Mike and Sue

Thank you so much for getting to know us through our profile.  The decisions you are facing and difficult decisions you are making take courage and a deeply loving heart.  We are grateful to you for considering adoption and would feel so blessed should you choose us as a forever family for your child.  You are in our thoughts and prayers!

ADOPTION IN OUR LIVES

Our lives were changed forever on a chilly day in November, 2012.  God’s miracle came in the form of a special woman who in the midst of very challenging difficulties in her own life, chose life and chose us to be parents of her child.  Her loving sacrifice touched us so deeply.  We were privileged to be able to be at the hospital to bond with our son shortly after his birth.  We gave him his first bath and his first bottle.  With our son, and any future children through adoption, we plan on gradually sharing each child’s adoption story with them in age-appropriate ways throughout their growing up years.  We would utilize age appropriate children’s stories and a sensitive, loving, open communication style to address adoption with our children.  We remember our son’s birth parents in our family prayer and we would continue that tradition with any future children.   Your child would be welcomed with all our hearts into a family in which he or she would have a special bond with a sibling and also a shared adoption experience.

OUR ADVENTURES

One of the strengths of our marriage is the variety of interests we have in common and how we enjoy sharing adventures together.  We love taking road trips to visit family and friends or just for vacation. One of our favorites is Charleston, South Carolina.  We love exploring the history of the area, the beautiful gardens, and enjoying the beach, shopping and restaurants.  It was a special time of bonding for us during the two day long drive each way.

We took road trips visiting family and friends in Illinois and sightseeing across Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington DC.  Sharing interests that each of us enjoy has helped us grow more deeply in love and respect for each other.  We’ve taken dance lessons, gardening classes, and visited museums.  We went to the Martin Guitar factory, where they make handcrafted guitars, because we love music and learning new things.

As parents, we love sharing adventures with Michael.  The shore is one of our favorite vacation places for day trips or being with family renting a place for a week.  It’s amazing watching Michael’s personality and interests unfold.  We try to incorporate those into our family adventures.

He’s been fascinated with fish and animals so family vacation time has included trips to the zoo and aquarium.  We were all excited to share Michael’s love of trains during a ride on Thomas the Train at a railroad.  We look forward to many fun family adventures with a new son or daughter, too.

OUR HOUSE AND NEIGHBORHOOD

We live in a family friendly, suburban neighborhood with many young children in our development. We love walking to our local library for toddler book group and special kids events (like the “Teddy Bear Picnic”) and for play time in the children’s area, which has a small puppet show set, toys and games. There is a small shopping area with a deli, bakery and a few restaurants and stores nearby. Our favorite place to walk is the ice cream shop! We are within walking distance to a local elementary school with play areas, Little League teams, parks, police department, and an ice skating rink. We are a close drive to a number of stores, additional school, and multiple medical and dental practices.

Our Church also has many families with young children and is very welcoming. They host a fair in the fall with food, games and entertainment for kids. Families are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities, including collecting food items for the local food pantry.

We live in a three bedroom home with great space for play, a finished basement, and fenced in yard. We love gardening. Michael helps daddy in the garden with his toy rake and shovel.  In the Spring, Mike puts out a birdbath in a flower bed right outside a downstairs window. We love learning about the different kinds of birds that come to splash in the bath and sometimes sit right on our window ledge.

OUR EXTENDED FAMILIES

Both sides of our families are close, loving and supportive.  Mike is one of four boys.  His parents, who live in Tennessee, have been married for 51 years.  One of his brothers lives near them in Tennessee.  His other brothers live in New Jersey and North Carolina with their families.  We love seeing them for special occasions like birthdays and cookouts.  Mike’s dad organized a week long family reunion a few years ago, including aunts, uncles and cousins.  There was plenty of food, fun and music.  Mike and two of his brothers play guitar and his dad even plays a little banjo and ukele.  Mike enjoys getting the kids involved with playing harmonica.  Even though we don’t get to see his family as often as we’d like, it makes the get-togethers we have more special.

Sue’s parents, who just celebrated their 47th anniversary, live nearby as well as her sister, her brother and his family.  We’re very close and see each other often.  We love hosting holidays at our home and barbeques for Memorial Day and 4th of July.  Michael loves lots of play time with his cousins (ages 5, 3 and 20 months).  We go to a mom’s play group together and sometimes toddler book group at the library, as well play dates with other moms and their kids.

Both sides of our families shared our joy and excitement when we were blessed with Michael’s adoption.  They happily await with us another addition to the family.

SUE ABOUT MIKE

My earliest memories of Mike are of his warm smile, friendly and relaxed personality, and his kindness.  He has always been easy to talk to.  I love his faithfulness to family and friends.  Mike is incredibly loving, thoughtful and generous, intelligent, and hard-working.  His fun sense of humor brightens our days.  He lives out his deep love of God and others in many little ways so as not to be noticed.  These qualities make him an amazing husband and father.  Because he is so involved in raising Michael, they share a special father-son bond, visible to all who know Mike.  He is the love of our lives!

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT MIKE

Job: Lawyer

Education: Law Degree

Favorite Dessert: Ice Cream

Favorite Hobby: Playing Guitar

Color: Blue

Favorite Quality about Sue: Everything!

MIKE ABOUT SUE

One of the many things I love about Sue is her deep commitment to family and faith.  She is joyful and optimistic, patient and forgiving.  She is a great listener who comforts me in times of stress and gives good advice.  I love being married to my best friend.  As a mother, Sue works tirelessly to make sure Michael is safe, happy, and healthy.  She creates fun ways to develop good habits.  She drew a poster of Winnie the Pooh holding his honey jar.  When Michael does a good deed, he earns a honey drop to put in Pooh’s jar, teaching him that small rewards often accompany good behavior.  Sue’s deep love for us shines in everything she does.  We are so blessed to have her in our lives!

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT SUE

Job: Stay-at-Home-Mom

Education: Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders; Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist

Favorite Dessert: Anything Chocolate!

Favorite Hobby: Gardening

Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite Quality about Mike: His Kind and Loving Heart, His Fun Sense of Humor

FROM US TO YOU

We have been blessed beyond measure by the gift of our son, Michael, through adoption.  He is our greatest joy and we love him with all our hearts.  Through his adoption, we witnessed at a personal level the loving sacrifices made by a biological parent.  We have so much love to give should you choose us as a family for your son or daughter.  Michael is a loving, cheerful child who has a special place in his heart for little ones.  He would be a wonderful big brother. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you decide whether to pursue an adoption plan for your child.  We’d like to share a little of our own story to help you get to know us better.

We met through online dating 7 years ago. We were drawn to each other because of many similar interests (music, sports, nature, reading, cooking) and similar values, life goals. The challenges of long-distance dating (Mike in Maryland and Sue in Pennsylvania) became a positive. We got to know each other well by long phone calls each night, frequent emails and long visits on the weekends.  We were happily married about 8 months after our first date. We just celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary.

We moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to family and friends. From the beginning, we were both open to biological children and children through adoption. We experienced infertility, but adoption was never a second choice for us as we believe all babies are precious gifts and we very much wanted to be parents.

The qualities that first drew us together have helped us to be loving spouses and to prepare us for parenthood.  Long phone calls and emails while dating strengthened our communication skills.  Similar personalities include being cheerful, optimistic, hard-working.  Spending time with family, friends and being involved in our community and parish are so important to us.  These parts of our relationship have helped provide a strong foundation for our marriage and family life.

Mike is an attorney in management for a federal agency that ensures workers’ safety on the job.  He is conscientious and passionate about his work because his efforts improve the quality of life for employees by promoting safer work environments.  He has a good work-life balance which enables him to be very involved in raising our family.  Sue was a speech-language pathologist working with adults mostly in hospitals and nursing homes.  She helped people who have difficulty speaking and swallowing including due to stroke, Alzheimer’s and throat/mouth cancers.  She loves being a full-time, stay at home mom now.

Family life includes frequent play dates, library group, long walks, and playtime at a playground or our fenced-in yard.  Favorite places include local public gardens, zoo, a nearby orchard with farm animals, and a children’s museum.  We love quiet time for reading, music and playing games.  We have family dinner each evening.  Mike reads to Michael and plays blocks and trains with him.  Bedtime, which we both help with, includes a family prayer, story time and songs.  Some weekends, Mike takes Michael to a local diner for their favorite pancakes and father/son time.  We catch up on errands, enjoy taking walks, and spend time with family and friends.  Springtime is perfect for our garden, which Michael likes to help with using his toy rake and shovel.  Beach time at the shore in Summer and Fall is fun.  Playing outside in the snow, having cozy time inside for reading and music, and drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows are among our favorite winter activities.

 

Placing a child with adoptive parents is one of the most selfless and loving things a mother or father could do.  As you make your adoption plan, please know there are many loving, supportive families who would cherish the opportunity to raise a son or daughter.  We count ourselves among their number and hope, through our profile, you have a glimpse into our lives and the type of upbringing your child would receive in our care.  We are committed to sharing those special moments throughout your child’s growing up years through pictures and letters.

 

With love,

Mike and Sue