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Rachel and Andrew

 
Hello!
We are Rachel and Andrew. We have a life full of laughter and joy and we'll raise your child in a happy and loving home. We hope to create an open adoption to the extent that you are comfortable, and are thankful for an opportunity to get to know you and for you to know us.
 
OUR STORY
We met because of a chocolate cake! It was at a New Year’s Eve/birthday party for Rachel (NYE is her birthday) and she had made an amazing chocolate raspberry creation. When Andrew arrived he went straight to the cake, then quickly found its creator. Two nights later our first date felt so comfortable it was like we'd been dating for years. Sweetness inspired us!
 
Andrew proposed a year later on a camping trip, and a year after that we were married in a lovely little art gallery in Oak Park, Illinois. From cake to camping and beyond, we've been so happy we found each other.
 
We always wanted children, but we learned that building our family wasn't going to be easy. Struggling with infertility brought us even closer together. It affirmed that we were open and excited about a child, no matter how they came to us. We happily embraced adoption. 
 
RACHEL ABOUT ANDREW
Andrew's a very down-to-earth and really funny guy. I often laugh until my sides hurt! He’s caring and sensitive, he's there when I'm happy or sad and I know that I can count on him. He goes out of his way to make sure I have the things I need. He's always been artistic, and has led a creative life. He’s been a baker in Colorado, a bike messenger in San Francisco, and a web designer in Chicago.
 
After getting a Master's degree at the Art Institute of Chicago he settled into a teaching career. In the past year he has written a book about creativity, education, and play. I am amazed how, even though he is a teacher, he is always learning new things.
 
ANDREW ABOUT RACHEL
Rachel’s sense of humor is matched only by her intelligence. She's generous and kind. I love that I can always hear her laughing in a room full of people. Her big laugh is genuine and heartfelt.
 
She went to college to study music and plays the oboe and the saxophone. She worked at Walt Disney World and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Rachel's been an actor at two comedy theaters: Boom Chicago in Amsterdam and The Second City in Chicago. She now works at The Second City, where she teaches classes in improvisation and acting. She also performs in a show at SC that is a lot like TV's “Whose Line is it Anyway?” 
 
Rachel is always working on something creative. Many of our friends have received hand knit gifts. She also makes baby blankets, hats and little socks for friends who are pregnant. She's excited to knit these things for our little person. Both of us have very flexible work schedules so we’ll be able to alternate who gets to be the stay-at-home parent!
 
LULU
Our dog Lulu joined the family six years ago and she makes every day better. She's a big friendly black lab who loves to make friends. She's very gentle with children, and makes a great pillow too!
 
TOGETHER:
The arts are a huge part of our lives, from live music to movie marathons. We were raised around the theater and musicals, and we've each performed in them! We both read, and are lucky to live very close to a public library. We look forward to passing on this love of reading. We are both artistic and like making custom ornaments and hand-made valentines. Playing board games and putting jigsaw puzzles together was part of both our childhoods, and still is. We can't wait to teach our child how important it is to play.
 
Food and travel is our way to keep friends and family together. Rachel loves to be creative in the kitchen and Andrew makes amazing chocolate chip cookies! We've been to almost all 50 states and we’ve traveled outside the country many times. Rachel lived in Amsterdam for over five years. We're happy to say we have friends all over the world. 
 
HOME AND NEIGHBORHOOD
We live near Lake Michigan on the north side of Chicago. It’s a diverse friendly neighborhood full of families. There are lots of kids and we often meet new people while walking our dog.  Good friends live close by and visit often. Our home is comfortable, filled with art that we've made, and pictures of family and our travels. And, a big kitchen! The walls are painted deep warm colors. There's a big comfy couch perfect for curling up with the dog for movie night. 
 
OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
We are both very close to our siblings and enjoy time with our niece and nephews. There are also lots and lots of cousins in our families! Rachel's mom grew up on a farm in Minnesota that's still in the family and makes a great place to visit. Andrew's family gets together every summer for a big group vacation.
 
A few years ago we got to hang out in Maine at a beautiful old lake house of a family friend, and it was amazing! Everyone, from grandparents to the youngest cousins, is eager to add a new family member to our adventures. We have a wonderful, diverse circle of amazing friends who are so excited to see our family grow and be a part of our family's future.
 
 
THE FUTURE 
We hope to build a loving family that is part of an open, diverse community. We look forward to the future and will embrace your child with the most love and support any family could have. We'll help them to find out what makes them happiest and to give them the confidence and skills to make their dreams come true. 
 
We would love to send you some more information. Here are ways to reach us:
Contact us directly: Email: rachelandrew.afcb@gmail.com
 
Contact our adoption counselor: 
Maggie Gill Benz: maggie@centerforfamily.com
Toll free: 800-869-1005
Text Maggie at: 847-366-6343
 
 

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