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BC: We would consider it a great privilege to raise your child and promise we would love your child as our own and devote ourselves to his or her care. Like you, we want your child to grow up happy and healthy with lots of opportunities to discover his or her talents. We promise that your child will know about his or her adoption, that you love him or her, and how hard this decision was for you. If you wish to have an ongoing relationship with your child, we are open to that since we want whatever is best for your child and for you. We will continue to pray for you as you make a final decision about adoption and about which couple would be the best parents for your child. Thank you again for considering adoption and for considering us. We hope that you will be the answer to our prayers and that we will be the answer to yours too! Sincerely, Mike and Paula | Our promise

FC: Mike and Paula

1: Dear Birthmother, We are so grateful that you have chosen to consider adoption. Without you, couples like us who are unable to have children of our own would not have a chance to become parents. We have always wanted to be parents and have dreamed and hoped and prayed for this for so very long. We cannot wait for our dream of parenthood to come true. Thank you for considering us as parents for your child. Sincerely, Mike and Paula

2: We met at work over a decade ago. After only a few months of dating and taking dance lessons, we knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. We were engaged and married less than a year later... Both of us teach at private middle schools and are passionate about education. On weekends we attend church and for many years we have taught Sunday school. | About Us

3: In our free time we enjoy walks in the park, exercise at the gym, movies, our favorite shows, books, Scrabble, getting together with family and friends, eating out, zoos, museums, mini-golfing, and baseball among other things. | More About Us | Mini-golfing at Par King

4: Every summer we look forward to vacationing in the Dells, where we enjoy the water parks, boat and train rides, go carts, mini-golfing, hiking, and canoeing. We also like to take trips to visit family and friends. We look forward to including a child in all our activities and enjoying our summers off with him or her. | On the Wisconsin River | Summer Vacations | Great Northern Train

5: In Chicago | At Water Park | In the Dells | Theme Park

6: About Paula Paula really enjoys the outdoors Some of her other interests include Christian music, singing, theater, children's literature, board games, ballroom dancing, skating, romantic comedies, baking, and family. | Right: At Pirate's Cove Below: At the Kenosha museum with Lake Michigan in background

7: At the St. Louis Zoo | Mini-golfing at Pirate's Cove | Hiking at Devil's Lake

8: More About Paula by Mike In addition to being beautiful on the outside, I have always been attracted to Paula's inner beauty. Even before we were married I knew that Paula would be a wonderful mother. Already a patient and caring teacher, she had a desire for children and to be a stay at home mom like her mother was for her. Since we have been married, I have seen how much she loves and enjoys being with our many nieces, nephews, and godchildren and how much they love her. | With niece Madeline | With niece Lily

9: L i t t l e A m e r i k a | Paula is a very warm, loving, giving person and would devote herself to a child if given the chance to be a mom. | Holding nephews Dominic + Jack | Live | With brother-in-law, nieces and nephews | With godson

10: About Mike by Paula In addition to being attracted to Mike from the beginning I admired his thoughtfulness and generosity towards others. He was always a gentleman, kind and protective.. | Top: Go-carting in the Dells Bottom: At the Octagon House historic site

11: Some of Mike's interests include weight training, history, guitar, baseball, football, science fiction/fantasy, role-playing games, grilling and pizza. | Go Brewers! | Mini-golfing at Pirate's Cove | St. Louis Zoo

12: More About Mike By Paula Even before we were married, I thought Mike would make a great dad. He has always been a well-liked and respected teacher known for his fun-loving ways. Since we have been married, I have watched how he interacts with our nieces, nephews, and friends' children. This has only convinced me more that he would be a great father if given the chance. | Happy Birthday, Uncle Mikey!

13: Top Left: With niece Lily at Circus World Bottom Left: With Paula's sister's family at Circus World-tickling nephew Jack before the show Bottom Right: Holding goddaughter Emma

14: Mike’s Family Mike was born and raised in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago, where his parents still live. Mike’s dad, a carpenter by trade, owned a rental business for many years. Mike has always looked up to his dad who is hard-working and trusts in God. Mike’s mom, a librarian and teacher, gave him a life-long love of reading and education as well as an interest in science fiction and fantasy. | Mary Jane and Larry at Illinois Railway Museum | F AM I L Y | Mike with his mom at Botanical Gardens | Meet Shelby, Mike's "sister"

15: Mike's parents. Mary Jane and Larry, have been happily married for over forty years and are very eager to be grandparents. | Mike has many fond memories of the times he spent with his parents and friends on vacation in the family RV across the US and Canada. Though Mike is an only child he remains close to his childhood friends who are like brothers to him. | Mike with Shelby and his dad | Mary Jane and Larry

16: Paula’s family Paula was born and raised in the suburbs of Milwaukee where her parents still live, and we see them regularly. Her dad, a retired electrical engineer, and her mom, a homemaker, have been happily married for over forty years. | Paula fondly recalls her childhood including memories of her mother’s home-cooked meals, family dinner conversations, Sundays set aside for faith and family time, birthday parties with her many cousins, family get-togethers, and summer camping trips around the country visiting national parks and historical monuments. These experiences gave her an appreciation for faith, family, history, and the beauty of creation. | Judy and Gene | Left: At Shedd Aquarium with Paula's parents

17: Paula is also close to her two sisters who are married and have young children. One lives close by and the other who lives in Minnesota visits several times a year. Paula’s parents and siblings are as eager for us to adopt as we are and the cousins can't wait for another playmate. | Paula's sister, Angela's family | Paula's sister Mary's family

18: Our Home We own a cozy three bedroom home on an over-sized lot and have friendly neighbors. We can't wait to decorate the nursery, fill the closet with darling clothes, and shop for lots of toys! | Our neighborhood Our neighborhood has its own park with a kiddie pool, jungle gym, swings, and playing fields for community sports. We have access to other parks, the zoo, museums, etc. We live in a diverse community which includes families with young children. | Dinosaurs come to the zoo!

19: Our home is often the site of family get-togethers for cook- outs and special occasions. We look forward to creating many more happy memories here. | Above: Niece Ava making bubbles in our backyard Middle: Niece Lily on Uncle Mike's shoulders in the front yard | Bottom left: Nephew Jack playing in the sandbox in our backyard

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