Fred & Will
Fred & Will
Race of child interested in adopting: Caucasian
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: IL
Religion: Christian (Episcopal)
Dear Expectant Mother,
We are very excited that you might select us as the parents for your child, and yet our hearts go out to you for having to make this difficult decision. We imagine there will always be some sadness for you around this choice, but we also hope there will always be deep joy for you in the gift you will offer.
Our devotion to each other over the last 15 years has helped us cope with challenges, face our fears, and find our path in the world. We dream that we will be able to share this love with a child, to offer them the same dedication and support we’ve shared with each other.
Fred can’t wait to attend summer camp again, participate in Scouts, train a new ballplayer, and teach your child how things are built by taking them apart. The curiosity he had as a child led him to explore the world with wonder, which now makes him a good architect. He can’t wait to share and encourage the curiosity within your child. Will is looking forward to building a colorful home for your child with good meals, great art, imagination, silly voices, and lots of dad jokes. He’s thrilled to share his passion for faith, history, travel, classical music, and service to the community. He loves to plan family trips to new places and explore the beautiful diversity of the world outside the door.
Thank you for considering us as potential recipients of your gift. We hope to meet you in person and share our love with you as well.
Fred grew up on a farm in Missouri and is now a licensed architect. He recently completed the renovation of a local children’s museum and completed his second triathlon, and he also loves to watch movies, garden, and bake cookies. Will grew up in a historic part of eastern Pennsylvania and is now studying to be a priest after a career as a professional singer. He currently works as the director for children’s ministries at our church. We met through a mutual friend at a Christmas costume party in 2004. Will arrived dressed as a wiseman, and Fred was hosting the party dressed as Joseph! It was love at first sight as we danced in our costumes, bar hopping through Boystown. Together we love to travel, ride bikes, relax on the beach, visit art galleries and museums, and attend concerts, theater and modern ballet, and we always seem to find creative projects around the house.
We currently live in a third floor apartment attached to the church we attend, where Will works. The church is nestled in a historic neighborhood near downtown and just a few minutes’ walk from the lakefront, beaches, parks, and a zoo. The church is an anchoring community for us and includes many children’s opportunities, including a gym, preschool, and nursery. The apartment is bigger than we need, but we aren’t complaining. It has a large guestroom for visiting family and a lovely room that is ready to become a nursery! We share our apartment with two cats, Slinky and Scout, who are very well behaved and very soft!
Our Extended Family
We both come from supportive and loving families. Fred was surrounded with family growing up on a dairy farm. His grandmother, two uncles, aunt, and cousins lived across the dirt road where he grew up. Now his three older sisters have vibrant careers, with six children between them (aged between 4 and 17). His parents are retired and love hosting the grandkids for creative activities like plays, pirate parties, science camps, and art activities. There is never a dull moment in the Grier household!
Will grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs as one of 10 cousins on his mom’s side. The family is very close and has a long tradition of holidays together, eating special foods (crab dip, Grandma’s vegetable soup, lobster bisque), and singing Christmas carols around the piano. Will’s dad is French and immigrated to the U.S. after he met Will’s mother in the 1970s in Bermuda (fairytale story). She is now an independent psychotherapist and loves being a grandma. His older brother is married with two kids and is part of the family business as an investment advisor.
What Led Us To Adoption
Some of our closest friends were adopted as children. We celebrate not just their birthdays but also their adoption days and have heard stories about how lucky they felt growing up. We love the idea of raising your child to feel this way too. After years of supporting each other through career changes and self-discovery, we are ready to make something more of our love as a family. We love being goofy and silly and are excited to rediscover the play and creativity we remember from our childhoods. After years of getting ready, we are more than eager to experience the world through a child’s eyes.