Adoptive Family Michael  and Coretta
It's with immeasurable gratitude that we thank you for taking the time to learn a little about us. We have been anxiously pondering how to write this letter to you. Wondering, how can we possibly express our thoughts, share our lives and reveal our hearts to you in this short letter? We realize this small challenge is nothing compared to what you are facing. We do not know your circumstances, but please know that we recognize for you to be reading this letter you are doing your very best to navigate these waters and give to your child all that you dream of for them. Though we do not yet know you, we do know that you have a tremendous love for your child. We are in awe of your bravery as you forge ahead considering and ultimately deciding what is best for your child. Though our paths may never cross beyond this letter please know that we send you love and pray that your journey, whatever it may be, leads you to a place of hope, comfort and peace.

We have been married for almost three years and together for five. We were introduced by Coretta's cousin. We will be forever grateful that he approached Coretta with the "there is this guy I know" conversation. Coretta and her cousin are more like brother/sister so his input carried a great deal of weight. In each other we quickly found best friends and the love of our lives. Marrying at the ages of 33 and 34 meant that our paths took a while to cross. We feel our journey together is all the sweeter because of this. The life lived before our lives intertwined provides unyielding confirmation that it's so much better together!

We both knew we wanted children but up until we found each other wondered if this dream would ever become a reality. We discussed having children early on in our dating relationship. After we married we were eager to start our family. We both agreed that we wanted adoption to be a part of how we grew our family. We began researching adoption and then as time went on also explored why we were not conceiving. In working with a fertility specialist we were diagnosed with unexplained infertility. The multiple treatments we sought did not result in a pregnancy. When it was suggested that we move on to more aggressive treatments in IVF, we decided adoption was how we were meant to build our family.

We have excitedly prepared to welcome a child into our home and lives. We are blessed with wonderful family and friends who join us in this excitement. Please know that your child will have an entire network of love and support. Your child will be our greatest joy and the center of our lives. We pledge to always do our very best by him or her.

Michael is a locomotive engineer for a major railroad and also works with Coretta, as a team, in real estate. Real estate allows Coretta a very flexible schedule. She plans to keep her real estate license once they become parents but will only work in the office one day a week, allowing her to mostly be a stay-at-home mom.

We look forward to honoring and celebrating your child's adoption story with them. Our desire and intention is to always do what is in the best interest of your child. We want your child to know that your decision was formed out of immense love, selflessness and the courage to provide what you feel is best for them. You will not be forgotten and will always be an important part of our lives. If you are comfortable, we would love to share with you how much we love your child and for you to see them flourish and grow. We are committed to staying in touch with you via letters, pictures, emails, phone calls and possible visits.

Thank you for considering us!

With love and respect,

Michael and Coretta

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