Hi there! We are Brittany, Danny, Zeke, and Eli. Danny works as a chemical engineer while Brittany stays home with our boys and works during nap times as a website copywriter. Zeke is an energetic four-year-old and Eli is a fun-loving 1-year-old. They are both very excited to have another sibling to play with and love. We are a warm, welcoming family who love playing at the park and all things water in the backyard together. We are a down-to-earth couple who are easygoing, joyful, and very family-centered. Sometimes we like hiking and exploring, going to the zoo, spending time with friends, and being out and about. Other times we enjoy a quiet night in with a pizza and Netflix or playing board games together. No matter what we are doing, we love doing it together. We cannot wait to add another bundle of joy to our lives through adoption.
We met as freshmen in college, and we had many common friends throughout our first year. At the start of our second year, we began having dinner together around campus and getting to know one another. During our first dinner, it was clear that we had a lot in common and a true friendship grew from there. After months of dinners together, we finally went out on our first official date off campus. Our relationship has grown from a place of friendship that has led to our ability to communicate with one another through all the challenges life has in store. Our relationship is one based on not only our love for each other, but also trust, joy, laughter, and snuggling. We got married just three weeks after we graduated college, and we started our life together in Indianapolis. Some things we like to do together are taking walks, watching Netflix shows, playing board games, and bowling.
Brittany is the sweetest girl you will ever meet while at the same time having a heart that is fierce, strong, and willing to accept everyone she meets, especially those who need love the most. From the first time we had dinner together in our college dorm, I knew the connection we had was beyond special. It was more than just her beauty and her smile but was her heart that I fell for. Becoming friends, falling in love, and marrying her over 9 years ago was the easiest decision of my life. Waking up and falling even more in love every day has been the icing on the cake. Brittany loves deeply and in that she pushes me and everyone she meets to be the best version of themselves. She doesn’t let her friends or her family settle for less than the best in a way where she works her way into your heart. Being quiet and introverted, it takes time to get to know her, but once you do, you have the best friend in the world.
Brittany is playful, gentle, and a complete natural when it comes to motherhood. When you see her hold a baby or give a bottle she looks right at home. She has such patience reading a book with Eli or playing trucks with Zeke. She is always intentional and quick to get right down on the ground to play and laugh with them. It is truly a joy to see her love Zeke and Eli and desire an even bigger family to share her heart and her warm smile with.
The first time I saw Danny I thought to myself, “He must be a nice guy!” all because he was wearing a Chicago Cubs jersey, and I grew up in a family full of Cubs fans. Getting to know Danny as a friend, I quickly learned that my first impression was more than correct. I eventually concluded that not only was he a nice guy, but he was also a keeper.
Danny is an active participant in life, and he finds joy in every situation. While we were in college and still just getting to know each other, I loved going to the football games to watch Danny perform in the marching band. He played the drums, and his goofy, passionate self came out in those performances. He had the best time playing and performing with his friends, and he didn’t have any other care in the world. I fell in love with Danny’s joy and presence, and he brings that to our lives every single day. When I am with Danny, he makes all my other problems seem so small, and if they aren’t small, he talks me through them logically until they at least feel a little better.
Danny is especially present to Zeke and Eli. My favorite time of day is when Zeke, Eli, and Danny play chase, and the boys run and giggle as they anxiously wait for Danny to catch them. Zeke and Eli love dancing and being silly with Danny, and the three of them giggling and wrestling together makes my heart so happy.
After getting married we spent the first couple of years exploring our new city and adjusting to life after college. We made friends quickly through our church, and we leaned on them a lot when we had a first pregnancy end in miscarriage and then spent years struggling with infertility. Our friends and family mean a lot to us, and they were the first we told about our plan to adopt the first, the second, and now even the third time. They have supported us completely from the very beginning, and they never cease to love Zeke and Eli.
We also love the area that we live in because we have so many things within walking distance. We can walk to our local library and downtown area. One of our favorite summer activities is taking a family walk downtown for ice cream and listening to live music on Saturday nights. All the parks in our area are fantastic, and we love exploring them together!
While our extended family does not live in town with us, we still manage to visit them often. Family is very important to both of us, and we enjoy spending our time with them. Danny’s family loves having big family dinners and playing games together. Anytime we are in town, there is bound to be a game night after a delicious meal. Brittany’s family is all about the babies with Zeke and Eli being two of eight grandkids, who spend their time playing and chasing all the kids around. Brittany’s parents have a house with a pool located on a lake, so in the summer we spend a lot of time swimming and boating together.
After adopting Zeke and then again with Eli, it became apparent that our top priority as parents is being truly present. It came easy to us to just be there for each other and our kids. We make sure to be intentional at all times with them and be present to their needs. We are gentle and patient but also try to push Zeke and Eli both to be the best they can be. We have found that being joyful and positive goes a long way to helping create an environment where Zeke and Eli are free to explore new things while being safe in our guidance. We can feel ourselves learning and growing stronger as parents as our boys learn and grow too.
We love sharing each of our boys’ unique adoption stories with them whenever we can, and we pray for their birth mothers every night before bed. We desire for Zeke and Eli to grow up knowing their story and how loved they are by all of their family. We have loved having the chance to have an open relationship with Eli’s birth family, and both Eli and Zeke always love when we get to see them.
We hope to have an open relationship with you and will always honor your child’s story. We are so excited to add another baby to our family, and we cannot wait to meet you!
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