BC: Michelle &Nick
FC: “As you get to know us through this book, we want you to recognize how true to ourselves we’ve stayed and how much we would love your child.” –N & M | Michelle & Nick
1: Hello! We are Michelle and Nick. We are so grateful that you are here and that you’ve been led to our story. We struggled with infertility for many years; we took a break and realized that we were ready to open our hearts to adoption. We love that we will be adding to our family, not only with a child, but with a woman that made the ultimate sacrifice for their child. | We know this is an important decision for you; we are open to whatever type of involvement you feel comfortable with. | Please know that your child will always know their story because we want to honor you and your family. | We have been together a total of 12 years, but officially married for 4. Creating this book for you was very hard as we have been through SO much together. But we hope you love it. Sincerely, Michelle & Nick
2: -Wedding Date October 19- -1st Anniversary in Niagara Falls- | Here are a few of the color swatches that Nick helped Me fix! And here is the post it that my employer wrote for me when I was on break! I saved these and put it in a frame.
3: Tubing in Honduras | Drive-In Movies! | Advocating for Family Building Coverage | Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey! | Swimming with Stingrays in Cozumel | Hiking in Utah | We love Board Games | Hobbies and Interests We also love -Cooking- -Dressing up for themed parties- -Outdoor Concerts- -Farmers Markets- -Fireworks- -All Autumn activities- -Throwing Parties-
4: Hello, I'm Michelle! | Height: 5’7” Hair & Eyes: light brown hair & blue Eyes Ethnicity: Italian, German Siblings: I am the oldest of four. I have two sisters and a brother. Degree: Associates in Child Development/Bachelors in Early Childhood Education Career: Nanny Favorite Color: GreenLoves: Being silly, Meeting new people, Theatre, Books, A good cup of Tea, Dancing (even though I am terrible at it) Music (all genres), the Beach & the Mountains, Nick, My family & my friends, My fur babies, going on "adventures" and trying something new! | What Nick loves about Michelle... -The first thing that I noticed about Michelle was that she has the most infectious smile and laugh.- -She understands my sarcasm & can give it right back!- -She has my dad's sense of humor & my mothers compassion.- -Michelle cares for me, so much and is the best wife.- -She is amazing with children and will be the best mother.- -We cannot wait to take your child on various adventures with us one day!
5: Hello, I'm Nick! | Height: 5’11” Hair & Eyes: brown hair with blue eyes Ethnicity: Irish, German Siblings: I am the middle of 3 boys. Degree: Bachelors in Game Art and Design Career: Mobile Developer Favorite Color: Red Loves: Being a "typical" Nerd, The Walking Dead (TV show), Playing all games (video, board, card, etc.), walking, watching TV with Michelle, going on "adventures", comic books, Movies & Rock Music. | What Michelle loves about Nick...-I love him because he is compassionate, loving, cheesy, strong, passionate, and SO. MUCH. MORE.--He doesn't believe in gender role responsibilities and will help around the house and always has dinner made on the weekdays!-A fun story...We had a housewarming party and our nephews showed up in shorts, a button-down shirt, suspenders, hats, and a bowtie. Nick was in shorts and a t-shirt. Our nephews asked why he “wasn’t dressed fancy for the party?” Ten minutes later, Nick comes downstairs in shorts, a button-down shirt, suspenders, a hat, and a bowtie; it made my heart and everyone else’s at the party melt into a puddle mush!
6: We bought our house when it was just dirt! Our Community has a -Lake/Paths--Pool--Playground--Restaurants--Movie Theatre--Brand new elementary school--Its also a very diverse and friendly Neighborhood- | Our Home/Community
7: Our Fur Babies | Mate is our Dog who we've adopted! He is so smart, silly, loves going for hikes, sucks on a blanket (adorable) and just loves us SO much! | Lexi is our "kitten." (that's what we call her sometimes!) She comes to Michelle when she sings and always wants to lay on top of Nick!
8: Michelle's Family | My Niece & I on Easter! | Nanny, Mom, Me & Oma, these women are my idols! | My Mom is a planner, a memory maker (by always having her camera), and adventurous, silly & friendly. I have a personality very much like her. She’s a natural leader as am I. | My siblings & I then(bottom) & now (top)! | My Godmom, whose also my Aunt! | My whole Family! | My Dad gave me his humor & sarcasm for life! Right before I walked down the aisle he said "lets take a selfie!
9: Nick's Family | My nephews love it when we babysit! They love doing art with us, going on walks, playing & especially reading to them. | We are Connors Godparents! | We live really close to my oldest brother and his family. We go over for dinner at least twice a month. | My Family on our Wedding Day | My best friend Mike is like my brother as I have known him for over 20 years. | Before my mother passed away in 2011, Michelle & her planned a surprise birthday for me & it is one of my favorite memories. This photo was from that day. Michelle reminds me a lot of my mom. | She had so much compassion and had a nurturing personality. I miss her a lot, but I know shes here with me in a way.
10: When Friends are Like Family
11: & Family is Like Friends | We have an amazing support system of friends and family. Many of our friends have been in our lives well over 10 years! We have lived in various states and have friends that we keep in touch with on a regular basis! We love them like family!
12: We promise to instill kindness, empathy, respect, and manners through our family values. We also promise to encourage your child's hopes and dreams by providing the best possible education. We both grew up having family dinners every night; we promise to model how to communicate and the importance of holding a conversation. We truly believe by having these dinners, when we were younger, we learned the skills to be able to talk to anyone. We promise to show your child a love for this world and what it has to offer her. We promise to always say yes to his/her request of “one more book, please?” We also promise to let him/her enjoy the little moments in life, like swimming until he/she gets pruney, staying up late to watch a meteor shower, letting him/her get messy while attempting to eat yogurt for the first time, and so much more. We hope that you’ve gotten a small understanding of who we are and how we would parent your child. We would love for you to be a part of your child’s life in some way, so that your child can have an understanding and appreciation for the sacrifice you made out of love. You are an amazing, thoughtful, selfless woman for making this decision; we want you to know that you will always be our angel for trusting us with your child. Thank you again for taking a glimpse into our lives. Love, Michelle & Nick | Our Promise to You...