Tom and Lisa here with our three-year-old Isabella! Thank you for taking the time to check out our story and what we have to offer as parents and a family.
We met online. We each had our own unique backgrounds, however, we knew early on that we wanted to start our lives together. We quickly became best friends and soulmates. Not quite a year later, we were engaged and the following year we married in 2017.
We have many common interests and love to share time exploring them! We are both history nerds that like culture, museums, Tigers baseball, music, travel, books, and much more!
We both have always wanted to expand our family and right away made a plan to add children to our lives. After years of fertility trips and doctor visits, we found that we had to take another direction.
We began fostering children, and that is how Isabella came into our lives. She came to live with us when she was eight months old, and we became her legal guardians in 2021. This is a long-term stay in our home with the possibility of adoption in the future. She is a bundle of joy and we cannot imagine our lives without her. In addition to Isabella, we have also added three rescue puppies to our home.
Even as a young child, I dreamed of being a mom surrounded by children. I come from larger extended families—aunts, uncles, grandparents, great aunts, and uncles, cousins, you name it—we visited with them often and I loved it! I have extended cousins that were adopted from overseas, so I always imagined that adoption would be part of my family plan.
Most people who knew me growing up were not surprised when I chose to go into teaching. It may not have been part of my career plan, but it is truly where I am meant to be. I have taught Elementary Art, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and now 4th grade. While I have loved all of these areas, right now I am really loving 4th grade. There is nothing compared to seeing a child light up when they have finally solved a problem or learned something for the first time. Teaching children is truly a blessing.
I love reading and sharing that joy with children, especially Isabella. I love when she says, “I read books!”, and then sits down to dive into the pages. I look forward to sharing that love for adventure, learning, and imagination with more children in our family’s future. I love being a mom and having Isabella come to me for questions, for comfort, to learn and share exciting parts of her day with me. I cannot imagine life without Isabella! I look forward to her having a little sister or brother to share all of life’s exciting moments with.
As a little girl I would sit and watch my mom sewing, basket weaving, painting, and crafting. I loved every minute of it. I love to create when I have the extra time! This is something that I enjoy with Isabella and look forward to sharing with future children. My mom is awe-inspiring in creative ways. As a mom, spending time with my children and their grandmother working together on creative projects is something that I look forward to.
I love traveling and exploring with our family. This involves beaches, museums, parks, historical sites, and more. Sharing life together and making memories are the best moments in life—moments I can’t wait to share with another little one.
Growing up, I always imagined myself being a dad and having children of my own. While the path to parenthood hasn’t been as easy as I thought it would be, I love raising Isabella and I can’t imagine my life without her.
Compared to Lisa, I have a much smaller family. Much of our family activities took place either with our immediate family or with our cousins. We spent many summers in state parks and enjoyed all the great things that Michigan has to offer. My favorite memory of trips with my family were the “mystery trips.” We would know how long to pack for and whether we needed to plan to be warm or cold, and we’d hit the road without any other ideas. Once, we ended up in Niagara Falls, another time, we went to Disney. I can easily see this being something that we continue as Isabella grows older!
After high school, I worked in several restaurants and retail jobs while also attending college. These jobs taught me what it means to perform hard work, as well as how to reach a goal, even if it takes longer than expected. I finally completed my degree in 2020 and have been working in software development since. I love what I do and have fun every day tackling new problems and working with others.
I still enjoy working around the house, from simple housework like mowing and gardening to construction. I have built decks, furniture, and even remodeled and added rooms in our house. I am also one of those crazy people that enjoys shoveling and snow blowing. Speaking of snow, in the winter, I love downhill skiing, even though I haven’t been in a few years.
I enjoy singing at church and have been doing so since I was 8. Singing is my stress relief as well as how I keep myself occupied, so it’s not uncommon to hear me belting out a song while working around the house.
I love to learn new things, and I’m usually looking for opportunities to learn. In addition to English, I learned Spanish in high school, and I’m currently working on learning German. I love experiences and traveling. There is so much world to see, and I can’t wait to enjoy it all as our family grows!
Isabella loves dogs, unicorns, her baby dolls, and playing outside in the water and the dirt! She is a perfect mix of girl and tomboy, she loves her dresses and the dirt! She is full of curiosity and spunk! She loves to imitate and watch those around her, these moments are so precious and bring so much joy to our household! She is learning and growing to be a bright young girl. Isabella wants to be just like mommy and daddy, she loves to imitate and in fact, as we are sitting here and typing this profile, she is typing on her toy laptop discussing her entries!
Isabella attends dance classes and had her first recital this spring. She loves to sing and dance! We know all of the Frozen songs. She is often found serenading us, her toys, or the puppies with one of her toy microphones. She loves to spend time with her cousins, whether they are playing with trucks or getting dirty outside! She loves to follow Papa around wherever he goes, especially if that means she will get to ride in his truck!