We are Mikey and Julia! Thank you for taking the time to read our story and consider us as prospective parents. We live near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mikey grew up less than half an hour from where we live now, while Julia grew up outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Julia and her cat moved to Michigan in 2014 to work at a summer camp year round and met Mikey online shortly after getting settled in.

Despite our origins varying vastly, we found ourselves meeting the person we would learn best to complete each other. We found that every trial, hardship, achievement, and memory made was just the prologue to a lifelong adventure we would embark on together.  

We moved in together in 2016 and were married 18 excruciatingly long months later in 2017.

As we met at the end of the aisle, celebrated by our 15 nieces and nephews, family, God-family, and friends, we heard the words, “It is clear that the feeling of joy and love in this room is palpable.” Our dreams of committing to each other, leaving nothing on the table, establishing ourselves as a team, and starting the journey to build our family had begun. Our entire relationship thus far let us dream of our family, how many children we hoped to adopt, and what our family activities and adventures would look like. 

We are so incredibly grateful to be at this point and are so excited to welcome a child into our family through adoption!

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Financial Support

Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.


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FAQ’s about placing a baby for Adoption

I'm considering giving my baby up for adoption. How much does that cost?

It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.

I'm experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and don't know who the birth father is. Can I still place my baby for adoption?

Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.

When is the right time to talk with an adoption professional?

You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.

When I create an adoption plan, will I get to choose who is in the room with me during delivery?

One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.

How much contact will I have with the adoptive family after I place my baby with them?

As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.

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Welcome Stretch!


We welcomed a new four-legged family member this August! Daisy Ridley is also known as Daisy Mae, Daisy Mae Cooper,  Days-Days, Daisy-Dog, Princess, our Delicate Flower, and Stretch. She is a dachshund-beagle mix and is around 5 years old.      The rescue shelter described her as calm and quiet. She might have been at the rescue, but her first of many zoomies gave us a clue that we might have an outgoing girl hidden in a nervous shell. As she gotten more and more comfortable at home, her personality has been able to blossom.    She is loving, energetic, cuddly, opinionated, and adventurous. She has huge, expressive eyes that will melt your heart.  She loves attention and will use her paw to move your hand when she would like to be pet. If you are just resting your hand on her and she would like you to pet her, she will wave her paw in the air, mimicking the petting motion. She has recently discovered the joy of getting back into bed by herself after breakfast and taking up as much of our king sized bed as her 25 pounds will allow.      Teddy, our other beagle mix, and her get along famously. They are...

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That Summer Feeling Part 2 (A Belated Update About our July and August!)


  Mikey and my favorite holiday is the Fourth of July. We enjoyed it as Mikey has for two decades, at one of our favorite places in the world, a family friend's cottage. The cottage is located on a small lake about an hour north of Grand Rapids. We love this place so much that I dedicated an entire blog post to it, dated September 2022.    Like most years, we brought our travel trailer up from our seasonal camping lot and enjoyed an especially long weekend with some of our chosen family. This year was unusually quiet all around the lake because the 4th landed on a Tuesday. Mikey, his best friend, and his best friend's dad took a break from doing a big fireworks show because of the unusual day. We did enjoy fireworks from several other families across the lake who put on their own show.  Later in July, I took a trip down to Atlanta. It was a quick trip, but I enjoyed being able to see the performing arts camp recital of my niece, Sara Kate. The theme of the week was Willy Wonka Jr. Sara Kate laughed as she told my mom (her Gooosie) that she was playing one of...

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That Summer Feeling (A Belated Update About our May and June!)


We were excited for this summer to start because it was the first year we enjoyed a seasonal campground. This meant we could use our camper like a cottage, leaving it in one spot all summer long. Our campground is located about an hour north of Grand Rapids. We think we have the best spot in the entire campground for two reasons. First, our site backs up to a national forest. We have the best of both worlds with all the campground amenities while also enjoying the tranquility and calm of remote camping. Mikey angled our camper towards the forest so we could wake up every morning to gorgeous this view. Julia enjoyed working remotely from the camper on several occasions.  Secondly, we had the best neighbors in the Wolfs, our longtime friends and parents to Teddy’s best dog friend. Mikey engineered a dog run that spans the width of both sites. The dogs’ harnesses are attach to a rope, above our heads, running between two trees. The dogs can roam without getting into too much mischief or tripping any children. In addition to spending time with the Wolfs, we also invited our niece, Addison, up for a day at...

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Spring Update


The warmer weather of spring has allowed for Mikey and I to spend more time in our garage wood shop. We’d realized it had been a while since we spent quality time making together and put aside a Saturday to spend together in the wood shop. Mikey and I spent the day building a table that was just the right size for our 3 year old nephew.  Mikey has also been busy building me some odd projects around the house. On a recent antiquing trip, I pointed out a blanket stand I liked. Mikey, being the builder he is, took a picture of it and made me a version out of a more attractive wood. A wall in our living room has been bare for the six years we’ve lived here. I was having trouble finding the right inspiration for this wall. I decided I wanted floating shelves so I could rearrange the pictures and trinkets as needed. Mikey built me a set out of walnut. I haven’t decided on final picture placement yet, but I love how inviting and interesting the wall has become.  This spring, I have also rediscovered my love for my embroidery sewing machine. I have...

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A Holiday Season Mega Update


We've had a busy and wonderful holiday season.   The holiday season was kicked off with hosting our annual Friends-giving.Two of Mikey's oldest friends and their families enjoyed a mac and cheese and mashed potato bar. With so many food preferences and allergies, we love hosting these "make your own adventure" meals to accommodate all. This year we set up a couple of folding tables in the living room to accommodate our growing group. While we see these families throughout the year, it is our favorite group to kick off the holiday season with.   We celebrated Thanksgiving in Atlanta with my family. Teddy joined us for the road trip and enjoyed looking out the window between snoozes. It was a quick and busy trip, but we are so grateful for the time together.    On our way home, we checked something off Mikey's bucket list and stopped at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. Mikey enjoyed learning about the manufacturing process and comparing the mechanical improvements between the different models. I enjoyed seeing how the time period is reflected in the design of each model and the unique stories behind a few cars. Teddy enjoyed getting a break...

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the Cottage


Do you have a place where you can feel your entire body exhale and feel lighter? For Mikey and me that place is Gifford Lake. Mikey's best friend's parents, lovingly called our ParentsDos, have a small cottage that Mikey has been visiting to for about 18 years. Going to the cottage represents time with our chosen family and space to regroup and recharge as a little family of two (plus Teddy).The most eventful weekend at the cottage is the Fourth of July celebration where our ParentsDos host a myriad of family and friends. This year was much calmer than years past with most of the attendees unable to come and newest addition, our then seven month-old God daughter, making her debut at the lake. It is wonderful to think about how many different generations have enjoyed the cottage and how the "youngsters" are now adults and beginning to bring children of their own. The agenda while at the cottage is to make your own or have none at all. This tends to make a quiet and slow moving weekend. Activities can range from reading on the deck, swimming and sunbathing in the lake, communing with nature on a hike, or...

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Julia's Trip to Atlanta


Before I share about my latest trip to Atlanta, I must introduce the Saras, sometimes called the Tri-Sara-Tops, but never called unoriginal. My maternal grandmother, mother, sister, and niece are all called Sara. Mom uses the nickname, Sally, and my niece uses a double name, Sara Kate. Kindness, love, and creativity must be passed down by name because it is describes all of them. In true Sally fashion, all she wanted for her birthday was to do something special for others. Sara Kate loves Frozen so we made plans for me to fly down and all of the girls to go see Frozen on Broadway at the Fox Atlanta. We wanted make it just a little bit more fun with costumes. Sara Kate sported her new Elsa dress, while Mom, Sara, and I tried our hand at Disney-bounding. This is when you wear an outfit inspired by a character without trying to look exactly like them. I was Anna and Sara was Sven. In the play, the trolls are swapped for the Hidden Folk and Mom dressed as one of them. When we got to the theater, we saw a lot of other costumes, but all on children. Being the...

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Our Fur Babies


Julia likes to say Franklynn Delano Roosevelt chose her when they met in 2013. Julia went to "just look" at adopting a cat before locking eyes with Frankie. It was love at first sight. Frankie's demeanor said "Good. You're finally here. I am ready to go home." Julia met with a few other cats to make sure Frankie was "the one", but the adoption shelter volunteers agreed she was my girl. Today, Frankie is around 11 years old and is the typical aloof cat who likes attention on her own terms. She enjoys her independence almost as much as she enjoys cat naps. She has claimed the queen sized bed in our guestroom as hers exclusively and is very excited to share it when baby comes home. We adopted Red Turbo Stripes (or Stripes for short) in 2018. Now, she is around 6 years old. At the time, Mikey had a black car with red stripes. Stripes's name is an homage to that car. We  are convinced Stripes is part dog as she is vocal with her opinions and insists on attention when she wants it. Stripes's signature move is to slowly, casually put herself on your chest to block...

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