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Erik & Donna

We are hoping to expand our family through the miracle of adoption. Thank you so much for taking the time to review our profile. We cannot begin to imagine how difficult a decision this is to make. Please know that we have so much love and joy to offer that we are certain we will make excellent parents. To choose us to be your child's parents would mean the world to us.

About Us

Erik
Donna
Job
Senior Area Sales Manager
Public Affairs Specialist
Education
Master's Degree in Business Administration
Master's Degree in Teaching
Children
Lukas
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Family Traditions

Celebrating New Years at the Beach Condo

We have many different traditions as a family. Since coming together, we both have continued many traditions that we experienced growing up. We have also created many of our own over the years. One of our favorite traditions, which came from Erik's family, is our annual trip to the Christmas tree farm. We cut down our Chirstmas tree every year and we always do it the day after Thanksgiving. We work to put it up and decorate the tree throughout that weekend. This annual tradition is a fun day for the entire family and allows us ample time to enjoy it throughout the Christmas season.

Another tradition, from both families is our annual beach trip. This has evolved over the years. Since we bought a beach condo, we visit the beach more frequently and we have made our tradition more about what we do there. For example, every year at the beach we ride bikes on the boardwalk, we take an old time photo, and get telescope pictures of Lukas on the beach. Lastly, another of our favorite traditions has to do with food. This tradition came from Donna's family. It is a labor of love making fresh fried oysters. We do this as our families gather together for every Thanksgiving and Christmas. It has truly become a family affair with everyone pitching in with the breading and preparation. Erik is the fry master, and then of course everyone comes back together again to enjoy eating them all.

How Adoption has Affected Us

We actually have many close friends and even a family member who have gone through an adoption. The closest person we know is Donna's cousin. She and her husband adopted their daughter 16 years ago as a new born. They actually went through American Adoptions many years ago! We also have a very close family friend who along with her sister, were both adopted as babies. Next, at the beach our neighbor's daughter adopted a beautiful little girl as a newborn 5 years ago. They also went through American Adoptions. Lastly, one of Erik's friends from high school is adopted. We have discussed adoption with her cousin, our close friends and contacts that have made adoption a part of their lives. We have been fortunate to gather lots of information from their personal experiences.

Our son's best buddy is also adopted. For us, adoption seems like a natural fit. Knowing all of these different experiences and perspectives helped us determine that adoption was the perfect route for us to try to expand our family.

Our Pets

Beach Trip with Skipper

,p>Both of us grew up as dog lovers, and we each had multiple dogs in our families growing up. When we first met, we got our first dog together - Sidney. Sidney was a Labrador retriever puppy. At first she lived with Erik, until we got married, and started living together. About two years after we were married, we adopted a second dog - Sammy. Sammy was about a year and a half when we got her. These two dogs meant the world to us and technically were our first children. We took them everywhere we went. Their favorite place was the beach. We were absolutely heartbroken when they passed away within 2 months of each other. Sammy was 12 and had cancer, and Sidney was 14 and developed severe hip and back issues where she was not able to walk around anymore. We spared no expense. We tried surgery for Sidney and rehabilitation. If surgery or treatment could have saved Sammy or given her more time, we would have done it in a second. She was such a gem. Sadly, her cancer was very advanced.

Currently, we have 2 dogs, both labs. Sandy who is 4 years old, and Skipper who is 1. Since having Lukas, our home has also expanded to include hermit crabs, gold fish and a lizard named Diesel.

Photos

Christmas Light Show at the Beach
Christmas Light Show at the Beach
Donna and Her Best Friends
Donna and Her Best Friends
On the Boat
On the Boat
Lukas and Sandy
Lukas and Sandy
Going on a Hike!
Going on a Hike!
Mini Golf
Mini Golf
Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast with Santa
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
Happy Birthday, Lukas!
Happy Birthday, Lukas!
Deck Time
Deck Time
Happy Easter!
Happy Easter!
Just the Two of Us
Just the Two of Us
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Christmas Light Show at the Beach
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Donna and Her Best Friends
Donna and Her Best Friends
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On the Boat
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Lukas and Sandy
Lukas and Sandy
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Going on a Hike!
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Mini Golf
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Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast with Santa
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Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
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Happy Birthday, Lukas!
Happy Birthday, Lukas!
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Deck Time
Deck Time
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Happy Easter!
Happy Easter!
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Just the Two of Us
Just the Two of Us

Our House and Neighborhood

Home Sweet Home

We live in the suburbs. Our neighborhood is very family friendly. Kids and parents are always outside - weather permitting. We have an annual Breakfast with Santa event at our parish, along with a Christmas program at our son's school. The school and parish host a Thanksgiving dinner/fundraiser that is a lot of fun every year.

We live in a four bedroom house with a fenced in back yard. Our favorite room is the family room, which has also become Lukas' playroom that he is anxious to share with a sibling. Our son often talks about having a sibling and showing him or her how to do things.

We live near several parks where we often meet for playdates with our son's classmates. In particular, we have one park with not only a playground, but a ride on choo-choo train and a merry go around that we often frequent in the spring, summer and fall. The local Rescue Squad also hosts public safety events and neat demonstrations for kids in the community. Erik has been a (volunteer) member of our local rescue squad since he was 16 years old and is the current Deputy Chief there. He was a paramedic for 6 years and is currently a FireFighter/EMT.

Our Extended Families

With Donna's Brother

Donna is one of two children. She and her brother are eight years apart. Donna grew up in a small town and has a large extended family. Erik grew up an only child and lived near his grandparents and his aunt, uncle and their children. Erik's family is close by and Donna's extended family is less than an hour away. We have a son, Lukas and he is seven years old. Erik and I are kindred spirits and we both cherish family traditions. We love the holidays and summertime.

Christmas Dinner

At Thanksgiving, we have our families together - we usually host dinner and have traditions that everyone has come to love and anticipate. We make pumpkin soup, pilgrim salad, fry two turkeys, fry oysters and have stuffed ham (oysters and stuffed ham are old southern favorites from Donna's family and so delicious!) Thanksgiving leads into Christmas as we road trip to a tree farm with our friends on Black Friday. We then celebrate with lunch at one of our favorite restaurants. We both enjoy decorating the house and Lukas has come to take part and enjoy these festivities. Seeing the holidays through the eyes of a child - especially Christmas has become very magical for us.

We spend a lot of time at the beach during the summer. We have a beach place in our local seaside town and it's our favorite place to be in the summer. We hope to share these traditions and more with your child.

From Us to You

We want to thank you for taking the time to get to know us through our profile. We can't begin to understand the circumstances that have brought you here. We do know it is purely out of love that you are considering adoption for your child. As a mother, there is no greater love than what you hold in your heart for your child. We all want our children to have a fair shot at a happy and healthy life. That vision can look different for all of us. Please know, we stand with you and support any decision you make for your child.

We believe the Lord has somehow brought us all here for a reason. Please know, if you consider us as adoptive parents, your child will be embraced with the same unconditional love that we have for our son, Lukas. Your child will be loved deeply, and raised in a safe and nurturing environment filled with fun and ample opportunities to learn and grow on all levels. As you can see by our profile, we have been together for over 20 years, married for 18. Our relationship is rooted in our love and respect for each other. We are very secure in our jobs, and well established financially. We have planned a secure future for our son, as well as that for a baby we are hoping and praying for. We look forward to offering our son, and your child the best when it comes growth, development, education, and future opportunities. Our belief is the "sky is the limit" when it comes to achieving your goals and dreams.

We are not sure how to convey the love we already have in our hearts. Maybe because we have a child and know what it is like seeing the world through his eyes. We feel so blessed to already have the experience of having a child, know what it entails, and we are absolutely sure we want to add to our family. We look forward to providing a safe and secure lifetime building precious memories and sharing many exciting adventures.

We understand that this decision cannot be easy, especially making the decision based on photos, answers to questions, and letters. We hope that our family situation is the one you can envision for your child. We all live in the same imperfect world, yet our different circumstances have brought us together here. We feel there is something special about that. The family photos you have seen of us at home, during the holiday's, on vacation, and doing/attending other various events are what you can expect your child to experience as well. Our dream is to add an additional member to our family, and love them forever.

That being said, we want you to know that you will be updated on your child's life and growth through letters and pictures on a regular basis. We cannot imagine how difficult this decision is for you. We want to comfort you and ensure that you have the confidence in knowing that your child is being raised by a good family, who will do anything for your child to keep him or her safe, healthy and happy. Please let us know if there is any additional information that we can share that would help reassure you during this incredibly difficult time.

Erik & Donna

Favorites

Erik
Donna
Actor
Clint Eastwood
Brad Pitt
Actress
Heather Locklear
Jennifer Aniston
Animal
Dog
Dog
Author
Ernest Hemingway
James Patterson
Book
The Old Man and the Sea
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
Candy Bar
Reese's Cup
Skor
Cartoon
Tom and Jerry
Bugs Bunny
Childhood Memory
Family Christmas
Playing with my cousin in the treehouse
Childhood Toy
Legos
My Ollie
Children's Book
The Lorax
The Night Before Christmas
City
Ocean City
Ocean City
Classic Movie
Forest Gump
On Golden Pond
Color
Blue
Green
Day of Week
Friday
Friday
Dessert
Key Lime Pie
Cinnamon Apple anything
Disney Movie
Cars
The Lion King
Dream Car
1972 Cadillac El Dorado convertible
Porsche
Dream Job
Charter Boat Captain
Seaside shop
Dream Vacation
Aruba
Turks and Caicos
Family Activity
Boating
Watching movies and making s'mores by the fireplace
Flower / Plant
Dune Grass
Lillies
Food
Chicken Wings
French Fries
Form of Exercise
Jogging
Running and boot camps
Fruit
Banana
apples
Game
Monopoly
Checkers
Hobby
Rescue Squad
Working out
Holiday
Christmas
Christmas
Holiday Song
The Spirit of Christmas by Ray Charles
Frosty the Snowman
Holiday Tradition
Cutting the Christmas Tree
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners
Ice Cream
Soft Serve Chocolate Vanilla swirl
Hot Fudge Sundae
Junk Food
Doritos
Fritos
Leisure Activity
Hanging outside on the deck with family
Hanging out with family on the deck
Magazine
Boating magazine
Women's Health
Memory with a Child
Taking Lukas fishing and crabbing for the first time
Lukas' baptism
Memory with Spouse
10 year anniversary in Vegas
10 year anniversary in Vegas
Movie
Dirty Harry
A Star is Born
Movie Munchie
Popcorn
Popcorn
Movie Quote
Go Ahead, Make My Day
There's No Place Like Home
Movie Type
Action/Drama
Romantic Comedy
Musical
Momma Mia
Momma Mia
Musical Group
Jimmy Buffet
Kix, Flo Rida,
Nursery Rhyme
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Olympic Event
Beach Volleyball
Swimming
Personal Hero
My dad
My mom
Play
Sheer Madness
Sheer Madness
Poet
Edgar Allan Poe
William B. Yeats
Quality about my Spouse
Her candor
Optimism
Quote
Treat everyone like the CEO even the janitor.
Let's Bust A Move
Restaurant
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
William B. Yeats
Sandwich
Italian Cold Cut
Cheeseburger
Scripture
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Corinthians 13: 4-8
Shopping Store
Costco
Macys, Target, Nordstrom, Loft
Song
One Particular Harbor - Jimmy Buffet
The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
Sport to Play
Softball
softball
Sport to Watch
Football (NFL)
basketbal
Sports Star
Cal Ripken Jr.
Michael Jordan
Sports Team
Washington Redskins
Baltimore Orioles
Subject in School
Anatomy and Physiology
Social Studies
Superhero
Batman
Wonder woman
Thing to Cook
Steak on the grill
pizza
Time of Day
morning
morning
Tradition
summer vacation
Thanksgiving dinner
TV Show
Sopranos
Friends
TV Show Character
Tony Soprano
Rachel Green
Type of Music
80's music
80's music, rap and some country
Vacation Spot
Ocean City, MD
Ocean City
Video Game
Golden Tee
Pac Man

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