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Stefanie and Nick

Dear Expectant Mother,
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to introduce ourselves. We are Nick (33) & Stef (31) from Glen Ellyn, IL and are incredibly excited to bring a baby into our hearts and our home as we grow our family through adoption!  We both respect and admire your courage by choosing adoption. We can only imagine how difficult it is to find the right family to raise your child, and the amount of pain involved in choosing adoption, even if you believe it is the best decision. Please know that if you choose us to walk this journey with you, your baby will always know how much you love him or her and the sacrifices you’ve made to give your child the best life possible. We want our child to know about his or her birth family and would welcome any future contact you may wish to have with us. 
Our Story 
We met on a sunny September afternoon in 2000, at a small festival in a Bavarian village in Germany. Nick grew up in Skokie, IL and was stationed in Germany while serving the U.S. Army, while Stef grew up in a small town in Bavaria. We dated for a year, when Nick proposed. Shortly after we got married, we relocated to the Chicago area and built our lives over the course of the last decade, both finishing college and establishing careers.
We always knew we wanted children but soon realized that it wasn’t going to happen naturally and sought the help of specialists. After many tests, infertility treatments and a miscarriage, we were still left without a baby. It was time to take away the question of a pregnancy ever happening and pursue a more hopeful path. We both feel confident that adoption is the right path for us and one that will make our dreams come true.  Our wish is simple: we just want to be parents. We want to experience loving a child, watching a child grow, experience their first words, first steps, personality... Both of us are avid travelers and love the outdoors. Our child will grow up in the Chicago area, travel the world, be exposed to new cultures, learn new languages, and get to know their furry siblings.   
About Stef
Stef is a very loving, faithful and compassionate wife. She is outgoing and social, has many friends and loves animals. Her hobbies are photography and reading. Stef is genuinely a good person and truly wants the best for people. She works as a Human Resources Professional for a large non-profit and plans to stay home once our baby arrives. Our journey to parenthood has been difficult - going through several rounds of infertility treatments. With every disappointment, Stef’s desire to become a mom grew stronger. While many emotions were involved along the way, our will to have a child has never vanished. Having waited this long to become a mother, I know Stef will love this child from the first moment.
About Nick
Nick is a caring, considerate and fun-loving husband. He is very hardworking and loyal, with a great sense of humor. He has been working in the IT field for 10 years. Nick is extremely patient, thoughtful and generous of his time when someone asks for his help. Nick has always expressed his desire to be a dad. He never got to experience what a real father meant growing up, since his father left the family when Nick was a child. He looks forward to sharing his love with a child and finally become a dad.  
Our Home
We live in a family friendly and established neighborhood in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The streets in our neighborhood are lined with mature trees and the homes all have big yards. Our home was built in 1975 on a ¼ acre property with a large backyard for a child to run and play. Our house has 3 good sized bedrooms, a large eat-in kitchen, a large living room and a giant family room. We live in one of the most sought after school districts in the Chicago area. Our neighborhood has parks and playgrounds, filled with children and families. We think our community is a perfect place for a child to grow up. 
Family & Friends
We promise that your child will grow up with not only the love and best care that we can provide, but also with families and friends on both sides that will cherish every waking moment of this child’s journey through life. This child will be loved by so many people besides us! 
Stef’s family lives in Germany. Nick’s immediate family lives in the Chicago area, but his extended family spreads across the states. Although we are separated geographically from a good part of our family, spending time with them is very important to us and we are able to see them several times every year. Our family, with adoring grandparents, loving aunts and uncles and 13 playful cousins, are all thrilled to welcome our future child.
We are very fortunate to have many close friends. Everyone is eager to meet our future child. Our close friends all have children and live close-by, so play dates are certainly in our future!  
The Future
We understand that our lives will forever change when we become parents. We will do everything we can to make your child’s life happy and productive. We’re excited to read bedtime stories, go to church as a family, and host birthday parties each year. We can’t wait to take family vacations, cover our walls with family photos, bake cookies and create new family traditions and memories.
Thank you
We have so much love to give and can’t wait to share our lives with a child. You must be a very loving and courageous woman to consider placing your baby for adoption. We both have faith that God will help you in finding the perfect family for your baby. Even if it is not us, we wish you love and above all, peace.
If you’d like to get to know us, please send us an email to StefandNickACFB@gmail.com or contact our adoption counselor, Tobi Ehrenpreis at tobi@centerforfamily.com or 1-800-869-1005. You can also text Tobi at 1-847-366-6351. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


With admiration,

Stef & Nick


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