Our Story

We can’t understand what you are feeling, but we know that your decision is extremely personal, emotional, and difficult. After experiencing infertility, we chose to adopt to build our family. We adopted our son in 2011 and would like to add another child to our family. We are Sean, Karin, and Colin and we hope you think our family would be a happy one for your child.

A warm spring day

A warm spring day

Sean and I met while we were both students at Marquette University in Milwaukee. We dated for many years both in college and during the start of our careers. We spent many married years together enjoying traveling, loving living in Chicago, spending time with friends, and building our careers. When we became a family of 3, our priorities shifted and we now spend time sharing experiences with our son, playing games we haven’t played since we were kids, and teaching our son life lessons – from how to spell to how to be a nice friend to others. Sean and I are really enjoying this part of our lives!

We recently moved from Chicago to the western suburbs. Our home is on a quiet street with friendly neighbors, and big, old trees. It’s within walking-distance of the grade school, playgrounds, and lots of friends. The schools are great, the community is diverse, and there’s always something fun happening somewhere in town. We found a great spot in our yard for a vegetable garden. We were able to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, and basil this year.

Hawaii

Relaxing at the beach on our anniversary trip to Hawaii

Karin is caring, organized, and casual.  She was born in the Chicago suburbs and is the oldest of 3 siblings.  Her mom and brother and his family still live in the suburbs, while her sister lives in the Champaign area with her family and her dad and his wife live in the Springfield area.  Family is an important part of Karin’s life.  She likes to include family in a lot of the things that we do.  Karin has been blessed with the joys and hard work of being a stay at home mom for the past six years.  Each day is a new adventure with Colin either watching the seals swim at the zoo, learning a new skill at karate, or working on homework after school.  An avid sports fan, particularly of the Chicago Cubs and Bears, Karin enjoys keeping up with her teams on TV and radio.

Sean is a fun, social, and hard-working guy.  Friends know that if they’re spending a few hours with Sean, they’ll be laughing until tears are streaming down their face at some point during the visit.  He was born into a large family in Wisconsin, but grew up in Massachusetts and New Jersey.  Sean is 1 of 5 children and he and his twin brother are the youngest.  As a child, Sean remembers taking watches and radios apart to see how they worked.  This hobby has continued as Sean likes to fix things around the house.  Sean works in IT for a larger start-up company in downtown Chicago.  His new job is providing him with a better work-life balance than he had in the past, which is wonderful.  Usually, the work is left at the office and it’s family time when he gets home.

The goals we have for our children are simple, but important. We want them to grow up to be happy, nice, polite people who are self-sufficient and able to make good choices for themselves. Hopefully, they will contribute in a positive way to their community – either as an involved parent at school, a successful business person, or by providing helpful service to those around them. We will give our children all the opportunities that we can without trying to persuade them to take one path over another. We’ll give them guidance from our experiences to try to help them make the best decisions for them. All we want is for our children to succeed at what they like doing and be happy doing it.

Biking

Colin wishes he could ride Daddy’s bike

We understand that the goal of adoption is to find a family for a child and not to find a child for our family. With this being said, if you choose us to adopt your child, know that our relationship with you and your family has the opportunity to be a lot of different things. We’re open to sharing information, updates, and in-person visits, if that’s something you’d like to have. We look forward to having an opportunity to develop a relationship and plan that works for all of us.

THANK YOU

We are fortunate to have built our family through adoption. We have always envisioned adopting two children and are excited that we are about to add to our family. We look forward to providing our children with the opportunities to join various sports teams at the local parks and learn to play a musical instrument. We can’t wait to go to those memorable music recitals and sports games that they’ll be a part of!

We can only imagine the challenging decisions that you have ahead.  This letter is meant to give you a glimpse of the love we have for our family and life.  We have great respect for you and your decisions, and know that you will make the right choice for you, your family, and your child.