
  • Eats meat but has mastered cooking vegan soul food
  • Marvel comic movie super fan
  • Born on New Years Eve so I never had a dull birthday
  • Studied abroad in Japan
  • Love all potato chips...kettle-cooked, salty, cheesy, and wavy
Gregory
  • Pretty good basketball player in high school
  • Vegan for the past 25  years
  • Usually able to figure out “who did it” when watching mysteries within the first 10 minutes.
  • A collection of over 1000 vintage baseball cards
  • Walked along the Great Wall in China
  • Has never turned down chocolate

"Benitta & Gregory" Family Photos

  • Enjoying time with friends at a wedding reception
  • Benitta and her best friends at their 20th HS reunion
  • Benitta and her mom on the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier
  • Benitta and her sister at the top of a mountain
  • A night out at an art gallery in our neighborhood
  • Benitta and her mom and sister at a cactus sanctuary
  • Benitta and her sister at an indoor skydiving lesson
  • We just saw the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris
  • Good friends Greg has known for 30 years
  • Greg and his mother at our wedding
  • Our nephews love hanging out with their Uncle Greg
  • Sightseeing in Paris
  • Greg and his sister at his educator award ceremony

Contact the Cradle

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