Brie & Narissa /adoption-family/brie-narissa 2013

Brie & Narissa

Welcome to a quick peak into our lives! We understand that you may be going through a difficult time in your life and we are appreciative that you have taken the time to get to know us. We wish you and your child the very best.

Our Story

Hi, we are Brie and Narissa. We are two fun-loving, down-to-earth ladies. Life has been a fun adventure for us. We met online in 2016 and haven’t looked back since! When we met, Brie was working 4 jobs at minimum wage, while Narissa finished her Masters of Occupational Therapy. By 2018, we had found our forever home and gotten married. To this day, we are not sure how we survived those years, but we both remember it bringing us together, being fun, and giving us an appreciation for the little things in life.  We look back now and are humbled at the goals we have achieved and the life we have built together. Brie now works just one job as the manager of the gymnastics and outdoor education programs for a park district and Narissa now works in a hospital as an occupational therapist. As an educator and a health care worker, this last year has really shown us how resilient we are as a couple.

Family and Friends:

Our family and friends mean everything to us and they all are very excited to watch our family grow through adoption. Narissa has a large and very diverse family full of love, laughter and fun! Brie’s family is tiny but very tight-knit and supportive of one another. In our home, friends are family. We even have a “framily” photo wall dedicated to our chosen and biological family members. We are lucky to have a very diverse group of friends and family, both male and female, that our child will be able to look up to and learn from.

Adoption and Openness:

We’ve always known adoption would be our first choice when it came time to start our family and we’re so excited to finally begin this adventure. We hope to share a level of openness with you and/or your family whether it be in person or electronically. We understand that the level of openness may change over the years, but at the end of the day, we just want what is best for everyone, especially the child.

Parenting:

Through humor, boundaries and examples, we hope to raise a self-confident child who is not afraid to chase their dreams. Most important to us is to raise a respectful, kind and thoughtful child who treats all people with dignity and compassion. We know there will be ups and downs, but we also know that our child will laugh every day and be surrounded by unconditional love.

Thank You:

We can’t thank you enough for taking the time to look at our profile and read more about us as you consider what the future holds for you and your child.

Fun Facts

Brie
  • As a former gymnast, she’s super flexible and can still do the splits!
  • She loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking and camping. She can even identify bird species by their song.
  • The first cubs game she attended was in 2016. The same year they won the world series. Coincidence? We think not!
  • She’s great at finding online coupons!
  • She has run 13 half marathons and 2 marathons.
Narissa
  • She attended an Olympic Rugby camp in college.
  • She has the impressive and exhausting ability to make a short statement into a 30+ minute story!
  • She is very passionate about ice cream. VERY. PASSIONATE.
  • Her spirit animal is a hummingbird.
  • She was the 2018 fantasy football champion! Fingers crossed for 2021.

"Brie & Narissa" Family Photos

  • New Year’s Eve tamale making!
  • Grandma loves to dance!
  • Brie and her parents have run lots of races together!
  • Annual fall apple picking.
  • Winter fun at the arboretum.
  • Narissa took Brie to her first Cubs game! She’s hooked!
  • Back when we could go to summer concerts!
  • We love our pups and they love to cuddle!
  • Celebrating friends and family is always fun!
  • Narissa's family softball team

Contact the Cradle

If you’re interested in learning about adoption for your baby, we can help. We’re available 24/7. All of your information is confidential.

To speak to someone now, call our 24-hour hotline: (800) 272-3534 or text us at (312) 800-1559 (answered 8:30am-8pm).

If you’d like us to contact you, please use the form below.

If you are looking to adopt a child, please schedule a call with an Adoptive Parent Counselor.

If you are an adopted person looking for information, please schedule an informational consultation with our post adoption department.

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