Clinical Nurse Manager / Labor and Delivery Nurse
Caucasian / Hispanic
We are high school sweethearts so we have been together for over 12 years now and been married for 5 of those years. Marriage has been our best adventure yet but we know this adoption journey will be even greater. It has always been a dream of ours to share our love with children. We both work in nursing; Dan is a trauma nurse manager and I, Angela, am a labor and delivery nurse. We have a strong and supportive family and are surrounded by many loving friends and family. We look forward to meeting the expectant mother/parents and growing our family through adoption.
We tried to conceive for a few years but after discovering we weren't able to have any biological children we quickly moved on to adoption. It was an easy decision for us to make because adoption has always been on our hearts and we knew it was something we eventually wanted to pursue. Dan's paternal grandma was adopted when she was born and Dan's oldest cousin was also adopted as an infant. He has been able to witness the beautiful way that adoption has impacted his family. For me, even as far back as middle school I remember wanting to adopt children. One of my best friends growing up had a brother who was adopted and their mom worked at an adoption agency. I grew up going to their yearly adoption celebrations through their adoption agency. In seventh grade, one of my teachers had us write letters to our future selves. Years later, I received my letter to myself and in it I wrote “I hope you still want to adopt children.” We are so excited to finally be pursuing this adoption journey!
We have been living in central Ohio for a few years now and we bought our first home over two years ago. We live in a two story, four bedroom home with a fenced in yard. We have enjoyed turning this house into our home through many home projects and making it our own. We love owning a home and getting to explore our neighborhood. We have multiple parks all within walking distance. We live less than a mile away from the elementary, middle and high schools. Our town has farmers markets, art festivals, First Friday events and so much more. We have enjoyed getting to explore all that our town offers. We also love trying out all of the local restaurants and coffee shops.
Our church is full of loving and welcoming people. There are multiple families within the church community who have adopted children. I have been able to help out with our church's vacation Bible school during the summer which was so enjoyable.
We have an amazing support system of family and friends. Both sets of parents have been married for over thirty years, and are very much ready to love their first grandchild. I have two brothers, one older and one younger. Dan also has a younger brother. I anticipate some competition over favorite uncle status. We have been fortunate enough to celebrate holidays, birthdays and numerous family reunions together with extended family. I always joke about how we have family everywhere in the US. While it’s not quite that expansive, we have been able to stay with or at least visit family in many different places all the way from California to New York and down to Puerto Rico.
Describing Dan - written by Angela
Even though we started dating when we were young, I knew Dan was unique. His strength and compassion are traits that I've always admired about him. He knows how to joke and have fun but he is also very driven and has one of the kindest hearts you'll know. Before getting married, during the entire 7 years that we were dating and engaged, he would give me a rose on every monthly anniversary. It has been such a joy getting to grow up together and watch him mature into who he is now. He is a clinical nurse manager which allows him to care for patients in need and also allows him to help teach new nurses. Dan of course enjoys spending time with me, as well as playing games with his brother and his friends, grilling out on our patio while the weather is nice and playing with our dog. At home he has become quite the handyman and we have worked on many home projects together. Dan has told me multiple times how much he is looking forward to teaching our future children how to play catch in our backyard. I am so excited to eventually watch him fulfill his dream of becoming a Dad and raise our future children while being an active part of their lives.
Describing Angela- written by Dan
Angela is my light in this world. I am convinced she is one of the most loving people I have ever met; and she was practically born to be a mom. She is selfless, loving, and always finds joy in helping others. She works as a labor and delivery nurse and I can’t think of a job more fitting. She comes home every day with stories about helping in welcoming babies into the world, and how much she learned about the parents. She loves spending time with me and her friends regardless of what we are doing. She has many close friends and impresses me every day with how connected to others she is. She is my partner in this world and I'm looking forward to raising children together.
Dan and I actually met in middle school however we didn't spend much time together. We had a couple of the same classes but we didn't start talking until high school. Junior year was when we started spending more time together and that summer, before senior year, we started dating. We dated through the end of high school, all the way through college and then we got engaged within the following year of Dan graduating.
Dare to go out into the world and make a difference. Make an impact any way you can and we'll be right behind you every step of the way with a loving hand. Don’t be afraid to love others, take on challenges, and push yourself, it’s the only way you grow.
The world may be a big place, but with the right mindset, you can have anything if you're willing to put your mind to it, never give up, and never stop learning.
We have put much thought into an open adoption and all it entails. We recognize the benefits of an open adoption for all those involved. We would love to meet up with the expectant woman to come up with an openness agreement; one that is best for the child. It is important to us that any future children of ours know where they come from and we will speak often about their birth mother’s bravery and love for them. I love the idea of making a life book for our future children to help tell their full story from the start.