John and Sara

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We would like to thank you for taking the time to look at our family as you work through this difficult time in your life. We cannot fully comprehend how hard this process must be for you. We hope that we can provide you a feeling of comfort that, if you choose us to be your child’s forever family, we will provide your child with a loving home and give him or her every opportunity we can provide. We wish you peace and serenity as you explore the possibility of adoption, and we invite you to look through our online profile to learn a bit about us and our lives. We are grateful for your consideration and would be thrilled to be a part of your adoption plan.

Sincerely,
Sara and John
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How we became us…
We met while Sara was in grad school with one of John’s best friends. She would say that his blue eyes and awesomely unusual hair immediately caught her attention and that once they had a chance to actually sit down and talk, she realized they shared similar beliefs and an inherent curiosity about everything. John would say that somehow this petite woman got him out onto a dance floor (something that had never happened before) and challenged him in ways no one else had. He soon came to realize she was the perfect one with whom he wished to spend the rest of his life.

                                          

We have been married for almost ten years, and live in Portage with our two kitties, “The Cat” and “The Squeak.” We enjoy being outdoors, and spend time mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, and gardening. We also like visiting big cities and exploring their museums, art, food options, and architecture. We try to go to at least one new, out-of-state place each year to learn as much as we can about this vast country, and we never let rain stop us from exploring.

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…just a little more about “the Cat” and “the Squeak”

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We each have fond memories of our childhood pets, so it was a natural step to have pets of our own. We have (so far) rescued two kitties. Our first cat is a troublesome gray one. As a joke, we started calling her “the Cat”, and now that is the only name she will respond to! So yes… we have a cat called “the Cat,” but we never forget her name! The second cat came a year later. While looking at the pet store, Sara saw this goofy looking uncoordinated kitty and was worried she might not get saved by anybody else, so we took her home with us. We named her “Xena” but  like “the Cat”, she developed her own nickname, “the Squeak,” because of her chirpy little meows. She is the sweetest and gentlest little kitty. These two cats are full of life and crazy cat-ness and never fail to bring a smile to our faces. We have also learned that nothing helps us get through a rough day like a purring cat!

A little bit more about us…
Sara is an environmental engineer who has worked her way up to a senior project engineer at a consulting company in Kalamazoo. She is interested in developing and maintaining physical fitness and overall health through all stages of life. She is also interested in encouraging and supporting girls and women in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM). John is an architect and a competitive swimmer. He likes all things science fiction and has spent countless hours researching online and talking with family to piece together a very extensive family tree and to digitally preserve historical family photos and documents.

Our family…
Each of our families have different backgrounds and experiences. Sara comes from a small artists family while John’s is much larger and much louder. Learning how to be a part of each other’s family has been and adjustment for both of us, but it has taught us a lot about each other and about keeping an open mind. Sara’s family is in Arizona. We usually find a way to meet up in various locations and catch up while taking a vacation. John’s large extended includes five siblings and many aunts and uncles, most of which live in Indiana.

We love to get together for a wedding, a birthday party, or even just a backyard barbecue. One of our favorite things to is celebrate the various holidays. We have family over each year for a 4th of July pool party with evening fireworks, decorate the yard and carve pumpkins for Halloween, bake pies for the family Thanksgiving dinner, and decorate a tree for Christmas.We spend most holidays piled into somebody’s house with two generations of siblings and their families. We eat too much, groan as John’s mom takes endless pictures, and argue about whether cheesecake or pumpkin pie is the best dessert.

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The next steps…
We had always planned to start a family but have found that that is not a possibility for us. We have renovated every space in our home, secured our finances, and built a loving union and a good and stable life together. We look forward to the opportunity to share more of our story and ourselves with you and add additional shadows to our journey as a family.

We are not sure what the open adoption process will bring, but we hope to create an extended family that includes everyone who wants to be involved. We believe that an open adoption and the nontraditional family it creates will give our adopted child the best opportunity to understand his or her roots and grow up knowing they are truly loved.

We look forward to the opportunity to share more of our story and ourselves with you and add additional shadows to our journey as a family.

 

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For more information about this family, call or text our on-call worker at 616.451.0245,
or email cathyr@greaterhopes.org