FC: CHERI & GREG
2: . | Hi, We're Cheri and Greg! We would like to thank you for possibly allowing us to fulfill our dream of becoming parents and taking time to get to know us a little better. We are very excited and honored to share our story with you. Due to infertility issues, we had discussed adoption prior to our marriage and have always admired the courage it takes to make the decision.
3: We know adoption is meant for us. With this brave choice, you are giving us the opportunity to love and nurture a child we could not have on our own. We understand how important it is for you to choose the very best life possible for your child. We will give your child a life that will be filled with love, adventure, education, happiness and laughter.
4: ABOUT GREG | Cheri says: Greg will be a great father. He is patient, generous, understanding and has a deep love for children. He will love introducing your child to different cultures and sports...especially soccer! Greg is an active and hardworking person that enjoys staying busy. Greg is dedicated to providing a loving, stable and supportive environment for his family.
5: Greg says: I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. Soccer was my passion & I represented my country playing semi-professional soccer. I attended college in New Zealand where I obtained a bachelor's degree in business. After getting my degree I moved to England for two years where I worked and traveled. Countries I visited include: France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Hong Kong, Fiji and Australia. | After leaving England, I moved to New York where I coached soccer. I then moved to Texas where I coached college soccer & went back to college & earned another degree in Kinesiology. I then had a chance to move to North Carolina and coach at a higher collegiate level & have enjoyed being here ever since. I enjoy playing soccer, racquetball, squash, tennis, golf and running. My favorite thing to do is spend time with Cheri. Whether it is going to the beach on vacation or curling up on the sofa watching a great movie. I look forward to the day that Cheri & I have a child to add to our family and spend time all together.
6: ABOUT CHERI | Greg Says: Cheri is the most amazing woman & the most positive person I have met. She makes a room light up when she enters. She is a loving daughter, friend and wife who is always on the go & ready for the next adventure. She is fun to be around, puts others first and goes out of her way for people. Cheri loves children & has a remarkable way of connecting with kids of all ages. She is going to make an incredible mother. When we are out kids gravitate to her & she has a way of making everyone feel important. Her students love her. Cheri will be a wonderful, caring mother who will always put your child first & give everything she has to make them feel loved.
7: Cheri says: I grew up in a small, beach town right on Lake Michigan. The summers there are absolutely beautiful. I had a wonderful childhood growing up there spending time with family & friends. I attended Michigan State University & earned a master's degree in special education & I teach high school students. A job that I love & will give me great flexibility to stay home with a child. I definitely have a love for laughter, adventure & travel. Over the years I have traveled to Russia, Africa, England, Austria, Switzerland, Mexico, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Germany & New Zealand. I find traveling to be an educational experience to learn about the world. I am very energetic & love to stay busy. In my free time, I love to work out, do yoga & I must say shop! I am an extremely positive person & I look forward to the day Greg & I are parents together!
8: We met in a non traditional way, on Match.com. After dating for six months, we became engaged & married one year & 2 months after we met. The wedding itself was also non traditional. We planned on marrying at the beach with friends & family. | However, a change of plans occurred. We married while on a trip to Queenstown, New Zealand in the middle of winter. Although it was just the two of us, we had several celebrations.
9: Once we flew back to Auckland where Greg's family lives, they had a small dinner party for us. The celebrations didn't end there. When we returned to the United States we had a wedding reception in the town where we live with all our friends and one in Michigan with Cheri's family. It turned out great, one wedding, three celebrations and three years together, we can't wait to add to our family.
10: What makes our marriage special is how we compliment each other. Cheri is very organized, a list maker & being punctual is also important to her. Greg is more laid back & relaxed. Greg enjoys cooking & grocery shopping. Cheri enjoys cleaning the house. Between the two of us we work as a team to get things finished. | Some of Greg & Cheri's favorite things to do are boating, attend plays, musicals, sporting events and movies. We enjoy trying new restaurants, going to concerts & even shopping together. Together we play tennis, golf, ride bikes, take walks in the park & go to the gym. Being healthy is extremely important to both of us!
11: We also love traveling & hope to give your child a true appreciation of the world & its different cultures through travel experiences. We also believe that traveling is a great way for families to spend time together & become closer to one another.
12: Greg: He is the oldest of three children. He has one brother & one sister. His family, including his mom & dad, still live in New Zealand. Greg keeps in contact with them via Skype, email & visits. Although his family lives in another country, they are very supportive & excited about the possibility of us raising a child together. Greg also has two children who live with their biological mother several hours away. They spend some weekends, holidays & summer breaks with him. | HAPPINESS IS A HOME BLESSED WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS
13: Cheri: She is an only child, but has many aunts, uncles & cousins who she is extremely close to & mean so much to her. Although her mother & other family members live a few hours away, they remain close & have a wonderful support system between them. She is in regular contact with them & visits frequently. They are all very excited & supportive of the adoption. | Cheri & Greg vacation & spend holidays with their families. Your child will be embraced by a large extended family including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
14: Our friends mean the world to us, we actually consider them family. | They are the most kind, caring & trustworthy group of people we know. Some of them we have known for more than 20 years. They are all excited to become "aunts" & "uncles" when our little one arrives.
16: Our home is located in a large, family friendly neighborhood with many children. We have a beautiful four bedroom, two story home located at the end of a cul-de-sac. We have a wonderful patio area for visiting family & friends & a fenced in backyard for lots of playtime.
17: Our neighborhood community is quite lovely. It is located within walking distance to a nature park, large playground for children, tennis courts & a lake. There are great trails for bike riding & walking. | We also have a beautiful community pool where most of the neighborhood children can be found in the summers. Also, we have great public & private schools in our area.
18: Thank you for allowing us to share our lives and our story with you. Our hope is that you will consider us as your child's adoptive parents. We have been truly blessed in so many ways and we hope to soon be blessed with a child. We wish you the best in whatever decision you make. We would be happy to speak with you anytime. Warm Regards, Cheri & Greg