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Amberlea and Donny

Hello beautiful birthmother…
We are so excited you’re considering us!  This is a huge sacrifice you’re making, which we honor and respect.  Our promise to you is to love deeply, unconditionally and give your child the best chance in life.  This child will know that their birth mother wanted them to have a great life.  Our shared goal will be to make you proud of how we raise your child, and the amazing human being they will become.  Thank you for looking into our life and envisioning how compatible we can be in parenthood and what a joyful family we could be for your child.

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About Us…

Our Story begins in 2005, girl meets boy at work but work is a virtual space not a physical one. With Donny in Chicago and Amberlea in St. Pete, FL the relationship grew through endless hours of online chats, text messages and phone calls. After months of realizing we had almost everything in common we were set to meet. Chicago was the place, so Amberlea flew north to see, was there a spark? BINGO …. There was and we instantly fell for each other and within a few months Donny was relocating to sunny Florida, where we started our adventure called life.

We married in 2010 shortly after Amberlea’s successful battle with breast cancer. Not exactly the wedding plans we had in mind, but when life throws you a curve ball you take a pitch then come back swinging. Amberlea had just reached her 6-year milestone and today remains cancer free and healthy. Along with breast cancer treatment came Amberlea’s infertility, which has led us to adoption, to you!

Currently we live in Milwaukee and have for 8 years. We really love Milwaukee and the Midwest. People here are friendly, outdoorsy, and have zest for life, kind of like us. Milwaukee brings diversity, culture, music, the water, seasons, friends and love. All things we feel a child should experience. We are close to Donny’s family in Michigan and visit Florida a few times a year to see Amberlea’s side of the family. This gives us more reason to travel and explore. Growing up we both remember family summer vacations and time to breathe. Things we dream about doing with our own family. Creating new memories for a small person to one day look back on and remember, I was loved!

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Introducing Amberlea…
Amberlea is the most incredible person I have ever met and I’m lucky to have her as my wife.  She’s driven, passionate, strong, determined, beautiful and loving.  She’s an advocate for women’s health and runs programs that provide services for the uninsured and inner city women.  Amberlea can talk to anyone and inspire them.  She stands up for what’s right and fights for equality and justice.  Amberlea loves to cook for us and for other families in need, her vegan lasagna is always in high demand!  She’s all about being active and living life!  She’s a great athlete that has completed multiple triathlons. She also teaches spin classes three times a week at the gym and teaches plant based cooking classes.

She makes me smile and laugh everyday with her goofiness, playfulness and free spirit.

Amberlea is so comfortable with children and they all adore her!  Whether it’s playing on the beach building drip-sandcastles and teaching them how to surf, or playing whiffle ball and having goofy dance parties, she is always the favorite.  She has a gentle way about her that draws kids to her, and her natural way of teaching lessons is something I love to watch her do.

Amberlea is my inspiration, she has overcome so many obstacles in her life, she truly knows how to live for the moment.  I’m so excited to be a parent with her and to watch her shine.

Amberlea’s 5 Fun Facts!

  1. I love live music
  2. I love Florida rain storms
  3. I start my mornings with coffee and a book
  4. I always have painted toes
  5. I love husband and wife walks

Amberlea’s Work Life…

Amberlea works for Susan G. Komen as a program manager for a breast health education program. She teaches women on the importance of knowing their bodies and being their own health advocate. She helps the uninsured and underserved with access to healthcare and resources. Amberlea teaches disease prevention cooking classes and public speaking. I guess you can say breast cancer changed her life in a GREAT way.

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Introducing Donny…
Donny is an amazing partner, a great friend and the best husband a women could ask for. This man is so thoughtful and considerate. He still opens my car door and I still love every minute of it. He is a quiet yet live out loud kind of guy. He is full of passion and spirit. He loves a good challenge and moves through life confidently and with humor. That’s a good thing because I like funny too. His humor and wit are the first things I fell in love with. He has an ability to make me smile on the worst of days and in the “not now” moment.

His heart is full of love, which is just one of the reasons I am excited to be a parent, by his side.

Donny is a successful business man and I watch his colleagues learn from him as he leads by example all the time. This is a trait I know he will excel at in parenthood, teaching by example and through life lessons. How to handle loss, how to get back up when we fall down and most of all he shows us how to be loved because he is a lover himself. Physically Donny bikes, hikes, runs, and can do it all.

In closing about Donny, he stuck around when I had cancer. We were only engaged and he had a choice to make; to stick with me and know it will be hard or to take the easy road, and walk out. He choose hard, he choose the unknown, he choose me, he choose family. So I know that he has it, the ability to be there always and to be the best parent he can be to your child. I can’t wait to raise a child with this amazing man!

Donny’s 5 Fun Facts!

  1. I like the smell of fresh rain
  2. I love the challenge of making anyone laugh
  3. I love to give to others and to volunteer my time
  4. I’m super competitive and love to win games!
  5. My favorite hobby is Photography

Donny’s Work Life…

Donny was a triple major in college and has worked at GE Healthcare for the past 8 years in medical equipment sales and field support. He is great at what he does and has recently been recognized as a top performer.

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Some of our Favorite Things!

  • Thrifting and repurposing furniture
  • Travelling close and far
  • Our cats: Clifford, Nuna, Jim James
  • Ethnic food
  • Cooking & being vegetarian!
  • Baseball
  • Live music shows
  • Biking, yoga, disc golfing, mountain biking racing, kayaking, triathlons, and swimming
  • Gardening, composting, landscaping
  • Volunteering
  • Reading

The Floridian in Amberlea craves the sun, so we love to be outdoors all year round. We love to travel, always making it down to Florida to visit family and friends along with the warm sandy beaches.  We love to explore new cities, foods and cultures. Recently we went to Puerto Rico and Sedona AZ.  Baseball games together is a fun way to relax and something we will share with our children. Another favorite thing to do is to go on long bike rides in the city, stopping at friend’s houses or meeting up at a local beer garden.

Music is a huge part of our daily lives, either at work or at home we are always jamming. We have an eclectic record collection and a typical Friday night for us is listening to records and enjoying each other’s company. Milwaukee is great for outdoor activities like live concerts, art festivals, food and cultural events. .

Amberlea works for a non-profit so we believe in giving back by volunteering our time or attending runs, events, and fundraisers.  We know the power of helping others as we both have been in need of support from other people. Volunteering is one small way to make our community a better and thriving place.

A Place Called Home…
A home to us is a safe place to escape from it all. Home always has good food, laughter and protection. We own a home here in Milwaukee and picked this house because of its surroundings. The neighborhood is full of wonderful families with young children. Close by are top-rated schools, parks, hiking trails, and the huge community swimming pool.  We look forward to the day when we walk our child to school.  I can just imagine trail walks to the river looking for deer and fish. Early summer we plant a bountiful garden in the backyard, and enjoy outdoors as much as we can. Our house is waiting to welcome a child!

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Love Makes a Family…
Donny has a sister Sarah, dad Don and mom Cathie. They are from Detroit. Donny’s dad is a successful small business owner.  He has worked hard to provide for his family. The Childs extended family is quite large. Big Don is the eldest of nine which makes for fun family reunions and holidays. Sister Sarah has a daughter Addison who is awesome! She’s bright and full of life as she dances and sings all the time with us. We travel to Michigan often for holidays, and to visit our cousin’s family farm to garden and play with their animals.

Amberlea has a small but mighty family in Florida. She lost her dad at 16 but remembers so many moments spent with him playing softball, memorizing times tables and skipping rocks in the Mountain Rivers. Amberlea has a younger sister Janel who has 2 sweet boys Reece and Trey. We work hard from afar to show them who we are and that we love and support them. Amberlea’s mom lives on the beach and currently is the caretaker for grandma who is 91 and still going strong! Family whether large or small is about trust and support. A place where you can get unconditional love and be allowed to grow.

Here Kitty Kitty…
We love our three cats Jim James, Noona, and Clifford!  They’re a fun bunch that loves to chase feather toys and laser pointers.  We’ve even built them two cat play houses to play and lounge in the sun!  They’re primarily indoor cats but Donny has been known to put JJ on a leash for a walk around the yard!  We prefer to rescue kitties from the local shelter and are a huge pet family. Pets are fun!

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Our Promise to You…
Children deserve love and guidance. We will provide that and so much more. We will love this beautiful soul and walk through life with them as a family. Your selfless gift and willingness to partner through adoption is courageous. We both are walking a tough road, our joining, our partnership is a true union of two parties who want the best for a beautiful soul, your child. We are ready to be the best, and answer the calling this child needs. We are ready to be parents and will be thankful for an eternity for your selfless gift…our family. ♥