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Angel & Stella
Although we haven't met you yet, we carry you in our hearts each day. We respect and admire your strength and bravery and would be honored if you would join us on this journey. We hope that our profile captures the excitment and admiration we have for one another and the unconditional love we are ready and eager to give to your child.
Augustus, or Augie for short, is our lovable and sweet 5-year-old son. He is the light and love of our life! He has taught us so much about presence and how to take in all the beautiful moments that life has to offer us. You'll often find him wearing a smile and asking great questions. His laugh is contagious and he loves exploring nature and making new friends. He's a brave and curious spirit who enjoys learning about people, the earth, how things work, and animals.
He loves spending time at the park, creating art, playing games, reading books, and spending time with his friends and family. He's also passionate about attending school and doing homework. Every week he comes up with something different he wants to be when he grows up. He’s incredibly thoughtful and leaves an impression where ever he goes. He is especially excited to be a big brother!
Stella is passionate about health coaching and mentoring people to find freedom in their physical, emotional and financial health. She has helped hundreds of people change the trajectory of their lives and leads a community of compassionate health advocates who believe that the Habits of Health can change the world. She loves when her clients share that she's played a significant role in helping them gain confidence, reach a healthy weight and navigate stress and anxiety in productive and healthy ways. She loves holding a safe space for her clients for self-discovery and offers science-based tools to help clients reach their wellness goals. Angel is passionate about physical and emotional fitness and personal development. He's trained and participated in 20 triathlons over the course of eight years. He has a strong passion for bike riding and enjoys rides with his cycling community. He also enjoys leading a men's leadership group at our local church.
Together we lead a married couples group at our church that has been meeting for over 6 years. The group is made up of 8 couples. We believe that these small groups are vital to the health of our marriage and our spiritual growth. We love to offer a space for individuals and couples to share and receive support. We have always been excited about forming authentic and lasting relationships with couples and we are intentional about creating opportunities to grow, grieve, laugh and celebrate together.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Stella is an incredible partner who has a high capacity for loving others. She brings a high level of intentionality to all her relationships, her business, her personal growth and her greatest passion, motherhood. She is a terrific friend and mother to our 5-year-old son, Augie. She is the most consistent and committed person that I know. People are drawn to her warm, calm spirit and she's admired and respected by her friends, family and clients.
Angel is loyal, trustworthy, and shows a deep commitment to learning, growing and taking care of the people he loves. I enjoy watching him model those beautiful traits to Augie. He is thoughtful and brave and filters all of his decisions around the question "what would be best for my family?" Angel has a playful and silly side that captures the attention in the room. People love being around him and lean in when he is sharing a story or wise counsel. He is often sought out by his friends, family and coworkers for advice. He has an amazing ability to make people feel seen and heard. He is the best listener I have ever met and he's my favorite person to dream with.
Our Extended Families
Our families have many similarities. Both sets of parents have set a beautiful example of lifelong love and commitment. We enjoy spending time with our parents and they are very much involved in our son's life. Both sets of parents live within 30 minutes from our home and we see them several times per month. Together, we share meals together and focus on creating fun memories together.
Angel has three siblings and Stella has one sibling. Every Christmas the adults do a Secret Santa Exchange and there's a separate Secret Santa exchange between the eight grandchildren. The kids talk about this for months leading up to Christmas. Angel's family is musically talented and that has rubbed off on the kids! Every Christmas and Thanksgiving, the kids plan a performance for the adults which includes singing, playing instruments and dancing.
We go all out for birthdays. Each child is celebrated and honored on their birthday. Each child selects their birthday theme every year and birthdays consist of games, lots of decorations and having fun together as a family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a beautiful, newly renovated 5-bedroom home 30 minutes from Downtown, Chicago. The family-friendly town we live in offers a dense suburban feel and was rated #4 out of 92 best Chicago neighborhoods by Niche. We are nestled in a cozy town, walking distance from restaurants, libraries, pools, coffee shops, and parks. We are also walking distance from recreational centers, a theatre and two train stations. The recreational centers offer music and art classes, camps, and sports for kids and adults. If you were to look out our window, you would find children playing outside, joggers and bicyclists and families taking walks together. Our neighborhood has stunning nature trails nearby and great economic opportunity, diversity and school systems. Inside our home, we have a dedicated playroom right next to the kitchen full of books, art supplies, games and toys. We have a fenced-in backyard where we routinely host family and friends for get-togethers and barbeques.
Our favorite thing to do is spend time together as a family. We love to go for walks, bike rides and hikes together and explore nature and the renewal and wonder it brings. We love quiet nights at home playing board games, coloring, cooking or watching movies together.
From Us to You
It is with full and grateful hearts that we share the following with you. If you believe our family may be the right fit for you and your child, we want you to know:
1. We would consider it both an honor and a privilege to love your child unconditionally, fully, and endlessly.
2. Angel would say that Stella is the very definition of love. She is incredibly passionate about motherhood and raising a happy, healthy family. Stella would say that no one could protect and raise up a tiny human like Angel can. He has the gift of patience and loves answering the never ending "why" questions that come with parenting curious minds.
3. You will be spoken of and honored. Your love for your child will be fully expressed. For the past 15 years, 12 of which we have been married, we have worked to build a strong and loving foundation and can't wait to grow our family.
Parenting has been one of the greatest joys in our lives. It is a beautiful reflection of who we are, especially as a couple. To us, being a parent means being a child's safe space and sanctuary. It means prioritizing our own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health so that we can raise our children to be also be physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually well. Parenting means that we are doing all that we can to foster secure, open-minded, compassionate and brave children who love themselves well so that they can love others well. It is our hope that they'd grow up to be world changers and live a full and meaningful life.
The most amazing thing about parenthood is how much we have learned from our son. He is constantly teaching us to enjoy the present moment, not to take life too seriously, and to lean into love and gratitude. We have learned that kids are often our greatest teachers and the most powerful way to love them is to listen to them well.
As you consider our family, know that it is not just us you are choosing. We are blessed to be surrounded by an incredible family and generous friends who love and care for us deeply. They have been on this journey with us and have shared how excited they are to be a part of our adoption story.
If it is of interest to you, we are open to continuous contact; inclusive to sending emails, photos and in person contact based upon what is best for you and your child. We chose American Adoptions solely based on the fact that they honor the adoption triad. We believe in open adoptions and that it benefits everyone involved. Should you have questions and/or want to speak to us, we would gladly welcome a conversation. We will do our best to give you a clear understanding of who we are and the life we would be honored to provide to your precious child.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about us and our dreams for our family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you make your decision and would be so grateful if you chose us.
Angel & Stella