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Hi, we are Mo and Steve. Thank you for the chance to share our story. We are excited to begin the next chapter our lives through adoption. Nothing makes us happier than having a house full of friends and family, and we can’t wait to bring a child into our home. We are incredibly grateful that you are considering adoption, and if you should choose us as parents, we promise to provide an environment of unconditional love, respect and learning for your child.


Our life is about tackling projects, exploring new things, and spending time with the people we care about. We have an abundance of admiration for you and other expectant parents who consider sharing the ultimate precious gift with couples like us. Thanks for taking the time to hear our story, and we truly hope we get the chance to hear yours.


With sincere gratitude,
Mo and Steve


Five things we can’t wait to do with a child

  1. Read bedtime stories in Grandpa’s rocker
  3. Teach him or her how to swim
  4. Play with Legos (naturally since we’re an architect and engineer)



It’s funny how things work out. We’re both from small towns in the Midwest, but somehow we each found ourselves living in New York. Our shared passion for protecting the environment brought us together when Steve applied for a job at Mo’s company (where we still work today).

A few months later at a friend’s lake house in the Adirondacks, we realized that we both loved swimming in the lake, cooking big meals and laughing with friends. The last piece of the puzzle fell into place when Steve met Mo’s nephews and niece at Christmas time. While playing hide and seek, decorating cookies and opening presents, it became obvious that we both valued a warm home full of family more than anything else.

When talking about starting a family, we learned that adoption was something that each of us had in mind. We both have several adopted family members, and after learning that having a child naturally was going to be challenging, adoption felt like the perfect choice. Now we can’t wait to welcome a child into our lives and begin a new chapter!


Introducing Mo

Mo is an engineer who works on green buildings.  After 13 years at the company where she and Steve met, Mo now directs a group of almost twenty consultants who help create healthier, more efficient buildings. Outside the office, she loves reading, photography, yoga, and being Auntie MoMo to her nephews and nieces (both biological and honorary). If these things can be done at the lake in summertime or around the fireplace during winter, that’s even better. She loves to cook and is especially well known for her pies. Her secret: add cayenne pepper or chili powder for a little kick!



Steve is an architect who also works on green buildings. He uses his technical expertise in design and construction to help designers and builders create better buildings, specializing in affordable housing for families. He loves bicycling, ultimate Frisbee, lake activities (sailing, skiing and swimming) and home improvement projects. He grew up on a farm in Iowa, and while he has adapted to living in town, he still enjoys growing plants and vegetables. He also loves spending time with friends and family— especially his niece and nephews—and is in high demand as a handyman, babysitter, and source of piggy back rides.



Living in New York was great, but we chose Connecticut to raise a family. Five years ago, we moved to a town on the coast where our company headquarters is located. We wound up falling in love with both our house and the neighborhood. One of the best things about our community is its cultural diversity. We would be proud to parent a child of any ethnicity, and with lots of mixed race families from all over the world among our closest neighbors, we can offer an atmosphere of inclusiveness and acceptance, not to mention amazing potlucks.


Our house is over 100 years old, and it needed a lot of work. Luckily Steve can fix almost anything, and Mo is handy with a paintbrush. Now it is completely renovated and has earned the highest certification under a green building program called LEED. We live close to several parks and playgrounds, a children’s museum, an IMAX theater, and an aquarium. The historic downtown where our office is located is just a short walk from home.



When people meet our puppy Charlie, the most common reaction is “He’s so cute I can’t stand it!” He is a schnauzer/poodle mix, or miniature “Schnoodle.” We rescued him when he was three months old. HE IS A SWEETHEART WHO LOVES EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY KIDS, AND THEY LOVE HIM RIGHT BACK. It helps that he looks like a stuffed animal – and cuddles like one too!


We’ve been to many countries on almost all of the continents, though our favorite trips are those where we visit friends and family.

G We’ve been hiking in France, sightseeing in China and surfing in Hawaii.

G With New York City just a train ride away, we go see the High Line or Broadway shows.

G Our area is great for outdoor activities like beach volleyball and canoeing.

G Every summer we visit a lake in the Adirondacks and our family cabins in Minnesota.

G We both love skiing – downhill and cross country skiing in winter, and waterskiing
in summer.



Steve has a big family, and they are a lot of fun! He is second of five siblings and grew up on a farm in Iowa, where his parents and oldest brother still live. His two younger brothers, sister and brother-in-law live in Denver, where they do a lot of biking, hiking, and snowboarding. Our favorite ways to see each other include skiing in Colorado, an annual bicycle ride across Iowa each July, and the Iowa State Fair in August.

Mo grew up in a small town in Minnesota with one older sister, who now lives in Delaware with her husband and three kids. They love having us visit, especially for Christmas and summertime trips to the beach. Mo’s mom was a nurse until she retired, and now she lives a few blocks from her grandkids so she sees them often and gardens a lot. Mo’s dad passed away from cancer in 2010. Our favorite family tradition that he started is an annual Gingerbread House party, which has been going on for over 40 years.



Is kind, compassionate, and considerate.

Always knows how much he or she is loved.

Has faith in humanity, community, family, and self.

Is curious about the world and confident about navigating life’s obstacles.

Finds both comfort and awe in the great outdoors, and acts as a good steward for Mother Nature, because we believe she will need strong advocates in the future.

Knows his or her adoption story by heart and is unafraid to ask questions to understand it better.


Last but not least... we hope to raise a child with big dreams, and we promise to provide the opportunities that allow him or her to achieve those dreams.



THANK YOU for taking the time to learn about us! We sincerely hope we have the chance to learn more about you through an open adoption. We plan to share photos and letters regularly, and if you should choose us as the parents of your child, you will always have the opportunity to be part of your child’s life.

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