Adoptive Family Derek and Stephanie
Hi There! Thank you so much for reading our profile and taking a moment to get to know us. We hope that you see the excitement we have for adoption.

We are Derek and Stephanie. We have been married for 7 years and have known each other for 10 years. Our favorite couple activities include playing the WII, having bonfires, going on walks, traveling, snuggling, sleeping in on Saturdays, making breakfast together, and going out for ice cream.

Stephanie is a Family and Consumer Science teacher to high school students. She teaches all things "home ec." She loves being the teacher that students come to for advice and being the cheerleader for projects/sports for school and activities outside of school.

Derek works at a local ice cream factory. He stays very active at work and can eat as much ice cream in the break room as he wants (Stephanie thinks this sounds GREAT!)

We love our life, our home, our family and holiday traditions. Yet, something is missing...

We want and are very excited to add a child to our home. We always wanted children and a big family. We knew that it might not happen naturally and we discussed adoption. The excitement that we feel now that we have applied for adoption is indescribable. We can't wait to hold this child in our arms and share with them the love that we have bubbling up inside of us. We can't wait to laugh with them, let them win in Candy Land and watch them grow up and celebrate them.

We understand that when you review our profile you may see differences in our color, heritage or background. We want you to know that we embrace, accept and celebrate differences in all of us. We've never been ones to hide our differences under the carpet and feel it is very important to make sure your child learns about their culture and be proud of who they are and where they come from. We have several different festivals in our area we would love to take your child to. Stephanie loves to learn new food so she would love to learn your cultural foods so they can become a part of our dinner choices. Art, dolls, and children's books will show diversity so your child will not only learn about their own culture, but will love and embrace all cultures. We hope to travel to encourage that as well. Our church has several families that have adopted transracially and we believe your child will have many experiences with other children who are not only adopted but who are adopted transracially. We live in a diverse community and we hope to find several role models of your child's culture. Our hope would be to teach your child to love as God loves by seeing the whole person and not the skin color. Most importantly we want your input to be considered if there are specific parts of your culture you feel important we want you to feel comfortable enough with us to share. We want to know what you enjoy and appreciate about your background and we would love to make sure your child knows that and participates in such activities. We will become one family and we will celebrate each other and our family as a whole. We are looking forward to celebrating with you.

We have no idea what you are going through. We are praying for you and we want you to be a part of our family and our traditions. You will not be a hidden name in our house. You will be known and celebrated. We will celebrate you and your love for the child.

Since you will be a part of our family we want to have you on the family texting group so you can receive the funny picture of the day. We will FaceTime you for the monumental moments like smiling, crawling, walking and first dance. We will have your picture in our home. We will share pictures (probably too many because Steph loves pictures.) We will write letters and send crafts especially on Mother's day. We will forever be grateful to you and want you to know that you are loved for your sacrifice.

Thank you for considering adoption and for looking through our profile to learn more about us.

Sincerely,

Derek and Stephanie

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