Thank you for taking the time to view our profile and getting to know us better. We look forward to also getting to know you as well. We cannot imagine the journey you are going through, but allowing us to join this journey with you, really shows your compassion and bravery. We admire your courage and love for your child in considering the open adoption plan for you and your baby. We hope that this snapshot of our life and family will show you how much we will love and care for your child.

Our StoryGloria and Jim photo

When we were married, we always thought that we would have children right away, but we decided to take a few years to enjoy our time together as a married couple. When we were ready, we tried and tried and nothing was happening. We would get excited, take a test, and then our hearts would break. We then find out that I had polycystic ovarian syndrome and that it would be difficult for me to become pregnant. I tried all of the different medications, but nothing was happening. My body went through so much that I just couldn't deal with anymore medication and my body couldn't take much more. As we dealt with the emotions surrounding our situation, we started discussing the
possibility of adoption.
 

How We Met

We met in 1992 at Jim's best friend, Wally's annual Christmas party. I came to the party with my cousin, Belem who was Wally's girlfriend. After two years of my family and friends telling me how wonderful Jimmy was and that I was a fool not to date him, I asked him to go on a date to see the movie, The Lion King. From that point on, we were inseparable! Since then, we have been together for 24 incredible years and married for
17 years.
 

Our Choice to Adopt

The choice of adoption was not an easy one. The thought of raising someone else's child was a choice that could not be taken lightly. We were going to be trusted by that person to raise their child with our whole hearts. As a teacher and also a Godmother to my aunt and uncle's son who was adopted, we are very familiar with adoption. So when it came time to talk to our friends and family about our decision to adopt, everyone was
very supportive. Although we are not able to conceive a child of our own, we are ready to conceive your child in our hearts. Thank you for your consideration in blessing us with a family.
 

All About Gloria

Gloria has been a Dual Language teacher for the past 17 years. She is of Mexican descent and speaks Spanish fluently. She has a very special relationship with her mother and knows that she cannot wait to spoil her grandchild. Her father passed away when she was 3 years old and her mother had to be both mother and father for many years. Gloria has learned from her mother how to persevere through difficult times and to do this with bravery and integrity. Her mother's family is very important to her, seeing as they helped her mother raise her. Gloria's dad, Jeff, came into her life when she was 10 years old. He has always motivated Gloria to step out of her comfort zone and try new things. He has taught her loyalty, responsibility, and unconditional love. He is very excited to have another grandchild to take fishing, teach about gardening, and watch
the Bears with.

 

All About Jim

Jim is an entrepreneur and distributes coin and stamp supplies. He began his career selling baseball cards at the age of 14, which then lead him into the coin supply business. Jim was raised by his mother, Debbie and his grandmother, Betty Lou. He is very close to his mother and had strong bond with his grandmother. They both taught Jim to be a strong, loyal, honest, and caring person. Jim's dad, Dale, lives in California and visits as much as he can. He is very excited to become a grandfather. Jim's stepdad, Lee has been a part of his life for 18 years. He is someone that Jim can turn to
when he needs advice or help. They also bond watching their favorite sports teams, the Bears and the Cubs!

All About Us

We enjoy doing many different things together. Many times we will enjoy a trip to Milwaukee to see a Cubs vs Brewers game. We have a great time tailgating at a Bears games with friends. We enjoy going on walks with Zoë to the park where she can get out all of her energy.


Jim enjoys old school movies such as Cannonball Run and The Blues Brothers. He also loves baseball trivia...especially about the Cubs.


Gloria enjoys visiting and spending time with her nieces and nephews. She also likes to visit her students when they are having karate competitions, singing at their school's talent show, or even running a race.
 

Openness and Being a Multicultural Family

Although we don't know you, we hope that we have shared with you a little more about us. We have truly been blessed in so many ways and we hope we will soon be blessed with a child to love and cherish as our own. We are both far from perfect, but if you choose us for your child, we promise to always strive to provide a loving, stable home with lots of family and friends to surround and love him or her. We are excited for our new baby's arrival. We hope you are comforted in this difficult decision and you will have peace. Thank you again for considering us as parents for your baby.
 

Our Parenting Philosophy

Family is a very important part of our lives and who we are. Spending time with our family is what we enjoy doing. Our child will know the importance of family and traditions. As a family, we will also begin our own traditions. We understand the importance of diversity and respecting different cultures and traditions. Our child's culture will be just as important not only for our child to embrace, but also our family.

Education is important to us and we will advocate for our child. We will be hands on parents and will make sure our child is our main priority.

We will teach our child to respect others, but to also to be respected. We will also make our child feel safe to tell us anything he or she needs to tell us. We will create and maintain a positive relationship with your child.

We will explain the reasons behind our rules and expectations and will enforce rules and give consequences, but take our child's feelings into consideration.
 

Thank You

Although we don't know you, we hope that we have shared with you a little more about us. We have truly been blessed in so many ways and we hope we will soon be blessed with a child to love and cherish as our own. We are both far from perfect, but if you choose us for your child, we promise to always strive to provide a loving, stable home with lots of family and friends to surround and love him or her. We are excited for our new baby's arrival. We hope you are comforted in this difficult decision and you will have peace. Thank you again for considering us as parents for your baby.

Fun facts

JIM

●His favorite teams are the

Chicago Cubs and the Chicago
Bears
● He enjoys taking his wife to really
nice dinners.
● He enjoys traveling through work
and for vacation.
● He would like to someday visit
Cooperstown, travel Route 66,
and spend a summer visiting
different baseball parks
throughout the country.
● He enjoys when his wife travels
with him for work.
● He is related to the Stetson
family.
● He really enjoys going to the
beach and sitting in the sun.

GLORIA

● Her favorite sports teams are the
Chicago Cubs and the Chicago
Blackhawks.
● Her favorite player of all time is
Anthony Rizzo
● She loves spending time with her
family and friends.
● She is very proud of her Mexican
culture and loves learning about
new cultures.
● She enjoys spending time
traveling with Jim to different
cities in the U.S.
● She hopes to one day visit Italy,
Spain, Ireland, and Hawaii.
● She is related to Jim Thorpe.

Pregnant and exploring adoption?

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).

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