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Mike & Whitney

We are high school sweethearts who have longed for a child and want nothing more than to spread our love. Being chosen to parent your child would mean the world to us and with our passion for adventure we can show them the world. With both of us having many years of experience teaching young children, we have always thought we would make excellent parents and we hope you will consider us.

About Us

Production Sound Mixer
Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communication
Bachelor's Degree in Human Development & Family Studies
Legally Married

Our Lifestyle

Backcountry Snowboarding

Life is a continual adventure to both of us. Being active and healthy are our main priorities and we love to try new things and see new places. We have a close group of friends who live nearby whom we often get together with to play sports and games. We enjoy home cooked meals and consider ourselves good cooks. We have always been drawn to the outdoors and spend a lot of time in the mountains snowboarding, hiking, camping or just exploring. A day doesn't usually go by without some sort of outdoor activity even if that means just taking a walk around our neighborhood. When we want to relax we enjoy listening or playing music, reading books and watching our favorite sports teams play. We also enjoy arts and crafts and because of that we have built some of our own furniture and other decorations you will find around our home.

Fun Facts About Us:

Northern Lights in Iceland

  • We have traveled together to 10 different countries
  • Since we started dating at age 16, we have been a couple longer than we haven't been
  • We play and co-coach on a softball team called Denim Momentum because our jerseys are made out of denim
  • Mike has snowboarded more than 100 days each year since moving to Utah in 2007
  • Mike has worked on many popular television shows and has got to experience important sports events from the field/court
  • Mike got a hole-in-one playing golf at age 14 and a hole in one disc golfing at age 34
  • Whitney has taken part in several snowboarding competitions around the country
  • Whitney is still very close with her best friend who she met in preschool
  • Whitney took ballet lessons for 17 years
  • Adoption in Our Lives

    Adoption has affected both of us personally in a few ways. Being a teacher, Whitney has seen the positive outcomes of adopted children with loving families. There have been a few of these families who have reached out to show their support in our choice to pursue adoption. Whitney currently has a co-worker who was adopted. It has been so helpful hearing about her personal experience, she even connected me with her adoptive mother who took time to talk about how the process went for her and how she wouldn't have had it any other way.

    Mike grew up with a couple cousins who were adopted and they were just family to him. He also currently has a cousin with an adopted daughter and it has been a joy to see how happy it has made them. It has been very encouraging to speak with them about their positive experience and we strive to achieve the level of happiness adoption has brought to them.


    San Diego Sunset
    San Diego Sunset
    Hiking in Southern Utah
    Hiking in Southern Utah
    Exploring Maine
    Exploring Maine
    Skating in Santa Barbara
    Skating in Santa Barbara
    Ocean Kayaking in Mangroves
    Ocean Kayaking in Mangroves
    La Jolla, California
    La Jolla, California
    The Matterhorn in Switzerland
    The Matterhorn in Switzerland
    Icebergs in Iceland
    Icebergs in Iceland
    Throwback to Senior Prom 2006
    Throwback to Senior Prom 2006
    Surfing in Costa Rica
    Surfing in Costa Rica
    Paddleboarding Headstand
    Paddleboarding Headstand
    Playing Ukulele
    Playing Ukulele
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    San Diego Sunset
    San Diego Sunset
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    Hiking in Southern Utah
    Hiking in Southern Utah
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    Exploring Maine
    Exploring Maine
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    Skating in Santa Barbara
    Skating in Santa Barbara
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    Ocean Kayaking in Mangroves
    Ocean Kayaking in Mangroves
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    La Jolla, California
    La Jolla, California
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    The Matterhorn in Switzerland
    The Matterhorn in Switzerland
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    Icebergs in Iceland
    Icebergs in Iceland
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    Throwback to Senior Prom 2006
    Throwback to Senior Prom 2006
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    Surfing in Costa Rica
    Surfing in Costa Rica
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    Paddleboarding Headstand
    Paddleboarding Headstand
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    Playing Ukulele
    Playing Ukulele

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    We live in Utah, a state known for its beautiful mountain and desert landscapes. Utah is home to 5 national parks as well as several world class ski resorts, which is why we chose to move here. even ranks Utah as the number 1 most desirable state to live in in 2023.

    Our split-level home, which is located in a quiet suburb has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and best of all, a really great backyard. We love our backyard for cookouts, sled riding and just relaxing in the hammock under the pine trees. We even have an adorable wooden children's play house that we have spent many years waiting for a child to enjoy.

    Within a five minute walk is our town's recreation center, which is complete with a large indoor/ outdoor pool that has a children's play area, waterslides and diving boards. Our recreation center offers everything from swim lessons, camps, sports lessons, ice skating and more. Our favorite event there is the carnival and parade every July.

    Our community has 3 brand new schools and a beautiful park with a playground, baseball fields and plenty of room to run and play. Our quiet street is filled with children of all ages who are often out playing and riding their bikes on the sidewalks.

    Our Extended Families

    With Our Parents

    Our families do not live in the same state as us, but our time spent together is immensely meaningful. While most of Mike's family lives in Cleveland, Ohio, Whitney's family is spread between Cleveland and Orlando, Florida. We find time to spend in each of these states visiting, but we also enjoy vacationing with both of our parents at the same time.

    Annual Family Gathering

    Both of us are very close to our adult cousins and we often plan various vacations around the country to meet each other. Between the both of us, we have lots of children in our families who we love to watch learn and grow over the years. We have a close group of friends in our neighborhood with kids of their own who we get together with weekly to play backyard games, camp and attend concerts. In the winter we enjoy taking ski trips together and playing games in front of the fireplace, like Catchphrase and Mario Party.

    Our families are over the moon with our decision to adopt and are eagerly awaiting updates and good news. We cannot wait to have a child of our own to join the festivities.

    From Us to You

    In the wake of what may be an extremely difficult and confusing time for you, we were hoping to shed some light on some aspects that could hopefully offer you some comfort and peace.

    We started out as high school sweethearts and have been in a committed relationship for 19 years and happily married for 8 of those. During this time we have longed for a biological child of our own, but the world had different plans for us. After four years of continuous fertility treatments and reoccurring loss, we have opened our hearts to adoption. For the first time we are overwhelmed with joy and excitement with the possibility of finally having a child to share our love with. It has seemed like a surreal experience finally having the confidence to begin a few preparations around the home to accommodate a little one.

    Both of us have extensive experience caring for, teaching and working with children of all ages. With one of us being a Montessori early childhood education teacher and the other teaching children snowboarding lessons, we already possess many skills of great parents. We hope to instill strong values of empathy, honesty, love, perseverance, loyalty and that we don't forget to be a little silly sometimes. We want make it known that above all, we are family first and will always support each other no matter how tough the situation. With having worked so hard to become parents the last few years we are hoping that you can help us achieve our life long goal and confidently know that your child will be happy, safe, loved and cared for.

    Our support system, which consists of a large family, friends, neighbors and co-workers have been rooting for us from the very beginning of our journey. Everyone is more than ready to meet your child and shower them with unconditional love. Both of our moms have already been brainstorming fun ideas for the child's future birthday parties, as well as holiday celebrations. Personally, we are so excited to place Christmas gifts for someone other than our cat under the tree, who already has more toys than she knows what to do with.

    There are many places for your child to fit in with us and we have so much to offer. From a cozy home in a quiet neighborhood, to a large extended family with many children, we cannot wait to show your child how much fun we can have. We plan to share our favorite outdoor hobbies of snowboarding, camping, hiking, playing various sports and traveling. There have been many beautiful destinations around the world where we have visited and talked about how we cannot wait to bring a child there to share the experience. We would love to document all of our activities as a family with photos and we will be sure to keep you updated as your child learns and grows with letters, emails and phone calls if you would like.

    Thank you for taking the time to read our letter. We wish you strength throughout your journey.


    Mike & Whitney


    John C. Reilly
    Jim Carrey
    Emma Stone
    Kaitlin Olson
    Kurt Vonnegut
    Kristin Hannah
    Mother Night By Kurt Vonnegut
    Educated by Tara Westover
    Candy Bar
    Family Guy
    Family Guy
    Childhood Memory
    Boating with my dad on Lake Erie
    Visiting amusement parks with my family
    Childhood Toy
    Ninja Turtles skateboard
    Backyard swing set
    Children's Book
    The Lorax By Dr. Seuss
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Queenstown, New Zealand
    Zermatt, Switzerland
    Classic Movie
    Forest Gump
    Jurassic Park
    Hot pink
    Day of Week
    Chocolate frosted donuts
    Disney Movie
    Johnny Tsunami
    The Little Mermaid
    Dream Car
    A campervan
    Dream Job
    My current job in film and television production has always been and is still my dream job.
    Professional snowboarder
    Dream Vacation
    Snowboarding in the Andes mountains
    Traveling around Japan
    Family Activity
    Flower / Plant
    Evergreen Trees
    Sunflowers & succulents
    Macaroni and cheese
    Form of Exercise
    Skateboarding, Snowboarding & Hiking
    Hiking in the mountains
    Christmas and Halloween
    Holiday Tradition
    Celebrating "cousin's christmas" and playing games with my extended family on Christmas Eve
    Decorating the tree for Christmas with our cat
    Ice Cream
    Rocky Road
    Cake batter
    Junk Food
    Cinnamon Toast Crunch
    Leisure Activity
    Drawing & Reading
    The Food Network Magazine
    Memory with a Child
    Hiking with my nephew in Capital Reef National Park
    Taking my early childhood class on field trips
    Memory with Spouse
    Moving to Utah together
    Traveling all the way around Iceland in a campervan together
    Dumb and Dumber
    Dumb & Dumber
    Movie Munchie
    Buttered popcorn
    Buttered popcorn
    Movie Quote
    "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once and awhile, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    "Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain't how hard you can hit. It's how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It's how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done." Rocky Balboa
    Movie Type
    Musical Group
    The Black Keys
    The Turnpike Troubadours
    Nursery Rhyme
    The Three Little Pigs
    Old Macdonald
    Olympic Event
    Street Skateboarding
    Womens Snowboard Slopestyle
    Personal Hero
    My Mom
    Maria Montessori
    The Nutcracker
    Dr. Seuss
    Shel Silverstein
    Quality about my Spouse
    The amount of love she has for even the littlest things in life is inspiring.
    He has all of the qualities that I look for in a best friend
    "For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
    "Play in the river, walk barefoot on the sand, dance under the moon, sleep under the stars and you'll likely find that very little is needed to live a happy life." Brooke Hamptonneeded
    Chile Tepin Mexican
    Swensens Burgers
    Italian sub
    French dip
    Shopping Store
    Ace Hardware
    TJ Maxx
    Don't Think Twice It's Alright By Bob Dylan
    My Silver Lining By First Aid Kit
    Sport to Play
    Sport to Watch
    Sports Star
    Jose Ramirez
    Lebron James
    Sports Team
    The Cleveland Guardians
    Cleveland Browns
    Subject in School
    The X-Men
    Thing to Cook
    Fancy appetizers
    Time of Day
    Visiting my family in Ohio every summer and getting to spend time on Lake Erie where I have some of my best childhood memories.
    The closing day bbq at Brighton Ski Resort
    TV Show
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    TV Show Character
    Frank Reynolds
    Peter Griffin
    Type of Music
    Blues rock
    Pop & Bluegrass
    Vacation Spot
    Anywhere in the mountains
    Anna Maria Island, Florida
    Video Game
    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
    Super Mario Brothers 3

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