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Family Type: Traditional Couple
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Location: IL
Religion: Baptist

dear expectant mother

There aren’t enough words in the English language or enough time in the day to tell you how grateful we are that you are considering us to raise your baby. We can promise you and your child that there will never be a day that your child doesn’t hear the words “I love you” or how special they are. They will be in an environment full of love and laughter, not only from us but also our family and our dearest friends and their children. We promise to raise him or her in the best way we know possible, to teach him or her about all aspects of life and how to love and care for the people and world surrounding them. We promise to cherish your baby every day and hold them close but with enough room to let them grow into the person they are and let their personality blossom. He or she will always know of you and what a selfless choice you have made to give them the life they have, and should there ever come a time when he or she wants to reach out to you or meet with you, we would always support them in that decision.

We want you to know that even though we haven’t met you yet, we pray for you daily and commend you for your strength, courage, and love during this process.

About Us

We are outgoing, hardworking, and loving people. Brianna is graduating from college in the summer of 2019 as a medical assistant, and Brian is a terminal operator in the oil industry. We have been married just over five years. We met through mutual friends in high school and have been very close ever since. One October day Brian asked Brianna to marry him and be his partner for life, and she said yes—without a doubt! A typical day with the Gilsons includes many outdoor activities, like fishing, riding four-wheelers, tending to the flower box or yard, playing fetch with our dogs, and going on walks, and when the days are rainy, we spend our time inside playing a lot of Scrabble or other board games (although Scrabble is our favorite), cooking, or relaxing on the couch.

Our Home & Pets

Our home is one of our greatest accomplishments thus far. We bought a two-bedroom home in a quiet, small neighborhood, with a huge back yard. The upstairs is Brianna’s favorite part of the home. It has been remodeled into a craft room with all the trimmings; this is, of course, where she spends a lot of her time. Brian’s favorite aspect of our home is the finished basement, which has been turned into his man cave, where he can watch sports with the guys on the weekends or play video games during his free time. Our pets are so important to us. We have three dogs and one cat, and they are very spoiled.

Our Extended Family

Our family is very special to us. We have three brothers and a sister and one niece and four nephews. Brianna is lucky enough to have two moms, one being her stepmother, who is absolutely perfect in Brianna’s eyes. We have a huge support group rallying behind us during this journey.

During the holidays, we go to our home state and visit with Brianna’s side of the family, where we carry on lifelong traditions such as Christmas on Christmas Eve with the entire family, ordering pizza and opening gifts, then going with all of the kids and playing at the park. A fun Christmas tradition we love is doing what we call a “Worry Present,” where you get the other person a gift and wrap it, and they can shake, squeeze, and listen to the gift to see if they can guess it. They have until Christmas Eve to guess what is inside, and once they guess it, they can open it. If Christmas Eve comes and they still haven’t guessed it, they have to wait until Christmas morning to open it. It started as a tradition for the kids, but we all enjoyed it so much that we all participate now!

What Led Us To Adoption

When we got engaged, we already knew we wanted children. Brianna suffers from infertility and knew she probably wouldn’t be able to carry a baby on her own. After seven years of trying, we just knew in our hearts that God was trying to show us the path of adoption, and we knew this was how we were meant to become parents all along. We are praying that we are able to fulfill our dream of becoming first-time parents through adoption.

Fun Facts

About Brianna
Occupation College student
Education In college working toward certification
Race Caucasian
Favorite Movie The Blind Side
Favorite Sport College football
Favorite Holiday Thanksgiving
Favorite Music Group Kenny Chesney
Favorite Book Where the Red Fern Grows
Favorite Activity Playing Scrabble
Favorite Tradition Thanksgiving get-togethers
Favorite Animal Shark
About Brian
Occupation Terminal operator
Education Associate’s degree
Race Caucasian
Favorite Movie Drumline
Favorite Sport Baseball – Go Cardinals!
Favorite Holiday St. Patrick’s Day
Favorite Music Group Garth Brooks
Favorite Book Holes
Favorite Activity Adventure Sundays (Taking the dogs on adventures, walking, swimming, or going to see friends)
Favorite Tradition Worry Gifts with family
Favorite Animal Lion

Contact Brianna & Brian

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Choose a Family for
Your Baby With Confidence

As you browse our list of hopeful adoptive parents, you can feel confident in knowing that all of the adoptive families working with Angel Adoption are prepared to offer your baby a safe, stable, and loving environment along with a wealth of opportunities for a happy and fulfilling life.

Each adoptive parent has been thoroughly evaluated through a home study course conducted by a licensed agency. A completed home study means the family is emotionally, physically, and financially ready to adopt a baby.

The home study process includes assessments of each parent’s character, marital stability, financial situation, lifestyle, and medical history. The agency also runs background checks to verify there is no record of criminal activity or child abuse. In addition, a social worker will inspect the family’s home to ensure it is a safe environment for a child.

Furthermore, Angel Adoption requires each family to be educated on adopting and parenting. After a baby has been placed with the adoptive family, a social worker will continue to monitor and supervise the family. We go to great lengths to make sure all the families you have to choose from are going to be excellent parents for your baby!

Not sure how to start? See our How to Choose an Adoptive Family resource page.
If you need more help, you’re always welcome to contact us any time!

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