Location: Philadelphia, PA
Hi! We’re Mike and Lyndsay.
Before we say any more, we want you to know that you are already an amazing parent. You’re taking the time and energy to find the best home and future for your child and that shows how much love you hold for this little soul. Regardless of what you decide, we are just thankful you’re taking the time to read our profile. We admire your bravery to step into the unknown and consider adoption. Adoption has been a calling on Lyndsay’s heart ever since she was a child. We both agree that it is love that makes families and we are excited to extend our home and hearts to another child!
We’re Michiganders and college sweethearts. We are opposite in many ways but that’s what attracted us to one another. In high school, Lyndsay was in theatre and loved that Mike was different than the guys she knew. He was humble, athletic, and not the least bit dramatic. Lyndsay, on the other hand, was more outgoing and silly than Mike, but her gentle spirit and compassion for others stood out to him.
Something that was very similar about us was our shared upbringings as boating families. We love water so much, we decided to get married on a yacht in 2011! Our reception followed with a cruise down the Detroit River to celebrate.
After growing up in Michigan, we moved to Philadelphia in 2015 for Mike’s medical residency. At the time, Lyndsay was 29 weeks pregnant. Sadly, during our first week in the city, we were in a car accident which led to a very traumatic delivery of our daughter, Scarlett. Lyndsay had to undergo an emergency hysterectomy. Thankfully, both Lyndsay and Scarlett are healthy, happy and excited to expand our family with adoption!
Our favorite things: Books, football, nature, history, movies, Lisbon, Michigan lakes, Italian food, Netflix or HBO binging, weight lifting, John Legend, traveling, dogs, documentaries.
We have been learning and adapting a Montessori lifestyle in our home. We think it is important to follow the child, let their unique personality develop and to nurture it in ways that inspire them. Scarlett loves performing arts, so we play lots of “pretend,” at home and are constantly finding ways to engage her learning of other subjects through the arts. Like our daughter, we will foster whatever joy your child seeks. Whatever your child is curious in, we will support them and seek out tools necessary to support their learning.
Our dog, Clooney, has been in our family for the past eight years! We rescued her in Michigan. She’s a Dachshund-Collie mix… we think! We are all obsessed with her, and yes, Lyndsay did name her after George.
While we are originally from Michigan, moving to Philadelphia has been the best move of our life. We live in a charming, three-story row-house in a family-friendly neighborhood right outside of the city center. It’s spacious for city living, with a cute little patio in the back that we use for outdoor dining and gardening.
There are multiple parks scattered throughout our neighborhood and we have some of the best public schools in the city. We have become tightly knitted into the community here. Our neighbors have become like family and we look at our block as an extension of our home. It’s safe, diverse, full of great ethnic food, history, and art!
Right now, Scarlett is attending a half-day, bilingual Montessori school. It’s about an eight-minute walk from our home and is a lovely stroll past blocks of murals, mosaics, parks, coffee shops, and friendly neighbors.
One of the greatest gifts we will give your child is the gift of travel. Lyndsay was very fortunate to travel to many countries as a child and they were some of her best childhood memories. When we met, it was a priority to make travel a big part of our lives.
Since having Scarlett, our traveling hasn’t slowed down. As a family of three, we’ve been to eight major US cities and abroad to Ireland and Portugal. We want your child to share with us the taste of new foods, the experience of unique traditions, and the understanding of different lifestyles. We hope that travel will broaden the kids’ vision of the world, and help them develop respect and empathy for others and their beliefs. We look forward to sharing these rich and joyful memories with your child!