It is hard to know what to write in this first letter. We pondered what we would want to know if we were in your position and decided that we would want to know the hopes and dreams that the adoptive parents have for a child to see if they matched our dreams for our child. We have been married for 11 years, so we have had many years to dream of children. Over the years, our dreams have grown from the simple hope that they are happy and healthy to the following hopes and dreams for their future.
We hope that they know they are loved unconditionally. We want them to rest in the knowledge that their worth will never be determined by their grades, sports abilities, jobs, etc. We will teach them that it is impossible to lose our love. We want them to be confident that they are loved and will continue to be loved simply because they are our children.
We hope that they know that they can rely on family. They will have not just parents and siblings, but a large extended family with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who love them, too. Our families are tremendously important to us, and they love to share their time and talents with the children in the family. Our children can look forward to spending time with family and to their support throughout life.
We hope that they share our Christian faith. Our faith is central to who we are. It gives us joy and peace even when times are hard, and humility and compassion for others when things are going well. It is the anchor of our family and an important part of our lives. We will share our faith with them and hope that they grow to embrace it as their own.
We hope that they follow their dreams. We believe that one responsibility of parents is to help children discover their gifts, talents, and interests. When they are young, we will make sure they have the opportunity to try different things (art, music, sports, etc.). We will choose schools and activities that nurture each child's gifts, talents, and interests and encourage them through our time, our presence, and our words.
We hope that they are compassionate and use their gifts to make the world a better place. It is easy to focus on people who appear to be better off in some way and to lose sight of the many ways that you are blessed. We want them to learn that while there will always be someone that they could envy, there is also always someone that they can help with their time, resources, or talents.
Lastly, we hope that they learn that life is a gift to be enjoyed. We want to teach them to enjoy the little things in life, such as a cup of tea with a close friend, a run through the park on beautiful day, or a good book. We hope that they learn that it is important to make time for the small things that bring them joy.
If these hopes and dreams match your hopes and dreams for your child, we hope you will consider placing your child with us. If your child joins our family, you will become part of our extended family, too. We will send you letters and pictures, and we are also open to other ways to stay in contact with you and other members of your family (grandparents, etc.). We believe that children can never have too many people who love them.
Thank you for reading our profile. We hope that you find the information you need to decide if we are the family for whom you’ve been looking.
Eric and Rachael
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