Nice to meet you. We're Micah and Ali, and we're hoping to build our family through the miracle of adoption. Family is everything to us!
We think of you often... while in the kitchen doing the dishes, in the car while out running errands, or when lying awake in bed at night. We find ourselves wondering what you might be thinking or feeling, and if adoption is what truly is best for you. We wonder how old you are, if you're getting the love and support you need, and what your story is. We think about how you're likely going through one of the hardest journeys you've ever experienced. While you pray for your baby, we pray for a baby. Perhaps what we need is each other. Maybe we are the answer to each other's prayers. Maybe we can bring one another healing and hope.
Our goal is to raise children surrounded by unconditional love and support. We will foster their imagination, encourage their exploration, and share in their dreams. We will teach them the importance of kindness, empathy, and courage. They will know that it was their first mother's courage and love that brought them to us.
We would love nothing more than to have you in our life and family if that is what is best for you.
Scroll down to learn more about us!
Seafood in the Cinque Terre
Our adoption announcement
Dinner date in Philly
It's hard to believe that it's been 9 years since we met and fell in love at the University of Pittsburgh. An engagement, a wedding, a dog, a cat, two nephews and a niece later, we are so ready to build our family.
Our wedding day- April 27th, 2019
Leo & Meeko
I'm a pediatric speech-language pathologist, and it's the best job in the world. I have worked in an elementary school for 5 years, and I am transitioning to early intervention (under 3 years) so that I can have a more flexible schedule as we build our family. I love spending my days surrounded by children!
I love playing pick-up soccer, paddle boarding, and trying to keep up at running club. Some of my favorite things include: smoothies, pumpkin spice, pumpkin spice smoothies, and Wisconsin cheese (a Sheboyganite over here).
I also thoroughly enjoy hiking, and I want to like camping. Put me anywhere outdoors and I'm happy. :)
I'm a civil engineer with a sense of humor, and I currently work as a project manager for a major transportation company. I have been working at my job for 7 years.
I enjoy taking Mr. Leo on hikes, golfing mediocrely, going to the beach, and playing in local sport/social leagues. I also enjoy cookouts at my parents pool nearby. Some of my favorites include ice cream sandwiches, falafel with homemade hummus, and anything for my cat or dog (I mean you can never have too many laser pointers).
Hi I'm Leo, and I'm Meeko. We have a love hate relationship (it tends to be one sided).
We enjoy running through sandy parks, cuddling on the couch, and going for walks with our humans along the river. Babies are our favorite because they're messy and drop tasty food. Some of our favorites include: when Micah cooks chicken, when Micah cooks turkey, when Micah cooks just about anything.
"Ali has a calming and serene aura about her that is contagious. She is gentle and patient. When Miss S walks into the classroom for therapy, the students flock to her with excitement."
-Friend and colleague
Ali loves helping little ones who are having difficulty communicating!
Our first date started with dinner at the Cheesecake Factory followed by ice skating downtown. It ended with Ali coming down with the flu. It was Micah's kindness in those moments that made Ali know that this was something special. We were inseparable from that point on, and we knew we were meant to be together. It was something about the way our personalities clicked that just felt right. Micah is a calm and collected soul. He is the perfect balance of practical, thoughtful, and kind, and his actions speak louder than his words. Ali, on the other hand, is more spontaneous, spirited, and playful. She brings spunk and liveliness to the relationship, and she is always up for an adventure. Through our differences we bring out the best in each other. We are a team, we are fun-loving, and we are fiercely loyal.
We live in a small town about 40 minutes outside of Philadelphia. We love our town! On the weekends, the town shuts down the main street, and the area comes to life. We love going to the farmers market, walking the trails along the river, and frequenting the many restaurants.
The town main street
Dinner and music down the street
from our home
Leo hanging out on our living room couch.
Meet the Rest of the Fam!
Nephew Kingston jammin' to some tunes
Uncle and Nephew bonding time (Baby Emory)
Rocking backwards caps together!
Telling the fam that we're hoping to adopt
Eating crab together on the Santa Barbara Pier
Family 'Survivor' Champions
Mimi with our cutie-pie niece, Addie
Hiking with Ali's family
Addie and Seedo (Grandpa in Arabic)
Dancing the night away with Micah's family on our wedding night
Happy Birthday to Seedo!
Snuggles by the pool
Kingston, the trend setter
Kayaking in New Orleans together
Wedding weekend in Colorado
Swimming at the lake
Micah's family and Winston, the dog, reading our adoption sign
Celebrating one of the best days of our lives with Ali's extended family!
We have an awesome family. We know we're lucky!
A Note from...
"My daughter has always been a kid magnet. No matter where we were or what we did, kids gravitated to her. During a college visit, a four-year-old camper ran across a room to give her a big hug and a huge smile. This scene or something similar repeated itself while playing soccer, going to the library, and taking our dog for a walk in the park. What is it about Ali? I believe her playful nature, warm smile, and kind eyes attract children. She exudes warmth!
As much as kids are drawn to Ali, she is drawn to them. Her love of children led her to a career as a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist; she now uses her gift to teach little ones to communicate. In graduate school, a clinical supervisor told her she was a natural with kids, and I agree! Her interactions feel effortless and comfortable. She has a way of connecting with them, playing with them, and encouraging them in a way that is almost an art form. She certainly found her calling! She is helping to change little lives every day.
There is no doubt in my mind that Ali and Micah will be amazing parents. They have the love, patience, and the fun-loving spirit needed to nurture a little one. I have seen this numerous times in the way that they interact with their niece and nephews, reading bedtime stories, giving bubble baths, making mud pies, and blowing tummy burbles. They are Godparents to their niece, Adeline, and guardians for their nephews Kingston and Emory. Family members trust Ali and Micah's love and kindness to safeguard their precious children.
I have known Ali for 29 years and Micah for nine years. During that time, they have demonstrated over and over again how loving, patient, and hard-working they are. They are committed, stable, and have strong careers and a supportive family. Please know that they have our full support as they look for a birth parent and child who need their love. We know that they will devote their lives to that child's happiness."
-Mama B/ Nana B
"The care and nurturing Ali & Micah can offer a child is immeasurable; their commitment to family and heart for children is truly a blessing."
-Friend & Colleague
"Growing up with Micah as my younger brother for 29 years has given me the pleasure to both know, and be able to recommend him for parenthood. Ali, I've had the privilege of knowing for 6 years while Micah and she dated and later married. In all my dealings with them they have done nothing but prove they will be fit and capable parents for any and all children they may be blessed with.
Micah, in typical middle child fashion, was always the great mediator of our house, being able to see both sides and respond lovingly. He is one of the kindest people I know and his marriage to Ali has only strengthened that attribute. He is incredibly hard working and unselfish. He routinely gives up his weekends to help us with moving, yard work, or watching our baby daughter. In addition to these attributes, he has a stable, well paying job that provides he and his family the stability needed to take on the wonderful privilege of a child.
Ali, I've had the benefit of knowing during her dating and marriage to my brother. She spent many years attaining an advanced degree in Speech Language Pathology specifically to be able to cater to the needs of young children. In her work as an SLP she has spent thousands of hours in direct contact with young children with developmental difficulties. Every time she sees or watches our baby girl, Ali lights up inside and cares for her as well as my daughter's own mother does. I trust Ali completely with the well being and the raising of my daughter. She is both exceptionally qualified and extremely loving. She will make a perfect mother.
As a father of a young child myself, I believe kids need role models that echo the values that will benefit them in the future. I'm happy to report that Micah and Ali have a strong, stable marriage and are committed to each other. After dating for many years and later getting married, they have proven their ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining a healthy relationship. Both Micah and Ali prioritize their family life and continually go out of their way to see their parents and siblings.
They regularly see both sets of families for holidays, birthdays, and special occasions. Any child will have the benefit and the privilege of growing up in a loving, drama free home. They will learn the value of family and the need to go out of your way to make time for them.
It's because of this and the above mentioned topics, that my wife and I recently asked Micah and Ali to be our child's godparents. If anything were to happen to us, we know they would do just as good a job as us of raising our daughter.
Turkey trot with friends, roasting turkeys in the backyard over an open fire with our neighbors, kielbasa for lunch, dinnertime conversation about our blessings, sweet potato casserole, the annual Scategories competition, pumpkin pie with extra whipped cream; that's what Thanksgiving looks like for us.
Fondest Thanksgiving Memories
Warm apple cider
Winning the Turkey Trot Family Trophy (thank you brother who runs daily)
Debating a Scategories answer for 30 minutes
Cuddling on the couch and watching Home Alone
Cutting down our own Christmas tree, hot cocoa, fuzzy Christmas socks, Christmas music on the record player, the Saint Lucia festival, candlelight service on Christmas Eve, games with family, and food...lots of food; that's what Christmas looks like for us.
Fondest Christmas Memories:
The Nutcracker on Ali's birthday
Taking an hour to find THE tree
Cinnamon rolls after stockings on Christmas morning
Meeko knocking off the Christmas ornaments
Santa hats and reindeer antlers
Beach days, cookouts, game nights, the family 'Survivor' competition, chocolate truffle cake, rainy day pizza making, relaxing by the pool, town wide parades, roasting marshmallows by the campfire; that's what summertime looks like for us.
Fondest Summer Memories
Jumping off the Pontoon boat and swimming to shore
Fireworks over the lake
Hiking in the Pine Barrens
Popping the inflatable swan
"Ali and Micah have always wanted to be parents and will put their whole hearts and souls into ensuring their child is healthy, happy, kind, and always knows how deeply loved and wanted they are." -Family Friend
"Ali and Micah are such fun, kind-hearted, and patient people; it doesn’t take long after meeting them to feel their radiating love and kindness for each other and those around them. Baby S will have such an amazing life full of adventures and learning, and will undoubtedly be reminded how deeply they are loved every single day." -Friend
We love to explore. Whether it's in our backyard or across the country, we are always game. We can't wait to help our children learn about and experience the amazing world around them.
Click the pictures to see what we were up to.
"I’ve known Ali since middle school, which means we’ve been friends for nearly 15 years! Though after high school graduation we went to different colleges and lived in different cities, Ali has remained one of my sweetest, most thoughtful friends despite all the time and distance. She has always been the greatest listener (the kind that really makes you feel seen, heard and understood in the best way) and has the most contagious laugh! I remember visiting Ali at Pitt during our college years and meeting Micah for the first time. From the beginning, it was obvious that they were made for and brought out the best in each other. They can be so silly together yet are so incredibly strong as individuals and as a couple. There’s never been a time that I’ve been around Ali and Micah where we don’t laugh and have fun together doing even the simplest things. I have no doubt that Ali and Micah are meant to be, and will be, the most amazing parents. With Ali’s patient, kind and loving nature combined with Micah’s easy going and loyal personality, they are more than prepared to take on any obstacles the future holds. Further, because of the selfless love they show for all those around them, they have a strong support system of family and friends that cannot wait to help welcome a child into their family. I have so much love for Ali and Micah and am so excited to see them embark on the journey of adoption, parenthood and beyond!" -Friend
We promise to tell your child how much you love them, and what a brave thing you did because of that love. We will share with them their story, and we will always honor you for your selfless act. They will know that your love for them is forever.
We promise to make sure your child has a strong connection to their culture of origin, feels proud of their cultural identity, and has positive role models in their life.
We promise to add fun to life experiences: hot cocoa with marshmallows on a snowy day, popsicles for boo-boos, soup with goldfish on sick days, cuddles and books before bed, picnics on the lawn, and bubbles in the bathtub.
We promise to support your child through every life experience as they become their own unique, amazing person. We will give them many educational, creative, athletic, and spiritual opportunities so that they can discover where their true passions lie. They will know that they are perfect just the way they are.
We promise to be the best parents we can be every day.
A Letter to You
Dear Expectant Mother/Parents,
Welcome! We want to thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We're wishing you peace as you consider your best options, and we feel so blessed that you have been led to our story.
Right from the start, we always knew that children would be a huge part of our lives. What we didn’t know was that our road to parenthood would not be easy. Shots, medications, procedures, more shots and medications, surgeries, loss, tears, and a whole lot of love later, we have been able to set aside our grief and have moved on to joy. We know one thing; we will become parents. And when those sweet miracles come our way, we know that we will be the luckiest parents on this earth.
We understand that you have been on quite a difficult journey as well. Maybe together we can be the missing link in each other’s stories. Adoption has been growing in our minds and hearts for some time now, and we are feeling all of the emotions as we start this next step in our journey to bringing home a precious baby. We are hopeful, excited, nervous, and more than anything READY. We dream of the day that our family becomes 3 (and eventually 4, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves).
We wish you peace and comfort through these times. We would love nothing more than to meet you, should that be something you decide.
Ali & Micah
We would love to talk to you
We would love to adopt a child of any race or ethnicity.
We do not have a gender preference.
We identify as Christian, and we respect all religious backgrounds.
We are open to any and all forms of contact. We would love nothing more than to have you in our life and family if that is what is best for you. <3
Please reach out to us with any questions. We would love to chat.